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Hi Chuck,

Just wanted to mention we're always on the lookout for great cover shots for Small Craft Advisor. If you come across any great small-boat photos by owners/builders, let me know. I don't pay much, but people usually like to see their boat on the cover.

Josh Colvin
Small Craft Advisor

Lake Conroe Spring Messabout

The Conroe Yacht Club is hosting its 7th Messabout. The messabout is a laid back affair where small sailing craft, kayaks, canoes and rowboats meet to enjoy each others boats!


David Nichols
will be teaching a boatbuilding course July 24 - 30, 2005 at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. Click here for complete information on this exciting opportunity.



Just a quick update on the Egret's progess:

Dale Austin

Chuck: You know how much I like board boats (see: The Perfect Mini-Micro-Cruiser), well, I finally decided to make a board boat guide. Here is a link:



Hi Chuck -
Take a look at this https://www.gizmag.co.uk/go/3768/.

It must be buildable in exterior ply and epoxy.....
Chris Ostlind

Michael Blackburn Crosses 117 mile Bass Strait in Laser

Australian Olympic sailor Michael Blackburn has crossed the 117 nautical mile Bass Strait in a Laser. He sailed from Stanley on Tasmania's north-west coast, to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria in 13 hours, that is an average of over 8 mph! Max speed recorded on the trip was 19.7 knots down the face of a huge roller. The previous small boat record for the crossing was more than 21 hours, set by a windsurfer in 1998.

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Chuck: One of my daughters has an interest in the Faroe Islands .... sent these pix of local boats...... (click for larger views)

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Bruce Armstrong

Date: Jan 24, 2005
Contact: Aux. Wayne Spivak
Division Chief - External Communications
Public Affairs Department
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

Auxiliary Air wing involved in rescue of downed aircraft

SAVANNAH - Four Coast Guard Auxiliary airmen this week played a key role in the search and rescue of a downed aircraft near Brunswick, Georgia.

The airmen were on their return flight from the Coast Guard Air Station at Hunter Air Field Sunday afternoon when they were alerted by Savannah Approach Control that a small aircraft was reported down about 20 miles from their location and along their route of flight.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary flight was requested to divert to the area and assist in finding the downed aircraft. From the information provided to them by the air traffic controllers, the Auxiliary aircraft located the general area of the incident and conducted a brief search and located the downed Piper Cub aircraft, about 20 miles south of Savannah.

The yellow and orange aircraft went down in a large marshy area and had flipped over onto its back. The pilot was outside the aircraft and waved to the Auxiliary aircraft indicating that he had survived the rough landing. Through coordination with Coast Guard Station Tybee and the Air Station Savannah, the Auxiliary aircraft stayed over the scene, provided precise location coordinates to a rescue helicopter which arrived on the scene about 15 minutes later and lifted the pilot from the scene.

The pilot, David Johnson from North Carolina is recovering from minor injuries.

Johnson told officials that he ditched his small plane in the marsh after the plane's engine quit as he flew toward Hilton Head for refueling during a flight from Florida. The 1940s-era aircraft had recently been rebuilt.

The Auxiliary aviators were part of a group of about 60 which had been at Air Station Savannah for annual recurrent training. The training, which began on Friday, had just concluded and with fresh search and rescue techniques just learned, the volunteer aviators had just departed on their return flight home.

The crew of the Auxiliary aircraft included local dentist David Lloyd, Joe Friend, and Mike Renuart, all residents of Spruce Creek Fly-In. The fourth crew member was Port Orange resident Gary Ford. All four of the Auxiliary aircrew are members of local Daytona Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 44.

The H-65 rescue helicopter which successfully extracted the downed flyer from the Georgia marsh was piloted by Lieutenant Commander Tim Schang and copilot Lieutenant Pat Lineberry from Air Station Savannah.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is composed of uniformed, non-military volunteer civilians who assist the Coast Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation's waterways, in the air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941. Its 35,000 members donate millions of hours annually in support of Coast Guard missions.