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On Sailboats with Dieter Loibner

The win-win of kids learning about boats

Students in the Herreshoff Institute's After-School Boat Shop Program prep a boat for varnish. A couple of summers ago, as I paddled my kayak through the narrow passage at the entrance of Fisherman’s Bay on Lopez Island, Wash., I came up on a dated but nicely kept El Toro dinghy skippered by a bear of a man.

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Classics make converts with looks, performance

From California to the Cote d'Azur via Canada, Aloha still dazzles at age 90.We interrupt our regular programming for breaking news: Canada invades France! R-boats conquer new territory!

Peaceful, laid-back Canada sends an expedition corps to the Cote d’Azur to tease the French at their own game of sailing pretty old boats? Mon Dieu! What’s up with that?

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Rescuing the sailor and saving the boat

Derk Wolmuth at the helm of Bela Bartok during the San Francisco Bay start of the Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht RaceI was livid. Stranded on I-5 with a flat, I had to call for a tow because I was missing a critical part. It wasn’t just the delay but the embarrassment of asking someone to bail me out.

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In praise of the proa: yellow, odd and fast

The author learns the ins and outs of proa sailing on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay.When John Harris talks about purple cows he’s taking a detour to the French countryside, which is dotted by millions of indistinctive black-and-white bovines. What he’s really talking about is his yellow boat — not a submarine, like the one the Beatles sang about, although as a trained musician he’d dig that one, too.

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No quit and no limits for this solo sailor

“You can spend your entire life knocking on the front door to the world of sailing and Gary Jobson isn’t going to open it. Or you can kick the door down and say, ‘Here I am.’ “

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