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Man returns home after three years at sea

A man returns home to the US after spending three years at sea on his sailboat.

By Associated Press / June 17, 2010

A man returns home after three years at sea. Sailor Reid Stowe, right, smiles after he landed his 70-foot schooner "Anne" in New York and was reunited with his girlfriend Soanya Ahmad, and their son Darshen, 23 months, whom he'd not yet seen, in New York on Thursday.

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A New York City man is back on dry land after more than three years at sea.

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Reid Stowe, who's 58, docked his schooner at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday in Manhattan.

It was the first time he had touched land in 1,152 days. He anchored in New Jersey for a few days but didn't get off the boat.

Stowe met his son for the first time Thursday. His girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad, had been traveling with him until she became pregnant in 2008.

The toddler was sleeping in his mother's arms when Stowe got off the boat and kissed Ahmad on the cheek. Stowe's five brothers and sisters and other family members also greeted him.

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