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Pioneering at Soundings

In 1967 I spent the best summer of my life in Newport, R.I., covering the America’s Cup for Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd. of Australia newspaper group and contributing a few pieces to Soundings. The first Soundings editor had departed for fame and glory at Life magazine, and in the fall Jack Turner offered me the job of editor and sole editorial employee.

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Heart and soul

My first desk at Soundings was a few cubicles down from publisher Jack Turner’s. I didn’t know much about him when I started my job in the mid-1980s, and he didn’t seem that involved in day-to-day operations. So it took some time to fully appreciate what I had become part of.

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Out of the blue, into the mix

I climbed down from the Travelift at Brewer Dauntless Shipyard in Essex, Conn., as the engine clattered to a stop. It was the end of a long, hot day in late August 1993. I went to the employee head, washed up and changed into khakis and a short-sleeved shirt. I brushed my hair and hoped to look as presentable as possible under the circumstances: I was headed to a job interview at Soundings, “The Nation’s Boating Newspaper.”

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Soundings flashbacks

I signed aboard in 1977, long before Soundings was a full-   featured, award-winning magazine, long before it would pay for subject-matter experts. It was a monthly newspaper covering boat races and boating issues.

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A canal-front home on Key West

The view from the three-bedroom house in the Florida Keys is down a quiet canal. Photos by Robert L. Drake

Stepping into the living room and seeing the view down the length of the Riviera Canal’s side channel, Mike Jolly knew he had found the house he was seeking. He bought it immediately.

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