August 23, 2016 |
Philadelphia-area breast cancer survivors were disappointed Sunday when a forecast of late afternoon thunderstorms canceled their dragon boat races on the Schuylkill but said the joy of paddling together provides both physical and psychological therapy during their April-through-October season. "There are 20 paddlers, two to a seat, and a steerer and a drummer, and we all have to work together as an engine to make this boat go forward," said Peg Schofield, a 21-year breast cancer survivor from Ardmore and president of the Hope Afloat USA dragon boat team.
August 18, 2016 |
Does time travel to your glorious youth sound like fun? Philadelphia-based party planner Alan Rubens could have your tickets to ride for a hop back to Rydell High maybe, or an amble down country roads. A groovy trip through the psychedelic '60s, or a multiday haul on the "Soul Train. " Instead of rail or DeLorean, most of the journey will take place on the high seas, on a nostalgia-packed music cruise featuring some durable stars of those bygone, but not forgotten, eras. "The music cruise business is going great," Rubens said recently from his home office in Wynnewood.
August 4, 2016 |
Part of a U.S. women's rowing eight that is undefeated for the last decade, including at the last two Olympics, Lauren Schmetterling, from Moorestown, is like the Division II basketball player starring in the NBA. Her path to this boat headed for Rio is unique. She rowed in high school at Moorestown, and kept doing it at Colgate, but that school was far from a rowing power. Yet Schmetterling now is a mainstay in the best boat in the sport. "I feel like every year that I rowed, I've gotten a little bit better," said Schmetterling, who turns 28 Wednesday.
August 4, 2016 |
Can three-tenths of a second determine four years of your life? Add these facts: Those three-tenths are the margin between third place and fourth in an Olympic rowing final contested over 2,000 meters. "It's a hard thing to walk away from," said Steve Kasprzyk, who found he couldn't. The Drexel graduate from Cinnaminson is the only returnee from the United States men's rowing eight at the 2012 London Olympics. Going into London, Kasprzyk had intended to retire regardless of result.
August 1, 2016 |
When Richard Burgess had a last-minute problem with his Star sailboat, he knew to go to his friend John M. MacCausland. "He was leaving the next day to go to Europe," to race his own Star in Kiel, Germany, Burgess said. "But he stayed all night" to repair the boat that Burgess himself needed for a pending East Coast race. "He was always there for you," said Burgess, who began sailing with and against Mr. MacCausland in 1966. On Saturday, July 23, Mr. MacCausland, 82, of Cherry Hill, a former owner of Marine Spars, a Star boat sales company there, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at Arden Courts of Cherry Hill, a memory care community.
July 28, 2016 |
Nearly a year after a major dredging operation began shutting it down, boating on the Cooper River seemed back to normal Tuesday. Sailboats tacked into light breezes, a kayak skimmed along the Pennsauken shore, and three sleek shells packed with young rowers from Moorestown glided west. But shouts and a shrill whistle - even a waterborne visit from "law enforcement" - will greet any boater who gets close to that new line of white buoys stretched across the river. To its east lie the two miles of submerged pipes, suction equipment, and dredge boats of Camden County's $10.5 million channel-deepening operation, which resumed July 1 after a three-month pause.
July 13, 2016 |
A man killed in a boating accident off Barnegat Light on Sunday has been identified as Chan Kang, 26, of Hainesport. Kang was piloting a 12-foot skiff when the craft was struck by the front end of a 36-foot speedboat, according to police. The incident occurred in the Oyster Creek Channel in Barnegat Bay at about 2:20 p.m., according to the Coast Guard. Kang was ejected into the water and died from his injuries said Trooper Lawrence Peele of the New Jersey State Police. Another person in the skiff was taken to the Southern Ocean Medical Center with minor injuries, Peele said.
July 4, 2016 |
A father and son died in a boating accident Saturday afternoon in Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey State Police said. The accident occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. in Patcong Creek, Somers Point Police said. State Police did not release names for the victims; a spokesman said the boy was eight years old. He did not have an age for the father. firstname.lastname@example.org 856-779-3220 @elaijuh
April 22, 2016 |
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
April 11, 2016
Because many cities popular with tourists are on the water, often the best way to get a good view of them is by boat. Many services offer expensive boat excursions operated by tour operators. We've found that the best, and cheapest, option is to hop aboard a ferry that local commuters take. The nearest example of nautical tourism is the Staten Island Ferry in New York. This free boat ride whisks visitors from lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back, offering a wonderful view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way. The ferry operates 24/7, providing a particularly romantic nighttime excursion.