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The CORSAIR 36 - New Product Sheet

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Corsair has taken our experience over the last 17-plus years building the world’s number one folding trailerable trimarans to the next level. We have created the perfect answer for those experienced sailors who want the comforts of a cruising monohull, the flat sailing of a big catamaran and the speed, safety and unsinkability of a Corsair Trimaran. Our new Corsair 36 is engineered and designed with the serious blue water cruiser in mind. The Corsair 36 features a shallow draft with retractable daggerboard and rudder for exploring, an aluminum rotating wing mast, carbon fiber bowsprit, and quality deck hardware. It boasts an intelligently designed deck layout that leads all control lines aft to the cockpit for ease of sail handling and control.  more...   

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Woman with hopes of setting world record in sailing forced to head to shore

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VICTORIA (CP) - The Vancouver woman who had hoped to become the youngest female to sail solo around the world without stopping has apparently given up her dream. Roslin Forrest was about 200 kilometres off the California coast on Friday, and headed for the San Francisco Bay. The 23-year-old had been determined to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe - a voyage of some 51,000 kilometres - in 10 months. In her online journal she said she has been battling sea sickness and rough waters for the past three days.   more...

 



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Fall canoeing calls for caution

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Later today, I'm going to put my kayak on top of the truck and drive a few miles to a marsh, ostensibly to hunt ducks, but mostly to spend some more time enjoying the last of the glorious fall scenery.

There's a shoreline where the last of the red maples are blazing among golden oaks, and if the water is flat, the mirror image offers a spectacular picture.

We probably still have a week or two when the weather will be good for a fall canoe or kayak paddle on one of Michigan's marvelous lakes or rivers, especially in the southern part of the state where the leaf colors are at their peak. Just remember that while the air might seem warm, water of the same temperature can sap heat and strength from the body at a frightening rate, and autumn paddling calls for extra precautions.   more...

 



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Athens 2004 - ISAF Official Film

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Available 11 October - ORDER NOW

400 sailors representing, 61 nations, 126 races over 15 days for 11 sailing events and 54 athletes receiving medals – relive the excitement from the 2004 Olympic Sailing Competition of the XXVIII Olympiad, Athens, Greece and order the ISAF Official Film.

Available on DVD in VHS or NTSC format, the ISAF Official Film will present the 'Olympic Story' of the eleven sailing events contested in Athens, including the 33 medals won by 21 nations. It will bring you all the action from the race course, together with fascinating facts and figures and interviews with the Gold medallists, who recount their campaign for Olympic glory.

The film will look at the infrastructure behind the Olympic Sailing Competition, the different organisations involved and the background to competitors and personal sacrifices made in pursuit of the honour of representing their nation at the Olympic Games.

Compiled as an historic and educational film, in addition to the 'Olympic Story', the DVD will contain racing footage from each of the eleven events providing an excellent coaching tool on racing techniques and tactics.

The DVD will link back to the comprehensive information on the ISAF website, including results, mark by mark roundings, event reports and images.

The DVD available in VHS or NTSC format can be ordered direct from the ISAF Secretariat at a cost of £25 plus postage and packing. DVDs will be dispatched in the week commencing 11 October 2004.

Click here for the Official Order Form



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Birth of the ILYA

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Yacht racing on Lake Winnebago, WI circa 1890In the last two decades of the nineteenth century, a significant change was occurring at many of the lakes of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and northern Illinois. Wealthier citizens began looking to organize the pastime of racing their boats. Local men who built boats or sailed the lakes as part of their livelihood often signed on as crew, and more serious racing began to occur.

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the owner, skipper, and crew of a yacht commonly call themselves a club. About 1870, the Daisy Club was formed by owner H. C. Dodd of Fond du Lac and other friends of the yacht Daisy, and they sailed her in Oshkosh Yacht Club's first annual regatta in 1871. Two years later the Daisy Club became the Fond du Lac Yacht Club. In 1889, a group from Menasha purchased the yacht Pinafore and formed the Marguerite Club, later the Menasha Yacht Club.  more...


 



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From Wood to Fiberglass

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Stamm Boat Co.One of the new boat-building materials that appeared shortly after World War II was fiberglass, and the first scow builder to use the technology was a Nagawicka sailor named Arthur Stamm. Actually, Stamm's boat-building career began before the war, when he and his father built a C boat for Art to sail. He soon graduated to a Chuck Edwards-built C boat, which Stamm sailed until W.W.II.
     By the 1950s, the Stamm Boat Company was working exclusively in fiberglass, the first in the scow market to do so. The first glass boats Art Stamm built were X's, and he soon was ready to build the first-ever fiberglass C.
     Part of the process involved laying a woven fiberglass matting over a layer of gelcoat sprayed into the boat mold. Resin, with a hardening catalyst added, was impregnated into the matting using a paint roller, work that had to be done by hand to work the resin deep into the woven glass. With the X's, it was a relatively easy reach to the center of the boats, but with the C's, the middle couldn't be reached from the side of the mold. That's where a young Lou Morgan, then working for Stamm, came in.   more...


 



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Melges Boat Works

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Harry Melges Sr, Gloria Melges, and Ernst SchmidtHarry Melges Sr. began his sailing career as a bailer boy on a Lake Delavan A boat around 1912. His own sailing started in the Lark class around 1915. Within two years, Melges owned an A with William Wallen, and the two sailed together for many years. However, Melges wouldn't sail in his first ILYA regatta until the late twenties or early thirties, according to Smiley Freytag. That first regatta was an Invitation Regatta, at Oconomowoc. And it wasn't until 1957, recalls Freytag, that Melges won his first regatta: the A-boat championship.
     Melges had originally joined Beauvais Boat Works in 1930 before moving on to the Palmer Boat Company in 1938. The war saw the closure of Palmer, and Melges moved on to the Grunow chicken farm. At the end of the war, he wanted to get back into the boat business. So in 1945, he deliberately sought a site for a boat works that was off the water, not wanting the service business - what his son Buddy Melges calls "the cotter pin business." The elder Melges settled in Zenda, Wisconsin, and took in a partner Ephriam Banning. They named the new company the Mel-Ban Boat Works and began building flat-bottomed rowboats.   more...


 



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Pioneer women of the Cs

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Ruth Bovey at the 1919 ILYA ChampionshipAlthough small in number, women were surprisingly active on the ILYA lakes. Marquette Healy of Chicago was the owner of Runaway Girl - the West End Yacht Club's entry in the 1900 Annual Regatta-and would eventually become Commodore of the Lake Geneva Yacht Club. In the early part of the century, women skippered boats, found places in the crew, and owned their own boats. But lingering Victorian attitudes prevailed against a woman's physical activity. Some medical professionals argued that exercise even thinking would draw blood away from the reproductive organs, rendering a woman less fertile.
     Nevertheless, several pioneers emerged. At Minnetonka, Ruth Bovey began sailing C boats with her Katrina in 1915. At first, she served as crew, with some of the better yachtsmen on the lake at the helm. As reported in the Lake Minnetonka Yacht Club centennial history, Ruth Bovey recalled that in the 1915 Chute Cup, one of her first races, she 'was just a slip of a girl - Billy Peet was sailing with me.    more...

 



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Johnson Boat Works

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John O Johnson - Boat BuilderJohn 0. Johnson, Boat Builder
     My grandfather, John 0. Johnson, arrived in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, in 1893, as an eighteen-year-old immigrant and began working for fellow Norwegian Gus Amundson, a boat builder. In 1896, Johnson took two big steps: He got married, and he started his own boat-building business. He had sailed in some of the races on White Bear and talked with several of the sailors about his ideas for a new hull design that would skim over the top of the water. These ideas came from Johnson's boyhood days in Norway, when he served aboard an old whaling ship. He would stand in the bow and look at the waves created by the ship as it plowed through the water. He knew that even a sharp-pointed bow knifing through the water would be slower than a boat that could skim over the top of the water.   more...


 



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New Vice President of Sales & Marketing for North America

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October 2004 — Ockam Instruments Inc. of Milford, CT is pleased to announce that effective Friday 15 October, Latimer Spinney is appointed to the position of Vice President of North American Sales & Marketing. Lat, 37, will be responsible for developing sales of Ockam products within the North American market, and will work closely with Campbell Field of Ockam Europe in order to grow Ockam globally. Lat will provide Sales support to Ockam’s North American specialist dealer network and customers from the Milford, CT office.

Originally from Michigan, now residing in Newport, RI, Lat brings a wealth of experience to Ockam, with a strong background in the marine market in North America. Lat’s skills in yacht project management, international professional sailing, and more recently in sales within the marine electronics industry will ensure the continuing success of Ockam.

Ockam Instruments Inc. designs, manufactures and supports leading technology solutions for marine instrumentation on yachts. Dominant in the North American market for the last 20 years, Ockam recently opened an office in Europe to deliver sales and support its client base outside of North America.

For additional information, Contact: Campbell Field, cmf@OckamEurope.com or Lat Spinney, lat@Ockam.com (401)338-1757 cell.    more...

 



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Harry C. "BUDDY" Melges Jr.

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Harry C. "BUDDY" Melges Jr.

Buddy, age 68, a native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin . . . married, one daughter, two sons is Chairman of Melges Performance Boats. He is an internationally known and respected yachtsman who is perhaps the most well-known as the winning helmsman on the America's Cup yacht "America3" which successfully defended the America's Cup in 1992. His Olympic successes include a Bronze medal in 1964 in the Flying Dutchman sailboat and a Gold medal in 1972 in the Soling Class. He has won well over 60 major national and international sailing championships and ice boating titles. He is a member of the Lake Geneva yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club, Columbia Yacht Club, Milwaukee Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, South Shore Milwaukee Yacht Club, Texas Corinthian Yacht Club and Little Traverse Bay Yacht Club. He is currently lecturing and teaching at clinics and regattas throughout the world. He is an avid outdoorman, environmentalist, conservationist and currently serves the Delta Waterfowl Foundation (formerly the N.A. Wildlife Foundation) as its Chairman of their Delta Marsh Rehabilitation Committee. 


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Hundreds of Tires Wash Ashore

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Hundreds of tires have washed up on the shores of Lake Erie and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection wants to know why.

The tires started to appear on the shores in North East Township over the weekend. They are large and small and some even have rims.

A DEP spokeswoman says the department is investigating, but doesn't know the source of the tires right now.   more...

 



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Far-reaching impact: Low water levels on Root River hamper egg collection

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In their native habitat in the Pacific Northwest, coho salmon wait for a signal to begin the epic and life-ending spawing journey up their home river.

In its perfect way, nature has timed the signal to coincide with adequate river flows for the salmon to reach their spawning grounds.

In Lake Michigan, the introduced sportfish are genetically programmed to wait for the same signal. But if spawning time comes and the river is dry, the fish will stay downstream, or worse. They won't enter the river at all.

While that is bad for stream anglers, it is potentially even worse for the state's Lake Michigan trout and salmon fishery. Without the ability to collect eggs from fish in the Root River, Department of Natural Resources crews will have to obtain eggs from other states in an attempt to meet stocking quotas.   more...



 



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4 Ohio dairies accused of Clean Water Act breaches

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Four more Ohio dairies - among 11 overall - have been cited for violations of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Thursday.

The dairies, including four in Indiana and three in Michigan, join five other Ohio dairies cited in September for extensive manure and wastewater management problems.

All the dairies are among 41 built by the Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development Corp., a Wauseon, Ohio-based company that helps mostly Dutch dairy farmers establish businesses in the United States.

The violation notices were issued on the basis of unannounced U.S. EPA inspections in November 2003.   more...

 



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Group takes steps to improve spill alerts

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PhotoMOUNT CLEMENS -- If chemical-spill response and protection is to succeed, it needs international cooperation.

That was the underlying sentiment at Thursday's meeting of local, state and Ontario water-quality leaders at the Macomb County Health Department.

"We have a lot of work to do," said Stanley Pruss, deputy director of the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The group discussed what is needed to better monitor the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair, which provides drinking water for millions of people in Michigan and Canada.   more...

 



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