For centuries, ornithologists and textbooks said that birds lack a sense of smell. Now a researcher says that birds — in particular certain ocean birds — have very finely tuned olfactory function, which allows them to smell their next meal from as far as 12 miles away. READ MORE
Every year, for the past 35 years, boat lovers have been able to board and ogle vintage 20th century sail and motor boats at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, and this year will be no different. This year’s event, the 36th, will take place on August 25 and 26 in Salem, Massachusetts.
For the past year, Mario Vittone has been writing the Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea blog for Soundingsonline.com. Now he is undertaking a new venture with Soundings, called Ask Mario, where readers can get answers to their boating safety questions. In this video, Mario answers the question: How often should thru hull fittings be replaced? WATCH
Alison Langley is well-known for her nautical photography, but she also studied film at New York University, which she put to good use to tell the story of Marilee, a 1926 Nathanael Herreshoff New York 40 that the French & Webb yard rebuilt in Belfast, Maine. The documentary is 38 minutes long. If you love beautiful boats, it’s worth every minute of your time. WATCH
For the past year, former US Coast Guard rescue swimmer Mario Vittone has been teaching Soundings readers how to be safer on the water through his “Lifelines: Safety And Rescue At Sea” blog. He will continue to educate us, but first, he wants to hear from you. READ MORE.
New Jersey is often the butt of jokes, but those who live there know it’s got a lot more than a refinery next to the New Jersey Turnpike. As residents and boaters know, New Jersey has plenty of lighthouses, and as seen in this beautiful drone video, there’s not a refinery in sight. WATCH
Love to sail, don’t mind cold weather or the occasional polar bear, and have an urge to get away from it all? Then the 1910 Dutch schooner Noorderlicht may be just your ticket as she cruises the Arctic waters around Spitsbergen, halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole. READ MORE