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HAVE YOUR SAY: Clear sailing for creek

AFTER many years of stranded boats and intense campaigning from creek users, the dredging of Mordialloc Creek has been completed.

Boaties are now urging authorities to commit to a regular maintenance program to ensure mud and silt do not choke up the popular waterway again.

Contractor Thiess Services finished the second stage of dredging last week, which saw 9000 cubic metres of silt removed from the mouth of the creek to the Governor Rd boat ramp.

It follows the first stage, which saw 6000 tonnes of silt removed from around Lambert Island last year.

All up the dredging cost $7 million, which was funded by the State Government and Kingston Council, and made the creek 1.5m-2m deeper.

Mordialloc Creek Community convenor Garry Spencer said creek users were “delighted” with the clean and clear creek.

“This has taken a lot of work by everyone involved and the outstanding level of co-operation has been very uplifting,” Mr Spencer said.

“We are now asking the main channel of the creek be dredged every three to four years.”

The last major dredgings of the creek were in 1997 and 1973.

Kingston Council chief executive John Nevins said the council was pleased to see the dredging finish about a month earlier than expected.

“Vessels will still need to navigate through the creek cautiously because there will be equipment being demobilised,” Mr Nevins said.

Mordialloc state Liberal MP Lorraine Wreford said Mordialloc Creek could again be a “centrepiece for the community”.

“There’s many great projects under way around the electorate, but this one’s special,” Ms Wreford said.

Carrum state Liberal MP Donna Bauer said she was delighted to see the creek as “the pride of the bay” again.

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Top boat sales/customer service awards go to Cataumet dealership

 

Cataumet Boats at Route 28A has received Grady-White Boats’ 2012 Top Sales and Customer Satisfaction and Golden Anchor Awards for the model year 2012.

The Gold Anchor Sales Award signifies the leading sales producer among Grady-White’s dealership network. Grady-White is headquartered in Greenville, N.C.

The company said this is only the second time since the awards were established that a dealer received top honors for both categories.

Cataumet Boats earned the highest level of retail sales for this year. The Cataumet firm is owned by the Way family.


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Vessels Warned Against Sailing In Stormy Seas

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard yesterday ordered shipping vessels and the sea-going public, particularly fishermen, to be barred from traveling at sea in areas under public storm warning signals as tropical depression “Ofel” may make landfall between Visayas and Mindanao regions within the day.

The PCG warned all kinds of vessels that it should suspend trips to these regions while those passing through the areas have to discontinue their travel and disembark their passengers at nearby ports.

“There is a prohibition on sailing in port of departure, route and destination under public storm warning signal of PAGASA. Small fishing boats and boats strictly, no sailing in affected areas,” said PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo.

“We are recalling fishermen in the affected areas and are advising the people not to go swimming in affected areas,” Balilo said.

The PCG issued the warning in line with the directive from the Department of Transportation and Communications that no vessels are allowed to sail if a public storm warning signal is hoisted over its origin, route or destination.

Among the areas placed under PSWS No. 1 are Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Surigao del Norte, including Dinagat Island, Surigao del Sur, Agusan provinces and Camiguin Island.

Because of the bad weather, the Coast Guard said it is dangerous for fishermen to sail out to sea given the big waves and strong winds.

The PCG also reminded sea travelers that PAGASA also issued a gale warning in the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon that covered the Bicol region and Quezon province where the weather condition is said to be rough to very rough.


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Busy Sailing Competes in Four Regattas

On the weekend that marked the midpoint of its season, the Harvard sailing team competed in four separate tournaments in New England in one of its final tune-ups before the qualifiers for the Atlantic Coast Championships.

The team placed in the top 10 in its two in-conference meets—seventh at the Central Series, held at Boston College, and ninth at the Oberg, hosted by Northeastern.

In its intersectional meets, the Crimson placed 12th at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy, held at Brown, and 10th at the Stu Nelson Trophy, hosted by MIT. Sophomore Richard Biergsund, who sailed at Oberg, said that after the departure of a senior class that included All-American Brendan Kopp ’12, the team has turned to a host of freshmen and sophomores to fill the void.

“We are a very young team this year,” Beirgsund said. “Since we are so young, we’ve had to adapt to a lot of different weather situations and conditions. We are working really hard on consistency and winning more than one race at a time, and that comes from minimizing mistakes out there.”

SHERMAN HOYT TROPHY

Sailing in unfamiliar boats and in difficult weather conditions, Harvard finished 10th in the A Division at the Sherman Hoyt trophy and 14th in the B division.

Freshmen Sydney Karnvosky and Gram Slattery teamed up in the A division and won the ninth race of the regatta. The team had four single-digit finishes overall and ended the weekend with a score of 116 points. The Crimson started out with top-10 finishes in five of the first seven races and finished worse than 12th only twice.

“The boats that we sailed with this weekend have a different handling than what we are used to,” Karnovsky explained. “The ones that we practice with are much faster to tack and drive and are more sensitive. The differences are things that you wouldn’t notice looking at the boat from far away, but when you are on the boat you have to adjust.”

Karnovsky echoed Biergsund’s sentiment and said that the team has to work on maintaining its focus throughout all the weekend’s races.

“We have all the ingredients to do well in races and we need to put stuff together every race,” Karnovsky said. “If we have one bad race or two bad races, that really hurts us, and we need to be consistent out there. We want to be consistently in the top half of races and making sure those 10, 11, or 12 finishes are six, seven, and eights instead.”

OBERG

At the Oberg, the Harvard A team finished in 12th place, ending strong with two top-four results in its last three races. The B team—featuring Bergsund and freshman Jacob Bradt—took 10th in its division and the C team finished in seventh. In adverse weather conditions, the Crimson adjusted to shifting wind and rain.

“This weekend, the wind was really shifty on the water,” Bergsund said. “You had to move really quickly to keep up on the shifts and keep your head out of your boat to watch the wind on the water. The challenge this weekend was changing our plans as the breeze made its way around the course.”

STU NELSON TROPHY

At the Stu Nelson Trophy, the Harvard B team closed the weekend 11th overall, while the A team finished ninth. The A team had six top-five results and won the 14th race of the day. The Crimson started strong and ended up no lower than 11th in its first 10 races and finished in the top five four times in that span.

The B team split time between two groups of racers, with freshman Sophie Bermudez and junior Isabel Ruane teaming up for the first 12 races of the weekend and junior Morgan Watson and classmate Jacquelyn Cooley racing the final six. The team won its ninth race of the weekend and had 10 top-10 finishes overall.

CENTRAL SERIES

At the Central Series, Harvard finished seventh in both divisions. The Crimson ended up behind both teams from Ancient Eight rival Dartmouth, which finished first and fourth.

Junior Ames Lyman and senior Nicholas Gordon manned the A boat, ending the weekend with five top-10 finishes.Freshman Matthew Clarida and sophomore Deirdre Buckley anchored the B team for Harvard, which finished only 16 points behind sixth-place Tufts.

 


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America's Cup — Youth Is Reshaping a Sport of Experience

Outteridge, who decided to join Artemis Racing last month, is a sailing superstar. He has won world championships in several classes; this week, he is aiming for another: the A-Class Catamaran World Championship in Islamorada, Fla.

He has never before raced the A-Class catamaran, which is an ultralight, single-person racing boat, but they are considered perfect cross-training for an America’s Cup helmsman because of their similarities with the two classes of catamarans being raced in the Cup.

Outteridge is part of the cadre of 20-something skippers who is nipping at the heels of the old guard in the America’s Cup. Professional sailing once had middle-aged, seasoned sailors as the top picks for Cup helmsmen. Now, young, champion sailors in one of today’s modern racing dinghies and catamarans have what racing teams are looking for to win sailing’s highest profile event: faster decision-making skills.

The Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson, 42, worked his way into the coveted lead spot to cap a 20-year path, paying his dues selling sails, racing with wealthy yacht owners and filling all the key roles in afterguard of an America’s Cup racer.

But when the Cup defender, Larry Ellison, decided to change the racing from big, relatively slow keelboats to wing-sailed catamarans, the younger generation became valuable. Sailors like Outteridge and Peter Burling of New Zealand, a 21-year-old silver medalist at the Olympics, have grown up racing modern, ultrafast dinghies on short courses. Their background turns out to be good experience for racing in the World Series where courses are right up against the shore.

The big question before the America’s Cup finals next September is, what will win: youth or experience? In a sport in which experience often dominates, the new Cup format has many teams hedging their bets.

“We’re all breaking new ground here,” said Hutchison, whose Artemis A boat finished three places ahead of Outteridge’s B boat for Artemis at the World Series event in San Francisco earlier this month. “The young, keen, passionate thing can take you a long way. When the pressure’s on, who knows? That’s the beauty of our sport. It’s learned. There’s a difference for sure.”

The top Cup helmsmen from as far back as the American winner Briggs Cunningham in 1958 were middle-age men who followed a similar apprenticeship to Hutchinson’s. Dennis Conner and Russell Coutts had to wait their turns. Conner studied under the 1977 winner Ted Turner.

While veteran Cup skippers including Francesco Bruni of Italy and Dean Barker of New Zealand raced in traditional Cup boats, a generation of young sailors around the world were racing on weekends on fast, small boats and winning world championships in Olympic 49ers, A-Class catamarans and the International Moth, which sails clear of the water on foils.

Barker, 40, made the leap to catamarans two years ago, and has a head start in AC45s, the class used to contest the World Series in the lead-up to the Cup finals next year. But the new crop of Cup skippers is catching up.

“The boats require a lot more skill to sail,” Outteridge said. “It suits those of us who have been sailing this type for the last 10 years.”Outteridge credits Team Korea for recognizing the skills of younger sailors with Chris Draper of Britain.

“Chris jumped in from the 49er circuit and showed potential with Team Korea,” Outteridge said. “That opened doors for all of us. For sure I’ve been given a chance that in the past I would not have seen in 20 years.”

Draper, 34, is now leading the Italian team Luna Rossa, and Outteridge’s move to Artemis created an opportunity for another young sailor: Burling replaced him as skipper of Team Korea.

Having fast boats and fresh, young faces has played into the hands of NBC, which took a risk by showing Cup racing on network television for the first time in more than 20 years.


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