Mid-Atlantic News Notes September 2010

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Massive volunteer crew  to clean local waters

On Sept. 25, Ocean Conservancy will be activating the world's largest volunteer cleanup crew for ocean, lakes, and rivers for the 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup. What started out as a local beach cleanup in Texas has rapidly grown into a global movement of ocean conservation. Last year more than 500,000 volunteers from 100-plus countries gathered to remove more than 7 million pounds of marine debris.

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Volunteers also record data on every piece of trash they find, helping Ocean Conservancy develop the world's only global snapshot of what is trashing our ocean and waterways.

Beginning in early August, search for a cleanup sites near you at www.oceanconservancy.org.

BoatU.S. offers Tacklebox for your inbox

BoatU.S. Angler announced a free e-mail newsletter called Tacklebox, covering topics like fishing tips from experts on fresh- and saltwater fishing, do-it-yourself projects, trailering, fishing destinations and conservation. Each issue also features one freshwater and one saltwater fishing guide or charter service that offers discounts to BoatU.S. members.

Membership with BoatU.S. is not necessary to sign up for an online subscription to Tacklebox. The newsletter comes out 10 times a year.

Go to www.boatus.com to sign up for the newsletter.

New deck option for Morris Yachts' M42

Morris Yachts, custom and semicustom yacht builders, announced a new deck option for the M42. Similar to the design of the M36 deck, the new M46 has a shorter, three-window cabin top, according to the company.

The self-tacking jib track was moved from the cabin top and returns to the deck-sweeper style, but the vessel still has the roomy interior of the M46 - the shorter trunk cabin only affects the interior area forward of the mast, according to the company.

The M42, designed by Sparkman & Stephens, offers more than six feet of headroom and a large salon. The interior is finished in Herreshoff style with white bulkheads and solid cherry trim with high-gloss varnish. The galley has a two-burner propane stove, an oven, a 12-volt refrigerator, Corian countertop and sink. The enclosed head has a Vacuflush toilet, washbasin, cherry countertop and shower.

The company describes the M42 as designed and crafted to be convenient for single-handed sailing. All control lines, sheets and halyards have been led below the deck to custom designed control/winch pods located in the cockpit. Lewmar electric self-tailing primary winches are standard. A mechanical vang and self-contained hydraulic backstay adjuster are standard. The standard engine is a Yanmar 39 hp diesel with a Saildrive. www.morrisyachts.com.

Portsmouth, Va., named "Coast Guard City"

The Coast Guard recently chose Portsmouth as the Coast Guard City. The city was chosen because of its nearly 200 years of support for the Coast Guard and the organizations that merged to form the Coast Guard in 1915.

"For almost 200 years, Coast Guard members and citizens of Portsmouth have forged a relationship that has stood the test of time," says Rear Adm. Wayne E. Justice, Coast Guard's Fifth District commander. "We take great pride living in Portsmouth and look forward to many more years of prosperity with the new honorable status of Coast Guard City."

In 1820, the U.S. Lighthouse Service anchored its first lightship off Craney Island. In 1870, the Lighthouse Service boat depot and buoy yard was established where N'Telos Pavilion is now located and in 1874 the Sixth Life Saving District was established in Portsmouth.

The "Coast Guard City, USA" program was established in 1998 after Section 409 of Public Law 105-383 was enacted to formally allow the city of Grand Haven, Mich., to become the first Coast Guard City. Since then, only seven other cities have been awarded the designation.

This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue.