Tag: Sailboats and Sailing

On a Bahamas Sail, 8 Friends Get a Taste of Robinson Crusoe

Thick emerald waves broke over a quarter-mile-long sandbar, blocking our way. A few hundred yards east, whitecaps crashed across Exuma Sound — a 6,000-foot-deep abyss of rolling swells and powerful trade winds that would likely flip our tiny sailboats. Beyond the sandbar, we could see the tranquil flats of the Exuma Bank and the protected […]

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He Made the Longest Ocean Voyage in History, and Turned It Into Art

Along a Hudson River pier in 2010, a sailor docked his battered schooner as a crowd watched in quiet anticipation. When he wearily stepped onto land, he had finished a remarkable human journey: Reid Stowe had been at sea for 1,152 days, the longest nonstop ocean voyage in recorded history. A decade later, Mr. Stowe […]

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No One Needs a Superyacht, but They Keep Selling Them

LONDON — The end of summer is a nervous time for superyacht designers, and not because they fear that the owners of their latest creations may be disappointed with the first outings in the Mediterranean. The worry is about the designers’ next vessels, because this is the time of year when clients whose boats are […]

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The Climate Activist and the Sea

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, represents many things to many factions in the fight to slow human-driven global warming. Some see her as a manipulated totem. Others, as a hero. I’m among those who see great value in Thunberg’s sharp prod to the status quo, though I see the greatest value in climate […]

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Greta Thunberg, Teenage Climate Activist, Reaches New York by Boat

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Her protests on Fridays demanding action on climate change have inspired children to demonstrate in some 100 cities. Her admonitions to grown-ups to “tell it like it is” have won her an invitation to speak at the United Nations […]

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A Sailing Lesson on the Hudson, Followed by Nature, History and Good Eats in Inwood

You’re reading Summer in the City, our limited-edition newsletter that rounds up the best things to do in New York City during the hottest season of the year. Sign up here to get future editions delivered to your inbox. The Game Plan What to do One of the joys of Manhattan is perching on the […]

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Greta Thunberg to Join New York Climate Talks. She’ll Take a Very Fast Sailboat.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, will cross the Atlantic Ocean in mid-August on an open-cockpit racing yacht to attend a United Nations summit meeting on global warming. “Good news! I’ll be joining the U.N. Climate Action Summit in […]

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College Admissions Scandal: No Prison Time for Former Stanford Coach

BOSTON — A former Stanford University sailing coach accused of taking bribes from a corrupt college consultant was ordered on Wednesday to serve no prison time, becoming the first person sentenced in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions fraud prosecution. The coach, John Vandemoer, was given a far lighter sentence than prosecutors had sought: a single […]

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Judge to Decide First Sentence in College Admissions Scandal

A former Stanford University sailing coach accused of taking bribes from a corrupt college consultant is set to learn his punishment in federal court on Wednesday, becoming the first person sentenced in the nation’s largest-ever college admissions fraud prosecution. Looming over his sentencing will be a larger question, about who should be considered a victim […]

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