Stripes first to cross the finish line in Duluth

stripes20110808_4802The Trans Superior International Yacht Race, held every other year, is sponsored by the Duluth Yacht Club. Twenty four boats started for Duluth at 1 PM on Saturday from the other end of Lake Superior for the 338 nautical mile race to Duluth. The 66-foot yacht Stripes was first across the finish line.

stripes20110808_4807Check out their special race web site here. You can track the progress of the race on their site and then flip back here to watch them just after crossing the finish line and coming under the Lift Bridge on DSNTV. (Click pic to enlarge)

Small race, then the big one

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The first sailboats go under the Lift Bridge on August 3, 2011 for the Duluth Yacht Club Wednesday night races just off the Duluth piers. This Saturday, the club is sponsoring the big race, the Trans Superior International Yacht Race, held every other year. Twenty four boats will start for Duluth at 1 PM this Saturday from the other end of Lake Superior. It is a 338 nautical mile race. The first boats will probably be here Sunday evening, and finishers will continue to come in through Wednesday. Check out their special race web site here. You can track the progress of the race on their site and then flip back here to watch them just after crossing the finish line and coming under the Lift Bridge on DSNTV.

Block and bridge warning

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The Joseph L. Block entered the Duluth ship canal around 6 last night with a cargo of limestone to discharge at the Graymont Dock in Superior. The Wednesday night sailboats had stayed inside because of the lack of wind and the Block realized they were pretty close to where he was going to make his turn into the harbor. Both the Block and the Lift Bridge sounded 5 short blasts on their whistles, a signal of danger. By the time the Block arrived in the harbor, the sailboats had moved to the Park Point side of the harbor (pictured). There are right of way guidelines but physics takes over when a very big, long boat is pointed at smaller boats. The big boat cannot come to a stop quickly and often, as in this case, really has no where else to go but stay in the shipping channel. No contact was made but some feathers were ruffled a bit. Photo taken on July 01, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-02-2009