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Schooner Fest sails into town

A small fleet of sailing vessels are participating in the inaugural Connecticut Schooner Festival that includes a schooner race Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, off Ocean Beach Park.

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The schooners Mystic, Virginia and Mystic Whaler, all participating in the Connecticut Schooner Festival Race, make their way down the Thames River to the start of the race in Long Island Sound Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

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New London Ledge Light is dwarfed by The Schooner Mystic as it nears Ocean Beach Park during a schooner race Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as part of the first Connecticut Schooner Festival.

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Spectators watch the schooner race from Ocean Beach Park in New London Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, as part of the first Connecticut Schooner Festival.

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The schooners Brilliant and Malabar II sail in Fishers Island Sound en-route to New London Friday, September 13, 2013. The two schooners are members of a small fleet of sailing vessels participating in the inaugural Connecticut Schooner Festival.

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The schooners Mystic Whaler, left, Brilliant, right, and Malabar II, center rear, depart Mystic Seaport en-route to New London Friday, September 13, 2013.

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The schooner Mystic Whaler passes the Mystic River railroad bridge en-route to New London Friday, September 13, 2013.

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The schooners Malabar II, left, Brilliant, center, and Mystic Whaler approach the North Dumpling Island en-route to New London Friday, September 13, 2013.

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The R/V Connecticut from UConn leads the Connecticut Schooner Festival lighted boat parade from the Thames River Yacht Club to City Pier in New London Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

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The Mystic Whaler, left, sails out in front of the Schooner Mystic, center, and Mary E. during the Connecticut Schooner Festival race on Long Island Sound off of the coast of New London Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

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A crew member of the Schooner Virginia works up in the rigging to untangle a sail while taking part in the Connecticut Schooner Festival race on Long Island Sound off of the coast of New London Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

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The Schooner Malabar II cuts through the waves while taking part in the Connecticut Schooner Festival race on Long Island Sound off of the coast of New London Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

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