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Shifting Winds Affect the Mids' Sailing Program

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A crew of Mids learns the ropes on a Navy 44 off Annapolis, but new academy guidelines have cut its chances of making an ocean voyage.
By Angus Phillips

Spring is in the air. Around the Cheasapeake, boatyards are buzzing as drydocked sail and power boats are readied for the season. An exception is at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where a change in philosophy is raising concern for one of the recent rites of passage for midshipmen.

For years, mids by the hundreds went to sea in the summer on one or another of the academy's fleet of 44-foot sloops to spend a week or two in close quarters, dealing with whatever the ocean threw at them between here and New England.

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N.Y. opposes plan for Lake Ontario levels

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Gov. David Paterson has asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to urge reconsideration of a new plan to regulate Lake Ontario water levels.

By Steve Orr

In an unusual last-minute appeal, Gov. David Paterson has asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to urge reconsideration of a new plan to regulate Lake Ontario water levels.

The International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canada treaty organization, is expected to release its proposed regulatory plan this morning. The panel has been deliberating behind closed doors for months on its new approach to the always-contentious subject of lake-level control.

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Perch poised for lake revival

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Perch on rebound in Lake MichiganBy James Janega

It was the middle of the day, and rainy and cold, hardly ideal for perch fishing on Lake Michigan. But then, say fishermen and fish biologists, it's been quite a while since it was ideal for perch fishing on the Great Lakes.

For years, there haven't been many perch.

Nevertheless, Tim Krell, 45, a carpenter and optimist, stood on the dull side of Navy Pier with a pair of rods this week, slid a hook through a minnow and tossed it at Chicago's water-filtration plant. There was plenty of room to cast. The other fishermen had given up.

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Somali official: pirates have docked hijacked boat

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By Salad Duhul

A French luxury yacht seized by pirates in the Gulf of Aden has arrived in the northern Somali town of Eyl with a reported 30 crew members aboard as hostages.

A French diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sunday that the hostages, the majority of them French nationals, had all been provided with food and given the opportunity to wash.

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America's Cup: Life after Cahn. What happens next?

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The America’s Cup again made it to Court on Thursday (NZT). This time one the question of when the Match should be sailed. The arguments have been gone over many times by the PR and legal teams for both sides. However the tough question is what will happen next?

Justice Herman Cahn seems to be sticking closely to the Mercury Bay decision – in that the role of the Court is to interpret the Deed of Gift against the actions of the parties – and confirming or denying compliance.

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Fighting the VHS fish virus

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Larger view
By Bob Kelleher

VHS is a little virus with a big name - viral hemorrhagic septicemia. Infected fish might have bulging eyes; bloated bellies; or red blotches. Some major fish kills are blamed on VHS.

The disease isn't a danger to humans, but it's a very real problem for fish that haven't faced this disease before. VHS can hammer dozens of fish species -- everything from freshwater drum, to northern pike, round goby, and walleye. It's caused a near total kill of muskies in New York's Niagara River.

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Pirates Seize French Ship Off Somalia

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By Jamey Keaton

Pirates seized control of a French luxury yacht carrying 30 crew members Friday off the coast of Somalia, the French government and the ship's owner said.

Attackers stormed the 288-foot Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean.

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ISAF Mid-Year Meeting Papers Published

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The ISAF Council meeting in Estoril
Meetings of the ISAF Council, ISAF Executive Committee and ISAF Events Committee will take place from 8-12 May 2008 in Qingdao, China.

The ISAF Equipment Committee will be meeting separately at the ISAF Secretariat on Saturday 19 April 2008, preceded by the ISAF Equipment Control Sub-Committee on Friday 18 April.

The ISAF Council, the final decision making body of ISAF, will meet over the weekend of 10-11 May and consider issues deferred from previous Council meetings, urgent submissions and financial matters. Discussion will include the proposals for the ISAF World Cup of Sailing, a report on amendments to the ISAF Advertising Code which are proposed for implementation from 1 January 2009 and proposals to amend Committee Terms of Reference. Urgent submissions include proposals on the Women’s Forum, ISAF Sailor Classification Code and the match racing equipment for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.

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Ohio's Fisher visit raises possibility of selling Great Lakes water

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By Tom Troy

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher said yesterday the Great Lakes region may have to decide in less than a decade whether to sell water to other parts of the country that need it.

Saying that his and Gov. Ted Strickland's first priority is to protect and conserve the world's largest body of fresh surface water, Mr. Fisher left open the question of whether it would be wise to make the water from the Great Lakes available to other states and even to other countries.

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Bush tabs Indiana DNR fisheries chief

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By Louie Stout

Indiana DNR Chief of Fisheries Bill James has been appointed by President George W. Bush to head the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission was established in 1955 by Canada and the United States to control the invasive sea lamprey but has expanded to incorporate a wide range of aquatic research and management efforts in the Great Lakes.

"This reflects admirably on the career and talents of Bill James, but at the same time sheds a favorable light on DNR and our state," noted Gov. Mitch Daniels in a press release.

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Corinthian Dreams

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By Stuart Streuli

If the Club Swan 42 proves to be something of a revolution in the world of grand-prix sailing, there won't be any question when the first shot was fired.
 
During the third race, on the third day of the 2007 Swan American Regatta, Alex Jackson's Amelia tacked onto the starboard layline with about five lengths or so to the first windward mark.

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Going fishing? Pack your passport

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By Mimi Hall

Rick Ungar's charter fishing service promises a great time on Lake Erie. But there's a catch — and it's not freshwater fish. It's the Homeland Security Department's new anti-terrorism rules.

When the 2008 charter season begins next month, U.S. citizens paying to fish on Lake Erie will have to bring either a passport or two other IDs if they plan to cross the northern border's invisible watery line.

When they get back to shore in the USA, they'll have to drive to a local government reporting station and pose for pictures. They won't be posing with their fish, but for Customs officers via a videophone connection.

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Senate debate could stall water deal

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A debate in the Ohio Senate could put an agreement to keep Great Lakes water from being diverted to drier areas in jeopardy, environmental officials said Tuesday.

The agreement, the Great Lakes Compact, must be a unanimous decision between eight states bordering the lakes to prohibit lake water from being funneled to the Southwest and other areas that have little water.

"This is a vast, but not unlimited, natural resource," said Jack Shaner, director of public affairs for the Ohio Environmental Council of Columbus, said of the Great Lakes. "We need to protect it. It's senseless to delay."

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US Sailing will reexamine windsurfer's case

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Farrah Hall's Olympic dream might have caught its second wind.

The Annapolis windsurfer finished second at the RS:X team-selection trials in October after a jury's controversial decision to grant another competitor's appeal. After Hall won the regatta on the water, a jury ruled that Nancy Rios' race was affected by a tear in her sail and awarded the Cocoa Beach, Fla., windsurfer the trials' win.

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BMW Oracle Wins Ruling on America's Cup Dispute

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Reported by Patricia Hurtado and Alex Duff

Larry Ellison's BMW-Oracle won the right to be the official challenger against America's Cup champion Alinghi owned by billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, a judge in New York ruled.

BMW Oracle sued last year in New York state court in Manhattan, claiming Alinghi didn't have the sole right, as the race's 32nd winner, to set competition terms.

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