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Rescue crews kept busy

during holiday weekend

During the 2005 Memorial Day weekend, Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crews in the nation’s capital helped rescue 37 people from the water after their boats capsized. Ten other people were assisted when they became stranded on boats with mechanical problems.

Most of the people thrown into the water reportedly had lifejackets on.

Auxiliary vessels responded to a capsized sailboat, with people tossed overboard into the 1- to 2-foot seas. Coast Guard active-duty crews and a Washington, D.C., police boat, fireboat and fire-rescue units ashore also assisted the three people in righting and bailing out their boat.

After the police and fireboats departed, two additional sailboats capsized in the vicinity, next to each other. Coast Guard and auxiliary crews responded, assisting the two boats and the four people in the water. The auxiliary boat was soon joined on-scene by the D.C. fireboat, which brought one person to an ambulance ashore for medical treatment.

After leaving that scene and heading south, the auxiliary vessels encountered two additional capsized sailboats; three more people were in the water, all of whom were assisted by the auxiliary boat crew. One boat’s mast became lodged in the muddy sea bottom, creating a hazard to navigation and made righting the boat more difficult.

With the high winds continuing, the same auxiliary boat crew witnessed and then assisted another three people thrown into the river when the two boats they were on also capsized, off of Alexandria, Va., opposite the Naval Research Laboratory. Two of the three people were transported by a D.C. fireboat to an ambulance ashore for treatment of exposure to the cold water and high winds.

At about the same time, 22 people in a 45-foot long “dragon boat” were thrown into the water when the boat capsized. Two Auxiliary boat crews on regatta patrol helped D.C. police and fireboat crews rescue the 22 from the Potomac River.

Groups partner to

target illegal fishing

The Maryland chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association donated three Pentax spotting scopes with tripods, and six pair of quality Pentax binoculars. The optic equipment is valued at more than $3,200 and will enable Maryland Natural Resources Police officers to conduct surveillance operations for fishing violations on Maryland’s tidal waters.

“This equipment will not only help us target fishing violations, but safe boating violations and criminal activity on Maryland’s waterways,” says Lt. David Larsen, who serves as commander for enforcement in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

Sculley purchases

new waterfront facility

Sculley Boatbuilders announces the purchase of a new waterfront facility in Wanchese, N.C. The new facility has two large bays and four boat slips, and is an expansion to their current plant, less than a mile away.

Sculley, specializing in yachts for big-game fishermen, intends to use the new facility for housing and testing of newly launched vessels, upgrading, refitting and warranty work. In addition, Sculley will now be able to perform finish-out work in the water on vessels before delivery.

The Sculley 64 and the Sculley 60 will be the first vessels to be docked at the new facility. Both will be the first to feature the new lines of Sculley Sportfishing Yachts. Phone: (252) 473-6855. www.sculleyboatbuilders.com

New charting software

for Mid-Atlantic

The 10th edition of “Maptech ChartKit Region 4” (Maptech Inc., 2005, $129.95) is for the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and features color charts with GPS waypoints and pre-plotted courses. A Companion Chartbook CD-ROM is also included, which has the same charts as the book, as well as GPS real-time positioning/planning software.

Phone: (888) 839-5551. www.maptech.com

Flying Scot awarded

one-design award

Flying Scot, owned by Harry and Karen Carpenter, was awarded the John F. Gardiner Jr. Trophy for One Design Service by US Sailing. The award is for “distinguished service and leadership in the promotion of one-design sailing and class organization.”

Flying Scot, headquartered in Deer Park, Md., has provided boats for US Sailing events. Throughout 2005 Flying Scot is organizing the participation of Flying Scots for the combined Mallory and Adams Cup at American Yacht Club with 22 boats. In addition, Flying Scot was chosen as the one-design for the Championship of Champions in Detroit in September.

The Carpenters have been instrumental in helping the business grow over the past 27 years. www.flyingscot.com

Regulator Marine

builds new facility

Regulator Marine, a sports-fishing boat manufacturer, has constructed a new building in which to store molds, at its plant in Edenton, N.C. These molds are used in the fiberglass construction of hulls and decks, as well as smaller boat parts.

The new facility allows for more efficient production since the molds last longer and require less prep time, according to the company. “This new facility allows controlled, indoor storage for our plugs and molds so they are not subject to outside weathering, contaminants and temperature changes,” according to Erik Wiborg, Regulator’s facilities manager.

The building also gives the mold prep crew more working area and houses duplicate tooling masters. www.regulatormarine.com

Volunteer cited for

60 years of service

Curtis Krazner, 77, of New Jersey, was presented this spring with an award of appreciation by the Director of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary First Coast Guard District, Southern Region.

Krazner joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary July 22, 1944, in Elizabeth, N.J. The auxiliary, at that time, was called the Coast Guard Reserves.

Krazner volunteered his time during World War II as an Air Crewman on a C-130 Hercules, based out of North Carolina. He would work his normal job Monday through Friday, drive down to the North Carolina air base, work as a Reservist and make the trip back to New Jersey Sunday night only to repeat this cycle again on Monday.

He has held leadership posts in the Auxiliary, from Flotilla and Division Commander, up to Rear Commodore (which normally supervises several Divisions). In addition to his leadership positions, he has been an educator, a recruiter for the Coast Guard Academy and a Vessel Safety Examiner (formerly called Certified Marine Examiner).

In part, the award thanked Krazner for his years of dedication and his patriotism.

‘Bring A Buddy Boating

Week’ comes to N.J.

With the 2005 boating season under way, the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey has designated July 11-17 “Bring A Buddy Boating” Week in New Jersey.

The weeklong campaign focuses on encouraging boaters to bring their friends, coworkers and others to participate in special events, open houses, and boating activities at marinas and out on the water.

Marine businesses that will be host-ing events during “Bring A Buddy Boating” Week to date include: Baywood Marina, Brick; BoatBoy Marine Training, Moorestown; Causeway Marine, Manahawkin; Irwin Marine Center, LLC, Red Bank; Island Marine Center, LLC, Ocean View; Leamings Marina, Waretown; Pier 47 Marina, Wildwood; Sandy Hook Bay Marina and The Original Oyster Restaurant, Highlands; Sheltered Cove Marina, Tuckerton; and Waterfront Marine, Somers Point. www.mtanj.org

Spend a weekend

in a lighthouse

This summer, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is opening the doors of its Hooper Strait Lighthouse to anyone who would like to spend a weekend night much like the keepers of a century ago.

Several evenings throughout the summer have been reserved for would-be keepers, who will be given a special tour of the 19th-century wooden structure, perform tasks of a traditional keeper, enjoy a picnic dinner, and sleep inside the historic building overlooking the Miles River.

Built in 1879, the lighthouse that now graces the museum’s Navy Point campus once lit the way past Hooper Strait, some 39 miles south of St. Michaels. Known as a screwpile, cottage-style lighthouse, it resembles a small home that was built on special iron pilings that were literally screwed into the Bay’s soft bottom.

Slated for demolition in 1966, the museum purchased the building and moved it to its present site, restored it, and opened it to the public in 1967. It is one of only three such lighthouses still in existence on the Chesapeake.

There are no amenities such as running water or inside bathrooms. Children staying overnight must be at least 7 years old and it is required that there be at least one chaperone for every two children.

The cost for the program is $35 for museum members and $41 for non-members. The fee covers program activities, a picnic dinner, and two days’ admission to the entire museum.

For information, contact Rachel Rébert at (410) 745-2916, Ext. 133, or at rrebert@cbmm.org.