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Robert Suhay looks to make sailing history on the Chesapeake Bay
Robert Suhay looks to make sailing history on the Chesapeake Bay

For the past week, Robert Suhay has often imagined sailing the Chesapeake Bay, visualizing various tide patterns, weather conditions and landmarks as he tames the vast body of water. That mental exercise has helped the long-distance sailor keep his confidence high ahead of his attempt at a feat no one has accomplished: Starting today, the 51-year-old from Norfolk, Va., will try to sail the Chesapeake Bay, from Norfolk to Pooles Island near Chestertown and back, alone in a Laser dinghy, a sailboat just under 14 feet long. The entire trip, Suhay said, will be between 310 and 320 nautical miles and take more than 50 hours. If completed, it would set a world record for the longest distance...

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