Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Clipper Yacht Race


Clipper Round the World Yacht Race September 13, 2009-10

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only place you’ll find vicars and stockbrokers racing against taxi drivers, engineers, students and chief execs. The occupations may be different, their ages span generations, but the adventure in their hearts and steely determination in their eyes identifies them as Clipper crew.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

NOTICE OF RACE SWIFTSURE INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE Organized by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club Victoria, British Columbia Saturday-Monday, May 23-25 2009 The Royal Victoria Yacht Club is pleased to announce details for the 2009 Swiftsure International Yacht Races and to extend a cordial invitation to yacht owners who meet eligibility requirements to enter. Swiftsure 2009.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

User Fee Decals and Transponders

User Fee Decals and Transponders 01/12/2009

Payment of the User Fee is required if for private vessels thirty feet in length entering the United States:

You operate a vehicle for commercial purposes that enters the United States. You operate a private vessel that is 30 feet or more in length that enters the United States. In order to qualify as a private vessel requiring a decal, the vessel cannot carry passengers who pay a fare.

Cost of Annual User Fee Private Vessel Decal (30 feet or more in length): $27.50 (U.S.) per calendar year.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

East Coast Socks


The 2009 vernal (spring) equinox will officially occur on March 20th, which is the time when all the ‘buttheads are to burn their socks after surviving another Northern Hemisphere winter.

The Annapolis Maritime Museum will host its seventh annual Sock Burning ceremony to herald the first day of spring on Wednesday, March 19 at 5:03 p.m.

The tradition dates back to the mid-1980s when Bob Turner, then manager of the Annapolis Yacht Yard, got tired of the winter blahs. He'd spent the whole season working on OPBs (other peoples' boats), all the while collecting metal filings, bottom paint grindings, sawdust, fiberglas fibers, and globs of paint, caulk, resin and filler in his socks. On the first day of spring one year, he took off his socks, put them in a paint tray, doused them with lighter fluid, and toasted spring with a longneck beer while they burned.

Traditionally, die-hard boaters wear deck shoes sans socks from the Vernal Equinox until winter arrives. In Annapolis, socks are regarded the same way that shackles are to a prisoner. No one wears them in the summertime, and a sure way to herald warmer weather is to char the dreaded things to ash. "It's illegal to wear socks in Eastport," one man said seriously.

Here's a simple proclamation that you can use for your club's First Annual Burning of the Socks Day:

Ring your Club's bell while intoning, "Oyez, Oyez Oyez!" in your best 'English Town Crier-style', and read the proclamation from the commodore that "in order to celebrate the arrival of spring, you hereby proclaim March 26th, 2009 as First Annual Burning of the Socks Day. I further decree that from this day forth until the end of the sailing season, the official dress for all members of the sailing club while engaged in the activities of the club, will be white shirt, khaki pants or shorts, and boat shoes WITHOUT SOCKS."

Then loudly declaim the call for "all members to celebrate this auspicious day by attending a Burning of the Socks Ceremony at which appropriate, respectful and solemn ceremonies will be held to celebrate the arrival of spring which will require the removal and casting off of socks, and the incendiary destruction of said socks."

Having said all that, then propose a toast to the commodore, go burn your socks and thus is a new tradition established. From: Tillerman's Blog on http://propercourse.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tollycraft 34


Tollycraft 34 Tri-cabin on eBay with No Reserve at $1. Yes, started at one dollar.
Ends on Sunday. Item # 250386561503

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Save on Foods Van Isle 360

Save on Foods Van Isle 360

March 6, 2009 - Nanaimo, B.C. - "We are extremely pleased to announce Save On Foods as the new Title Sponsor for the 2009 Van Isle 360, stated Race Director, Wayne Gorrie. "The new name of the event is the 'Save On Foods Van Isle 360'. Save-On-Foods has been a Gold Sponsor of the event for the past two years and we are really looking forward to this new partnership with them. They are great guys who are easy to work with and they will bring a friendly community minded spirit to the event." Lee Mason, Executive Director, of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, remarked, " This is indeed exciting. After working with Save on Foods during the last Van Isle 360, I can certainly echo those comments. They are not only supportive, but well organized." The eight Save-On-Food stores involved are all located on Vancouver Island which makes it a great fit for the event.

Friday, March 06, 2009

eComYachting

NEXUS Program Description(01/12/2009)

The NEXUS alternative inspection program has been completely harmonized and integrated into a single program. NEXUS members now have crossing privileges at air, land, and marine ports of entry. Under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the NEXUS card has been approved as an alternative to the passport for air, land, and sea travel into the United States for US and Canadian citizens.

The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing by United States and Canadian officials at dedicated processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, at NEXUS kiosks at the Canadian Preclearance airports, and at marine reporting locations. Approved applicants are issued a photo-identification, proximity Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) card. Participants use the three modes of passage where they will either present their NEXUS card or have their iris scanned and make a declaration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are cooperating in this venture to simplify passage for pre-approved travelers.

What Are The Benefits Of NEXUS?
Individuals approved to participate in NEXUS receive an identification card that allows them to: Receive expedited passage at NEXUS-dedicated lanes, airport kiosks, and by calling a marine telephone reporting center to report their arrival into the United States and Canada; and Cross the border with a minimum of customs and immigration questioning

NEXUS applicants only need to submit one application and one fee. Applicants may apply on-line via the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global On-Line Enrollment System (GOES) Web site. ( GOES ) Qualified applicants are required to travel to a NEXUS Enrollment Center for an interview and the issuance of a photo-identification card. NEXUS allows United States and Canadian border agencies to concentrate their efforts on potentially higher-risk travelers and goods, which helps to ensure the security and integrity of our borders.

How Do I Apply?
Applications can be submitted using the U. S. Customs and Border Protection on-line application system, Global On-Line Enrollment System (GOES), or to one of the Canadian Processing Centers (CPC), along with photocopies of their supporting documentation and the US $50 or CN $50 application-processing fee. ( GOES )

For NEXUS toll-free information (U.S. and Canada) call 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Ontario won't stop double-ending

Ontario moves to tighten rules around real estate agents 'double-ending,' but won't ban the practice If legislation is pa...