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A Full-Sail Comeback

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By STEVE STRUNSKY

IT was a glorious Saturday in July, and any sailors worth their salt were out racing. Dozens of sailboats glided across the blue water of Barnegat Bay: little Sunfish, elegant Flying Scots, tubby Sanderlings and speedy E Scows.

But the A Cats stood out among them all, instantly recognizable by their towering masts and huge sails, their broad wooden hulls painted pale yellow, light blue and black, with classic lines that looked contemporary yet somehow of a grander age. And no wonder. The A Cats were bred to race in the Roaring 20’s, and even those built more than a half-century later remain faithful to the original designs.   more...

 



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Boatjacked by a bear

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Bears like eating fish, but they don't usually catch them with a line and pole while riding in a boat.

Marty Descoteaux sees the beasts often near the city of Elliot Lake, about 150 kilometres west of Sudbury. So he wasn't surprised last month to spot one swimming near his boat on Esten Lake, just outside the city.

Descoteaux was busy at the time reeling in a 5.4-kilogram lake trout. He turned away for a moment and that's when two paws grabbed the side of his boat.   more...
 


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Illusion wins Mumm 30 Circuit event in Cleveland - August 13, 2006

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Illusion wins Mumm 30 Circuit event in Cleveland - August 13, 2006
 
Lakeside Yacht Club, Cleveland OH – Lake Erie served up a wide range of conditions from blustery to calming down for just enough wind to get around the course for a total of 11 races over the three day weekend. John Podmajersky’s Illusion won the regatta by one point in this competitive 12 boat fleet.   more


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2006 Interlake Nationals

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by Skip Dieball 

A true Midwestern boat, the Interlake recently held their National Championship in the middle of the "Heart of it all", Ohio. Over 50 boats descended upon Hoover Sailing Club in Columbus the last week of July for some fun racing in tight quarters.  

Hoover Reservoir is a great spot on the east side of Columbus. The HSC has many fleets and great activity and a very aggressive Jr. and Adult learn to sail program. Having the Interlake Nationals certainly brought awareness to the area as the press was out in full force to catch the close action. more



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Harrison Twp. residents: Clear weedy lakefront

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Jim Lynch / The Detroit News

HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- For the Gutierrez girls -- ages 3, 5 and 7 -- the backyard of their Harrison Township home has everything they could want.

Out the door and past their porch lies a lush yard with a playhouse and slide, as well as a sand-covered volleyball court. Beyond that sits a personal watercraft for cruising around Lake St. Clair, which forms the back boundary of the family's property.

These days, however, the Gutierrez family's activities are strictly limited to on-land fun and the proximity of the lake is more a curse than a blessing. Property owners along the lake, south of the Clinton River, are dealing with annoying plant growth that is fouling the shores and clogging up canals.   more...

 



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A floating museum: Clipper's makeover project adds big shop models

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By Terry Judd
CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER

The volunteers toiling long hours restoring the former car ferry Milwaukee Clipper have always looked upon their effort as more than preserving a historic ship.

What they have envisioned from the beginning is creating a Muskegon-based Great Lakes shipping museum aboard a historic ship that would be financially supported by events, receptions and conventions held on board.    more...

 



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Reward offered for bell stolen from City of Detroit shipwreck

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DETROIT -- The bell from the City of Detroit shipwreck has been stolen, and officials want to know who is responsible.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that it is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for taking the ship's bell from the bottom of Lake Huron.   more...

 



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Fishing Tournament Casts-Off September 8 - 10

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The 2nd Annual Bay Harbor Fishing Tournament casts-off September 8 - 10 at Bay Harbor Lake Marina. The tournament, which is sponsored by Bay Harbor Lake Marina and reels in fishermen from all over the Great Lakes, allows competitors to weigh in their five best fish in hopes of attaining the $5,000 prize!

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It's more about the cast than catch

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BY ERIC SHARP

FREE PRESS OUTDOORS WRITER

A rod manufacturer used to have an advertisement for muskellunge rods that showed a guy casting from a small boat. The caption was something like, "5,000 casts. Two follows. One strike. No fish boated. God, I hope tomorrow is as good as today."

It summarized perfectly what it means to be a real angler, not just to like fishing but be obsessed by it.

I got to musing on that recently while fishing for muskellunge on Lake St. Clair with guide Steve Kunnath of Royal Oak and his pal, Jamie Kaminsky of Roseville. Unlike most Lake St. Clair muskie anglers who troll, Kunnath specializes in casting for muskies, bass, carp and anything else that will bite on fly, spinning and bait-casting rods.   more...

 



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THE RIVER LESS TRAVELED

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photoBY ERIC SHARP

FREE PRESS OUTDOORS WRITER

DEWARD -- Fall doesn't arrive officially for five weeks. However, with the overnight lows dipping into the 30s and 40s three times in the past week, anyone who spends time in northern Michigan knows that fall has less to do with the calendar than what's happening outside the door.   more...

 



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DNR to keep tight limits on commercial fishing

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LAKE SUPERIOR: Fishermen's group blames pressure from sports anglers for reversal on lake trout limits.

BY SAM COOK
NEWS TRIBUNE OUTDOORS WRITER

If you order a lake trout dinner on the North Shore, chances are the fillet will have come from a Wisconsin or Ontario lake trout.

Reversing its earlier proposal, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided not to expand commercial harvesting of lake trout by state commercial fishermen.   more...

 



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Police weren't warned of threat

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By CRAIG McCOOL
Record-Eagle staff writer
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Pictures of the Mack- inaw Bridge were found on three men arrested on terrorism charges in Caro Friday.

PETOSKEY — Police in the Mackinac Straits area learned of a potential terrorist threat to the Mackinac Bridge in the same way as everyone else: through the media.

As events unfolded following arrests last week of three men accused of plotting to destroy the 5-mile bridge, local police — would-be first responders in any emergency situation — were kept in the dark.   more...

 



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My First Mackinac Experience

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Three years ago, when I was up at Port Huron seeing my dad off for the start of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race, I said to him: “Daddy, can I go with you?” At first he just smiled at me and laughed a little, but then with a serious face he said when I turned 15, I could join him for his 25th (or Old Goat) race. Well, that year finally came in 2006, and it was the most incredible experience of my life.   more


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40 years of fun and a few fish

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photoby ERIC SHARP

ERIEAU, Ontario -- This is what fishing should be about: six guys enjoying a beautiful morning, a boat ride and ribbing one another mercilessly while putting some nice walleyes in the cooler, just as they have for 40 years.

The senior member of this group, 90-year-old Jack Moran, sits in the cockpit of Butcher Buoy, Ron Graves' 30-foot charter boat, and cranks in a walleye while Steve Nichols offers a running commentary on his age and technique.  more...

 



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Sisters find niche in adventure racing

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Who they are: Quick studies, these Myers sisters. Melissa and Hayley Myers, both of Milford, just started participating in adventure racing this summer. Thus far, they've only been in two competitions, but the pair took quickly to the sport that mixes elements of running, canoeing, mountain biking, navigating and often much more. In both of their races, the sisters finished second, which has fired them up. "We're really competitive," says Melissa. "We were mad we didn't get first."   more...

 



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