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Sailor's bucket list did not include Lake Michigan rescue

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"I just love being on the water," says Peter Gibbons-Neff, a lifelong sailor and past commodore of The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia. His love developed as a boy, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and he has sailed all over the world. He has raced in the biannual Newport-to-Bermuda Race 14 times, earlier with his father and recently with three of his children.

He raced across the Atlantic, from Bermuda all the way to Copenhagen, in 17 days when in college. He now keeps his boat on the Chesapeake, near Annapolis, and sails the bay as often as he can. At 66, he's still working hard as a wealth manager, and suffers from the conscientious man's curse - "I still have not gotten out of the guilt of leaving the office."  more...



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Jim Gluek Wins 2012 MC Midwinters Championship

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Well after a long five hour wait today we finally got in a third light air race to have an official championship in place. As most of you know we had 6 scheduled over the three days for the Midwinter Championship but we had a huge high pressure system park over central Florida. No "Crazy Ivans" (90 degree shifts) as in the first two races. Today we held it down to about 20-30 degree shifts but it was fair racing as you could always see things coming at you.  more...


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Paul Reilly Wins Zenda University — All Graduate!

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2012 Zenda University Graduates

Paul Reilly from Big Cedar Lake, Wisconsin continued his fantastic winter sailing by winning the MC Scow Zenda University Course.  Nine races, over 30 practice starts and lots of tutorial were the highlights of this  years Zenda University.  Very light air both days made it difficult to get in as much sailing as the instructors would have liked yet much was accomplished over the 2 day scow racing course.  more...


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Traverse City Utility Lights Way to new Home for Tall Ship's Schooner Manitou

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After 25 years of tall ship sailing in Traverse City, it looked like the end of the line for Traverse Tall Ship Company and the schooner Manitou, yet another victim of the wave of foreclosures plaguing the nation. As tenants of the dock and property owned by failed developer Westbay Partners, LLC, the Tall Ship Co. – along with two other commercial tenants – was served with an eviction notice in July 2011. With very limited berthing options for Manitou, the situation looked bleak for one of Northern Michigan’s most popular destination attractions.  more...


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Sailing On Ice? Yeah, That's A Sport.

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 Come Sail Away: Retired high school science teacher — and adrenaline junkie — Andy Sajor rides his ice boat on a frozen Lake Champlain in New York. Perfect ice sailing conditions call for cold temperatures, a strong breeze and a thick sheet of ice — but not too much snow.


The minute I learned that ice sailing was an actual sport, I wanted to give it a try. I watched YouTube videos of wooden boats with big white sails zooming across the ice on steel runners. It seemed like such a rush: Imagine racing over a frozen lake on a wind-powered sled, hitting speeds that top 40 miles an hour.

So I was delighted when Andy Sajor, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., offered to let me hitch a ride over an icy Lake Champlain. The 13th largest lake in the country, Champlain sits between upstate New York and Vermont and has emerged as one of the best ice sailing venues in the U.S.

We meet at Chazy Landing on the New York side of Lake Champlain, 12 miles from the Canadian border. It's bright and windy. The ice stretches for miles, dotted by camps of shanties set up by ice fisherman. I'm bundled up in four layers of winter clothing. Sajor hands me a crash helmet and ski goggles.  more...



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Chicago Match Cup slated as only US stop on World Match Racing Tour

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The 2012 Chicago March Cup has been selected for the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and will be the only ISAF Grade WC (World Championship) event in the US. The World Class event will offer stadium sailing at Navy Pier, with the world's best match race sailors to vie for $100,000 in prize money.   more...


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1925 Mackinac winner, Bernida, to race again

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The Bernida was found rotting in 1995. It has won the Port Huron to Mackinac race twice. This year, there are changes to the course including a big one: Race headquarters are at the Grand Hotel.Bernida, the first boat to win a Port Huron to Mackinac race in 1925, will race again in this summer's Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.

And it's going to be a grand race July 14: Race headquarters have been switched to the Grand Hotel, which will be open to crews and their families with the $10 charge waived, said Greg Thomas, race chairman.

Bernida was bought by Al Declercq of Grosse Pointe Park last fall and will return to Bayview, the club it sailed out of when it was a proud new boat during the 1920s.  more...



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50th Sunfish North Americans

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This year marks the 50th annual Sunfish North American Championship regatta. The regatta will be held on Aug 2-4th on the beach in Waukegan, IL., about 40 miles north of Chicago. I know everyone who sails dinghies has at some time in their life sailed a Sunfish so this is a great time to come back to the class, at least for a weekend.

We promise good competition and great parties for everyone who comes.

Check out the web site and sign up: www.lakebluffyachtclub.org             

50 Years of Sunfish Racing

lakebluffyachtclub.org/na2012

This summer the Lake Bluff Yacht Club in conjunction with the Waukegan Yacht Club will
host the 50th Sunfish North American Open Championship. The regatta will be sailed
in the fresh waters of Lake Michigan off the beach in Waukegan, Illinois from August
2 to August 4, 2012. The Youth North American Championship will also be sailed in
Waukegan from July 30 to August 1, 2012.  more

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WINTER INLAND - The ILYA At Its Best!

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Melges Performance Sailboats/North Sails Zenda and the Bilge Pullers threw quite a bash! The enthusiasm for our special brand of sailing was evident from arrival of the first entrant to the last minute on Saturday night when the youth gathered around our most energetic speaker, Dave Perry. Dave walked in the door to old friends who immediately gathered around to discuss matchracing, America's Cup and the Olympics. The real energy in the event was our youth sailors who sat, figuratively, at Perry's knee soaking in his love for the sport.  more...


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Lalli Wins 2012 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta

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By a substantial margin, Italy's Luca Lalli aboard BLinsailing.com, alongside of super tactician Lorenzo Bressani and crew Federico Michetti, won the 2012 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta, graciously hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Celebrating in second overall is Grant Hood on Bohica, tied in points with third place finisher Michael Kiss on Bacio. Proudly rounding out the top five, Paul Reilly on Red Sky and Brian Kamilar on Funner.

A Top Corinthian team was recognized for the first time at the Miami Winter Regatta. Congratulations to Marcus Eagan on Cajun Underwriting, as he and his family based crew Marc and Andrew Eagan are 2012 Corinthian Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta Champions. more...


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Rescued sailor, 84, unsure of another trip

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Using a map in his home in Port Clinton, Tom Corogin, 84, points Jan. 24 to an area where he was rescued in the southern Pacific Ocean.

PORT CLINTON -- Stranded on a sailboat with broken rigging and a swaying mast in the Pacific Ocean, 84-year-old Tom Corogin realized his dream of completing a solo voyage around the tip of South America was over, again.

It was his sixth attempt and one of the most difficult trips yet.

Corogin suffered an infected puncture wound to his leg and required hospital treatment in Ecuador. He sailed through a terrible storm south of Mexico and was forced to activate his emergency beacon for the first time, in remote waters about 500 miles south of Easter Island.

In the end, Corogin was rescued Jan. 3 by a Japanese cargo ship and the Chilean navy but was forced to leave his boat behind.

Corogin, a lawyer who still practices part-time, arrived back at his home along Lake Erie almost three weeks ago. He had set sail Dec. 27 from Easter Island on the last leg of his Cape Horn adventure when his rigging snapped, leaving him stranded in desolate waters.  more...


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Ice boaters in Loveland seek adrenaline, speed, thrills

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On a day that wind speeds reached nearly 30 mph, biting gusts roared like a lion across Boedecker Lake, announcing a coming storm.

The conditions turned the lake into an isolated ice desert. They also prompted Loveland resident Rick Hypes to rush there with a smile -- a big smile -- and a specially designed ice boat.

"It's exactly like sailing on the ice," Hypes said. "But it's colder and faster ... I describe it as a four- or five-senses sport."

The appeal of sitting on a small craft outfitted with three large blades and a sail, steering with your feet and zipping across the ice without brakes, powered only by wind gusts, is difficult to explain without experiencing it. But Hypes chooses a few words: adrenaline, speed, thrill.

"It's the allure of being powered by nature," added fellow ice boater Dan Kellogg, also a Loveland resident.

Ice boating can be traced back thousands of years as a form of transportation in Scandinavia, and it spread to the United States with immigrants in the 1800s.  more...



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Smooth sailing on the ice

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Mark Simon of Athens rigs up his iceboat before taking it out Tuesday on frozen Goguac Lake.The boat, which can hit speeds of up to 60 mph, was built out of wood paneling by Simon’s father in 1959.  more...


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Eight Races Made For Successful 2012 Melges 32 Gosford Regatta

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The next few months are booked out with regatta racing for the highly competitive Australian Melges 32 fleet.

Kicking off the racing was last weekends inaugural Gosford Regatta, hosted by Gosford Sailing Club. The Melges 32s competed in eight races over the two days in light and variable breeze on beautiful Brisbane Waters. Another close series for the fleet, and on completion of day one, Kim Williams' Rock and Roll was two points ahead leading the regatta.  more...



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Key West: Fantasy Island

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Key West Race Week delivers an environment impossible to compare with any regatta in the world. Personally, it felt like someone dragged Reno, Nevada to the oceanfront, and ran one of the most amazing spectacles in sailing: bull riding, carny activities, jet pack rides, pirates heckling you on the street. . . I found myself in the middle of the spectrum between Mad Max and the Real World. For our team, West Marine Rigging, it became a story of amazing success and survival.  more...


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