Youths take helm of tall ships

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Michelle Burdick said she was nervous as she stood on the deck of a 125-foot schooner and prepared to set off on an open sea adventure along the coasts of Maine and New Hampshire.

The reason Burdick was nervous, however, was because she had never sailed before in her life.

Burdick is one of about 20 teenagers that set sail Sunday from Portsmouth as part of the 2011 Tall Ships Youth Voyage, which aims to help the teens develop leadership skills and responsibility, as well as build confidence.

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