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Race To Mackinac -- Here We Go Again

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Race To Mackinac -- Here We Go AgainLast year's Race to Mackinac sailboat race from Chicago to Michigan's Mackinac Island was, by all accounts in our family, the best of times and the worst of times.

My husband and son competed in the race for the first time on a boat we'd owned for less than one year. I tracked them (or, more accurately, attempted to track them) during my drive to the island via the online race tracker...until it crashed.

And then a series of storms hit.

They converged over Lake Michigan in the middle of the night. Frantic Facebook messages were posted by panicked racers' friends and family members trying to obtain any information about their loved ones. Emails were blasted from the race committee requesting patience and understanding as details were learned and sorted out. Mayday calls were issued. Racers abandoned the race. Noses were broken by storm-driven booms crashing out of control. The Coast Guard was called.  more...



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Québec gets ready for the Transat Québec St-Malo

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The race start is only two weeks away and Québec City is already bustling with activity. As the first boats are moored in the Bassin Louise, the port, the city and the many local fans look forward to the big offshore event with eager anticipation. 14 boats line up on the pontoons and crews work relentlessly on the last details and preparations, while the remainder are arriving with a few pit stops on their way up the eastern seaboard of the US. The 24 entries must be in Québec by July 12th.  more...


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Michigan bill may loosen critical sand dune protection

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It would be easier for property owners to build in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior sand dunes under a bill before Michigan lawmakers.

“The main change of this bill is instead of having the default answer be no, which it kind of is right now, we assume that if you buy a piece of land you are allowed to build a house on it,” said Bob DeVries, chief of staff for bill sponsor Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.


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Naked ambition

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Sailing World

On Wednesday the world will see a side of Anna Tunnicliffe it hasn't seen before. Well, technically, the side (her right) has been seen plenty of times, but only a few have seen it like this, namely, unshrouded by clothes.

Tunnicliffe, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the Laser Radial and a favorite for the gold in Women’s Match Racing in the upcoming London Olympics, was one of 27 athletes chosen to participate in the fourth edition of ESPN the Magazine’s The Body issue.   more...


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Ipperwash: Paradise lost, probably never to return

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Shot showing sweep of Lake Huron shore southward with Grand Bend in the foreground and Kettle Point jutting into the lake at the top of the photo. Pinery Provincial Park runs in the middle of these landmarks. Aerial shots of the Grand Bend, Pinery, Ipperwash and Kettle Point areas.

IPPERWASH PROVINCIAL PARK: Once the jewel of Southwestern Ontario parks, Ipperwash Provincial Park has been closed since a deadly clash over a native burial ground 17 years ago. As another camping season looms, QMI reporter Dan Brown finds why the park is fast becoming a distant memory for many in the region, with no end in sight to its ‘temporarily closed’ status. more...


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Sailors Or Swimsuit Models?

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What is in the Gatorade? Now Anna Tunnicliffe, the 2008 Radial gold medallist, is sailing in the buff (see below).

Something strange is going on over at US Sailing. They are running a "Meet The Team" series, which makes sense with the Olympics approaching. But someone, somewhere,deep in the bowels of the US Sailing marketing machine has decided that the best way promote sailors like Paige Railey, Amanda Clark, and Sarah Lihan is to....feature them in bikinis.  more...



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VSail.info goes to Chicago Match Cup

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The Chicago Match Race Center was founded in 2009 to promote and grow the sport of match race sailing by WMRT champion Bill Hardesty & Chicago entrepreneur and sailor Don Wilson. As part of its mission to provide the highest-level match racing training facility for professional and amateur sailors in the US, CMRC has a fleet of Tom 28 MAX sailboats along with Elliott 6M class boats, the type that will be used in the 2012 Olympic Games.  more...


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Sailing’s as close as you can get to God for me...

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Tim Reynolds is cross with himself. ‘I’m sorry, I forgot to bring my adze. It would have been good for the picture. You don’t see many solicitors with an adze.’

He is an unusual and unconventional lawyer. This is borne out by the profile of him in his firm’s glossy brochure.

There’s none of the usual banal jargon and lawyer-speak which so often fills these handouts. I suspect it was written by him because it is shot through with his humour.

It says: ‘As a child Tim was taught how to build boats and walk across deep mud. He has two children who are receiving a similar education.   more...


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Boating tips to keep you from becoming a statistic

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Boating season is here, and whether you plan on leisurely Lake Erie jaunts or heart-pounding regattas, you should always keep safety foremost in your mind, especially given the growing number of boating accidents each year.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently released report, boating deaths jumped 12.8 percent in 2011 and are the highest they’ve been since 1998.

Last year, 758 people died and 3,081 were injured in 4,588 boating accidents reported to the Coast Guard. Of these deaths, 70 percent drowned and 84 percent of those who drowned weren’t wearing a life jacket.  more...



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Boating Apps

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You always want to have reliable communication devices when heading out in a boat. But these days, your mobile phone can do a lot more than just make emergency calls.

Most mobile phones now come with a GPS receiver, so an option like Google Maps will work. But you’re relying on a cell-phone signal or wireless service, you may be out of luck. And remember enabling your phone’s GPS will eat up the battery quickly.  more...



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Life jackets, sobriety and education urged for boaters

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When it comes to water safety on the lake, there are three important precautions that Edwin Lyngar, boating education coordinator with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, wants people to remember.

"Wear a life jacket, boat sober and take a boating class," Lyngar said. "If people would do those three things, there would be a tremendous reduction in accidents and fatal accidents."

With the heat rising, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is seeing more people wanting to using the recreation amenities from Jet Skis and boating to kayaking.  more...



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Boating: The art of docking

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Have you ever gone to a waterfront restaurant by boat? Do you know that in a recent survey of non-boaters, they really, really envy people who arrive by boat at the restaurants? Many people have entered the sport of boating just so they can be among those who are envied.

Despite surveys pointing to boaters being happier, more content and better lovers, non-boaters slough off all that and concentrate on their desire to simply stepping off a boat onto a restaurant's dock as the main reason they might one day get into boating.  more...



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Go Grayling!

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Follow the cars hauling canoes, kayaks and fishing gear to Grayling for the full river experience. The editors of Michigan Travel Ideas share their picks for enjoying the Au Sable River, home to some of the state’s best trout fishing. 

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Clustered along the Au Sable River, a handful of outfitters offer canoe and kayak trips. Sign up for a two-and-a-half-hour trip, an all-day excursion or even a five-day expedition to paddle the 120 river miles to Oscoda. more...


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The Forgotten Coast: A Lighthouse Tour of Michigan’s Thumb

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When you think about all the lighthouses in Michigan, where is the first region you think of that has the most lights? Probably the Upper Peninsula, maybe the Lake Michigan shoreline comes in a close second right? The Upper Peninsula does have the most lighthouses coming in at an amazing 57, but truth be told, the sunrise side of the Lower Peninsula comes in second with 34 lights. If you remember your history this all makes sense, because most of Michigan was developed by pioneers and explorers that arrived by ship, thus they arrived at the east coast first.  more...


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Through The Blue

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Raising awareness of postpartum depression by becoming the first married couple to complete a 50 mile ultra-marathon swim across Lake Michigan this summer! August 15, 2012. Help us spread the word.  more...



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