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Originally published January 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM | Page modified January 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM

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Three Sheets Northwest | Lessons from a 4,200-mile race in a 21-foot sailboat

What does it take to race across an ocean alone in a small boat against some of the best sailors in the world? It's a question that Seattle sailor and rigger Chris Tutmark can now answer.

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From our news partner Three Sheets Northwest:

In October, Seattle sailor Chris Tutmark completed one of the most demanding sailing races in the world—the 4,200-mile Transat 6.50, from France to Brazil.

Three Sheets Northwest recently asked Tutmark to tell us about the lessons he learned about sailing, his boat and himself during the race. Among his tips: "Hitting marine life is not a component to good performance. ... I hit a small shark, maybe four feet long, near Finisterre..."

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