Denis Sullivan Schooner Comes to Bayfield in July
The Bayfield harbor will be home to the S/V Denis Sullivan
Schooner July 25, 26 and 29. During these three days, the Chamber
will provide on-site tours of the Schooner. In addition, on the
evening of Sunday, July 25th, Bayfield visitors and residents
will be able to take an “Evening Island Cruise”.
The S/V Denis Sullivan is a 137 foot traditional 19th century
Great Lakes cargo schooner, built by a community of volunteers
and launched by Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2000. It currently
sails as an education and research platform and has been leased
by CESA in Ashland, for the purpose of conducting educational
The schooner will be sailing from Milwaukee to the Chequamegon
Bay where it will visit the harbors of Ashland, Washburn and
Bayfield. It will be arriving in Washburn, Saturday, July 24th
and departing from Ashland, Sunday, August 1st.
For more information call the Chamber office at 715-779-3335.
Top Reasons for On-The-Road Breakdowns
A boating trip can be ruined long before their boat hits the
water if precautions aren’t taken to safely prepare the tow rig.
“When Something Goes Wrong,” a report in the February/March issue
of BoatU.S. Trailering magazine cites the top three reasons for
#1 reason: Flat Tires: You can take care of your tires but you
can’t always take good care of the road surfaces your tires
travel upon. Almost half (43%) of all calls for assistance can be
chocked up to the simple but age old problem of flat tires.
Ironically, it’s one of the easiest to fix when you have prepared
for it. Have both a trailer and tow vehicle spare with you and
practice changing them. For example, a tandem axle trailer can
easily be driven up on a curb so the flat tire is off the
#2 reason: Bearing Failures: The second most common reason (20%
of all calls for roadside assistance) is trailer bearing
failures. The BoatU.S. Trailering Club recommends that bearings
be inspected and repacked at a minimum each time the tow vehicle
has its oil changed. A trailer that is rarely used may need to
have bearings inspected and repacked as often as one that is used
often. When traveling long distances, bearings should be
inspected at every gas station fill up and checked for leaking
grease, hub heat buildup, smoking or wheel noise - indicators
that something is not right.
#3 reason: Tow Vehicle Problems: The third most common problem
phoned in to the BoatU.S. 24-hour Dispatch Center doesn’t involve
the trailer, but the tow vehicle. Fifteen percent of all cases
were the result of running out of fuel, being locked out of the
vehicle, or the need for a jump start.
“The findings show that some breakdowns are preventable and some
are not,” said BoatU.S. Trailering’s Associate Publisher, Beth
McCann. “The best way to protect yourself is to ensure your
on-the-road ‘motor club’ provides both a trailer and tow
For more information visit www.BoatUS.com/traileringclub.
Sea Scout Ship Jolly Roger Honored With
BoatU.S. National Flagship Award
The oldest Sea Scout Ship in the nation, SSS 24 Jolly Roger of
Houston, TX is the newest winner of the BoatU.S. Sea Scout
National Flagship Award, presented today at the Boy Scouts of
America National Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. The award,
created in 2002 by BoatU.S., the nation's largest recreational
boating organization in honor of the 90th anniversary of Sea
Scouting, recognizes excellence in program quality, youth
achievement and adult commitment.
"Sea Scouts are tomorrow's young leaders of recreational
boating," said BoatU.S. Chairman and Founder, Richard Schwartz.
"Sea Scouts develop character, commitment and responsibility that
will help these youngsters achieve any goal in life," he said.
Scouts in SSS Jolly Roger, sponsored by St. Stevens United
Methodist Church, conducted 48 days of on-the-water activities
last year. Its crew participated in 11 scouting events and
contributed hundreds of hours of community service. Three of the
ship's 28 crew earned achieved Quartermaster status last year,
the Eagle equivalent for Sea Scouting.
The Ship also has overcome great adversity. A tornado nearly
destroyed its three training vessels on December 30, 2002. They
spent much of early 2003 restoring the damaged boats and a newly
donated boat. SSS 24 Jolly Roger is also the first Flagship Award
recipient that sails a small boat fleet -- no vessel is larger
than 24 feet.
"Our Ship is like a long rope, reaching all the way back to our
founding in 1923," said Skipper Chris Skeen, the group's adult
leader. "Each Scout is a single fiber that twists together with
their shipmates to form that rope. They overlap and pull together
to share the load. Our group of adult volunteers share the
vision, and have worked hard to continue our traditions," he
Sea Scouting is a co-ed program for youth age 14-20 that uses
boats, seamanship and nautical skills to develop character and
leadership qualities in young people. Sea Scout troops, called
Ships, are active in sailing, canoeing and long-distance cruising
as well as in learning boating skills like navigation, marine
maintenance and marlinespike seamanship as well as safety.
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LAYLINE to Sponsor ICSA North American Team
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) has announced
that sailing retailer Layline Inc. will sponsor its spring team
racing championship from 2004 through 2007. Headquartered in
Raleigh, North Carolina, Layline was founded by Walt Brown in
1986 when he was racing Lightnings and could not readily find
cool new parts and tricks. The business grew from the shed in his
backyard into a mail-order catalog and now includes an online
"Lots of people who become avid sailors are introduced to sailing
in college," said Layline President Walt Brown. He hopes that
college racers will "take a non-sailing buddy sailing" and
believes that those in the sailing business have a responsibility
to advance the sport, something he hopes to do through Layline's
sponsorship of the team racing championship.
College sailing has grown from its beginnings in the 1890s as an
informal club sport, into a co-educational sport with
approximately 200 active colleges participating. Racing now
occurs every weekend during the fall and spring and on numerous
weekends through the winter. Ever increasing numbers of sailors -
both professional and Olympic caliber - have honed their skills
on the college racing circuit.
For more information on ICSA, visit: