Hold Those Lines!

During every public sail of the sloop Clearwater, such as this one during the Clearwater Festival in Croton this past weekend, the crew enlists passengers to raise the 3,000-pound main sail in two lines on either side of the deck. To establish a rhythm, the Breakneck Ridge Revue led the volunteers in a sea shanty. Sloops of the 18th and 19th century typically had only five crew members to hoist the sail.

Photos by Ross Corsair


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