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is plenty large enough for two people to live comfortably." Thomas Engels, after being disappointed too many times by weather or over scheduling at the Boston Sailing Center, also took the plunge. He keeps his Sabre on a mooring at the Boston Sailing Club. "Having the boat right there in town is wonderful," he observes. "When you come back in the evening, there is a lot going on along the waterfront." But breathing deep and buying a boat can give the most ardent sailor pause. "It's not for the faint of heart," says Cynthia Dareshori. "There are crew costs, docking taxes, maintenance — it is very expensive." It is a testament to the sport that the financial commitment, the weather, and the upkeep don't deter owners from making the most of their boats. In fact, most can't wait for spring so they can start explor- ing local ports of call. "It is heavenly territory," says Henry Paap of the New England coast. "From Marion we can get to dozens of places from Block Island to the Vineyard or Nantucket or Wood's Hole or Cuttyhunk." Cynthia Dareshori's sailing adventures have taken her to France. Thomas Engels has sailed from St. Lucia to Grenada. And Jim Loehlin has competed in the Newport to Bermuda Race, a prestigious biannual event, many times. "It's the hot-shot racer's race, if you will," admits Loehlin, "and in the off years, I have done the Marion to Bermuda race, which was designed for cruising boats, not for dedicated racing boats." Racing boats is a further subset of a subculture all its own. Many sailors choose either cruising or racing, but not necessarily both. For Thomas Engels, cruising gets him away from the pressure of work, but for Cynthia Dareshori, sailing means racing. "There's nothing like it," she says. "I love the excitement and the competition. I love rounding the mark and the feeling of the wind and the water." In Wellesley, students from the high school race on Lake Cochituate starting in March. According to Coach Larry Lovett, the team performs at a very high level. "We won our division in the Mass Bay League," he says. "We are also in Division B and were invited to the team racing championships and did very well there." Practice starts in mid-March when, according to Lovett, "it can be incredibly cold." Camaraderie is 122 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 Come Sail Away 116-124_WWMb14_sailing_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 4:16 PM Page 122