October 13, 2013 |
The day in 1492 when Columbus ran into a cluster of islands blocking his way to India is celebrated throughout Latin America and in Spain. It is now fixed in the United States as the second Monday in October, and Americans too have long commemorated the event, both embracing and vilifying the explorer. Irish and Italian immigrants proudly pointed to Columbus' Roman Catholic religion to fight the prejudice they experienced in their adopted country, and in 1882, they founded the Knights of Columbus, now the world's largest Catholic service organization.
October 4, 2013 |
Aboard the USS Truxtun last spring, Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass were about to shoot what they hoped would be a powerful scene in their new movie, "Captain Phillips," when a Navy captain intervened. "He said, 'You know that would never happen,'" Greengrass said. It was a delicate moment in the production. Working in the claustrophobic spaces of a U.S. Navy destroyer sailing off the coast of Virginia, the cast and crew had prepared for a shot where two key characters converge.
September 11, 2013 |
The two catamarans zipping across San Francisco Bay in the America's Cup finals each weighs about 163 tons less than America, the winning yacht in 1851 and namesake for sports' oldest active trophy. The lighter load obviously helps these boats achieve speeds up to 50 mph, but there's much more to their design; both are engineering marvels that maximize the energy provided by wind and water. The AC72 (America's Cup, 72 feet long) catamarans are defending America's Cup champion Oracle Team USA, owned by billionaire Larry Ellison, and challenger Emirates Team New Zealand.
September 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The Black Sail by Nautica menswear collection hit the runway at the Lincoln Center tents at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week on Sept. 6. Inspiration: The modern waterman. The look: Lots of technical fabrics used in pieces that were intended to be functional on the high seas and fashionable on dry land. There were plenty of light outerwear pieces including hooded anoraks, windbreakers, chunky sweaters and hoodies as well as a range of beach-appropriate shorts.
August 21, 2013 |
Never had a bad time on a boat, though the dangers of the high seas have been widely chronicled. As with Scylla, who reportedly had the upper body of a nymph and the heads of six ravenous dogs buckled 'round her waist. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, had some personal baggage of her own - born in a splash of sea foam, when the private parts of Uranus were cast down from heaven. Try explaining that on a first date. Him: "So tell me about your parents. " Her: "Oy. Well, Daddy had a little accident....
August 10, 2013 |
APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, Wis. - The thunderstorm struck with a vengeance around 9:30 p.m. We were anchored in Stockton Island's Quarry Bay in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, off the northwest tip of Wisconsin. Fortunately, though, we were protected from the 40 mph winds that lashed the waves and battered our boat. The evening had begun mildly enough. After a pleasant sail from the Port Superior Marina a few miles south of Bayfield, Wis., the four youngsters in our two-family group spent the day jumping and diving into Lake Superior from the deck of La Bateau, our chartered 44-foot Jeanneau sailboat.
August 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Clanging machinery echoes through the shorefront warehouse, mixing with an occasional acrid scent, making this cavernous space seem like a laboratory. Workers in black jackets - many of them designers and boat builders - scurry about the Oracle Team USA headquarters on a weekday afternoon as Russell Coutts surveys the scene. The way he sees it, this place could save the sport of sailing. "Let's set the record straight," Coutts says. "The America's Cup was dying.
June 23, 2013 |
JUNEAU, Alaska - I'd been told she'd had a little work done. Who can blame her? She was turning 50, and her life had been hard. The miles were starting to show. But after an $8-million update, she was as good as new and ready to celebrate - and I got to join the party. Meet the Malaspina: Fifty years ago she made the voyage that launched the Alaska Marine Highway System, a ferry network that opened the state's isolated coastal towns to tourism and gave residents easier access to the outside world.
May 14, 2013 |
"Legally Blonde" is headed for the high seas. Norwegian Cruise Lines will bring the Tony-nominated Broadway musical on board its Getaway, a 4,028-passenger ship set to debut in January 2014. And "Blonde" isn't the only musical to sail. CHEAT SHEET: Spring Arts Preview Getaway's sister ship, Breakaway, will stage "Rock of Ages" and Royal Caribbean recently held auditions for its "Hairspray" and "Chicago" productions. The 2001 movie-turned-musical "Legally Blonde" premiered on Broadway in 2007 and played 595 performances before closing in 2008.
April 23, 2013 |
Our cruise to Hawaii on the Celebrity Millennium began with saying goodbye to our ship docked in San Diego Harbor and taking a bus ride to Ensenada, Mexico , to meet it again. An act of Congress made it illegal for us to board our Malta-flagged ship in the United States because our destination was another U.S. port. The Jones Act, a 1920 maritime law, is commonly blamed for prohibiting foreign-flagged vessels from carrying passengers between two U.S. ports, without calling at a distant foreign port along the way. The restriction on transporting passengers actually originated from an 1886 law that is now called Chapter 551, Coastwise Trade of Title 46, Shipping, United States Code.