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Autumn Sail 13

Cooler temperatures and brisker winds can make autumn sailing more exciting, or maybe in the sixth boro those winds clearly hint a winter and gales to come.  This Lagoon 450 headed out under power, and will have to set sail soon, given where they might be headed. That looks like Spring of Sydney to me […]

Autumn Sail 12

Here are previous posts in this series. Many thanks to Capt. Justin Zizes for these next six photos, all taken on November 6 during the transit of two Scarano schooners from NYC’s sixth boro up to Albany. I would have joined as crew, but had obligations down river.  Here they glide under the TZ,   […]

Autumn Sail 11

Way in the distance where the waterway narrows, that’s lock E-11 and accompanying moveable dam, Amsterdam NY.  Click here for closer-ups of some of the Erie Canal locks and bank scenery. I saw no names anywhere as this catamaran cut dynamic grooves into a calm river, where I was waiting–in vain–for a vessel in the […]

Autumn Sail 10

Here was 9. It seems that sailing just gets better as summer turns into fall.  Like Pioneer.   Click here for bookings via Water Taxi. America 2.0 Shearwater Adirondack There are also those sailing vessels I’d like to see under sail.  Like Angel’s Share with its twin helms, here a close-up of the port helm. […]

Autumn Sail 9

Pioneer headed southwest,  then west. and Clipper City taking her stern. Laura K Moran takes the stern of an Offshore Sailing School boat. A small sloop appears to go head-t0-head with Meriom Topaz and does the same with Americas Spirit, as the tanker is lightered and provisioned. And finally .  . is the green cata-schooner […]

Autumn Sail 8

Here was 7. There are figureheads, and then there are figures on the head rig. Or dancers on the jibboom? Whatever part of a sail evolution this was, it looked like fun on Shearwater. Pioneer too seemed to relish playing in the Upper Bay the other evening, tacking off Ellis Island. I saw another too […]

Autumn Sail 7

A sailing race a thing of beauty is.  It’s graceful, regal, with no extraneous noise.  It’s slow . .  not to a swimmer but to the speeds “dinosaur fuel” propels us.  From left to right here, I think it’s America 2.0, Intrepid, Bernice, Black Watch, and  Pride of Baltimore II. Black Watch (?)  takes Pride […]

Autumn Sail 6

A yawl?  Know the name? I can’t help with the name, but it looks fun and wet.  It raced today as part of the New York Classic. The competition seemed fierce. Slower, but more stately, it’s Pride of Baltimore 2, who’s gone east as far as Lunenburg and west as far as Duluth this summer. […]

Autumn Sail 5

Late summer sail might look like this, Clipper City motorsailing up the Buttermilk Channel past Caribbean Princess, and early autumn sail like this: Gazela showing the flag in Oyster Bay.  The town dock here is roughly located in the former Jakobson yard, and that’s Growler and the Jakobson-built Deborah Quinn (1957, ex-W. R. Coe, Karen […]

Autumn Sail 4

Here’s Autumn Sail 2.  All fotos today come compliments of Melanie Lettau, who crews on A. J. Meerwald, below.  The occasion for the gathering down on the Chesapeake was the annual schooner race from Baltimore to Portsmouth, VA.  Here are the results.  Below, it’s Sultana and Summerwind.  Summerwind, based at the US Merchant Marine Academy […]