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Nordic Tug owners

invited to summer cruise

A traveling boat show featuring Nordic Tugs is planned for New York’s Hudson River, the canal system, St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain this summer. Cruising aboard a 2005 Nordic Tug with flybridge, teammates from Wilde Yacht Sales of Essex, Conn., are charting a course from the Connecticut River to the Hudson, weighing anchor from Essex Harbor June 20.

The first night a “weigh anchor party” is planned at Sea Cliff, N.Y., near Manhasset Bay. Among the major stopovers planned for the participating tugs will be Kingston on the Hudson River, Waterford, Schenectady and Sylvan Beach, at the east end of Oneida Lake. Plans call for stops in the Finger Lakes before heading north to Oswego, and on to Rochester in the first leg of the 1,374-mile journey by water.

On July 5 the Wilde Yacht teammates will change captains and crew in Oswego, N.Y., for the second half of the journey with planned stopovers in Clayton, Alexander Bay and the Reichlieu Canal, for a third crew change. After a leisurely cruise in Lake Champlain, there will be a reception for tug enthusiasts at a Whitehall, N.Y., marina. The team will then navigate the historic locks north of the Hudson River.

The host Nordic Tug 37 will drop anchor back in Essex Harbor by July 17 — in time for the Fifth Annual Nordic Tug Owners Northeast Rendezvous, scheduled for July 27 and 28 at Essex Island Marina.

Wilde Yacht Sales is the exclusive Nordic Tug dealer for New England, New York, Northern Pennsylvania, Northern New Jersey, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and Canada. Annapolis Sailyard ( is the exclusive Nordic Tug dealer for Chesapeake Bay.

Tug owners are invited to join the trip at any time. Call (888) 447-6944 or e-mail

Spring boat show

banishes winter

The Newport (R.I.) Spring Boat Show will be held May 19 to 22 at the Newport Yachting Center. More in-water display space has been added for this year’s show, and more professional brokers are expected to attend. Hundreds of previously owned and new models of powerboats, sailboats, multihulls, kayaks, inflatables and dinghies will be on display, as well as a huge array of boating accessories and services. Agents will be available to answer questions on finance and insurance, and seminars will be held on a wide variety of subjects. Activities for children will also be available. A cocktail party sponsored by the show’s charitable partner, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will take place Thursday night.

Tickets are $10 for adults, with advance tickets at $8 available until May 8. Tickets for preview day (Thursday) are $15. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult attend free except Thursday. Hours are Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone: (800) 582-7846. www.

Beneteau announces

rendezvous schedule

The 2005 Beneteau owner’s rendezvous schedule for the East Coast kicks off with a June 10 to 12 rendezvous on Solomons Island, Md. The contact is Annapolis Yacht Sales, vera@annapolis, (410) 267-8181.

A rendezvous will also take place July 15 to 17 in Mystic, Conn. The contact is Sailing Specialties, sailing@sailing, (860) 536-4974.

The company will host 10 owner rendezvous events across the United States and Canada this year, along with the support of dealer, owner and sponsor networks. Each event will last around two to three days, and feature educational seminars, on-the-water activities, theme parties, and lots of owner camaraderie.

Trump casino to host

Bertram rendezvous

The Trump Marina and Casino will again host the Bertram Mid-Atlantic Rendezvous. More than 30 boats and some 100 registrants attended the inaugural event in 2004. Pre-registration has already exceeded last year’s attendance.

The Bertram Mid-Atlantic Rendezvous invites owners of Bertrams of all sizes, with or without their boats, as well as Bertram aficionados, to join the festivities. Any interested person can visit the docks, look at the boats and talk to the owners. Bertram and Marine Max will sponsor a “DockTail Martini Party.” Participants can visit the classic Bertrams at the docks or take a sea trial on a brand new factory Bertram. Contact Charlie Haws at (732) 477-7210 for more information.

Chris-Craft’s place in pleasure boating history

The 2005 ACBS Antique Motorboating Symposium, to be held April 22 to 24 at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Va., will provide insight about Chris-Craft’s path to becoming a boating industry leader for more than 40 years.

Former Chris-Craft executives Chris Smith, Don McKerer and Dick Avery will offer insiders’ views on the company’s history. Sessions will include analysis of Chris-Craft boats and their place in the boating industry; practical advice on research, restoration and preservation; and expert demonstrations of restoration methods and techniques.

The Mariners’ Museum also has a number of premier exhibits that will make the event even more memorable. The new $6 million International Small Craft Collection facility displays several pristine Chris-Crafts among its collection of over 70 notable boats from around the world.

The Mariners’ Museum Library also is the home of the Chris-Craft Collection, featuring archives of detailed boat information, hull cards, drawings, photographs and boat manufacturing shop directives.

Tall Ships Ball

returns in May

SoundWaters’ 10th annual Tall Ships Ball will take place May 7 at the Riverside Yacht Club in Riverside, Conn.,

The evening includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Sail the Tradewinds — Asia,” requested attire will be black-tie with an Asian flare. Many auction items will be also Asian-themed.

For the second year the organization has gathered local and national leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to the protection of the Sound.

All proceeds from the ball benefit SoundWaters educational programs. The programs educate nearly 40,000 children and adults each year. Shipboard programs include floating classroom programs; Journey on the Sound, a weeklong team-building program aboard the Schooner SoundWaters; summer camp programs; and a variety of ecology and sunset sails. The SoundWaters Center has free admission year-round.

Individual tickets for the ball are priced at $250; however, entire tables can be purchased for patron and corporate levels ranging from $3,500 to $25,000. For tickets or information call (203) 323-1978 or e-mail connect@

Environmental group

to clear Eight Mile River

As part of its campaign to preserve and protect Connecticut’s land, air and water, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, which merged with Save the Sound last year, has entered a cooperative agreement with Restore America’s Estuaries to work together on habitat restoration.

RAE works to restore habitats to as near their pre-disturbance natural condition as possible through such measures as removing invasive non-native plants, restoring tidal flushing, planting beach grasses on sand dunes and removing obstacles to fish passage on rivers.

One new project involves removing the third of three obstructions on the Eight Mile River to allow fish access to spawning and nursing habitat in the historic reach of the east branch of the Eight Mile River in Salem.

At the Jordan Mill Pond Fishway in Waterford the group hopes to install a prefab aluminum steep pass fishway along the dam at the head of tide in Jordan Cove.

At the Five Mile River at Darien, wetlands will be created to restore elevation to tidal marsh using coir-fiber logs to support the growth of marsh grass (spartina).

Other habitat restoration projects are planned for Park Pond, North Stonington; Brides Brook, Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme; Mianus River, Greenwich; Bluff Point, Groton; Ingham Hill Pond Dam Fishway, Old Saybrook; and the West River Tidal Restoration Assessment Plan.

Women’s sailing

conference set for June

The National Women’s Sailing Association and The Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, Mass., will hold the fourth Women’s Sailing Conference June 4 at the Corinthian Yacht Club. The fee to attend is $110 for NWSA members and $145 for non-members.

The event is a daylong conference dedicated to introducing or enhancing the sailing skills for female recreational sailors through on-the-water and on-land seminars. Seminar topics include introduction to sailing, introduction to racing, weather, first aid at sea, cruising preparation, knots, navigation, spinnakers, sail trim, overboard drills and heavy-weather sailing.

For information call (866) 631-6972.; www.women

RIB builder to supply NYYC regatta boats

Rigid Inflatable Boat designer and manufacturer Ribcraft signed an agreement with the New York Yacht Club to supply RIBs for the 2005 ISAF Team Racing Worlds to be held this September.

Ribcraft will provide more than 20 Ribcraft 4.8s, which will be used as umpire and support boats for the event. The company is a leading supplier of safety, coach and mark boats to yacht clubs and sailing programs. The Direct Buying Program enabled the New York Yacht Club to purchase boats from Ribcraft at a discounted price and in turn to pre-sell the RIBs to their members to offset the costs associated with a large event such as the Worlds.

“The program we developed for the New York Yacht Club is an excellent example of our continued commitment to the sailing community in striving to provide clubs with unique solutions that meet their needs,” said Matthew Velluto, Ribcraft’s director of marketing.

Event calendar

warms up at MOY

The Museum of Yachting in Newport, R.I., has announced its spring schedule of events.

On April 20, at the Seaman’s Church Institute, Rosemary Joy will host a presentation of J-class sailing in England in the 1930s, including racing on Britannia, Shamrock V, Velsheda, Endeavour and Westward. Tickets are $25 for museum members and $30 for non-members. Reservations are recommended.

On May 14 the museum will host a 25th anniversary celebration and fund-raising event called “Sail Into Summer.” The evening will include cocktails, previews of the museum’s new exhibits and many unique items available for auction. America’s Cup winning tactician Gary Jobson will be guest of honor. Tickets for the event are $50 for museum members, $75 for Friends, and $100 for Supporters, which will include a private champagne reception with Jobson.

The museum is located at Fort Adams State Park, and is open to the public from May 15 to Oct. 31. Phone: (401) 847-1018.

New head for Conn. River Watershed Council

Chelsea Gwyther, former director of the Tuscon, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, has been appointed the new executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council based in Greenfield, Mass.

She replaces CRWC’s Tom Miner, who retired at the end of 2004.

Gwyther, who expects to assume her new responsibilities by May 1, was the executive director of the Catawba River Foundation in Charlotte, N.C. before moving to Tucson in 2002 to join CBD, a national endangered species advocacy organization with an annual budget of $2.5 million. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s of public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.

“Rivers are the lifeblood of our communities and the litmus test of our ecological balance,” said Gwyther when asked why she decided to leave the desert Southwest and return her attention to an Eastern watershed. “The Connecticut River Watershed Council has a strong reputation for working effectively to protect the river and I am honored to continue this good work.”

Founded in 1952, CRWC is a nonprofit citizen advocate for the environmental and economic well-being of the 11,000-square-mile watershed of the Connecticut River, the four-state ecosystem drained by the 410-mile-long river and its many tributaries. Emphasizing fisheries restoration, erosion prevention, land conservation and water quality, CRWC employs three full-time river stewards and a support staff to monitor and address issues such as dam relicensing and removal, power plant discharges, storm-water overflows, fishway installation and public awareness of pending local permit applications. In October 2004 its eighth annual “Source-to-Sea Cleanup” mobilized 50 civic organizations and 1,250 volunteers who pulled more than 30 tons of debris from streams and riverbanks.

— JoAnn W. Goddard

New sailing programs

offered for women

Offshore Sailing School of Captiva Island, Fla., has added new programs and venues for its 15th year of its You Can Sail Escapes for Women course. Certified female instructors will coach an intense, fun-filled week with special seminars, happy hours and a gala graduation party.

Courses set for 2005 include Captiva Island, Fla., May 1 to 7 and Nov. 11 to 13.

All escapes include tuition, textbooks, accommodations, special workshops in the evenings, a graduation practice sail without the instructor aboard and US Sailing certification.

Satellite weather service

names Conn. dealer

XM Satellite Weather has named Tartan C&C Yachts of Rowayton, Conn., an authorized dealer for its service of continuous marine weather data.

The service uses two satellites operated by XM Radio. The signal is captured by an on-board antenna and processed by a dedicated receiver.

The graphical and data signals are transmitted in the S-band frequency, ensuring that, unlike some other satellite services, reception is virtually unaffected by weather conditions. Updates are continuous and provide mariners with the latest condition reports and forecasts from both government weather agencies and private sources.

“For less than the cost of a radar repeater, sailors can monitor conditions locally, or pan out for views of hundreds of miles,” says Phil Vance, of Tartan C&C Yachts. “Gone will be the days of straining to hear the mechanized weather voice on your VHF.”

Call Tartan C&C Yachts at (203) 852-1110.