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  • Bill Scanlon
    Sep 16, 2006
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      In a rather bizarre ruling that has marine industry officials worried, Judge
      Robert G. James of the United States District Court, Western Division of
      Louisiana, has said that it is criminal trespass for the American boating
      public to boat, fish, or hunt on the Mississippi River and other navigable
      waters in the US. In the case of Normal Parm v. Sheriff Mark Shumate, James
      ruled that federal law grants exclusive and private control over the waters
      of the river, outside the main shipping channel, to riparian landowners. The
      shallows of the navigable waters are no longer open to the public. That, in
      effect, makes boating illegal across most of the country. - IBI Magazine,
      full report:


      Investment in the oil sector has risen by 75 per cent to nearly €45 million
      (£30.5 million) over the past year, encouraging several companies to
      investigate the possibility of starting or increasing oil production in
      Spain. A total of a dozen companies are looking into the possibility of
      further exploration, with the British Company MedOil´s interested in the
      waters off the coast of Valencia, and right in the middle of the Americas
      Cup racecourse. Right-wingers allege that the socialist government of Jose
      Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has almost constantly tried to impede the progress
      of the Valencian region, and that this is further demonstrated by their
      recent decision to allow the British company to undertake prospecting
      exercises just 5km (3 miles) off the coast of Valencia. This puts the area
      where Medoil will be working precisely in the middle of the course of the
      Americas Cup races next year and equidistant from Albufera Natural Park. -
      IBI News, full report:
      Bareboat chartering at exotic locations, is well, exotic, a bit
      adventuresome, but more than anything, provides an unmatched ability to
      discover areas that can only be explored by boat. Scuttlebutt has published
      a daily log from their Summer 2006 bareboat charter through the French
      Polynesian islands of Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora. Feel like getting
      empowered to organize your own bareboat charter? Put aside your fresh hotel
      linens, your room service menus, your day spa appointments, and follow
      Shopping online for sailing gear is different than walking the aisles of
      your local chandlery. While you can’t try on the spray gear or spin the
      ratchet blocks, the Team One Newport website does provide the vivid images
      needed and has their site organized so as to minimize your clicks as you
      “walk the aisles.” Categorized by who you are or what you are looking for,
      plus special sections for specific needs. If you can’t get to their store in
      Newport, RI, head to their website and stop, shop, and drool:
      (The AC 32 Challenger Commission blog had the following post regarding the
      passing of Cy Gillette) Sad news just received from Hawaii that Cy Gillette,
      a long-time and beloved friend of many involved with the (America’s) Cup and
      our sport, passed away overnight at age 92. Mr Gillette was an active and
      successful racing sailor until his last days, and was a highly respected
      judge and umpire for longer than most of us can remember.

      Cy was among those involved in umpiring from its inception in the late 80's.
      He umpired at both the 1987 Maxi Worlds in Newport, Rhode Island where
      umpiring match racing was first used on an experimental basis, and at the
      1988 Congressional Cup at Long Beach, California when umpiring was initiated
      on the match racing circuit. One of the few senior judges at the time who
      supported umpiring, Cy was a strong advocate for its first-ever use in the
      America's Cup at San Diego in 1992. Indeed, he chaired the jury and was
      chief umpire for 1992 defender selection series. For the 1987 and 1995 Cups
      Cy served as Dennis Conner's senior rules advisor.

      Following the 1995 Cup Cy was awarded the Nathaniel G Herreshoff trophy, the
      U.S. Sailing Association's most prestigious award, for his many years of
      exemplary service to sport. His sailing biography published on that occasion
      is here. A true gentleman and corinthian, and a major contributor to our
      sport over his long life, Cy will be dearly missed and long remembered. Our
      heartfelt condolences to his wife, Camille, son Greg, and other members of
      the family. -
      * Renowned sailor and ESPN commentator, Gary Jobson, will be inducted
      October 18, 2006 into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame. –
      Baltimore Sun,

      * Laura Sudarsky of New York and Jeff White of Radnor Pennsylvania have each
      been awarded the "Bermuda Ocean Cruising Yacht Trophy" presented by Sail
      Magazine for their top performances in successive Marion to Bermuda and
      Newport Bermuda ocean races. Scoring for the prize was done two ways this
      year. Sudarsky and Cassiopeia had the lowest combined score considering all
      Cruiser Division boats racing in both races. -

      * Sailing World has announced that Sperry Top-Sider has signed on as title
      sponsor for the magazine’s sailing series property, the NOOD Regattas,
      starting in 2007. The National Offshore One Design Regattas, known as the
      NOODs, are the largest and most popular sailboat racing series in North
      America. The 2007 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas will sail into nine cities
      in 2007, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston; New York, San Diego,
      St. Petersburg, Florida, Annapolis, Maryland, and Toronto. St. Petersburg
      will kick off the ’07 campaign February 16-18. - Full report:

      * From Art Ahrens: (edited down to our 250 word limit) Regarding commentary
      on the decline of sailing activity, here in Florida one only needs to look
      at the infrastructure. Sailing is thriving where the infrastructure is
      there to support it. Elsewhere, the marinas, anchorages, and available land
      to support sailing centers are being swallowed up by developers building
      huge condos. When those facilities are available, the fleets will thrive.
      In West Palm Beach in the late 90's, we were fortunate to have a J-24 sailor
      become the yard manager for a large marina. He had the guts to convince his
      management that the J-24 could be fork lifted into the water. The fleet
      quickly grew from 3 to 10+ boats, flourished for a few years until the yard
      was sold, he was dismissed, and they could no longer dry sail. In 6 months
      the fleet was dead.

      If you look at areas of the country where racing is thriving, you’ll find
      the needed and enthusiastic infrastructure to support the sport as in
      Newport, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Annapolis, etc. It really isn't much;
      we don't need fancy yacht clubs. Just a hoist, a fenced-in paved parking
      lot, and a house trailer on an unused part of a park, city block, anything
      that happens to be next to deep water. How can this happen? Sailors need
      to get their community leaders and board of directors on their side, showing
      them that sailing facilities are good for the community. They bring in
      dollars by hosting competitions. They are sponsoring a clean sport.


      Bill Scanlon
      USCG Master 50 GT Inland Waters
      Towing & Sailing Endorsements
      Lic. # 1092926
      1984 Catalina 30
      Std. Rig  Hull#  3688
      Winthrop (Mass.) Yacht Club
      Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse

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