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Unfinished business at the Horn

At 70, author-sailor-Iditarod racer Gary Paulsen still intends to take on the sea’s ultimate challenge

Best-selling author Gary Paulsen (standing) has a new boat (a Cape George 31).Gary Paulsen has a new boat, the sort of boat he’s made for, built for — a tough, stubby cutter that can take — maybe even welcome — the anger of Cape Horn.

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British adventure sailor makes history

Dee Caffari becomes first woman to solo-circumnavigate both ways after finishing the Vendée Globe

Dee Caffari says she looked to the competition in the Vendee Globe to push her in her goal to become the first woman to sail around the world in both directions.A former British gym teacher, who in 2006 became the first woman to sail non-stop and single-handed around the world against the prevailing winds and currents, recently completed the Vendée Globe.

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A Captain’s Irresistible Tales

Richard Griffiths has found and lost love again and again, but the lady he loves most is perhaps Rosalind, the 1903 lugger he’s been with for 50 year


Griffiths is a self-described romantic.Richard Thomas Griffiths, famous professional yacht captain, has a story he’d like to tell you — actually, by conservative estimate, several hundred such stories.

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A baptism by fire ... and scotch

The last of the tide came flowing up the muddy river, gently floating the Nomad from her winter cradle.

Griffiths became a skilled sailor with a theatrical nature.With the enthusiasm, ignorance and invincibility of youth, I was about to venture to sea for the first time. We were young, and the boat was old. I was to realize years later that this was an age-old recipe for disaster.

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Boomers: Part 1

Coming of Age

With her first Social Security check banked, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling is ready for some extended cruising on First Boomer, the Grand Banks 42 Classic that she and her husband, Patrick, bought 10 years ago as their retirement boat.

Casey-Kirschling, born one second after midnight Jan. 1, 1946, has been heralded as the first of America’s baby boomers, the largest generation in the nation’s history. Born between 1946 and 1964, boomers have been the 900-pound gorilla that keeps shaking things up as their take on life shifts with their stage of life.

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