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VIDEO: Storm-tossed sailboat

The “law of the sea” demands that you render assistance to a mariner in distress, and that time-honored mandate was fortunate for a trio of recreational boaters aboard a disabled 55-foot sailboat.

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VIDEO: Taking a spin

Maximo Trinidad, a veteran stand-up paddleboarder, was in the middle of a great ride when a spinner shark, oblivious to his fun, barrel-rolled him off his board.

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VIDEO: Surfing with the wind

Conditions on the East River weren’t ideal for the State University of New York Maritime College sailing team to fine-tune their technique, but that wasn’t the point on this day.

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VIDEO: Desperate moments

When a fishing trawler ran onto rocks while trying to enter an Irish port in gale conditions, the three crewmen aboard the 66-foot steel vessel quickly found themselves in a life-or-death situation with 10-foot seas washing over the deck.

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VIDEO: Inlet error

Transiting an inlet can be challenging, and safe passage depends on the tide, waves and the skipper’s ability.

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VIDEO: Side by side

Ship launching is a naval tradition in many cultures. One of the most exciting methods used is side launching.

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VIDEO: Sudden danger

The day was anything but predictable at a dock in San Diego as a 150-foot whale-watching ship came in hard — so hard it left tourists scrambling to escape a violent collision.

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VIDEO: Ode to an icon

The original Bluenose was designed as a fishing schooner and a raceboat — and she excelled at both.

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VIDEO: Desperate measures

A crew of drug runners were shuttling their contraband in a go-fast boat when Panamanian narcotics officers joined them in hot pursuit.

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VIDEO: Split and spilling

A maritime disaster unfolding off Taiwan has caused no deaths, but there are serious concerns about its effects on the environment.

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VIDEO: Swarm of Moths

They are the coolest (or strangest-looking) sailing dinghies you’re likely to encounter on the water, but there is more to Moths than meets the eye.

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VIDEO: Special delivery

The hope for anyone on a whale-watching tour is that the stars align and they get to see a breaching mammal up close.

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VIDEO: 500 years under the sea

Eighteen years of research, excavations and archaeological analysis paid off when a British shipwreck-hunting team discovered one of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's ships.

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VIDEO: Humpbacks come to play

The career of a marine wildlife photographer offers moments of magic, and sometimes pursuing their vocation leads to a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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VIDEO: Our ocean playground

For those with a passion for the water, a new adventure/environmental documentary is touring the country with screenings at select locations.

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VIDEO: Fair warning

Don’t expect it as a smartphone app or a feature on the multifunction display at your helm station anytime soon, but some really smart people at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a prediction tool that may give mariners a 2- to 3-minute warning of an incoming rogue wave.

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VIDEO: To the limit

Training has begun for the next America’s Cup, which will be held in Bermuda in 2017, and the teams are honing their skills aboard AC45S training catamarans.

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VIDEO: Bow rider

This video went viral a couple of years ago, but it has recently resurfaced because it’s so cool.

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VIDEO: Bluewater superhighway

From the perspective of our local cruising grounds — patches of water and solitude we know and love as our own — we can forget there’s a great big maritime world chugging along 24 hours a day.

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VIDEO: Born to run

The J Class has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world — the America’s Cup. The renowned international event was born in the 19th century from an annual race around the Isle of Wight called the 100 Guinea Cup.

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