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Boat show returns to Southern Conn.

The Clinton Harbor Boat Show will be held at Cedar Island Marina July 13 to 15. The show, sponsored by WFSB Channel 3, features hundreds of new and used boats, plus marine-related products and services presented by more than 50 dealers, brokers and other marine professionals.

The event covers more than 4 acres of land plus boats displayed in water. A total of nearly 300 boats will be on display.

For information contact: Northeast Production at (860) 529-2123 or e-mail nep1@northeastpromo.com.

Conn. groups take on nuclear station

The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound announced a motion to intervene in Dominion Nuclear Connecticut’s Millstone Power Station permit. In the filing, the environmental organizations request that the Connecticut DEP require the installation of a “closed-cycle” cooling system that would reduce environmental damage up to 98 percent, in certain instances, and reduce thermal discharge to the water, according to CFE senior staff attorney Roger Reynolds.

Millstone, on the Waterford shoreline, wants to continue withdrawing and discharging nearly 2.28 billion gallons of water (enough to fill more than 3,370 Olympic-size swimming pools) daily from Long Island Sound to cool the nuclear reactors.

A “closed-cycle” cooling system would recycle the cooling water and only draw additional water from the Sound to replace water in the system that has been lost through evaporation.

The DEP has not required that Millstone convert to a closed-cycle system. While this decision was based on a determination that the costs were disproportionate to the environmental benefits, the DEP did not determine that installation of a closed-cycle system was unattainable or unfeasible for Dominion. Closed-cycle cooling systems are now required for new power plants.

The DEP will schedule a public hearing on this matter. www.cfenv.org ; www.savethesound.org

Conn. angler lands monster bonefish

A Connecticut school administrator caught and released a monster bonefish in the Florida Keys — which he hoped would turn out to be the heaviest certified bonefish ever caught on rod and reel in the Western Hemisphere.

Bob Schroeder's 16-pound, 3-ounce bonefish was brought in alive and weighed on an International Game Fish Association-certified scale at The Worldwide Sportsman dock in Islamorada March 19 and then released. Samples of the mono leader and 10-pound Power Pro braided line the Branford, Conn., resident used were sent to the IGFA along with required documentation to determine if the catch qualifies for a world record in 12- or 16-pound test line categories.

In mid-May, the IGFA rejected the world record because a line test determined the 10-pound braided fiber line broke at more than 20 pounds.

Schroeder said he was disappointed, but would still receive a certificate from the IGFA commemorating his fish as the largest bonefish caught in the Western Hemisphere.

The existing IGFA record for 12-pound-test line is a 16-pound bonefish caught in Bimini in 1971 by Jerry Lavenstein. Islamorada guide Tim Borski holds the current 16-pound-test line class record with a 14.25-pound bonefish he caught off Islamorada in 2002.

The two larger bonefish — a 19-pound fish caught in 1962 and a 17-pound fish caught in 1976 — were caught in South Africa.

Schroeder and Capt. Paul DiMaura of Islamorada and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., had planned on fishing for redfish, but the wind was so brisk they decided to try bonefishing on Islamorada's flats.

“Paul saw the fish about 100 yards away and stopped the boat. The wind was at our backs and probably if the adrenalin hadn't kicked in we might have picked up the fly rods.”

Still, Schroeder had to make an accurate long-distance cast with a live shrimp in a gusty wind.

“It turned out to be one of those classic perfect shots,” he said. “The shrimp landed far enough in front of the fish not to spook it. It came by and ate the shrimp.”

The fish pulled most of the line — more than 200 yards — off Schroeder's spinning reel while DiMaura “poled like crazy,” said Schroeder.

NFL tight-end goes deep

Recently, New York Giant tight-end Jeremy Shockey visited Costa Rica for some fishing at the Bahia Escondida Big Game Lodge. The destination, located in Golfito, is a sportsfisherman’s haven. Guests stay in the fully renovated former management house of Chiquita Banana.

Capt. Tommy Lynskey takes guests out aboard Shamrock, his 51-foot Whiticar, which is renowned for raising huge fish in the Costa Rican waters, Caribbean and U.S. East Coast.

This off-season, four-time Pro Bowltight-end Shockey hung out the “Gone Fishing” sign, swapping pads and cleats for billfish trolling bait.

Shockey said he enjoyed “some of the best fishing on the Pacific” with friends at the exclusive destination. Lynskey said Shockey, one of the NFL’s most colorful premier players, landed four of 12 sailfish, but lost a blue marlin.

Yacht club continues frostbite regatta

On April 22, the Mystic River Yacht Club frostbite fleet was unable to sail due to a fierce storm. But on a day that was a perfect 10, a steady 10-knot breeze with temperatures 10 degrees above normal in sunshine along with high tide allowed the sailors to stretch out the course, and the race committee spun the fleet in 10 different directions.

Twelve of 14 entries showed up for a six-race series that included five different courses. The top spots were one point apart; in third were Ted and Andrew Corning of the Conanicut Yacht Club with 19 points; in second place, sailing with his daughter Abby, was recent entry Dave Price of the Ram Island Yacht Club; and 1 point ahead with three bullets and the victory was Woody Bergendahl of the Ram Island Yacht Club sailing with Bruce Oakes.

Visit www.mysticriveryachtclub.com to view the cumulative standings.

An underwater tour of Long Island Sound

A new Web site created by the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection brings the diverse marine life from Long Island Sound into full view — right onto a computer screen.

The array of life on the floor of the Sound can now be viewed at www. lisrc.uconn.edu/lis_uwtour. The site was developed by Dr. Peter Auster and Ralph Lewis, both faculty members at UConn’s Department of Marine Sciences, with a $25,000 grant from the Long Island Sound Fund of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

The underwater photos were taken during research and exploratory dives in Long Island Sound by university researchers and collaborators during the past 30 years. More than 1,000 digital images have been scanned into a digital archive, and about 400 are now available on the site. More images from the archive will be added to the site as well as new ones as they are taken during future research cruises. In addition to providing an underwater tour, the site describes the habitats in the Sound, its history and geology, and how its environment is affected by human activity.

C.G. Foundation sets record for fundraising

Last year was a milestone year for the Coast Guard Foundation. For 2006 the foundation raised $8 million in cash and cash equivalents and secured a $2 million charitable remainder trust from a donor who was rescued by the Coast Guard, bringing to $10 million the total amount raised. A CRT like this one enables donors to contribute property like securities, artwork or real estate, and will benefit Coast Guard units when the benefactors pass away.

“Our benefactors, volunteers and staff can be proud of what they accomplished in 2006,” says foundation chair Ross Roeder. “Their contributions enabled the foundation to increase the number of scholarships awarded to children of enlisted personnel, and to increase support for the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Academy in many other ways.”

The amount of cash and cash equivalents raised in 2006 represents an increase of $1 million over 2005’s results, and $3 million more than what was raised in 2004, prior to adopting a new fundraising strategy and enhancing the foundation’s professional staff. This year 60 young people are attending the college or university of their choice, thanks to foundation scholarships. Likewise, more than 1,200 Coast Guard members will receive grants to advance their careers and pursue baccalaureate degrees. In addition, almost $1 million worth of performance enhancing equipment will be provided to sea- and land-based units, and academic and athletic excellence will be strengthened at the Coast Guard Academy.

The foundation once again received a four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the country’s premiere watchdog group for assessing the effectiveness of non-profit organizations. Less than 1,500 of the 1.6 million American charities receive this designation.

In other news, the Coast Guard Foundation recently unveiled a newly designed Web site with comprehensive information about the foundation, its history of helping and its staff.

The address for the new foundation Web site is www.cgfdn.org .

Remembrance for S&S executive

Tony Roumeliotes of Sparkman & Stephens lost his battle with lung cancer April 15, at the age of 56.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Linda Sternau-Roumeliotes, sisters Dusty Spiliotis, Helen Cristaldi and brother Demetri Roumeliotes.

A private family service is planned in his hometown of Haverhill, Mass., followed by a gathering of remembrance this summer aboard his classic S&S yacht Legend.

Sailing was Roumeliotes’ passion and his resume of racing achievements is extensive. He has been a familiar figure in classic yacht regattas throughout the world, and had been a yacht broker for S&S for the past six years.

Mahogany Memories returns to Essex, Conn.

The 23rd annual Mahogany Memories Antique & Classic Boat Show returns to Essex, Conn., July 7.

Held again at the Connecticut RiverMuseum, the event devoted to the love and preservation of wooden boats is dedicated this year to Tom Hunter, past president and club historian for the Southern New England Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. An award named after Hunter for the highest scoring owner-restored boat will debut this year.

Beyond the dozens of boats displayed at the museum docks and on the museum grounds, highlights will include a silent auction, lobster dinner and river cruise.

Admission is free, but parking is limited.

For information, call the museum at (860) 767-8269.

www.ctrivermuseum.org. www.southernnewengland.org

L.I. port celebrates three centuries

Sag Harbor is celebrating a remarkable milestone this year, its 300th anniversary, from May 26 to Oct. 14.

At one point, it was the very first federal port of entry in the new United States of America and its bustling port once boasted more ship tonnage than New York harbor. It had one of the most dynamic whaling fleets on the eastern seaboard and its seamen were among the first to explore the arctic and the first Westerners to venture into the Sea of Japan.

Celebrated inhabitants include James Fenimore Cooper, John Steinbeck, Betty Friedan and Thomas Harris.

This year, Sag Harbor has planned a months-long series of events celebrating Sag Harbor’s past and striving to teach visitors and residents about the unique history of a community that paralleled the growth of the young and maturing American nation.

Kicking off the celebration on Memorial Day weekend was a party for the launch of a season-long exhibition at Sag Harbor’s Whaling and HistoricMuseum, “Keeping Time in Sag Harbor,” plus a book by the same name by photographer Stephen Longmire.

In September the village’s annual HarborFest takes on greater importance as the principal anniversary celebration. The weekend of Sept. 14-16 will be full of activities including a 300th Anniversary Parade, whaleboat races, the Sag Harbor Charity Cup Challenge 12-Meter Yacht Races, a showing of the film “Amistad,” clam shucking contest, an old fashioned clambake, a gala beach party, the first Sag Harbor Art Festival, the Taste of Sag Harbor Food Fair, a farmer’s market, concerts, theatre and much more.