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VIDEO: Caring encounter

Scarred and bewildered, a young humpback whale approached a group of kayaks from Epic Ocean Adventures more closely than the guides had ever seen.

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VIDEO: Windjammer racing

During the 19th century cargo-laden schooners raced to be the first into port so they could capture the best market prices. The Maine Windjammer Association’s annual Great Schooner Race honors this tradition. Four classes, based on the size and design of each boat, compete.

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VIDEO: Zero for the shark

A recent shark-seal encounter off Nauset Inlet in Massachusetts that ended with the seal getting away was not the first such episode, and it won’t be the last.

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VIDEO: Mouthwatering yachts

Ruweida V, a Starling Burgess R-Class boat built in 1926 at George S. Lawley & Sons in Neponset, Mass., is worth a trip to the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport all by herself.

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VIDEO: Speedy lobsters

“Race what you brung” is a key ingredient to the popularity of lobster-boat racing in Maine.

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VIDEO: It's going

Racing around the Isle of Wight in the Solent has a long tradition, and experienced skippers know that cutting the corner at the Needles often leads to victory.

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VIDEO: Brains and brawn

A lot of young women and men grow up sailing small one-design boats, and the 13-foot, 9-inch Laser is among the most popular. We see them pulled up on the beach in coastal towns and cities everywhere.

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VIDEO: Classic attractions

Sydney, Australia, may be the most far-flung location for a wooden-boat festival — at least from a North American perspective — but the city reckons it has one of the finest assortments of wooden boats anywhere in the world.

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VIDEO: $10,000 or steak knives

All you need to enter the R2AK is a boat of any size, but it must have no engine or electric motor. Auxiliary power comes from the crew and has fostered a host of interesting approaches.

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VIDEO: Gutsy move

Lauren Conner, 32, of Aberdeen, Md., admits she was at fault.

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VIDEO: Magic dragons

The sport of dragon-boat racing started in China about 550 A.D. and has spread around the world in the 21st century.

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VIDEO: Building spirit

Spirit Yachts in Ipswich, U.K., is one of few yards in the world that build wooden boats in series production.

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VIDEO: Smashing victory

Comanche, the 100-foot screamer owned by Jim and Kristy Hinze Clark and skippered by Ken Read, crossed the line off Bermuda’s St. David’s Lighthouse at 4:22:53 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

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VIDEO: Smart strategy

The Coast Guard had praise for the actions of three men who required a rescue after their boat capsized in Lake Michigan outside Lake Forest, Ill.

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VIDEO: Survival of the fittest

The Emma C. Berry, one of the oldest surviving commercial vessels in America, slid down the ways in June 1866.

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VIDEO: Steady as she goes

Guirec Soudée, a 24-year-old Breton, has an unquenchable thirst for adventure, so he set sail aboard his 39-foot boat from the Canary Islands in May 2014. For a first mate he selected an 18-month-old native of the Canary Islands, a red hen named Monique. She never gets seasick and loves flying fish.

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VIDEO: Trash man cometh

Research conducted during the past 20 years has shown that about a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die each year from plastic pollution.

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VIDEO: A natural

“If I go on, I don’t want to just sit there,” champion World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn said when skipper Jimmy Spithill invited her to sail aboard America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA.

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VIDEO: Precious catch

Commercial fisherman Jeremy Shockley rescued 23 people, including 14 elementary school children, after their charter boat hit a submerged object June 1 in Chesapeake Bay off Bloodsworth Island.

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VIDEO: Tight racing

As the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race headed toward the Windward Passage, which connects the Caribbean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, on June 2, the race was tight.

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