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New England sailor, author and coach is mourned

Roger Fenn Duncan, co-author of "The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast" editions five through 11, died last Saturday after an extended illness in his hometown of Boothbay, Maine. He was 93.

Duncan was an avid sailor, cruising Eastward, his 32-foot Friendship sloop for 40 summers as part of the Friendship Sloop Society in Friendship, Maine.

When Duncan was not sailing, he was a teacher, coach and administrator at The Fenn School in Concord, Mass., and Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass.

In addition to co-authoring the cruising guides, he is also the author of "Coastal Maine: A Maritime History," "The Story of Belmont Hill School 1923-83," "Eastward," "Friendship Sloops," "Sailing in the Fog," and "Practical Sailor."

Duncan is survived by his wife, Mary; his brother, Donald, of Southport, Maine; his sons Robert of Concord, Mass., William of Burke, Va., and John of Charlotte, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.

Click here to read the full obituary.

— Elizabeth Ellis

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