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On The Water

Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, wrote of the inhabitants of Nantucket, “What wonder, then, that these Nantucketers, born on a beach, should take to the sea for a livelihood! That at last, launching a navy of great ships on the sea, explored the watery world, and in all seasons and in all oceans declared everlasting war with the mightiest animated mass that has survived the flood.” And while we’re not all making a living out on the ocean, our little island’s existence is definitely tied to the sea. And we do love to embrace that ocean-going philosophy! From fishing to sailing to scuba diving to cruising the harbor, there’s something for everyone here. Check out our comprehensive list of waterfront activities and see how much fun it can be! You might not spot the infamous white whale, but there’s plenty else to see and do on the Nantucket waterfront!


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The Opera House Cup

by Andrew Spencer photography by Terry Pommett What wonder, then, that these Nantucketers, born on a beach, should take to the sea for a livelihood…Two-thirds of the terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer’s. For the sea is his. He alone in Bible language goes down to it in… Read more

Riding With The Wind

It is the middle of December, the air temperature is hovering just above freezing, the wind is gusting at 40 knots and the waves ocean side are becoming deep swells. For Juraj Bencat of “KiteTucket”, these conditions are not the typical image of a person’s playground, but it is where... Read more

Charter Fishing On Nantucket

Fishing on Nantucket is as much a part of the Island as are the beaches and the historical downtown. Our centuries-old cobblestone streets would not be here if whaling boats had not used the stones as ballast. Before Nantucket came onto the national scene with its whaling success in the 1800... Read more

Surfing The World

Imagine a young man in his early twenties, a young man who has decided to take a few years to travel the world while surfing. At the risk of making generalizations of my own, I’m pretty confident that the image most of us get in our heads is pretty similar. Words like “slacker” no doubt... Read more


The northern lynx stealthily stalks the forests of the world, at night, using its extremely developed eyes and ears to discover the tiniest movement of prey. This large wildcat is the namesake for the tall ship Lynx, and the characteristic of sleek speed is not their only connection............ Read more

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