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Golden Handcuffs - Rumors from Sailing Anarchy

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A rumor from the sailing site "Sailing Anarchy"

Our wicked good source tells us that Russell Coutts's lawyers are battling to get him out of his contract with Alinghi, but Alinghi are not letting him go without a fight. The attorneys have been locked in combat now for several weeks. Most likely scenario is that Coutts will be "Cayarded", i.e. fashioned with a pair of nice fitting Golden Handcuffs. Meaning of course that he won't sail with Alinghi, but can't sail with any other team. So do not believe any rumours about him going back to TNZ. More interesting question is what happens with Butterworth and the other key Kiwis.......Need one be reminded that one heard about this trouble in Alinghi land here first?

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Live from Bean Town - Article from Sailing Anarchy

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Boston, Mass - The 12th running of the single-handed Transat from Plymouth, England to Boston,
Massachusetts is ongoing and since the starting gun was fired on May 31, the four fleets have had intense
competition and very tough sailing conditions.

In the early hours of today, Britain's Mike Golding finished first in the Open 60 class in 12 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes breaking the record for the Transat in his class aboard his boat Ecover. Dominque Wavre of France and Mike Sanderson of New Zealand finished second and third respectively in the Open 60s after Golding in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"The Open 60 fleet is unusual in that we are all fully sponsored and are all sailing professionally," Golding said. "That is going to raise the stakes pretty high and when you are careening along in the middle of the night knowing there are icebergs but with no visibility it all adds to the intensity. And, if you are fully in control of these boats at all times than you are not going fast enough."   more...

 



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Truce possible in dispute over channel sediment

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The open-lake disposal controversy that has pitted state and federal officials against each other since the mid-1980s may be on the verge of a one-year truce that could benefit Lake Erie.

Under a proposed three-way agreement, a fifth of the sediment dredged this summer from the federal approach channel to Toledo Harbor - some 80,000 cubic yards of silt - would be placed into a landfill owned by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, rather than being dumped in the open lake.   more...

 



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PARKS DIG UP SEDIMENT SOLUTION

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Soil is being washed from farmland and construction sites. The soil clogs up many rivers and lakes around the Great Lakes region. It can harm plants and aquatic wildlife in the waterways. The sediment can also fill the channels and harbors, blocking ship traffic. But a pilot program in one Great Lakes state is using the sediment in a new way.

The Illinois River used to be an average of more than twenty feet deep. These days, the river averages a depth of about two feet. The river stretches nearly from Chicago across the state of Illinois and joins the Mississippi near St. Louis. The entire length of the Illinois River is clogged with sediment that's eroded mostly from farmland. Besides blocking navigation, the sediment buries aquatic plants, destroying a food source for fish and waterfowl.    more...

Learn more about the Mud to Parks Project

Info about the Illinois River Coordinating Council (.pdf file)

The Chicago Park District

 



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Ferry goes for a spin

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As the Spirit of Ontario crept away from the Port of Rochester on Sunday afternoon, a slight rumble could be felt when the engines kicked in.

With U.S. Coast Guard boats buzzing alongside, the high-speed ferry calmly gained speed in the Genesee River, then shot onto a glassy Lake Ontario, soon hitting nearly 50 mph.

Inside the ride was smooth and quiet.   more...

 

 

 



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Few ships checked for invasive species

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Coast Guard Petty Officer Ward Ordway boarded a foreign ship in the St. Lawrence Seaway, ready to look into its dark, dank bowels for stowaways. Not human troublemakers, but aquatic creatures that could escape the murky depths of ballast water tanks and invade the Great Lakes.

Ordway and an assistant tested the stored water to make sure it was salty enough to kill any pests carried from foreign ports. Tests like this are the U.S. government's main bulwark against alien species.

Yet a gaping hole exists in this line of defense.

Invading creatures from abroad still can reach the Great Lakes -- on oceangoing ships that don't get tested.

The Coast Guard's 11-year-old ballast-monitoring program exempts from testing three out of four vessels heading into the lakes from ports around the world.  more...

 



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The threatened beauty of the Great Lakes

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A special news series this week is focusing on The Great Lakes At Risk. The image gallery magnifies the beauty and fragility of the lakes and their immense importance to the region's residents.  more...


 



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Chicago NOOD Regatta 2004--Overall Results

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PHRF 1                R1    R2    R3    R4    R5    R6    R7    T
1    50596    Natalie J    Dr. Philip O'Niel    1    2    1    6    5    4    1    20
2    28115    Mirage    Mirage Group LLC Rick Woodworth    2    1    3    8    2    1    3    20
3    25168    Stripes    Bill Martin    5    4    12 dsq    3    1    2    7    34
4    47    Goblin    Lindy Thomas    6    5    4    7    7    5    2    36
5    87666    Thirsty Tiger    Albert Dottavio    11    3    2    1    12 dnc    3    5    37
6    51356    Jeannine III    Jack Roeser    3    7    5    5    6    8    6    40
7    50218    Tyrant    Don Thinschmidt    4    8    6    4    4    12 dnf    12 dnc    50
8    51517    Erlechda    Don Crandall    7    6    7    11    10    6    4    51
9    77984    Windancer VI    John L. Nedeau    9    10    9    2    3    12 dnc    12 dnc    57
10    46491    Lightning    Krzysztof Kaminski    10    9    8    9    8    7    9    60
11    51354    J Swift    Ronald Nolan    8    11    10    10    9    12 ocs    8    68

 

Farr 40                R1    R2    R3    R4    R5    R6    R7    T
1    50092    Heartbreaker    Robert L. Hughes    1    2    1    2    1    3    4    14
2    43770    Nitemare    Tom Neill    6    4    2    1    3    7    2    25
3    50001    Flash Gordon 4    Helmut Jahn    9    3    8    5    4    4    1    34
4    40032    Iskra    Borys B. Jarymowycz    8    1    5    9    10    1    3    37
5    40037    Pendragon    Brian Jackman    2    7    3    4    6    6    9    37
6    51313    Program    Warren M. Levins    5    6    4    3    5    8    6    37
7    40048    Inferno    Phil Dowd / Aaron Housten    7    5    7    7    7    2    5    40
8    40046    Morrigan    Kevin M. Boyle    4    8    6    6    2    10    11 dsq    47
9    40027    Hot Lips    Christopher Whitford    3    9    9    8    9    5    8    51
10    40031    Ohana     Johnsson/Hillman    10    10    10    10    8    9    7    64

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Tack for Tack at the Chicago NOOD

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The final breezy day was a perfect one for match racing at the front of the Beneteau 40.7 class.Allan McMillan's Beneteau 40.7, Finesse, led its 11-boat class after the second day of the Sailing World Chicago NOOD yesterday, and this morning he and his longtime crewmates sailed out to the racecourse with a 1-point cushion over Tom and Deborah Weber's La Tempete. Both teams knew there was only one thing to do--match race one another.

"In the first start, we were a couple of seconds late and when we tacked to clear out they were right on us," says McMillan. "From that point on, when we tacked they tacked on us and we tried everything to shake them--we even tried a fake tack, but they were flawless in covering us." The Webers held Finesse throughout the race and they finished 1-2, tying the series before the final race. Then it was Finesse's turn.

 

 




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Seeing Everything Stable, Day or Night

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I was reading about Geronimo's advances into the Roaring Forties in their attempt to break a record and win the Jules Verne Trophy 2004. The article mentioned that Geronimo could not go any further south because of reports of large icebergs, although they had sophisticated (Fujinon military) nightvision equipment on board. When I started looking into that, I found out that there's some pretty amazing gear for sale these days. For instance, have a look at the Fujinon Stabiscope Nightvision 3rd Generation. At a price of $16,750 it's not exactly cheap, but what you get is the best there is. And if that's too high a price for you, have a look at Amazon's Fujinon collection. These 'cheaper' binoculars incorporate some of the high-end technologies available in the high-end models.  more...

 



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Flyfishing Dirty

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This column is going to get me—and maybe even you—in some trouble. That’s because there are some nifty ways to cheat in flyfishing for trout, techniques and shortcuts that can be expedient or fun but will have the purists screaming in horror. You won’t find these dirty tricks in any flyfishing books, including my own. They’re too unconventional. So don’t let the guy next to you see what you’re reading.

Nasty Knots
I was sitting on a flat rock in New York’s Beaverkill years ago with a famous fisherman who shall remain unnamed as we took a wader-clad break from one of several publishing projects we had under way at the time. As I watched, my companion tied a small, fuzzy nymph to his leader and then cast without bothering to trim the knot. I offered to trim it for him.   more...

 



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Panfish on Flies

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fly-rod bluegillNo group of fish is better suited to catching with fly tackle than panfish. Not only are bluegills, perch, crappies and others abundant and inhabit almost every water, they're aggressive, easy to locate and great to eat.

Fishermen from Minnesota to Maine, California to Florida thrill to the tug of a roe-filled, bright-colored bluegill as it uses its platter-shaped body to thwart the pull of the angler at the other end of the line.  And among these legions of panfishermen, there is an increasing number of anglers who delight in catching tough little panfish with fly-rod tackle.  Trouble is, though, too many fishermen only use fly tackle for panfish in spring when bluegills, sunfish and others are stacked on spawning beds.  more...

 

 




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Trick Bass With Scent

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The way to a Lunker’s hit is through its nose

Scented bass lures have become the stuff of strong sales pitches in the past few years. They come in two forms, built-ins and add-ons. One of the most frequently asked questions is, Do scents really make sense? I believe they do.

Adding scents to fishing lures is not a modern phenomenon. I first became aware of the practice back in the 1930s when I was a kid working in a local sporting goods store in Ohio. I managed the fishing tackle and waited on many of the area’s better fishermen, who came in not only to buy tackle, but to deliver or get the latest scuttlebutt on where the bigger bass were biting. Anybody who liked to talk about fishing spoke my language, and through such informal chats I learned about the enhancing scents that anglers added to their lures.  more...

 



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New Technology Brings Titanic Expedition Live to Home Viewers

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June 9, 2004 When Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the remains of the Titanic in 1985 on a joint French-American scientific expedition, returned to the wreck this week, the world watched the exploration as they never had before— on the Web. The broadcast was clear, live, and it brought the ill-fated liner, which sank on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg, into movie-like focus.

From June 4-9, anyone with a DSL- or cable modem-equipped computer could watch in real time and with DVD-like clarity as Ballard and his team revisited the Titanic to research how human and environmental factors have changed the wreck in the 19 years since its discovery. Streamed coverage of the event was available free of charge on the Web site
www.explorethesea.com , run by Mystic Aquarium and the Institute for Exploration (which Ballard directs) in Mystic, Connecticut.   more...


 



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Cuba Sailing Race Organizers Face Charges

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KEY WEST -- The organizers of a sailboat race from Key West to Cuba have been indicted on two counts of providing unlicensed travel services to the Communist island nation.

Federal prosecutors in Key West say Peter Goldsmith and Michele Geslin ran the race in violation of the Trading With The Enemy Act. The first count of the indictment could carry as much as a five-year prison term and 250-thousand-dollar fine. The second count has a maximum prison sentence of ten years and possible fine of 100-thousand dollars.   more...

 



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