10th Annual Strictly Sail® Chicago boat show
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/10/2004 - 06:43 ] #
Celebrating 10 years at Chicago's famous Navy Pier, the 2005 show promises to be unlike any other!
The festivities begin Thursday, February 3, 2005 and will not end until the final bell sounds on Sunday, February 6, 2005. This four-day show features the newest and best the sailing industry has to offer. Don't miss the latest boat designs, the newest sailing gear, accessories and most up to date charter information from more than 250 exhibiting companies from around the globe. more...
The New J/100... Perfect for a Day's Sail
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/10/2004 - 06:39 ] #
J/100 is designed with comfortable, self-bailing cockpit having full-length seats with backrests and a full-width dodger for weather protection. The simple interior layout includes 2 berths and a marine head. A forward V-berth is optional. If the wind dies, a 10 HP diesel auxiliary with folding prop is standard.
J/100 is unique compared to traditional open cockpit designs used for day sailing and is thus is not restricted for safety or performance reasons inside of protected harbors. Her self-bailing cockpit, stability and waterline length (LWL) is comparable to many 40 footers for faster, more comfortable day trips in open water. Of course, with J/100 speed, one can cruise in a day for lunch to a harbor that’s 20 miles distant, rather than doing circles closer to home. more...
Boat Reviews Sailing
America's Cup: Team NZ launch test boat
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/10/2004 - 06:19 ] #
Branded in the new Team New Zealand colours, the first German-built America's Cup yacht felt the water ripple under her hull for the first time yesterday in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.
Built by the illbruck syndicate for last year's Cup, a lack of finance meant the yacht was never completed, and as a result the lime-coloured hull lay in a boatyard in Germany for two years before it was acquired by Team New Zealand.
The yacht's owner, Michael Illbruck, head of his family's international company, illbruck GmbH, which makes automotive and building products, has loaned the yacht to Emirates-sponsored Team New Zealand for as long as they require.
Sailing - Am Cup
US Coast Guard releases fatality statistics
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 19:24 ] # The U.S. Coast Guard released its latest annual boating fatality statistics this week, stating that 710 boaters drowned in 2003. That compares to 750 the previous year. The Coast Guard said in a release that 86 per cent of those who drowned last year were not wearing life jackets, and alcohol was a contributing factor in about one third of the cases.
More than 95 per cent of boat owners report having enough life jackets onboard for all their passengers, said the release. But 66 per cent of them do not wear their lifejackets every time they go out, according to a Coast Guard study. more...
The Sailor in Winter
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 19:20 ] #
A northern sailor's winter used to be a dismal existence. Weekends consisted of trudging in a circle through unplowed snow in the back lot of the marina to check on the boat's cradle. The graceful lines of the boat itself were only a dim memory, covered completely by her heavy winter wrap - the nautical equivalent of hiding Cindy Crawford's curves in a floor length muumuu.
There were bright spots, of course. A sailor's basement and garage were monuments to the summer's logbook. The laminated ash tiller lying in one corner, clamps still holding the glued-up split that appeared during a Labor Day squall. Over here is the teak cockpit grate, a neatly accomplished dutchman covering the gouge created by a flying winch handle on the Fourth of July. more...
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 19:19 ] #
These days sailors, benefiting from the advances in chemistry and rope-making technology over the past 10 years, can choose from a bewildering array of lines. The right choice of cordage for each application on board any boat involves numerous factors. The main concerns are: strength, stretch, longevity, cost, ease and strength of knotting and splicing, ability to work on winches and windlasses, and kindness to the hands. But to keep your choosing manageable, these considerations can be reduced to a discussion of the two main factors that influence the use of line: the construction method and the materials used to build the line. more...
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 19:11 ] #
|Trophy makes a splash into the mid-sized offshore fishing field with the 2503/2305 Tournament Edition.|
When most manufacturers measure their boats, they usually try to puff up the number by including the swim platform or pulpit, or both. So why would Trophy market its honest-to-goodness 25-footer as a 23-foot boat? Three letters: SKA (Southern Kingfish Association). Due to what is a curious rule at best, the 23-and-under division is for boats that have a waterline of 23 feet 11 inches or less. more...
GTIYC Grand Traverse Ice Yacht Club
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 19:04 ] #
Welcome to the home of the Hard Water sailors of northwest Michigan. We are glad that you have found us, so please take a few minutes and see what the great sport of Ice Boating is all about. The club meets on the first Tuesday of the month, October through April, 7:30 p.m., at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club on M-22, approximately 1/2 mile North of the intersection of M-72 West and M-22 (NW side of Traverse City.) We have members of all ages, 10 through old enough to know better, so please feel free come and visit us at a monthly meeting or on the ice. more...
Light Air Sailing - Ice Boating
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 19:01 ] #
This isn't about racing, it's about keeping any style or age DN moving in light air. The typical occasional sailor spends a lot of time pushing or standing around while the more experienced sailor sails on by. Believe it or not, having the most expensive equipment isn't as big an advantage as you might think. Setting your boat up properly and using some basic skills will make all the difference in the world.
In light airs, the plate runners that most sailors have work just great. What's key is having your runners lined up as nearly perfect as possible. Our club spent several hundred dollars for a professional set of runner aligners. They are for everyone's use. Two guys can align a boat's runners in five minutes. If you're not lined up you might as well sit on your boat and drink beer (not a bad idea). Don't worry about a flexible mast or a limber plank or a new sail, the old stuff works just fine. more...
What's New On iceboat.org:
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 18:59 ] #
December 8, 2004:
Via Scott Brown, Acting Nite Commodore:
"The following letter is posted on iceboating.net and was sent by a German competitor at last week's DN Western Challenge. It's really speaks to the heart of our sport. You may want to post for your club as I think they will appreciate it as well."
if someone thinks, its a long way for us Europeans to come to this event its just not true. For meeting you guys at this first weekend Iceboating in Minnesota we would even travel twice around the globe. We usually race more, than at any world championship and also everyone is much more relaxed. I asked JD, how much the starting fee is, the answer was "to come". I destroyed my hull after I spunn out. Before I turned around Mark Kiefer carried it from the Ice and took it to his shop. Next morning my boat was stronger than ever(Thank you Mark, JD and Ron for top maintenance at bar time).
If someone is searching for the heart of America he should start looking in Minnesota and among the Iceboaters everywhere. Thank you all, for organizing this world class event.(I feel sorry for Peter Jones, Dough Harvey and John Davenport, that they could not attend. I know they would have come , if possible)
Hope to see you all again in Wisconsin or even at Lake Christina in January.
Very special regards to my friend Harry from Minnetonka and I hope you come by next time you are over in Dortmund.
Specific rods, lures will help ice anglers
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 18:54 ] # If there is one winter outdoor sport that draws huge numbers, it's ice fishing for panfish.
Lakes that have a dozen boats fishing on it during the summer can easily have 50 to 75 anglers on a weekend day during the ice-fishing season.
When the temperatures finally start freezing area lakes -- which seems like a ways off -- use these tips to increase your enjoyment of ice fishing.
Ice fishing can be a cheap sport, especially when targeting panfish. A graph is the most expensive item and not really needed when targeting panfish. I carry a graph because I like to move around and often fish lakes with minimal pressure. more...
Hot on the trail of finally outsmarting the squirrels
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 18:52 ] # The snow last week drew them to the bird feeders. Thick as Canada geese to a suburban retention pond they came.
Sciurus carolinensis. Put it in everyday American English: Satan of the Backyard.
As pretty as their smooth fur and bushy tails are, gray squirrels are nothing more than rodents gone tame.
Last Wednesday morning, they packed the main feeder to chew black-oil sunflower seeds like professionals stacked at Moto to sample the latest aromatic morsels.
One squirrel crawled up the maple and daintily poked his paws through the suet feeder. Wasn't he cute? Say a dozen hell noes. more...
A Bit of Fly-Fishing History - The North Branch Outing Club
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 18:48 ] #
By Jerry Kunnath
In the latter part of the 1900’s, Thomas E. Douglas built a sawmill, a post office, and a general store in the tiny logging community of Lovells, Michigan. Mr. Douglas’s businesses prospered in the community while the giant white pine, cedar and hemlock trees lasted. However, as the loggers cut their way through the forests of Northern Michigan, Mr. Douglas could see his lively-hood and his business potential evaporating. T. E. Douglas loved this north central Michigan area. Not wanting to have to leave the North Branch area for other environs, T.E. Douglas studied other ways to make money so that he and his family could stay in the Lovells area. more...
Pursuing grouse in the snow
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 18:47 ] #
ST. HELEN -- What a day for grouse hunting. The sky was as clear and blue as a baby's eyes. The temperature was in the 20s, but without wind the sunshine fell warm on your face and back. And the inch or so of fresh snow would make it easy to spot grouse tracks.
The only thing missing from this idyllic picture was grouse.
"Wow, we aren't seeing anything," Tim Jennings said as he and his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Lou, finished covering yet another chunk of what should be excellent grouse cover in Roscommon County. "It's not just that we aren't seeing grouse. We aren't seeing squirrels or rabbits or tweety birds. There's just nothing moving at all." more...
Waterfowl U.S.A. dinner for duck lovers
- Editor H2ONotes [ 12/9/2004 - 18:46 ] # The 2005 waterfowl hunting season in southeast Michigan was below expectations this fall, but the 21st annual Waterfowl U.S.A. St. Clair Flats Chapter Banquet Dinner on Tuesday made up for a slow year.
Treasurer Gerry Gordon said about 900 men, women and teen-agers from across southeast Michigan attended the dinner held at Zuccaro's Banquet & Catering Hall in Chesterfield Township.
Waterfowl U.S.A. is a non-profit organization whose members have one common goal: to preserve and promote waterfowl conservation and environmental efforts across the U.S. more...
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