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VIDEO: From racers to rescuers

Collisions on racecourses are nothing new, but when the racing is among cutting-edge speedsters such as America’s Cup foiling catamarans, the impact can be especially cringe-worthy.

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VIDEO: Kayaking with a kite

Dan Tracy is a Seattle-based entrepreneur with a passion for clean energy innovation. He recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for an invention that allows kayakers to harness the wind as a source of propulsion.

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VIDEO: A boat that 'walks'

The Crawling Lander Craft may not be for everyone, but we find this 31-foot self-beaching and launching boat pretty cool.

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VIDEO: Nine lives plus one

When French sailor Manu Wattecamps’ 30-foot sailboat became disabled in 20-foot seas and 46-mph winds 400 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska, he knew he was in trouble.

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VIDEO: Playing peekaboo

Dolphins are among the most majestic of marine mammals, and many a bluewater sailor has enjoyed a visit from a playful pod at the bow.

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VIDEO: Shark parade

We found this clip, which is both eerie and beautiful, showing from the air a sportfishing boat motoring along with more than 100 sharks swimming around outside Destin, Florida’s East Pass.

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VIDEO: African speedway

The Luderitz Speed Challenge is held annually in the harbor town in southwest Namibia, a southern African country known for consistent, strong onshore winds.

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VIDEO: 'Off we go, surfing!'

The Clipper Round the World Race is unique in that all aboard but the captain are amateur sailors, so no previous experience is required to sail 40,000 nautical miles around the globe.

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VIDEO: Friendly followers

Timing is everything, particularly for a photographer who launched his drone to capture some footage of two whales he had heard were swimming close to shore off his home town of Esperance, Western Australia.

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VIDEO: Rewarding Service

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, recently raised more than $1 million.

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VIDEO: Crime-breaking waves

There is no boat in this nautical video, but we’re not sure its star realized that! Even without a boat, it’s worth a look for anyone who enjoys seeing criminals do really stupid things.

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VIDEO: Electric performer

The prototype testing is done, so watch for the Quadrofoil, a very cool all-electric hydrofoiling personal watercraft that looks like a waterbug.

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VIDEO: Healthy glow

Deep-sea divers never know what they’re going to find.

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VIDEO: Research 'drifter' needs a lift home

In June 2012, students at John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River, Conn., launched a 5-foot, 45-pound, self-righting, self-steering and self-tending research sailboat to chart the currents of the Atlantic as part of the Educational Passages program.

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VIDEO: Let the sunshine in

As more European-built boats make their way into American boat shows, we thought we’d take a look at some of the ones that caught our eye.

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VIDEO: 'A smooth, efficient team'

The Liffey Descent Canoe Race is an annual canoe and kayak race for 18 miles along Ireland’s River Liffey.

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VIDEO: $41 million catch

Despite drug runners’ creative use of go-fast boats and semisubmersible subs to move contraband into the United States, the Coast Guard remains adept at nabbing drugs at sea.

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VIDEO: A wild, roaring ride

Australians have a reputation for taking things to the extreme, especially when it comes to their passion for riverboat racing.

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VIDEO: Waked by a whale

Alaska is a world unto its own, so when a family recently took a fishing trip there they found more than they were angling for.

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VIDEO: Flying at 40 knots

Every boat is built with a purpose, and for some, the purpose is to sail fast — really fast.

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