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Al Grover’s epic Atlantic adventure

grover1Al Grover was having a midlife crisis. It was 1985, and the affable 58-year-old family man with a marina business in Freeport, New York, had developed an itch.

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Do what you love

sailing_world1Shortly before taking a software analyst job with Microsoft in 2001, Brian Trautman walked into the Bellevue Pubic Library just east of Seattle. He discovered Three Years in a Twelve-Foot Boat, Stephen G. Ladd’s book about a 15,000-mile sailing voyage through South America. 

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Walking the Plank: Steve White

stevewhiteA native of Camden, Maine, Steve White enjoyed a connection to the sea long before his tenure as president of Mystic Seaport. He grew up sailing with his grandfather and made two trans-Atlantic crossings on a sloop before launching a career as an educator.

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Walking the Plank: Brad Read

bradread_wtpBrad Read, the executive director of Sail Newport, started sailing as a kid and went on to win championships in several One designs, as well as three J/24 Worlds.

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Walking the Plank: Jeanne Socrates

walking_socratesAnyone who sails around the world solo and nonstop is a hero. Jeanne Socrates took it to another level by doing it for the first time at 71. That’s right, the first time. Socrates recently embarked on a second solo circumnavigation — if she makes it, she’ll be the oldest person to sail around the world nonstop.

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