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Under Sail; Wind Surfing


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Under Sail
Wind Surfing
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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 this segment, we motor out of the marina and hoist the sail at sea. Board-sailing figures prominently in this program. We follow some board-sailors, and windsurfing expert Kay Robberson explains how they use their weight and the balance of forces on the rig in tandem to control their direction and speed. The subject of navigation also gets a good deal of attention.



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Harney, Greg (Series Producer)
Piens (Series Producer)
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