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Key West 2006 - Report from the Fringe, I mean Field

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Dave Flynn, 1/16/2006
Swan 45 Worlds
From the Deck of the Starship Plenty

Day One dawned bright, clear and pretty much windless. After waiting out the big (way too much) breeze on Saturday, and having a perfect 14-19 for practice on Sunday, it was a bit anticlimactic to say the least. Race committee was refreshingly down to earth, and without having to resort to flags or blue blazers was able to tell us exactly what they were thinking; making the smart decision to hold until the light northerly fell apart and turned into the east-southeast with building pressure that we were supposed to have. Race committees everywhere take note: its okay to let everyone know what’s going on and where everything is… it’s not an easter egg hunt.

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Canadian Around Alone sailor Derek Hatfield

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Canadian Around Alone sailor Derek Hatfield, will be in the greater Detroit area during the last week of January to speak at various venues.  Derek competed in the 2002-2003 Around Alone Race, and despite a pitch pole and dismasting off of Cape Horn, managed to complete the grueling race and finish in third place.  Derek is presently building an Open 60 in Cobourg, Ontario for this year's Five Ocean's Race, set to kick off from Spain in October. 
 
This is a presentation you will not want to miss.  The presentations on January 25 (Windsor Yacht Club - 7:00 PM), January 26 (North Star Sail Club - 7:00 PM), and January 27 (Ford Yacht Club - 7:00 PM) are all open to the general public, and there is no charge.  The presentation at North Star Sail Club is sponsored by the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society, as well as North Star, and there will be appetizers and a cash bar.  See the flyer for details or contact Tony Driza tdriza@wmis.net for additional information!
 


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2006 Nite National Championship on Lake Winnebago

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Photo Credit: Don Sanford

This past weekend a Madison iceboater Grant Frautschi of the 4LIYC won the 2006 Nite National Championship up on Lake Winnebago. In a strong fleet of 30 plus boats he was able to amass a significant 8 point lead and win the National Championship.
 
On Sunday Grant showed us that he knew how to make his boat go when the wind piped up too.  Sunday’s races began at 9 a.m. in a moderate, 12 mph breeze, which by 10 had filled in to a steady 18 then built to 23 by the time the final race of the day’s 5 race series was completed around 1:30 p.m.  No accidents were reported or observed in the 33-boat fleet during the 2-day, 6 race series skillfully managed by PRO Andy Gratton of the Oshkosh Ice Yacht Club. 
 
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Sailboat Racing News, Information and Podcasts

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Destination One Design is the Website to go to for up to date information on Acura Key West Race Week.

Acura Key West Race Week is the inaugural launch of Destination One Design ™, an innovative new service for competitive sailors. This web-based service, sponsored by Quantum Sail Design Group of Annapolis, MD, will focus on providing essential information, education, service, and support for racing sailors.      http://www.destinationonedesign.com/

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? - 1988 - Stars & Stripes US-1 Catamaran

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“The boats are going to be very big, very radical, and very controversial. The contest will not be a sailboat race. It will be a design lottery in which the sailors will have little or nothing to do with the outcome. In one word, the 1988 America’s Cup challenge will be bizarre.”

That was the assessment of Dennis Conner as published in an interview for the Australian review The Bulletin on December 15th, 1987. The facts would prove Conner right and the unsurprising victory of his small 18.30-metre LOA catamaran, Stars & Stripes, against the huge 27.43-metre LOA monohull New Zealand would remain forever the most incongruous America’s Cup.    more...


 



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VOR - Pirates Invade Albany

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Aerial aft shot of the crew of the Black Pearl in the cockpit as they head out to sea. ©Daniel Forster

At 1448GMT Pirates of the Caribbean passed the Eclipse Island scoring gate to take fourth and the two points on offer, then promptly issued a press release announcing further damage and that they would be going to Albany, the closest port, for assessment and repair.

This is the statement that was issued by the team at 1511GMT, “At 1200 GMT today, while sailing in 18 knots of wind, the port hydraulic keel ram failed. The boat is not in danger and the crew are all well.   more...

 



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Lowe Stinger 175

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Photo by: Courtesy Lowe
By Darrell Taylor

We'd define value as bringing the boater just what he wants for the price he wants to pay. The all-new 2006 Lowe Stinger 175 does that.

It's no wonder this boat hit the bull's-eye in our test. Lowe started with input from focus groups of customers who said they wanted function, comfort and a little style in their freshwater fishing rig.   more...

 



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Boblo boat effort runs out of steam

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photoBY JOEL THURTELL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

The Boblo boat Columbia needs some help from its friends.

In the past two years, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has twice paid to have the 216-foot-long, 60-foot-wide vessel covered with plastic at a combined cost of roughly $70,000.

The conservancy also paid to keep the boat at the Nicholson Terminal & Dock Co. wharf in Ecorse. And the group paid the boat's electric bills.   more...

 



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Nice and lousy

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Run of nice weather puts crimp in cold weather recreation

The sun glinted off the icy surface of Lake Isabella Satur-day, but no one was on it.
 
There were no snowmobile tracks.

There were no foot tracks.

There were no ice-fishing shanties. There were no ice anglers.

Last week was the warmest week in mid-Michigan since mid-November. For lovers of winter sports, the weather that was more like early spring or late fall, well, just stank.

National Weather Service data shows that snow cover in Michigan had retreated to the point where snow only existed north of a line roughly from Tawas City to Ludington. There was snow, but not a lot of it, in the Upper Peninsula.   more...

 



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The wake of the Ethan Allen

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Detroit Free Press,

photoPART I: Stranded on the shore

Rescue divers were less than half a mile away, but couldnt reach the scene

Helen Niles felt as if she were coming down with a cold -- her back ached and head hurt -- so she ran a bath, adding more water than usual. As she slid into the hot water and soaked, the water climbed up her chest, past her shoulders, to her neck and it felt so familiar, so horrific, being engulfed in the water again. She panicked. more...



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DNR plan could open doors for lake trout

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 Joan Farnam
Cook County News-Herald

For the first time in more than 40 years, locally caught Lake Superior lake trout could be available in supermarkets and restaurants next summer, if a proposal by the Department of Natural Resources gets the nod.
Over the past year, the DNR Fisheries office in Duluth has been working with a committee of citizens and stakeholders to draft a 10-year plan for managing the Lake Superior fisheries in Minnesota, and that plan includes opening the door to commercial fishermen like Harley Toftey, to put out nets for the succulent fish that has such cultural significance to Cook County.   more...


 



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Famed shipper seeks buyer for its Great Lakes fleet

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The Akron Beacon Journal
M.R. KROPKO
Associated Press

Oglebay Norton Co., whose ships have sailed the Great Lakes for 80 years, is changing course in a big way and hopes to sell its fleet of 11 freighters.

Doing so would allow Oglebay Norton to concentrate on its mineral mining operations and help alleviate some debt, the company has said.   more....



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Campaigning on Great Lakes clean-up

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Great Lakes Radio Consortium
Dan Karpenchuk
January 16, 2006

Cleaning up the Great Lakes has become part of the environment platform for at least one party in Canada's national election campaign. Canadian Prime minister Paul Martin's liberals are promising to spend one billion dollars toward cleaning up the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports:    more...

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2006 Key West Sailors Ready for Warm, windy Week

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Monday0094by Bill Wagner
http://www.sail-world.com

Somewhere down in the cold southern ocean, Pirates of the Caribbean skipper Paul Cayard is dreaming of Key West. Out on the lonely Haurakai Gulf, Team New Zealand skipper Terry Hutchinson is thinking about his favorite winter hotspot. Cayard and Hutchinson are regular competitors in Key West. Neither could make it this year due to Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup commitments.

However, a lot of their big-time buddies are here for Acura Key West 2006, presented by Nautica. After all, even jaded professionals love sailing in Key West, with its seemingly perpetual warm weather and strong winds. Take California sailmaker Dave Ullman for example. Ullman was slated to vacation in Hawaii with his wife this week, but pushed that trip back in order to make his annual pilgrimage to the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys.   more...

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VOR - Move over darling

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Earle Williams hunts for his missing chocolate bar aboard Pirates © Pirates of the Caribbean

http://www.volvooceanrace.com

Following the loss of their huge lead and the surrender of first place to ABN AMRO TWO, Mike Sanderson’s ABN AMRO ONE has broken through the high pressure ridge into the new wind, is up to speed and back in the lead. As we will see, the weather pattern should now favour ONE on their run towards the scoring gate at Eclipse Island.   more...



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