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Beauty abounds at classic boat show

The 2007 Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Show returned again in mid-August at the Burlington Community Boathouse overlooking Lake Champlain.

The show featured more than 40 historic, antique and classic boats. As in the past, the Lake Champlain Chapter offered a wide variety of vintage boats including runabouts, utilities cruisers, sailboats, launches, guide boats and everything in between.

Among the numerous awards given for boats on display were:

• Best of Show — Golden Years, a 1913 Matthews launch owned by Jay Anis of Spencer Boatworks.

• People’s Choice — Frisbie, a 1928 Hacker Craft dolphin model, owned by Don Lilly and Linda Baily.

• Best of Class for Cruiser — Naulakha, A 1938 Elco Marinette model, owned by Ed and Lois Hacket.

• Best of Class for Sail — Moon Fleet, a 1957 Concordia 39 yawl, owned by Jan and Mary Jane Rozendaal.

• Best of Class for Outboard — Old Toy Too, a 1858 Lyman 16-1/2 foot outboard, owned by Frank and Kay Mehaffey.

The event concluded with a dinner and awards presentation aboard The Champlain, a 1930 Ferry Boat.

The show is organized annually by the Lake Champlain Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. www.lcacbs.com

Group planning water pollution lawsuits

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment recently announced its intent to sue five Connecticut companies, including Electric Boat, under the Clean Water Act.

The New Haven-based statewide environmental organization said it has sent formal letters to notify the companies that it intends to file citizen enforcement suits for penalties and injunctive relief for illegal discharges into the Thames, Naugatuck, Quinnipiac and BranfordRivers.

“These are not ‘technical’ violations,” said CFE senior staff attorney Roger Reynolds. “Each of these companies is a chronic, repeat violator that has actively and continuously discharged pollutants into a Connecticut river.”

Reynolds said CFE is suing five companies the organization considers to be the worst continuous polluters.

Before filing a citizens’ suit under the Clean Water Act, Reynolds said, organizations must give 60 days’ notice of their intent to file. “After we file notice of our intent to sue, the companies have 60 days to cease their violations before we can file an action in federal court,” he said. www.cfenv.org

New version for guide to Connecticut River

Now available in a completely revised edition, “The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea” details the sights and history of the river from its source at the Canadian border to its mouth in Long Island Sound.

The third edition divides the river into 28 reaches with accompanying GPS-compatible maps. Practical information on boating facilities, ramps, access areas, mileages, some navigational hazards, sources of flow information and portages are included.

Features include: guaranteed binding (if the binding fails, the publisher promises to replace the book for free), GPS-compatible maps, information on camping, fishing and wildlife-viewing opportunities and the river’s natural history.

This book was authored by, and published in cooperation with, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the river’s primary watchdog and steward. Council members John Sinton, Elizabeth Farnsworth and Wendy Sinton revised the guide, basing the new maps and text on their latest survey of the river and on the expertise of numerous local river experts.

Pricing for the 6-by-9-inch paperback is $19.95. www.ctriver.org

Maritime aquarium invites region’s artists

With the boating season all but over, The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, Conn., again invites entrants in its annual “Festival of Lighthouses” contest. The event, open to artists ages 14 and up, guarantees a Family Membership to the aquarium for each accepted entry and features a top prize of $1,000.

Entries for this year’s contest must be three-dimensional works between 3 and 6 feet tall with working lights. All accepted entries will be on display at the Aquarium Nov. 17 through Jan. 21, 2008, when Aquarium ticket holders will cast their votes to determine the winners of this people’s choice-style contest.

Entry forms must be received at The Maritime Aquarium by Nov. 1.

Past entries have spanned a variety of styles and used all types of materials — from wood, metal, stone, wire, hardware items, plastic and glass to paper, string, sea glass, clay, candy and gingerbread.

For a “Festival of Lighthouses” entry form and a copy of the Official Rules, visit www.maritimeaquarium.org or call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, Ext. 2248.

Seaport art exhibition returns with autumn

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport presents its 28th annual International Marine Art Exhibition Sept. 29 through Nov. 13.

The gallery will be open to the public Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for an Artist’s Walk — an informal tour where artists will speak about their work. The opening reception is by invitation only. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.

The exhibition celebrates the timeless beauty of the sea in what Mystic Seaport calls the most comprehensive exhibit of contemporary marine art in the nation. The exhibition encompasses more than 140 new works, including sculpture, painting, scrimshaw and ship models by 128 noted marine artists including David Bareford, William R. Davis and Kent Ullberg, as well as new, emerging talent exhibiting for the first time in the Maritime Gallery. Artists also represent 15 countries, including Australia, France, Japan and Peru, will be on display.

For information, call (860) 572-5388, or visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery .

Connecticut DEP adds online launch search

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection recently added a new feature on its Web site that allows visitors to locate boat launches statewide.

Those interested can search for a state boat launch by location, by choosing a county on a map of Connecticut, or by type, by selecting either coastal launches, inland launches or car top/carry-in launches.

The feature also includes Web pages for each state boat launch, which provide photographs of the launch and surrounding area as well as listings of information about the facility. Boaters can learn a particular boat launch’s type, its regulations, and find directions and parking.

Visit the main boating page at www.ct.gov/dep/boating , select the “Where to Go Boating” link on the left-side navigation, and then select “Locate a Boat Launch.”

The DEP owns and/or operates more than 110 boat launches statewide on ponds, lakes, rivers and Long Island Sound. Unless noted otherwise in the Connecticut Boater’s Guide or on the Web site, all launches are open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Group effort helps put out boat fire

In August a fire aboard a 42-foot Beneteau sail yacht named Panama Red was extinguished after some quick action by several locals.

The vessel was reported to be on fire just before 9 a.m. and Safe/Sea tow Capt. Doug Gould reports he arrived beside the vessel in less than five minutes. He says he immediately removed another sailboat, tied alongside the burning boat, and secured it to a nearby mooring.

A team consisting of Gould, the Block Island Fire Department, the harbormaster and the owners of a tackle shop and marine hardware store, brought the fire under control in less than 30 minutes.

The Beneteau was then towed back to Point Judith, where it was pulled from the water at Point Judith Marina.

AquaPalooza ’07 one for the books

Sea Ray’s AquaPalooza summer series of maritime bashes drew more than 10,000 boats and 30,000 guests worldwide to 120 local events in its second year — 43 percent more boats and 42 percent more attendees than the 2006 inaugural event, according to the company.

Coordinated by Sea Ray Boats and its network of dealers, the nautical parties were held in rivers, lakes, and harbors around the world during the last two weekends in July. Sea Ray dealers as far away as Austria, Egypt and Australia helped organize AquaPalooza events.

Originally created as a Sea Ray owners’ event, AquaPalooza quickly grew into a boating spectacle, inviting all boating enthusiasts to take part, no matter the brand of their boat.

“We wanted boaters of all stripes to join the fun and get a closer look at our models and the lifestyle that comes standard with owning a Sea Ray,” says Rob Noyes, vice president of marketing for Sea Ray.

This year’s signature event, hosted by Prince William Marine Sales of Woodbridge, Va., drew thousands of boating enthusiasts to the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. Platinum-album-selling country singer Taylor Swift, who says she grew up boating on Sea Ray boats, headlined the celebration. Participants enjoyed games, carnival attractions and a fireworks finale. According to local officials, the number of boats is estimated at 1,200 to 1,300, making AquaPalooza the largest on-water event ever held in the area. www.aquapalooza.com