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Australia's OzBoyz Challenge

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Australia's OzBoyz Challenge announced that Michael Dunstan will be the skipper of their America's Cup 2007 syndicate. At just 22 years of age, Dunstan is Australia's leading match racer with an ISAF World Ranking of 28. A graduate of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron youth training program, Michael is a two times Australian Match Racing Champion, as well as winner of the Australian Youth Match Racing Championships in the 2001 and 2002 World Series Yachting Super Nines. He was also runner up at the 2000 World Youth Match Racing Championships in New Zealand.   more...

 



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The Southern Ocean Racing Conference

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The Southern Ocean Racing Conference - a Florida corporation known to racing sailors around the world as "SORC" - has reached an agreement with Peter Craig and his Premiere Racing organization, which will step in and produce the Miami event beginning in March 2005. The Marblehead, MA based company has built Terra Nova Trading Key West into the top annual keel boat event in North America and one of the elite race weeks on the international racing calendar.

"SORC has had a remarkable run," said spokesman Bob Meagher. "However, the business of regatta management has changed over the years and it's become too much for the clubs to handle themselves. The consortium of five Yacht Clubs was formally established in 1941, founding a series of five point-to-point races that included stops in Nassau, Key West and Havana, Cuba during the first "Southern Circuit". Over the years the SORC has been a condensed history of American ocean racing with the circuit ultimately growing to 6 races spread over 4 weeks. Its popularity would peak in 1973, before changes in offshore racing designs and increasing demands on the leisure time led to waning interest in distance racing. The current format of an intense week of windward / leeward day racing off Miami Beach made its debut in 1990. Acura has been the title sponsor at SORC since 1999.

The Miami Beach Marina will remain the Official Site for this mixed-class event (One Design / PHRF / IMS). Premiere Racing is in the process of polling boat owners, class organizations and the industry to determine the ideal racing dates going forward. The Thursday to Sunday racing format will continue with the 2005 regatta dates to be announced later this month. Information and details on the Miami regatta will be posted on the Premiere Racing web site: www.Premiere-Racing.com



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Big players start to stir

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There could be between eight and 12 challengers for Europe's first America's Cup, which will be held off Valencia in 2007. At a get-together at the venue, around 17 prospective challengers have met the Swiss organisers and other interested parties including the defending Alinghi team and the Spanish hosts.

Three groups stayed away to remain incognito - from south-east Asia, Germany/Poland and the United States - and the recently unveiled South Africans were not there either. But a 30-50 per cent conversion rate from 20 or so teams gives the likely turn-out in three years' time.   more...

 



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Celebrity Bocce Ball Tournament

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We know that this has absolutely nothing to do with water but it's almost too cold to boat and there is not enough snow to ski.  So Bocce Ball in Lake Orion just might do to pass the time.  You gotta love the logo... - ed

Join Detroit Lions Head Coach Steve Mariucci at his successful Celebrity Bocce Ball Charity Fundraiser at Palazzo di Bocce, America’s First Palace of Bocce, June 9th in Orion Township.

Mariucci and his family have been bocce ball enthusiasts for years in his hometown of Iron Mountain, Michigan. After becoming head coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 1997, he started a bocce ball tournament in the Bay Area that raised thousands of dollars for charity. Now, the Lions’ head coach is bringing his tournament home.

The inaugural Lions’ event will be held in the nation’s newest and finest indoor facility for bocce ball. The Palazzo di Bocce, scheduled to open in June, is being constructed by owner and developer Anthony Battaglia in Orion Township, on M-24 (Lapeer Road) near Silver Bell Road. The 32,000 square foot facility will have 10 indoor championship courts, spectator seating, a pro shop, and a restaurant that features fine Italian cuisine and wines. Find out how to participate...

 



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Learn to sail

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Saturdays starting May 15, 9 a.m.-noon, 8010 Strawberry Lake Road, Dexter. Cost: $115 for four months, $155 for 12 months. 734-426-0920 or www.umich.edu/~umsc.


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The Catalina 36 markII

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Catalina 36mkIIThe Catalina 36 markII incorporates the refinements possible only after building well over 2,000 36's and listening carefully to owners comments and suggestions. The 36 markII has all the important characteristics that made the original the most popular thirty-six foot sailboat in the world. The 36 markII is built in the same seakindly moderate displacement hull that tracks surely and performs well in a variety of conditions. The deck is the classic trunk cabin configuration designed by sailors, not stylists, so it's proven, comfortable and functional.   more...

 

 

 



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OzBoyz to announce AC crew Wednesday

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The OzBoyz Challenge, the Perth-based Australian Syndicate for the 2007 America's Cup, will announce a sailing team and a skipper on Wednesday 7th April.

Syndicate head, Sebastien Destremau, says the OzBoyz Challenge skipper is in the category of 'Talented Young Helmsman.'

Challenge spokesman, Phil Edmiston, goes on to say, ‘it fits perfectly with the OzBoyz project model, he is one of the faces in Australia's yachting future.’  
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The Alinghi group presented themselves

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In the Auditorio del Oceanográfico de Valencia, Grant Simmer, Jochen Schuemann and Rolf Vrolijk met the journalists on Monday morning during a press conference where they outlined the programme of Team Alinghi.

In its second incarnation, the new Defender is very rich, but not as Oracle. The Swiss will pour a €80 million plus budget into the next Cup, 40 percent more than in Auckland.

Given the individuals, continuity is king. If some new blood will inject some life into the team, 70 percent of the crew are from previously campaign.
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ROLEX WOMEN’S MATCH KICKS OFF THURSDAY

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ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (April 5, 2004) – Eight teams of women have come to St.
Petersburg, Fla. this week to learn the art of America’s Cup-style racing.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club (SPYC), with support from title sponsor Rolex
Watch U.S.A., will host the Rolex Women’s Match, an International Sailing
Federation (ISAF) grade 4 event.  Organized to introduce women sailors to
one-on-one match racing, the regatta features a skills and rules clinic by
match racing world champion and America’s Cup skipper Ed Baird on Thursday,
April 8 and Friday morning, April 9.  Round-robin racing begins on Tampa Bay
in Sonar keelboats on Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday, April
13.   more...

 



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The BANK BPH yacht is returning to Poland

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The Polish crew under the command of Captain Roman Paszke left left port at Cape Town, South Africa yesterday aboard the BANK BPH on a return course to Europe.

The yacht had to turn back from its round-the-world course and head for port on March 18th due to a broken boom.

In Cape Town the yacht was repaired and given a thorough inspection. It has passed its sea tests and may return to the open ocean fully functional. The crew is also ready to continue the circumnavigational voyage. However out of concern for the safety of the crew, Captain Roman Paszke together with the expedition sonsor, Bank BPH, decided to resign from the attemt to sail around the world.   more...


 



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United States Power Squadron GPS Seminar and Training Program

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GPS Seminar & Training program
Presented by
Dearborn Power Squadron


Whether you are a novice or a regular user of GPS you need this seminar!

This program offers HANDS-ON training and plenty of time for participant/proctor interface, through a focus on HOW TO as well as theory of operation.

 

Location:  Garden City Maplewood Community Center, 31735 Maplewood St, Garden City, Michigan.
(Parking on South side of building)

Dates:  April 27, May 4 & 11, 2004 - Progressive sessions
Each session ends with a hands on application for the next session  Certificate of completion provided at the end of the third session


Time:  6:30 to 9:00 PM


Get all the information you need to fully utilize your handheld or fixed GPS along with instructional handouts and support materials. 

Cost is $50.00 per person, which includes all supplemental materials.


Seating is limited so RSVP early to ensure a seat!  Call 734-572-0653 or email cfdist@covad.net to register.



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One-Design Revival at San Diego NOOD

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Herb Zoehrer, of Coronado, Calif., hasn't raced his J/35 Z-Force in a one-design series in four years. But when fellow 35er Brad Russell rallied other owners from around the area, Zoehrer jumped back in. "A lot of 35 owners went to the J/105s and that was the end," says Zoehrer, "but now, with five owners here and more coming, it's like the rising of the phoenix."

In 8- to 10-knot northerly winds today off San Diego's Point Loma, Zoehrer won two races and swept the class with six wins, but says it wasn't as easy as the scoreline would lead one to believe. "I've never raced against anyone in this fleet so there were a lot of unknowns," he says, "but my tactician Steve Davies, who came here from Halifax, Nova Scotia, made a lot of great calls." 
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Pyewacket Downwind

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Photo by Credit: A J Blake

 



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Chicago Sailing Club

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Chicago Sailing Club makes yachting accessible, affordable, and fun without having to own a boat. We are a full-service club offering a broad spectrum of individual and group programs, a fleet of well-maintained J/22s and J/30s along with two new Hunter 326's available for rent or charter. We also have a 47- foot luxury yacht available for charter, U.S. Sailing certified instructional programs and fun social activities.

Whether you own a fine sailing yacht, wish to learn, or brush up on your sailing skills, we're here to meet your needs with a variety of programs. Our staff includes skilled technicians, licensed USCG captains, and excellent U.S. Sailing certified sailing instructors. more...

 



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Weather Education

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Bill Biewenga, veteran ocean racer and weather router has teamed up with North U. to offer a completely new weather seminar series this winter and spring!

Cutting edge graphics will bring the lessons alive. Bill is also available to coach you, your crew, or club; provide custom weather routing for offshore passages or to personally oversee the professional delivery of your yacht. Bill brings 320,000 ocean miles and 17 years of weather routing experience to every project.

For more information, email
billbiewenga@compuserve.com today
or visit the North U. weather seminars site us at:
http://www.northu.com/seminars.taf?_course=4&page_name=info


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