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Schooner skipper honored

Dawn Santamaria, founder and executive director of Sisters Under Sail, was presented Saturday with the 2011 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award at the 10th Women's Sailing Conference at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.

The award honors an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing. Santamaria founded the non-profit organization Sisters Under Sail in 2005 to build confidence, enhance self-esteem, develop social conscience and teach the value of working together through sail training. Sisters Under Sail has the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world, the 110-foot, square topsail, gaff-rigged schooner STV Unicorn, which sails New England and Great Lakes waters.

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