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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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.
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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