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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.

Published: July 15, 2010

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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