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WALKING THE DOCKS

Organizers of the 35th annual Norwalk Boat Show, held Sept. 23-26 at Norwalk Cove Marina in Connecticut, reported attendance of 18,422, which was down 7 percent from the 2009 show. However, exhibitors said they felt those who attended were more serious about buying a new boat, compared to the last two years.

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Famed N.Y. painter's work sets new auction record

Four exquisite game fish paintings by premier artist Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006) all set unexpected records at the recent Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Art Auction.

Most noteworthy was "Bluefin at Ballyhoo, 1979", a painting done by Meltzoff that sold for nearly $32,000 - almost 10 times the pre-sale estimate and a reflection of a surging interest in this artist's work. Another Meltzoff painting, titled White Marlin-1986, sold for more than $21,000, or four times the pre-sale estimate.

Meltzoff was the first, and remains the finest, saltwater game fish painter of all time. Born in New York, his early career included a classical education in the arts, followed by four years as a correspondent for the Stars and Stripes army newspaper during World War II. Upon returning stateside in 1945, he taught at the Pratt Institute before establishing himself as a leading commercial artist and illustrator.

Beginning with a commission from Sports Illustrated in 1960, he turned to painting game fish almost exclusively during the latter part of his career, ultimately completing more than 350 canvasses. Today Meltzoff originals hang in museums and private collections around the world.

'Bluefin at Ballyhoo, 1979' by Stanley Meltzoff, an oil on panel (24-by-34 inches) recently sold at auction for nearly $32,000.

In 2009, a book on Meltzoff's life and work was published by Silverfish Press and a few of his originally signed and numbered lithographs still remain available. For information, visit www.silverfishpress.com.

Beneteau announces Connecticut dealer

Beneteau USA recently announced the addition of Prestige Yacht Sales as its newest Connecticut dealer. Prestige has been in business for 21 years and operates out of locations in Stamford, Essex and Mystic.

"We are pleased to add Prestige Yacht Sales to our select group of North American dealers," says Mike Lecholop, vice president of sales for Beneteau USA. "They have an amazing reputation for superior customer service and are recognized for their professionalism."

Beneteau USA, the American division of the world's largest sailboat manufacturer, builds hundreds of 31- to 50-foot production sailboats in Marion, S.C., and imports sailing and power yachts up to 58 feet in length from its parent company in France.

Crew receives award for rescue at sea

Four members of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 65 in Woods Hole, Mass. received the 2009 Association For Rescue At Sea silver medal during a Sept. 30 ceremony in Washington D.C., for their rescue of three people while on patrol in Buzzards Bay.

Coast Guard Auxiliarists Paul Sadeck, Leo Lake, Robert M. Joseph and Rodney Thomas were on patrol in Buzzards Bay aboard the Auxiliary Vessel Amy Julie on August 26, 2009, when they came upon a swamped fishing vessel with two people aboard and one of unaccounted victim.

The crew assessed the risks and devised a plan to rescue the two persons and search for the still missing victim, despite operating in 5-foot seas and 25-knot winds. After several failed attempts to come alongside the swamped vessel in the rolling seas, the Amy Julie crew threw life rings to the two men and swiftly pulled them to the boat.

After listening to the rescued person's accounts of the incident, the crew recognized the potential location of the third person and headed southwest towards Bents Ledge buoy in Buzzards Bay. Displaying skill and determination in the face of challenging weather and sea conditions, the crew of the Amy Julie sighted a third person through the sea spray and brought him safely aboard.

The crew quickly returned to port, where Fairhaven emergency response officials were waiting to render medical assistance.

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut and New York Home Waters section of the December 2010 issue.