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Coast Guard life-saving ice rescue sends bone-chilling message

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If ever the claim for the existence of guardian angels needed validation it would be the recent life-saving rescue of Billy McKeon in the icy waters of Lake Michigan on Feb. 20, 2007.

While walking on the Frankfort breakwater, the 45-year-old McKeon slipped off the icy surface. Unable to climb up onto the ice, he floundered in the 33-degree waters of Lake Michigan. His fate all but certain lay in the hands of guardian angels.   more...

 



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“Sail the Course”

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Large gains and losses are made at the start. When your boat comes off the line, you want to be in clear air, have good speed, be on the preferred side of the line and course, and be on the right tack. If you haven't done each of these, you could be lost behind 50 boats, and going slowly.   more...

 



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2007 MELGES X Boat Report

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2007 MELGES X Boat Report  
Harry Melges and I got on our way to SOCA Sailboats in Trinidad. SOCA is the builder of the very popular Melges 32. They have helped us to develop the new Melges X boat for 2007. Paul Amon is the key person at SOCA and an extremely talented boat builder. We give SOCA rave reviews as they have done an outstanding job with our Melges 32 project. The quality and craftsmanship is definitely up to Melges standards. We were very eager to see the new Melges X.   more


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Action Packed Opening Day at 2007 Acura Miami Grand Prix

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Action Packed Opening Day at 2007 Acura Miami Grand PrixMiami Beach, Fla – All the sailors competing in 2007 Acura Miami Grand Prix will sleep well tonight. Principal Race Officer Dave Brennan and his crackerjack committee got in three races on the opening day of the grand prix regatta, leaving sailors with sore muscles and satisfied smiles. Racing was held in a 12-15 knot northeasterly and all the boats were back at the dock at the Miami Beach Marina by 4 p.m.   more


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Tight Squeezes

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By Dean Travis Clarke

As I look out my office window down into the street, I am constantly amazed by how inept most people are at parallel parking. Drivers pull up, try four or five times, give up and drive away. Others manage to park, but 6 feet away from the curb. It reminds me of Woody Allen deadpanning to Diane Keaton, ''That's all right. I can walk to the curb from here.''
After the launch ramp, docking may be the next most tricky undertaking for boaters. But it needn't be -- especially on smaller boats. First, remember that gentle guiding works best in slips and tight spots. And don't be embarrassed. The only reason to be embarrassed is if you actually ding someone else's boat.  more...

 



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Sailfish 2360 CC

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Sailfish 2360 CCThis version of the Sailfish 2660 may be shorter, but it still has the wide nine-foot beam to give plenty of fish-fighting space on deck. Couple that with high gunwales for safety and a dry ride and you get another great offshore fisher from Sailfish in a package more economical to tow and store.

For family fun, there's an optional stowaway transom seat for cockpit guests. Optional bow cushions add comfort for sunning and cruising. A transom reboarding ladder and platform make climbing aboard after a swim easy. Then, step below into the roomy head under the console and take a shower with fresh water.



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Canadian Government Plays Russian Roulette With U.S. River

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The North Fork of the Flathead River originates in this remote wilderness valley in southern British Columbia. It's an absolutely stunning place, with abundant elk, mule deer, black bear, moose, white-tailed deer, and grizzly bears. There are bighorn sheep and mountain goats on the peaks, eagles ride the air currents, and westslope cutthroat and bull trout swim in the river. more...

 



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Wolves, moose in decline on Mich. island

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JOHN FLESHER
Associated Press

Chased into the Lake Superior shallows, mauled and left for dead by fellow wolves, the young female struggled to shore and collapsed. A lone male came to the rescue, licking her wounds and staying on as she recovered.

Together they formed a successful and prolific pack, with the female bearing at least 19 pups. But their love story has ended tragically: A rival pack killed the female this winter, a year after fatally attacking her mate as he munched on a moose carcass.  more...

 



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Lawmakers want pests out of lakes -- now

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WASHINGTON -- Michigan members of Congress were frustrated Wednesday as they questioned an administration official about the slow pace of action on keeping invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

"Here you have these international boats dumping these critters all over the place, and you can't do anything," Rep. Candice Miller, a Harrison Township Republican, said at a hearing by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.   more...



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Heavy snow a pain now, but could have good payoff later

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Which would you prefer, shovel some snow or fight a forest fire? Scrape off your car or scrape the hull of your boat on a sandbar?

As northern Wisconsin deals with a foot or more of fresh snow, foresters and other scientists are saying - perhaps under their breath - "bring it on."

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Cutter tackles ice at Green Bay

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By MIKE FORNES
STURGEON BAY, Wis. - The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw has completed its mission of opening up ice-bound harbors in the Chicago and Gary, Ind., areas and has now moved north up Lake Michigan to begin work in Green Bay, Wis.

“We're approaching our area for next week's ice trials,” said Cmdr. John Little, the Mackinaw's captain. “We have testing that must be completed before we begin.”  more...

 



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Munising set for snowmo race

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MUNISING — With plenty of ice and snow, the third-annual Munising 300 snowmobile race is set to go this weekend in Alger County.

The two-day event kicks off Friday morning with racer registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Christmas Kewadin Casino. Pro racers will run both Friday and Saturday. Amateur riders will run Saturday morning only.
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Man hiking along Lake Superior ice to promote brainstorm

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Ed Shively picked a tough way to promote his brainstorm.

The Isanti, Minn., resident is trekking across the frozen southern edge of Lake Superior - a hike that could amount to about 550 miles. He began last month at the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie and headed west for Duluth, Minn.   more...

 



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Silversides seeks funds for new museum

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By Robert C. Burns
bburns@muskegonchronicle.com

The Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum is mounting a final push in its fundraising effort for the new museum it plans to open next year.

With $1.3 million either donated or pledged since the campaign kicked off in late 2005, the museum board is more than half way to its $2.3 million goal.

Here's the next big challenge: The museum must reach 80 percent of its goal by May 31 to collect a $100,000 challenge grant offered by the Grand Rapids-based Frey Foundation.   more...

 



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The Indiana Harbor Ship Canal: Region's toxic treasure

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BY SUSAN BROWN
sbrown@nwitimes.com
219.836.3780


EAST CHICAGO | Provided funding doesn't dry up, the long-stalled cleanup of the infamous Indiana Harbor Ship Canal now is slated to begin in 2009, meaning some 37 years will have passed since it was last dredged of the toxins dumped by the surrounding steel mills, oil refineries and sewage plants.

During those years, the waterway has earned the distinction of becoming the most polluted waterway on the Great Lakes and arguably in the nation, unfit for human habitation and aquatic life though invaluable as a navigational transportation system.

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