4 Wearing The Green: CF and Christy Larkin from Hilton
Head, South Carolina, took this shot of their boat Five Seas
on St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Georgia, last year.
5 Cruisin’ The Spit: This Tiara, Miss Amanda, has spent many
an hour at anchor on the North River in Scituate, Massachusetts.
Her owners, Bob and Derrell McGrath, have enjoyed this spot
with their children, and now grandchildren, for 25 years.
6 Peter Paul Loves Mary Jean! See letter Bittersweet, right.
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The recreational boating community allows government and commercial interests to define the discussion rather
than setting the agenda. The idea that waterways exist only
for commercial use is 100 years out of date and ignores
the huge tourism and recreation industry, and we let
Congress perpetuate this obsolete policy. — David Barber
Many Uses For Wind
I just read the great story “Winds Of Change Coming?” (April
2011) on the Great Lakes wind generators. There are other positive aspects of generating power without burning stuff. The Great
Lakes have a mercury problem primarily caused by coal plants.
Mercury causes neurological disorders in humans.
We’ve all been saddened by the events in Japan; it’s worth
noting that the only power source there that had no disruption in
service, through all the turmoil, was the wind generators. When
we count up the benefits, rerouting a regatta or two seems like a
reasonable sacrifice. — Capt. Woody Henderson
Latitudes & Attitudes magazine columnist
I thought the article “Winds of Change Coming?” in the last
issue was well written. However, some clarification is in order.
Permit decisions in the U.S. Great Lakes will be made by both the
federal government and the states, not just the states. Clearly, the
states will need to issue leases for development of Great Lakes bot-tomlands, which states hold in public trust. State environmental
and waterfront planning statutes will need to be followed. At the
federal level, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue structure
permits and other ancillary permits for wind projects and will
likely serve as lead agency if an Environmental Impact Statement
is called for under NEPA.
I know of no plans by the U.S. Coast Guard to routinely
establish security or safety zones around offshore windmills unless
the Coast Guard mission is compromised or a navigational hazard
exists. The Coast Guard gives Sectors wide discretion in the matter. I know of no plans by wind developers to seek safety zones
to restrict recreational boating in turbine fields, except during a
brief period of construction and during occasional maintenance
of individual turbines. Finally, wind turbines will not be located
in shipping lanes.
We really need to take a deep breath here and continue to
separate myth from reality. — Terry L. Yonker, Co-Chair
Great Lakes Wind Collaborative
Ann Dermody’s profile of Jacques Torres choked me up “New
York’s Willy Wonka Finds Peace On His Boat,” April 2011. At 65
now and gray, a product of Harlem and dirt poor at the outset,
like Jacques I know exactly what it means to dream about one
day owning a boat. While never having risen to the “Chocolate
Man’s” level of fame, I’ve done all right for myself. I spent half
a lifetime landbound as a surf fisherman on Sheepshead Bay
or City Island, where beach access was enabled by bus, train,
and often foot — and the Hudson River, where I caught my first
bass, from shore naturally.