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Fleet arrives for Chicago Etchells Worlds

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A star-studded international fleet of 84 Etchells will converge on Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station this week in preparation for the 2008 Etchells World Championship, which takes place June 21-28, 2008. The event is presented by World Sport Chicago (WSC), the 'living legacy' of Chicago 2016’s Olympic Games bid, and is hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club.   more...

 



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J24 Worlds Day 3 Report

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 Waking up this am in Canigionne the Med looked like a sheet of glass. Stalled high pressure and low clods made for an uneventful mourning. The RC postponed on land for about 2 hours before sending the 75 boat fleet out of the harbor. A very weak westerly slowly filled in at a light 3-7 knots. After 2 more on the water postponements and a general recall the fleet got off in a Z flag start.    more...

 



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Superior's water level higher

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The Sault Star (6/11)
Lake Superior's water level is 35 centimetres higher than it was at this time last year, while Huron-Michigan has risen to just a centimetre above 2007 year-to-date levels.  more...

 



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Choose natural way of controlling Lake Ontario levels

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (6/11)
We now have a historic opportunity to restore Lake Ontario — source of our drinking water, a haven for fish and wildlife, and a playground for boaters, beachgoers and sportsmen.   more...

 



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Officials say fish virus hasn't shown up in state waters -- yet

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A fatal virus that recently killed thousands of fish near Milwaukee has Michigan officials fearing it's just a matter of time before the disease surfaces on this side of Lake Michigan.  more...

 



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Deep secret: Military waste remains a Lake Superior mystery

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After three years of rough seas, a landmark agreement binding eight states in their protection of Great Lakes waters sailed through the Ohio Senate and House yesterday on its way to Gov. Ted Strickland's signature.  more...

 



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Ohio Assembly sends measure to governor

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After three years of rough seas, a landmark agreement binding eight states in their protection of Great Lakes waters sailed through the Ohio Senate and House yesterday on its way to Gov. Ted Strickland's signature.  more...

 



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Bigfoot Snowshoe Race 2008

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January 26, 2008!

Bigfoot Snowshoe Race 2008

I love this race! I love a winter road trip to Traverse City!

Late registration takes place around a roaring fire at the beautiful log lodge at Timber Ridge Resort. The pre race mood is just fun. Usual crowd about 240 entered and 100 rent snowshoes, probably their first time on them, so no excuse, come join us. The learning curve is zero, strap em’ on and run.

The low snowfall downstate always hurts winter tourism in the north. It’s hard to picture that there is snow just 200 miles north. The north woods are like stepping into a fridge, the snow stays through many a thaw, just plan on going now!

The course is a super hilly off trail run with plenty of logs to jump and branches to duck, like a leg of DWD.

There are a handful of very serious shoers at Bigfoot because it the Midwest qualifier for the National Championship Snowshoe race coming up in March. A 5 person U.S. Team goes on from that event to compete at the World Snowshoe Championships. Serious stuff! Mike Decker, of Running Fit Traverse City and previous member of the U.S. Team, will be back to defend his Bigfoot title. Go Mike!

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A summer dare: lake swimming

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There's nothing creepier than running into something while swimming in deep, murky Lake Michigan, even if it's just a plastic bag.

But if you're signed up for the Swim Across America event on July 21 or next month's Accenture Chicago Triathlon, don't make a common rookie mistake by waiting until race day to plunge into the great lake. 
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Enjoying the backcountry

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When hiking in the backcountry, never forget that self-reliance is the rule of the land.

Most likely you and your fellow hikers won't cross paths with many people, so what you are carrying is all you can depend on, making it a necessity to have the proper equipment and know-how.

For beginning hikers, it can be a shock to find yourself in the middle of the woods, especially when you are accustomed to having society's conveniences. It's common for most first-time hikers to take too much equipment, and when the trip is done, they realize they could have done away with some, or even most, of the gear.   more...

 



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U.S., Canada aim to revive lake sturgeon population

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The United States and Canada have embarked on a joint effort to revive the lake sturgeon, the oldest and largest fish species in the Great Lakes region.

The decline of the native fish in the once productive waters of the Huron-Erie corridor has spurred a three-year international partnership to study the bony-plated fish and create a mating reef off Fighting Island in the Detroit River.   more...

 



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So thirsty . . .

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. . . the body wants water but the sailor wants to make weight! A topic which never seems to die . . . dreadful weigh in's for sailing. Had I been capable of creating a magic pill during my days at Pfizer, addressing this one sailing "woe"; I'd surely be a billionaire, sailing the South Pacific in my pimped-out V70 and managing Team SailTrim's fleet of One Design boats!   more...


 



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State park planners searching for ways to attract more visitors

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By JEFF KART
TIMES WRITER

While volunteers continue to clean up muck along the beach at the Bay City State Recreation Area, park planners are looking at new ways to bring in visitors.

Mike Evanoff, park supervisor, has helped form a committee aimed at attracting more people to the park's day use area and campground. more...

 



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Scientists see trouble ahead for big lakes

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By Jeff Alexander

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Great Lakes have made a dramatic recovery since the 1950s but face new, vexing problems that are fundamentally changing the world's largest source of fresh surface water.   more...

 



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First Trans Superior Singlehanded Challenge

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Entries for the first Trans Superior Singlehanded Division are now being accepted for the August 6, 2005 Trans Superior International Yacht Race.

Since 1969 the Lake Superior Yachting association has held the Trans-Superior International Race every other year following the Chicago to Mackinac Island and the Port Huron to Mackinac Island races that are held in July. This 380 mile race starting in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada clears the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula and finishes in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, fully crossing Lake Superior from East to West.

Lake Superior is not an ordinary body of water. With depths of over one quarter of a mile it contains 10% of the world's fresh water, enough to cover both North and South America under one foot of water or swallow up all the other Great Lakes with room for another three Lake Erie's. Water temperature at the surface can reach 60 to 75 degrees in the summer but the true deep lake temperature is 40 degrees which comes in to play when the wind kicks up.

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