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Talbot County Sailors Capture Big-Time Bermuda Trophies by Dick Cooper

Eight tired but joyful sailors were aboard the sloop Flyer when she won her class in this year’s grueling 635-mile ocean race from Newport to Bermuda, but there was a big boat-load of supporters back home in Talbot County helping them sail to victory. For Flyer owner and skipper, Doug Abbott, the win was the culmination of years of hard physical, hands-on labor shared with a crowd of friends

who pitched in with sweat, scraped knuckles and sound advice as he transformed the 49-year-old boat into a world-class racer. “This was a wonderful community effort,” Abbott says. “Some people spent hours and hours with me working to get the boat ready, some gave me technical advice, others prepared food for the crew and helped with logistics.” Their efforts paid off when Abbott and his crew of Chesapeake Bay

Crew of Flyer: Back L-R. John Hines, Henner Gibbons-Neff, Jay Weaver Middle: Mike Kabler Front: L-R: Russell Stone, Eric Crawford, Jeff Cox, and Doug Abbott. 25

September 2016 ttimes web magazine  

September 2016 Tidewater Times

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