scuttlebutt [scut·tle·butt] noun
an open cask of drinking water.
a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel.
Informal . rumor or gossip.
1805, "water cask kept on a ship's deck," from scuttle "opening in a ship's deck" (see scuttle (v.2)) + butt "barrel." Earlier scuttlecask (1777). Meaning "rumor, gossip" first recorded 1901,originally nautical slang, traditionally said to be from sailors'custom of gathering around the scuttlebutt
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For anyone who has been thinking about racing a try, there are lots of folks in the the KY Lake Sailing Club who are always ready and willing give advice and guidance on how to get started. It's one of the fun activities that many of us truly enjoy participating throughout the year. Drop an email to the Commodore, or just come to one of our races, socials or other events and you'll see how eager we are to share. However, there are lots of great books and videos available to help you get started as well, but here is a website that has been around for several years and is kept up to date that is a nice primer for getting started, and it is appropriately titled RACING BASICS, it covers the basics and gives beginners a good look at getting started.
US Sailing also has training on their site, but are a bit more advanced at: http://www.sailingcourse.com/racing_rules.htm, but YouTube has some basic videos, and a Google search will turn up some interesting results as well. The best way to get started is to just get out there and give it a try, maybe crew with a more experienced friend but out on the water is where you will get your best experience, and one of the most rewarding part of racing is that it helps you become a better sailor, and more familiar with your boat while having a lot of fun!
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Sailing Channel Theater is available on some public TV channels, and now you can watch all their episodes free online at: http://watch.wliw.org/program/sailing-channel-theater/ . The series features classic and critically acclaimed films that capture the magic and adventure of sailing.
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Galley Guru: Effortless Gourmet Cooking Afloat by Lisa Hayden-Miller
Galley Guru the first in a series of books dedicated to simple ways to keep your grip in a galley kitchen, wherever you may find it. There is no reason why the meals you create in a small galley should not be the best you have ever tasted.
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