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Exploration Of Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctica's Ice Sheet Begins

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A four-man science team led by British Antarctic Survey's (BAS) Dr Andy Smith has begun exploring an ancient lake hidden deep beneath Antarctica's ice sheet. The lake -- the size of Lake Windermere (UK) -- could yield vital clues to life on Earth, climate change and future sea-level rise.

Glaciologist Dr Smith and his colleagues from the Universities of Edinburgh and Northumbria are camped out at one of the most remote places on Earth conducting a series of experiments on the ice.

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Man helps make maritime history fun

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By Sharla Bardin

Forget Capt. Jack Sparrow.

If you want a true naval adventurer, cast your gaze to a Lake Erie hero, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

Better yet, put yourself in his place.

Aye, you can through a new display at the Erie Maritime Museum. It's a free-standing cutout that captures a life-size image of Perry during his victorious battle against the British on Lake Erie in 1813.

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Communication Solutions for the Sport

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Ever wonder what about the fancy headsets worn by the crew on some of premier racing programs? “The Loop” communication system was on three of the 2007 America’s Cup teams, notably Alinghi, as well as multiple maxi programs. Scuttlebutt reader Paul Larkin, the founder of CSC&E, produces “The Loop” and he himself is still a sailor on the America’s Cup and maxi scene. Here is his report on what his company has developed:

Technology has increasingly been incorporated all over the racing industry, and consequently the yachts are continually becoming faster and louder. This was putting a premium on crew work and taxing crew communication. The technical growth in yachting was so impressive everywhere, but ironically we still could not simply speak to each other despite all the impressive technology surrounding us.

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Olympics mean revival for town's nautical heritage

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By Avril Ormsby

Once host to the Royal Navy and George III's summer dips, the English town of Weymouth is proud of its nautical heritage and glad of the chance to rejuvenate it with the staging of the 2012 Olympic regatta.

When the Royal Navy pulled out of neighboring Portland in the 1990s it followed a trend already set by the departure of the commercial fleet from Weymouth.

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Storm Trysail Club Replaces Pineapple Cup with Race to Dominican Republic

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By Stuart Streuli

The Storm Trysail Club and Premiere Racing have announced a new biennial distance race, the Casa de Campo Race. The inaugural running of this event will start Feb. 13, 2009, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The 900-mile race will track east through Northwest Providence Channel, turning southeast at Eleuthera, skirting the Bahamas, by the Turks and Caicos Islands, to the eastern tip on the Dominican Republic where boats will turn the corner for the run to the finish at the Casa De Campo Resort, in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

This race will occupy the slot in the club's calendar normally reserved for the Pineapple Cup from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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The lure of the outdoors

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Midwesterners have a long history of amusing themselves with ice and snow, and some of the best places for frozen fun are along the region's freshwater inland coasts and shorelines -- winter wonderlands of sculpted waterfalls, cliffs and canyons, surrounded by white-blanketed woodlands and ice-topped lakes.

Winter activities go beyond the requisite skiing, ice-skating, sledding and snowmobiling, from a snowshoer listening to the quiet of a frozen waterfall or an ice-kiter gliding across a glassy lake to an ice-climber enduring a warm rush of adrenaline.

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We wonder: Is it winter?

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By John Guerriero

It would be convenient to blame Al Gore.

He's picked up some nice hardware from this global-warming awareness business. He won a Nobel Peace Prize, and his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," won an Oscar.

Meanwhile, much of our hardware -- snowmobiles, snowblowers, skis and shovels -- gathered dust as we waited for Old Man Winter to wake up and give us a taste of the old days when it seemed to snow from Thanksgiving to Easter.

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Kabin Sunglasses by Kaenon Polarized

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By Michael Lovett

Seeing as my last pair of sailing sunglasses came from a Convenient Food Mart (the one across the street from Vermilion Boat Club, to be precise), my basis for evaluating the new Kabin sunglasses from Kaenon Polarized may be a bit off. I was impressed just to find that the Kabin shades came with their own carrying case. The absence of a plastic tag affixed to the nose bridge was another touch of class I noted right off the bat.  


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Campaign for sailing center launched

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By Kelly Skellinger

The Friends of the Belmar Harbor [FOBH] recently established a temporary home on River Road, here, to kick off the organization’s capital campaign, titled “Sail Don’t Fail,” to build the Shark River Bay Community Sailing Center.

The FOBH, an almost decade-old, grassroots organization, provides sailing programs for youth and local families.

The group is currently seeking to raise $1.8 million through the campaign to build the center, which will benefit the hundreds of aspiring sailors who register for FOBH sailing programs every year, as well as local residents and FOBH members who wish to use the facility.

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Herons persist in Chicago wetlands despite exposure to banned chemicals

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Loafing black-crowned night-herons near Lake Calumet Illinois with coking plant in background. Credit: Photo by Michael Jeffords Illinois Natural History Survey Herons nesting in the wetlands of southeast Chicago are still being exposed to chemicals banned in the U.S. in the 1970s, a research team reports. The chemicals do not appear to be affecting the birds’ reproductive success, however. The findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research.

University of Illinois veterinary biosciences scientist Jeff Levengood led the study. Levengood, a wildlife toxicologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, said that chemicals banned 30 years ago for their deleterious effects on wildlife are still showing up in the offspring of black-crowned night-herons in a Chicago wetland.

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'Pigboats' once called on G-T Bay

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history-1-10-pigboat.jpgThey were called "pigboats" or "whalebacks," and they sailed by Leelanau's shores and discharged cargoes here, too.

They were called pigboats not because they carried pigs, but because they had a distinctive pig-like bow.

The unique form of Great Lakes vessel was invented by Captain Alexander McDougall. Altogether, 40-some were built on the lakes between the years 1888-98.

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2008 Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting

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The Great Lakes Commission is pleased to announce that Great Lakes Day 2008 will be held in Washington DC on February 28, 2008. This year, Great Lakes Day will be preceded by the Great Lakes Commission’s Semiannual meeting, which will be held in Washington on February 26, beginning at 1 PM through Noon on February 27 at the Palomar Hotel. Lunch and an afternoon session on February 27 will be held in conjunction with the Healing Our Waters Coalition to brief Great Lakes Day participants on legislative priorities and to prepare for visits to Congressional offices the next day.

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New Man At The Helm Of The ISAF Secretariat

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Jerome PELS
There is a new face at the helm of the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Secretariat, after Jerome PELS (NED) took over as ISAF Secretary General on 1 January 2008.

Jerome has steadily worked his way through the ranks at the ISAF Secretariat, since joining as Competition Officer in 1997. In the ten years since then he has been involved in all of ISAF’s major events, being promoted to Events Manager, then Director of Sailing in January 2002 and Deputy Secretary General in May 2007.

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Seashore and reef expert dies at 98

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By Danny Rose

A pioneering marine scientist who had a coral reef named after her has died at 98.

Isobel Bennett, who left school at 16 and went on to become a seashore expert, passed away at a nursing home in Mona Vale, in northern Sydney, yesterday.

Len Zell, a lecturer in marine and tropical biology at James Cook University, said Ms Bennett was schooled in the "university of life", and had an insatiable curiosity.

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Flying Low, Flying Fast Over the Ice

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Winter sports enthusiasts usually avoid those open spaces where the icy wind sweeps across miles of frozen river. Except iceboaters. They go out looking for it.

Iceboaters harness the wind to push boats that are mounted on skate-like runners. All they need is a good wind and good ice. Good ice is at least four inches thick, covered by less than four inches of snow, and free of holes, heaves, fissures and pressure ridges. When they find good ice, they'll converge on the site at the speed of the internet.

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