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More MOËT CUP info

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Thursday had dawned with the decision that Race Four of the Pro-Driver series at the Moët Cup had been abandoned and would be re-sailed, with the agreement of all the participants. Alinghi, who had been trailing 3-1, after Wednesday's races, now entered play on Thursday down just 2-1 and with an opportunity to even the score.

And that's just what they did. The Swiss Alinghi team put on a clutch performance on Thursday in the Pro-Driver series, winning an exhilarating race over the Oracle BMW Racing team. The contest was a thriller, with two lead changes, and a penalty. It all made for exciting race viewing in perfect conditions - bright sunshine, and a moderate 12-15 knot westerly on San Francisco Bay. The local crowd took advantage, and there was a large spectator fleet, in addition to the thousands watching from shore.

Alinghi's victory leaves both teams with two wins each.

The situation was even direr in the Owner-Driver series, where Alinghi trailed 2-0. But Ernesto Bertarelli sailed a strong race to win and is now only one victory away from evening the seriew.

Racing for the Moët Cup continues Friday. - Peter Rusch, Golden Gate YC website, full race recap: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news

Editor's note: Thanks to Kris Olszewski for submitting the link to the Exploratorium Roof Cam, which shows live video of the boats tacking up and rounding the windward mark:

http://cams.exploratorium.edu/CAM2/





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EVEREST HORIZONTAL UPDATE - Tim Kent

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One year ago, I was emotionally spent as the gun fired for the start of Around Alone. The previous six months had been like an insane roller coaster ride - things going well, things appearing hopeless, things going well again. That roller coaster ride would continue all the way around the world.

Needless to say, with the capsize of Everest Horizontal on the return leg of the Bermuda 1-2, the roller coaster is still in operation. After abandoning the boat, recovering her was a wonderful high; we had her back in Bermuda - minus her rig and with her electronics destroyed, but clean and proud, ready for a refit.

Then we were dealt another blow - another trip on the roller coaster. Hurricane Fabian swept over Bermuda, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake - and Everest Horizontal was not spared. At the height of the storm, her mooring lines parted and she was driven onto the rocks in St. Georges

Harbor.We did not return to the Atlantic Ocean three times to search for and then recover this valiant boat to let her languish on the rocks. I will be heading to Bermuda next week to patch her up. Everest designer Jim Antrim is joining me there to assess the work ahead; Everest is badly damaged but - thankfully - not destroyed. I must get her back to the U.S. to prepare her for a refit.   more...

 



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Moet Cup, San Francisco, September 18, 2003

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Press Release

A WINNING DAY FOR ALINGHI ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY

A decision was made on Thursday morning by the Race Committee of the Moet Cup to re-sail Race 4 of the pro driver series as a result of problems in Wednesday’s pre-start sequence resulting in the score sitting at 2-1 for Oracle.

With two races down in both the pro driver and owner driver regattas, the pressure dial was turned up high for the crew on board SUI-64 today. Alinghi came through with a performance reminiscent of Auckland together with some risky decision making by the afterguard to give the spectators the most exciting race of the regatta to date - lead changes, penalties and huge separations. Typical of the pattern this week, a light breeze came in about 1:30pm and the first race was underway at about 2pm in 15 knots, with the breeze building to about 20 knots later in the day.

Race One – pro driver

In a flood tide, light breeze and with starboard advantage, Alinghi finally got a first start, crossing in front of Oracle by a boat length. Both boats headed out to the right to get underneath Alcatraz and a loose tacking duel ensued with Alinghi in the lead. With less current to factor in today, conditions were a little more weighted to a wind focus and Alinghi quickly made the decision to tack over to the city front shore. Oracle stayed out to the right and a huge separation followed for a good portion of the first beat with both boats experiencing quite different tide and wind conditions. The risk did not pay off for Alinghi; when the boats converged approaching the top mark Oracle crossed just in front of SUI-64 and rounded ten seconds ahead. Immediately Alinghi’s kite was up they began to aggressively pursue Oracle, putting in the first jibe. Alinghi seemed a little quicker and successfully rolled Oracle to gain back a small lead. Neck and neck, Oracle luffed Al!

inghi on an overlap, at the same time the spinnaker of USA-76 hit Alinghi’s rigging, giving Oracle a penalty. Alinghi took the race 41 seconds ahead of Oracle.

Race Two – owner driver

On a winning streak today, Ernesto Bertarelli helmed Alinghi to their first win in the owner driver series against Larry Ellison and Oracle. The first start of this race, won by Alinghi, was cancelled due to shipping traffic. A second start got underway soon after on a short course of just four legs. Alinghi, appearing to be back in their Auckland groove, controlled the race with confidence, gaining on the downwind legs as they have done consistently all week. Alinghi crossed the finish a solid 35 seconds ahead of Oracle.

 

QUOTES:

Brad Butterworth, tactician: "I decided to go to the city front because of the current. It was probably a mistake by me. We probably should have kept with Oracle. Jochen warned me to beware because they are locals."

Jochen Schuemann, helmsman: "It was the most exciting race that we have had so far. We had two lead changes, penalties, good breeze – match racing doesn’t get any better. We all thoroughly enjoyed the racing today."

Pro Regatta, 18 September

Alinghi: 1 – Oracle: 0 Delta: 41 seconds

Overall Ranking

Alinghi: 2 – Oracle: 2

Owner Driver Regatta

Alinghi: 1– Oracle: 0 Delta: 35 seconds

Overall Ranking

Alinghi: 1 – Oracle: 2



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Michigan Fishing Report

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Cooler temperatures across the state should bring increased salmon fishing, meanwhile a number of inland lakes have been doing well on bluegill, crappie, and bass. Anglers are reminded that snagging fish in Michigan waters is illegal. Anglers should review the rules and regulations in the 2003 Inland Trout and Salmon Guide or the 2003 Michigan Fishing Guide before heading out to fish. Both of these guides are located on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Web site.   more area reports...

 





Annual Boat Show USA perfect place to dream

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The Fall Boat Show USA is docked at Metro Beach until Sunday, offering the best and latest in boats and equipment.

This is the place where you can see and fantasize about the vessels that could transport you to destinations where forgetting your business, cell or work phone number would be rather easy.

Exploring the marshy cuts and canals of the St. Clair Flats in a small craft or considering a live-aboard lifestyle cruising boat and investigating the Great Lakes or the remote islands of the Bahamas are all possibilities worth day dreaming about.

Catching the sun's rays aboard your new boat, either locally or on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean, it's still the same sun, just the boating lifestyle you choose.   more...

 

 



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Lake level holds steady

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Jerry Skrypzak didn't get out on his boat nearly as much as he wanted this year, but the same weather that cut into his boating time put him much more at ease while on board.

"I was more comfortable riding around," he said. "The water levels weren't bad. You could get in (shore) a little closer, and you didn't need to be as careful. ... But, other than that, it was a terrible boating year. I only managed to get out about 37 times."

The cool, wet weather that hovered over the Lake Erie basin this summer meant the lake's level never dropped nearly as far as originally predicted, said Cynthia Sellenger, a hydrologist with the Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich.    more...


 





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New plans to manage cormorants forthcoming

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Lansing — Barring unexpected changes or delays caused by an animal rights group lawsuit, fish and wildlife officials in Michigan soon will have new rules when it comes to cormorant management.
Under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal, state, tribal and federal agencies will be allowed to reduce cormorant numbers — without a permit — in areas where they’re causing damage, according to Steve Lewis, a USFWS Region 3 biologist.
However, Lewis cautions, “This is not an authorization for anyone to go out and shoot cormorants.”  
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Alien species hurt lakes, and feds sell out

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In a fascinating book called "A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines," Yvonne Baskin cites estimates that the United States spends more than $137 billion a year to combat exotic plant and animal species from other countries.

That's $50 billion more than President George W. Bush wants to spend on rebuilding Iraq. But unlike the Iraq War, the bill for the war on harmful exotics will continue to grow and come due every year as far into the future as we can see, and we can't ask other nations to share the cost.

That's why you should be outraged about the Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision to allow ocean-going ships to dump ballast in the Great Lakes and other American waters without obtaining a permit.   more...

 





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Houghton is remote, but fish are numerous

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HOUGHTON -- Talk about good news, bad news.

The good news is that the electronic fish-finder screen is black with crescent-shaped marks, which show the presence of fish. Hundreds a minute reflect the sonar waves that Craig Morris' boat sends into the clear waters of Portage Lake.

Even better news: Underwater television cameras dropped into the 40- to 50-foot-deep water by numerous boats confirm that those marks are walleyes, many of them 30-inchers and longer that exceed 10 pounds.

Now for the bad news: The buggers nearly all have lockjaw.

We have spent an hour motoring through and around a group of 32 boats collected in a small area south of the Pilgrim River mouth. The boats are run by many of the anglers who earned places in the Professional Walleye Trail national championship, and in that time we have seen exactly three of them net a fish.   more...

 





Body found

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The body of Todd Allen Maeder, 37, of Mount Clemens, was found at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday by the Macomb County Sheriff's Marine Division.

The body was on the surface of Anchor Bay about one-quarter mile southwest of the Salt River, not far from where Maeder fell off a boat Sunday night and is believed to have drowned.   more...

 



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St. Clair harbor area getting sign

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ST. CLAIR -- Jeanne Lynch said finding the entrance to the city harbor from the St. Clair River can be difficult.

The Downtown Revitalization Committee has a plan to change that.

The City Council this week approved plans for a sign and international flag plaza at what has been dubbed Cargill Point on the south side of the mouth of the Pine River.

"I don't see how it could be anything but a positive thing," said Lynch, 46, who lives in the city and docks a boat at the city marina.

Fred Moore, a member of the committee, said the plaza could be built before the end of October.  more...

 



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Michigan adds two rivers to system

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MUNISING (AP) -- Two Michigan rivers on Friday became the first additions in 15 years to the state's natural rivers program, which regulates development along their banks.

K.L. Cool, director of the Department of Natural Resources, decided to bring the Pine and Upper Manistee rivers into the system. He made the announcement during a Natural Resources Commission meeting in Munising.

Governor Jennifer Granholm applauded the decision.  more...

 



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Hollyhock crew learns the ropes

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MARINETTE, Wis. -- On the bridge of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, a group of blue-clad crewmen huddle around the steering controls.

The ship's commander and a Marinette Marine Corp. employee walk them through the different systems they will be using to run the ship from the bridge.

A few decks lower and under the buzz of white lights, a similar process is going on in a small, enclosed room overlooking the yellow engines that run the 2,240-ton, 225-foot vessel.

In about a month, the cutter Hollyhock will be delivered to the Coast Guard. It is expected to be operational later this fall, replacing the decommissioned Bramble near Port Huron's Pine Grove Park.   more...

 





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Who Needs Russell?

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San Francisco, CA - The California dream is becoming a reality for Oracle helmsman Larry Ellison and for Oracle/BMW racing who swept the Swiss Team Alinghi today by 2-0 in the owner-driver series and the pro-driver series at the premier Moet Cup regatta.

Oracle's two victories over Alinghi by 38 seconds and 40 seconds respectively have started a debate about Russell Coutts' conspicuous absence and whether the tight five including Brad Butterworth, Warwick Fleury, Simon Daubney and Murray Jones are going to be too old to win the Cup in 2007. The questions being raised to Alinghi is where is the emerging young talent?   more...

 

 

 

 



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A rest stop fit for a monarch

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POINT PELEE, ONT. -- It's just after eight on an early-September morning.

The sound of crickets, the wash of waves on the shore and an almost tropical cacophony of birdsong greet us as we approach the forest of Point Pelee National Park. On this thin wedge of land that cuts into Lake Erie at the southernmost tip of mainland Canada, a remarkable migration is under way.

Throughout this month, millions of monarch butterflies will pass through here, nesting for a night or more before fluttering their way to the mountains of central Mexico.

The monarch is unique among butterflies in its marathon flight. I came to find out why these black-and-orange beauties gather here before setting off on their journey.  more...

 



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