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Commodore Perry's flag ship conquers Lake Erie again, nearly 200 years later

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Oliver Hazard Perry flag-transfer Oliver Hazard Perry Cabot finally got his wish to join the Navy of his illustrious ancestor Thursday, as he transferred a Don't Give Up the Ship flag to a modern frigate.

The ceremony, in Cleveland's inner harbor, paid homage to Commodore Perry's bold move in 1813 when he transferred command from the devastated brig Lawrence to the intact Niagara.

Cabot, of Jeffersonton, Va., said on the deck of the latest Niagara that "everyone in my family was Navy. I wanted to join," but eyesight was an issue. So he joined the Army, serving as an intelligence officer for 28 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. more...



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A 9-year-old Boy Died and Others Were Injured Off Duluth in Lake Superior

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Lightning flashed, hail fell and the wind roared as the mostly novice crew aboard a 26-foot boat pulled down the sails and motored for the Minnesota Point sand spit outside Duluth on Saturday evening.

Although they were doing everything right under the circumstances, lightning took a deadly toll as the sailors scrambled through knee-deep water on the spit, trying to hustle everyone to safety, Sgt. Wade Rasch of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

“There was a blinding white light and they were all blown off their feet,” Rasch said. “They were hollering. It was chaotic.”

Skipper John Lintula, of South Range, Wis., told authorities that the lightning momentarily knocked him out and into the shallow water. Tragically, it also struck close to 9-year-old Luke Voigt, who later died in a Duluth hospital, Rasch said. Four others standing in water near the boy were hospitalized with serious burns.  more...



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Northern Seitz wins J/27 Lake Ontario

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Like their 'bro's' and colleagues sailing in the J/29s a bit farther East on the Canadian seaboard, the J/27s managed to also attract a strong contingent of teams from across the eastern parts of North America to sail in the J/27 Lake Ontario's off Oakville (near Toronto). Here's the report from Dirk Sell, skipper of Willy-T.

'The ten J/27's battled it out for two days on Lake Ontario for the Championships. Boats came from Beverly Mass, Collingwood, Hamilton, Etobicoke, Buffalo and the local Oakville Fleet. Saturday, gave new meaning to the term battled. Winds started in the low teens and steadily increased throughout the day, and by the fourth race, were well into the low twenties with gusts approaching 30 kts. 10- 12 ft waves were crashing the foredeck.   more...


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CMRC Grade 2 Invitational – Taylor Canfield dominates

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Chicago Match Race Center August Grade 2 Invitational 2012 concluded today after three days of racing off Chicago's Belmont Harbor. As the Sailing Director for the past two seasons at the CMRC, Taylor Canfield spends most of his time teaching, training, maintaining and sailing the TOM 28's used at the center. It is this intimate knowledge of the boats that has helped give him the edge needed to dominate and win the CMRC's August Grade 2 Invitational

Canfield and his team of Matt Clark, Dan Morris, and Hayden Goodrick went undefeated amongst the field of 11 teams from seven nations until well into the second Round Robin, when Australian David Gilmour handed him his first defeat yesterday. This happened only once more towards the end of the day when Denmark's Nicolai Sehested handed the team their second defeat, but their 18 points earned was good enough to give Canfield the top spot in the standings, well clear of the rest of the pack, and the right to choose his opponent in today's Semi-Final action.  more...


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Sailing Lake Superior

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The Ensign National Championship Regatta continued Tuesday in Marquette.

The U.S., Japan, Great Britain, and Canada are all competing in the races. And among them, is a group of high school and college girls, who are sailing with the best of them.

They may not be the oldest racers out on Lake superior this week, but 15-year old Maggie Guter and her crew look like they've been racing with the pros for years.  more...



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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit sets sail at Bayview Yacht Club

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DETROIT – Visiting world class sailors will skipper teams with crew from Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit in a special fleet race as part of the 5th annual Detroit
Cup presented by Bayview Yacht Club.

During the international match racing regatta, 12 Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Metropolitan Detroit youth, otherwise known as “Littles”, along with six adult mentors
or “Bigs,” will race aboard Bayview’s Ultimate 20 sailboats. A select group of
competitors in the Detroit Cup will take a break from the international match racing
regatta to sail with the newcomers.  more

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Vincent Porter Goes On To Take E Scow Inland Title, Joe Kutschenreuter Wins C Scow Fleet

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Editorial supplied by Candace Porter, Scowlines - There are few things in life where the effort ALWAYS fulfills the expectation. Winning an ILYA championship, race win, top 10 finish is consistently one of them. While the we may not be capable of capturing the emotional expressions of gratitude to those who supported them, know how genuine and heartfelt each comment was as the winners received their awards. 

Commodore Rick Trester thanked Mendota and Hoofers for the gargantuan effort expended and only in the first half.  more...



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Tom Munroe Sr. Wins Melges 17 WMYA Regatta

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With only four completed races, congratulations are in order for Tom Munroe Sr. on USA-11 — winner of the 2012 Melges 17 WMYA Regatta! Brian McMurray came second, some four points behind followed by Deb Gluek on USA-218 overall.

Munroe Sr. dominated the twelve deep fleet maintaining an near flawless scoreline of 1-1-1-2, McMurray scored the last bullet of the series. Third place finisher Deb Gluek from Pewaukee was a tough competitor to finish third, followed by Melges 17 Commodore Mike Dow from Crystal Lake in fourth. Tom Munroe Jr. rounded out the top 5 overall.  more...



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Round-Robin Round Concluded - Anna Tunnicliffe

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After a relaxing day off where we got to watch some 49er racing, we came back to racing today with our final two races of the round robin. We wanted to come out and win both of them going into the quarterfinals and that's what we did, taking our score line to 8-3 overall and ranking us 4th.

We had two great races against the Swedish and the British teams. Both races were quite close all around the track because of the shifty conditions, but both Molly and Debbie did a great job of finding the breeze and shifts and allowing us to stay ahead all around the course.  more...


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Gullisaria Claims Melges 24 World Championship And Storm Capital Sail Racing Crowned Corinthian Winner!

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Gullisara claims the 2012 Melges 24 World Championship: one of the most coveted and prestigious titles in the sailing world was decided on the finish line of the final race when Carlo Fracassoli and his team had to wait an agonising four minutes for their nearest rival, Alberto Bolzan's Saetta, to cross the finish line before they could be certain of victory.

Going into the final race the adrenalin levels were through the roof as these two incredibly strong Italian teams went head to head in one of the greatest challenges in international sailing. Gullisara, the reigning European Champion owned by Giuseppe Comerio, fielded excellent sailors, but also great friends. With local expert Carlo Fracassoli at the helm, Chicco Fonda as tactician, Tano Felci on the sheets, Giovanni Ferrari at the halyards and Carlo Zermini on the bow. They are the heroes of the day, which began very early in a light and trick northerly Peler breeze.  more...



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"Respect" the line?

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Why can’t sailing instructions just say what they mean and mean what they say?  If the sailors know what the race committee means to say, but they haven’t said what they mean, then what are the rules?  What the RC means?  Or what the Sailing Instructions say?  Of course, it has to be what the Regatta’s SI’s  say.  But when the RC can’t say what they mean, it frequently follows that is the SI’s are confusing, incomplete, self-contradictory, or just nonsensical.

Case in point:

The Sailing Instructions at a recent regatta I attended describe the start and the finish lines and then add this sentence in bold typeface:  “Before and After starting, Yachts shall respect the starting and finishing lines except when in the process of starting of finishing.”  more...


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Moonlight Sail

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I love sailing at night. Actually whenever I have to cover more then fiftysomewhat miles I prefer leaving late in the afternoon, relaxing the day before and arrive at daylight between next morning and noon. That way I get it all: Terrific Stars in the total black of some nights, romantic full moon and somehow it is even a challenging fun to count flashes and blinks on buoys and lighthouses to make the way through narrow fairways. Often this is even easyer at night than it is at daylight. Finally not to forget the next morning: Sunrise and breakfast at sea looks and tastes like an adventure of its own.

Last time I did so was sailing from Drummond Island to Little Traverse Bay a few days ago. Leaving at noon arriving early afternoon. At midnight I passed the spectacular illuminated Mackinac Bridge and the narrows where Lake Huron becomes Lake Michigan and vice versa. A peaceful night and light winds.  more...



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Little Traverse Yacht Club’s Regatta to host more than 70 boats this year

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Lake Michigan’s waters will once again be reflecting the spectrum of the rainbow from all types of colorful sails and boats plowing through the waters of Little Traverse Bay, during Little Traverse Yacht Club’s (LTYC) 52nd annual Regatta, happening July 27-29.

With 70 boats already registered, and more expected to sign up this week, the Regatta is back in full force.

“It took a dip when the recession came, but numbers have come back up,” said LTYC Vice Commodore Kathryn Breighner.

She added Little Traverse Yacht Club could not be more thankful to have the honor of hosting such a long-standing event.

“We are lucky to still be able to do this event every year; it’s a big accomplishment,” Breighner said in a recent interview.  more...



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At the Helm: It’s Just Different

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One of the curious aspects of the Olympic Regatta is that you often hear two conflicting insights from people who have been here before.

On one hand, you hear people say it’s like no other event you’ll ever compete in. There is more attention, more security, more media, more nationalism, more pressure… etc, etc, etc. There is more of lots of things. There just is, and it is undeniable.

But on the other hand, you hear people say that success requires that you treat it like “any other regatta.”  more...



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CHRIS BARNARD WINS LASER NORTH AMERICANS

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With a race or two to spare, Chris Barnard skipped the last of three races sailed on the final day of the Laser North Americans hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association at Cascade Locks, Oregon. After sailing an almost faultless regatta this week, the 21-year old College Sailor of the Year was relieved to get off the water knowing that he’d taken the championship title with 12 points to spare. Conditions today were good for racing, cooler with a breeze up to 23 knots.  more...


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