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New York Joins Great Lakes Water Resources Compact

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New York State will join seven other Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces in a formal effort to protect and improve the water resources of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.

Legislation authorizing New York's participation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact was signed by former Governor Eliot Spitzer on March 4, 2008.

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Man with cabin in Huron County pens ditty bemoaning shoreline slime

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by Jeff Kart

Over in Michigan's Thumb, the beach muck is so bad that people discuss it around the campfire.

Now folks here have a song to sing around the flames, penned by Clifford Stuehmer, an amateur songwriter from the Detroit area who has a summer cabin in Huron City.

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DHL to ensure smooth sailing for RC 44 Class Championship regattas

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Centre Table: Bertrand Favre-RC 44 Class Manager, Sid Bensalah-DIMC Sports Director, Michel Akavi-DHL Area Director for the Middle East, along with Race Team representitives from the RC 44 Championship.DHL, the world's leading express and logistics provider, has been named Official Logistics Partner for the RC 44 Championship Tour 2008, a series of six international yachting regattas, starting with the Dubai RC44 Cup, to be held at Dubai International Marine Club.

DHL's expertise will be used in the coming stages of the Tour to transport equipment for the participating teams, including boats, masts, sails and all support gear, as well as handling all the customs clearance processes necessary when transporting large volumes of specialist equipment across two continents.

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Team New Zealand to sue Alinghi

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SAILING 2007 America's Cup Alinghi New Zealand - 0
Team New Zealand joined the legal battle for the America's Cup, suing Swiss holders Alinghi for delaying the next regatta and for stifling competition for sailing's most coveted prize.

The America's Cup has been mired in court for months since U.S. team BMW Oracle claimed Alinghi set unfair rules for the next Cup with an illegitimate challenger.

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3 tall ships to grace Duluth harbor

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Duluth will be the backdrop for one of the most stunning sea-bound views this summer when three tall ships enter the harbor in celebration of Minnesota's 150th anniversary celebration.

The Pride of Baltimore II, from its namesake city, and the U.S. Brig. Niagara of Erie, Pa., will stop in Duluth on their 10-city tour of the Great Lakes.

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Seasick woman quits 1,000-day sea voyage; boyfriend continues

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By The Associated Press

A woman who set out with her boyfriend on a 1,000-day sailing trip has abandoned the quest about one-third of the way through, saying she was plagued by seasickness.

'It was such a hard decision to make,' Soanya Ahmad said after landing Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, having left the 70-foot yacht off the coast of Australia late last month. 'We'd been through so much.'

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US SAILING Announces Yachtsman, Yachtswoman of the Year

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Lightning World Champion Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.) and Princess Sofia Trophy Yngling Champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) today were named, respectively, US SAILING's 2007 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.  A shortlist of 10 male and nine female sailors - determined from nominations by the membership of US SAILING - were evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected these two sailors for the noteworthy distinction.  

Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. since 1980, the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize the outstanding on-the-water competitive achievement of an individual man and woman in the calendar year just concluded. The winners will be honored and presented with specially engraved Rolex timepieces during a luncheon on February 29, 2008, at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

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Galati Yachts No. 1 in U.S.

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By Brian Neill

What started as a local, family run business has been selected by a national magazine as the top yacht dealer in the nation.

Boating Industry magazine named Anna Maria-based Galati Yacht Sales as the No. 1 dealer in its Top 100 Dealers annual ranking.

The ranking looks at various attributes of yacht businesses, ranging from customer service and innovation to financing methods and annual sales, said Jon Mohr, associate editor of the Maple Grove, MN-based publication.

Boating Industry culled nearly 400 applications from 3,000 marine industry nominations, Mohr said.

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Boost for sailing charity

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By Stephen Ivall

A Cornish sailing Charity has received a much needed donation from St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust.

SAILADAY OK is a Cornish charity run from Connor Downs and operating out of Falmouth.

It uses sailing in an innovative way to provide relief and rehabilitation to those affected by drug or alcohol addiction. "Simply put, we take people struggling to rebuild lives destroyed by chemical dependency out sailing and give them an experience that truly changes lives," said Donal Fogarty, SAILADAY OK's communications and fundraising coordinator.

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Sea Scout Through and Through

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By Elaine Lembo

The Sea Scouts are praised by many for teaching the young vital seamanship lessons, but leave it to someone young at heart to elaborate on the enduring value this international arm of the Boy Scouts still holds for a salt like himself.

At 90, Edward B. Stein is one of the Sea Scouts' longest running members.

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Local Investment in Great Lakes Protection and Restoration

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Local Investment in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence (Full Report) The Great Lakes Commission in partnership with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Cities Initiative and with support by the Joyce Foundation is conducting a 12-month study to identify local level investment in protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.

Funded by the Joyce Foundation, this project is an effort to continue the momentum of the U.S. based Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC)—a yearlong process whereby hundreds of public, private, citizen groups and tribes/First Nations from across the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin collaborated to produce a Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes in December, 2005.

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Boat specializes in ice rescues

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By Kara Rhodes

Emergency responders are always floating ideas about faster ways to respond to crises, including ice rescues.

Now they have a new tool: a $126,000 powerboat that can navigate over and through ice.

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Novis Marine Announces Change in Ownership

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Novis Marine Ltd., announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of its assets and those of several affiliated companies to Grand River Investments, a private equity group based in Cleveland.

Novis Marine manufactures the highly successful Tartan and C&C sailboat brands, and also builds carbon-fiber yacht spars under the Novis Spars brand.

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The gold is in our green

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Posted by Jeff Alexander

West Michigan's abundant natural resources — forests, sand dunes, wetlands and water — provide a variety of benefits that are worth at least $1.6 billion annually, according to a new study.

Putting a dollar figure on nature, also known as green infrastructure, is a tricky business, technically and philosophically. But officials at the West Michigan Strategic Alliance sought to demonstrate that nature is valuable and that damaging it comes at a price.

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French sailors begin salvage attempt

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By John Hartevelt

The crew of capsized French trimaran Groupama 3 have reached their yacht and are now in a race against time to beat the weather and get it back to port.

Groupama 3 might now be towed back to Christchurch once it is righted.

Crewman Yves Parlier is on shore in Dunedin to help coordinate the salvage effort.

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