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Oct 2, 2013
Molly Gillespie aboard Terrapin, a 1982 Valiant 47, in Jersey City, N.J.

Molly Gillespie aboard Terrapin, a 1982 Valiant 47, in Jersey City, N.J.

Baxter Gillespie

Our “Instagram your way into Ocean Navigator” photo roundup has produced some great shots. Here’s our pick to appear in the magazine: a photo from @SailingTerrapin, featuring Molly Gillespie aboard her 1982 Valiant 47, Terrapin, in Jersey City, N.J. Molly and Baxter Gillespie currently live aboard Terrapin with their dog Kala (a border collie/lab rescue). They plan to sail to the Caribbean this fall and then onto the South Pacific.

According to Baxter, Terrapin was “originally built for the founder of TGI Friday’s, then sold to a Chicago commodities trader who won his class in the Bermuda 1-2.” The Gillespies spent years aboard their previous boat Stella Blue, a Tartan 37, sailing along the U.S. East Coast, Florida Keys, and the southern Exumas.

With help from Offshore Atlantic Yachts, they found Terrapin on Lake Michigan and transported the vessel to Virginia, where they “worked on her prior to sailing her to New Jersey for a repowering project.”

Would you like to see your voyaging photo here? Just follow @OceanNavMag on Instagram and use the hashtag #OceanNavPix on your photos. We’ll peruse the #OceanNavPix tag and select our favorite photo to appear in the next issue of the magazine.

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