Repairs underway on Port Washington’s breakwater wall

port-washington-lakeshore-at-duskby Chris Gloninger,

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. —Ozaukee County’s only breakwater wall is crumbling into Lake Michigan.

Repairs are being made in Port Washington, but it’s not a permanent fix.

This wall’s a source of safety for boaters. Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said preserving it is critical.

“Between Milwaukee and Sheboygan, you’d have 60 miles without a safe harbor,” Mlada said.



Lake Huron fishery on the rebound, creating new opportunities for anglers

Lake_troutby John Bonke, Huron County View

THE THUMB — With populations and catch rates for lake trout, walleye, steelhead and other species hovering near record levels in Lake Huron, the Department of Natural Resources is encouraging anglers to plan a trip to the lake this summer to take advantage of the rebound of this world-class fishery.

On the east side of Huron County, Art Farden, owner of Let’s Go Fishing, says this has been an unusually good year.

“It’s been the best season in the last 10 years,” Farden says. He estimates there may be around three or four times as many fish. The walleye are big and “they showed up early,” Farden notes. During one recent weekend, he notes, the fishing was so good that there was scarcely a night crawler to be had in the area.

Cleveland ready to welcome a growing Great Lakes cruise ship industry

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by Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio — To a city accustomed to seeing mighty lakers and international freighters steam past the harbor lights, a different kind of ship will present itself Monday.

The Grande Mariner, a sleek luxury liner, will sail into Cleveland Harbor around noon and send 88 passengers strolling down gangplanks into the West Bank of the Flats.

They’ll be met by a greeting party and serenaded by a choir. It’s not every day a cruise ship calls upon Cleveland–although that’s expected to happen more often as the Great Lakes cruising industry expands and as Cleveland becomes better known as a port of call.


Making the Great Lakes safer for swimming, fishing and drinking the water




By Rebecca Williams, Michigan Radio




Just in case the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement isn’t on your summer reading list, here’s the gist of it:


It’s an agreement between the U.S. and Canada. One of the goals of that agreement is to make the Great Lakes more swimmable, fishable and drinkable.

The International Joint Commission is an independent bi-national organization. It gives advice to the U.S. and Canada on meeting those goals, among other things. The IJC has a Health Professionals Advisory Board, and the board’s come out with a report proposing five ways to measure risks to our health from contaminants and other hazards in the Great Lakes.


Tackle Grab Powered By Earnhardt OutdoorsTM, the leading online subscription box service for the recreational sport-fishing industry, today announced the 2014 Rods, Reels and Racing online sweepstakes. Working with partner, Earnhardt OutdoorsTM, the outdoor lifestyle brand founded by siblings Kerry Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the two organizations will offer three prizes for participants who “Like” the Tackle Grab Facebook page or spread the word about the contest via the Facebook “Share” function.

- Grand Prize (one winner): All-expenses paid trip for two to the NASCAR race weekend at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway November 14-16, 2014, plus a meet-and-greet with Kerry, Kelley and Dale Earnhardt Jr., and a private fishing excursion with Kerry Earnhardt. The prize package includes round trip airfare, four nights’ hotel accommodations, $500 spending cash and two tickets to all three series races.

- Second Prize (five winners): One fishing rod from Dobyns Rods and one Daiwa reel.

- Third Prize (ten winners): Tackle Grab apparel and three month credit for gift.

In celebration of the contest, Tackle Grab’s Street Team will be onsite at the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on August 2, 2014, supporting JR Motorsports’ No. 5 Tackle Grab Chevrolet driven by Josh Berry in his Nationwide Series debut. The contest will begin online at the start of the race, and will close on September 1, 2014.

“Tackle Grab is thrilled to offer our fans an exciting sweepstakes that combines the best of the best in fishing and racing,” said Stash Karandanis, co-founder of Tackle Grab. “We look forward to providing our grand prize winner with the trip of a lifetime, in addition to sharing some incredible products from some of our top brands.”

Tackle Grab formally announced a partnership with Earnhardt Outdoors in May of 2014. The mission of Tackle Grab Powered by Earnhardt Outdoors is to bring families together to discover new experiences in the outdoors.

“Tackle Grab has been an incredible partner in empowering families across America with the right gear for active, outdoor lifestyles,” said Kerry Earnhardt. “The Rods, Reels and Racing sweepstakes brings together our interests with those of fans across the country who not only love to fish, but love NASCAR racing as well.”

Simply “Like” Tackle Grab’s Facebook page or use the Facebook “Share” button between August 2 and September 1 to sign up for the contest. Participants will be asked to share their name, phone number and email address.

More information can be found at Follow the contest on Twitter using the hashtag #RodsReelsRacing.



The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the eight people who will make up its 2014 class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame:  Yachtsman, historian and senior statesman of the sport Henry H. “Harry” Anderson, Jr. (Newport, R.I./Mystic, Conn.); mathematician and navigator Nathaniel Bowditch (Salem, Mass.); boat builder and U.S. Olympic Sailing Team boatwright Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.); brothers Olaf Harken and Peter Harken (both Pewaukee, Wisc.), respectively, boat builder and sailing hardware designer; naval architect and prolific writer L. Francis Herreshoff (Bristol, R.I./Marblehead, Mass.); 1960 5.5 Metre Olympic Gold Medalist and boat builder George O’Day (Brookline, Mass./Dover, Mass.); and Grand Prix yachtsman John B. “Jim” Kilroy (Marina del Rey, Calif.), the recipient of the NSHOF’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harry Anderson, the senior statesman of sailing (Photo Credit © 2013 Dan Nerney).

“When the National Sailing Hall of Fame was formed in 2005, a central piece of its mission was to focus attention on Americans who had made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing,” said Gary Jobson, President of the NSHOF.   “The eight members of the class of 2014 are joining 34 previously-recognized individuals whose achievements – whether on-the-water, at a drafting table or in the administration of the sport – have impacted recreational boaters and competitive sailors alike.  By recognizing them and sharing their stories, the NSHOF is preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture while inspiring the next generation of sailors.”

Following a two-month period this spring during which sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee,  and the NSHOF Board – reviewed the broad spectrum of nominations.

Inductees are American citizens, 45 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media).  Nominations of non-citizens were also considered if they influenced the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations were also accepted.  The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing is central to the mission of the NSHOF which was formed in 2005 and has completed phase one of its plan to establish a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Maryland.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will induct an American citizen, 55 years of age or older, who has had consistent involvement in sailing for a majority of his or her life and had success in the sport while also becoming successful and achieving noteworthy stature in a non-sailing career.

The 2014 class of inductees will be formally celebrated on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  The invitation-only Induction Ceremony will be held at the Detroit Yacht Club (Detroit, Mich.) and is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Condé Nast.

For more on the Inductees, please visit:

West Marine Unleashes “Dog Days of Summer” Contest

West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife retailer, today announced its “Dog Days of Summer” social media contest. Starting July 29 and endingSeptember 2, West Marine is honoring the water-loving dogs in our lives. We’re looking for pictures of pooches enjoying the breeze on the bow, taking a nap on the dock, playing in the waves or riding along on stand-up paddleboards.

To enter, post your photos through Instagram or Facebook Each week during the contest period we’ll select a winning photo and the entrant will receive a $100 West Marine gift card that can be used to outfit your furry friend, your boat or yourself.

Photo entries can be submitted between Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, September 2. Winners will be selected Tuesday, August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2.

 Photos can be submitted through Instagram or Facebook. To enter on Facebook, post pictures to with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer and #westmarine. To enter on Instagram, tag uploaded photos to WestMarineInc, with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer #westmarine.

Judges are looking for cute, fun photos of dogs enjoying life on or near the water. (Note: The dog in the photo doesn’t need to be owned by the entrant, but the entrant should have the rights to entered photos.)

Winners will be contacted via the social media channel which the photo was submitted to. Electronic gift card will be sent by email.