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Discharge permit sought for Hammonasset River

Unilever, located in Clinton, Conn., has notified the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection that the company will be submitting an application to authorize the discharge of its treated wastewater to the Hammonasset River.

The DEP has announced that a full public process will be held regarding Unilever’s treated wastewater discharge. The date and location of the hearing will be announced following DEP’s receipt and review of the application.

“The department will work closely with all of the parties involved, most especially the public to ensure the waters of the state are protected and that there exists an opportunity for public comment on what is being proposed,” says DEP commissioner Gina McCarthy. For information, contact Matt Fritz of the DEP at (860) 424-4100.

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Schooner Inc. turns 30

Area residents are invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Schooner Inc., a nonprofit marine education organization based in New Haven, Conn.

Schooner’s HarborFest 2005 will be held June 11 at Long Wharf Pier and Park in New Haven. The event will feature a variety of activities including a boat show, small boat demonstrations, educational activities and music. The organization’s flagship vessel Quinnipiack will be available for dockside tours and public sails around the harbor.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. with a beach clean-up. A sunset sail and lobster dinner aboard the Quinnipiack caps the day’s events.

New Haven Mayor John DeStafano is expected to attend to make a proclamation regarding the organization’s contributions to the community.

The organization was founded in 1975 by a group of New Haven area residents who wanted to save Long Island Sound. They bought a boat — the schooner Tradewinds — and used it for research, education and advocacy. The 65-foot ketch J.N. Carter replaced the Tradewinds in 1980. Ten years later, the Carter was sold and the group bought the 91-foot gaff-rigged schooner Janet May, which was renamed Quinnipiack.

Schooner also has a 42-foot research vessel, Sounder, and a fleet of canoes and small sailboats.

The organization offers classroom programs, pre-kindergarten to high school summer programs, after-school programs and sail-training. The organization estimates it teaches over 15,000 students annually about sailing and the connection to the Sound. Schooner also develops science and math curriculum materials.

For information, call (203) 865-1737.

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Tours of Manhattan from the water

The Hidden Harbor Tour will be held May 21 in conjunction with the fourth annual Harbor Day Celebration at Pier 63 Maritime on Manhattan’s west side. Last year more than 3,000 people attended the event, according to organizers. This year’s event, which will be held on National Maritime Day, features more boat rides, expanded exhibits and on-stage entertainment by the East River Blues Band. Visitors will also be able to tour the historic retired lightship Frying Pan and the fireboat John J. Harvey.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pier 63, home to many historic ships.

Admission is free. Prices for boat rides are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Online reservations are available on for a small additional service charge.

The tours include the Kill Van Kull and Staten Island’s tug yards, the Hudson River’s liner piers, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Atlantic and Erie basins, and New Jersey ship ports. Rides are provided by commercial boat operators, such as New York Water Taxi.

The event is sponsored by the Working Harbor Committee, a group dedicated to make New Yorkers aware of the harbor and its contributions to the city’s economy and quality of life.

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Northeast Yacht Sales opens New London office

Northeast Yacht Sales, a dealer for Scout, Carolina Classic, Cabo and Mariner powerboats, has opened a sales and brokerage office at Captain Scott’s Restaurant and Marina in New London. The New London office will join offices already open in Portland and Norwalk, Conn. The New London office will service southeastern Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.

An open house is scheduled for May 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (860) 447-8865.

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Poker run returns for NYC run

The New York City Powerboat Poker Run 2005 will take place on the Hudson River on June 18. The annual show of power will feature more than 175 go-fast boats.

The rally will begin at noon with a patriotic powerboat parade up the Hudson River from the Statue of Liberty to the George Washington Bridge, then on to the event’s first leg to the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Poker Run will then continue on to Ossining Boat and Canoe Club, then on to Haverstraw Marina, and finish at Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, N.J.

Fans and enthusiasts are invited to view the boats and meet the teams at Liberty Landing Marina, just opposite Manhattan’s financial district. Displays open on June 17.

The gathering of the “kings and queens” of the sport has become as exciting as the run itself, with three parties and the poker run taking place inside a 36-hour period. Contestants come from across America and Canada.

For information visit or call (203) 532-1312.

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Sea Tow, Brewer craft joint offer

Sea Tow Central Connecticut, a franchise of Sea Tow Services International, has signed a yearlong agreement with Brewer Yacht Sales to provide free 60-day memberships on every boat sold in 2005 in any of Brewer’s 12 locations throughout the Northeast.

“Our statistics show that within the first 60 to 90 days of taking ownership of the boat is when the most common boating mishaps occur because the boater is getting used to their new vessel,” says Capt. Thomas Kehlenbach III, owner of Sea Tow Central Connecticut.

Call Brewer Yacht Sales’ corporate office at (860) 399-6213.


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Fishing, Boating Week runs June 4 to 12

National Fishing and Boating Week returns June 4 to 12 this year.

The annual national effort by the nonprofit Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation promotes the joys of boating and fishing to people across the country.

The group’s mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving and restoring this nation’s aquatic natural resources.

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Chelsea Yacht Club celebrates anniversary

The Chelsea Yacht Club, located on the Hudson River in Chelsea, N.Y., recently celebrated its 25th year as a BoatU.S. Cooperating Group.

BoatU.S. began its Cooperating Group program in 1975 as a way to build grass roots support for recreational boating issues.

To mark the occasion, the club is being presented with a 25th Anniversary certificate for display at their meeting facility.

The 240-member Chelsea Yacht Club was chartered in 1881 as the Carthage Ice Yacht Club, changing its name in 1910 to reflect its growth to include summer as well as winter sailing.

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Windjammer season returns to Maine

All of the vessels in the Maine Windjammer Association fleet offer cruises along the coast of Maine from late May to mid-October. The following events include the participation of most vessels.

• Schooner Gam, held the week of June 13, includes more than a dozen 19th-century-style sailing ships; location is determined by weather of the day.

• Windjammer Days, week of June 20, feature shoreside activities, and a grand sail parade through Boothbay Harbor with windjammers from up and down the coast.

• More than two dozen tall ships will gather for the Great Schooner Race, held the week of July 4. Guests may participate in North America’s largest gathering of tall ships.

• July 15 is the date of the Maine Windjammer Parade, when the entire windjammer fleet parades past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater; tours of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse are included.

• The Music Festival will take place Aug. 1, during which the fleet will raft up in Rockland Harbor for live sea chanteys, blues and folk music.

• Camden Windjammer Weekend, slated for the week of Aug. 29, features festivities reminiscent of the days when hundreds of coastal schooners lined the waterfront, and will include a parade of sail, live music, dancing and fireworks.

• WoodenBoat Sail-in, held the week of Sept. 12, includes a gathering of the fleet in Brooklin, Maine, headquarters of WoodenBoat magazine, and includes live music, tours, and a harbor full of historic schooners.

For information call the Maine Windjammer Association at (207) 620-9463.

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East End Lighthouses cruises return for 2005

The Offshore Cruises program from East End Lighthouses kicks off the season with a unique opportunity to view the completed rock revetment for the Plum Island Lighthouse. The three-year-old project, estimated to cost $1.7 million, was initiated by East End Lighthouses and includes the transfer of approximately 14,000 tons of stone from the Sag Harbor breakwater to Plum Island.

June 4 is the date for the tenth annual cruise on the Cross Sound Ferry’s North Star. Lighthouse sites visited will include Orient Point, Plum Island, Little Gull, Race Rock, North Dumpling, Latimer Reef, Watch Hill, Gardiner’s Point (site of), and Long Beach Bar.

Narration will be provided. The $90 per person all-inclusive cost includes continental breakfast, Long Island wines and other beverages, and a five-course sit-down lunch. Departure time from Orient Point is 9 a.m. For information, call (631) 477-4121.

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Passagemaking course for women starts June 18

Sea Sense, a woman’s powerboating and sailing school, is offering passagemaking under sail in New England. During the eight-day course, June 18 to 25, students will circumnavigate Cape Cod, Mass., from Newport, R.I.

“These passagemaking courses are designed for intermediate and advancing sailors,” says Capt. Patti Moore, co-founder of Sea Sense.

The courses are taught by experienced Coast Guard-licensed female instructors and provide a range of hands-on instruction. Subjects covered include trip planning, seamanship, advanced navigation, watch standing, sailing at night, dealing with ship traffic and more. Emphasis is on offshore safety, confidence building, and learning the skills necessary for long-distance passagemaking.

Cost for the course is $2,195. The price includes accommodations aboard, instruction, docking and mooring fees and most meals. Phone (800) 332-1404.

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Alden Yachts to build new 52-foot motoryacht

Alden Yachts Corporation of Portsmouth, R.I., announced in March the signing of a new contract to build a 52-foot Motor Yacht. The vessel will be hull No. 17 in the Alden Yachts 50-56 series, and will be the sixth constructed using post-thermal cured epoxy resin since the company made the transition to epoxy construction.

The yacht will be powered by twin Cummins 660-hp diesel engines. The interior will feature a two-stateroom, two-head arrangement finished in cherry.

Unique to this yacht will be a new transom design — a reverse with a gentle curve — and a new flybridge design with a more aggressive forward rake.

“This yacht will have a contemporary feel to it, yet it will retain the overall classic look which has become a trademark of all of our yachts,” maintains David MacFarlane, president of Alden Yachts.

Completion of the 52 Motor Yacht is scheduled for spring 2006. Call Alden Yachts at (401) 683-4200.

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New head for CG Foundation

Ross E. Roeder, chairman of the board of Smart & Finial Inc., one of the West Coast’s largest retailers, has been elected board chair of the Coast Guard Foundation, a national non-profit organization. Roeder is a director of Mercantile Bank, St. Petersburg, Fla.

His corporate experience includes service as director of Chico’s apparel, chairman of Morgan-Kaufman Publishers, COO of Denny’s, and CEO of Fotomat. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State and a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA. He served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and as president of the Board of Trustees at Michigan Technological University.

He replaces James Caraway, a trial attorney who served as chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation for the past three years. n

Boat donations

now made easier

A new online service called ONEtool is helping the Massachusetts Maritime Academy reduce the time it takes to process donated vessels.

Donated boats are used by the academy for seamanship, boat handling, maintenance and piloting training. Vessels are also used to facilitate the college’s educational programs through internships, federal work-study, and cooperative learning services in International Marine Business, and Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Degree programs.

The marine software and data management services company, Secured Marine Trust, is located in New Haven, Conn. It operates on a secure Web-based server, and quickly executes a one-click transfer of vessel information from the U.S. Coast Guard database of documented vessels. A form ready for signature can be prepared within minutes.

Call MMA at (800) 453-2541.