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Sailing Community Mourns Death of Trailblazer Sandra Tartaglino


By Deanna Pan Boston Globe Staff

In the world of high-performance sailing, Sandra Tartaglino was a titan and a trailblazer.

As one of the few female skippers of Formula 18s, a popular class of two-person catamaran sailboats, Tartaglino competed at some of the highest levels of sailing, according to her fellow competitors, including several world championships and extreme distance events, like the Worrell 1000, a 1000-mile race between Florida and Virginia Beach.

On the first Sunday in August, she won her division in the Buzzards Bay Regatta. A week later, she would compete in the New England 100 Regatta in Newport, RI, an event she organized to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

It would be her last race.

Around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, a couple driving a powerboat plowed into Tartaglino’s vessel in Narragansett Bay, killing the experienced 60-year-old sailor.

The state’s Department of Environmental Management is investigating the incident and expects to release a preliminary report this week. According to the department’s spokesman, “alcohol was not a factor” in the crash.

Tartaglino’s death has reverberated throughout the tight-knit community . . .

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