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Under Sail
Day Sailing
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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

We learn just what’s required to safely take off and return for a short sail in the harbor. Host Robbie Doyle reviews the balance of forces involved in sailing and some of the tools sailors use to take advantage of those forces. We delve a bit more into theory and terminology with the series regular, The Commodore, and learn how crucial care and maintenance of equipment can be. As in all Under Sail segment, Mr. Knot shows us a bit more about the necessity for a knowledge of knots. Points of sail and wind direction are also covered.



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Piens (Series Producer)
Harney, Greg (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Under Sail; Day Sailing,” 04/01/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A69B9A0138ED46AE8A1AD296936F5581.
MLA: “Under Sail; Day Sailing.” 04/01/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A69B9A0138ED46AE8A1AD296936F5581>.
APA: Under Sail; Day Sailing. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A69B9A0138ED46AE8A1AD296936F5581
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