National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame

Nat'l Sailing Hall of Fame helps Arundel students practice nautical science

The Dreambuilder was making slow progress. The 35-foot-long sailboat meandered in the waters off Annapolis on Wednesday as its teenage crew stood on deck and watched in dismay.

“I don’t think I’ve ever gone so fast,” Tommy Pipher, 16, said dryly from the helm.

“I think the rudder’s broken,” said Ellie Wood, 16.

Pipher and Wood, rising juniors at South River High School in Edgewater, are part of a group of 13 students who have been learning the ins and outs of sailing and navigation over two weeks at the National Sailing Hall of Fame, a sailing education nonprofit in Annapolis.

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