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Neglected Norfolk marina

getting a new life

A Norfolk, Va., marinais being rebuilt after lying unused for some 10 years.

Construction has begun on the Pelican’s Nest Marina, on PrettyLake, which will have slips for 55 boats, support facilities, floating docks, a bait and tackle ship, and a boat sales and service center, according to a report in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

Lynnhaven Dock Corp., based in Virginia Beach, is the builder. The project is expected to cost about $1.2 million, co-owner and marina vice president William Braun told the newspaper. The marina is scheduled to open in May.

There are five other marinas on PrettyLake, the Virginian-Pilot reported, but Braun said he is confident there is a market for an additional marina.


Cat club planning

July 4 fleet race

The Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club has formed an Objective 100 committee to promote the club’s annual Statue of Liberty Marathon Sailing Race.

“We are going to turn this race from a very popular regional race into a world-class event,” said Jacques Pierret, the club’s race director. “We are attempting to get a minimum of 100 boats for the race, to be held July 4th weekend. Objective 100 will focus on promotion and the logistical organization necessary to attract catamaran sailors from all over the world.”

The annual race got its start in the 1980s, when some club members challenged each other to sail to the VerrazanoNarrowsBridge, linking Brooklyn to Staten Island. The race ultimately ended up rounding the Statue of Liberty.

Over the past 20 years the race has attracted participants from throughout the East Coast and from elsewhere, all attracted by undertaking the long-

distance sailing challenge aboard 14-foot Hobie Cats, Inter 20 machines and other small boats.


Spots available for

NOAA weather workshop

Noted NOAA marine meteorologist Lee Chesneau will present a marine weather workshop tailored to the women of the National Women’s Studies Association.

The workshop will take place April 28–30 at the training and conference center of the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies in Baltimore, Md.

Workshops are from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. The fee is $225. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot. Overnight accommodations and meals are additional. Class size is limited to 20 women.


Rescue 21 system

activated in region

The Coast Guard announced a significant milestone in its critical lifesaving and homeland security missions recently by officially accepting Rescue 21 at a ceremony at Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., in January.

Rescue 21 is a search-and-rescue and command and control system, leveraging 21st century technology to boost search-and-rescue capability and better protect the nation’s coastal waterways and ports. The Rescue 21 system has been tested in both Atlantic City and Eastern Shore, with full nationwide system rollout to 44 additional regions slated for completion in 2011.

The system promises increased geographic coverage along coastal areas, navigable rivers and waterways; improved interoperability with other emergency agencies; direction-finding capability to pinpoint location of mariners in distress; recorded communications with instant playback and enhanced audio functions; and restoration of emergency communications following disasters such as hurricanes.

Rescue 21, a $710 million acquisition project, will replace the Coast Guard’s aging National Distress and Response System built during the 1970s.


‘Apprentice’ programs

in Wooden boatbuilding

The Chesapeake BayMaritimeMuseum’s “Apprentice for a Day” program provides participants with the experience of traditional wooden boatbuilding on weekends year-round.

Under the direction of experienced shipwrights, participants are welcomed as members of the museum’s boatyard staff for a day as they work on the various stages of building a wooden lapstrake skiff: constructing boat frames, nailing bottom boards, hanging planks, constructing oars, and painting and varnishing the vessels when they are complete.

The program is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can assist in the entire boatbuilding process from start to finish, or sign up solely for the boatbuilding techniques that interest them the most:

• Thwarts — March 4-5, 11-12. Construction continues with the fabrication and assembly of the boat’s seats. Prepare assembly of the centerboard trunk.

• Rudder, Centerboard — March 25-26. Learn the traditional techniques implemented in the construction of the boat’s rudder and centerboard.

• Spars, Oars, Tiller— April 1-2, 8-9. Help build the mast and spars for the gaff-rigged sail plan, and learn the art of tiller and oar-building.

• Finish Work — April 15-16. Participate in the completion of the skiff. Help with rigging and final fitting while learning painting and varnishing skills.

Sessions cost $15 for museum members and $25 for non-members.


New location for

aids to navigation team

The Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Cape Hatteras has relocated to Wanchese, N.C., and renamed Aids to Navigation Team Wanchese.

The team will be located in the WancheseSeafoodIndustrial Park and is responsible for more than 500 Aids to Navigation in all of Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, including Ocracoke, Hatteras and Oregon inlet. In addition, they will also conduct homeland security and search-and-rescue missions.

“By being located in Wanchese we are more centrally located to our area of operations,” said Coast Guard Senior Chief Dave May, officer in charge of the team.

Contact Eric Walters, at (252) 247-4510 or e-mail .


Maryland marina earns clean marina award

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has certified the Atlantic Marina Resort in Pasadena (AnneArundelCounty) as the 94th Clean Marina in Maryland.

Combined with 19 Clean Marina Partners (much smaller facilities such as public boat ramps), Maryland now boasts 113 certified clean facilities and is a leader in Clean Marina program participation nationwide, according to the DNR.

Atlantic Marina Resort is a large facility with a working boatyard, dry stack storage, and a fuel dock. The marina implemented numerous practices to minimize the pollution impact, such as creating a covered storage area where used batteries and waste oil are collected for recycling. Additionally, they created a spill prevention and countermeasure plan to address the risks of above-ground fuel storage and handling.

Additionally, BohemiaBayYachtHarbour in ChesapeakeCity (CecilCounty) signed the Clean Marina Pledge in December, demonstrating a commitment to seek Clean Marina certification within a year.