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    Message 1 of 9 , Aug 25, 2006
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      16/Sep - Challenge Transat 2006 - Leg 2 Boston, MA, USA
      ...21 days, a fleet of identical yachts, one ocean - the Challenge Transat 2006 race. Organised by Challenge Business, world leaders in sailing event management.
      This summer you could be spending yet another fortnight lazing on a beach or you could be facing the notorious North Atlantic waters on a 72ft race yacht, experiencing the ultimate adventure.
      Summer 2006 will see the return of the prestigious Challenge Transat North Atlantic yacht race. The yachts will compete in two legs; the first from Southampton, UK to Boston, USA and Leg Two will be the return from Boston, USA to Southampton, UK. You have the option of competing in one or both legs.
      No experience? No excuse! We will teach you the skills you need to be part of an ocean racing team.
      Leg One - 5th August to 7th September 2006
      Leg Two - 8th September to 8th October 2006

      Water-skiers are making waves
      A cleaned-up Boston Harbor is turning into a prime locale for area water lovers
      By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff | August 24, 2006
      Jumbo jets rumble low overheard as they drop into Logan International Airport. Commuter boats cruise by, toting office workers back home. Commercial fishermen speed off, boats bristling with gear.
      And every Wednesday evening in Boston Harbor, a pack of water-skiers watches the city unfold. The busy channel might not be the ideal location to slalom off a boat, but this informal band of enthusiasts has made the urban ocean its home. It is the latest sign that the area, once dubbed ``the filthiest harbor in America," has made a resurgence and is now a popular recreation area, growing in favor with sailors, windsurfers, and kayakers.
      The water-skiing club, founded five years ago by six friends from the city, is one of the more vivid examples of the harbor's evolution.
      Each week, as the sun slides into the sea, they cut a sweeping, salty swath, slicing between Thompson, Moon, and Long islands.
      ``Come on, Ian, hang on," John Spiridakis, 32, a North End businessman, yelled as he watched Ian Bowles skim over a light chop off the back of an 18-foot Sea Pro yesterday.
      Not long ago, it was hard to imagine anyone wanting to ski in Boston Harbor.
      In 1982, the Conservation Law Foundation and the City of Quincy sued the Metropolitan District Commission, arguing that the antiquated sewage treatment on Deer Island violated federal law by dumping hundreds of tons of black sludge into the harbor every day. Three years later, US District Judge David A. Mazzone, the ``Sludge Judge" to his detractors, ordered a massive cleanup, inaugurating a multibillion effort that culminated in the construction of a Deer Island Sewage Treatment plant.
      In 1988 when he was running for president against Governor Michael S. Dukakis, Vice President George H.W. Bush called it the country's filthiest harbor.
      The plant became fully operational in 1998, and these days the harbor is clean enough for a swim more than 90 percent of the time. In the deeper reaches where water-skiers frolic, it is safe almost every day, according to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Advocates say they see more people boating on the harbor than ever before.
      ``The numbers are way up," said Bruce Berman, spokesman for the environmental group Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. ``I think the message about the cleanup is starting to percolate into the public consciousness. And it's about time, frankly, because we made a huge investment in the water."
      The water-skiers call themselves the Dorchester Bay Club. Their leader is Bowles, 40, the president and chief executive of MassINC, a public policy think tank in Boston, who keeps the Sea Pro moored near his home in Charlestown. A native of Woods Hole who grew up water-skiing, he said he was eager to ski in Boston Harbor -- for fun, not as any political statement -- when he moved to the city in 2001.
      ``When I saw there was such a large number of fishermen out there, and I looked a little bit into the water-quality stuff, I said, `This is great,' " Bowles said.
      Urban water-skiing, he acknowledges, presents some challenges. The skiers always wait until they reach the quieter coves around the islands, to avoid colliding with the massive tankers, container ships, and fishing vessels that crowd the main shipping lanes off South Boston. Yesterday, the skiers said they heard gunfire not far from the Boston police firing range on Moon Island.
      ``It just adds something to the ambience," Bowles told the crew, with a wary chuckle.
      Water-skiing specialists say that while skiing in Boston Harbor is unusual, there's nothing inherently wrong with the location. In California, water-skiers race off Long Beach and San Diego.
      And some hope that the location -- with a view of the city skyline, Fort Independence on Castle Island, and the John F. Kennedy Library on Columbia Point -- could draw more people to the sport.
      ``Any time we can get people out on public waters and in high-profile areas like Boston Harbor, that's going to be good for the sport of water-skiing," said Scott Atkinson, spokesman for USA Water Ski, the sport's national governing body.
      ``We obviously want to see more people out there on skis, kneeboards, wakeboards, and tubes, so it's going to help our industry grow."
      Bowles said he hasn't seen anyone else carving the water yet.
      ``I've seen one or two tubers, but I don't think I've ever seen another water-skier in Boston Harbor, which is something we should change," he said.
      ``It's unusual, it's beautiful, and, living in the area, it's convenient."
      Globe correspondent Yuxing Zheng contributed to this report. Michael Levenson can be reached at mlevenson@....
      York Beach reopens after closure due to shark sightings
      August 24, 2006
      YORK, Maine --York Beach was reopened Thursday following a closure due to shark sightings, police said.
      All public beaches in York were closed to swimming Wednesday after a pair of shark sightings within 24 hours. The first was made at Libby's Oceanside Camp on Tuesday night, and the second was made Wednesday by a lifeguard.
      Sharks sightings are extremely rare in Maine. But Wells Beach had to shut down earlier this month because of sharks near shore.
      It is believed that the sharks are being drawn near the beaches in part because of unusually high water temperatures this summer.
      Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.c

      Officials plot strategy for keeping sub base off closure lists
      By John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writer | August 24, 2006
      WATERFORD, Conn. --A year after sparing Submarine Base New London from closure, supporters were meeting Thursday to devise ways to keep Connecticut's largest military installation off future cost-savings plans at the Pentagon.
      The strategy session at the Millstone Power Station comes a year after local officials successfully campaigned the Base Closure and Realignment Commission to keep the base open, reversing the Pentagon's recommendation and saving thousands of jobs.
      "I'm convinced if there is another round of BRAC and the submarine base is on the list, we will not be successful in getting it off the list," said John Markowicz, who is moderating the panel discussion.
      The discussion will focus on how to improve the military value of the base and keep it from being on future planned closure lists, Markowicz said.
      Officials who campaigned to keep the base open, including Gov. M. Jodi Rell, U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., were planning to attend the meeting.
      "What we're trying to do is increase the military value of the base," said Simmons, who spoke to the group Thursday morning. "You do that through investment and broadening the missions that are sponsored by the base."
      Commissioners voted in August 2005 to remove the base from the closure list, saying it didn't make sense to shut a facility where sailors are trained alongside employees of the nearby Electric Boat shipyard, which builds the submarines. The closure would have affected nearly 8,600 Connecticut jobs.
      Local and regional officials had argued that closing the New London base would be bad for national security. The future size of the Navy's sub fleet had not been set, and closing the base would make it impossible to expand, they said.
      A similar effort in 1993 headed off another BRAC recommendation to remove submarines from Groton

      Community celebrates first anniversary of saved shipyard
      August 24, 2006
      KITTERY, Maine --It's been a year since the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was saved from closing -- so it's party time.
      To celebrate the anniversary, the Seacoast Shipyard Association was holding a ceremony and rally Thursday to thank the thousands of people who helped in the fight. Govs. John Lynch and John Baldacci planned to be there.
      "It's still the golden standard," said shipyard worker John Joyal. "We have more work than we had last year. ... We must be doing something right."
      The work includes the USS Santa Fe Los Angeles Class fast-attack nuclear submarine that was scheduled to enter Portsmouth Harbor on Thursday.
      "That was the most intense collaborative effort I've been involved with as a member of Congress," said Maine Rep. Tom Allen. "The work force gave us the record from which to argue, and they made it into the gold standard."
      Many of the key players involved in saving the shipyard seem focused on the future.
      "Portsmouth was, is and continues to be the best shipyard for turning around our submarines ... faster and sooner than any other yard, and saving us millions of dollars," said New Hampshire 1st District Rep. Jeb Bradley. "The Maine and New Hampshire delegation (are doing) everything possible to advocate for Portsmouth's fair share of the workload."
      Shipyard workers agree. "We're still fighting to keep our ground," said shipyard union leader Paul O'Connor.
      Earlier this year, though, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy said the shipyard should expect a decrease in workload in 2008. Maintenance is expected to decrease on the Los Angeles-class 688 submarines, he said.
      Senators from both Maine and New Hampshire have said that although maintenance work will decline starting in 2008, they believe there is sufficient work available to provide Portsmouth and the other shipyard with a robust work load.
      Last year, residents and lawmakers of both states wrote letters, held rallies and convinced a federal commission the yard deserved to stay open.
      Last August, the commission took Portsmouth off the list of doomed bases, preserving at least 4,500 jobs, and, according to its chairman, avoiding a national tragedy.
      The yard is the "gold standard by which the country should measure shipyards," Chairman Anthony Principi said.
      Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com/
      Fishing net catches old mine; safely disposed
      August 24, 2006
      GLOUCESTER, Mass. --A fishing boat brought an unusual catch into the State Fish Pier on Wednesday -- a World War II-era mine.
      Local public safety officials and state police safely detonated the device several hours later.
      Gloucester firefighter Frank LeClerc said the 20-pound anti-ship mine was snagged from the ocean floor by a dragger net. The fire department and state police bomb squad took it to a remote location and safely blew it up at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
      State police Lt. Eric Anderson said the fishing vessel brought the device into Gloucester about 4 p.m., and a Navy bomb expert from Newport, R.I., was flown in to consult with state and local authorities on what to do with it.
      The state pier was temporarily closed, and the Coast Guard kept boating traffic out of the area as a precaution.
      Cape Cod's Eastham Windmill controversy-free
      By Brandie M. Jefferson, Associated Press Writer | August 23, 2006
      EASTHAM, Mass. --There was a time when windmills generated business -- not controversy -- on Cape Cod.
      In the 18th and 19th centuries, they were used to pump saltwater from the ocean into holding tanks. Once the water evaporated, the salt was bundled and sold.
      "At $6 to $8 per bushel, salt works were a big business," said Jim Owens, 78, who for more than 30 years has tended to the Eastham windmill, which was built in 1680 and been operational since.
      But in the 21st century, windmills have brought more controversy to the cape than profit.
      A proposal to build more than 100 windmills in Nantucket Sound has drawn strong opposition from environmentalists who charge the mills will kill migrating birds and residents who worry the 260-foot mills will spoil beachfront views. Supporters say the farm would supply nearly three-quarters of the electricity used on the Cape and islands, without producing greenhouse gasses.
      Compared to those ultramodern windmills, the Eastham Mill is a relic: When the canvas sails are tied up, the arms look like pieces of wood and cloth washed ashore from a shipwreck. They don't move in the wind. But a few times a year the sails are unfurled, the arms turn in the wind, and Owens dumps corn into the mill, making cornmeal.
      The inside of the two-story mill building looks less worn out and more antique. More than 300 years of shuffling feet and curious hands have worn the wood on the floors and walls smooth. Nails and knots protrude from where the softer wood has worn down.
      The mill's near circular base is about 20 feet in diameter with a wooden post dropping from the ceiling. The post, connected to a gear on the second floor, stabilizes two 4,500-pound stones, used to grind corn into cornmeal.
      The gear, on the second floor, about four feet in diameter, is also made of wood. It's surrounded by what looks like a tree branch, curved around its circumference. That's the windmill's brake, Owens said. It's made from leftover lotus wood that a local had tied to the ground so that it would grow curved for a boat he was building.
      This windmill hasn't always occupied a central spot in Eastham. Built in Plymouth, it was moved to Truro in 1770 and then to Eastham in 1793. It was relocated to its current spot in 1808, where Owens sits at the entrance, greeting visitors daily in July and August.
      Owens has windmill-related anecdotes for most visitors, no matter where they come from.
      On a sunny summer day, two bikers stopped in to take a look.
      Mark Crane and John Hollar were visiting from Vermont. Impressed by the old mill, they said they'd come back with their children.
      "We have covered bridges," Crane said of his home state, "but no windmills."
      Owens didn't miss a beat. "They had a wind machine in Vermont in the 1940s," he told them. "It could power the whole city of Rutland while it lasted."
      But the wind machine broke, the price of oil dropped and the wind machine (not windmill, he said, because there was no mill to grind anything) was taken down. Incidentally, he noted, the machine's engineer lived on Cape Cod.
      Aside from the mill itself, there are a few other artifacts to see in the building. A tool made just to move the two stones, a stone hoist, is made from dark, smooth Ironwood that feels more like heavy plastic. Against a wall is a cannon that boasts as many years as the windmill itself.
      Work is fairly slow on sunny days when most people headed to the Cape have beaches on the brain. Rainy days, Owens said, are the busiest.
      For thirty years, Owens has enjoyed sitting at the base of the antique mill, chatting up visitors about the windmills on Cape Cod -- there are about a dozen mills scattered around the Cape, six in working condition.
      For the past 20 years, the Windmill Weekend Committee, and independent group of volunteers, has held the Eastham Windmill Weekend on the weekend after Labor Day -- Sept. 8-9 this year. Centered on the presentation of a public service award to a local do-gooder, the weekend includes cookouts, live music, races -- standard summer fare in a unique setting, most events are held on the windmill green, near town hall.
      For now, the Eastham Windmill Weekend is the most active windmill -- on or offshore of -- the Cape.
      Owens is drawn to its endurance. He once worked as a commercial artist in New York, but moved back to Eastham to teach because he found the art world too transient. "You use throw it away. I didn't like that."
      Not like a windmill.
      "I always claimed they bought it so I'd have something to do in my retirement," he said.

      Southerner makes a splash on Cape
      Manatee's visit is a record
      By Beth Daley, Globe Staff | August 24, 2006
      An adventurous Florida manatee has swum more than 1,000 miles to Cape Cod, farther north than the creatures have ever been known to venture.
      The manatee, dubbed Marvin by onlookers, was spotted off Woods Hole last Thursday and on Sunday was seen drinking from a storm-water pipe at a crowded marina in Warwick, R.I. The next day, it was seen again, exploring Wickford Harbor on the western shore of Narragansett Bay.
      The sightings have charmed New Englanders but are baffling scientists, who cannot explain why the half-ton gray mammal would take such a long journey north, although they say unusually warm waters up the East Coast may have made the trip possible. But some worry about how the animal will make it home before cold weather sets in.
      ``I can't help but worry, it's so docile. . . . I hope it's really heading south now," said Frances Ethier, a Rhode Island Environmental Police sergeant who responded to a call Sunday about the manatee in Warwick, R.I.
      She assumed that people had seen only a log, but when she arrived, the manatee was calmly rolling around a narrow channel next to the marina and drinking water from the pipe. Hundreds watched. ``It's a beautiful animal," Ethier said.
      Florida manatees, enormous but gentle creatures fond of getting their bellies rubbed, number only about 3,000 to 4,000 in the world. Once hunted by humans for food, the species existed in plentiful herds that have been diminished in part by loss of habitat along the Florida coast. Manatees, on the federal list of endangered species, have no predators other than humans and can live to be 60 years old or more. But they are easily injured or killed by boat propellers and can die from red tide or cold temperatures.
      Often called sea cows, the mammals are related to elephants. They have stout, wrinkled muzzles, flippers with fingernails, and fat, spoon-shaped tails that folklore says sparked sailors' visions of mermaids. Voracious herbivores, manatees can consume 10 to 15 percent of their body weight a day, around 100 to 150 pounds of aquatic plants such as sea grass.
      The animals like water that is 68 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer and tend to live in shallow waters off the Florida Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.
      Manatees can travel 20 to 30 miles a day. There have been rare reports of manatees traveling as far west as Texas. One famous wayward manatee was Chessie, airlifted out of Chesapeake Bay and transported to Florida in 1994, only to be found swimming off Point Judith in Rhode Island the following year. Chessie made it home the second time by himself.
      At first, scientists thought the manatee in New England was Chessie, because it had similar scars on its tail. But manatee specialists in Florida examined video footage and photos of the animal yesterday and determined it was not. They believe it is the same one spotted earlier this summer near Ocean City, Md., then off the coast of New Jersey, and then in the Hudson River off Harlem and Westchester.
      Officials know little about this summer's visitor. They believe it's an adult male, largely because long solo trips, though rare, tend to be undertaken by males. They don't know how much it weighs or its exact length.
      Big questions remain about why the manatee apparently headed north and what made conditions favorable to its trip. Normally, cold temperatures would turn such animals back.
      Some coastal waters are warmer this year. At one sampling site in Woods Hole, sea temperatures through mid-August have consistently been above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while last year they never got out of the 60s, according to data from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
      Scientists say warmer waters might be coming from eddies that have spun off from the Gulf Stream. Such eddies frequently bring tropical fish to Southeastern New England; this year an eddy may have contributed to an incursion of poisonous Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish in Southern New England. Some scientists also suspect global warming, which appears to be heating oceans, might also be part of the equation.
      ``And the warm water still doesn't explain why it went wandering in the first place," said Tom Reinert, research administrator with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. ``That's the million-dollar question."
      Officials warned that anyone spotting the manatee should not try to go near it but call police or wildlife authorities. Officials don't plan on doing anything drastic, like airlifting the animal home, but they want to make sure onlookers don't bother it, so it can find its way south.
      Scientists said the fact that Marvin has moved from Cape Cod to Rhode Island may mean the manatee is heading back south, possibly spurred by subtle changes in water temperature. If it continues toward Florida, it would probably have sufficient time to beat cold weather.
      The animals are savvy navigators, the scientists said. ``I wonder if people realize how wonderful this is, that they have an opportunity to have an animal like this where they are," said Cathy Beck, a biologist with the US Geological Survey who studies manatees.
      Beth Daley can be reached at bdaley@....

      Bermuda man who tried to sneak into Maine is sentenced
      August 23, 2006
      BANGOR, Maine --A Bermuda man who tried to enter Maine illegally using a stolen boat will be deported upon completion of a 60-day sentence.
      Jeremy Gene Whitecross, 30, of Bermuda, stole a boat in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and motored up the St. Croix River to Robbinston, Maine, where he tried unsuccessfully to hide from the U.S. Border Patrol, said Assistant U.S. Attorney F. Todd Lowell.
      Whitecross was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He was ordered to serve a year of probation and to pay a $100 assessment, in addition to the prison sentence.
      Whitecross tried to come to Maine on July 17, a day after his entry at the Calais border crossing was rejected because of a criminal record in Bermuda. He was apparently trying to cross the border because his father lives in the United States, Lowell said.
      fishermen recall being adrift for 9 months
      By Lisa J. Adams, Associated Press | August 23, 2006
      MEXICO CITY -- Three Mexican fishermen said they sang ballads, danced , and played air guitar as they drifted for months in an open boat across the wide Pacific, surviving on raw fish caught with jury-rigged engine cables and by drinking rainwater.
      They read the Bible aloud, prayed, and tossed overboard the bodies of two dead companions they said starved to death. The government yesterday said it would investigate the deaths and other aspects of the survivors' account.
      Several days after being rescued by an Asian fishing boat, the men seemed to be in remarkably good health yesterday as they shyly appeared before Mexican television cameras in the Marshall Islands, 5,500 miles from their home on Mexico's Pacific coast.
      Mexican news media have cast doubt on the men's account of their nine-month odyssey, suggesting they might be drug smugglers who made up the story to avoid prosecution. There are no records of their departure, and some relatives initially said they had been gone for only three months.
      ``There are stories going around that you were shipping cocaine," Televisa anchor Carlos Loret de Mola told the men via satellite.
      ``Well, no, that isn't true," survivor Lucio Rendon said.
      The fishermen said they know their tale is far-fetched, but insisted it's true. They also said they never doubted they would live to tell it.
      Their ordeal began, they said, on Oct. 28, 2005, in their hometown of San Blas, when they set out with the boat's owner and another man on a shark-fishing expedition they expected to last a few days. After they ran out of gas prevailing currents apparently pushed their 27-foot boat all the way across the Pacific. The men set about doing what they knew best: fishing. They crafted lines from cables and hooks from springs in the boat's motor.
      ``We straightened them and made hooks," Rendon said in an interview yesterday with the Televisa network.
      Rendon, Jesus Vidana, and Salvador Ordonez said they ate the fish raw -- as they did the seabirds that occasionally flew by. But the boat's owner, whom the survivors knew only as Juan from Mazatlan, and a fourth employee refused to eat the catch.
      One died in January and the other in February, the survivors said. FPRIVATE "TYPE=PICT;ALT=" <<...OLE_Obj...>>
      Man pleads guilty to making hoax distress call
      By Associated Press
      Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - Updated: 09:39 AM EST

      MIAMI - A man pleaded guilty to making a hoax distress call to the Coast Guard about a boat with nine people aboard sinking in the Atlantic, prosecutors said Monday.
      Robert J. Moran, 45, faces up to five years in prison and at least $250,000 in fines, plus the costs of the Coast Guard's rescue efforts. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.
      The radio call on June 11 claimed five adults and four children were aboard a 33-foot-long boat named Blue Sheep that had begun taking on water near the Boynton Beach Inlet.
      Aircraft, helicopters and vessels from multiple agencies found nothing during nearly two days of combing 1,000-square miles of ocean. Authorities said the search and cost more than $347,000.
      In June, Moran, of Boynton Beach, had pleaded not guilty when he was indicted.
      A phone message left at his attorney's office was not immediately returned.

      (c) Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
      Thor Heyerdahl's grandson recreates his famous Kon-Tiki trip across Pacific
      By Associated Press
      Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - Updated: 11:23 AM EST

      OSLO, Norway - All his life, Olav Heyerdahl heard about the amazing voyages his famous grandfather, Thor Heyerdahl, made aboard his primitive balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki.
      Now he knows what it was like.
      Almost 60 years after Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 Kon-Tiki voyage, the younger Heyerdahl on Monday recounted his own adventure tracing his grandfather's wake across the Pacific.
      "I think we all reread 'Kon-Tiki' during the voyage," said the 28-year-old Heyerdahl, referring to the best-selling book his grandfather wrote about his voyage. "It was crazy. The descriptions, the experiences were so much alike."

      In 1947, the elder Heyerdahl and his team sailed the Kon-Tiki, with the most basic of equipment, nearly 5,000 miles from Peru to Polynesia in 101 days to prove his theory that ancient mariners may have migrated across vast stretches of ocean.
      The Norwegian adventurer died at the age of 87 in 2002, documented the harrowing voyage in the book and an Oscar-winning documentary film.
      After setting sail from Peru on April 28, Olav Heyerdahl and his teammates reached Tahiti on July 30 aboard their upgraded copy of the Kon-Tiki, called Tangaroa, named for the Polynesian god of the ocean. It took them 85 days.
      Some things had changed since the elder Heyerdahl's voyage. While the original Kon-Tiki had only primitive equipment, Tangaroa had solar panels for electricity, satellite telephones and advanced navigation equipment.
      It was also larger, faster and more maneuverable than the original Kon-Tiki, largely due to research suggesting that prehistoric mariners used daggerboards - keel-like boards that jut into the water to help keep the raft on course.
      Olav Heyerdahl's team built their 56-foot raft in Callao, Peru, by lashing eight crossbeams to 11 balsa logs, which was then covered by a bamboo deck and affixed with a small cabin. Tangaroa left Callao on the same day in April as the Kon-Tiki did 59 years earlier and from the same harbor.
      The Kon-Tiki was largely subject to the whim of the winds and currents because it was not possible to sail it against the wind. It crashed onto the shores of the Polynesian atoll Raroia because the crew had been unable to steer around it.
      The younger Heyerdahl and his teammates used their daggerboards to steer around the atoll and make a safe landing. They took 70 days - 31 less than the elder Heyerdahl - to reach the atoll.
      After a week there, they sailed on to Tahiti, navigating around some of the world's most treacherous reefs for 15 days.
      "We were happy because we managed what was probably the biggest challenge of the trip: around the reefs," said Tangaroa's skipper Bjarne Krekvik. He said some of the skills he had used on Viking ship replicas, which have square sails similar to the rafts, also worked on the Tangaroa.
      "We also managed it without any major injuries," he said.
      Now the team plans to display the raft in Larvik, Norway - Thor Heyerdahl's hometown. They also plan a book and a television production about the trip, and possibly future voyages.
      "After three days on land, we were all ready to go again," Olav Heyerdahl said.
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      Restaurant owner gets a little hot under the collar
      By O'Ryan Johnson
      Monday, August 21, 2006

      Tavern on the Water diners knew they'd get a spectacular view of the city skyline, but the bonus was co-owner Chris Damian's version of Saturday Night at the Fights . . . starring him!
      Damian, who owns the Charlestown watering hole, as well as Scollay Square in Beacon Hill, and a bar manager got into a fight outside the oceanside restaurant around 5 p.m. Saturday, in full view of staff and witnesses. The manager was treated by an ambulance crew, and both men could face criminal charges, police said.
      The fracas started when the manager stood up to Damian, who angrily demanded that the whiskey slinger meet him face to face to settle a scheduling conflict, an employee witness claimed.
      However, George Regan, whose company, Regan Communications, handles public relations for the restaurant, said that in fact, the manager was late to work, and when Damian left the Red Sox game early to confront him about it, the manager became combative.
      "He gave him a George Bush response," Regan said of the saloon hand. "He attacked."

      Damian defended himself by shoving back, Regan said.
      But the employee witness said it was Damian who struck first, delivering two open-handed punches to the manager, leaving him with a bloody lip.
      The witness claims Damian lashed out when he demanded the restaurant keys from the manager, and the manager responded by saying he'd mail the keys when Damian mailed him his check.
      After the scuffle, a bouncer attempted to take the keys, but the manager tossed them in the ocean. The cops were called and the two filed cross-complaints.
      No arrests were made. Police said the man identified by Regan as the manager was treated by EMS for a cut lip and abrasions to his chest.
      He was also fired.

      'A LITTLE HAIRY' - Quincy hydroplaner accepts risks as he heads to Worlds
      The Patriot Ledger

      When you have been racing hydroplane boats for more than 30 years like Squantum native Billy Allen, the extreme dangers of the sport are no longer an issue.

      With speeds upwards of 80 miles-per-hour and the constant danger of flipping into the air, hydroplane drivers consistently battle the elements.

      ''It's definitely an adrenaline sport,'' Allen said. ''Once the boat flies off the water, it's like a leaf in the wind. There is always an element of danger, and it can get a little hairy out there.''

      Allen, a second generation hydroplane race driver, began competing professionally in 1974 and has gradually climbed his way to the top of the American ranks. In July, he took home the U.S. National Championship title in the Pro Racing Outboard 125cc division in Depue, Ill., qualifying him for the World Championships this weekend in Auronzo, Italy.

      ''Going to Italy is a big adventure we're undertaking.'' Allen said.

      ''I've been competing nationally for a few years, and this is the next logical step.''

      The 2006 national title was his third in as many years, but his first in the highly-competitive 125cc modified division in which boats travel at speeds of 70-80 mph. Allen got his start in the Stock and Modified ranks of hydroplane racing, filling his trophy case with scores of national titles, high-point titles, and world records.

      In 2005, Allen, a member of the South Shore Outboard Association, broke his own world speed record in the three-mile, three-lap B Modified Hydro. He was also honored twice with an induction into the American Power Boat Association Hall of Champions, which is awarded to only two U.S. racers each year based on single season achievements.
      ''It took me a long time and a lot of hard work to get up there, but I just love racing,'' he said.

      Billy's father, Bill ''Racer'' Allen of Quincy, raced for more than 30 years and was himself inducted into the Hall of Champions. Billy's grandfather, Ramsey Allen was the first Mercury Outboard Motors dealer in New England.

      ''My grandfather gave my dad a hydroplane ride when he was 15,'' Billy said. ''He got my brother, and I started in our early teens and we sort of evolved into the sport. My dad still helps me out with some of the odds and ends.''

      Billy began racing in 1974 at the age of 13 and won his first high-point title in 1982, the same year his father was inducted into the Hall of Champions.

      Following years of success on the national front, Allen will now make his international debut on at the World Hydroplane Championships Aug. 26-27 in Italy. He is viewed as the top American driver competing, but there are plenty of obstacles between Allen and a world title.

      ''We are at a slight disadvantage with the way they start,'' Allen said.

      ''In the U.S. we use a flying start with the engines already running. In Italy they use a 'jetty' start.''

      This is when drivers are given two minutes to warm up their boats at the starting line, then the engines are killed for 30 seconds. The flag then goes up and can go down at any time over the next 10 seconds to signal the start of the race.

      ''There are certain ways to get your boat going from a dead start, and we're not as keen on that,'' Allen said. ''I'm not going over there thinking I can beat them at their own game, but I would be thrilled with a top-five finish.''

      He does have the advantage of a sponsor and mechanic in Craig Dewald of Dewald Motors in Reading, Penn.

      ''He is one of the premier propeller builders in the business, and he's a great mechanic,'' Allen said. ''Craig is the guy who keeps the boat running so I can stay driving.''

      Hydroplaning 101

      -A hydroplane boat can range from 8 to 30 feet long. These crafts skid across the water as if they are skiing on the surface. The boat captures a cushion of air underneath its base so that only the propeller is submerged in water and the rest of the boat is above. As a result there is a constant danger that the boat will slip off the water and fly into the air.

      -The sport ranges from a hydroplane boat powered by a simple fishing boat motor, all the way to the Unlimited racing class in which boats travel at speeds up to 200 miles per hour with aircraft turbine engines. New England-area hydroplane racing is dominated by outboard racing in which boats travel at 70-80 miles per hour.

      -The American Power Boat Association is the authority in U.S. professional powerboat racing. The organization has 13 competitive categories. Within the hydroplane outboard racing category there are three divisions: stock, modified and Pro. Of these three, Pro is the highest level. Within the Pro level, the most competitive and popular is the 125 c.c. level.

      Jason Dachman can be reached at jdachman@...

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      MIAMI (AP) -- Tropical Storm Debby was expected to slowly strengthen in the open Atlantic but remain away from land, forecasters said Thursday.
      Debby is a threat "to ships crossing the Atlantic but to those of us on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., this is not a concern," said Jamie Rhome, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center.
      At 11 a.m. EDT, the storm had top sustained winds near 50 mph, well below the 74 mph threshold for a hurricane. It was centered about 955 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde islands, which are about 350 miles off the African coast.
      The storm was moving west-northwest near 20 mph and was expected to continue on that path for the next day, the National Hurricane Center said.
      Debby is the fourth named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season.
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       Check out the pictuer of the boat at this site;
      Earthrace, the biodiesel powered wave piercing trimaran that is meant to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat, and using only renewable fuels has arrived on the West Coast. The project is an 18-month tour stopping at 60 cities around the world, promoting fuels like biodiesel, and raising awareness about sustainable use of resources. We talked to the boys today, and will be doing an Innerview with them and certainly get a peek at the boat when it gets to San Diego. Thanks to the Ocean Film Boat for the shot, you can see more photos at their site.


      SCUTTLEBUTT 2166 - August 24, 2006
      Scuttlebutt is a digest of major yacht racing news, commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American focus.

      While there are pockets of growth within various clubs and classes,
      anyone who thinks that yacht racing in the United States is growing
      generally would be mistaken. No matter where I look or who I talk to,
      almost everyone is saying the same thing - the sport is smaller than it
      was even 10 years ago.

      The causes of this are many, some societal,  .............

      - The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every
      letter of the alphabet.
      - The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely
      - The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube
      and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

      August / 2006
      22/Aug-25/Aug - Rhodes 19 Nationals Rockport, MA, USA
      25/Aug-27/Aug - PHRF New England Championships Marblehead, MA, USA
      26/Aug-27/Aug - 2006 YRALIS Championship Greenwich, CT, USA
      26/Aug-27/Aug - Pineapple Cup Regatta Bristol, RI, USA
      September / 2006
      01/Sep-02/Sep - Farr 40 Pre Worlds Newport, RI, USA
      01/Sep-03/Sep - Museum of Yachting Best Life Classic Yacht Regatta Newport, RI, USA
      01/Sep - The Stamford Vineyard Race Stamford, CT, USA
      06/Sep-09/Sep - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship Newport, RI, USA
      08/Sep-10/Sep - J80 North American Championship Lake Winnepesake, NH, USA
      08/Sep-10/Sep - Shipyard Cup Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA
      09/Sep - Hospice Regatta Bristol, RI,
      10/Sep - Stamford-Denmark Friendship Race Stamford, CT, USA
      11/Sep-15/Aug - Hobie 16 North Americans Narragansett, RI, USA
      14/Sep-17/Sep - J30 North Americans Westport, CT, USA
      16/Sep - Challenge Transat 2006 - Leg 2 Boston, MA, USA
      16/Sep-17/Sep - Ideal 18 North American Championship Stamford, CT, USA
      16/Sep - PHRF Championship of Narragansett Bay East Greenwich, RI, USA
      18/Sep-22/Sep - U.S. Men's Sailing Championship (Clifford D. Mallory Cup) Marblehead, MA, USA
      20/Sep-27/Sep - IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship 2006, Blind Sailing International Newport, RI, USA
      20/Sep-24/Sep - The JIBE 12-Metre North American Championship Regatta Newport, RI, USA
      21/Sep-24/Sep - 12-Metre North American Championships Newport, RI, USA

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      http://boston.craigslist.org/boa/231828843.html http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum/2006/coutts OVERHEARD AT THE PRO-AM At the recently completed Pro-Am
      Message 2 of 9 , Nov 9, 2006


        At the recently completed Pro-Am Regatta sponsored by vineyard vines at
        the Bitter End YC in the BVI, one of the guests made the following
        statement after stepping off the IC 24 she sailed on as a crew for
        Russell Coutts, "Russell Coutts has to be the nicest person in the
        world." When the Curmudgeon mentioned the quote to Coutts, his face lit
        up with a huge smile and he said, "Put that in Scuttlebutt -- I think
        you may find a few Kiwis who will disagree. Well -- it's a thread we
        really do not want to open up in the newsletter, but those with opinions
        on the subject are welcome to comment in our Forums Section:
        Caribbean 1500 Cup
        Bluewater Yachting Center
        Hampton, VA, USA

        Starting Date: 06/Nov/06

        Host Club: Bluewater Yachting Center
        Contact Name: Steve Black
        Phone #: 757-788-8872
        Fax #: 757-788-8871
        Additional Regatta Information:
        This cruising rally is held annually for boats over 34 feet.                   

        A 1950s-era British Royal Navy F1 Scimitar fighter-bomber, shrink-wrapped in a protective covering, is parked on the flight deck of the retired aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, in New York. The historic World War II vessel will slip from her Hudson River berth on Nov. 6, and move five nautical miles down New York harbor to a drydock in Bayonne, N.J., to spend two years undergoing refurbishment and restoration. (AP Photo/Aaron Jackson)
        Carrier Intrepid bound for overhaul
        By Richard Pyle, Associated Press Writer | October 28, 2006
        NEW YORK --To the sound of horns and the calling of orders, the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid will slip its moorings on its Hudson River berth on Nov. 6 and sail once again on the morning tide.
        Not off to war this time, but just five nautical miles down New York harbor to a dry dock, where the retired World War II veteran will spend two years undergoing what its owners call "refurbishment and restoration." It will be the ship's first voyage since it was saved from the scrap yard and turned into a museum in 1982.
        The Intrepid's departure will begin with pomp and ceremony, including speeches, patriotic music, a Navy flyover and a parade of "honor ships," Bill White, president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, said Thursday. On the way to its dry dock in New Jersey, it will stop near ground zero to unfurl a huge American flag as a salute to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
        White said the patriotism-themed event was appropriate for a ship that participated in every major battle during the last two years of the war in the Pacific, surviving five Japanese kamikaze suicide attacks and losing 270 crew members. It also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars and as a recovery ship for NASA astronauts.
        But now, after a quarter-century on Manhattan's West Side, the Intrepid is in need of extensive work to fix deterioration from the effect of weather and salt corrosion. The $58 million plan also calls for more work and living spaces to be opened to the public, and a rebuilding of its pier, where it will return in November 2008.
        Some of the 23 aircraft exhibited on the ship will remain on the flight deck, shrink-wrapped in protective covering, and others will be taken elsewhere for their own refurbishing, said Eric Boehm, Intrepid's aircraft restoration manager. Exhibits inside the ship, including a replica statue of the Iwo Jima flag-raising, have been crated for storage.
        Intrepid has become a top New York City tourist magnet, drawing 700,000 visitors a year in a city where military and naval traditions are all but invisible except during the annual Fleet Week observance. It also supports a Fallen Heroes Fund that has provided $14 million to aid families of servicemembers killed and wounded in line of duty, and built a $35 million advanced training facility for disabled veterans.
        White said former crew members, some of whom serve as volunteer museum guides, will cast off lines at 9:15 a.m, the crest of the year's highest tide, and a 6,000-horsepower "tractor tugboat" will pull the 27,000-ton carrier from the pier where its keel has rested in up to 17 feet of mud.
        Five tugs will then shepherd the powerless ship stern-first down the Hudson past the World Trade Center site, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, to the Bayonne Marine Terminal in New Jersey. The journey will take eight hours at a pokey 1 to 2 knots.
        "One of the biggest challenges was to make sure she was going to float, after sitting in the mud all those years -- quite a Herculean task," White said.
        A recent dredging, the draining of 600 tons of water from ballast tanks and timing the move for the autumn high tide, which is 5.6 feet, will help the mammoth ship float free, White said.
        The morning tide also would assure enough daylight for steering a safe course to open water.
        The Intrepid was one of 24 Essex-class carriers, the Navy's "fast carrier force," in sea and air battles against Japan. Only four Essex carriers survive, including Intrepid.
        The aircraft it has displayed range from battered Vietnam-era helicopters to a Soviet-built MiG-21 fighter, a gift from Poland, and a Lockheed A-12 Blackbird, a predecessor of the SR-71, a member of the family of high-altitude spy planes that remained top secret even as they set speed records that still stand.
        Another iconic aircraft, Alpha Delta, the record-setting supersonic Concorde airliner that became part of the Intrepid museum in 2004, has been displayed on a barge alongside Intrepid. It will be temporarily relocated to a public site in New York City, although arrangements are still being negotiated, said White and Alan Proud, a British Airways spokesman.
          Undated handout photo shows the MS Emma Maersk, the world's biggest container ship, which is to dock in Felixstowe, England Saturday Nov. 4, 2006 to unload thousands of tons of Christmas presents, decorations and food. The MS Emma Maersk, which weighs 170,000 tons (190,400 U.S. tons) and is operated by a crew of 13 is the largest vessel at sea, a quarter of a mile long, 200ft (60 meters) high and powered by the biggest diesel engine ever built. Among goods packed into 11,000 containers are two million Christmas decorations, 12,800 MP3 players, 33,00 cocktail shakers, 150 tons (168 U.S. tons) of New Zealand lamb, thousands of frozen chickens and 138,000 tins of cat food. (AP Photo/Maersk/PA, HO)
        Ship hauls Christmas goods across globe

        November 4, 2006
        LONDON --Groaning with gifts and larger than any sleigh, the world's biggest container ship docked in Britain Saturday on a maiden voyage to deliver thousands of tons of Christmas presents, decorations and food across the globe.
        The MS Emma Maersk, which weighs 190,400 tons, set sail from Gothenburg, Sweden, in September, collecting and delivering festive supplies in Yantian, China, Hong Kong and Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
        Operated by a crew of 13, the vessel is the largest at sea -- a quarter-mile long, 200 feet high and powered by the biggest diesel engine ever built.
        Among goods packed into 11,000 containers are 2 million Christmas decorations, 12,800 MP3 players, 33,000 cocktail shakers, 168 tons of New Zealand lamb, thousands of frozen chickens and 138,000 cans of cat food, said the owner, Danish shipping company Maersk Line.
        Around 50,400 tons of goods were due to be unloaded Saturday at Felixstowe port, in southern England, before the ship sails to mainland Europe to deliver 8,000 containers of cargo.
        The voyage is the ship's first from China to Europe and was specifically planned to deliver Christmas stocks to shopkeepers -- including a haul of electronic dinosaurs, radio-controlled cars, pinball machines and computers.
        Maersk Line said the ship could travel about 200,000 miles every year -- the equivalent of seven and a half trips around the world.
        Most of the goods have been produced in China, which last year exported $30.5 billion worth of goods to Britain, said Caroline Lucas, a European Parliament legislator with Britain's environmentalist Green Party.
        That should make Britons think twice, Lucas said. "People should see the ship as a little microcosm of all the major problems with world trade."
        "The thousands of tons of goods being delivered are items which once would have been produced in Britain and Europe, but which are now made in China, where exploitation of the labor market means we cannot compete on price," Lucas told The Associated Press.
        The ship's two-month voyage also highlighted concerns about the environmental impact of transporting goods and food long distances, she said.
        Taking aim at LNG plans
        Hearings today on ocean sites

        By David Rattigan, Globe Correspondent | November 9, 2006
        Hunched over his dining room table, Beverly fisherman Alessandro Cagiati unrolls bathymetric map after nautical chart, obtained from a variety of governmental agencies. He runs his fingers to a cluster of dots situated in deep water 12 miles southeast of Marblehead Light.
        He is pointing to a site where radioactive and chemical waste was dumped into Massachusetts Bay from the 1940s to the 1960s.
        "This here is the industrial waste site," he says, moving his finger from dot to dot to trace an area on the map. "Those are the barrels. It's inside, it's outside; they're all over the place."
        The dump site, in a thin 10-mile triangle between the federally protected Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, the state-protected North Shore and South Essex ocean sanctuaries, and the Boston shipping lanes, is also where proposals call for building terminals to accommodate tankers carrying liquified natural gas.
        Public hearings on the final environmental impact statement for the first of two proposals, the two-terminal Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge LLC project, were to be held last night at Gloucester High School and today at Salem State College. There is an informational session scheduled at 4:30 p.m. in Salem, and the hearing will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
        Cagiati said he plans to be there, and he'll be bringing his charts. While the federal and state governments have been aware of the dumping for decades, Cagiati said, he and other environmentalists plan to remind officials of their existence and to argue that they should be given serious consideration as the LNG proposals come up for federal review.
        A Nahant environmental group, Safer Waters in Massachusetts, has tried to galvanize opposition to the LNG projects at this week's hearings, citing information that Cagiati -- who is not affiliated with the group -- has been digging up for more than a year.
        Construction of the underground pipelines could disturb toxic and radioactive waste on the ocean bottom and introduce the waste into the underwater ecosystem, said Polly Bradley, a founder of the group. Safer Waters proposes a thorough third-party survey of the land, and would require that the LNG companies clean up all toxic and radioactive material before construction begins.
        Doug Pizzi, a spokesman for Excelerate Energy LLC, which is also proposing to build two terminals in the area, said that his company has done its research, and is proposing to build far enough away that anything in the waste site won't be an issue.
        "In deference to the fishing community's input, we put it in an area that's close but not in it," said Pizzi. "The whole idea is to avoid that site."
        Cagiati is dubious. He noted that the spot they're proposing is just a 10th of a mile from one of three intertwining dumpsites, two of which are still active for industrial waste, and said that the company's environmental impact statement is incomplete. Cagiati's wife, Kathy, who has worked with him on the research, noted that there are just two pages of information on radioactive waste.
        The 45-day comment period on the company's environmental impact statement began last week, and a final ruling is expected before the end of the year. Public hearings on another project, Neptune LNG LLC, are expected before the end of the year as well.
        Pizzi noted that there is considerable support for the development of LNG terminals. Among those supporters is the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, whose official statement reads, "Without the additional supply and infrastructure needed for natural gas, the region will be approaching periods of serious shortage" as early as next year.
        Cagiati said that his interest was piqued from when he first heard about the project, nearly two years ago. He has been collecting research from government sources ever since.
        "I'm not averse to technology, but when I saw where they wanted to place this and what was going to happen, I just felt this is not the right place to be doing this, for a number of reasons," said Cagiati, 52. Among them were concerns about the environmental consequences and his remembrance of the dumping of radioactive materials in Massachusetts Bay.
        Dumping of certain materials was prohibited by the Ocean Dumping Act of 1972.
        The record-keeping is incomplete, but the federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10,000 to 20,000 barrels of waste were dumped, much of which was chemical or low-level radioactive materials. A handful of studies have been conducted and none have found significant levels of radioactivity, said Matt Liebman, an environmental biologist with the EPA.
        Liebman said that much of the waste has probably dispersed over time, but the EPA would still like to assess the risk in the industrial waste site. The agency may also require monitoring of the LNG project, depending on the review of available data.
        "These barrels have been out there for 50 years," Liebman said. "To be honest, this project, if a barrel was in the area and a plow knocked it out of the way, I don't view that as very different than a fisherman going out with a trawling net and picking up a barrel and potentially opening it as well. This project doesn't necessarily pose a different threat to the barrels than already exists."
        John Fish, with the Cape Cod-based American Underwater Search and Survey Limited, which specializes in sonar searches for hard-to-locate underwater targets, was one of the researchers who did a two-month study of the area in the early 1990s. His group, using remotely operated vehicles, found a number of "targets," including barrels and the cement-encased "tombs" that stored radioactive waste, in and around the industrial waste site.
        In the 1950s and '60s, he noted, nautical navigation was not as precise as it is today. "If it was foggy, your accuracy might be a mile once you get offshore," he said. "Now it's 3 feet." As a result, the barrels were "spread out over a pretty big area." He also surmised that over the past
        60-plus years, a number had sunk deeper into the sediment.
        Although he is still reviewing the environmental impact study, EPA marine biologist Phil Colarusso said that he knows that Excelerate did significant research.
        "They actually altered its route in two locations based on sediment contaminant levels that they found in their sampling," he said. "So, there's been consideration to avoid areas that have been identified as having higher than background levels of contaminants."
        US is urged to delay action on LNG ports

        By Kay Lazar, Globe Staff | November 9, 2006

        GLOUCESTER -- About a dozen frustrated fishermen, environmentalists, and local politicians urged federal officials last night to postpone their decision on whether to allow two proposed liquefied natural gas ports off the coast of Gloucester.
        Officials made no comment on the request. Officials from the US Coast Guard and the US Maritime Administration said last night that they will take written comments until Dec. 26. Federal officials are scheduled to make their final decision in early February.
        Environmentalists said they fear that huge LNG tankers would strike and kill North Atlantic right whales in the area, decimating a species that has an estimated population of about 350. Fishermen, who have had their quotas slashed so that depleted stocks can rebuild, said they would be put out of business because proposed security zones around the projects would shut them out of rich fishing grounds.
        Other speakers from among the roughly 50 residents who attended said they were outraged they had little time to review a complex environmental impact report of more than 1,000 pages, released Oct. 27, before last night's hearing at Gloucester High School.
        "This project is a death knell to this town and its industries," said James Craig, 32, a Gloucester resident and curator of the Cape Ann Historical Museum. "I am disgusted it has gone this far."
        The hearing was the first in a final round of public sessions on a proposal by Excelerate Energy LLC, which along with Neptune LNG wants to build one station each roughly 13 miles off Gloucester. A hearing is slated for tonight at 6 p.m. at Salem State College on the Excelerate plan. A Nov. 14 hearing is slated in Gloucester on Neptune's proposal.
        Rob Bryngelson, Excelerate's chief operating officer, said the company has been largely rebuffed, especially by fishermen, in repeated attempts to meet with critics. "We have met with everyone who would meet with us and listened to everyone's concerns," Bryngelson said.
        Reports: Island rises near Tonga islands

        By Ray Lilley, Associated Press Writer | November 9, 2006

        WELLINGTON, New Zealand --A new volcanic island has emerged from the ocean near Tonga in recent weeks, according to eyewitness reports from two vessels that traveled through what one called a vast field of floating pumice stone spewed by the same eruption.
        The crew of the Maiken, a yacht that sailed out of the northern Tongan islands group of Vava'u in August, reported on their Web log on Aug. 12, that they saw streaks of stone floating in the water before "we sailed into a vast, many miles wide, belt of densely packed pumice."
        They posted photos of huge "pumice rafts" that they encountered after passing Tonga's Late island while sailing toward Fiji.
        "We were going by motor due to lack of wind and within seconds Maiken slowed down from seven to one knot (7.7 miles) to 3 kilometer (1.8 miles) an hour," a crewman only identified as Haken wrote.
        "We were so fascinated and busy taking pictures that we plowed a couple of hundred meters into this surreal floating stone field before we realized that we had to turn back," he wrote
        Next day, Haken noted, they saw an active volcano, sailed within two miles of it and clearly saw a volcanic island rising above a reef where previously just a few rocks appeared above the water at low tide.
        "One mile in diameter and with four peaks and a central crater smoking with steam and once in a while an outburst high in the sky with lava and ashes. I think we're the first ones out here," he reported.
        There was no official confirmation of the new island from either Tonga's Ministry of Lands or the Tonga Defense Service.
        Siaosi Fenukitau, captain of a fishing boat of the Maritime Projects Co. (Tonga) Ltd., separately confirmed that they had sighted a new volcanic island near Home Reef, to the southwest of Vava'u.
        "It was bigger than Fotuha'a," he said, comparing it to a small limestone island with a population of 134 people, the Matangitonga news Web site reported.
        Mineral scientists are trying to learn more about the eruption and the pumice raft phenomenon.
        Richard Wunderman, editor of the Washington-based Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, said that "a large pumice raft presumably from Tonga, has been sweeping across Fiji and we are trying to learn about its origins. Any photos or accounts are of great scientific value on this event"
        A previous eruption in the area generated another small island and similar fields of floating pumice, he said.

        Pumice rafts from the Tonga area drifted to Fiji in 1979 and 1984 from submarine eruptions at Tonga's Metis Shoal and Home Reef, Matangitonga reported.
        Some of the rafts were up to 19 miles wide, it said.
        Ocean dead zone off Oregon dissipating

        By Jeff Barnard, AP Envirnmental Writer | October 30, 2006

        GRANTS PASS, Ore. --An ocean dead zone off Oregon that killed fish, crabs and sea worms in an area bigger than Rhode Island last summer lasted nearly three times longer than any of its predecessors before dissipating with autumn's change in the weather, scientists said Monday.
        This year's dead zone off Oregon ran for 17 weeks, compared to the previous high of six weeks in 2004, and saw oxygen readings near zero that left the ocean bottom littered with dead crabs, sea stars and sea anemones. This is the fifth straight year the dead zone returned. It covered 70 miles of the central Oregon Coast and there are indications a dead zone also formed off southern Washington.
        Southerly winds in recent weeks have flushed out the oxygen-depleted waters that were stuck along the Continental Shelf off the central Oregon Coast, and put an end to the condition known as ocean upwelling that triggered the dead zone, Jack Barth, professor of physical oceanography at Oregon State University, said from Corvallis.
        "The fact that we've seen five in five years now, and this one in 2006 was the most devastating does not bode well for the future," Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine biology at OSU who served on the Pew Oceans Commission, said from Corvallis. "We're seeing a system that is acting very sporadically. It's changing in ways we haven't seen before, or at least we haven't documented before. We can trace all those changes to changes in the winds."
        A recent United Nations report listed 200 dead zones around the world, including one off the mouth of the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico. Almost all of them are caused by fertilizer and pollution running down rivers to feed huge algae blooms, which die and decompose on the bottom, depleting the water of oxygen.
        The Oregon dead zone is different. Strong northerly winds drive a phenomenon known as upwelling, which turns over the waters on the Continental Shelf, bringing nutrients from the bottom to the top, and feeding an explosion of tiny organisms at the bottom of the food web known as phytoplankton.
        When the phytoplankton die, they sink to the bottom, where they are consumed by bacteria, using up all the oxygen.

        Similar dead zones have been documented off Africa off the coasts of Namibia and South Africa, and off South American off the coasts of Peru and Chile.
        The northerly winds that produce strong upwelling were twice as prevalent this summer as normal -- a condition consistent with global warming, said Barth. The idea is that as the land warms, it creates low pressure that draws more air off the ocean. That also meant fewer of the southerly winds last summer that would normally flush out the dead zone.
        The condition was intensely documented within a 1,200-square-mile study area by instrument readings taken from research buoys, research ships, and a kind of torpedo called an autonomous underwater vehicle. The study area runs 70 miles from Cascade Head near Lincoln City to Strawberry Hill near Florence. The dead zone extended 15 to 30 miles offshore to a depth of about 100 feet.
        "It's pretty obvious from video images we saw on the 21st of August that most life there was dead if it hadn't been able to escape," said Lubchenco. "And the bottom was being taken over by mats of bacteria -- white fuzzy growths all over the place. We suspect that is a bacterium that thrives in anoxic -- no oxygen -- conditions."
        Francis Chan, an Oregon State ecologist, is leading an effort to monitor the area over the winter and spring to see how well marine life can re-establish itself before the expected return of a new dead zone next summer. Researchers are applying for grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
        While sampling for juvenile coho salmon last September, Bill Peterson, a NOAA oceanographer based in Newport, found extremely low oxygen levels in continental shelf waters stretching from the Columbia River to LaPush, Wash.
        "We frankly don't know what is down the road, but we are concerned," said Lubchenco. "But we don't understand enough about how the global or local climate systems to have any confidence in making precise predictions."
        Seafood, other ocean life threatened by overfishing, pollution

        By Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press Writer | November 2, 2006

        WASHINGTON --Clambakes, crab cakes, swordfish steaks and even humble fish sticks could be little more than a fond memory in a few decades.
        If current trends of overfishing and pollution continue, the populations of just about all seafood face collapse by 2048, a team of ecologists and economists warns in a report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
        "Whether we looked at tide pools or studies over the entire world's ocean, we saw the same picture emerging. In losing species we lose the productivity and stability of entire ecosystems," said the lead author Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
        "I was shocked and disturbed by how consistent these trends are -- beyond anything we suspected," Worm said.
        While the study focused on the oceans, concerns have been expressed by ecologists about threats to fish in the Great Lakes and other lakes, rivers and freshwaters, too.
        Worm and an international team spent four years analyzing 32 controlled experiments, other studies from 48 marine protected areas and global catch data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's database of all fish and invertebrates worldwide from 1950 to 2003.
        The scientists also looked at a 1,000-year time series for 12 coastal regions, drawing on data from archives, fishery records, sediment cores and archaeological data.
        "At this point 29 percent of fish and seafood species have collapsed -- that is, their catch has declined by 90 percent. It is a very clear trend, and it is accelerating," Worm said. "If the long-term trend continues, all fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime -- by 2048."
        "It looks grim and the projection of the trend into the future looks even grimmer," he said. "But it's not too late to turn this around. It can be done, but it must be done soon. We need a shift from single species management to ecosystem management. It just requires a big chunk of political will to do it."
        The researchers called for new marine reserves, better management to prevent overfishing and tighter controls on pollution.
        In the 48 areas worldwide that have been protected to improve marine biodiversity, they found, "diversity of species recovered dramatically, and with it the ecosystem's productivity and stability."
        While seafood forms a crucial concern in their study, the researchers were analyzing overall biodiversity of the oceans. The more species in the oceans, the better each can handle exploitation.
        "Even bugs and weeds make clear, measurable contributions to ecosystems," said co-author J. Emmett Duffy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences.
        The National Fisheries Institute, a trade association for the seafood industry, does not share the researchers alarm.

        "Fish stocks naturally fluctuate in population," the institute said in a statement. "By developing new technologies that capture target species more efficiently and result in less impact on other species or the environment, we are helping to ensure our industry does not adversely affect surrounding ecosystems or damage native species.
        Seafood has become a growing part of Americans' diet in recent years. Consumption totaled 16.6 pounds per person in 2004, the most recent data available, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That compares with 15.2 pounds in 2000.
        Joshua Reichert, head of the private Pew Charitable Trusts' environment program, pointed out that worldwide fishing provides $80 billion in revenue and 200 million people depend on it for their livelihoods. For more than 1 billion people, many of whom are poor, fish is their main source of protein, he said.
        The research was funded by the National Science Foundation's National Center for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis.
        Associated Press Writer John Heilprin contributed to this report.
        On the Net:
        Science: http://HYPERLINK "http://www.sciencemag.org/"www.sciencemag.org
        Bahamas: From Nassau with love
        By Fran Golden
        Boston Herald Travel Editor
        Thursday, November 9, 2006

        NASSAU, Bahamas - To experience the world of Bond as depicted in the new "Casino Royale," head here and to the fancy One & Only Ocean Club, which not only appears in the movie but was incorporated into the plot.
        Or check out the popular resort Atlantis, on Paradise Island, which also can be seen in the film.
        This is not the first time 007 has come to the Bahamas. In fact, the islands have hosted the legendary film franchise six times; the Bahamas wins the award for most utilized location in the history of Bond films.
        Sean Connery enjoyed the islands so much he ultimately made his home here, on New Providence Island in the posh community of Lyford Cay.
        007 first visited the Bahamas in 1965 for "Thunderball," in which this city played a starring role. Cafe Martinique and the British Colonial Hilton were among the sites featured in the film, in which Bond (Connery) enjoyed his martinis "shaken, not stirred." Today, the famed restaurant has been revived at Atlantis Marina Village under the direction of celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The Hilton, meanwhile, has a "Double-O" suite filled with Bond memorabilia including posters, books and DVDs of the Bond flicks.
        The Rock Point house - better known to 007 fans as Palmyra, estate of the villian Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi) - is another notable attraction from the movie.
        In 1983, "Never Say Never Again," a "Thunderball" remake, also was set and shot extensively in the Bahamas, featuring many of the same locations.
        Key underwater sequences for several Bond films, including "Thunderball," "Never Say Never Again," "You Only Live Twice," "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "For Your Eyes Only," were filmed around the islands, using shipwrecks and natural formations and featuring the area's colorful marine life. Featured in "Thunderball" and now named "Thunderball Grotto" is a natural limestone cavern near Staniel Cay in the Out Islands.
        If you go
        STAYING THERE: One&Only rates are $490-$1,590 per night (www.oneandonly.com). Atlantis' three-night Bond special through Feb. 10 features a helicopter excursion, a snorkel trip and gourmet dining.Rates from $1,007 per person (800-ATLANTIS; www.atlantis.com).
        Go to www.bahamas.com.

        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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      • Bill Scanlon
        Joe Demers, Lew, I ve seen that you recommend using Stanadyne as an additive with the new low sulfur fuel, I have been using a Hammonds product called Select 3
        Message 3 of 9 , Nov 12, 2006
          Joe Demers,
          I've seen that you recommend using Stanadyne as an additive with the new low sulfur fuel, I have been using a Hammonds product called Select 3 marine diesel fuel conditioner. According to the label it
           1. prevents fuel destabilaization that causes sludge & filter plugging
           2.improves fuel lubricity to prevent injector wear
           3.cleans up injector deposits
           4. contains non alcohol water dispersant
           5. raises cetane
          Do you think that this additive is sufficient for the new low sulfur fuel?
          Joe D's response;
          ***** I think this stuff is unproven. I would NOT use it in any diesel engine that I cared about.
          Joe DeMers
          Sound Marine Diesel LLC

          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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        • Bill Scanlon
          Something to think about for the future !! Caribbean 1500 Cup Where are they NOW : http://www.carib1500.com/2006c1500positions.htm
          Message 4 of 9 , Nov 12, 2006

            Something to think about for the future !!
            Caribbean 1500 Cup
            Where are they NOW :
            Caribbean 1500 Cup
            Event: Caribbean 1500 Cup Dates: 06/Nov/06 - Host Club: Bluewater Yachting Center Location: Hampton, VA, USA Contact: Steve Black | Email: steve@... Phone: 757-788-8872 | Fax: 757-788-8871 More Info: This cruising rally is held annually for boats over 34 feet.
            Steve and Linda Dashew, whose articles and books about the benefits of high-speed sailing have been fixtures in the sailing community for the last two decades, broke the record for the fastest passage in the recent (2001)
            Caribbean 1500 cruising rally. The couple accomplished the 1,500 miles between Hampton, Va., and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, in five days, three hours, 42 minutes aboard their 78-foot, light-displacement ketch Beowulf.
            The start of the rally was delayed for four days out of respect for the powers of Hurricane Michelle, which stomped across the Caribbean during the first week of November and was responsible for serious flooding and numerous deaths in Honduras, Nicaragua and Cuba. Winds up to 125 miles per hour were recorded in Havana; these were the worst hurricane effects to hit Cuba in 50 years, according to press reports.
            The 12th annual West Marine Caribbean 1500 hosted 52 boats, most of which (excepting Beowulf) arrived in the Virgin Islands within sight of one another.

            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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          • Ahmet
            well, there is always the NARC rally organized by Hank Schmitt of the OPO I have been a member of OPO for 7+ years, and participated in some deliveries. They
            Message 5 of 9 , Nov 12, 2006
              well, there is always the NARC rally organized by Hank Schmitt of the OPO
              I have been a member of OPO for 7+ years, and participated in some deliveries.
              They do sail from Newport to St Thomas annualy
              ----- Original Message -----
              Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 12:31 PM
              Subject: [MassBaySailors] Caribbean 1500 Cup / Where are they NOW

              Something to think about for the future !!
              Caribbean 1500 Cup
              Where are they NOW :
              http://www.carib150 0.com/2006c1500p ositions. htm
              http://www.carib150 0.com/c1500/ index.htm
              http://www.carib150 0.com/2006c1500p ositions. htm
              http://www.sailr. com/news39344. html
              http://www.carib150 0.com/
              Caribbean 1500 Cup
              Event: Caribbean 1500 Cup Dates: 06/Nov/06 - Host Club: Bluewater Yachting Center Location: Hampton, VA, USA Contact: Steve Black | Email: steve@carib1500. com Phone: 757-788-8872 | Fax: 757-788-8871 More Info: This cruising rally is held annually for boats over 34 feet.
              http://www.caribere source.com/ boating/boating. html
              Steve and Linda Dashew, whose articles and books about the benefits of high-speed sailing have been fixtures in the sailing community for the last two decades, broke the record for the fastest passage in the recent (2001)
              Caribbean 1500 cruising rally. The couple accomplished the 1,500 miles between Hampton, Va., and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, in five days, three hours, 42 minutes aboard their 78-foot, light-displacement ketch Beowulf.
              The start of the rally was delayed for four days out of respect for the powers of Hurricane Michelle, which stomped across the Caribbean during the first week of November and was responsible for serious flooding and numerous deaths in Honduras, Nicaragua and Cuba. Winds up to 125 miles per hour were recorded in Havana; these were the worst hurricane effects to hit Cuba in 50 years, according to press reports.
              The 12th annual West Marine Caribbean 1500 hosted 52 boats, most of which (excepting Beowulf) arrived in the Virgin Islands within sight of one another.

              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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            • Marvin Reynolds
              Hi Ahmet: Think you mean St. Martin, not St. Thomas...and b.t.y. Hank has a nice Tayana 37 that we are selling for him. He will be keeping it in Shipyard
              Message 6 of 9 , Nov 20, 2006
                Hi Ahmet:
                Think you mean St. Martin, not St. Thomas...and b.t.y. Hank has a
                nice Tayana 37 that we are selling for him. He will be keeping it in
                Shipyard Quarters where we will be looking after her.
                Setsail Yachts

                --- In MassBaySailors@yahoogroups.com, "Ahmet" <ahmet@...> wrote:
                > well, there is always the NARC rally organized by Hank Schmitt of
                the OPO
                > I have been a member of OPO for 7+ years, and participated in some
                > They do sail from Newport to St Thomas annualy
                > Ahmet
                > www.sailnomad.com
                > ----- Original Message -----
                > From: Bill Scanlon
                > To: MassBaySailors@yahoogroups.com ; WYC Sailors
                > Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 12:31 PM
                > Subject: [MassBaySailors] Caribbean 1500 Cup / Where are they NOW
                > Something to think about for the future !!
                > Caribbean 1500 Cup
                > Where are they NOW :
                > http://www.carib1500.com/2006c1500positions.htm
                > http://www.carib1500.com/c1500/index.htm
                > http://www.carib1500.com/2006c1500positions.htm
                > http://www.sailr.com/news39344.html
                > http://www.carib1500.com/
                > Caribbean 1500 Cup
                > Event: Caribbean 1500 Cup Dates: 06/Nov/06 - Host Club:
                Bluewater Yachting Center Location: Hampton, VA, USA Contact: Steve
                Black | Email: steve@... Phone: 757-788-8872 | Fax: 757-788-8871
                More Info: This cruising rally is held annually for boats over 34
                > http://www.cariberesource.com/boating/boating.html
                > Steve and Linda Dashew, whose articles and books about the
                benefits of high-speed sailing have been fixtures in the sailing
                community for the last two decades, broke the record for the fastest
                passage in the recent (2001)
                > Caribbean 1500 cruising rally. The couple accomplished the 1,500
                miles between Hampton, Va., and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin
                Islands, in five days, three hours, 42 minutes aboard their 78-foot,
                light-displacement ketch Beowulf.
                > The start of the rally was delayed for four days out of respect
                for the powers of Hurricane Michelle, which stomped across the
                Caribbean during the first week of November and was responsible for
                serious flooding and numerous deaths in Honduras, Nicaragua and
                Cuba. Winds up to 125 miles per hour were recorded in Havana; these
                were the worst hurricane effects to hit Cuba in 50 years, according
                to press reports.
                > The 12th annual West Marine Caribbean 1500 hosted 52 boats, most
                of which (excepting Beowulf) arrived in the Virgin Islands within
                sight of one another.
                > Bill Scanlon
                > USCG Master 50 GT Inland Waters
                > Towing & Sailing Endorsements
                > Lic. # 1092926
                > 1984 Catalina 30
                > "Ruby"
                > Std. Rig Hull# 3688
                > Winthrop (Mass.) Yacht Club
                > Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse
                > -------------------------------------------------------------------
                > Access over 1 million songs - Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
              • Bill Scanlon
                As most of us are aware now is good time to take or plan some boating related courses; There is no shortage of place too learn & train; Basic Boat Safety /
                Message 7 of 9 , Nov 20, 2006
                  As most of us are aware now is good time to take or plan some boating related courses;
                  There is no shortage of place too learn & train;
                  Basic Boat Safety / Navigation / Boat handling / a Captain'sCourse (launch operator or 6-Pack) / Sea Schjool / US Coast Guard / On-Line / Travel combine OfShore Trainning ...
                  I'll list some below, please feel free to ad your own faorites to this topic too !
                  My personal favorite that I of course highly reccomend!!
                  Boatwise - Instruction in Boating Safety, Navigation and On The Water Training
                  72 Woodman Road
                  South Hampton, NH 03827
                  Tel: 800-698-7373
                  Boatwise provides professional training in Boating Basics, Navigation, GPS, Loran, Radar, Captains License, Launch Operator License, in the classroom and On The Water training, all USCG and NASBLA approved. Boatwise offers Classroom Instruction, On The Water Training, USCG approved OUPV (6 pak), Masters and Masters Upgrade classes and USCG approved Launch Operator classes all across New England. They also provide private tutoring at many New England locations and special group instruction across the United States. All instruction is provided by licensed captains.
                  Boston Harbor Sailing Club - For Sailing Instruction and Group Sailing, Racing and Cruising

                  58 Batterymarch Street #211
                  Boston, MA 02110-3207

                  Land classes: Boston Harbor Hotel, Rowes Wharf
                  Sailing operations: The Private Marina at Rowes Wharf
                  Telephone: 617-720-0049
                  The Boston Harbor Sailing Club is a sailing school and membership club founded in 1974 to offer high level sailing instruction and, through memberships, make the continued enjoyment of Boston and New England waters accessible and affordable to the public. The Club now owns a fleet of 65 yachts and is one of the most prominent features of the downtown Boston waterfront.
                  Boating Courses Online

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                  Coastal Navigation Course
                  dividersCombination home study text/workbook, chart work and online information and discussion. View details. We are very pleased to announce that this course has been chosen for use as a textbook by the Faculty of Maritime Studies at Vestfold College, Tonsberg, Norway.

                  Boating Tips
                  Call A Captain - Listing of captains and offered services
                  72 Woodman Rd.
                  So. Hampton, NH. 03827
                  Tel: 800-698-7373
                  Call A Captain helps boaters find licensed captains to teach you how to safely operate and navigate your own boat, or provide a great charter experience, or boat delivery service. Other special features include a search for crew members and job opportunities provided by marinas and yacht clubs. This information search is free of charge to interested boaters.

                  The Landing School - Boat Design, Boatbuilding and Marine Systems School
                  P.O. Box 1490
                  Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
                  Tel: 207-985-7976
                  Fax: 207-985-7942
                  E-mail to info@...
                  The Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design is a post secondary vocational school specializing in skill education for careers as boatbuilders and designers. The programs offer a practical alternative to the pursuit of a four-year degree in marine engineering and to the various correspondence courses available.

                  - USCG Approved Captains License Courses and Testing
                  149 Ocean Street
                  Hyannis, MA 02601
                  Tel: 508-790-3400
                  Fax: 508-775-1672
                  E-Mail: info@...
                  New England Maritime has been on the cutting edge of maritime training for the past 11 years. The school prepares students with Coast Guard Approved courses for: Charterboat Captain (6-pak), Master 100 Ton, Master 200 Ton, Basic and Advance Fire Fighting, Launchtender, Boating Safety, and STCW Basic Safety Courses. Courses are available in Hyannis and Marina Bay, Quincy or at your site. Unable to attend classes? Try the New England Maritime Homestudy Kit.

                  - Learn how to safely and comfortably handle your boat!
                  Captain Philip Cusumano
                  Gloucester, Massachusetts
                  Tel: 978-281-3023 or (cell) 508-284-7445
                  Email: info@...

                  On The Water Training provides professional, experienced captains for lessons, instruction and training in boat docking, handling, manuevering, anchoring, navigation and on-board electronics, including GPS, LORAN and radar. Call us or email us to discuss your specific needs and interests. We also provide lessons is the areas of boat winterizing and commissioning of power and sail boats.

                  Salty's On-Line - C.F.A.I.R. Sailing School
                  P.O. Box 604
                  Rockland, ME 04841
                  Telephone: 207-594-2891
                  E-Mail: sailing101@...
                  C.F.A.I.R. is a FREE sailing school operated by a group of people who were given the opportunity to "mess around on boats." Each of us learned to sail as the result of someone's goodwill. We are simply returning the favor.
                  SAFETY NOTICES
                  Boat Insurance
                  What should I consider? Could I benefit from a certified boating safety course?
                  Anyway you look at it, safety first is a good investment.  Allstate sponsors many campaigns that promote boating safety, including our participation in a variety of National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Boat Shows each year.
                  Let’s put boating safety first
                  Allstate has been working side-by-side with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) to help educate our customers about putting boating safety first.  We’ve been charting a solid course to make sure you have peace of mind when launching your boat or personal watercraft.
                  Boating Safety

                  Boating Safety Courses

                  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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                • Bill Scanlon
                  http://www.sailinganarchy.com/index_page2.htm Here Comes the Sun Talk about solar power! The transatlantic21
                  Message 8 of 9 , Nov 20, 2006

                    Here Comes the Sun

                    Talk about solar power! The transatlantic21 <http://www.transatlantic21.ch/index.php?id=106&L=1>
                    association's solar catamaran will leave Basel this month en route for
                    transatlantic record attempt to New York. Seville. The journey will
                    via the Canary Islands and Cape Verde to the West Indies and then on to
                    Florida. The boat will hopefully continue its journey along the US
                    coast to
                    New York, where "sun21" is due to arrive on 8 May 2007, having covered
                    7000 sea miles.

                    Sun21 is a 14-meter-long catamaran powered exclusively by solar energy,
                    hopes to be the first motorized crossing of the Atlantic without using
                    drop of gasoline. If they attain the record, it should show the
                    potential of
                    the solar technique for ocean navigation.

                    Deal of the Week?

                    This one was e-mailed to us
                    morning, and we thought it might be fun to start featuring more "deals"
                    this if possible. Beaters, repos, salvaged, whatever. So if you run
                    anything similar, send them in .
                    $1,000 1984 25' Pearson can be found here


                    . Good times?



                    Ended: Nov-16-06 11:22:33 PST
                    Buyer responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping. Vehicle shipping
                    quote is
                    available. <http://das.ebay.com>  Sells to: United States, Canada Item
                    location:     Meredith, New Hampshire, United States History: 9 bids
                    6>  Winning bidder: antoine1396
                    <http://myworld.ebay.com/ebaymotors/antoine1396/>  ( 1
                    toine1396&iid=330049854576>  ) 


                    Vehicle Description

                    This boat belongs to a friend of mine who no longer has a place to
                    keep or use it. He has owned it for several years, but it has not been
                    the water since 2002.
                    This Pearson 25 is a nice sloop with a decent sized cabin including a
                    bathroom and some sleeping accomodations. It comes with only two sails
                    I can see. They are in good shape.
                    The hull is in very nice shape with only minor surface scratching. The
                    should be refinished. The mast and boom appear to be fine. All of the
                    rigging appears to be there. It has a motor bracket for a small

                    The interior needs a complete cleaning.

                    I would rate the boat at about a 6.5-7 out of 10. It is a real steal at
                    $1000 however.
                    The boat stands (which are worth about $700) come with it. We can load
                    boat on your trailer or if you choose, we can store it here for the
                    for $400.
                    As with all of my auctions, this boat is sold as is as seen here in
                    Meredith, NH. There is no shipping offered on the boat, you have to
                    pick it
                    up here

                    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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                  • Bill Scanlon
                    Articles included below; Coast Guard saves sinking fishing boat off Nantucket A boatload of questions: Missing Hub man sends $O$ to cargo ship partners Man who
                    Message 9 of 9 , Nov 22, 2006
                      Articles included below;
                      Coast Guard saves sinking fishing boat off Nantucket
                      A boatload of questions: Missing Hub man sends $O$ to cargo ship partners
                      Man who tossed woman from boat denied parole
                      Blast from the past: First hurricane hit Pilgrims in 1635
                      Groups seek to create Atlantic marine reserves
                      Tuesday, November 21, 2006

                      Coast Guard saves sinking fishing boat off Nantucket
                      By Sarah Kneezle, Globe Correspondent

                      The Coast Guard rescued a 50-foot boat off the coast of Nantucket Monday that had sprung a leak and was taking on water.
                      The "Susan Marie" of New Bedford began to flood Monday afternoon when it was 32 miles east of Nantucket. At 2:55 p.m. the Southeastern New England branch of the Coast Guard received a distress call from the vessel.
                      At 4:52 p.m. a helicopter arrived on scene with a pump. After locating the leak, the "Susan Marie" and its crew were escorted to Stage Harbor in Chatham.
                      There were no reported injuries.

                      Posted by the Boston Globe City & Region Desk at 10:07 AM

                      A boatload of questions: Missing Hub man sends $O$ to cargo ship partners
                      Dave Wedge
                      Boston Herald Chief Enterprise Reporter

                      Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - Updated:
                      09:31 AM EST

                      An East Boston man believed to have escaped a hijacking by gun-wielding Haitian pirates is at the center of a mystery as he phones home from parts unknown, seeking cash for the return of a missing million-dollar cargo ship.

                      The calls from Frank Bottino, a 60-year-old investor in the Florida Star, have left his business partners stunned and frustrated as they scramble to recover the $1.3 million vessel.

                      Bottino's whereabouts are unknown. His last call - requesting $100,000 to get back the boat - came about two months ago.

                      Lisa McSweeney, who invested hundreds of thousands in the boat with her husband, John, said they've exhausted their resources trying to find the ship.

                      "We don't know where it is. Financially, none of us has the resources to go down there and see where it is," she said. "It's very frustrating."

                      The saga of the Florida Star began in July 2004 when the 247-foot ship was boarded by armed rebels at a port in Miraguane, Haiti. The swashbuckling thugs shot the captain in the arm, assaulted crew members, stole cargo and took over the vessel, according to a report by the London-based International Maritime Organization.

                      Bottino, initially believed by his partners to be dead, never responded to letters or newspaper ads. In March 2005, his Faywood Avenue home was foreclosed upon and sold at auction, records show. Boston police had no missing persons report on Bottino and attempts to reach relatives were unsuccessful.

                      In February 2005, Bottino called other investors seeking money to retrieve the vessel, according to Robert Fedus, a Weymouth contractor and part-owner of the Florida Star.

                      "He asked us to send him down $70,000 for the boat to get it back," Fedus said in a recent court proceeding. "We believed all along the boat was on its way back and that it would be recovered."

                      Bottino's most recent known contact came about two months ago when he called another investor, Ronald Camarda of Hanover. According to Fedus, Bottino told Camarda he was in the Dominican Republic and needed $100,000 to get the boat out of French Guyana. Camarda did not return calls from the Herald.

                      An official report on the piracy was made to the IMO by Columbian authorities in July 2004 but there have been no new details. Haitian officials had no information about the ship.

                      Coast Guard officials also had no reports. Coast Guard records show the ship was last in the United States in May 2004, when it was docked in Boston. The only other Coast Guard record is from September 2003, when the ship was cited for several minor infractions in Miami.

                      The alleged fate of the Florida Star is apparently not uncommon, especially in little-regulated waters in the Caribbean.

                      A recent report by the International Maritime Bureau found there were 174 pirate attacks on ships in the first nine months of 2006. Of those incidents, 113 vessels were illegally boarded, 11 ships were hijacked, 163 hostages were taken, 20 crew members were kidnapped, and six were killed.
                      Man who tossed woman from boat denied parole

                      By Staff and wire reports
                      Monday, November 20, 2006

                      SALEM - The Parole Board has denied parole to a man convicted of throwing a Salem woman overboard from his sailboat 15 years ago, and put off his next parole hearing for five years.

                      The Board denied parole last week to Thomas Maimoni, 62, who was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of Martha Brailsford, 37, whose body was pulled from the sea in July 1991.
                      Blast from the past: First hurricane hit Pilgrims in 1635

                      By Associated Press
                      Monday, November 20, 2006 - Updated:
                      07:43 AM EST

                      NEW YORK - The winds whipped up to 130 mph, snapping pine trees like pick-up sticks and blowing houses into oblivion. A surge of water, 21 feet high at its crest, engulfing victims as they desperately scurried for higher ground.

                      The merciless storm, pounding the coast for hours with torrential sheets of rain, was like nothing ever seen before. One observer predicted the damage would linger for decades.

                      This wasn't New Orleans in August 2005. This was New England in August 1635, battered by what was later dubbed "The Great Colonial Hurricane" - the first major storm suffered by the first North American settlers, just 14 years after the initial Thanksgiving celebration in Plymouth Colony.

                      The Puritans, after landing at Plymouth Rock, endured disease, brutal winters and battles with the natives. But their biggest test roared up the coast from the south, an unprecedented and terrifying tempest that convinced rattled residents the apocalypse was imminent.

                      And why not? The transplanted Europeans knew almost nothing of hurricanes, an entirely foreign phenomenon. Their fears of approaching death were reinforced when a lunar eclipse followed the natural disaster.

                      Once the weather cleared and the sun rose again, the few thousand residents of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies were left to rebuild and recover from a hurricane as powerful as 1938's killer Long Island Express. The 20th century hurricane killed 700 people, including 600 in New England, and left 63,000 homeless.

                      "The settlers easily could have packed up and gone home," said Nicholas K. Coch, a professor of geology at Queens College and one of the nation's foremost hurricane experts. "It was an extraordinary event, a major hurricane, and nearly knocked out British culture in America."

                      Last year, Coch used information that he collected from detailed colonial journals to reconstruct the great hurricane. The 371-year-old data was brought to Brian Jarvinen at the National Hurricane Center, where it was interpreted using the SLOSH (Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes) computer model.

                      The result: The hurricane likely tracked farther west than was thought, passing over uninhabited easternmost Long Island before moving north into New England. Once clear of the colonies, it veered off into the Atlantic.

                      Previously, researchers had believed the hurricane missed Long Island - which always annoyed Coch.

                      "We started out doing this as a lark, and it turned out to be a very interesting piece of science," said Coch. "This information can be applied to any hurricane in the north. I think that's neat."

                      Coch said the pioneers from across the Atlantic likely endured a Category 3 hurricane, moving faster than 30 mph, with maximum winds of 130 mph and a very high storm surge - 21 feet at Buzzards Bay and 14 feet at Providence. Reports at the time said 17 American Indians were drowned, while others scaled trees to find refuge.

                      The storm was moving about three times as fast as the typical southern hurricane, and arrived in full bluster. Although it struck nearly four centuries ago, very specific details about the first recorded hurricane in North America were provided by the local leaders' writings.

                      "The documentation was better than any hurricane until the mid-1800s," said Coch. "That's a story in itself."

                      John Winthrop, head of the Massachusetts Bay group, recalled in his Aug. 16, 1635, entry that the winds were kicking up a full week before the hurricane.

                      Once it did arrive, the hurricane "blew with such violence, with abundance of rain, that it blew down many hundreds of trees, overthrew some houses, and drove the ships from their anchors," Winthrop wrote. He detailed the deaths of eight American Indians sucked under the rising water while "flying from their wigwams."

                      William Bradford, the leader of the Plymouth group, offered a similarly florid recounting.

                      "Such a mighty storm of wind and rain as none living in these parts, either English or Indian, ever saw," he wrote. "It blew down sundry houses and uncovered others ... It blew down many hundred thousands of trees, turning up the stronger by the roots and breaking the higher pine trees off in the middle."

                      The local crops, along with the forests and many local structures like the Aptucxet trading house on the southwest side of Cape Cod, suffered major damage. Bradford, in his account, predicted signs of the damage would endure into the next century.

                      So brutal was the storm that 50 years later, Increase Mather wrote simply, "I have not heard of any storm more dismal than the great hurricane which was in August 1635." His father, the Rev. Richard Mather, was aboard one of the ships nearly sunk at sea by the ferocious weather - but he survived, along with about 100 other passengers.

                      Others were less fortunate.

                      The Rev. Anthony Thacher, his cousin and their two families were headed by boat on a short swing from Ipswich to Marblehead. The fast-moving storm smashed their craft on the rocks, dooming all aboard except for the preacher and his wife, who somehow survived the storm as 21 others perished.

                      "Before daylight, it pleased God to send so mighty a storm as the like was never felt in New England since the English came there nor in the memories of any of the Indians," Thacher wrote in a letter home to his brother.

                      Thacher's Island and Avery's Rock - named for his late cousin Joseph Avery - remain as geographic reminders of the storm and its toll.

                      Coch said the most interesting news about the hurricane, more than 350 years later, is that storms can often follow the same track. And just a minuscule shift of the storm's movement in the area of North Carolina - "a fraction of a degree" - could send a hurricane up through Providence and right into Boston, the professor said.

                      "We could have a catastrophic situation with national repercussions," said Coch. "If the track of a future Huricance moves 25 miles to the west of the 'Colonial Hurricane,' the dangerous right side could pass right over Boston and Providence. That's why we study old hurricanes in the Northeast."

                      Groups seek to create Atlantic marine reserves
                      Plan could curb N.E. fishing areas
                      By Beth Daley, Globe Staff | November 20, 2006
                      An influential environmental group in New England has teamed up with a group in Canada in a campaign to declare large chunks of the northwest Atlantic Ocean off-limits to fishing and other human activities to protect a wide diversity of marine life and habitat .
                      Today, the Conservation Law Foundation and World Wildlife Fund-Canada will release a report recommending that marine reserves be created in about 20 percent of the ocean from Cape Cod to Eastern Canada's Scotian Shelf, and extending 10 to 200 miles from shore. The protected areas would probably include some of New England's most productive fishing areas .
                      The groups have spent six years mapping the region -- 2 1/2 times the size of New England -- to highlight unique ocean habitats and a broad range of marine life, from microscopic phytoplankton to right whales, that are the most important to preserve.
                      "Our goal is to protect biodiversity for the future," said John D. Crawford, senior scientist at Conservation Law Foundation and director of the group's Initiative on Marine Ecosystem Conservation. The report, he said, is "a beginning conversation -- this needs to be figured out in the public arena, in a public process."
                      Congressional or presidential authorization would probably be needed to set aside a network of marine protected areas in the federally managed waters. Until now, Boston-based CLF has focused on developing the scientific tools to decide what to save, but foundation officials are planning a public and legislative effort to get marine protected areas designated.
                      Senators John F. Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrats, said that they have not seen the report but welcomed efforts to protect ocean life.
                      The proposal is being announced as marine protected areas -- similar to conservation tracts on land -- gain a foothold across the nation, with several dozen existing in state and federal waters. In June, President Bush declared 140,000 square miles off Hawaii a national monument, prohibiting fishing and requiring permits for snorkelers and divers. California recently promised to ban or severely restrict fishing in a 200-square-mile swath, about 18 percent of state waters, off its central coast and officials there now promise to extend the network northward. If protected areas are developed off New England to the extent proposed, they would be one of the largest marine reserve networks off the nation's coast.
                      Many scientists and state marine officials say such marine reserves are long overdue in New England, which was once celebrated the world over for its rich cod and other groundfish stocks. Some fish populations today are a small fraction of their historic levels and it is unclear whether they ever will make a full recovery. One recent study said 90 percent of the world's edible seafood could be gone by 2048 if fishing isn't more strictly restricted. Pollution and increasing ship traffic are threatening the endangered North Atlantic right whale, while scientists worry that unique seascapes such as cold water coral beds may be lost forever if they are not outright protected.
                      In their report, the environmental groups give an example of what one 24,000-square-mile network of preserves could look like, with 30 parcels ranging in size from 100 square miles, on the eastern edge of Georges Bank off Cape Cod, to 4,741 square miles, a swath that extends from the northeastern tip of Georges Bank to the Scotian Shelf's southern tip. CLF's Crawford stressed that other configurations that take into account fishermen's livelihoods or shipping patterns could also work.
                      The groups say protected areas would prohibit most types of commercial fishing, sand and gravel mining, and oil and gas drilling, and would possibly impose speed restrictions on ships in whale-feeding areas. While each area may be protected differently, CLF's goal is to have as little human disturbance as possible in each.
                      Marine protected areas usually include a network of areas that allow some uses and prohibit others. Some, for example, ban any access by any person or boat while others will allow some kinds of fishing. While a series of smaller federal and state sanctuaries have been designated off New England's coast, most, such as the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, largely exist in name only with few, if any, restrictions.
                      To highlight key areas to possibly protect, CLF and WWF-Canada scientists gathered all the government data they could find on the life cycles, habitats, and populations of phytoplankton, fish, whales, and other marine organisms. The group also examined seawater temperature, salinity, depth, and seafloor composition. Then, they used a software program to identify the areas that protected the most species and habitats, in the most efficient way so the least amount of ocean needed to be restricted.
                      CLF officials say they used a 20 percent set-aside goal because it was recommended as a good target for marine protected areas in a scientific report by the National Research Council.
                      Fishermen, many who are withholding judg ment until they see the report, said 20 percent seemed arbitrary. Most said they weren't against protected areas -- large regions of the sea are closed now to rebuild fishing stocks -- but they worry that so much will be closed permanently they will not be able to earn a living.
                      "They have to be very careful not to close an area that is producing a lot of net benefit to the nation," said Vito Giacalone of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, a fishing industry group.
                      If history is any indication, CLF's announcement is the start of a long and guaranteed controversial process. Protesters hanged the manager of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in effigy when he began drawing lines telling them where they could and couldn't go in the 1990s. In California, the new restrictions on fishing in state waters took seven years to complete. In New England, with its large fishing fleet and vast fishing grounds, there may be even more to argue about.
                      "Ecologically, this is a logical discussion," said George LaPointe, commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources and a member of an advisory panel for federal marine protected areas. "But if the discussion is going to be productive, we need to include everyone in the process. How do you manage it? What are your goals? How do you police it? I don't mind a discussion of no-fish areas, but is fishing survivable [ elsewhere ]? That is going to be the big question."
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