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Register Expired Boats by Oct. 24, Avoid $10 Late Fee

Originally posted by
Faye Edmundson:

Boat owners in Buford and elsewhere in
Georgia with expired or expiring 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 go into effect. 

“The 2013 legislature passed a new law
that encourages timely registration,” said Dan Forster, director of the
Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, in
a news release. “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

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. The late fee will be enforced beginning Oct. 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 Sept. 1 for Oct. 31 boat
expirations contained a notice about the new late fee.  

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 Oct. 24.

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

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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The Esimit Europa 2 Yacht Claims Its 27th Consecutive Line Honours Victory at the Bernetti Cup

TRIESTE, Oct. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – Almost 150 yachts gathered for the Bernetti Cup, a 15-nautical-mile long sailing race between the cities of Trieste and Sistiana in Italy. In previous editions, the large fleet on such a short starting line caused numerous close-calls and even collisions, so this year the organisers divided yachts into two groups starting 20 minutes apart. The Esimit Europa 2 started at 9.30 am CEST in the first group (Open Sailing class), sailed very solidly and gained a significant advantage over its nearest competitor by the first buoy. The monohull line honours winner at this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race — one of the world’s most prestigious races — left nothing to chance throughout the remainder of the Bernetti Cup. The European-flagged maxi yacht, sponsored by Gazprom, maintained a good pace, increasing the distance over its competitors and crossed the finish line at 10.47 am CEST. This win was Esimit Europa 2’s 27th consecutive line honours victory.

The Esimit Sailing Team confirmed its dominance in the European sailing scene by securing a significant distance over second-placed Sayonara (ITA) and the third-placed Alligator 2 (SRB). Such a professional team performance ensures that the Barcolana regatta will be a highly competitive event — with more than 1,800 boats at the same starting line it ranks as the world’s largest single start race. Should Esimit Europa 2 prevail at the 45th edition of Barcolana, it would be her fourth consecutive victory.

The Bernetti Cup is one of eight races in the Lombardini competition series. The Palermo-Monte Carlo race is also part of the series and is where Esimit Europa 2 scored three consecutive line honours victories from 2010 to 2012, setting a course record in 2010.

After the Bernetti Cup and the subsequent Barcolana regatta, next on the Esimit Sailing Team’s schedule is the passage record attempt between the cities of Trieste and Valletta (Medot Sailing Trophy) which was established in 2012. Then the final race on this year’s sailing calendar is the 606-nautical-mile long Maltese offshore classic — the Rolex Middle Sea Race — which this year has attracted a record fleet of 109 yachts from 18 different countries.

The Esimit Europa 2 yacht sails under the European flag, competes for the Slovenian Sailing Federation and Yacht Club de Monaco, while also promoting the sailing values of teamwork, solidarity, innovation and collaboration. The team comprises 18 highly skilled sailors from 10 different European countries. The Esimit Europa project’s main sponsor is the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is its official partner. The project is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and is endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, and Sergey V. Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.


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Proposed boat storage ban sparks concerns

MOREHEAD CITY — Sailing, kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts who use a downtown launch site say a recent move by city officials to clean up the property has become a battle of private property rights versus the public’s access to the water.

But city manager Dave Whitlow said Friday a proposed ordinance on the council’s meeting agenda for Tuesday that would end storage of boats and canoes at the South 11th Street site is not meant to deny public use.

“Nobody has talked about the continued launching of boats there, only storage,” Mr. Whitlow said Thursday of the proposal.

The council is set to meet at 5:30 p.m. upstairs in the Municipal Building at 202 S. Eighth St.

The issue was raised during the council’s Sept. 10 meeting. The board authorized Mr. Whitlow to draft an ordinance, which was provided to the News-Times Sept. 19.

The proposed ordinance, under the heading: “Sec. 10-25.  Launching boats from street; moorings,” would make it “unlawful to allow any boat, vessel, trailer or launching apparatus to remain on any town street end or alley way after sunset and before sunrise.”

But the storage ban came as a blow to a number of area residents who keep their boats at the site, including Gunnar Stumpe, who lives nearby and has for years worked to maintain the site and keep track of owners of the boats stored there.

Mr. Stumpe said the problem began when adjacent property owners started complaining about public use of the site. Mr. Stumpe said the property owners had called police complaining of trespassers, which were simply the users of the public site – people Mr. Stumpe said he had come to know well over the years.

Mr. Stumpe has called on city officials to delay action on the ordinance until a public hearing is held.

“I’m a big defender of water access for everybody. I’m not doing this selfishly,” Mr. Stumpe said of his efforts to protect the public’s ability to use the site.

Mr. Stumpe said he also maintains a database of email addresses and names of owners who use and store their boats at the 11th Street site. The group has come to be known as the 11th Street Sailing Club, a moniker he said isn’t entirely accurate.

“The sailing club is not a club. It’s an email list of people using the ramp,” he said.

That has allowed quick identification of boats, canoes and kayaks that have in the past been washed away by floods accompanying coastal storms.

Mr. Stumpe recently offered to city officials to continue maintaining the records and overseeing conditions at the site for the city on a voluntary basis. He said the offer was intended to preserve what has long been a public beach and the only suitable place for miles around to launch sailboats and smaller vessels.

“It’s been used for sailing more than 30 years and nobody ever complained,” he said.

Following the council’s action in September, an unknown individual, whom boaters said represented himself as working for an adjacent property owner, was seen placing bright yellow decals on boats stored at the site, advising owners to remove their boats within two weeks to avoid having the boats towed.

Mr. Whitlow said city officials did not authorize nor place the decals.

“It was not done by Morehead City. If it had been, it would have had the town seal and phone numbers owners could call,” Mr. Whitlow said.

Further complicating the issue are two storage racks at the site, which were provided by the city years ago and paid for with grant funding from L.L. Bean and the American Canoe Association.  

Mr. Whitlow said that the neighboring property owners’ complaints that boats stored at the site were crossing property lines prompted a city committee to recommend doing away with storage completely.

But users say the property lines aren’t clearly defined. Nor are the rules for using the site. Mr. Stumpe said county GIS maps don’t match up with fencing erected by one adjacent property owner.

Mr. Whitlow said GIS maps have no legal standing when it comes to property line disputes, when they arise. And the city isn’t disputing any property lines.

He said the city owns a 60-foot-wide right-of-way that extends from the street end toward the water. Only a professional survey would settle any dispute and no survey is planned.

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First Week Sales for The Weeknd and 2 Chainz Are In

The Weeknd and 2 Chainz both debuted in the top three of the Billboard 200 chart this week.

The Weeknd landed at No. 2 selling 95,000 of Kiss Land. The Toronto artist barely missed the top spot with his first studio album as country star Keith Urban beat him out by selling 98,000 copies of his latest album Fuse. The margin between The Weeknd and Urban’s sales for No. 1 is the closest since this January, where the soundtrack for Les Misérable outsold Mumford SonsBabel 92,000 to 91,000. 

2 Chainz‘ new album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time sold 63,000, enough to take the No. 3 spot on Billboard. While the top three placement is respectable, the sales are a far cry from his debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story, which sold 147,000 in its first week.

Prior to the official sales tally, estimates initially had The Weeknd’s Kiss Land going No. 1. He may have celebrated a little too early.

UPDATE: According to Rap Radar‘s Elliott Wilson, the reported SoundScan numbers are as follows:

Also, watch this Instagram video of Drake congratulating The Weeknd on his No. 1 album. 

[via Billboard]

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