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Boaters Need to be Their Own Best Lifeguard

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 25, 2012 - Boating and swimming go hand-in-hand, but unlike a public pool or beach, boaters can't count on a lifeguard to watch over them. As this summer's sweltering heat wave drives more boaters to dive into the deep blue, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has these seven swimming tips: more

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Little Traverse Yacht Club’s Regatta to host more than 70 boats this year

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Lake Michigan’s waters will once again be reflecting the spectrum of the rainbow from all types of colorful sails and boats plowing through the waters of Little Traverse Bay, during Little Traverse Yacht Club’s (LTYC) 52nd annual Regatta, happening July 27-29.

With 70 boats already registered, and more expected to sign up this week, the Regatta is back in full force.

“It took a dip when the recession came, but numbers have come back up,” said LTYC Vice Commodore Kathryn Breighner.

She added Little Traverse Yacht Club could not be more thankful to have the honor of hosting such a long-standing event.

“We are lucky to still be able to do this event every year; it’s a big accomplishment,” Breighner said in a recent interview.  more...



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Possession of Lake Huron lighthouse returned to local ownership

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday the transfer of a historic lighthouse in Michigan to local partners under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

The Port Austin Reef Lighthouse Association, a Michigan non-profit organization, will take ownership of the Port Austin Light Station on Lake Huron.  more...



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Harmful algae bloom reaches eastern Lake Erie

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On the way back from Canada about two weeks ago, I noticed bright yellow-green particulate in Lake Erie. This was right about the time that a harmful algae bloom was reported at certain beaches in Lake County.

According to Susan Bell, a storm water sanitarian with the Lake County Health District, harmful algae bloom, previously limited to the western end of Lake Erie, has moved eastward this year. She points out that there have been no beach closings in Lake County, however.  more...


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U.S. wants Detroit-Windsor ferry service

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The Detroit Port Authority wants a ferry up and running to and from Windsor by spring of 2013.

The authority told CBC News it already has a new boat terminal waiting to be used by the Renaissance Center, located across the Detroit River from Windsor's downtown core.

Deputy director Steven Olinek said there is even funding lined up from Washington to buy a ferry. more...



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Robotic torpedo surveys water quality of Chicago beaches

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Researchers hauled a robotic torpedo out of Lake Michigan Thursday after it finished surveying 26 miles of Chicago shoreline.

The bright yellow Ecomapper is a 5-foot long autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that collects water quality data with sensors in its nose.  more...



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Crews plug leak on sunken dredge in Lake Huron, but diesel fuel reaches shore near state park

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Diesel fuel from a sunken tanker has reached the shoreline of Lake Huron this evening, despite the efforts of multiple agencies to contain the spill.

The Arthur J, a 110-foot commercial dredge carrying an estimated 1,500 gallons of fuel, sunk early this morning roughly two miles offshore from Lakeport State Park near Port Huron.  more...



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At the Helm: It’s Just Different

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One of the curious aspects of the Olympic Regatta is that you often hear two conflicting insights from people who have been here before.

On one hand, you hear people say it’s like no other event you’ll ever compete in. There is more attention, more security, more media, more nationalism, more pressure… etc, etc, etc. There is more of lots of things. There just is, and it is undeniable.

But on the other hand, you hear people say that success requires that you treat it like “any other regatta.”  more...



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CHRIS BARNARD WINS LASER NORTH AMERICANS

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With a race or two to spare, Chris Barnard skipped the last of three races sailed on the final day of the Laser North Americans hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association at Cascade Locks, Oregon. After sailing an almost faultless regatta this week, the 21-year old College Sailor of the Year was relieved to get off the water knowing that he’d taken the championship title with 12 points to spare. Conditions today were good for racing, cooler with a breeze up to 23 knots.  more...


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2012 CYC Race to Mackinac - Race Information

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Website for the 2012 CYC Race to Mackinac - Find it here.  more...


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Lake Central freshman ready for her first 'Big Mac'

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Elise Smith learned that her gymnastics career would require her to take cortisone shots to continue competition, and her knees weren’t prepared for the strain.

So, the Schererville teenager picked a sport that required less impact and more math.

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Smith started competitive sailing, and when the 104th Chicago to Mackinac race takes off Saturday, it be the first for the 14-year-old who is following in her father’s footsteps.

“I’ve always been competitive at everything, with everyone,” Smith said. “I had to do something competitive after I was out of gymnastics. I really liked sailing.”  more...



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MyNorth.com's Guide to Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island 2012

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Mackinac Island Events: Here at MyNorth.com, we tend to get very excited about all kinds of goings-on in Northern Michigan. We love to celebrate everything and anything which recognizes the wild beauty of our remote paradise and want to share it with everyone who has the same attachment to clean, fresh water lakes, deep green forests and impossibly vivid sunsets. Officially called the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Island, "The Mac" is a perfect example of a Northern Michigan event. more...


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At 85, Iowa-bred sailor prepares for 50th Mackinac race

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Don Glasell grew up in Iowa — not exactly a mecca for competitive sailboating.

But when he was 13 and visiting relatives in Chicago, Glasell fell in love with the sport. Perhaps it was inevitable. After all, he is the nephew of boatyard owner and 13-time Race to Mackinac winner Ole Karas.

By the time Glasell moved to the city in the 1950s, Uncle Ole's racing days were over. But in 1954, Glasell joined a crew in the Chicago Yacht Club's annual race to Mackinac Island, Mich.

Now 85, the Near North Side sailor will enter the race this weekend for the 50th time in 58 years. The race, which organizers say is the world's longest on fresh water, takes about two days for most boats to complete. That means Glasell has spent more than three months of his life competing in the event sailors refer to as the Mac.  more...



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Chicago YC Race to Mackinac - Read to join Thornton onboard il mostro

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Race to Mackinac 2012, organized by the Chicago Yacht Club, gets underway on July 21. Chicago's light fixture mogul Peter Thornton purchased Puma's Volvo Open 70 il mostro, which they sailed in the 2008-9 Volvo Ocean Race, in hopes of breaking the elapsed record of the CYC Race to Mackinac and he's reuniting il mostro with its previous skipper for the 333 mile race up Lake Michigan to Mackinac Island... Kenny Read.

Roy Disney set the current record in 2002 on his Reichel Pugh 75 Pyewacket, an elapsed time of 23 hours 30 minutes and 34 seconds. This year Thornton will be up against the very well sailed MaxZ86 Windquest.

Thornton had been out of sailing since 2006, but got the bug again and was itching to go sailing again. What a big itch! His previous boat was the GL70 Hula. His track record was pretty good with a first to finish in the 2005 Mac and winning his division five times.


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Search of Chicago's Lake Calumet turns up no Asian carp

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Silver carp, commonly known as Asian carp, were thought to have infiltrated Lake Calumet, near the great lakesNo Asian carp were found in last week’s intensive search for the voracious species in Chicago’s Lake Calumet, not far from Lake Michigan.
The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee – a group of federal and state agencies – reported Monday that the three-day search that involved commercial crews, electrofishing boats, seine nets and more caught more than 6,300 fish of more than 30 different species, but no bighead or silver carp known more popularly as the invasive Asian carp.  more...


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