Nearing 200,000 hits in a year and a half

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200,000 seems like a big number for a weblog devoted a such a niche subject. It’s great that we’re reaching lots of people!

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Another YouTube sample of vicarious sailing to gladden the heart

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Sailing a Friendship sloop across Muscongus Bay

Ted at the weblog Dovetails noticed that we’ve been presenting some boating clips from YouTube, and kindly sent us this one. The boat is a lovely Friendship sloop called Black Star, and the outing was a sail across Muscongus Bay with a brisk North-Westerly.

See it at Dovetails.

Friendship sloops are heavily built working boats developed towards the end of the 19th Century around the port of Friendship on Muscongus Bay on North America’s Eastern coast. They have impressive deep keels with a striking degree of drag, and equally impressive sailing rigs. To find out more go to the Friendship Sloop Society website.

Black Star is listed in the Society’s registry, and there’s a nice photo on the page listing boats 246 to 279.

Friendship sloop Black Star sail plan

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A brief escape with Onawind Blue – and some other weblogs

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Onawind Blue goes sailing

Ben Crawshaw’s Invisible Workshop always provides a welcome dose of sanity when it’s needed, and his new post yesterday was no exception. In fact, it was better than ever: as I watched his video on YouTube I could feel the breeze and the water, the roll of the boat and the sense of freedom – until it was all over. Then when I had a chance I played it again, and again… Thanks for letting in a little happiness Ben!

Elsewhere on the Blogroll, we have A Shipwright in Training, in which a lucky psychologist sees the light and trains to be a boatbuilder, the Classic Sailing Club has several kinds of unpredictable fun on the Orwell and elsewhere, and Dale Austin’s Egret gets more and more interesting as his boat built to Commodore Monroe’s legendary design approaches completion.

And don’t miss Roache’s Adventures, which include some historical material, a trip to Woodbridge in company with some gorgeous Strange yachts, and some heavyweight advice to ‘dreamers’.