Say "Ahoy" to Yachts!

A yacht is boat used for recreational purposes. The term is of Dutch origin, referring to a fast sailing ship used to pursue pirates in shallow waters. When Charles II of England used a yacht in 1660 to transport him to England, it was known as a boat used to carry important people. These days, yachts can refer to pleasure boats using sail or engines or both as means of propulsion. 

By WPPilot (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you want to check out all the different kind of yachts out there (or buy one!) head over to http://www.yachtworld.com. Don't worry if you can't afford one, there are plenty of ways to learn more about sailing as a landlubber! For example, American Sailing Association (ASA) has a free online course to introduce anyone and everyone to sailing as a sport and as a lifestyle.

Also to note, you don't need to live near an ocean to sail - inland bodies of water like lakes are great places to build up those sea legs. The Great Lakes are a popular spot; check out this site dedicated solely to sailing around their 150 ports and harbors!

ACTIVITY

MAKE A SAILING SNACK!

While you're watching ASA's sailing course, have a healthy, nautical snack, as seen on monkeysee.com!

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