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Small plane goes down in Lake Michigan

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By Jeremy Gorner
Tribune staff reporter
Published July 30, 2006, 6:25 PM CDT

A small plane crashed into Lake Michigan this afternoon, prompting rescuers to pull one person from the water, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

A firefighter said at the scene that a man was pulled out of the lake by the U.S. Coast Guard at 67th Street and crews were looking for a second person, who may have swam away. The condition of the person who was pulled from the water was not immediately available.  more...
 


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Chicago River cruise provides special vistas of the city

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Lew Freedman

The big water in Chicago's back yard has the reputation and wide expanses, but for those seeking a different setting, it is easy to steer a powerboat onto the Chicago River from Lake Michigan.

There are unexpected charms, sights and opportunities in taking your boat from its parking space at a Lake Michigan harbor and guiding it through the Chicago River lock connecting the lake and the river.

"The main thing people like to do is see the architecture," Capt. Steve Tadd said.

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Tall ships sail into view

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Festival's stars bring out maritime enthusiasts — and their cameras

By Nathan Phelps
nphelps@greenbaypressgazette.com

They're pieces of a maritime legacy stirring the imaginations of people around Green Bay this weekend.

The graceful lines, eye-catching sails and intricate rigging of 16 tall ships in port this weekend are something many people attending the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival want to capture, and they are with cameras.    more...

 



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Cutter saves lake buoy

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CHEBOYGAN - No heart-stopping rescues of sailors dumped in the lake. No medical emergencies that demanded an evacuation by air or high-speed craft. This year's Chicago to Mackinac sailboat race was run without search and rescue drama, which suits Cmdr. John Little and the Mackinaw crew just fine.

“We had no SAR calls whatsoever, it was pretty quiet out there,” Little said after the lines were tied shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Millard D. Olds Memorial Moorings. “We like it when everybody's safe.”

The Mackinaw did provide a rescue of a different sort in lower Lake Michigan, one that could not have been effected by the original Mackinaw - which in the last 25 years of its life did not have cranes or buoy-tending capabilities.   more...


 



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Tourism industry down in midseason

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MACKINAC ISLAND — The boats came this week for the annual sailing race from Chicago to Mackinac, but the people didn't, said Tom Pfeiffelmann.

The annual yacht race along the length of Lake Michigan typically means a influx of business for Pfeiffelmann's Star Line ferry service. But not this year, he said.

"You expect the crowds to go over and watch them come in. This year, it just hasn't produce the crowds," he said.

Midway through a summer season many depend on to buoy the rest of the year, folks in northern Michigan's tourism industry report a mixed bag.   more...

 



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Sandusky fights bill on fishing

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By RICHARD PAYERCHIN, Sandusky Bureau Chief

SANDUSKY -- The Sandusky City Commission has taken a stand against House Bill 609, which proposes eliminating commercial fishing licenses. The commission voted to send a letter to the state opposing the bill.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Jim McGregor, R-Gahanna, would have the Ohio Division of Wildlife spend $4 million to buy back commercial fishing licenses, effectively ending all commercial fishing by 2007.

It also would gut 1,000 jobs and push up the price of perch, said Sandusky Ex-Officio Mayor Dan Kaman.   more...

 


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PADDLE ON! Au Sable canoe race wide open without last year's champions

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photoBY ERIC SHARP

FREE PRESS OUTDOORS WRITER

GRAYLING -- It's kind of like the Tour de France without Lance Armstrong. The absence of the team of Serge Corbin and Jeff Kolka from the Weyerhaeuser Au Sable River Canoe Marathon this weekend leaves the door wide open for several teams to win the 59th running of the grueling, 120-mile, non-stop race.

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Rare Fishing Lures: Rodents, Reptiles, Crustaceans, and Other Collectible Critter-Shaped Baits

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What's it Worth? That's the single most common question people ask about antique lures.

The answers can be as varied as the millions of commercial lures made by thousands of companies from the turn of the century until the mid-1960s, which most collectors consider the end of the "collectible bait" era.

Valuing lures depends on several very specific factors: age, condition, completeness (original box and paper flyer), rarity, color, and demand. Condition is perhaps the single most important factor.    more...

 



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Sensible Tips for Improving Speed

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by David Dellenbaugh

Unless you are lucky enough to sail every day, there are a few things you should do before each race if you want to be fast. One of the most important is to regain and refine your sense of feel, which is critical for understanding what the boat needs.


Besides becoming “one” with your boat, there are many ways to streamline the process of getting up to speed. Fortunately, the science of boatspeed is not as mysterious nor as technical as many people think. Good boatspeed can be achieved by any sailor, regardless of his or her level of experience. And the best part is you don’t even have to understand sailing theory in order to go fast. You just need some common sense, good observational skills and a learning attitude. Here is a “tuning for speed” checklist:   more...


 



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J-22 Eastern Great Lakes Championships

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By Terry Flynn

This weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Buffalo Yacht Club who hosted the J-22 Eastern Great Lakes Championships. Fleet 73 and its members and regatta PRO Joe Gelsimino have built this fleet up to 30 boats in the last few years. Besides the local fleet we also had boats from the Youngstown, Cleveland, Canada and even as far away as Texas. The total entry’s topped out at 40 boats.   more...

 



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FAQs about working on speed in pairs

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Sailboat racing is competitive. But if you want to finish near the front of the fleet, you must usually be cooperative first. That's because, as I said earlier in this issue, performance is relative. The only accurate way to measure subtle differences in speed is by comparing yourself with a similar boat that is sailing nearby in the same conditions. So find another crew who would also like to work on speed, and go sail together. Here are some frequently asked questions about setting this up:   more...

 



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Funding push on for harbor

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By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Munising Bureau
A funding request that could bring an additional $1.5 million to efforts aiding the rebuilding of a breakwater at the Grand Marais Harbor, above, is currently winding its way through the U.S. Senate. Locals have sought for years to secure funding to have the once deep port restored, allowing greater use of the recreational harbor. Should a breakwater be constructed, the harbor would be dredged to a suitable depth. (Journal photo by John Pepin)   more...

 



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Lake control creates winners, losers

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(July 25, 2006) — Craig Goodrich looks out the door of his Hamlin home at six feet of fragile Lake Ontario beach that could erode with the floodwaters from just one monstrous storm.

About 200 miles to the east, in the Thousands Islands region, Rochesterian Al Fink gazes through the window of his cabin at rocky ledges that would keep his boat out of the lake from August to October if lake levels drop at all.   more...

 



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Scientists use oranges to track blue-green algae

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SWANTON, Vt.(AP) _ Scientists studying toxic blue-green algae blooms on lakes Champlain, Erie and Ontario are using a low-tech tool to track the blooms' movements: oranges.

Lake researcher Greg Boyer joined two assistants for a boat ride out onto Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay on Monday to dump two crates of 25 oranges each overboard.   more...


 



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12th Venetian Festival on the Nautical Mile in St. Clair Shores

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12th Venetian Festival

A U G U S T 9 – 1 3, 2 0 0 6

The Nautical Mile Merchants Association presents a Celebration of Boating with the 12th Venetian Festival. All events will be held in the Nautical Mile business district located on Jefferson between 9 and 10-1/2 Mile Roads in St. Clair Shores.

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