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Sailboat on the Charles
Lens: Tamron 18-200 F3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Camera: K-50 Photo Location: Boston, MA ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: SSGGeezer, 10-22-2017, 07:13 PM

One of the sailboats from the MIT marina as the person has a few issues trying to turn onto his starboard tack cleanly. Shot @200mm.
Taken from the Esplanade near the band shell along the Charles River, Boston, MA. Cropped but SOOC otherwise.

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Interesting to see contrast between old technology sailboat and new technology buildings.
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Looks kind of like my old Calibri, that little boat was a lot of fun.
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This shot brings back lots of memories - we lived in Watertown in quarters that were on the premises of what was then the US Army Advanced Materials Laboratory (now a Tony area of shops and offices). We spent a lot of time in places up and down the Charles, and I remember watching the MIT dinghies racing even when is was pretty chilly. I was on the MIT campus occasionally to use the university's incredible library.

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Old shot with an old lens, I wonder what this would look like with my KP and 55-300 PLM? Maybe I will get a chance this summer to see. Current plans just include flying out of Boston, but SWMBO wants to spend a day or two there soon.
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It would help the tacking if he pulled the main sheet in!
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QuoteOriginally posted by southlander Quote
It would help the tacking if he pulled the main sheet in!
It must be built into the Psyche in Oz that you must know how to sail since you are surrounded by ocean! I couldn't tell since I was people watching on the esplanade more than critiquing his sailing skills. (Since they are better than mine!)
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
It must be built into the Psyche in Oz that you must know how to sail since you are surrounded by ocean! I couldn't tell since I was people watching on the esplanade more than critiquing his sailing skills. (Since they are better than mine!)
I'm a former catamaran racer.

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My first PE class at M.I.T. was sailing. We used a dingy much like that one.
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I'm a former catamaran racer.
Is there a difference between thinking for this boat and what you would do?
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Is there a difference between thinking for this boat and what you would do?
The basics are the same but it all happens much faster! Tacking is easier/quicker on a monohull like the one in this post. It takes more effort to get two hulls to turn across the breeze. With a monohull you can use weight transfer to help roll the boat through the turn. There's a bit of breeze blowing in this post's image as there are a few small breaking waves even though the far shore doesn't look very far away. If the sailor was inexperienced, tacking could be a little daunting.
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Yep, judging by the ripples, it probably wasn't the easiest of days.
Nice capture!
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It was pretty breezy that day but so very perfect for a day on the river. Late fall but really warm made it ideal.
tacking is hard if you don't keep up your momentum.
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This guy looks way too tentative in his sailing. Seems to be confusing the sail with a flag. With those whitecaps showing a good breeze, he should be able to make a tack very quickly. Guess he's still learning. Probably doesn't heeling over very much yet either.

The image reminds me of many years in the Boston area.
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See what you made me do. Tess is enough younger than me she'd never heard this song. I'be been humming it since you posted this.


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