Category: Boating

What’s next now that Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing events have ended? Hope.

Estimated reading time 20 minutes – EDITORIAL – The spectacle that lasted 10 days on the beautiful waters of Enoshima Island, Japan, was something to behold—110 fleet races taking place in 6 race areas filled the horizon with 250 boats and boards. Hope brought 350 sailors there to capture one of the 30 medals to be awarded in 10 classes of boat/board categories. However, in 2020, the pandemic had put our lives on a roller coaster and turned our lives upside down. It must have been very hard for athletes to prepare themselves for years, bodily as well as mentally, for the summer of 2020 only to find themself in an abyss of forced cancellation of events due to the pandemic. That anti-climatic moment perhaps...

6 tips for the Atlantic ICW journey and the story of Makau

Estimated reading time 18 minutes – We recently had a great time talking to Captain George Bentz and his wife, First Mate Lisa Bentz, about the lessons learned from their semi-prepared cruise up the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) from Port Charlotte, Florida, to their homeport in the Chesapeake Bay this past spring. By the way, they definitely don’t suggest anybody do it the way they did it, “semi-prepared” being the operative word.  The 6 tips they shared with TripsOfDiscovery.com readers and anyone contemplating a future trip on the ICW was most compelling.  Excellent communication with your crew at all times is a must Let’s start with Tip Number 1: Excellent communication with your crew at all times is a must. Captain Bentz stressed that the...

There is a battleship at the end of this road

Estimated reading time 15 minutes – SBFL 13*  – PLANNING TO VISIT – 2 Virginia towns not to miss on the way down to Florida on the ICW – Norfolk and Portsmouth. – Imagine this. You have some time on hand and are heading down south to Florida with your boat on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Let’s say you left from somewhere in New York. It’s going to be a fantastic trip, of course, that is, in part thanks to the ICW, that will help you to avoid popple. However, if you are too focused on getting to Florida or just so cheap that you squeeze a quarter so tight the eagle screams, I guarantee that you are bound to miss a lot of...

Ah, Virginia … Inspired by history and adventure

Estimated reading time – 10 minutes – SBFL 12*  – PLANNING TO VISIT – It was a balmy spring Thursday on April 26 on the Virginia shores. After 4½ months at sea, some 104 people from Britain, horses, and supplies landed on Cape Henry to establish the first permanent English-speaking colony in the New World, North America. The year was 1607. As a Smithsonian Magazine article puts it, “One ebullient adventurer later wrote that he was “almost ravished” by the sight of the freshwater streams and ‘faire meddowes and goodly tall trees’ they encountered when they first landed at Cape Henry. After skirmishing with a band of Natives and planting a cross, the men of the Virginia Company expedition returned to their ships—the Susan Constant,...