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Conn. moving toward statewide no-discharge

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced in February that the process is under way to designate the final Connecticut portion of Long Island Sound — from the eastern border of Branford to the western border of Greenwich — as a federal No Discharge Area.

“Once this section is approved it will be illegal to discharge sewage from a boat anywhere in Connecticut’s waters on Long Island Sound or Fishers Island Sound,” Rell says, adding she would like the designation in place by the start of the 2007 boating season.

“Staff at the [state Department of Environmental Protection] have worked hard to identify and ensure sufficient pumpout capability for boaters in this stretch of the Sound, which is required as part of the federal application process,” DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy says. “We know boaters in Connecticut waters want to play their part in protecting the Sound and preserving our natural resources. This designation and pumpout facilities that will be available to them will help accomplish those goals.”

The discharge from boats of untreated sewage is prohibited throughout Long Island Sound. Treated sewage, however, from Type I and Type II Marine Sanitation Devices may be legally discharged in waters not designated a No Discharge Area. In a No Discharge Area the discharge from boats of treated — as well as untreated sewage — is prohibited.

The DEP has identified a total of 43 pumpout facilities in the Branford to Greenwich section of the Sound. These pumpout facilities include: 31 fixed shore-based facilities, five portable facilities, and seven pumpout boats.

For more information on the No Discharge Area program visit,

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2705&q=323816.

Conn. sailor a winner, on the water and off

Robert James “Bob” Moore, a resident of Darien, formerly of Greenwich, died suddenly Jan. 21 at the age of 71.

Born June 28, 1935, in St. Paul, Minn., he enlisted in the Army in 1956 and distinguished himself in the Special Forces parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence.

In 1960 Moore graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration and in June 1961 with an MBA.

Shortly thereafter he entered the corporate world at Time, Inc. where he enjoyed a 15-year distinguished career as one of the youngest senior executives in consumer marketing, holding numerous positions at Fortune, Time and Life magazines. He retired as publisher of Time International. He went on to the Xerox Publishing Group where he began managing one of the six companies, and retired as president of the group. He then went on to run three small entrepreneurial businesses.

Along the way, Moore crafted a distinguished racing career that began when, as a young boy he sailed with his father at American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. He went on to teach sailing at Larchmont Yacht Club.

He became an accomplished sailor, both racing and cruising, and was passionate about anything that moved on the water. He raced in several Southern Ocean Racing Circuits, numerous Bermuda Races, Fastnet, Miami to Montego Bay and Sydney-Hobart.

He owned a trawler yacht he named True Grit for the reverence he held for the actor John Wayne. Moore met his idol on the yacht Wild Goose, which was Wayne’s 136-foot converted Navy minesweeper.

Moore was a member of the New York Yacht Club and Time Life Alumni Society. He was a former member of the Bel Haven Yacht Club and the Riverside Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Robert; and daughter, Samantha.

Paul W. Bennett dies, past president of YBAA

Paul William Bennett III of Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, N.C., died Feb. 10 at the age of 57 after a serious illness. A member of Yacht Brokers Association of America since 1989, he served as president and was a member of the board of directors for many years. Bennett Brothers Yachts opened its doors more than 20 years ago but friends say Bennett’s interest in all things marine was a lifelong passion.

As a child, he raced dinghies on LakeKeuka near Ithaca, N.Y. From there, Bennett became a yacht broker in Mamaroneck, N.Y., then moved on to become president of Stevens Yachts. After working with Stevens Yachts for a few years, Bennett decided to open his own yacht brokerage with the partnership of his brother in Stamford, Conn. After several years of service at that location, the decision was made to move the company to its present location in North Carolina.

Aside from his career in the marine industry, Bennett was said to have enjoyed spending time with his wife and four children. His love and enthusiasm for sailing and the history of the CapeFear region were well-known hobbies and passions.

Additionally he served his community as president of the Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust, a member of the Camillus Ministry for the Catholic Church and was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington.

Sound stewardship focus of summit

Preserving coastal habitats, protecting wildlife, and ensuring there are still natural areas for the public to enjoy in the Long Island Sound region can be achieved through effective “stewardship” collaborations, speakers told an audience at the 17th annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit, held in March in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

This year’s summit, “Sound Stewardship: Preserving Long Island Sound’s Special Places,” was sponsored by Save the Sound with support from the Long Island Sound Study. In addition to case studies, the summit provided an opportunity to learn how the Long Island Sound Stewardship Initiative, a regional partnership initiated by the Long Island Sound Study, can complement ongoing land conservation efforts, from the perspective of local and regional land use experts.

The Stewardship Initiative achieved two important milestones last year. In September the Long Island Sound Study adopted 33 Inaugural Coastal Stewardship Areas (see www.longislandsoundstudy.net/stewardship). Also in September, Congress passed the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act of 2006, signed into law by President Bush (Public Law 109-359) in October. The bill authorizes up to $25 million per year for stewardship projects, including acquisitions of environmentally sensitive lands from willing owners, through 2011.

“Long Island Sound is our Yellowstone,” said U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut. “The Long Island Sound Stewardship Act gives those most familiar with the Sound’s precious and diverse resources the tools necessary to continue their conservation efforts, and applies the most effective methods available to identify, protect and enhance sites with ecological, educational and recreation value in Connecticut and New York.”

Save the Sound (www.savethesound.org) is dedicated to the restoration, protection and appreciation of Long Island Sound and its watersheds through advocacy, education and research. The Long Island Sound Study (www.longislandsoundstudy.net) is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states of Connecticut and New York to analyze and correct the Sound’s most pressing environmental problems.

LIS boaters have a new tow option

This season, recreational boaters in Long Island Sound have another choice for tow provider.

Two Brothers Towing is to launch service on May 1. Service will be provided by American Boating Services on the eastern end of Long Island Sound and Affordable Boat Tow on the western end. Both companies will honor each other’s members and offer on-water towing, fuel drops, jump starts, soft ungroundings and salvage services.

“Our family started on the water at Williams Boats (Milford, Conn.) in 1941, and I remember my grandfather instilling in his grandchildren the concept of a better price for better service,” said Tim Hyatt, president of American Boating Services. Hyatt’s brother, Bo, runs Affordable Boat Tow.

Memberships are $75 for boats smaller than 28 feet, and $100 for boats 28 to 50 feet. A promotional rate is offered through May 5 of $50 for boats smaller than 28 feet and $75 for boats up to 50 feet. The fee covered four “events” each year (towing, fuel drop, jump start, soft ungrounding). For non-members, towing is $130 per hour. For information, call Tim Hyatt at (860) 227-8598 or Bo Hyatt at (203) 927-3687. www.americaboatingservices.com

Boating workshops offered in Mystic

Mystic (Conn.) River Yacht Club will host a one-day sail trim seminar March 17 and a one-day diesel workshop on April 21.

The sail trim course will focus on the fundamentals of upwind performance, plus advanced techniques that balance angle of attack, sail depth and twist in both the main and jib in order to optimize speed and pointing in all conditions. In addition, the course covers the latest in conventional and asymmetric spinnaker trim, plus how to set, jibe and douse all kinds of spinnakers in all kinds of weather. The fee for the class is $150 per person. The yacht club doors open at 7:30 a.m., and the class begins at 8 a.m.

The diesel workshop focuses on basic on-board diesel engine maintenance, including what to do if your diesel quits while under way, changing oil, winterizing and such arcane topics as replacing the mixing elbow. The workshop fee is $150 per person.

For information contact Richard Walter, MRYC education chairman at sailindigo@yahoo.com .

Tugs builder repowers its 32-foot cruiser

Nordic Tugs has repowered the 32 Pilothouse Cruiser. Beginning with the 2007 model year boats, the Nordic Tugs 32’s standard power is the Volvo Penta D-6 280-hp electronic diesel engine.

This is the last model in our lineup to receive the EPA Tier II regulated engine. Early sea trial reports show the boat’s top speed at 18 knots. At 8 knots the fuel burn is recorded at 2.0-2.5 gph.

In addition to the new engine, several other changes have been made such as streamlined bow rails for added safety, additional convenience storage, and a redesigned comfort enhanced helm seat. Many other components are included in the new 32 ensuring Nordic Tugs’ commitment to meet the NMMA/ ABYC Certification standards.

Headquartered in Burlington, Wash., Nordic Tugs, Inc. manufactures hand-built, classic tug-style pilothouse cruisers from 32 to 52 feet. www.nordictugs.com

Aquarium offering harbor cruises

The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn., will begin its Marine Life Study Cruises to be run weekends in May, June and September, and daily in July and August.

Guests will cruise Norwalk Harbor aboard the research vessel Oceanic to collect marine life from the water’s surface down to the bottom and gain a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound’s animal communities.

Aquarium educators assist participants in sampling techniques such as a plankton tow, bio dredge, and “otter trawl” that brings up fish, crabs, lobsters, sea stars and usually a few surprises.

Each cruise last about 2-1/2 hours and contributes data to the Aquarium’s Biodiversity Census.

Cost is $20.50 ($18 for Maritime Aquarium members). Reservations are recommended. Call (203) 852-0700, Ext. 2206. www.maritimeaquarium.org

Conn. DEP has new Web site

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has launched its new Web site, www.ct.gov/dep , which offers more information about agency programs and initiatives and other environmental issues.

“The DEP Web site has been redesigned to be consistent with other state agencies and to make it easier for the general public to navigate,” says DEP commissioner Gina McCarthy.

Boat dealer supports Unity Games

Staten Island Yacht Sales announced it has pledged a $5,000 check to contribute to the area’s 2007 Unity Games.

Unity Games, founded by Dr. Mark F, Sherman, helps children lean about diversity and relationships through games at an early age. The program is aimed at children ages 13 and 14 in the New York area.

Staten Island Yacht Sales represents Viking Yachts, Viking Sport Cruisers, Marquis Yachts, Carver Yachts, Cabo Yachts, Silverton and Cruisers Yachts.

They have five on-water locations in Staten Island New York, Montauk, New York, Freeport, New York, New Gretna, New Jersey and Stevensville, Maryland.

Bitter End Yacht Club names new director

As part of its continuing renovation and enhancement program, Bitter End Yacht Club has named recreation, sailing and watersports specialist Capt. John T. Holmberg as director of Marine Operations.

Holmberg will focus on enhancing and expanding the resort’s waterfront operations and programs. These currently include a full-service marina with 72 moorings and 25 slips, a fleet of 104 recreational watercraft, a ferry service, excursion boats, the Quarterdeck Club, and visiting yacht service center at the British Virgin Islands boating destination.

Most recently, Holmberg owned and operated his own day charter company in both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Previously he served for seven years as director of recreation for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Holmberg has nearly 35 years of international sailing, diving, entertaining and chartering under his belt, including a stint at Bitter End in the late 1970s, when he served as the resort’s first water sports director. www.beyc.com

Satellite marine weather coming to NavNet vx2

Furuno and Sirius are working together to provide satellite weather information on the NavNet vx2 line of multifunction navigation units.

Furuno is expected to release the BBWX1 Sirius Weather Receiver in late spring. This receiver will simply plug into your existing NavNet vx2 network, requiring only a software update to the NavNet vx2 displays to allow them to access the BBWX1.

The combination of NavNet vx2 and the BBWX1 will add live, up-to-date weather information and forecasting. The information will be overlayed onto a C-Map MAX chart, allowing a mariner to see the weather cells in relation to your geographic location. A monthly Sirius Marine Weather subscription is required.

For information on Furuno equipment including the BBWX1 SIRIUS Weather Receiver and the entire line of quality marine software, contact: Furuno USA, at (360) 834-9300. www.furuno.com

Safe Boating Week returns with spring

Boating advocates and partners are gearing up for the 2007 National Safe Boating Week, the official launch of the North American Safe Boating Campaign. Scheduled for May 19–25, NSBW was created to promote boating safety to approximately 78 million recreational boaters nationwide.

This year’s campaign — themed “Wear It!” — will once again focus attention on the importance of always wearing a life jacket on the water.

“Life jackets are the number one proven way to save lives in the event of an unexpected accident,” says Virgil Chambers, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council.

Statistics recently released by the Coast Guard indicate that 87 percent of boaters who drowned in 2005 were not wearing life jackets.

Visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com for campaign materials and additional safe boating resources.