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Three French in the Oracle BMW Racing

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The newsletter Course Au Large reports designers Juan Kouyoumdjian and Michel Kermarec (Prada '03, LeDefi '00) have signed with OracleBMW, along with former LeDefi trimmer/designer Dimitri Despierre.

It's a bad signal from the French K-challenge which has announced in June the signing of Juan Kouyoumdjian as co-designer with Phil Kaiko.



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AC AMANGEMENT APPOINTS A DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS FOR SPAIN

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Geneva - 12th February 2004 – AC Management, the event organiser of the 32nd America’s Cup, today appointed David Gallego as the Director of Institutional Relations for AC Management in Spain.

"By bringing the America’s Cup to Europe for the first time and in particular by nominating Valencia as the Host City we have created an exciting set of opportunities all around us. We are delighted to have appointed David Gallego to help us manage the relationships associated with developing the project that we have before us," said Michel Bonnefous, CEO AC Management.

 Having worked in sports marketing and management for the past 10 years Spanish- born David Gallego brings with him a wealth of specific talents and experiences (UEFA Champions’ League, Olympic Games). As Managing Director David Gallego comes most recently from the young sport of Beach Soccer which has, in less than five years, consolidated to having its own European League.

"I am extremely excited about my new position. Being responsible for the Host City relationship for an event as prestigious and important as the America’s Cup is a major task but something for which I am particularly motivated. This is the first time the America’s Cup event organiser has had to work in a ‘foreign’ country and it is my role to coordinate and run this challenging situation," said David Gallego.

Based in Valencia, the Host City for the 32nd America’s Cup, Europe’s first, Gallego will be responsible for the relationships with local institutions, company establishment in Valencia and implementation of the communications strategy.



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Michigan Fishing Reports

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will sponsor a winter free fishing weekend Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15. For those two days, all fishing license fees will be waived for both state residents and tourists, the DNR said in its weekly fishing report.
This is a great time for experienced anglers to introduce new people to the sport of ice fishing, while helping them learn to appreciate Michigan's aquatic resources, the DNR said.

Southeastern Lower Peninsula

Anglers on Lake Erie reported good fishing with some of the best ice conditions around the state. Southeast Michigan has not received all the snowfall that the rest of the state has and high winds have kept the ice clear of snow.

Anglers may want to use some sort of cleats to make it easier to walk across the ice. Good catches of walleye were reported in Brest Bay in 17 to 20 feet of water.

Jumbo perch have been caught near the Banana Dike in 8 to 15 feet of water. Most fish have been caught on minnows, wigglers or spikes.   more area reports




Precious land, wildlife saved

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The Nature Conservancy recently acquired another 25 acres of land near the headwaters of the Clinton River in Elizabeth Lake Woods, bringing the total to 400 acres that has been preserved by the non-profit conservation organization.

The 25 acres sits in the heart of suburban Oakland County and is nestled along forests and wetlands along the Clinton River in Waterford Township. Towering oak trees border the huge preserve, which provides a critical buffer along the river while protecting all species that live there, Conservancy officials said this week.

"We've been working in the area for 15 years. With this 25 acres we now have 400 acres combined," Alex Rossman of The Nature Conservancy said Wednesday. "The fact there is still such a place left along the Clinton River makes this a very big purchase."   more...


 



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OUTDOORS OUTPOST

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Seasons

Black Lake sturgeon: Starts Sunday and lasts until five fish (36-inch minimum) are caught on Black Lake in Presque Isle County. Anglers are selected in daily lottery. Registration starts at noon today for first day of fishing. Call Report All Poaching hotline (800-292-7800) or apply at Bluffs Resort, 10905 High Bluffs Drive, Cheboygan.

Free Fishing Weekend: Saturday and Sunday statewide. License fees are waived for residents and nonresidents; all other regulations apply.

Free ice skating: Sunday and Feb. 22, Veterans Memorial Park indoor ice arena and Buhr Park outdoor rink, Ann Arbor. For ages 17-younger. Schedule: 1-2 p.m. each day at Veterans Memorial, 2:45-5:15 p.m. at Buhr. 734-761-7240 for Veterans, 734-971-3228 for Buhr.

Fly Fishing School: June 11-13, Ranch Rudolf on Boardman River near Traverse City. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited. Cost: $345 double (spouse $325), $395 single, includes lodging, meals and equipment. 989-348-1390.Send notice of your event to Outdoors Calendar, Free Press Sports, 600 W. Fort, Detroit 48226, fax 313-222-5983, or e-mail davis@freepress.com.

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An outboard that fits the bill

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A year ago at this time, it all seemed so simple.

If you wanted a quiet outboard engine with great gas mileage that would last for years, you bought one of the new four-cycles.

If you wanted to race, or needed something lighter and cheaper, you bought a two-cycle and lived with the noise.

That was before Bombardier introduced the Evinrude E-Tec two-cycle models. The company says they offer better gas mileage than any four-stroke and are cheaper, lighter and perhaps most important, can meet tougher environmental pollution standards.  more...

 





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24-footer can go long and shallow in Michigan's big lakes

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The Detroit Boat Show has enough room to allow prospective buyers to look at boats that might not be considered by most Great Lakes anglers.

A good example is the 24-foot bay boat offered by Triton, a company better known in the Great Lakes states for smaller bass and walleye boats. The boat is part of the company's saltwater line, but it would be a good choice for people who want fast fishing craft for big lakes and Lake St. Clair.

It's a big center console with a tee-top, designed for outboard power. John Bergsma, a well-known Professional Walleye Tour angler who is sponsored by Triton, said that with only 15 inches of draft, it can get into shallow water and yet handle offshore waves with its modified vee-hull.  more...       Triton webpage

 



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US SAILING Olympic Trials

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Paul CAYARD (USA><br>Hoping To Win Trials The crucial US SAILING Olympic Trials starts today in Florida, USA. For this event, history and your current world form have no influence, what counts is consistency and who wins come the final day of racing scheduled for 22 February.

Whilst at the time of writing the final list of competitors was not available, there is no shortage of hopefuls in the five events to be contested on the waters of Key Biscayne Yacht Club, Miami Yacht Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club.

Registration and measurement will take place today and Friday, with racing underway from Saturday 14 through until 22 February. Sixteen races are scheduled for each class except the 49ers for which 24 races are scheduled. Five races constitute a series, and no more than three races will be held on any day for any class except for the 49er fleet where four races may be held. This is an intense race schedule and one which is sure to see some upsets.  more...

 



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Fossett's rig doesn't fall down

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A potential major breakage was averted this morning when, during the rig check at first light, Guillermo Altadill discovered that the pin connecting the cap shroud had worked half way out. Watch captain David Scully files this report on the incident - and on a few other timely topics:

"The sun rose on the sparkling sea this morning, to reveal that our rig was about to fall down. Guillermo Altadill, walking forward after his trick on the helm, happened to look up, and noticed that the large pin securing a link plate in the shrouds, had wandered part of the way out of it's mounting. Pausing briefly for a few Hail Mary's, we jibed, took a hammer to it, and restored our rigging to it's normal integrity. At some time, probably during our fifty knot upwind slog to the start, the split pin securing the big rigging pin in place had sheared, and the big pin had been slowly leaving the boat ever since. Had we jibed and unloaded the pin, our return jibe might have been made memorable by the graceful descent of the rig and sailplan. Thanks to the sharp eyed Catalan, we are not, at this writing, paddling to the Canaries.   more...



 



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Discover the Great Lakes...

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Ten thousand years ago, the last great glaciers retreated leaving us with the legacy of the Great Lakes. Their timeless beauty can be enjoyed today, and what better way than by Cruising! So many places to go and things to see. Full of contrasts - from opera in one of our Great Cities to the solitude of a sunset in Lake Superior, from the excitement of baseball to fishing the St. Mary's River, from Great Golf to frontier history. The Great Lakes offer something for everyone.

Your guide includes many ideas for cruising the Great Lakes, where you're never far from a Great Port of Call, Great Scenery, Great Golf or Great Fishing and there's always something exciting to see or to do.   more...

 



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Finding a cure for Lake Michigan

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Having cataloged the ills besetting Lake Michigan - mercury in the fish, dirty beaches unfit for swimming, invasive species - Judy Beck of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offered a blunt summary this week:

"If I were from a different federal agency, if I represented Homeland Security," she told a crowd of 270 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Brown Deer, "I would probably be telling you that we are seriously considering an orange alert."

That's "high risk" on the new terror alert scale.

What that means for Lake Michigan, for the waters that feed it and for the population of four states that rely on the lake for drinking water and recreation was the focus of Tuesday's sold-out watershed planning conference, sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.  more...

 



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Bridge wait at border may ease up

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Traffic backups should ease considerably in the next few weeks on the Ambassador Bridge, ending truck delays that have cost Michigan industries tens of millions of dollars.

The bridge’s private owner and the federal government could come to an agreement today to open four customs booths for trucks, boosting the total to 13 and reducing waits that can last two hours on weekdays.

The booths were ready to open in September, but the government’s purchasing arm — the General Services Administration — refused to sign off on them. The empty snow-covered booths instead have become an object of scorn among truckers entering Detroit.

“When you wait through those traffic lineups and come off the bridge to see those empty booths, it can get pretty frustrating,” said Jason Clunis, 34, a Windsor truck driver who travels three times a week to Detroit.   more...

 



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Few fishermen leave Lake Erie empty handed

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Although fishing at Lake Erie is popular with many local fishermen, there are still many locals who have never wet a line in this most productive of the five Great Lakes. I certainly recommend it, and the best recommendation is that I have never gone to Lake Erie and come home fishless.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife, this year will compare to the those years during which fishermen have experienced some of the finest and most diverse fishing on the Great Lakes.

Roger Knight, Lake Erie fisheries program manager, says, “The lake’s famous walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, steelhead, trout and white bass are again plentiful this year.”    more...

 





Watershed coalition creating management plans for streams

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Heidelberg College's Water Quality Laboratory has received a $10,000 grant from the Lake Erie Protection Fund to help the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition create management plans for smaller streams.

"Our goal is to produce two locally acceptable and state endorsable subwatershed plans by the summer of 2004," said Christopher Riddle, coalition coordinator. "The coalition steering committee has decided to focus initial planning efforts in the Honey Creek and Broken Sword subwatersheds."

Information meetings to begin the plans will take place next week. The Broken Sword meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Crawford County Courthouse lower-level conference room, Bucyrus, and the Honey Creek meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Attica Fairgrounds.   more...

 



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House passes pollution fee compromise bill

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 LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The state House on Wednesday sent Gov. Jennifer Granholm a bill that would let the state raise $3 million in wastewater discharge fees, even though the governor has threatened to veto it.

The Republican-controlled House voted 55-46 to approve the bill, with five Republicans joining 41 Democrats to vote against it. Eight members -- three Republicans and five Democrats -- did not vote. Only Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

The Senate passed the compromise bill on Tuesday.

The bill would raise $3 million in fees from those who discharge pollutants into Michigan waterways. Michigan is one of only eight states nationally that does not charge fees for water discharges.  more...

 



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