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.
Cruisers, racers, circumnavigators: Take note. Even the teams sailing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race aren’t taking any chances on the Arabian Sea or the northern Indian Ocean — not just the west end, but Africa to India from Madagascar north.
In 1998, Wylie Nagler set out to build a fast top-of-the-line offshore fishing boat. Today, Nagler’s Yellowfin Yachts builds some of the most well-respected open offshore fishing boats on the market.His first Yellowfin was a 31-footer, introduced in 2000. He has since added eight boats to a center console lineup from 23 to 42 feet. The Sarasota, Fla., company also builds a 17-foot skiff, a 21-foot hybrid (combination bay and flats boat), and a 24-foot bay boat (www.yellowfinyachts.com).
LITTLE GUYS, BIG CATCH:
Besting more than 40 competitors, Phillip Hess (middle), 9, and TJ Bowen, 8, captured top honors at the 47th annual Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament in December. The Gainesville, Fla., residents fished with Islamorada’s Capt. Brian Cone aboard Contagious, releasing eight sailfish for the win. Mate Shannon Attales is shown with Hess and Bowen.
The SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s future education-at-sea tall ship, took to the water Dec. 12 when it was launched at Sims Metal Management (formerly Promet Marine) in Providence, R.I., and towed about 18 miles to its new home at Senesco Marine in North Kingstown, R.I.
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