Oh, for the life on the open sea.

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 6/20/02
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

This is the time for sailing and boating in New England. Whether you're an expert or just a beginner you'll find something useful and interesting in the boating and sailing Web sites listed below. The first two things a sailor wants to know when he's about to set out are the weather and tides. Several sites providing marine weather and sea conditions are listed below. Marine forecasts and tide charts are provided online by the US government for the entire United States' coastline. Additional sites provide information on all aspects of sailing and boating - from nautical terminology to racing and extreme sailing.

Maine Harbors
Tide and weather for the New England mariner. Tide charts from Downeast Maine to Connecticut, coastal marine conditions and forecasts from the Canadian Maritimes to Sandy Hook, NJ plus offshore and high seas forecasts, Cape Cod Canal, Buzzards Bay-Vineyard Sound currents, New England nautical links, and Moon phase. A truly marvelous site.

Tides Online
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tidal charts for the entire coastal United States.

National Weather Service
Marine and coastal weather services.

National Data Buoy Center
Northeast recent marine data.

Charting and Navigation
NOAA's nautical charts for navigating all U.S. coastal waters, the Great Lakes and the U.S. territories.

U.S. Coast Guard
Official United States Coast Guard site.

All About Sailing
All about sailing. What more can I say?

Everything About Sailing
Over 2500 links - boat brokers, dealers, designers; chandlery, charter, organizations, extreme sailing, racing, safety and skills, and much more.

Community Boating
Community Boating is the oldest and largest non-profit sailing organization in the nation. It was founded in 1937 on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sailing Massachusetts
A resource for sailing and boating in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Local conditions, points of interest, classified, links, services, and yacht clubs.

Winchester Boat Club
"Located on the shore of Upper Mystic Lake in Winchester, MA, the Winchester Boat Club is the home to the second largest Snipe Fleet in the United States, to a very active N-10 fleet, to an emerging Optimist fleet, and to loads of swimming, sailing and active summer fun."

Nautical Terms
Don't know a bowline from a bow line, a binnacle from a barnacle? This is the place to find out the meanings of nautical terms and phrases.

America's Cup
News about America's Cup 2003.

Previous columns with live links can be found at www.winchestermass.org/wstar

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (www.winchestermass.org), Martin Zombeck can be found at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist. E-mail: mvz@alum.mit.edu.