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New York poised to join agreement to protect Great Lakes

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Posted by Delen Goldberg

New Yorkers moved one step closer Monday to having our greatest water resource permanently protected.

The state Legislature passed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, a comprehensive plan for managing and protecting Lake Ontario and the other Great Lakes.

More than five years in the making, the compact is designed to prevent other parts of the country or world from poaching water from the Great Lakes, the world's single largest source of fresh water.

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Whales Injured by Tour Boats off Waikiki and Kona Coast

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By Brianne Randle

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says ten-thousand whales make their way to Hawaii each year. A sight many turn out to see.

But, images like this do not make a pretty picture.

"You'll see some animals that have propeller wounds on their side," says David Schofield, Marine Mammal Response Coordinator.

Damage from a collision with a boat. And it's not the first.

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Tasmanians attempt mass water-ski record

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By David Killick

A Tasmanian bid to smash the 22-year-old world mass water-skiing record will resume this morning after an attempt yesterday was thwarted by equipment failure.

A record 121 skiers towed by the Gordon River cruiser Eagle at Strahan's West Beach failed at the outset yesterday when the towing boom snapped just as the first skiers became upright.

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Olympic Profiles

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O’Pen Bics at the Caviglia Blue Water Classic
by Lynn Fitzpatrick

US and foreign sailing teams are streaming into Miami, FL during the 2007/2008 winter. Everyday, more boats arrive at the US Sailing Center. Masts are stepped, shrouds are adjusted, and rigs are tuned. While a few of the aspiring Olympians admit to having been skiing, most are playing it safe and not risking injuries so close to world championships and regattas that count for either qualifying their countries for the Olympics, qualifying for their Olympic teams or qualifying for more funding. Between cardio, core, and strength training, then nutrition, sailing, and going through debriefing sessions, their days are full and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Campaign for sailing center launched

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By Kelly Skellinger

The Friends of the Belmar Harbor [FOBH] recently established a temporary home on River Road, here, to kick off the organization’s capital campaign, titled “Sail Don’t Fail,” to build the Shark River Bay Community Sailing Center.

The FOBH, an almost decade-old, grassroots organization, provides sailing programs for youth and local families.

The group is currently seeking to raise $1.8 million through the campaign to build the center, which will benefit the hundreds of aspiring sailors who register for FOBH sailing programs every year, as well as local residents and FOBH members who wish to use the facility.

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New Man At The Helm Of The ISAF Secretariat

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Jerome PELS
There is a new face at the helm of the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Secretariat, after Jerome PELS (NED) took over as ISAF Secretary General on 1 January 2008.

Jerome has steadily worked his way through the ranks at the ISAF Secretariat, since joining as Competition Officer in 1997. In the ten years since then he has been involved in all of ISAF’s major events, being promoted to Events Manager, then Director of Sailing in January 2002 and Deputy Secretary General in May 2007.

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Ice loss spreads faster

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By Marc Kaufman

Climatic changes appear to be destabilizing vast ice sheets of western Antarctica that had previously seemed relatively protected from global warming, researchers reported Sunday, raising the prospect of faster sea-level rise than current estimates.

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Lake Erie ferry still in works

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By Chip Martin

A Lake Erie ferry linking Ohio and Ontario is among the issues port authorities on the American side of the lake have resolved to work on together.

A gathering of officials from 10 Ohio port authorities and lakeside municipal officials this week looked at two ferry proposals and issues such as dredging and government assistance and plan to do so again next month.

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Lake Superior Water Levels - Then and Now

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Great Lakes Update - Vol. 169

US Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Superior is currently at its lowest water level since the mid 1920s. Based on provisional data, the monthly mean water levels for the months of August and September set new record lows by one half inch and four inches respectively. The old record lows for August and September occurred in 1926. A new record low is also expected in October. This article will investigate the meteorology and hydrology in the Lake Superior basin during the 1920s. Included are newspaper clippings from various sources, highlighting the low water levels and weather conditions of the time. read more...


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Namibia: Bredenkamp Sets Speed Sailing World Record

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by Windhoek

SJOUKJE Bredenkamp, 19, from Langebaan, South Africa has broken the outright women's speed sailing record in Luederitz.

She is now officially the fastest woman in the world on water! Sjoukje has been the female kite-boarding world record holder since October 2006, when she broke the record in Walvis Bay with a speed of 37.24 knots. more...



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US Olympic Sailing Trials - Cheers ‘n Tears

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by US SAILING


It's not supposed to be easy, winning a bid to the Olympic Games in any discipline, but that makes it more satisfying for the winners, if heartbreaking for the losers. So it was in Sunday's climax of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials – Sailing on the West Coast.


While some winners won comfortably, the Stars and Tornados and---it seemed for a few hours---the women's RS:X sailboards were settled by competitors coming from behind on the last day and winning the last race. But well into the evening the latter result was reversed on a protest that put everyone through an emotional wringer, as if the competition wasn't tense enough. more...


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Annapolis Show Stokes Material Desires

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by Michael Lovett

I've just returned from the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., where the sailing industry convenes each fall to show off its latest doodads. Cruising the docks and tents, I visited a few of the show's 600 exhibitors to scope out new products for "Gear Up." I found new releases and old standbys, items you wouldn't want to leave the dock without, and items designed to be left at the dock.

I wasn't quite sure what the fascinating gadgets I spied on display at the Spinlock booth were supposed to do--they looked like mini, high-tech pasta extruders--but I couldn't resist fiddling around with them. Spinlock representative Alex Foster caught me before I could destroy one of his PXR cam cleats, which he said could be used for everything from spinnaker halyards to cunninghams. These ice-cube-size cleats have adjustable release springs, so you can control how much tension the cleat keeps on the line once it's released. more...


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Richardson retreats on sharing Midwest water

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by TINA LAM

After stinging criticism in Michigan and Wisconsin over statements that the Great Lakes are "awash in water" that could help the dry West, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson took it back.

"Richardson in no way proposes federal transfers of water from one region of the nation to the other," his press secretary, Tom Reynolds, said in a statement Saturday. "Richardson believes firmly in keeping water in its basin of origin and of the rights of states to oversee water distribution." more...



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Canada's Cup: Team U.S.A. wins in closest ever cup finish

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by Alan Block

In the most dramatic finish ever seen in Canada’s Cup competition, U.S. Challenger Robert Hughes and Heartbreaker came from behind on the final leg of the final match race on Monday to cross the finish line less than half a boatlength ahead of

Defending team Honour. The win brought the final score of the championship to 5-4 and finally gave Hughes the victory that has eluded him in two prior Cup challenges in 2001 and 2003. more...



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Not so Great Lakes have sprung a leak

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What caused Great Lakes water levels to drop to record lows?


by KATE LUNAU

Imagine pulling the plug on a giant bathtub. That's what one residents' group claims is happening in the Great Lakes, the largest of which -- Lake Superior -- recently hit its lowest point on record for the month of September. This year's average level was four centimetres below the previous September record, set in 1926, according to the U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. (The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers puts it at 10 cm below the old record.) While the NOAA lab and the army blame drought and mild winters for Superior's current levels, all five Great Lakes are down, and the reason why isn't yet clear. more...


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