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Leukemia Cup Regatta Chairman Gary Jobson, World-Renowned Sailor and ESPN Commentator, Coming To White Bear Lake, MN on June 3, 2010

Legendary America's Cup Winner Urges Others to Sail for a Good Cause. More than 30 years after winning the America's Cup - the pinnacle of awards for ocean sailing - Gary Jobson remains as passionate about the sport as ever. And for the past 14 years Jobson, an ESPN commentator and author, has used that passion to champion the cause of curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma as chairman of The Leukemia Cup Regatta, a sailing fundraiser of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Jobson will be making a special appearance in White Bear Lake, MN to speak to boaters on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. He will speak about his personal experiences at the Beijing Olympic Games, the Volvo Ocean Race, the Transatlantic Challenge, and America's Cup. In addition to sailing highlights, Jobson will also be urging attendees to participate in Minnesota's Leukemia Cup Regatta on September 10-12, 2010. Tickets to the evenings presentation will cost $10 per person, or are free to skippers registered for the 2010 Regatta.

Jobson first got involved with the Leukemia Cup Regatta in 1994, helping it grow to 42 races throughout the country and raising $32 million to help find cures and to provide information and support to patients and their families. He took his passion for sailing and turned it into something to benefit others. Nine years later he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

“I had no personal connection to the cause when I took on the Leukemia Cup Regatta,” he says. “I just saw it as a way to get sailors involved in a good cause. I never dreamed that nearly a decade later I would be on the receiving end of the very research I'd been supporting all those years. It was a humbling experience.”

Each sailor in the Regatta series is eligible to win prizes including the opportunity to sail in Charleston, SC with Jobson, from December 3-5, 2010.

“The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a great way for these boat enthusiasts to do what they love while also helping the more than 894,000 people suffering from blood cancers who need our help,” said Murray Schmidt, Executive Director.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Leukemia Cup Regatta is one of the ways to help blood cancer patients and their families. Visit www.leukemiacup. org/mn to learn more about the Regatta and Kickoff Celebration featuring Gary Jobson. To learn about other LLS fundraising programs, visit

Schooner ROSEWAY will participate in Great Lakes United Challenge


ROSEWAY schedule for 2010
June 25-27: Oswego, NY
June 30-July 4: Toronto
July 8-11: Cleveland, OH
July 16-18: Bay City, MI
July 30-August 1: Duluth, MN

August 13-15: Green Bay, WI
August 20-22:Port Washington, WI
August 24-29: Chicago, IL
September 10-12: Erie, PA
September 17-19 : Montreal

For more information on ROSEWAY and her schedule, contact Abby Kidder at: Or go to : ROSEWAY.html

Are Airplane Transponders Needed for Recreational Boats?

BoatU.S. Questions Need for Marine Automatic Identification System

Airplane transponders allow air traffic controllers to “see” who is in the sky. Yesterday, in speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Coast Guard Subcommittee, BoatU.S. testified that any potential requirement for this type of technology on boats is not practical, nor would it reduce the threat of a waterborne attack. “Contrary to what Hollywood has portrayed, the average boat in this country is 16-feet. Requiring some type of transponder on recreational boats -- many of whom don't even have a battery to power it -- would only be window dressing for a potential homeland security problem that will not be reduced, despite the outlay of billions of dollars,” said BoatU.S.Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich.

Marine Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) have long been used as a collision avoidance tool for commercial ships and provides important vessel identification, position, speed and course information to fellow mariners as well as land-based vessel traffic control systems. Since 9/11, the Coast Guard has been tasked by the Dept. of Homeland Security to develop a small- boat threat assessment and strategy to reduce the possibility of small watercraft being used by terrorists.

“The challenge with AIS is that it does not provide the ability to reduce the small boat threat,” said Podlich. “For starters, the AIS unit on a small boat can simply be turned off. And more importantly, how could the U.S. Coast Guard monitor the millions of new vessel traffic movements? The monitoring would be overwhelming, on-the-water force response inadequate, and it would be costly to taxpayers to build and operate the system,” said Podlich. She also mentioned boaters would be forced to pick up the tab for the AIS units, which currently starts at about $600.

“Even if a would-be terrorist would go to the trouble of complying with an AIS requirement, they would merely have to pull the AIS unit's electrical plug moments before the attack,” Podlich testified. She also mentioned a terrorist could simply steal a boat. “AIS does not recognize if people aboard a vessel are on a watch list.” In addition, AIS can be easily “spoofed,” or manipulated to make every AIS transponder in a certain area report inaccurate data.

The Better Solution: America's Waterway Watch

BoatU.S. believes the U.S. Coast Guard would have better results addressing the small boat threat if the agency's own America's Waterway Watch program( AWW) had better funding and infrastructure support. Similar to a neighborhood watch program, America's Waterway Watch treats boaters as part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

“Several government reports have concluded that working with recreational and commercial vessel operators is a key to increasing our domestic maritime security. Boaters need to know they have the ability to report to the US Coast

Guard when they see something looks suspicious on the water by calling 1-877-24WATCH. We hope Congress will bolster this program since it's so critical in reducing the small boat threat,” added Podlich. Additional funding for AWW was written into the Coast Guard Authorization Act (HR 3619) which passed out of the House last month and is now awaiting action by the Senate.

To review Podlich's testimony, go to To learn more about America's Waterway Watch program, go to

“Bail Out” Makes Annual List of Top Ten Boat Names

BoatUS boatnames Boat names can reveal much about the personality of a boat owner. Or, they can also serve as signposts of the modern era. With the release of the annual Top Ten List of Most Popular Boat Names by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.), one newcomer to the list stands out. “Bail Out, the number five pick, clearly speaks volumes about what's on boaters' minds,” said BoatU.S. President Nancy Michelman. “With today's economic uncertainty, naming a boat Bail Out could indicate that boating is a survival mechanism for the family that will keep them afloat,” she added.

The list is assembled each year by the BoatU.S. Boat Graphics service which offers a free library of over 8,500 boat names and also allows boaters to easily select, custom design and preview boat names online - without having to pay up front. For more information or to view videos on how to install a vinyl boat name, visit the online service at . A list with the annual top ten boat names -- starting from 1991 -- can also be found at the Web site.

Here is the Top Ten List of Most Popular Boat Names :
1. Second Wind
2. Seas the Day
3. Lazy Daze
4. Jolly Roger
5. Bail Out
6. On the Rocks
7. Pegasus
8. Serenity Now
9. Namaste
10. Comfortably Numb