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1/31 GALLERY: WIND IN THEIR SAILS (with more photos)

A gentle breeze stirred the water as Richard Ripley, pictured, and four other sailors prepared their boats for the challenges of the sea. The masts were stepped and the rigging trimmed as the seaworthy vessels were launched into a lake at the Palmetto Mobile Home Club. “They are the sailors, I am just an old farmer,” said Ripley as his one-meter radio-controlled sailboat glided quietly across the water.