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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.

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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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Volvo racers employ anti-piracy tactics

The yachts - this is Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro - were loaded onto a transport ship in the Maldives in a 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.

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Talkin' Boats - with wylie nagler owner of Yellowfin Yachts

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).

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