Next week Sara and Jeff Tow are departing on the swim of their lifetime: Crossing Lake Michigan at its midpoint. Straight across, this is a 50 mile ultra-marathon. With current wind and the ever-changing, unpredictable weather on the lake, the likelihood is they’ll swim between 55 and 60 miles between Two Rivers, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan. Only one person on earth has completed a mid-lake crossing, he is now their coach. Their goal is to become the first married couple, and only the second and third persons ever, to complete a mid-lake swim across Lake Michigan. Sara would be the first U.S. female to cross the Lake, ever. As a married couple, they’d be the first anywhere to make a crossing together. In fact, the first married couple to complete an ultra-marathon swim together anywhere in the world. Sara anf Jeff are making this attempt to bring awareness to the struggles of postpartum depression.
As of yesterday morning, their guide boats and captains have had to withdraw from the adventure for personal reasons. This means they now have NO escort boats to help them get across the lake. They are in desperate need of at least one boat, 35+ feet or longer (sail or power) to guide them across the lake or the swim will be canceled. If you are or know of a boat owner or Captain in West Michigan or East Wisconsin who would like to be a part of this historic journey, please contact them as soon as possible as their leave date for Wisconsin is still August 12th!
This article, published today on the CNN website, features a fantastic photo gallery of old color images of the Edmund Fitzgerald in her hay day. It also tells the story of Tim McCall, born 10 years after the ship's sinking, who manages a website dedicated to the memories of the 29 who lost their lives that fateful day.
Lost Ship's Legend Lives On
By Jim Kavanagh, CNN November 10, 2010 8:56 a.m. EST
(CNN) -- The vicious, swirling storm that battered the Great Lakes region in late October inspired talk of a similar gale that brought about one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.
The mighty ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the largest ships on America's inland seas, seemed invincible in its bulk and mass, but it was no match for a howling Lake Superior gale on November 10, 1975.
A day earlier, the 729-foot behemoth, operated by mineral company Oglebay Norton, had chugged away from port in Superior, Wisconsin, on a course that would take it across the length of Lake Superior, through the Soo Locks and down Lake Huron to Detroit, Michigan, a journey that should have taken about 48 hours.
On November 10, 1975, the 729-foot steamer Edmund Fitzgerald was lost in an infamous Lake Superior storm near Whitefish Point, Michigan with her entire crew of 29 men. The Fitzgerald's story has become a popular legend through a song by Canadian folksinger Gordon Lightfoot – and the cause of her loss remains a mystery thirty-five years later.
LTCDR G.W. Gwalchmai of the Canadian Navy tolls the Fitzgerald Bell at the annual ceremony, 2005 Image credit: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
The bell of this most famous Great Lakes shipwreck was recovered at the request of surviving family members in 1995 and is now on display as a memorial at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, Michigan. The Shipwreck Museum will offer its annual Memorial Service this year on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Shipwreck Museum building. Public seating will begin no earlier than 6:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
Half as many boys as girls are being born in some places around the world—and pollution is the prime suspect.
Among the Chippewas of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation community living on the shores of the St. Clair River outside Sarnia, Ontario, tribal leaders were puzzling over a variety of health problems—from asthma to cancer to miscarriages—plaguing their families. The Aamjiwnaang—the name means “at the spawning stream”—were shaken when they realized that there was a dramatic disproportion of girls to boys among them.
Jim Brophy, director of the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers’ Sarnia branch, remembers the look of shock on their faces when they suddenly made the connection. “It was like a deep family secret getting out,” Brophy recalls. “They had enough girls for three baseball teams, but not enough boys for even one boy team.”
Since then, the Chippewas of Aamjiwnaang’s 850 band members—who live near a cluster of chemical plants known as Chemical Valley—have worried that the air and water around them contribute to the drop in the number of their male children, as well as a host of grim diseases associated with toxic chemicals. read more...
Macomb County, Mich. -- A Macomb County man caught an 18-inch piranha in Lake St. Clair.
Toby Davison. 43, of St. Clair Shores, is a longtime fisherman.
"On the line, I knew it wasn't normal," Davison told the Macomb County Daily. "It was really fighting against the metal."
He packed the fish on ice and took it to the Department of Natural Resources office at South River Road and Jefferson in Harrison Township, the paper reported.
"They told me I caught a piranha and then they said, 'Congratulations, because you will probably never catch something like this again,'" said Davison, who works for a lawn care service. more from WDIV Channel 4...
Based right here in Michigan, Ultimate Air Dogs puts on professional events that draw in thousands of spectators while maintaining a family friendly atmosphere. Long distance jumping is the main featured event. It is showcased in different rounds called “Splashes”. Another event is the Ultimate Vertical and it is a fast growing exhilarating sport that is becoming a crowd favorite.
ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- A British teenager became the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, reaching the Caribbean island of Antigua after a six-week voyage.
Mike Perham, 14, raised his fist triumphantly to a crowd of Antiguan officials and supporters as he docked outside St. John's on the southeastern side of the island.
Perham, who was trailed by his father in another boat, set sail Nov. 18 from Gibraltar and made brief stops to replace satellite phones in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde. They were originally expected to complete the 3,500-mile (5600-kilometer) trip just before Jan. 1. Read On from WDIV Channel 4...
With more than 1000 boats from 10 – 50 feet in length, and a list of promotions and features several pages long, this show has something for everyone. Whether you are a serious boater, seasoned angler, or just someone who is looking for a fun way to spend the day, go to www.detroitboatshow.net to see what’s happening at Cobo Center February 18 – 26 during the Boat Show.
Lots of Show Specials Including 2 for 1 Admission on Weekdays!
Buy your tickets at the show on Monday - Friday and you will get two adult entries for $11. Two for one weekday tickets are also available for a discount price of $10 on-line at www.detroitboatshow.net. Kids under 12 are FREE everyday and Seniors are FREE on Monday, February 20th.
Plus!!! Your paid admission includes a one year subscription to either Yachting, MotorBoating or Saltwater Sportsman magazines.
There’s More… The first 500 people entering the show each Saturday will receive Free Tote Bags from West Marine and everyone has a chance to win a $1000 West Marine Gift Card and two free airline tickets to any destination in the Continental U.S.A.
Come to experience northern Michigan's fall colors and serenity. Beautiful days followed by cool, refreshing evenings are what you can expect this time of year. Take advantage of a special offer through Bay Harbor Resort & Marina and enjoy a fall getaway during October or November. This fall special is valid Sunday through Thursday and entitles you to:
The first night in a suite at $150 and the second night at $95.00
Two nights in a suite at $175 and the third night COMPLIMENTARY!
Be sure to take advantage of this incredible special. Call 231-439-2400, 888-BAY-HARBOR, or book your reservation online (www.bayharbor.com) by clicking here. Be sure to type "Fall Getaway Package" in the comments field when you reserve online!