Helly Hansen Sails into Chicago
Chicago’s First Helly Hansen store opened in Lincoln
Park November 24.
Helly Hansen, the Norwegian-based active apparel and footwear brand, opened
its first Chicago retail store at Clybourn Galleria in Lincoln Park, just off
Kennedy Expressway on the way to the waterfront. The 2,800-square-foot shop will
feature the complete line of Helly Hansen outerwear, base layers, fleece, down
jackets, footwear and accessories for water, mountain, and trail sports
Helly Hansen, Norway’s premier apparel export, was founded in 1877 by Helly
Juell Hansen, a Norwegian fisherman and sea captain who invented oiled canvas
waterproof fabrics to keep his crew warm and dry while working on the frigid
North Sea. Today, 129 years later, Helly Hansen is the world’s most experienced
and authentic performance apparel brand for all seasons.
“Helly Hansen knows cold, wet weather better than anyone,” said George McGowan,
owner and operator of the Chicago store. “We work very hard to be part of the
community when we open a store. Helly Hansen has a strong reputation with
experienced outdoor enthusiasts who know Helly for its history and quality, and
we are seeing a very positive response from urban shoppers who are drawn to our
progressive Scandinavian design and colors. We are committed to be an expert
resource of high quality gear for Chicago’s dynamic watersport and wintersport
The Clybourn store will feature Helly Hansen’s premium ski and snowboard jackets
and pants, boating and paddling apparel, water sports and trail footwear, HH
Warm base layers with LIFA technology, softshell jackets for light and fast
adventures and street wear to accommodate an active lifestyle.
In February, for the first time, Helly Hansen participated directly at Strictly
Sail Chicago, carrying boat shoes, foul weather gear, base layers and
accessories. Helly Hansen intends to carry a full line of sailing gear at all of
its midwest locations.
For more information on Helly Hansen’s products, visit www.hellyhansenusa.com,
contact the new store at 773-248-6250, or visit 1841 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL
60614. Helly Hansen Great Lakes has two other locations:
Helly Hansen Minneapolis - Ridgedale Mall, and Helly Hansen St. Paul - Grand
Avenue. Helly Hansen Great Lakes sells online at www.hellyhansenusa.com.
Sailboat Manufacturers Gain in Big Boats
Small-boat Market Declines in 2006
Overall domestic sailboat production declined in 2006, although the big-boat
markets saw gains, according to an annual study released today during Strictly
Production declined 7 percent, to its lowest level since it peaked in 2000,
according to Rick Walter of Market Research Associates. However, the numbers do
not necessarily reflect a downward spiral, said Walter, since it was a year of
high oil prices, the uncertainty of the Iraq War and a sluggish real estate
“The real estate market fizzled and nerves frazzled,” said Walter.
The results of the study were presented by The Sailing Company during a State of
the Industry breakfast. The Newport, R.I.-based company publishes Sailing World,
Cruising World and Power Cruising.
Production in the small-boat market fell. Sales of boats smaller than 11 feet
tumbled 28 percent, while boats 12 to 19 feet made modest gains of 3 percent.
Small boats make up more than three-quarters of the total market, Walter said.
Production of boats over 36 feet increased, with most of those gains in the 41-
to 45-foot category. That can be attributed to the introduction of new models
and higher exports, according to Walter.
The sailboat market out-performed the powerboat market which declined in most
sectors in 2006.
The Great Lakes Cruising Club’s (GLCC)
The Great Lakes Cruising Club’s (GLCC) 2007 Rendezvous
will be held at the western end of Lake Superior. The event is scheduled from
July 15 through 18 at the 430-slip Barker’s Island Marina, Wisconsin, in the
twin ports of Duluth and Superior.
The annual Rendezvous is the GLCC’s premier event. A fleet of up to 100 boats is
expected to participate, most of them making the long voyage from the lower
lakes. Other members will arrive by car, and some will be bringing their
trailerable boats along. “Whatever way they come, it’ll be an adventure,” said
Rear Commodore Duane Flynn.
The Rendezvous Committee, under the leadership of Flynn and Retired Rear
Commodore Monnie Goldfine, is planning an extensive program. It will include
sightseeing, educational seminars, demonstrations, sports events, social
functions and business meetings.
It was the resounding success of the 2001 Rendezvous that was the major reason
for the event’s return to Superior-Duluth. “As hosts, we found it so rewarding
to hear the comments and responses illustrating the thrill, enjoyment and
surprise of those, who took the time to come here in 2001,” Flynn said.
A considerable number of the club’s members have indicated that they will take
the time to cruise the North and East Shore of Lake Superior after the event.
They will — either individually or as groups — visit many of the small harbor
towns and wilderness anchorages along the way.
The GLCC was founded in 1934, so cruisers could better share information about
their destinations on the Great Lakes and their tributaries. That still remains
the primary function of the club, which today has well over 1,500 members in the
U.S. and Canada. Its expansive collection of harbor reports is widely regarded
as the authoritative cruising guide to the Great Lakes.
For more info: www.glcclub.com/rendezvous
Boaters Urged To Resolve To Be
Safer In 2007
Coast Guard Auxiliary offers four easy-to-follow tips
for a safer year on the water
It’s barely two weeks into the new year; many New Year’s resolutions have
already been cast aside like used wrapping paper, leaving those making the
broken resolution discouraged and disheartened, and wondering if they’ll ever
make a pledge they can stick to.
Well, hope is on the way. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering boaters and
water enthusiasts four easy-to follow tips for those who want to resolve to be
safer boaters this year:
Always wear your life jacket: Statistics show time and time again that many
boating fatalities could have been avoided, simply by wearing a life jacket.
Wearing a life jacket while boating is like wearing a seat belt when driving or
riding in a vehicle. Simply put, life jackets save lives! Resolve to wear one
anytime you are on or near the water.
Be prepared — take a safe boating course: Most drivers were required to take
some sort of driver’s education course before getting their drivers license.
Statistics show that 80 percent of those involved in boating fatalities never
took a boating safety course. Knowledge is power, and that knowledge may help
you be “SEMPER PARATUS” (the Coast Guard’s motto, which means “always ready”)
and may in fact, save your life! Resolve to make this year the year you improve
your boating safety knowledge and skills.
Get a free Vessel Safety Check: Boats that are properly equipped, in good
operating condition, and are safe from hazards are less likely to be involved in
a accidents and fatalities. Know before you go — request a a free Vessel Safety
Check by visiting www.safetyseal.net, and clicking on “I WANT A VSC.” Resolve to
make sure your boat is a safe boat.
Avoid alcohol while on or near the water: Approximately 40 percent of all
boating fatalities involve the use of alcohol. If you are drunk and get into an
accident on the water, but are fortunate enough to survive, you will likely
suffer financial and social consequences, such as large fines (similar to
driving under the influence), and the loss of automobile driving privileges. But
alcohol doesn’t just impact the operator; passengers who have been imbibing are
10 times more likely to fall overboard and drown. Simply put, water and alcohol
don’t mix! Resolve to be a sober boater.
By following these four, easy-to-follow tips on how to stay safe on or around
the water, the Coast Guard Auxiliary hope that you and your loved ones will
enjoy 2007, and be around to make more New Years resolutions come next January.
Lost Passenger Ship, North American
Located in Atlantic
The Great Lakes passenger ship S.S. North American
which sank in September of 1967 while on a voyage from Erie Pennsylvania to
Newport News, Virginia has been found. A research team, this past July aboard
Quest Marine’s R/V Quest located the ship close to the edge of the continental
shelf approximately 140 miles off the New England coast in 250 feet of water.
Considered the Queen of the Great Lakes, the S.S. North American was built in
Ecorse Michigan, and launched January 16th 1913. Constructed for the Chicago,
Duluth and Georgian Bay Transit Company, she was the first ship built anywhere
exclusively for cruising. Her career on the Great Lakes spanned 51 years from
1913 to 1964.
In 1967 the ship was sold to the Seafarers International Union for further use
as a training ship. The 280 ft., 2317 gross ton ship was being towed by the tug
Michael McAllister to a shipyard for conversion to a training ship when it sank
suddenly on the night of September 13th, 1967. Swells from the approaching
Hurricane Doria proved too much for the aging ship and contributed to her loss.
No one was injured in the sinking and the tug reached port safely.
Quest Marine’s research team led by Captain Eric Takakjian conducted three days
of survey diving operations at the wreck site over the period 15-17 July 2006.
Three dive teams of two divers each accomplished photographic and physical
measurement documentation of the wreck. The divers included Takakjian, Patrick
Rooney, Steven Gatto, Tom Packer, Heather Knowles and David Caldwell. Due to the
depth all dive teams breathed custom blended helium based gas mixtures.
Decompression was accomplished with the use of multiple oxygen-enriched gases.
Harken Equips 11 of 12 America’s
For the 2007 edition of the America’s Cup in Valencia,
Spain, Harken is supplying the 2003 Defender and 10 of 11 Challengers including
the 1995, 2000 Cup winner and 2006 AAC Champion Emirates Team New Zealand with
full winch and hardware systems. These packages include custom made blocks,
mainsheet systems, genoa systems and full winch system packages.
Harken engineers began preparing for the upcoming Cup immediately following the
successful 2002/03 event held in New Zealand. For the last several years, they
have devoted significant time and energy meeting syndicate demands for
increasingly lighter weight and stronger sail control systems.
“Harken engineers researched new materials, acquired state-of-the art design
tools and software, and developed in-house testing facilities, allowing us to
cycle test blocks at full Safe Working Loads, test bearing efficiency, determine
how different line effects sheave diameters, and the longevity of bearings ,”
said company president Peter Harken. These upgrades have resulted in new
cutting-edge gear, the ability to optimize hardware that needed updating, and
redesign gear we wanted to improve.”
Harken Valencia is up and running. The On-Site Regatta Compound offers a
full line of spare components and assembled products for sale, warranty and
The Compound houses a machine shop for product maintenance during the Cup with
Tech Team personnel on-site 24/7. Two engineers will be available for the
duration of the event.
During the America’s, Cup years of wear and tear on our gear is compressed
into six months. We analyze bearings, coatings, mechanisms, materials, gear
ratios, and systems layouts as well as how easy the gear is to service and
maintain. The results transmit directly into new hardware and winch designs for
For the 2007 Cup, Harken engineers used soft-attachment rope LOUPS™ to
handle full block loads, decreasing weight by 20%. Blocks are designed for easy
The “XY” genoa systems feature Harken-designed and built custom hydraulic
cylinders to move lead positions under load. Traveler car legs can be straight
or bent to allow trimmers to move the sheave carrier all the way outboard or
inboard and still meet the requirements of the V5 rules.
PCRX Mainsheet Traveler
This new Pivoting Track system allows AC boats using different foot length
mainsails or booms to align the car to the load for greatly increased traveler
efficiency. The track bonds to the boat using a series of bobbins carbon-taped
to the traveler bulkhead. Eliminating fasteners and integrating the traveler
into the deck saved considerable weight. A titanium rod used as the hinge pin
save more weight. The track easily removes for service. The PCRX Traveler was
nominated by the jury at the 2005 DAME competition held at the METS trade show.
Winch engineers kept the basic winch designs the same, but concentrated on
weight reduction. FEA (Finite Element Analysis) on the winch bases, housing and
drums determined where material could be removed. New software allowed us to
fine tune our winches and test different gear materials and treatments.
• The 1111 primaries come with carbon drums and titanium gears
• The AC version of the 990 winch is almost 3 kg lighter than the 2003 AC winch.
• A three-speed AC version with a 1:1 first gear ratio was added to the 65.3
STAC using carbon drum and titanium gears.
Pedestals & Disconnect Systems
• Pedestals feature stiff, lightweight carbon handles with smaller diameter,
• The pedestal tube is stiffer and lighter weight.
• The disconnect system comes with carbon brackets, carbon levers, a longer
clutch coupler and radial spring to help fast connections.
The gear boxes were completely redesigned.
• Boxes feature solid aluminum housings with larger bevel gears.
• Weights were optimized to keep boxes stiff for 8-man input and to prevent
bevel gear wear.
• Disconnect brackets and levers are carbon
• Boxes can be lubricated with oil (or grease) to minimize service and increase
Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat
hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken
manufactures in USA and Italy. Their network includes offices in Rhode Island,
California, Florida, France, Italy, Japan, Slovenia, Sweden, Australia and the
United Kingdom and New Zealand.
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