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Volts may fend off invading carp

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Minnesota natural resource officials said Tuesday that they are studying the possibility of building an underwater electric barrier across the Mississippi River to prevent the northward spread of Asian carp into the state's waterways.

The barrier, consisting of electrified cables or bars on the river bottom, would shock fish as they swim toward it. It might be installed somewhere between the Iowa border and the Twin Cities if a study concludes that it would work.

Two exotic species of carp, silver and bighead, have been expanding upriver since the 1980s, after they were imported by Arkansas fish farmers and apparently escaped.  more...

 





Canada's Cup is Still Even After Day 4

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Toronto, Canada - Day 4 of the Canada's Cup would start and end in an even score but there was a lot of exciting racing in between. With steady winds at around 12-14 knots and the waves were between 1 and 3 feet. The day looked to be great for match racing even though it was a little colder today. Heartbreaker went into the day on a three race win streak and Defiant needed to get out of their tailspin. It was tied 3 apiece and Defiant would be without their injured bowman, Ian Smith, once again.

Race 7 would be the first race today with Heartbreaker starting from the starboard side and Defiant on port. The boats would enter the box and briefly dial up before Heartbreaker tacked out towards the Committee boat and Defiant would gybe and chase the Americans. Heartbreaker would slow at the start to stay clear but would cross the line first. Defiant had better boat speed at the start and was to windward of Heartbreaker. Up the first beat the boats would split tacks with Defiant going right and Heartbreaker left. At the first mark Defiant would have a two boat length, 17 second lead.   more...





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Canada's Cup History

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"... in trust as a perpetual international challenge cup for friendly competition between sailing yachts, representatives of yacht clubs of the two nations bordering on the Great Lakes…."

CANADA'S CUP DEED OF GIFT, 1897

 

The Canada's Cup has a employed a variety of design types over the last 100 years, from the P-class Universal Rule boats of the turn of the century to the 8-Metres of the International Rule of the 1930s and 1950s and on to the offshore keelboats of the Cruising Club of America Rule and International Offshore Rule of the 1960s through the 1980s. But design-more to the point, participating clubs agreeing on a design-has long been one of the sticking points to arranging matches.   more...

 

 

 





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Sailing Anarchy's Ten Questions with - Steve Phillips

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If your first question is "Steve who?" you would not be alone. We hadn't heard of him either, but he certainly made a name for himself by winning the East Coast Farr 40 Championship in August. He followed that up with a very impressive win at the Farr 40 World Championships in November. Oh, it seems that wasn't quite enough. In between, he tacked on the J 105 North American Championship in Chicago, Ill in September. That's one heck of a year, by any standard. We thought a closer look would be of interest. Enjoy.   more...

 

 

 

 

 



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Upper Peninsula not short on walleyes

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HOUGHTON, Mich. -- It's a land of incredible beauty and history. Its forests carpet the rugged Pre-Cambrian landscape. Exposed granite cliffs, which once revealed a source of native copper unequaled in the world, punch their way out of the timbered slopes.

It's a land of whitetail deer which play along the forest's edge and black bear which tread the darkened forest floor where the sun only reaches in the wintertime. Wolf packs still roam, seldom seen or heard, but their carnivorous presence is undenied

The Keweenaw Peninsula juts like a stony fist right into the midsection of the greatest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, and takes whatever the big lake can throw at her. It has done so forever.   more....

 

 

 





Ottawa River dredging is scheduled for 2005

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A muddy chain dangled from the propeller of Dan Ash’s 30-foot motorboat as a hoist lifted it out of the Ottawa River yesterday at River View Yacht Club.

The chain, Mr. Ash said, must have become tangled in his propeller in the short distance from the dock to the boat hoist.

Although no damage was done, it was a good example of the problem boaters face in the shallow waters of the Ottawa River. "We stir up mud all the time," said Mr. Ash, who is retired and has been boating on the Ottawa for 25 years.    more...


 



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POINT BETSIE: Grant will help restore beacon

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FRANKFORT - The Friends of Point Betsie are beaming about a $431,500 state grant to help restore the historic lighthouse.
      The Clean Michigan Initiative grant, announced Monday, eventually could lead the federal government to transfer the 145-year-old lighthouse to local ownership.
      Friends member Amy Ferris said the grant is a triumph for everyone who has worked on the project.
      "The grant is going to get us into the actual restoration and that's really what everybody is interested in," she said.    more...

 



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Million-dollar grants aid push for Lake Michigan land

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SAUGATUCK -- Members of a group trying to preserve 161 acres of Lake Michigan duneland say two $1 million challenge grants will make their goal a reality.

"We're so close we can taste it," said Peg Kohring, an agent with The Conservation Fund working to raise money to help buy the Denison property south of the Kalamazoo River. The group also revealed a $100,000 pledge from the City of Saugatuck.    more...

 





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$2.5 million to fight water pollution in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair counties

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Supporters say a $2.5-million state program -- funded by unclaimed bottle-deposit money -- will establish the most comprehensive pollution check ever for Lake St. Clair, the Clinton River watershed and the St. Clair River.

State and environmental officials said Monday the plan is the first in the country to search for the sources of all types of pollution across governmental boundaries. The program, which will be funded over three years, will cover Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties.

The plan could become a model for water monitoring projects nationwide, said Steve Gold, deputy health officer for the Macomb County Health Department, one of the agencies receiving funds.    more...

 



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Confessions of a sailing junkie

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This guy is inside my head! - editor

Win Fowler
For Points East


Published August, 2003

I like to pretend it is part of my job as a sailmaker (and sometime Points East columnist) to keep in touch with the pulse of the sailing world. Of course, that's just a cover story. The truth is, I'm a race junkie; I have a serious addiction to sailboat racing news.

I pore over race results of obscure regattas on the other side of the world. I study pictures of dhows racing in the Persian Gulf. I know when Gavin Brady signs with Oracle Racing and when New York Clipper is leading Bristol Clipper. I know about the unusual keel on Jonathan McKee's mini 6.5 and about the flaps on the counter of the new maxi Bols. Whether it's design, technology, technique, personality, news, rumor, innuendo; I inhale it all.   
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Heartbreaker Evens The Score

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Canada - Day 3 of the Canada's Cup proved to be the most exciting day of the regatta,, especially for the Hearbreaker Sailing Team. Defiant started the day with 3-1 lead and looked like they were going to retain the Canada's Cup. But the Heartbreaker team had different plans.

The conditions for Day 3 began with 13-17 knot fluctuating winds and 1-2 foot waves. The wind dierction was 295 degrees. It was partly cloudy and a little chilly. The spectator fleet was 12 boats strong. The first race of the regatta was postponed briefly while the race committee struggled to set the pin. Once set Heartbreaker started on the starboard side and Defiant on port.

The start included a lot of circling and a late start by both teams as they dialed up briefly before the start. Heartbreaker was on Defiant's hip but was able to tack and go right. Defiant followed but wasn't able to keep up with Heartbreaker's speed and was forced to tack away.

Heartbreaker lead at the first mark by 30 seconds. Defiant rounded and didn't hoist their spinnaker until 6-8 boatlengths after the mark. By the third mark Heartbreaker had a 37 second lead as the wind increased to 17-18 knots and 1-3 foot waves. Heartbreaker increased their lead at every mark and won the first race by 1 minute 19 seconds. Defiant had a green flag up at the finish and requested more time in between races to fix a broken halyard.

After a brief delay Defiant asked to have a doctor come onboard and examine bowman Ian Smith. Smith would eventually be taken off the boat with a bad back. Al Megarry would move forward and replace Smith on the bow. Another person was then brought on Defiant to fill out the team.

Race two for the day was started in 17-18 knot conditions similiar to the end of race 5. The race would include three separate dial ups. Heartbreaker would eventually start on the right side of the line with windward advantage. Defiant tried to push Heartbreaker over the line but they were unsuccessful. Both boats would tack on to port shortly after the start. Defiant was forced to tack back left due to bad air.

Heartbreaker would continue to the right side of the course and what appeared to be more pressure. This seemed to be true as Heartbreaker would lead by 29 seconds at the first mark. A course change was made here to 100 degrees for the second mark. Heartbreaker was able to keep things conservative the rest of the way and extended their lead. Heartbreaker had a 1 minute 30 second lead at the last mark.

Both boats would have prefect sets here in front of the 15 spectator boats watching on. The final delta would be 1 minute 51 seconds and evened the score at three wins apiece. Stay tuned into canadascup.org for more information from the action in Toronto.

 



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Canada's Cup Monday 9/29/2003 Update

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Monday, September 29th, 2003, 4:34 pm

Race 5

On the breeziest day yet Team Heartbreaker showed excellent form hitting almost

all the shifts and had a slight boat speed advantage over Defiant. Race 5 saw Defiant

win the start but allowing Heartbreaker to gain a lane right. Over the course of the

next 7 minutes Heartbreaker gained in height and forced Defiant to tack on a lift.

Heartbreaker seemed reluctant to engage and went all the way to the right corner.

The 30 second lead then increased over the rest of the race.

Defiant 3- Heartbreaker 2

Race 6

For the first time in the series Team Heartbreaker won the start and led from start

to finish . The breeze averaged 17 knots and Heartbreaker eventually won by 1:40.

The race was delayed due to a crew injury. Hopefully Defiant will be back in full

strength for tomorrow. With the series tied look for some very aggressive match

racing tomorrow

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Avoiding Fly rod Breakage

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Rick Whorwood - G. Loomis (Canada) Pro Staff, shares some great information and advise on caring for your fly rod and how to avoid rod breakage.   more...

 





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Ask the DNR a Question and get a Response!

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 "Many time we want to ask questions of the DNR and we think or even try to get someone on the phone or even stop by an office trying to get a simple question answered or we may even want to just share a concern with the hopes that someone will at least listen to what we "the tax payer" have to say.

Well it seems that using e-mail works. What follows is a question asked with an answer direct from the DNR.   more...


 



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Scouting - The key to waterfowling success.

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Close, but no cigar. A large flight of ducks appeared on the horizon like a waving ribbon of tiny black dots. Gradually the dots got bigger and turned into birds. Eventually the ribbon formed into a loose flock of mallards and in the early morning light each bird could be seen jockeying for position. This was a sure sign that these birds wanted down, so we reached for our calls with one hand and a shotgun with the other. When the birds were about 400 yards out we hit them with a chorus of high balls and excited greeting calls. Immediately the flight of mallards responded and locked onto our location.

What looked like to be easing pickings, turned out to be the total opposite. A couple hundred yards out, the birds started flanking our position in favor of another destination. Pleading but unsuccessful comeback calls left us wondering what went wrong. The birds slid into a back bay a couple hundred yards down the lakeshore. We watched in amazement as they splashed down safely away from our decoys and guns.   more...

 





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