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CT expands No Discharge Area

Conn. Gov. Jodi Rell announced July 12 that the Long Island Sound waters from Eastern Point in Groton to Hoadley Point in Guilford are designated as Connecticut’s newest No Discharge Area. The designation makes it illegal for boaters to discharge treated or untreated sewage from their vessels into coastal waters.

The state’s NDA previously stretched from the Rhode Island state line on the Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay to Eastern Point in Groton.

“No Discharge Areas are so important because they significantly improve what we are most concerned with: water quality,” Rell said.

In an NDA boaters are required to use pumpout facilities or pumpout boats. Currently, the release of untreated boat sewage is prohibited in all of Connecticut’s coastal and inland waters.

The state DEP has submitted an application to the federal EPA for approval of a NDA to cover the remainder of Connecticut’s coastal waters, from Branford to Greenwich. It is anticipated that by the start of the 2007 boating season that this application will be approved and all of the state’s coastal waters will be a designated No Discharge Area.

Environmental groups to fight Broadwater

Local environmental advocacy groups Save the Sound and Sound Alliance are launching the next phase of their “Our Water, Not Broadwater” campaign, opposing the proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Long Island Sound.

According to the groups, 10,000 mailers have been sent to residents in Connecticut, Long Island, Westchester County and parts of New York City condemning Broadwater Energy’s plan to build a liquefied natural gas plant in Long Island Sound. Broadwater is a joint venture between Shell Oil and TransCanada.

For information on the effort visit www.savethesound.org or www.cfenv.org. Broadwater’s Web site is www.broadwaterenergy.com.

Classic boat show adds extra day

The Lake Champlain Antique Classic Boat Society’s 21st anniversary boat show has expanded to a two-day event featuring more than 50 historic, antique and classic boats.

The event will also feature the debut of what is planned to be an annual Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, celebrating the attractions and activities that line the lake’s Burlington, Vt., waterfront.

The Vermont Air National Guard celebrates its 60th anniversary with a Charity Air Show, “Wings Over Vermont,” and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performing over the Burlington waterfront.

The festivities begin Aug. 18 and run through Aug. 20 with exhibits, demonstrations and an array of waterfront activities.

The Lake Champlain ACBS Show and judging will be Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., concluding with The Boat Show Parade.

Sailing School launches one-day learning

The newest Offshore Sailing School program, available at New York campuses, is an expansion of the Learn to Sail in a Day classroom course offered each year at seasonal boat shows.

For $195 new sailors and those seeking a refresher can immerse themselves in a full day of learning aboard Colgate 26s, with Offshore Sailing School’s certified instructors.

“It allows those with desire but little time to get a day of solid learning in waters near home,” explains Doris Colgate, president and CEO of Offshore Sailing School.

Those who sign up for Learn to Sail in a Day actually take the first day of Offshore Sailing School’s classic three-day Learn to Sail certification course. The Learn to Sail in a Day experience is available every week throughout the year at Offshore Sailing School’s four Florida locations. The day includes 1-1/2 hours of preparatory classroom instruction, followed by two three-hour sailing sessions with Offshore’s expert instructors. A one-hour break for lunch occurs between sailing sessions.

Learn to Sail in a Day represents a savings of more than a $100 (normally $298 for each day of the course). Participants will receive Steve Colgate’s Basic Sailing Theory textbook. Anyone who wishes to continue on with the course and achieve certification may do so on a space-available basis, by paying the balance of the full course fee.

The 10 Offshore Sailing School locations include Liberty Landing Marina (Jeresy City), Chelsea Piers (N.Y.C.), N.Y. Maritime College (Fort Schuyler) and The Sagamore (Lake George).

For information and reservations call Offshore Sailing School at (800) 221-4326 or visit www.offshoresailing.com .

Poker Run powerboats roar past Manhattan

Dozens of performance powerboats converged on the lower Hudson River June 17 for the 10th annual poker run. Organizers prefer to tabulate participation at “a total of 81,555 hp.”

Safety was particularly important for the go-fast skippers due to greater-than-average commercial traffic in the lower basin and a swim-race simultaneously going on that circumnavigated the island of Manhattan. Several boats, producing more than 1,000 hp from multiple engines, topped 100 mph.

A special feature of the event was the first outing for the newly formed, “Historic Offshore Race Boat Association,” which attracted vintage go-fast boats such as Dry Martini, an original 35 Cigarette racer from the 1970s. www.nationalpowerboat.com

Documentary takes home national honors

A French and Indian War icon from upstate New York’s Lake George is the focus of an award-winning documentary. The DVD, “The Lost Radeau: North America’s Oldest Warship,” has received two national documentary awards.

The 57-minute documentary is the story of the history, discovery and archaeological investigation of the Land Tortoise, a British floating gun battery of the French and Indian War.

“The Lost Radeau,” released November 2005, was given the Aurora Award’s highest recognition, Platinum-Best of Show, for the Documentary-Historical/Event category. “The Lost Radeau” also won a Telly Silver Award.

Pepe Productions, a Glens Falls, New York multimedia production company, and Wilton, N.Y.-based Bateaux Below collaborated on the documentary. www.thelostradeau.com

CT marine filmmaker wins for documentaries

The sequel to New Haven, Conn.-based SEA-TV award-winning documentary, “Geoff Hunt: Portrait of a Marine Artist,” titled “Geoff Hunt: Painting in the Studio,” recently won the Platinum award in the Arts/Cultural category at the Worldfest film festival.

The filmmakers also won a Silver Award in the Biographical category for their new revised production, “The Incredible Tristan Jones.”

There were more than 50 entries each in the arts/cultural and biographical categories this year. WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, with more than 4,500 entries received from 33 countries in 2006. Worldfest was founded by producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for independent filmmakers. “Geoff Hunt: Painting in the Studio” is a unique documentary,” says SEA-TV executive producer Chip Croft. “It is a rare chance to watch a world-class artist work in his studio. Few artists of his stature are that generous and open to sharing their techniques.”

Geoff Hunt is one of the world’s top marine artists. His paintings are on the covers of all Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin novels about the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. He is president of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and was a consultant on the 2003 feature film, “Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World.” Several scenes in the film were inspired by his paintings.

“Geoff Hunt: Painting in the Studio” (50 minutes, $19.95) and “The Incredible Tristan Jones” (60 minutes, $29.95) are both available on DVD at www.sea-tvproductions.com or call (203) 777-7001.