Bjoern Kils, a German who grew up sailing the Baltic Sea, makes his living on New York Harbor running two NYmediaBoat.com RIBs out of Liberty Landing Marina for a variety of jobs — sightseeing tours, movie and TV shoots, towing, diving or whatever someone needs done on the busy waters he knows well.
Editor’s note: Charles Doane, cruising editor of Sail magazine (one of Soundings’ sister magazines), was one of four people rescued from an Alpha 42 catamaran off Virginia after the boat was disabled in a gale. Doane, the delivery skipper and the yacht’s owners were en route to the BVI from New York. Here is Doane’s account.
Racers know the risks of pushing limits, and this “Top 10” crashes video we found on YouTube features all kinds of boats being put hard through their paces.
It’s hard to begrudge a man for having a passion for sailing. But you can begrudge him when he’s a novice who buys a sailboat and takes it on a solo shakedown cruise on a moonless night, guided only by the GPS on his cellphone.
Cruisers visiting Mexico for the Christmas holidays were taken aback when heavily armed Mexican marines, backing up tax agents from AGACE — the Mexican version of the IRS — swept through 12 marinas looking for violations of import tax regulations.
Stanley Paris has abandoned his solo, non-stop circumnavigation attempt because of damage and technical issues on his 63-foot yacht, Kiwi Spirit.
Solo sailor Stanley Paris fell and injured his ribs while pulling down a torn headsail on New Year’s Day. The 76-year-old is attempting to become the oldest person to sail around the world single-handed and nonstop in a self-imposed time of 120 days.
A planned solo Caribbean cruise ended abruptly earlier this week when a liveaboard sailor had to radio the Coast Guard in 10- to 12-foot seas and 30- to 35-mph winds off Islamorada, Fla.
We’ve brought you a number of videos of ships in big seas from several perspectives. This time we’ll let you experience what it’s like to be relaxing in the lounge when a ship suddenly heels.
You’ve heard of land vehicles that convert into boats, but how about a sailing yacht that morphs into an airplane?
The Clipper Round the World Race is unique in that its crews are primarily amateurs who pay to sail one or more of the eight legs or the full 3,000-mile circumnavigation.
Remember how — before the dawn of the digital age — undeveloped rolls of film could get lost in the junk drawer for years on end, so when you finally got around to developing the photos they seemed to come from some distant time and place?
The Coast Guard started an “underwater egress” training program last summer to help crewmembers increase their chances of survival in the event of a capsize.
Few places on earth are more remote than Palmerston Island, a coral atoll in the Pacific that is home to only 62 people.
There are numerous iconic bluewater yacht races — England’s Fastnet, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Vendee Globe. Australia has the Rolex Sydney Hobart race.
The last few weeks of wintry weather have caused headaches in many parts of the country — multi-car pileups, cancelled flights, frigid temperatures — as well as snow days for kids.
The Coast Guard documents on video many of the operations it conducts. At the end of each year, it releases a Top 10 compilation highlighting the most compelling stories and invites the public to vote on their favorite.
BBC television host Steve Leonard and Arctic expert Jason Roberts were filming an episode about polar bears for the documentary series “Incredible Journeys” when they had a very close call.
The side-wheel steamer Keystone State was pounded in a November storm and claimed by Lake Huron in 1861, with the loss of all 33 hands on board. The ship's final resting place was a mystery for 152 years — until now.
The crew of Pumpin’ Hard, of Ocean City, Md., trailed some bait and a video camera off their 58-foot Blackwell’s dredge. Turns out there were some very hungry makos in the vicinity, and they weren’t camera-shy.
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