Kayak for FREE in NYC!

Kayak free in NYCThe Spare Times column in today’s NY Times has a great lead for a free outdoor activity in the Big Apple. Kayaking on the Hudson by Stephanie Goodman tells you how to get on the water for free at the The New York City Downtown Boathouse.

There ain’t a lot of things for free in NYC so don’t miss this one.

For an interesting blog about kayaking and NYC check out frogma. Also, check out tugster: a waterblog for an incredible chronicle of life in NY harbor.

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Disney and the Mystery of the Black Pearl

Yesterday I posted about the minor controversy surrounding the HMS Bounty’s recent tour of the UK. Last night I received the below Google Alert Black Pearl Sails into Plymouth. Interestingly, the URL for this alert is the Disney’s Official Pirates of the Caribbean website.

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Hey mom, that’s not the Black Pearl!

It’s interesting how the HMS Bounty just can’t seem to navigate herself out of storm clouds of controversy. First there was the unfortunate adult film high (seas) hijinks. (reported here and here). Now there seems to be a lot of disappointed Brits who thought they were visiting a Pirates of the Caribbean II and III movie star. (Well, they were but just not the one they thought.)

Today’s (August 30, 2007) The Mail reports Boy, 12, exposes touring Pirates of the Caribbean ship as a fake, the Times Online reports Black Pearl? This is not Jack Sparrow’s ship, boy tells pirates and The Sun reports Prats of the Caribbean rumbled. Not great PR!


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Save the Bay with the Continental Sloop Providence

Save the Bay - reviewing a chart I received an email today from Abby Wood, education specialist at Save the Bay, with a link to her blog Abby’s Day on the Bay in which she posted about a program we recently put together with her organization and the Providence Maritime Heritage Foundation on the Continental Sloop Providence. Check it out.

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Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association (MattSail)

Billy Mee by Laura McLean from ST (08 27 07) I’ve had the pleasure to help a group of community volunteer leaders launch a new nonprofit in my hometown of Mattapoisett, MA. The Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association was founded to accomplish a number of worthwhile objectives.

The real catalyst for MattSail was the death of Billy Mee, a fixture on the Mattapoisett waterfront and friend of many. The organization’s first program was named the William E. Mee Youth Sailing Program in order to honor his legacy as an expert sailor who introduced a lot of area residents to the sport and his passion.

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"So why are we surprised that, when the enemy becomes adaptive, we get caught off guard?"

NYT Challenging the Generals Today’s Sunday NY Times Magazine (August 26, 2007) has an interesting article written by Fred Kaplan entitled “Challenging the Generals – America’s junior officers are fighting the war on the ground in Iraq, and the experience is making a number of them lose faith in their superiors.”

After reading the NY Times article, I was intrigued by its inspiration, an essay entitled “A Failure of Generalship” published in the May 2007 issue of Armed Forces Journal.

Remarkably, the author of “A Failure of Generalship” is active duty Army deputy commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Lt. Co. Paul Yingling, who has served two tours in Iraq, another in Bosnia and a fourth in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago.

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US Coast Guard rescues Roz Savage

Update (August 28, 2008 ) New YouTube video:

Update: Roz Savage wrote a detailed blog posting of what transpired leading up to her USCG rescue.

Youtube video of USCG swimmer rescue:

I previously wrote about Roz Savage’s Pacific Ocean adventure here. Unfortunately, after experiencing equipment failure and heavy weather, she had to be rescued by the USCG earlier today. Here are a few stories:

Coast Guard rescuing woman who set off from San Francisco to row across Pacific (San Jose Mercury News)

Woman trying to row across Pacific abandons effort after boat capsizes (SF Chronicle)

Rough Seas End Attempt To Row Across Pacific (KTVU.com)

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