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More Nautical Terms: Apparent and True Wind, Boat Speed, SOG and COG

This post, written by Captain Al, explains some of the sailing terminology you’ll need to understand while learning to sail. It’s all about how the wind and currents impact your sailing speed and direction. Continue reading “More Nautical Terms: Apparent and True Wind, Boat Speed, SOG and COG”

Newport Folk Festival
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Newport Folk Fest is my Favorite Weekend of the Year!

The last weekend of July is my favorite weekend of the year, as that is when the Newport Folk Festival takes place. It has become such a popular event that it sells out in minutes before a single artist is announced.  Three outdoor and one indoor stage provide great performances from 11 am until sunset. Continue reading “Newport Folk Fest is my Favorite Weekend of the Year!”

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Day 2 in Newport

Great visit from our long time friends, Susan, Nick and Gracie the wonder dog. Nick helped Al sail AlyKat from Fort Lauderdale to Newport RI in 2013. Great to have him back onboard!  Safe travels back south.

Nick Peirson

Tuesday was a lovely day in Newport. It was probably the last day of “summer” with a high of 78, so we decided to stay another day. We went for a great sail with Kia and Al Girard on AlyKat! This was Gracie’s first sail on a big boat.

Relaxing on a bean bag on the netting.

Kia and Al getting ready to raise the sail.

Enjoying cocktails and watching a great sunset on the mooring in Newport harbor.

We ended the evening with Al grilling some great steaks!

Today we are headed to Greenpoint on Long Island.

We have decided to go slow for a while as we will need to leave the boat in a week or so for a few days and go to New Hampshire for Tom Tobey’s funeral.

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Catamaran, Learn to Sail

Nautical Terms — The Basics (Part 1)

Part 1 of a Learn to Sail Series

Have you ever wondered why boating and sailing have so many specialty words instead of using the non-boating words that could easily be used and understood everyone? Is it just to separate the boaters from the non boaters or are there any other reasons for this lingo? Continue reading “Nautical Terms — The Basics (Part 1)”

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Learning to Sail: The Asymmetrical Spinnaker

Spoiler Alert: This post has some geeky sailing language. To help all you beginners we’ve put a glossary at the end of this post. (We’re nice like that.)

The asymmetrical spinnaker is our favorite sail.  It is used for sailing downwind and you wouldn’t want to sail a cat without one.  So what is this fancy sail?   Continue reading “Learning to Sail: The Asymmetrical Spinnaker”

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America’s Cup Then and Now

Team Oracle
Photo by slgckgc via a Creative Commons License.

Newport, R.I and The America’s Cup are forever linked, as Newport was the venue for over 50 years. The Newport Daily News still carries the news of the America’s Cup races as the cover story on the Sports page. I doubt many other US newspapers do.

Captain Al and Kia are linked to the Cup in very different ways: Continue reading “America’s Cup Then and Now”

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Memorial Day Weekend Sail

Catamaran in the sun
Sun and wind in our sails

The sun finally came out on Saturday and we had great guests onboard for a beautiful sail around Newport.  Brenda and Rick were able to watch the beautiful views from the trampoline as the wind moved us forward.  We were not the only ones out at sea taking advantage of the great sailing weather.

After the sail we stayed on our mooring feasting on grilled shish kebabs, salads, burgers, home made rhubarb strawberry pie and a glass of red wine or two.  The sunset was a really beautiful ending to a fun day at sea.  Looking forward to many more this season!

Volvo Ocean Race preview
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Volvo Ocean Race Preview

I love the Volvo Ocean Race!  For the 2014 -2015 race I was following and rooting for Team SCA in particular.  I would look at my phone ap first thing in the morning and the last thing at night to find out the latest information.  For the Newport stop over I was able to volunteer at the race village and that was a lot of fun.  I was even entrusted with holding the actual trophy! Continue reading “Volvo Ocean Race Preview”