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R.I. judge tosses out

marina’s subpoena

A Superior Court judge in Rhode Island on Dec. 14 quashed efforts to remove two members of a state agency considering a controversial marina expansion plan.

Champlin’s Marina and Resort two years ago proposed extending 4,000 feet of new docks and piers, a hotly contested project that would expand more than 240 feet and cover some four acres of Great Salt Pond.

A Coastal Resources Management Council subcommittee approved a smaller expansion of 170 feet with the stipulation that Champlin’s pay $50,000 for taking over public trust waters.

But Champlin blamed news reports for nixing its original proposal, and subpoenaed two CRMC members because they publicly spoke out against the project.

Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Fortunato also ruled that CRMC chairman Michael Tikoian and CRMC member Peter Voskamp, are not subject to the subpoena.

In papers filed in November, Champlin’s attorneys said the committee members should be disqualified from an upcoming vote on Champlin’s expansion plans because of negative comments the men made about the project to the press. The lawyers contend that the comments indicate a bias against the project.

Following a subcommittee approval in October of a smaller expansion project, Tikoian was quoted in a local newspaper as saying he was “totally disappointed.” Abedon also was quoted as saying he favored a smaller expansion.

Two reporters were subpoenaed and spoke in November to Champlin’s attorney, but the state attorney general’s office opposed efforts by Champlin’s attorneys to depose council members. The attorney general’s office also opposed efforts to have the council members recused from voting on the expansion plans.

“It’s the attorney general’s opinion that, in considering a project that has the potential to affect such a pristine waterway as Great Salt Pond, we want the scrutiny of the full council,” said Michael Rubin, special assistant attorney general.

The full 10-member council, a state agency responsible for overseeing development and preservation of coastal areas, will consider the proposal.

— JoAnn W. Goddard


Shipyard launches

steel lobster boat

Derecktor Shipyards, a producer of aluminum yachts and commercial vessels, recently launched an 82-foot steel lobster boat, Laura Beth, designed for the Little Bay Lobster Co. by Washburn and Doughty Assoc. Naval Architects, and built at Derecktor’s Bridgeport, Conn., facility.

Newington, N.H.-based Little Bay operates a fleet of 11 vessels which work year-round in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. Little Bay owner John Shafmaster, in business for over 25 years, chose Derecktor for their “excellent reputation, quality of their work and competitive price.”

Laura Beth is the first in Little Bay’s lobster boat fleet to be fitted with chilled and aerated brine tanks.

F/V Laura Beth underwent trials on Long Island Sound prior to departing for her new duties in New England, where she will support the harvesting of fresh-caught offshore lobster


Lecture series offered

at Mystic Seaport

The Adventure Series of speakers at Mystic (Conn.) Seaport offers lectures once a month from January through April. The schedule includes:

• Jan. 19 — Beth Leonard and Evans Starzinger, who designed and built a 47-foot sloop, Hawk, recap their harrowing adventures sailing north from the United Kingdom into the Arctic Circle.

• Feb. 16 — Bob Boye speaks of his 1,500-mile journey in search of endangered wildlife in Asia with his wife, witnessing snow monkeys in a river gorge west of Tokyo, and photographing several exotic species in Hokkaido.

• March 16 — Bruce Schwab, the first American to complete the Vendee Globe, a completely unassisted, continuous sailing race around the world, speaks on the experience in an Open 60 class sailboat.

• April 20 — Maureen (Roe) Roddy talks about sailing from Newport to Bermuda and back again as a participant in the 2005 Bermuda 1-2 Yacht Race at age 51 to raise awareness about heart disease, and inspire women.

Each presenter will give talks at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the entire afternoon series cost $75 for adults (or $12 per session), and $50 for youth (or $9 per session). Tickets for the entire evening series cost $90 for adults (or $15 per session) and $65 for youth (or $11 per session). Mystic Seaport members receive a discount.


Maine team sails

deep into the season

The Atlantic Challenge High School Sailing team practiced through the 2005 season in high winds and cold rain during the varied foul weather that lashed midcoast Maine. So it was an ironic twist that saw the team finish its 2005 season in light breezes during the Second Chance Regatta in Portland in October. Sixty competitors from 14 teams came from throughout New England to race in the event.

Overall, AC finished 13th in the regatta. The team scores were: Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 24; Casco Bay One, Portland, Maine, 32; North Kingston, R.I., 35; Cheverus One, Portland, Maine, 36; Tabor Academy, Mass., 40; East Lyme, Conn., 47; Marblehead, Mass., 49; Casco Bay Two, Portland, Maine, 52; Northern Vermont, Vt., 66; South Kingston, R.I., 40; Cheverus Two, Portland, Maine, 85; George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, Maine, 95; Atlantic Challenge, 100; and Mount Desert Island, Maine, 109.


New maritime festivals

planned for the summer

The Lake Champlain Antique & Classic Boat Society announces a partnership with The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for the first Maritime Festival, to be held Aug. 18-20.The festival will celebrate the many attractions and activities that line the Lake Champlain Burlington Waterfront.

The event will feature Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Small Boat Festival, with boatbuilding, kids’ activities and boating exhibits as well as the 1862 replica 88-foot sailing canal schooner Lois McClure. “This day will not only celebrate the Lake Champlain Waterfront but it will also demonstrate the museum’s commitment to preserve and share the history of the region,” comments Lake Champlain Maritime Museum executive director Art Cohen.

Another part of the event is the Lake Champlain ACBS 21st Anniversary Boat Show, held at the Burlington Community Boat House on Aug. 19.“We expect over 60 historic, antique and classic boats for the event,” said Myndy Woodruff, chapter president. “We encourage all boats regardless of size or condition.” The show startsat 10 a.m., and ends with a boat parade at 4 p.m. Contact: LCACBS, P.O. Box 2152 S., Burlington, VT 05407. Phone: (802) 859-0864.



launches 2 vessels

Apprentices in the two-year program at the Apprenticeshop of Atlantic Challenge recently launched two new wooden boats. On Dec. 17 students launched a 15-foot Great South Bay Scooter and a 17-foot Rangeley Lake Boat at Atlantic Challenge’s Rockland, Maine, location.

Apprentices Lisa Zygowski of Caledonia, Ontario, and Bella Pierson of Woodstock, Vt., began construction of the scooter in September. The scooter is a unique craft in that it is designed for sailing on ice, but also over short expanses of water. The vessel was designed for use on New York’s Long Island, where the salt bays remained partially frozen for most of the winter, making travel to fishing grounds, lighthouses, and rescue stations all but impossible for boats that were restricted to either ice or water alone. The scooter is gaff-rigged, and will be sailed over the ice of midcoast Maine’s lakes and bays. The sails were made by Nat Wilson Sails of East Boothbay, Maine. This ice boat was commissioned by two local friends of Atlantic Challenge: Dale Young of Hope and Ken Rich of Rockland.

The 17-foot Rangeley Lake Boat was constructed by second-year apprentice Phineas Ramsey of Sacramento, Calif., and first-year apprentice Shaun McFee of Massillon, Ohio. The project began with the original 16-foot double-ender and included modification of the lines to create a 17-foot design. The Lake Boat was commissioned by Bob Robinson of Galesburg, Illinois.


IYRS receives state preservation grant

In a Dec. 5 ceremony held on the Newport, R.I., campus of the International Yacht Restoration School, IYRS received a State Preservation Grant that will help the school expand its educational programs while restoring a waterfront landmark.

The R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission awarded IYRS with a $100,000 grant to be used toward the restoration of the 1831 Aquidneck Mill Building, a 30,000-square-foot building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. IYRS was one of 21 sites from 13 towns and cities that received State Preservation grants. The school was one of four organizations that received the top award of $100,000.

The mill is being restored to help IYRS meet a growing demand for its educational programs. Over the past 20 months enrollment in the school’s full-time, two-year program has grown by 50 percent. During the same time, the school’s Continuing Education program, refocused in fall 2004 to better train individuals working in the marine trades, continued to draw a growing population of marine-industry professionals who study part-time at IYRS to improve their job skills and career prospects. The mill’s expansion provides the space to launch new programs being developed in joinery and onboard systems to better meet the needs of the boatbuilding marketplace.


New guide to coastal Rhode Island

“Public Access to the Rhode Island Coast” is a guide to over 340 public sites along the coast of Rhode Island. The guide reveals the best places to fish, swim, boat, surf, bird-watch and stroll, according to the publisher.

This 84-page guide features descriptions, maps and photographs of sites in Rhode Island’s 21 coastal towns, as well as icons to denote the primary use of each site. The guide covers both well-known sites — like Newport’s cliff walk — and hidden areas, like Jamestown’s Conanicut Island Sanctuary and Providence’s Blackstone Park. Contact: Rhode Island Sea Grant Publications, (401) 874-6842.