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Sailor completes challenge in 14-foot dinghy

It was mission accomplished, though not easily, for sailor Andrew Lewis.

After sailing for 11 long hours and 52 minutes, the Olympic representative for Trinidad and Tobago in the London games completed the 50-mile sail between his homeland’s two main islands aboard a 14-foot Laser.

"It has always been a dream of mine to attempt this,” Lewis explained before the voyage. “When I accomplished my goal of qualifying for the Olympics earlier this year, my management team and I decided that we will give this ‘a go.’ ”

The 23-year old began the sailing challenge at 9 a.m. Sunday at Pigeon Point on Tobago. However, it was evident from weather patterns that the day would have been dominated by very light winds.

With very light and sometimes no wind Andrew also had to battle strong currents. He was only able to average about 3-5 knots instead of the eight knots for which he was hoping.

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