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Sailing from Springfield to the Gulf of Mexico

This video comes from SDPB's arts & life program, Dakota Life.

Some paddlers still travel by Springfield on the Missouri River, making their way to the Mississippi in St. Louis, then on to the Gulf of Mexico. But could you make it from here to the ocean in a giant sailboat?

When he is not fixing cars, trucks, or pontoons at his Springfield body shop, Greg Stockholm is dreaming of the open sea. For the last 20 years, he’s been working on a 72-foot sailboat destined for bigger waters. When completed the aluminum boat will weigh 30 tons and comfortably sleep 12. In 2017, Greg passed the midway point on his goal of sailing around the world.