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Under Sail; Sailing for Paradise


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Under Sail
Sailing for Paradise
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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

The final program of Under Sail begins with a trip to a boat show, where viewers learn what to keep in mind when shopping for a sailboat. We then travel to st. Croix for a look at a sailing school. Finally, host Robbie Doyle discusses nearly every sailors dream - how to go about chartering a sailboat in the Caribbean. Doyle delves into the charter industry and talks about what an individual should know before closing a charter deal.



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Harney, Greg (Series Producer)
Piens (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Under Sail; Sailing for Paradise,” 05/20/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D49CD909F11F47879F10C18FC78F165D.
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APA: Under Sail; Sailing for Paradise. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D49CD909F11F47879F10C18FC78F165D
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