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Sail Towards the Next Shift

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by Tillerman
"Sail towards the next shift on a beat." As Dave said, this works in both oscillating and persistent breezes. If it's oscillating you are sailing a lift out to where the next header should be coming from. And if it's persistent you are sailing the header expecting to be headed more and more and then be able to lay the mark in a big lift. Either way you are sailing the shortest course to the windward mark.   more


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'Christmas tree ship' illuminated

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Diving expedition finds Rouse Simmons' bow was heavy with pines, anchor, heading toward shelter.

The saga of the doomed schooner Rouse Simmons, better known as the "Christmas tree ship," has some added chapters after a diving expedition over the summer probed the site where the vessel went down in Lake Michigan 94 years ago.

For one thing, the three-masted schooner with a crew of 17 apparently was not going straight south, driven by the gale winds from the north, but was trying to head for a safe harbor when it plunged bow first under the waves, according to state underwater archaeologist Keith Merveden.   more...

 



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Steelhead, whitefish action still good

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Steelhead and whitefish action continues along the shores of the Great Lakes, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Many rivers statewide are producing steelhead, but some are experiencing higher water levels that tend to slow catch rates, the DNR said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.   more...

 



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Millions of minnows

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BY KIMBERLY POWELL

Emerald shiners, not seen in years, spotted in the Ausable River in Grand Bend show an indication of good water quality.
"It is a clear indication that things are changing," says David Reid, Lake Management Supervisor, Lake Huron.
Local residents noticed the minnows earlier this month and contacted the Lakeshore Advance. Staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) were surprised at the mass amount of the fish.
Kari Killins , ABCA Aquatic Biologist said she is not sure the minnows can be linked directly to good water quality. 
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Lake Metroparks' off season one of renewal

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Michael Scott

Lake Metroparks' recreation areas along the Grand River and its tributaries are slipping into a welcome winter of rest following a wild summer of destruction.

But park officials predict a complete comeback next spring from the flood of 2006.

"The flood did a lot of damage in a lot of areas," said Tom Adair, natural resource manager for the Metroparks. "Even though a few trails and areas remain closed off, most of the parks are on their way back and now that we're three months into our cleanup efforts, time will take care of a lot of the rest."   more...

 



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Invasive reed taking over beaches

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By Libby Peters

An alien plant species known as common reed is invading areas of the Lake Huron shoreline and causing concern for the Town of Saugeen Shores and its residents.
Citizens and members of the municipality fear the rapid growth of the reed and the height of its annual shoots are jeopardizing the beachfront.   more...


 



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Army Corps plans to add berm at dike disposal site

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KATE GIAMMARISE
LORAIN -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to build a berm around the dike disposal site on Lorain's waterfront, allowing them to continue using the site to hold sediment dredged from the Black River.

In a presentation yesterday to the Lorain Port Authority, Corps officials outlined their plan to add the berm to the perimeter of the site in 2007.    more...

 


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Invasive species start to take a toll

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By PATRICK SULLIVAN

SUTTONS BAY — Ken Hyde came to work at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore headquarters one Monday in early October and expected a routine day at the office.

Then the phone calls and e-mails about dead birds on the beach poured in.

"It caused me to have to go from knowing just a little bit about botulism to having to do that research to become an expert on it in just a few days,” said Hyde, a National Park Service biologist.   more...

 



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THE HEAT IS ON

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By Christine Rook
Lansing State Journal

Michigan is in for a cultural shift - slush fishing, cross-country mudding and grassmobiling.

These are global warming's gifts to mid-Michigan, scientists say. Expect sloppy Cincinnati-style winters. Brace for steamy summers on the order of Graceland.

Unchecked production of greenhouse gases is no longer someone else's problem. A new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows the United States is in for change, and scientists connected with that research say mid-Michigan will pay.   more...

 



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INVASIVE REEDS HELP TREAT WASTEWATER

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Phragmites, or "common reed," is being used to treat wastewater in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Allington.) Nature is often full of practical solutions to real-world problems. Take the case of sewage and wastewater treatment: for decades engineers have used mechanical means to process wastewater before disposing of the end product in landfills. It turns out that phragmites, a robust wetland reed, can do the job just as quickly and for a fraction of the cost. Adam Allington has more:   more...

 



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THINK GLOBALLY, DRINK LOCALLY

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Some people have been looking at our relationship with water from a completely different perspective. Commentator Cameron Davis suggests how we might re-define our relationship with the water around us:   more...

Learn about your local drinking water

See it to believe it: "good vibes" water



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Fish virus could limit shipping

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By DAN EGAN

The shipping industry has been blamed in recent years for introducing many of the invasive species that are ravaging what's left of the Great Lakes native fish populations, but the fight to stop the spread of the latest microscopic invader might just threaten the monstrous freighters themselves.   more...

 



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CHRIS LARSON WINS THE 2006 MELGES 24 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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18 NOVEMBER 2006 • Chris Larson at the helm for Scott Holmgren on Rosebud is the new, 2006 Melges 24 National Champion. In addition to Larson and Holmgren was the great league of Chuck Norris and Andrew Estcourt. Standing in for second, on his 37th birthday was Scott Nixon at the helm for David Ford on Lightwave Micro with Mark Ivey on board calling tactics, Bell Canty and Brian Smith. Overnight leader John Pollard on Excellent seemed to have everything under control in the first two races of the day, but a very dissappointing last race dropped them to third overall.   more...


 



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Help your team get a good start

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Help your team get a good start
 
article by Dave Dellenbaugh

In sailboat racing, the helmsperson holds the wheel or tiller, but the entire team is responsible for the boat's success (or failure!). This is especially true at starts, where there's usually too much going on for one person alone to process efficiently. That's why every member of your crew needs to pitch in during the starting sequence. Here are some things you can do to help your boat have a successful start:   more

Image by Andrea Francolini





Classic Sailing 2007 Calendar

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Classic Sailing 2007 Calendar

Twelve months of gorgeous classic sailboat photographs by world renowned nautical photographer Cory Silken. In its fourth edition, the 2007 calendar now features glossy full color! Featuring the classic and wooden boats from Maine to the Caribbean, including three masted schooner Fleurtje, 12 Meter Class American Eagle, Mariella, Eleonora, 6 Meters, S Boats, Maine Windjammers, J Class Ranger, and Aschanti IV and more! The calendar measures 15"x20" open, has a hole for wall hanging, and is bound with a spiral binding. With its clean and classy design the calendar is as much a piece of art as the 12 vibrant color photographs within. When the year is over, trim and frame the pages to make a gorgeous poster series!   more...

 



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