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Sailing lessons for Coast Guard swabs

Each summer, the newest academy recruits, or swabs, learn how to sail in the Thames River. For most, it is their first time in a sailboat. While learning the basics of sailing, they pick up skills they will need as officers in the Coast Guard.

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United States Coast Guard Academy swab Ryan Babb applies sunscreen to his recently shaved head before his first sailing lesson Friday, July 2, 2010.

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United States Coast Guard Academy swabs as classmates learn to right a capsized sailboat as part of sail training Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

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United States Coast Guard Academy swabs learn to sail Friday, July 2, 2010.

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United States Coast Guard Academy swabs learn to sail Friday, July 2, 2010.

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United States Coast Guard Academy swabs apply sunscreen before their first sailing lesson Friday, July 2, 2010.

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United States Coast Guard Academy swabs get some basic instruction before taking to the water for a sailing lesson Friday, July 2, 2010.

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United States Coast Guard Academy swab Jessica Lukasik, 18, of Lawrenceville, GA, right, struggles to right her capsized sailboat with crewmate Moira McNeil, 18, of Littleton, CO, as part of sail training Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

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