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Spencer Raggio's affair with sailing began on Boston Harbor aboard a sloop he chartered with a girlfriend late one August afternoon.Thirty years later, he has sailed off both coasts, the Great Lakes, Mexico and the Caribbean, often invited to crew on the sailboats of friends or other boat owners, usually in races. The marketing and communications executive keeps his own 26-foot sloop on Lake George, near his home in the southern Adirondacks, where the season starts in May. On 32-mile-long Lake George, where the season runs through October, Raggio teaches annual spring classes where novices learn the names and uses of the lines, aka ropes; how to manage two sails; and how to steer with the tiller and point the boat.Kennedy and Raggio said the number of sailboats on Lake George has declined.On Chesapeake Bay, the number of sailboats declined four or five years ago after the recession, but the industry has recovered, Jordan said.He added that there are, as Raggio has found, sailboats and owners all over.
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