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Invaders in ships' ballast targeted

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It has been nearly 17 years since a college student on a field trip plucked the first zebra mussel from the waters of the Great Lakes, signaling the first wave of an invasion that has likely altered forever the world's largest freshwater system and is costing an estimated $3 billion per decade in economic damages to regional industries.

Scientists, conservationists and some politicians contend that woefully little has been done to protect the world's largest freshwater system from new ship-borne invaders since that time. The door through which the zebra mussel entered the Great Lakes remains essentially wide open, and researchers report that a new species is discovered, on average, every eight months. Most arrive as stowaways in the ship-stabilizing ballast tanks of the oceangoing freighters that ply the St. Lawrence Seaway.   more...

 



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NEW COAL-BURNING POWER PLANTS ON GREAT LAKES SHORES?

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Environmentalists are concerned about two new coal-burning power plants to be built on the shores of one of the Great Lakes. Among their concerns are increased air pollution and that the view of the lakeshore will be ruined. The power company says it needs the plants to meet the increasing demand for electricity. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Ann-Elise Henzl reports:

Wisconsin Electric power company has more than one million customers in Wisconsin and Michigan's upper penninsula. The company says soon, it won't be able to provide power for all of them with its current plants, and the transmission lines that allow Wisconsin Electric to buy power from other states are over taxed. So the company wants to expand a coal-fired power plant twenty miles south of Milwaukee. That would add two coal-burning units and double the plant's size and output. Paul Shorter is the manager for site coordination.  ">more...

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MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FIGHTING OVER GREAT LAKES DRILLING

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Two members of Congress are fighting over whether the federal government should ban drilling for oil and gas in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Lester Graham reports:

Right now it’s up to each state to decide whether to allow drilling. Bart Stupak is a Deomcrat Member of Congress from Michigan whose district touches three of the Great Lakes. After an incident in his district where hydrogen sulfide fumes from a gas well head made residents and emergency workers sick... he’s for banning drilling altogether... more...

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Lake Superior Pathfinders, 2005

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Empowering change for a sustainable lake community

In three week-long sessions in summer, 2005, selected high school students will live and learn on Lake Superior, the world's largest fresh water lake! Lake Superior Pathfinders aims to help you learn more about your personal leadership style through such tools as low and high ropes challenge courses, climbing walls, and on-the-water experiences in kayaks and other watercraft. Our staff will assist you in learning how to utilize your skills better in your community and take action concerning key environmental issues. You will also get immersed in the Lake Superior environment, and experientially learn about its critical issues.   more...

 

 



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GLSS - 2005 Spring Safety Seminar

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society

North Star Sail Club
32041 South River Road
Harrison Township, Michigan
April 19th - Doors open at 6:30 PM
Presentations start at 7:00 PM

Why do all sailors need to know how to safely shorthand a vessel ……………..…… Tom Munson
When Freighter and sailboat meet, communication and protocol ……….………. Captain Bill Graham
Medications, hypothermia and sleep requirements for the solo sailor …………..……... Dr. Mike Garcia
GLSS events, EPIRB’s/PLB’s, mentoring, ……..…..… Dan Pavlat

Each Presentation will be followed by a Q & A session

GLSS members will be available for discussions or to answer questions from all potential solo skippers

Additional information is available from Dan Pavlat (248) 471-2420 or jdpavlat@peoplepc.com

Visit the GLSS web site at www.solosailor.org



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Volvo Ocean Racing at it Best.

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Check out this cool sailing Video. Not to be missedmore...

Also when you get there click on "The Race" Link at the top of the page....



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MORE THAN 15 MINUTES OF FAME

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When Joe Schmidt took his Santana 22 out for yet another Saturday sail, he had no idea he was on the way to his 15 minutes as one of the most famous sailors in the world. Then, after his YachtSea had been rolled and dismasted by a breaking wave under the Golden Gate Bridge, he "knew we had made a splash, what with the Coast Guard boats and the helicopters and the fire trucks and police." But that was just the beginning.
 
Only later would he learn that photographer Wayne Lambright had been at Fort Point, at the San Francisco Bay entrance, with a Nikon D2h (with a 70-300mm lens) that shoots 8 frames per second. Lambright came away with one of the most startling photo sequences ever of a sailing disaster, and when the photos hit the Net, they made a sensation.    more...
 


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Sailing Instructors Wanted...

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Traverse Area Community SailingSAILING INSTRUCTORS (MI) -- Now Interviewing for Full-Time Summer Jobs; 8 - 5; M - F. Traverse Area Community Sailing teaches 300 kids to sail each year in beautiful Northwest Michigan. Instructor Certification Course available in early June. Contact TACS at: 231-922-5922; tacs@bigfoot.com; or www.tacsailing.com.


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Early Spring Scow Slants is on line

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C Inv. photo

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NORTH RACING CLINICS COMING UP!

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North Racing ClinicsWhat better way to get your mind back into sailing mode for summer than attending a One Design Clinic! These clinics, which are presented by our one design experts,can help crank up the enthusiasm for you and your team for the upcoming season! They are also a great way to promote your fleet and have some fun too. They can range from a short evening chat to a full weekend of coaching and lectures. Contact us for more details about having one of North One Design experts do a clinic for your fleet. Here is a list of upcoming events and contacts.   more...

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NORTH ONE DESIGN REP NOMINATED FOR ROLEX YACHTSMAN OF THE YEAR

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Skip Dieball Nominated Yatchsman of the Year2004 was a great year for the One Design group and in particular our Midwest Rep, Skip Dieball. Skip was nominated for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, which is an annual award presented those that have had a great year on the race course.

Skip started the season by winning the Larry Klein Memorial and Thistle Midwinters West events in San Diego. Sailing in a chartered boat with a new team, they proved that consistency (especially on the ocean courses) was the key. A few weeks later, Skip took his Thistle to St. Petersburg and won the Midwinters East event over 62 boats. He was the first to win both Midwinters in over 25 years!   more...

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WHAT’S NEW IN THE 2005-2008 RACING RULES OF SAILING?

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Ford Yacht Club – Thursday, April 28, 2005 – 7:30 p.m.

Upstairs Board Room

Com. Ted Everingham will present his entertaining and informative overview of the new 2005-2008 Racing Rules of Sailing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Ford Yacht Club. The new rules came into effect on January 1. The program will include a refresher on some of the rules we may have forgotten since last season.

A frequent speaker on the racing rules, race management, and the Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race, Ted is an International Judge, a US SAILING Senior Judge and Umpire and the current Chair of the US SAILING Judges Committee.

The FYC Dining Room will be open from 6 PM till 9 PM

Special for April and May – ‘Thursday Theme Nights’ –

Thursday, April 28 –

Polish Buffet – Ambrozyjski

Hamburgers and Chicken Sandwiches are also available!



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IRC Introduction

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Overview

Application Process

US-IRC Fees for 2005

US SAILING contacts

 

OVERVIEW

US SAILING, the local IRC Rule Authority, working in relation to the RORC, www.rorcrating.com, is offering IRC Ratings.  The following information offers an introduction to the rule and should help answer many of your questions.  

 

ANNUAL PUBLICATION - To keep you informed
The IRC yearbook is made available at the beginning of January each year to holders of certificates from the previous year together with a rating revalidation form. Apart from the IRC rule, the yearbook provides help to owners applying for their certificates by way of diagrams and definitions, race management recommendations, useful names and addresses, articles from invited authors and much other relevant information. 
IRC Rule 2005 (1,118Kb PDF File)

 

ALL MONO-HULL YACHTS CATERED TO
IRC is capable of applying a rating to any mono-hull yacht. In doing so, it respects such features as asymmetric spinnakers, carbon masts, canting keels, and water ballast; all of which have been permitted for several years. Furthermore, the rule is reviewed annually in light of new developments and past results. On this front, RORC seeks and actively welcome input and comment from the users.   more...

 



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HAS US SAILING RECEIVED YOUR IRC APPLICATION?

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Attention internet IRC applicants: if receipt of your application has not been acknowledged by the Offshore Office of US SAILING in a timely manner, it may not have been received if sent to IRC@ussailing.org

Please retransmit application to DanielDeWindt@ussailing.org  The preferred method is via an attachtement in email.  

We apologize for any inconvenience

 and appreciate your cooperation.

(The reason for this concern is that some bonafide email were being blocked. This problem has since been corrected, but is continued to be monitor. For questions call 401-683-0800 x642.)



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Barker beats Coutts for 2nd Congressional Cup title

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Saturday when Dean Barker, the bruised and humbled former apprentice, lived to defeat his mentor, Russell Coutts, for victory in the 41st Congressional Cup, presented by Acura.

Coutts said the better man won.

"We had a chance to win, but we never really deserved to win," said Coutts, who sailed with Jes Gram-Hansen and his Danish crew. "It's not a bad situation. They sailed great all week. They were a little sharper than us."

That, from the man who had eliminated Chris Dickson, CEO and skipper for BMW Oracle Racing's America's Cup team, 2-1, in the semifinals while Barker was coming from behind to oust France's Mathieu Richard by the same score.    more...

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