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Brunswick Corporation : Crestliner Announces Additions to Extensive Dealer …

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Little Falls, Minn., Sept. 16, 2013 – At Crestliner, it’s our goal to provide our customers with the highest quality boats that suit the many ways they enjoy the water. We also strive to provide a strong network of local, reliable dealers whom our customers can trust with their boat purchase and maintenance.

Crestliner is excited to announce the addition of ten new dealers to its growing network of elite Crestliner dealerships. They are:

Calico Jack’s Boat RV Rentals, LLC, Gallatin, Tenn.

Calico Jack’s Boat RVoffers many services for the Nashville area, including boat, engine and pontoon sales, boat service and parts, boat financing as well as RV, boat and pontoon rentals. Their factory-trained and certified technicians service all makes and models of engines and provide on-water service.

Sunset Marina at 43, LLC, Brandon, Miss.

Sunset Marina at 43 is a full service marina offering boat sales, parts and service, accessories and slip rentals. Sunset Marina at 43 offers a variety of boat options including bass, hunting, bay and pontoons.

The Boat Dock, Grand Island, Neb.

The Boat Dock has been a staple in Grand Island since 1956. As a full service dealer, their theme has always been quality sales and service, going the extra mile to provide customer satisfaction. Their mechanics, sales staff and one-of-a-kind customer service team’s focus continues to be excellent service.

Coy’s Boatworks, LLC, Kirksville, Mo.

A full service center, Coy’s Boatworks offers new and used boats, engines and trailers, as well as dock and lift sales and installation and a wide variety of accessories. They offer a full line of parts and accessories with factory-trained technicians for maintenance and repair on all boats and engines.

Munson Marine, Ingleside, Ill.

Munson Marine has been family owned and operated since 1957, offering new and used boats, brokerage, parts and service, storage and in-water slips. Their experienced sales staff is knowledgeable about the product, local waterways and boating in general. The Munson family’s commitment to providing hassle-free boating has earned them several hundred industry recognition awards for excellence, including U.S. Boat Dealer of the Year and untold thousands of satisfied, happy customers who have become friends.

George’s Marine Sports, Kingston, ON, Canada

Now with three locations, George’s Marine and Sports has been making fun a reality for over 35 years. Their Kingston location is the first marina and includes a modern showroom to complement the showroom on the water. In 2010, George’s Marine Sports became a 5-Star Certified Dealer and was named a Brunswick Master Dealer, guaranteeing their customers the best of all areas of dealership operations.

Kensington Point Marina, Desbarats, ON, Canada

Kensington Point Marina’s mission is to provide superior boating experiences for the entire family by being committed to quality service and products. They offer customers new and used boat and engine sales, parts and service. In addition to their boating services, they also build, repair and restore cottages and docks and offer dock storage.

Just Add Water Marine, Inc, Louisville, Ky.

Just Add Water Marine is family owned and operated, serving the Louisville area since 1987. They offer boats, pontoons, accessories, parts and have Mercury certified technicians on hand to service your engines.

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College Roundup: Navy boats excel in two regattas

Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:58 am

Updated: 9:44 am, Tue Sep 17, 2013.

College Roundup: Navy boats excel in two regattas

NAVY SAILING: The Navy varsity offshore sailing team had six boats competing in the NASS Race to Oxford on Saturday and the Hammond Memorial Regatta on Sunday.

In Class PHRF A2 skipper senior Nick Padleckas skippered NA24 Gallant to third place out of 26 entries and was awarded the Tred Avon Yacht Club award for best performance by a Naval Academy boat. In the same class, senior Andrew Beeler skippered NA25 Tenacious to fifth, senior John Watkins skippered NA26 Invincible to sixth and senior Jonathan Driesslein skippered NA23 Defiance to 10th. In the J/105 class, junior Josh Forgacs skippered Dreadnought to second place out of four entries. Junior Nick Tucker skippered Allegiance to third in the same class.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:58 am.

Updated: 9:44 am.

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Sailing-Heavy wind forces pause in America's Cup showdown

(Adds details on rejected proposal to increase wind limit)

By Noel Randewich

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – High winds on San Francisco Bay forced a postponement of 34th America’s Cup sailing on Tuesday, delaying a potential final showdown between series leader Emirates Team New Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA.

A seasonally strong out-flowing tide on San Francisco Bay running against incoming wind created conditions that exceeded safety limits set for the delicate 72-foot (22-meter) catamarans, organizers said.

A proposal by Oracle to increase the wind limits for racing was rejected by New Zealand, a New Zealand spokesman said. Oracle’s performance over the weekend suggests its AC72 is faster than New Zealand’s in heavy winds, some observers believe.

“We requested the wind speed to be increased by 1 knot. We feel the extra knot would still keep the event safe for the teams, and it would help avoid postponements like today and allow racing to continue as scheduled,” Oracle General Manager Grant Simmer said in an email.

New Zealand had been in a position to clinch the Cup and end the regatta if it could have won both of Tuesday’s scheduled races. It will have another chance in two races scheduled for Wednesday, when the weather is expected to be more favorable.

Tuesday’s racing was called after the boats headed out to the race course starting area near the Golden Gate Bridge, as whitecaps underneath grew frothier.

Organizers set strict limits on wind speeds in the America’s Cup after Swedish team Artemis Racing suffered a fatal training accident in May. Wednesday’s upper limit was 20.1 knots (23 miles per hour) for race one.

While 20-plus knot winds are not unusual on the bay and are acceptable for pleasure cruising, they are seen as too risky for the high-performance, hard-to-maneuver AC72 yachts.

New Zealand dominated racing between the two teams in the first week of the America’s Cup finals but it ran into trouble over the weekend when a vastly improved Oracle won its second and third matches, interrupting the Kiwis’ momentum.

Changes Oracle made to its AC72 catamaran after losing six of the first seven races in the series, combined with much-improved tacking upwind, have made the team quicker, with both crews now looking similarly polished in their maneuvers.

“We put in a lot of effort in our days off to make the changes necessary to the boat and review our crew work,” Oracle grinder Shannon Falcone said on Sunday. “I feel really comfortable with where we are.”

New Zealand leads the competition seven races to one, with Oracle’s first two wins having been negated by a cheating penalty before the finals began. The first team to score nine points will take home the 162-year-old America’s Cup trophy.

Tuesday was not the first time weather interrupted the regatta. High winds forced organizers to call off Saturday’s second race while already in progress.

After New Zealand narrowly avoided catastrophe on Saturday with a near-capsize that cost it the race, Sunday’s matches were among the most thrilling in yacht-racing history. The two supercharged AC72s dueled neck and neck in the second race, changing leads four times, an America’s Cup record, before New Zealand eked out a 17-second victory.

“We keep a watchful eye on Oracle and we are impressed by the way they are sailing. We know we have to keep on improving,” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said after Sunday’s mixed results.

Until the weekend, New Zealand had dominated the competition with superior tacking and upwind speed. New Zealand trounced challengers from Italy and Sweden to gain the right to take on defending champion Oracle in the finals.

The weekend’s wild racing was a vindication for America’s Cup organizers, led by software mogul Larry Ellison, whose decision to use extremely expensive and sometimes dangerous high-tech catamarans for the competition has been widely criticized.

When Ellison’s team won the America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain in 2010, it gained the right to set the rules and chose windy San Francisco Bay for this year’s competition.

A dearth of challengers, a cheating scandal, the fatal accident in and many weeks of one-sided racing had threatened to make a mockery of the event.

The Kiwis first won the America’s Cup in 1995 and successfully defended it in 2000 before losing the trophy three years later to Swiss biotechnology billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi in a disastrous campaign that left the team in shambles. (Editing by Alden Bentley and Eric Walsh)

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