Open Letter to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Congressional Caucus on National Health of Olympic Sailors

Open letter to the United States Congressional Olympic & Paralympic Caucus Glenn T. McCarthy 413 East Huntington Lane Elmhurst, IL 60126 March 30, 2015 United States Congressional Olympic & Paralympic Caucus Washington, DC * Mailing List Attached Dear Senators or Representatives: On November 20, 2013 was the first report (http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Rios-Olympic-Waterways-Full-of-Trash-and-Sewage-232638321.html) on the 7,000,000 Brazilians untreated... Read more »

"Tax those rich boaters!" More politicians need an education, like Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

"Tax those rich boaters!" More politicians need an education, like Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
As you know by now, I have written about how sailing is a middle-class activity.  Of those who sail and own boats, 75% of them nationwide are middle-class with household incomes under $100,000.  Sailing is not about the “one-percenters,” not even close.  It’s about you, the middle class. Again, we are the target of a... Read more »

Build Your Own Iceboat

Build Your Own Iceboat
On this cold, snowy March 23rd, iceboating comes to mind……… You can build your own iceboat, or you can order one built by a pro.  A surprising number of people build their own boats.  If you plan to iceboat next winter, starting your build right now is pretty good timing. Jim Nordhaus is one of... Read more »
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The Biggest Iceboat in the World - The Deuce

The Biggest Iceboat in the World - The Deuce
The biggest, and fastest (104 mph), ice boat in the world is found in Wisconsin. The owner owns a machine shop and is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.  The boat is called The Deuce. While not the original owner (built in the 1930′s), in 2005 the boat suffered some damage while sailing.... Read more »

Spring Frostbiting Season

Spring Frostbiting Season
As the boats with engines, and drain holes through the bottom of their boats pull out of the water over the winter and stored in shipyards to avoid a freeze cracking those hoses or engines, then thawing providing a way for lake water to enter the inside and sink the boat, other sailboats are not... Read more »

America's Cup Boats Come to Chicago

America's Cup Boats Come to Chicago
Before the America’s Cup moved the design to multihulls for competition, their last design were the International America’s Cup Class (IACC) from 1992 – 2007.  These were monohulls, 80′ long, 25 tons, 114′ tall mast, and 101 of these were built of which two are coming to Chicago in 2015. And you can sail them.... Read more »
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Community Sailing - Easy, and Really Affordable

Community Sailing - Easy, and Really Affordable
Community Sailing is one of the fastest growth areas of adult sailing in the U.S. today.  The reason why, is simple.  It has to do with the IRS rules, as these are charities.  Charities can offset some of their overhead costs with donations, they commonly get access to waterfront property for affordable rent, their taxes... Read more »

Rescuing Others at Sea

Rescuing Others at Sea
Gapers always slow down on the road to see crashed vehicles or emergency vehicles.  Of course, most of the cars roll by without harm.  The same occurs on the water, most don’t have accidents, but for those who do, there is quite a collection of these stories. It all started out in 1989 when the... Read more »

Unexplained Dry Squall

Unexplained Dry Squall
Somewhere around 1977, I was sailing on ‘Caprice’, a C&C43 owned by Kurt von Besser and Buddy Schaefer in the Chicago Mackinac Race.  I ran the foredeck and keeping track of the halyards to assure they were straight and not tangled took concentration day and night (it is impossible to see them up the mast... Read more »
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Safety at Sea - Safety Studies

Safety at Sea - Safety Studies
People who provide content on the internet still use full PCs, keyboards and screens.  Users of the internet use handheld devices.  Currently, I am feeding three websites.  Feeding a website is very much like having a baby to take care of.  Besides feeding, there’s the burping, diaper changing, playing and sometimes you look forward to... Read more »