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VIDEO: In the wake of vikings

In April, the Draken Harald Hårfagre set off from Haugesund, Norway, bound for Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the United States to re-create Leif Erikson’s Atlantic crossing.

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VIDEO: Close encounters

A group of tourists were awed, and almost capsized, by a pair of Fin whales. Second in size to the blue whale, the Fin whale can grow to reach 75 feet in length. Their V-shaped heads make them well adapted to their habitat and make them incredible swimmers – Fin whales can reach up to 28 mph in rapid bursts of speed. These whales feed on krill and can be found across the world and like the humpback, they are on the endangered species list.

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VIDEO: Around the world

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has come to a close. This year there were 103 crewmembers on 12 boats competing in 14 different races on a 41,135 nautical mile circumnavigation around the world.

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VIDEO: Going for gold

“Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.” Wise words from Olympian Evi Van Acker.

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VIDEO: A collision of giants

July 25, 1956. The Andrea Doria, an ocean-class liner, was headed to New York in dense fog. Designed to carry 1,200 passengers and 500 crew and with a gross tonnage of 29,100, she was touted as the safest ship on the sea.

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VIDEO: Finding Esmeralda

David Mearns has an undergraduate degree in marine biology and a graduate degree in marine geology. The company he worked for did worldwide search and recovery for the U.S. Navy, and that got him started on his future career of finding shipwrecks.

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VIDEO: Beach boar

Like most animals, wild boars can swim, but who would have expected one of them to visit a crowded beach?

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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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