August 16, 2013 |
CHEATING HAS become so commonplace in sports it's surprising Rock-Paper-Scissors conglomerates haven't caught competitors using scissors that can cut rock. Today's cheatgate involves accusations levied against America's Cup defending champion Oracle Team USA in what is being called potentially one of the biggest scandals in the regatta's 162-year history. Oh, the humanity. "For sure," said Italy's Luna Rossa skipper, Max Sirena, when asked whether he thought Oracle cheated when it admitted it modified its boats without permission of the Measurement Committee.
July 20, 2013
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. Informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $40-$50. Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off & Celebration Hot dog & toppings competitions. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. Free admission; $5-$25 food and beverage tickets. 7/20. 1-4 pm. Electric Run Evening 5k with music and light installations all along the course Fairmount Park, 4231 Ave. of the Republic; 215-685-0274.
April 14, 2013
A Memoir By Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway William Morrow. 306 pp. $28.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey To be a fly on the wall the night Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor tucked into a pumpkin pie and deep-dished their mutual ex-husband, Eddie Fisher, as they watched The Last Samurai ! Unsinkable , Reynolds' second memoir in 25 years, includes such vignettes. She recalls from a polite distance prompting her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher, to describe it on the dust-jacket as a "tell-some.
March 4, 2013
Sunsets, seafaring, and ports of call. This website offers an endless ocean of daydreaming for travelers who can't resist the wide-open sea - or the bikini-clad girls sunning themselves on the ship decks in the pictures. Name: InterSailClub.com What it does: It's a planning and booking platform for chartered sailing vacations. What's hot: I did backflips when I clicked on "Who's on Board?" and up popped a color-coded map of the ship that showed me which berths were available.
August 18, 2012 |
BOSTON - The world's oldest commissioned warship will sail under its own power for just the second time in more than a century to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname "Old Ironsides. " The USS Constitution, which was first launched in 1797, will be tugged from its berth in Boston Harbor on Sunday to the main deepwater pathway into the harbor. It will then set out to open seas for a 10-minute cruise. The short trip marks the day two centuries ago when the Constitution bested the British frigate HMS Guerriere in a fierce battle during the War of 1812.
July 17, 2012 |
PRINCETON — The audience arrived Sunday at the McCarter Theatre Center for H.M.S. Pinafore primed for immediate enjoyment, ready to giggle at the sprightly tunes, ahhh at the pretty scenery — and with every reason to do so. Opera New Jersey's second production of its summer season is an artistic success on every front, a hit that happily has four more performances spread among Princeton, Morristown and Asbury Park. The Tim Saternow-designed production, seen at the Santa Fe Opera and the Berkshire Theater Festival, is set on a handsome, reasonably realistic ship's deck, with an abundance of doors allowing numerous surprise entrances and symmetrical choreography by Jennifer Paulson Lee. The anatomy of this triumph, however, begins with director Michael Unger's keen strategic awareness of what this operetta is and isn't.
July 13, 2012 |
Sailing on the Cooper River sure is different from driving around it. And pushing a tiller is nothing like turning a wheel. This I discover thanks to the patient young instructors at the Cooper River Yacht Club in Collingswood, where 20 other landlubbers and I recently survived our maiden voyages. "There are no brakes," Aaron Sirken, 17, tells me, referring to the two-person Precision-15 sailboats used for introductory sailing classes. Sirken, of Cherry Hill, is right.
July 4, 2012 |
HONOLULU - A $2.2 million expedition is hoping to solve one of America's most enduring mysteries: What exactly happened to famed aviator Amelia Earhart when she went missing over the South Pacific 75 years ago? A group of scientists, historians, and salvagers think they have a good idea. They left Honolulu on Tuesday for a remote island in the Pacific nation of Kiribati in hopes of finding wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane. Their working theory is that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed on a reef near the Kiribati atoll of Nikumaroro, then survived a short time.
June 28, 2012 |
These days, Jonathan Wright is far removed from the coast of Australia, where he once spent hours, if not entire days, on the water as part of the most renowned American sailing team in history. Today, his work is no less time-consuming and arguably equally instrumental. The 66-year-old serves as the Vanderstar Chair at the United States Naval Academy, overseeing the quality and safety of all sailing vessels. Wright, who grew up in Chestnut Hill, supervises trips in which 80 midshipmen squeeze onto a 45-foot vessel, in part to complete the academy's requirement that all graduates know how to sail.
June 17, 2012 |
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With a new America's Cup event and a gathering of tall ships headed to Newport this summer, Rhode Island's 2012 tourist season aims to attract visitors with a celebration of its nautical heritage. This month's America's Cup World Series regatta at Fort Adams State Park is expected to feature top international sailors competing in catamarans built for speed and agility. The event is scheduled for June 23 to July 1 and will include four days of racing. The World Series races are being held in locations around the globe; Newport's race will be the final stop before next year's America's Cup in San Francisco.