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Alinghi is US bound - Chicago

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On November 16, 2005, Team Alinghi, defender of the America's Cup, will make the Chicago Yacht Club the first stop on their U.S. Yacht Club tour. See the press room for more information.   more...

 



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SHARK KAHN WINS SEAWEED SOUP RACE

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07 NOVEMBER 2005 • Shark Kahn and his crew of Brian Lee, Brian Hutchison, Jeff Madrigali and Casey Smith beat out the Pegasus 575 for the win!

Saturdays racing took place on the San Francisco City Front in a gentle South Westerly breeze. On Sunday the fleet moved to the shallow waters of the Berkeley Circle to take advantage of the light Southerlies and reduce the current on the race course. The team on Melges 492 skippered by Samuel (Shark) Kahn came on strong to close out the series with three firsts and win the Regatta by one point. New members of the fleet used the regatta to train new crew and several teams where preparing for The World Championships this December in Key Largo, Florida.

Here are the results for The Melges 24 San Francisco Challange after the Seaweed Soup Race and the eight additional fleet races.   more...


 



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Goddess of Mercy temple and the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year Award.

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EMBARGOED UNTIL 2200 HOURS SGT (1400 UTC) - 8 NOVEMBER 2005

The International Sailing Federation and Rolex have announced Dame Ellen MACARTHUR of Great Britain and Tornado World Champions Fernando ECHAVARRI ERASUN and Antón PAZ BLANCO of Spain as winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2005.

At an Awards Ceremony tonight in Singapore, the three sailors were honoured for their outstanding sailing achievements between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005, when MacArthur completed her record-breaking solo sprint around the world in her maxi-trimaran B&Q and Echavarri and Paz were crowned Tornado World and European Champions after a string of outstanding results.

This is the second time that Ellen MacArthur, 29, has won the coveted female ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award. In 2001, she dominated women's sailing after taking the runners-up trophy in the 2000 Vendée Globe and becoming the fastest female and youngest sailor ever to race around the world solo, non-stop. The year previously, she also earned a nomination for the Award by winning Class 1 of the Europe 1 New Man STAR (Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race Plymouth to Newport).

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Designed to sink the opposition

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Traditional beadwork and the two oceans that define SA's formidable coastline were the inspiration for the exuberant graphics that surge across the hull of yacht Shosholoza RSA 83.

"I wanted something that would immediately say "Africa" to the world," says Captain Salvatore Sarno who, as the mastermind behind Team Shosholoza, spent three years intricately planning every facet of SA's debut challenge for the world's most prestigious sailing event - the America's Cup.

It is a campaign he is driving with passion, vision and extraordinary energy as he believes it presents the perfect opportunity to showcase SA's technology, human initiative, expertise, and most importantly, the country's democracy.

Insistent from the outset that the crew be largely representative of all South Africans, he speaks of the campaign as an African dream that aptly portrays a Proudly South African initiative with typical African spirit and will to succeed.   more...


 



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The Sound of Flushing

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Using the “ear muffs” to keep outboards clean on the inside

By design, virtually every outboard drive unit in the marine industry seems to have an aversion to residing in the very water it’s intended to operate in. Consider this: An inordinate amount of engineering has been invested in creating the functional ability to elevate the “business end” of your outboard free of its intended environment, way beyond the normal trim requirements of running attitude.

You want to keep the lower unit free and clear of the corrosive effects of extended submerged periods and avoid the accumulation of marine growth that occurs in almost every body of water. Of course, if your favorite boating domain is a pristine freshwater lake, you may not worry about such things.   more...


 



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Managing Windlass Maintenance

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Creating an overall maintenance program can increase boat’s value

Although we all recognize the role preventive maintenance plays in the safe operation of aircraft, ships, trains and cars, few of us follow a comprehensive program of preventive maintenance for our own boats. Yes, most of us do change engine oil, filters and zincs. We scrub and polish. We haul out, scrape and paint. But other than that, we mostly fix things when they break or fail to operate correctly.

Developing a comprehensive maintenance program for your boat isn’t difficult, but it does require organization and some effort. The benefits of having one are significant: fewer breakdowns, less lost time, damage prevention, the avoidance of costly repairs and higher resale value. In developing a maintenance management program, you also will learn a lot about your boat, its construction, systems and equipment. Your confidence when operating your boat will grow accordingly. It’s a project most family members can contribute to, regardless of their initial knowledge level, and a good opportunity to learn new skills. And, last but not least, a well-documented maintenance program will add value when you eventually sell your boat.   more...


 



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Wondrous Wooden Boats

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A little study ahead of time can go a long way during your survey

Many wonder why people in their right mind would consider buying a wooden boat, believing that fiberglass boats are less expensive and easier to maintain. The fact is that the amount of maintenance required to keep any boat in Bristol condition is about the same, no matter what material it is made of. Over the years, I have maintained ships and boats made of every material and the time and costs are nearly equal. Honestly, renewing a varnished surface that has been well maintained -- and savoring the rich grain of the brightwork it is protecting -- is always like a first communion. It saves the soul.   more...


 



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Water, Water Everywhere ...

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Correct, prevent potable water quality problems

Are freshwater quality problems a continuing irritant aboard your boat? Well, they needn’t be. Most often, water quality problems result from poor maintenance practices or the use of inappropriate materials. Water systems are not rocket science; any knowledgeable hands-on boater can enjoy whiskey on the rocks without having to carry the ice (or water) on board.

Step by Step

To correct your water quality problems, start with a stem-to-stern inspection of the potable water system. If you have an owner’s manual for your boat, check to see if there’s a system diagram. Don’t worry if there isn’t, you can draw your own (or update the boatbuilder’s if needed) as you inspect the system.

Start with the deck fills. To prevent someone from inadvertently filling your water tanks with fuel (Believe me, it happens!), the deck fill fittings should be clearly labeled “water” or have a blue plug. With a deckplate key, unscrew each deck fill plug and look at its O-ring. If the plug isn’t water-tight (because the O-ring has deteriorated or is missing) contaminants will find their way into the tank.   more...


 



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Studly ‘Toon

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Odyssey’s 322 CTT I/O packs tons of fun into an affordable package

It’s normal for boat builders to bring their best stuff to the water for us to test. In this case, we start out with a 22-foot, 10-inch 300 Series cruising pontoon from Odyssey (the 300 Series is the company’s economy-priced line of boats that includes cruising and fishing models from 18 feet to 25 feet, 9 inches in length). Then we add a triple-tube performance package and a deluxe options package -- oh, and make it a stern drive instead of an outboard, thank you very much. That should explain the alphabet soup trailing this boat’s name: the Odyssey 322 CTT I/O.

While all this extra stuff is great because it makes testing more fun and gives us more to talk about, you’re also probably interested in the basic nuts-and-bolts stuff really makes this boat a boat.   more...


 



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Ft. Lauderdale show finishes to mixed reactions

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Exhibitors at last weekend's Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show had a mixed bag of reactions to the show, ranging from the words "ecstatic" to "disaster," with every opinion in between.

Many exhibitors randomly contacted by IBI used the phrase "exceeded expectations" when referring to sales from the hurricane-impeded show. That seemed to be a code for expecting the worst but being pleasantly surprised by the modest turnout and even more modest sales. But some exhibitors said this year's show exceeded last year's sales.

Show Management President Kaye Pearson told IBI that he would not have the final attendance figures for some time, and hadn't seen the weekend "gate" figures yet. "Clearly attendance was down," he said. "But they had plenty of quality people there."    more...

 



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Turnabout GIHS sailing team is scary good in Illinois

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Last weekend was turnabout weekend for the 10 members of the Grosse Ile varsity sailing team who competed at the Halloween Spectacular Regatta at Lake Forest, Ill.

Even with many of the Red Devil sailors in new positions for the regatta, the results still were successful.

The 420 team of juniors Jon Duffett and Kelsey Dubois, sailing in the A division for the first time in their high school careers, took third in the 15-boat fleet, with a best finish of second in the six races sailed.

Senior Christina Baker, sailing her first high school regatta in a single-handed boat, took second in the four-boat Laser Radial division, winning four of the 12 races.   more...

 



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Lost boater wanted to sail on ocean

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Noah Waldman said his father's dream was "to sail a boat to distant places."

Boating was Jeff Waldman's life. He was captain for years of the Edelweiss, a boat that sailed the Milwaukee River and along the shore of Lake Michigan, carrying tourists and diners. In 2004, he joined the crew of the Lake Express, the new ship that carried people and cars between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich.

But the boat he wanted to carry him to his dreams was a sailboat he built over the course of eight years, 50 feet long, called the Dandelion and fit for sailing on an ocean.

He launched the boat for the first time Saturday, a maiden voyage that ended in tragedy about 1:45 p.m. when Jeff Waldman, 56, was thrown into the water while trying to untangle some rigging offshore near the Milwaukee Yacht Club, with Noah and two others onboard. Efforts to rescue him immediately failed, and he disappeared in the water.   more...

 



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2005 boating season marred by needless deaths

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A very difficult aspect of the Boat Smart column is tracking fatalities. This season, the morbid task has proven especially trying considering the number of needless fatalities that have marred the 2005 boating season. I know of 72 recreational water-related fatalities that occurred in the western region of the Great Lakes. Coast Guard cases involving fatalities on Lake Michigan alone accounted for 40 of those fatalities.

Now some good news: Coast Guard Stations around Lake Michigan and across the Great Lakes during 2005 saved 880 lives. But then is that really good news?

Maybe not, if you consider that a life saved under Coast Guard (CG) guidelines means that had not CG rescue crews acted swiftly, 880 folks would have died. Come on, that is not encouraging. Then consider how many lives other rescue agencies saved. Consider also lives saved by boaters or people on shore who saved a life on the lake, off a beach or upon the many rivers, streams, bays and inland lakes. These heroic acts go unrecorded across the Great Lakes region season after season.    more...

 



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Now you can pick that fish you caught out of a lineup

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Having trouble figuring out whether that's a bloater or a burbot on the end of your fishing line?

A highfin carpsucker or a hornyhead chub?

A ninespine stickleback or a northern hog sucker?

Fret about that fish no longer.

John Lyons probably knows what it is. And he wants you to know, too.

He's spent five years taking mug shots of Wisconsin fish and now the piscatorial lineup is yours to peruse on a new Web page operated by the Department of Natural Resources. It's sort of like a butterfly guide or a bird guide, only fishier.   more...

 



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Deal near on Lakes regulation

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LANSING -- Michigan is on the verge of adopting the water regulations it promised two decades ago in a historic agreement with seven neighboring states and two Canadian provinces to protect the Great Lakes.

Measures giving the state added authority to manage Michigan's vast water resources are pending in the House and Senate, where Republican leaders expect to start action this week.

As the debate intensifies, lawmakers will be under growing pressure to craft rules that prohibit overuse and environmental damage without piling new costs on ailing state industries.

The proposals would set up the state's first real system for issuing permits and monitoring large-scale water uses.

Environmentalists are already saying Republican-sponsored measures -- with some still being drafted -- are too lax to protect lakes, streams and rural Michiganians' wells.    more...

 



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