returns to Chicago
Strictly Sail Chicago will be held at Navy Pier Feb. 3 to 6. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the four-day event, which offers more than 250 exhibitors.
First held in 1996, Strictly Sail is now a ritual for thousands of local sailors who meet to discuss the upcoming season and to check out the latest sailboats, gear and accessories, according to the organizers.
“The city of Chicago has embraced the show, and has turned it into not only the biggest sailboat show in the Midwest, but the largest indoor sailboat show in the country,” says show manager Kevin Murphy.
The show is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. the first two days of the show, Feb. 3 and 4. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 5; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Feb. 6.
Contact Kevin Murphy at (401) 841-0900, Ext. 28, or visit www.sail america.com.
honored by Coast Guard
James T. Caraway received the U.S. Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award from Adm. Thomas H. Collins, commandant of the Coast Guard, during a ceremony in October in New York.
Caraway, of Milwaukee, was cited in the award for his outstanding contributions to the Coast Guard as a director of the Coast Guard Foundation from 1989 to 2002, and in his role as chairman of the foundation from 2002 to 2004. He was specifically cited for supporting projects that enhanced the quality of life for Coast Guard members and their families.
“Jim Caraway has been a staunch supporter of Coast Guard men and women,” said Collins. “His work on behalf of Coast Guard families will have a lasting impact, and this award is our way of saying thanks to a great friend.” www.cgfdn.org
New Coast Guard station
dedicated in Port Huron
Coast Guard officials and crew, Congresswoman Candice Miller (R–10th, Mich.) and more than 50 international, state and local officials and guests gathered Oct. 22 to mark the opening of the newly constructed Coast Guard Station Port Huron.
Over the past four years, the station has conducted an average of 100 search-and-rescue cases and 50 law enforcement boardings annually, saving or assisting more than 157 people and $4.2 million worth of property.
In addition, the station and its crew dedicated more than 640 hours in the last three years on maritime homeland security.
The new station was modeled after successful designs for the nation’s fire stations and houses.
Wis. megayacht builder
finds ‘Time for Us’
Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wis., has taken on the largest, most comprehensive yacht design and construction project in the company’s 141-year history.
In October Burger announced it was contracted to build a 150-foot tri-deck megayacht. John Munford of the United Kingdom is the interior designer; Patton Marine has developed the specifications and will provide project management; Vripack of the Netherlands is co-engineering the yacht along with the Burger design team, which developed the interior layout as well as the exterior styling.
The unnamed owner is “a highly respected American yachtsman who plans to cruise the world extensively aboard the yacht he named Time For Us.”
The yacht will have more than 6,500 square feet of interior space and almost 4,000 square feet of exterior space. She will have a 4,500-mile range and a top speed of 15.6 knots.Delivery is scheduled for late 2006. www.burgerboat.com
Indoor ‘lake’ returns
to Toronto boat show
Canada’s largest marine marketplace celebrates the new boating season at The National Trade Centre, Jan. 15 to 23.
The centerpiece of the show is again The Lake, “the world’s largest indoor marina,” which features boats on the water. Henry’s Fish House serves up its famous fish and chips, and live music completes the off-season marina atmosphere.
More than 1,000 new boat models are on view throughout the exhibition facility, including kayaks, dinghies, runabouts, fishing boats, performance boats, sport boats, cruisers and sailboats. Hundreds of pre-season specials and discounts will be offered.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, and noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays. Admission is $15 for adults; $7 for youth (ages 13 to 17); $12 for seniors (65 and over); and free for children 12 and younger.
For information and advance tickets visit www.torontoboatshow.com or call (905) 951-0009.