Reineke plots grueling course

Updated: August 27, 2013, 12:23 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | espnW

The sunny little girl didn't want to admit she was afraid of the wind and the waves and being alone on the water, at 8 years old in a boat just under eight feet long called an Optimist. Erika Reineke cried and begged and used every creative excuse she could summon to avoid going to her weekend sailing lessons at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Her mother, Sharon, successfully bribed Erika with chocolate chip cookies. Then Erika had that one ...

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