December 2, 2013 |
I wasn't sure if I was ready for my first kiss, but as the catamaran eased from the dock on Grand Cayman - heading deeper into the translucent, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea - I felt a growing sense of excitement. The crewmen introduced themselves and ticked off the rules of the vessel. Captain Jack Sparrow wasn't among them, but there were other characters. "If you fall overboard, yell out your first and last name," said one. "Say it loudly and clearly, so we can cross you off the passenger list before we motor off!"
October 17, 2013 |
It's hard to imagine being farther off the grid than the weathered yachtsman played by Robert Redford in the majestic, melancholy All Is Lost . There he is, solo on a 39-foot sailboat in the middle of the Indian Ocean, taking on water after a freak accident: During the night, while he slept, his boat struck a drifting shipping container, and a corner of the giant corrugated metal box pierced its hull. Redford's nameless mariner wakes up to find the contents of his galley bobbing like rubber duckies in a bath.
September 17, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL Nineteen thousand feet above sea level was far from the wet and wind where John MacCausland likes to play. But the champion sailboat racer from Cherry Hill had always wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, just as he had set his sights for decades on another goal: the world championship in the Star class of sailboats. He had won 19 East Coast championships and six North American championships since he began racing Stars as a teenager. He even crewed on the America's Cup winner, Stars and Stripes, in 1987.
July 21, 2013
Ride accident injures seven SANDUSKY, Ohio - A boat on a thrill ride at an amusement park accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned Friday, injuring all seven people on it. Operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids ride after the accident, which occurred on the ride's first hill, the Cedar Point amusement park said. Park police officers, medical technicians, ride operators, and park visitors helped the passengers off the boat. Cedar Point officials wouldn't say how the boat landed after rolling downhill.
July 1, 2013 |
HE HAD A WAY of touching everyone around him. With his smile, with his quick wit and snappy remarks. With his candor and spontaneity. Paul Pratt had a way of impacting lives. It's why those who knew him, rowed with him, saw him every day, find it hard to fathom that he's gone. Two summers ago, Pratt once accidentally severed two fingers and part of another on his left hand. The Episcopal Academy junior was never supposed to row again. He did, not only making the Churchmen team, but making it onto their top boat.
June 14, 2013 |
Describing the crime as egregious and callous, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb in Camden sentenced Scott Tran, 40, a Cherry Hill chiropractor, to 46 months in prison for initiating a botched scheme to scuttle his fishing boat, the Alexander II, for the insurance money. "You are the one who paid money to sink your boat," the judge said Wednesday. "You are the one who put those lives at risk, and thankfully no one was harmed. " She also ordered him to pay $279,897 in restitution and $75,000 in fines.
June 14, 2013 |
Arson claimed four boats at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken early Wednesday, leaving the crew team of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School partly in ruins. Head coach Chris De Young said the vandalism would not stop his team when the season resumes in September, even if it means "begging and borrowing" throughout the summer. "It's devastating," said De Young, who surveyed the damage Wednesday afternoon. Two 16-foot launches were destroyed, leaving one submerged next to the dock on the Cooper River, which is known nationally as a top venue for competitive rowing.
June 12, 2013
By Michael Bradley When I was 14, I spent a summer week with my cousins' family in Avalon, swimming and goofing off as only a teenage boy can. It was a great time, except for the fishing trip. Make that especially because of the fishing trip. Midweek, my uncle announced that his good friend had chartered a boat and that we would all be setting out on an early-morning fishing junket the next day. We were all excited, particularly since my uncle's friend was Richie Phillips, who died last week at age 72. I had met Mr. Phillips a couple of years earlier and found him extremely formidable.
June 10, 2013
Maritime officials recommend that boaters: Stay in the navigation channels or deeper water. Proceed at lower speeds than usual and use a lookout if piloting in uncharted waters. Keep eyes open for debris that might be out there but isn't marked, and stay away from areas designated as such. Keep clear of debris removal and dredging operations. Report any sighting of unmarked debris or shoaling to 1-877-WARN-DEP. Always wear a life jacket. Access Local Notices to Mariners (LNM's)
May 30, 2013 |
LINTHICUM, Md. - Passengers whose cruise vacations were cut short by a fire onboard the Grandeur of the Seas arrived back home Tuesday on charter flights from the Bahamas, many praising the crew's response and some already planning their next sailings. Photos of the Royal Caribbean ship show a large area of the stern charred on several decks. Rebecca Killinger of Carlisle said she had no idea how extensive the fire was until the ship got into dock in Freeport, Bahamas. That's in part because of the crew's calm, orderly response, she said.