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Under Sail; Spinnakers

04/21/1983


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Series
Under Sail
Program
Spinnakers
Program Number

105

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

Spinnakers- their theory, practice, care and handling- form the focus of this program, as host Robbie Doyle takes us out on a larger boat with two students. As the spinnaker gear is rigged, viewers make a careful inspection of the boat and its safety accouterments before taking off. At the end of a sail around the bay, we learn how to dry the spinnaker and repack it for later use. This show also features some discussion of weight distribution.

Duration

00:31:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Instructional
Topics
Sports
Creators
Harney, Greg (Series Producer)
Piens (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Under Sail; Spinnakers,” 04/21/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A986FF006CE24D52AA8EB53CDB9EDBCE.
MLA: “Under Sail; Spinnakers.” 04/21/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A986FF006CE24D52AA8EB53CDB9EDBCE>.
APA: Under Sail; Spinnakers. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A986FF006CE24D52AA8EB53CDB9EDBCE
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