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Ga. boat owners with expired or expiring registrations may face new fees

Have you been holding off on registering your boat? Might not want to hold out much longer. Georgia boat owners with expired registrations are encouraged to renew their boat decals before Oct. 24, 2013 when a new state law adding a $10 late fee for registration renewal after expiration will be implemented.

“The 2013 legislature passed a new law that encourages timely registration,” says Dan Forster, Director of the Wildlife Resources Division. “Often boat owners put off registration until just before July 4th or other major summer holidays, and the resulting rush create a backlog for all wishing to renew their registrations and for persons trying to register a new boat to use for the holidays. This new law will help encourage boat owners to register throughout the year, resulting in better service for all.”

Boat registrations are good for three years, and expire on the last day of the owner’s birth month in the third year of registration. The new law adds a $10 fee if the registration renewal is mailed or completed by telephone or using the online registration after the expiration date. This requirement will be enforced beginning October 24.

In an effort to notify boat owners about their expiring registrations, the Wildlife Resources Division mails a renewal notice the first week of the month before expiration (approximately 55 days in advance). Registration renewal notices mailed September 1st for October 31st boat expirations will have a notice about the new late fee.

Transferring ownership of a vessel?

This law additionally allows new owners of used boats that have an existing Georgia registration to receive three full years of registration at transfer and eliminates the transfer fee. This transfer provision also begins October 24.

“This new transfer provision giving three full years of registration at transfer will save money for most boat owners,” says Forster.

How to Renew, Transfer or Register a New Boat

New boat registrations and transfers of ownership for boats with existing Georgia registrations may be done by mail or telephone (1-800-366-2661). The late fee does not apply to ownership transfers or new Georgia boat registrations.

Boat registration renewals may be returned with renewal form by mail, or done by telephone at 1-800-366-2661 or by visiting the online sales site at

Owners of Georgia boats must notify DNR within 15 days if their address changes from that shown on their boat registration card, or if they sell their boat. Address changes and notification of boat sale may be done by calling 1-800-366-2661. Boat owners can also change their address by logging into their customer account at

More information about boat registration is available at

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Celebrations to mark 150 years of reading room

Southwold Sailors’ reading rooms will soon be celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Kathryn Bradley

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
8:59 AM

A flotilla of vintage and modern boats will gather in Sole Bay this weekend to launch a day of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room.

The building on Southwold’s East Cliff is hosting a day of music and talks on Saturday.

The event will begin at 11am when the boats take a salute to Southwold’s fishermen past and present from local dignitaries and supporters of the reading room, who will be
assembled outside the building.

The flotilla will include Lowestoft sailing trawler Excelsior, Victorian gaff cutter Leila, the Southwold lifeboat Annie Tranmer and high speed rigid inflatable Coastal Voyager as well as fishing vessels and sailing boats from Southwold Harbour.

The Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums will perform a selection of tunes as the boats sail past before a programme of talks, readings and music gets under way.

The president of the reading room, John ‘Dusso’ Winter, will give a talk on some of the brave heroes and rogues from Southwold’s past, Douglas Pope will give guided tours of the reading room, and actor Donald Gee will read a selection of ‘Fishy Tales’.

The Saint Felix Preparatory School Choir will give a performance at noon and there will be folk music on the cliff from 2pm to 4pm.

Coastal Voyager will be offering trips out to Excelsior and Leila and back from their harbour stage and there will be a snooker ball potting competition at the reading room. A prize draw will be held at 4pm and reading room merchandise will be on sale.

With the reading room acting as a small museum and a warm place for people to meet or read their daily papers, Southwold’s mayor, Simon Tobin, said: “This is the first event of its kind to be held in Southwold, and is a very special occasion for the Sailors’ Reading Room. I hope as many people as possible will come along for a full day of entertainment and activity, and will become members to support this wonderful place.”

Chairman of the Sailors’ Reading Room, Teresa Baggott, said: “We attract the public all the year round, but some of our visitors may not appreciate how this iconic place evolved, and what it stands for now. Besides celebrating our 150th anniversary, we’d like this special open day to raise our profile.”

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Sailing-Australians pushing for thrifty America's Cup

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Australia‘s Hamilton Island Yacht Club will push to ensure the next America’s Cup does not boil down to a “race of money” with Larry Ellison‘s Oracle Team USA, but will fight hard to woo the country’s top sailing talent back from the defender.

Hamilton Island, owned by wine magnate and sailing enthusiast Bob Oatley and run by his son Sandy, was confirmed by the Golden Gate Yacht Club as the Challenger of Record for the 35th America’s Cup late on Monday.

The 34th Cup that wrapped up last week had only three challengers, with the costs of the campaign, which was raced in super-fast AC72 catamarans, put in excess of $100 million and cited as the main reason why so few teams went to San Francisco.

As the Challenger of Record, Hamilton Island will help shape the rules for the next regatta with Oracle, whose software tycoon owner has also talked of the need to contain costs after being criticised for the complexity of the hi-tech AC72s.

Sandy Oatley praised Oracle and the beaten Team New Zealand for putting on a thrilling regatta in San Francisco Bay after raising the technology stakes but said lower costs would help attract more challengers for the next incarnation, set for 2016.

“It did cost a lot, the technology, but I think they’ve taken it into the next realm of sailing,” he told Reuters in an interview by phone from Sydney.

“I think the way they’ve developed it in this case has made it very exciting and all the people who were able to watch it were absolutely amazed.

“I think (overseas competitors) are all welcoming the fact of trying to contain the costs.

“My father Bob was saying, for a sailing race, we’re trying to get the emphasis 100 percent on sailing, with 50 percent on the sailing expertise, 40 percent the boat and 10 percent in technology and development.

“We can put some boxes around the boats and the sails so it doesn’t become a race of money.”


Forbes has ranked Oatley, who made his fortune first as a coffee trader and then as a vintner, as Australia’s 25th richest with just under $1 billion. Ellison is the world’s fifth richest man with $43 billion.

Backed by NZ$36 million ($29.98 million) in public funds, Team New Zealand were overhauled by Oracle after storming to an 8-1 lead in the first to nine-points regatta, as the defenders worked over-time to glean extra speed from their boat in the final week.

While Bob Oatley has entered a series of successful super-maxi yachts in the Sydney-to-Hobart long-distance ocean race, one of the world’s most testing offshore challenges, ensuring funds to compete with Oracle will be paramount.

Sandy Oatley said the Australian challenge was yet to sign any corporate backers, and like Team New Zealand did, would seek support from government coffers.

“We’ll be talking to (the government),” he said. “I’m sure it will be of keen interest to them but we haven’t spoken to them yet. I think they’ve got bigger things on their mind right now.

“We’re talking to (potential corporate sponsors), but we weren’t really talking (before) because we weren’t really sure what was happening,” he said.

“That’ll happen in the next couple of weeks. We’re looking for a great Australian challenge with some Australian corporates and great Australian sailors.”

While concerned about costs, Oatley said the challenger’s preference would be to see some version of the high-speed catamarans retained for the next series and more fleet racing in the leadup.

“It was very exciting, the racing, and anyone that saw the America’s Cup would know that you’ve only got to make one little mistake and suddenly you go from first to last,” he said.

Hamilton Island’s challenge comes 30 years after Australia II’s 1983 victory over the Dennis Conner-skippered Liberty, which ended the 132-year-old U.S. chokehold over the famous sailing trophy and sparked huge celebrations Down Under.

The 35th America’s Cup will be the first time Australia has had an entry, however, since Oracle captain James Spithill skippered ‘Young Australia’ in the 30th edition in Auckland in 2000.

Australian sailors have been in force at America’s Cup challenges since, however, and Oatley said luring the likes of Spithill and Oracle strategist Tom Slingsby, who won a sailing gold at the London Olympics, away from the U.S. team would be a high priority.

“We don’t know contractually how the Oracle boys are all tied up but that will all happen in the future and once we work out the protocols for the 35th race, we’ll see,” he said.

“There are lots of great Australian sailors and Jimmy Spithill’s top of the list at the moment with his recent success.

“(1983) really brought Australia together and it came home to us last week … It was a great thing what they did and we’re hoping to do the same again for Australia.”

($1 = 1.2006 New Zealand dollars) (Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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