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Talkin' Boats with Patrick Healey, executive vice president of Viking Yacht

Bill (left). Patrick and Bob Healey run New Jersey-based Viking Yacht Co.Patrick Healey rarely goes a week without fishing one of his Viking yachts. I caught up with Healey, Viking’s executive vice president, while he was in the thick of a seven-day angling bender that began by chasing sailfish off Jupiter, Fla., on a Viking 70 and ended aboard a 50-footer in a hunt for Pacific sailfish off Los Suenos, Costa Rica.



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First mate Mindy Doroski, 29, of Greenport, N.Y., untangles the flag aboard the 118-foot tall ship Unicorn. Sisters Under Sail, a non-profit that teaches teen girls leadership skills aboard the Unicorn, will award scholarships for a six-day passage this summer to eligible daughters of deployed U.S. military personnel. Visit www.sistersundersail.org for details.

This image originally appeared in the April 2012 issue.

Sail loft

Photos by Alison Langley

Overlooking the harbor at East Boothbay, Maine, Nathaniel S. Wilson Sailmaker Inc. is in its 37th year of making sails the old-fashioned way, hand-sewing the woven fabric just as Wilson learned to do it at the Coast Guard Academy sail loft in the early 1970s. “In those days the Coast Guard did all its sails in-house,” says Wilson, 64.



Youngest solo sailor thwarts her critics

Laura Dekker sailed her 38-foot Jeanneau ketch Guppy, around the globe and into nautical history.She said she could do it and she did. Dutch/Kiwi teenager Laura Dekker sailed into St. Martin on Jan. 21 as the world’s youngest solo circumnavigator at 16 years, 123 days. She is the latest in a wave of wunderkinder who, at an age when most of us were learning to drive a car, have made their mark sailing around the world alone.



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