For an explanation, see our recent post Legend of the 'Figawi' name.
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking."
-John Masefield, "Sea Fever"
John Edward Masefield led a rich and interesting life - journeying from his native England to the United States at the turn of the century to work in a New York carpet factory before the ocean called him back home again. Continue reading
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There’s no doubt about it- sharing the pleasures of sailing with your children is an incredible opportunity for family bonding. Simply the idea of spending the day (or overnight!) on a boat can be a thrill for kids of any age; when they’re young they can just enjoy the views and sea breeze along with everyone else. As they get a bit older the real fun begins; they can learn how to actually sail the boat. Continue reading
Every summer Nantucket is home to a number of sailboat races. Nantucket's location is ideal for sailing and the races draw a number of participants. If you are considering a visit to Nantucket consider a time when one of these races are going, they are fun to watch. Here is a list of some of the best sailboat races in and around Nantucket. Some of the dates below are approximate, check the websites for exact dates for the upcoming season which haven't been posted at the time this post was published. Continue reading
Our quote this week comes from author, speaker, and pastor John Maxwell. I'm not familiar with John Maxwell, but I love this quote. Wyatt, our marketing guru, tweeted this out the other day, which is when I first heard it.
We put this quote onto a photo of another image from our 1950s postcard book. This image shows the Rainbow Fleet sailing in Nantucket Harbor. The Rainbow sailboat, is actually known as a "Beetle Cat" almost everywhere but Nantucket. The fleet sails around Brant Point in a parade fashion at the beinning of the Opera House Cup each August.
Today's quote come from Oracle Team USA's captain, James Spithill. This James Spithill quote is in reference to their remarkable effort to comeback and tie the race.
After winning two more races yesterday, Spithill and his crew have pulled even with Emirates Team New Zealand. Once trailing 8-1, Team USA has 7 straight wins in race to 9 wins. The final race is today at 1:15pm local time in San Francisco. A win would cap off a remarkable and unprecedented comeback for Team USA. Follow along on Twitter or watch live on NBC Sports.
I recently had to watch a few of the America's Cup races in San Francisco. As you may know, this is the 34th America's Cup and this year has seen a number of significant changes from the past. As the defending champs, Oracle Team USA was able to dictate the changes, which include a much shorter course than usual and a drastic change in the design of the boats. These AC72 boats certainly don't look much like traditional sailboats and have had their share of controversy, but they are quite impressive to see in person. Click to read more and see more photos.
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The short course makes it very easy for spectators to follow the action, with numerous great vantage points in the City by the Bay. I watched the races from a patio above the famous Ghirardelli Square, which gave me a great view of everything but the finish line. The two races I saw were fairly well decided before the finish line, but there was a TV nearby in case of a close finish.
Currently, Oracle Team USA is trailing the Emirates New Zealand team 8-5, which puts New Zealand just one win away from taking the America's Cup title. The US team has actually won 7 races, but were docked two points for cheating in the America's Cup World Series last summer. The penalty also resulted in the US Team losing a few of their team members to suspension. San Francisco Chronicle writer Tom Fitzgerald said "No other America's Cup boat has ever been punished as severely."
The patio I was on was hosting a Team Oracle party so there was plenty of Team USA support. However I've heard New Zealand fans have been much more vocal around San Francisco. Oracle has pulled closer and hopefully will be able genearate a little more buzz around the city by pusing it to the final day. Two races are scheduled for today (September 23rd), with the final two scheduled for tomorrow if they should be necessary. If you're not in San Francisco, you can follow the action live on the America's Cup YouTube channel.
Photo of a vintage postcard depicting Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket
This week's quote comes from the French and British author and historian Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953). This particular quote comes from his book Hills and the Sea, a collection of 38 essays. Belloc was known for capturing "the essence of each place he visits" and was praised by the New York Times for his "blend of wit and philosophy." He certainly captures the feeling of sailing "alone" with his quote here. The full book is available for free via Project Gutenberg.
The image above comes from a postcard book in my own collection. We added the quote but otherwise this is an original postcard. Although there is no year printed on the postcard, the stamp (not shown here) was produced in 1954. This image depicts a scened from Brant Point on Nantucket. There's no longer water inside the rock edge, unless there's a storm, but Brant Point Lighthouse still stands proudly. It certainly isn't an uncommon scene to see a solo sailor rounding the point, as shown in the postcard.
John F. Kennedy had a fondness for the sea. We've put a famous JFK quote on a photo of Nantucket harbor here. The Kennedy's are certainly known for their ties to Hyannisport than Nantucket, but they also have some history on Nantucket.
There was actually a bomb shelter built for JFK on Nantucket in 1961. The shelter was said to be a "Jet assist takeoff fuel bottle storage area." The shelter was never actually used though.