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In the News May 2007

Trawler Trek sets sights on June departure

Now in its third year, Trawler Trek — a bluewater cruise-in-company to Bermuda for power vessels — will depart Hampton, Va., June 20 in conjunction with the Bermuda Cup Rally.

Organized by the Cruising Rally Association, the simultaneous rallies bring together powerboaters and sailors undertaking a common challenge: a 640-mile ocean passage.

Trawler Trek is open to seaworthy yachts of at least 40 feet, and all must pass inspection and be crewed by two or more people. Entrants must have recorded capability to safely make the trip with a 25-percent fuel reserve, not considering fuel carried on deck. The boats share positions twice daily, and most trawlers are expected to complete the voyage in three to five days. For added fun, Trawler Trek includes a fishing contest during the passage. Upon arrival in Bermuda, participants are encouraged to explore the island four to five days before the optional return trip July 1.

Captains seeking crewmembers should contact the Cruising Rally Association for a list of volunteers. The entry fee is $650 before May 1 and $700 after. For more information, including registration, contact Steve Black at (757) 788-8872.

Boaters asked to ‘Help Stop the Drops’

The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is asking boaters and marina operators for help in preventing the drips and drops that escape during refueling.

“Small fuel spills may not seem like much when they occur, but over time they can add up,” says Susan Shingledecker, environmental program manager for the BoatU.S. Foundation.

The foundation kicked off its “Help Stop the Drops” effort by partnering with more than 600 fuel docks nationwide and providing them with clean fueling education kits. The kits contain a fuel vent overflow collection device for use while filling up, educational materials outlining proper fueling practices, and fuel-dock signs. The foundation is asking boaters who use these locations to borrow the “no-spill” tank vent device when filling up, and to give marina operators feedback on the program.

To complement the fueling kits, the foundation has developed a new Web site,, that provides information — including educational tips on refueling and information on clean fueling products — for boaters and fuel dock staff.

Chart store keeping pace with megayacht upsurge

Bluewater Books & Charts of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which several years ago began offering specialized services to the large-yacht market through its Bluewater Inventory and Chart Compliance Service Program, is expanding those services.

With more and more large yachts coming to Fort Lauderdale, two of Bluewater’s specialized “large yacht team” members will travel to a vessel and take inventory of its charts, software, electronic charts, professional publications, cruising guides and other navigational materials. Bluewater staff will catalog and maintain the inventory, noting when a particular publication becomes outdated and needs to be replaced or corrected. Bluewater also will keep track of a vessel’s purchases, no matter where the items are bought, and the large-yacht team will make customized recommendations based on the vessel’s itinerary.

The cost of the service is based on the level of program a captain selects and the amount and type of inventory that is being maintained. For information call (866) 609-8951 or e-mail .

Designer hall of fame inducts another legend

L. Francis Herreshoff — considered one of the most influential and successful yacht designers of the 20th century — was inducted into the North American Boat Designers Hall of Fame during the American Boat & Yacht Council’s annual meeting earlier this year.

Herreshoff worked for his father — the legendary Nathanael Herreshoff, a past hall inductee — the Navy and nautical engineer Starling Burgess before striking out on his own as a designer. His racing designs include the 1930 J Class America’s Cup yacht Whirlwind, the M-Class Istalena, and the R-Class sloops Yankee and Live Yankee. His cruising designs include the ketches Bounty, Tioga and Araminta, as well as the schooner Joan. Herreshoff wrote numerous books and articles on yacht design, and pioneered the concept of the canting keel, which is found on some of today’s high-speed ocean racers. Based in his Marblehead, Mass., Herreshoff continued to work until his death in 1972 at the age of 82.

Also recognized at the ABYC meeting were Edward S. “Ted” Brewer and Bob Wallstrom, who received the Norman Nudelman Marine Education Award for a lifetime of excellence and achievement in marine education. Brewer is co-founder of the Yacht Design Institute, and Wallstrom is past president of the institute.

The North American Boat Designers Hall of Fame eventually will be housed at Mystic (Conn.) Seaport, where an engraved crystal plate will commemorate each inductee, along with photos, drawings and historical reference material. Past inductees include John Alden, C. Raymond Hunt, Philip L. Rhodes and Olin Stephens.