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News notes Mid-Atlantic Dec 06

Honors for Annapolis sail pioneering couple

Kathy and Jerry Wood were longtime Annapolis residents who owned and operated both the Annapolis Sailing School and the Annapolis sail and powerboat shows. Now the late couple will be remembered with the Kathy and Jerry Wood Foundation, established in August in Annapolis.

“Kathy and Jerry did not have any children of their own, but employed many young people in their businesses,” says Sallie Hamrick, trustee of the foundation. “The Woods took great pride in watching their young employees grow and mature as they took on increasing responsibility in their jobs.”

The foundation awards scholarships through educational institutions, which select the recipients and administer the awards. Based on financial need and scholastic achievement, the awards may be for one year or for a course of study through graduation.

Students interested in receiving a foundation scholarship should contact their school’s financial aid office.

New president appointed at Mariners’ Museum

The Mariners’ Museum’s Board of Trustees announced in August that Timothy J. Sullivan will join the museum as president and CEO Nov. 1, just four months before the new $30 million, 63,500-square-foot USS Monitor Center opens to the public.

John B. Hightower, current museum president and CEO, will retire Dec. 1, after a month of transition with Sullivan.

“The museum could not possibly have secured the services of anyone better than Tim Sullivan. His appointment provides no small amount of pride for me in bringing the museum onto the national stage where he can make it flourish,” Hightower said.

An Ohio native, Sullivan graduated from the College of William and Mary after receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1966. Sullivan earned a law degree from Harvard University and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Vietnam. He returned to his alma mater in 1972 as assistant professor of the William and Mary School of Law and later served the institution as dean of the school of law, and from 1992 to 2005 as president of the College.

Diesel fuel analysis offered by company

Fuel analysis is part of engine maintenance. The cost of diesel fuel, although expensive, is small when compared to the problems that may develop without the proper purchase specifications, verification of those specifications, handling, storage and distribution.

Generally speaking, most fuel is within the grade; however, occasionally a fuel delivery may be substandard. Fuel can also degrade and become contaminated in storage and transfer.

Dieselcraft Fluid Engineering offers a $99 fuel stability testing program. The program will indicate if the fuel is up to ASTM standards and if there is an unwanted rapid degrading taking place in the fuel.

A prepaid order form and sampling canister is sent to the buyer with complete instructions on how to prepare the sample and where to send it for independent lab results. For information visit .

RFA instrumental in protecting striped bass

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Sept. 8 that it would continue the closure of striped bass fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The EEZ includes all of the coastal waters from three miles off shore out to the United States’ territorial waters.

“This news is a great relief to striped bass fishermen everywhere,” said Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. “It was a bad idea from the very beginning.”

RFA and Maryland Saltwater Sportsmen’s Association were part of a letter writing campaign supporting the continued closure. NMFS received nearly 8,000 comments from RFA members from Maine through North Carolina pointing out that lifting the harvest ban would, in the long term, damage the stock.

“The ongoing recovery of Atlantic striped bass is arguably the crowning achievement of U.S. fisheries management, a success that was only possible due to recreational anglers swaying policy decisions against what NMFS and the ASMFC wanted, which was to open the EEZ,” says Jim Donofrio. “Recreational anglers and their efforts are truly responsible for this success.”

Fishing challenge ends with a bang

Maryland wrapped up its second annual fishing challenge by awarding nearly $150,000 in prizes.

John Hutchins from Broad Run, Va., won a grand prize, 20-foot center console Sailfish 206CC and trailer from Boater’s World.

Roy Haller from Lavale, Md., won a grand prize, 18-foot 7-inch Tracker Nitro 591 bass boat and trailer from Bass Pro Shops.

Quinton Mitchell from Baltimore won a grand prize, 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pick-up truck from Toyota Maryland.

Frank Hendricks from Monkton, Md., won a grand prize, 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pick-up truck from Toyota Maryland.

Jim Andersen from Elkton, Md., won the chance to win $1,000,000, but walked away with the consolation prize, a 162-quart ice cooler full of gifts, including a $2,500 shopping spree at Boater’s World, $100 gift certificate to Zachary’s Jewelers in Annapolis, four Baltimore Orioles tickets complements of Clear Channel Radio, and a gift basket from the Maryland State Lottery Agency.

Scout Boats adds new dealer

Scout Boats of Summerville, S.C. has added another new national dealer to its current roster: Advance Marine Boat Sales in Shady Side, Md. This brings the total number of dealers in Scout’s growing network to 71.

Scout builds sportfishing, fish ‘n ski, walk around, flats and bay boat models ranging from 14 feet to 28 feet, and will be debuting its largest model to date in model year 2007: the 350 Abaco. Since its founding over a decade ago, Scout Boats’ goal has been to manufacture the best-built boats in its distinctive sportfishing niches. Each Scout hull is an original, as the in-house research and design team works closely with engineering to take concepts from blueprint to production.

For more information on Scout, visit .

Local bluewater skipper secures sponsorship

Solveras Payment Systems, an independent payment transaction processing company in Nashville, Tenn., has been named the primary sponsor for Crownsville, Md., sailor Tim Troy’s solo voyage around the world in the Velux 5 Oceans race.

“It is a dream come true for me to secure this sponsorship,” Troy says. “I have worked so hard for such a long time and I am delighted that I am going to achieve my ultimate goal.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this solo round-the-world race, known previously as the BOC Challenge and Around Alone. Sailors compete in Grand Prix IMOCA Open 60 and Open 50 classes. The fleet was scheduled to set off Oct. 22 from Bilbao, Spain, and will stop in the ports of Perth, Australia (mid-December), and Norfolk, Va. (mid-March 2007), before finishing back in Spain in April 2007.