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Admiration Floods In For Record Breaking Yachtsman

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Jean Luc Van den Heede’s performance on board Adrien has led to people everywhere showing their admiration and first on the list comes the reaction of the French President.

Tributes are pouring in as he makes his way back to his home port of Les Sablesd’O French President Jacques CHIRAC decided he had to congratulate the "superb performance which will be written into the annals of maritime history, and which together with your talent provokes admiration in us all.” To conclude, in his letter of congratulations, Jacques Chirac wished every success to Jean Luc in his future challenges.  more...

 



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Protect state ground water

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The longest journey begins with a single step, goes the proverb. A landmark groundwater protection bill on the verge of passage in the Wisconsin Legislature is just such a step. 

The bill is not perfect. Agricultural interests claim it will drown them in red tape while leaving their crops high and dry. That's an exaggeration. Environmentalists complain that the bill does not go far enough to protect Wisconsin streams, rivers wetlands and lakes as well as the underground aquifers most of us rely on for drinking water. That may be true, but this bill is still better than nothing.   more...

 



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North Bass sale worries officials

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PORT CLINTON - The state of Ohio is buying the pristine North Bass Island to preserve forever, but upset county and township officials fear the purchase will leave them short of tax money by next year.

Funds for roads, fire protection, and the hard-to-reach island’s tiny airport will all be greatly reduced when the state finalizes its purchase of 589 acres this year, taking 87 percent of the island’s acreage off the tax rolls.

"We’ve got financial issues that are real," Monica Drake, executive director of Put –In-Bay Township Port Authority, told state officials at an Ottawa County Commissioners meeting yesterday. Several local leaders asked state officials to pay for 87 percent of government services on North Bass.  
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Satellite photo: Snow and ice across the Great Lakes

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NASA / MODIS Rapid Response System
This recent satellite image illustrates ice coverage on the Great Lakes to a pixel size of 250 meters. here...

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Corps would allow too much bottomland grooming

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It's sometimes a sign of a good compromise when both sides are unhappy. But an unhappy compromise over how to manage the Great Lakes shoreline during low water isn't good at all.

This particular compromise is the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, caught between protecting exposed Great Lakes bottomlands and resort owners who want well-groomed beaches. The Corps is appropriately trying to find a user-friendly way for hotel, motel and rental property owners to get permits for paths across the bottomlands, which can grow dense with shoreline plants and, to some beholders, look rather scruffy.  more...

 



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An R-Boat is Rescued in Seattle

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In the early 20th century, R-boat racing attracted the brightest and the best. R's were large enough to be yachts and small enough to be toys.

One of the most historic of the lot, Pirate, R11, is being restored in Seattle at the lively Center for Wooden Boats. Pirate was the first West Coast boat to campaign on the East Coast—she won the 1929 nationals at Larchmont—and she was a leading R campaigner up and down the West Coast for as long as R's were viable.   more...

 

 

 

 

 



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DESIGNS WITH STAYING POWER

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International 110

Enthusiasts of the sleek, double-ended 24-foot International 110 are quick to point out its striking similarity to many of today's high performance sport boats, citing its minimal wetted surface, bulb keel, and generous sail area—a testament to renowned designer Ray Hunt's innovation, considering he launched the 110 in 1939. One of the first boats made from marine plywood, this hard-chined, flat-bottomed one-design is known for its speed, stability, and responsiveness.

 

 

 

International Etchells

This is not a boat you take out for a fun family sail. The 30-foot (22-foot waterline) International Etchells is a premier, hard-core one-design. Described by Dennis Conner as "the world's best class," the list of past champions reads like a perennial Who's Who of sailing stars. In addition to Conner, other America's Cup skippers that compete on the sleek Etchells include John Bertrand, Russell Coutts, and Ken Read.

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Marseille opens the match-race season

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Like last year, with the cancellation of the Steinlager Line 7 Cup, the Marseille International Match Race is the first ISAF Grade 1 event of the year.

The event, which came into the limelight of international sailing only a year ago, has immediately gained a reputation in the international match racing circuit and has again attracted an outstanding field of international skippers.

Great media interest will be focused on Bertrand Pacé, who has replaced Kiwi Hamish Pepper as tactician aboard NZL82 during the last America’s Cup and who hasn't sailed for a long time in a match race event.   more...

 



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Geronimo faces tricky conditions

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Despite winds that remained unstable yesterday, Geronimo, Olivier de Kersauson's 110ft trimaran, clocked up 521 nautical miles during her 11th day at sea at an average speed of 21.72 knots. However, at a position of 19°01S - 31°32W, she still has nearly 1,000 miles south to travel before turning the corner towards the Indian Ocean. And according to news from the boat, the St Helena High is still a long way south of its normal position and drifting slowly towards Africa.   more...

 



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Code Zero out

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The organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race have decided not to allow Code Zero sails in the next race. These huge sails were introduced in 1997-98 to improve upwind performance but they were not popular among those who used them: "Code Zeros were a nightmare," says Ross Field, who skippered Yahama to a win in the 1993-94 event.

For the next Volvo Ocean Race, a new, faster raceboat - the Volvo Open 70 - will be used. It is based on a new set of rules, and as always that opens up the possibilities for interpretation. "We want to safeguard the spirit that we had when we created the rules and therefore we have decided to spell out that Code Zero sails are not allowed," says Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Glenn Bourke.    more...

 



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Coach Sought For Youth Development

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The Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING has announced the creation of a new youth developement coaching position, and are seeking applications from suitable candidates. The new Laser Youth Development Coach will be responsible for creating and coordinating a development program for advanced youth sailors in the U.S. specializing in the Laser and Laser Radial. The coach will also organize and conduct Advanced Training Camps at select junior championships, including the U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship (Smythe Trophy) and U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship (Leiter Trophy), as well as the qualifying events to determine competitors for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.   more...

 



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SA launches maiden dream challenge

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For Salvatore Sarno, a South African challenge for the America's Cup has been a dream. And now, thanks to the effort he has personally put into it, that dream is coming true. And it is not just coming true for this director of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, but also for several generations of South African yachtsmen for whom it had seemed an impossible dream until now. In spite of first appearances, the South African campaign does not resemble a pipe dream either, with a realistic budget, top quality local expertise and some help from friends. There will be no big name rock stars and no bank-breaking budget with which to buy mercenary expertise. Just a passionate team of capable sailors, lots of hard work and dedication.   more...

 



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Another 500-mile day for Cheyenne

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Yesterday's 557-mile entry in the log marked a seventh consecutive day's run of more than 500nm for skipper Steve Fossett and the 125ft maxi-catamaran Cheyenne on their Round The World record attempt. Yesterday they continued their streak across the south-west Pacific Ocean - and extended their lead over the 2002 RTW record holder's position to 2,222 miles - an advantage of five days. They are currently 3,139 nm west of Cape Horn

With threatening weather building to the south later this week, Fossett and navigator Adrienne Cahalan plotted a course slightly to the north-east, sacrificing a little of the advantage of a shorter, more southerly passage east for the potential option of being able to quickly move back to the 'roaring forties' from the 'furious fifties'.    more...

 



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122 DAYS 14 hours 3 minutes and 49 seconds - Jean Luc Van den Heede Finishes

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It was at 2.26 a.m. (CET) that Jean Luc Van den Heede aboard Adrien crossed the finishing line off the Island of Ushant in NW Brittany.
Having setting out on the 7th November 2003 to beat the round the world against the winds and currents record held by Phillippe Monnet, who achieved it in 151 days on 9th June 2000, Jean Luc Van den Heede crossed the finishing line located off Créac’h lighthouse on the Island of Ushant in NW Brittany at 2.26 a.m. CET. after 122 days 14 hours, 3 minutes and 49 seconds at sea. VDH has thus reduced the reference time by 29 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 47 seconds according to Claude Breton, the WSSRC (World Speed Sailing Record Council) official timekeeper. As soon as he has taken on board his technical team on Ushant, VDH will head off towards his home port of Les Sables d’Olonne in Western France, that he will reach on Thursday 11th March at 5 p.m. CET.    more...
 


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Synchronized swimmers ready for nationals

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The Michigan synchronized swimming team placed sixth overall at the North Regional Championship in Columbus this past Saturday.

“We’re going to the nationals,” Michigan co-head coach Rebecca Trombley said.

The road to this championship tournament was not an easy one. Team practices are three times a week for three hours each. Sophomore Ericka Picciotto said that practice consists of laps, stretches, land drilling and run through routines in the water.

“Land drilling is an arm movement that corresponds to leg movement done in the water,” Picciotto said. “It’s a way for us to practice our routines outside of the water.”   more...

 



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