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Under Sail; Sailing for Non-Sailors


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Under Sail
Sailing for Non-Sailors
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Series Description

Broadcast in 1983 Batten down the hatches, because WGBH Boston is taking to the water with Under Sail, public television’s unprecedented ”how-to” series on the art of sailing. The eight-part series will take viewers from the very basics of the sport right through to the more advanced aspects, employing a range of vessels and experts along the way in on-the-water instruction. The series was shot primarily at the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota, Florida, with Caribbean side trips to St. Croix and Tortola.

The series host was Robbie Doyle, former US Olympic sailing team member and member of the 1977 America’s Cup winning team. Series regulars included Mr. Knot (Brion Toss), The Commodore (Warwick Tompkins), Harry the Loser (Tom O’Brien) and sailboard expert Kay Robberson.

Produced in association with Sail Magazine.

Series release date: 1983

Program Description

In the premiere show, host Robbie Doyle welcomes viewers to the series, explaining what’s on board for the next eight weeks and providing an introduction to the pleasures of sailing. Rather than first wading through a lot of the terminology and theory of the sport, Doyle immediately takes viewers onto the water for a head start at growing sea legs. We learn a bit of the language of sailing and a lot about the sport’s being neither as complicated nor as intimidating as its reputation.



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Piens (Series Producer)
Harney, Greg (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Under Sail; Sailing for Non-Sailors,” 03/31/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 18, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9EB95288ED8A4D23AB704EDA06873E8D.
MLA: “Under Sail; Sailing for Non-Sailors.” 03/31/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 18, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9EB95288ED8A4D23AB704EDA06873E8D>.
APA: Under Sail; Sailing for Non-Sailors. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9EB95288ED8A4D23AB704EDA06873E8D
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