The Hokule'a, a voyaging canoe built to revive the centuries-old tradition of Polynesian exploration, makes its way up the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Sailed by a crew of 12 who use only celestial navigation and observation of nature, the canoe is two-thirds of the way through a four-year trip around the world. Bryson Hoe/Courtesy of 'Oiwi TV and Polynesian Voyaging Society hide caption

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Hokule'a, The Hawaiian Canoe Traveling The World By A Map Of The Stars

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Leg 5 from New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil aboard aboard Team SCA in March. Anna-Lena Elled /Team SCA hide caption

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A Boat Of Their Own: All-Women Team Tackles Sailing's Toughest Race

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Regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., right, rejoices on learning that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found after their boat capsized in a storm on Saturday, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Coast Guard is still searching for five missing sailors. Mike Kittrell/AL.COM/Landov hide caption

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Louis Jordan (right), walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, on Thursday. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since. Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot/AP hide caption

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The vintage boats of Argentario Sailing Week, some more than a century old, plied the waters off Italy's Tuscan coast, known for its ideal sailing conditions. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters

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Hobie Alter, an innovator whose ideas brought surfing and sailing to wide audiences, died this weekend. Here, one of his Hobie Cat sailboats is seen sailing past North Head in Sydney, Australia. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption

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