Nov 30 2015

Rochelle Pennington Joins SEAS for Two Co-Sponsored Events

For the third year, Rochelle Pennington visited Sheboygan as SEAS (Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan) guest, speaking at two co-sponsored events.

Both gatherings were held on Saturday, November 28, 2015, the first was cosponsored by, and took place at the Sheboygan Yacht Club.  Guests were invited to decorate Christmas cookies while sipping on seasonal beverages prior to Rochelle’s presentation on one of the most well-known shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan’s Christmas Tree Ship. The Christmas Tree Ship delivered holiday evergreens to the citizens of Chicago each Christmas season before it was caught in the “Great Storm of 1912” and subsequently went to the bottom of the lake fully loaded with trees.

Later that evening, a stellar crowd of upwards of 150 attendees joined Rochelle at Blue Harbor for her newest presentation commemorating the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  Blue Harbor cosponsored this event offering a warm, lake views reception area with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.

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With the famous Gordon Lightfoot song kicking off the presentation, guests were lead along the pathway the famous ship would take through Lake Superior, with Rochelle offering a travel log of the geographical highlights in the area.

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Nov 23 2015

Blind Match Racing Clinic

November 22, 2015 San Francisco, CA – The Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan (SEAS) teamed up with Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS), the Women’s International Match Racing Association (WIMRA), and Blind Sailing Unlimited to hold the first Blind Match Racing Clinic in the United States using the Homerus acoustic mark system. The clinic was run to introduce visually impaired sailors to the blind match racing discipline and to help encourage participation at the 2016 ISAF Blind Match Racing World Championship to be held in Sheboygan in September 2016 in conjunction with the 2016 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship.

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Nov 11 2015

1st Annual Pickle Night Dinner

On November 7th, SEAS and the Sheboygan Yacht Club hosted the first annual Pickle Night Dinner.

"HMS Pickle Replica". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HMSPicklereplica.jpg#/media/File:HMSPicklereplica.jpg

“HMS Pickle Replica”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

The event, which commemorates Lord Horatio Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar and the HMS Pickle’s delivery of the news, was celebrated this year shortly after the 240th anniversary of the battle.

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The Pickle Night Dinner is popular at yacht clubs around the country and SEAS was proud to help host the first one in the area. The evening opened with a cocktail hour and a mad-lib style activity that helped prime guests on the history of the HMS Pickle and the Battle of Trafalgar.

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Nov 11 2015

Public Input Meeting: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH

Be in the know! Learn about the Marine Sanctuary.

You’re invited to the Marine Sanctuary Public Input Meeting

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM

University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Main Building
Wombat Room (Room 2114)
1 University Drive, Sheboygan

FREE TO ATTEND !

Register Here

 

We Want to Hear From You!

NOAA is asking for the public’s input on protecting Wisconsin – Lake Michigan, a maritime heritage resource area in Wisconsin as a national marine sanctuary.

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Nov 04 2015

Presentation to the Sheboygan Common Council

On Monday night SEAS Program Director Matt Wierzbach updated the Sheboygan Common Council on the Adaptive Sailing initiative underway. See the presentation beginning at 4:55 min.

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Nov 02 2015

Marine Sanctuary Public Forum on 11/19

NOAA is asking for the public’s input on protecting Wisconsin – Lake Michigan, a maritime heritage resource area in Wisconsin as a national marine sanctuary.

Wisconsin – Lake Michigan is an 875 square mile area of Lake Michigan with waters extending from Port Washington to Two Rivers. The state of Wisconsin nominated this area as a national marine sanctuary through the Sanctuary Nomination Process with broad community support.

The area encompasses historic shipwrecks of national significance that merit the additional management authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. The nominated area contains an extraordinary collection of 39 known shipwrecks, 15 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fourteen of the known shipwrecks are essentially intact and three vessels possess standing masts – a rarity in the Great Lakes. The area also includes Wisconsin’s two oldest known shipwrecks. Archival and archeological research indicates that the proposed sanctuary also includes 123 reported vessel losses.

 

Below is a link to register for the Marine Sanctuary public forum on November 19 that NOAA will be hosting.

http://business.sheboygan.org/events/details/marine-sanctuary-public-input-meeting-12309

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For more information see:  Wisconsin – Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)

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Oct 08 2015

Growing our Adaptive Program

 

Beginning with the Blind Match Racing World Championships in 2014 and the resultant development of our blind program both at the Wisconsin State Lions Camp and here at home supporting a team that traveled to Chicago for the Blind Fleet Racing Worlds the Adaptive Program has grown fast. While the blind racing got our foot in the door with Adaptive Sailing the Steve Heronemus Project has led us to, with our partners, create amazing solutions that will help others enjoy sailing in the years to come. Those solutions are already reaching more individuals.

 

The Shaw family poses on the dock after sailing.

The Shaw family poses on the dock after sailing.

 

Last Tuesday we had the Shaw family out for their first sail, a great memory for any family, but with twin boys Mateo and McHale having been born conjoined it increases the challenge. Separated when young the boys have had countless surgeries and some limited mobility but are as adventurous and inquisitive as any nine year old could ever be. The Adaptive Program is more than just sailing.

 

 

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Oct 05 2015

President Obama announces efforts to create a National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan

President Obama’s remarks to the 2015 Our Ocean Conference.

President Obama announces efforts to create a National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan October 5, 2015
President Obama announces efforts to create a National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan October 5, 2015

 

 

More information on the Lake Michigan Sanctuary at this link: NOAA Wisconsin — Lake Michigan

 

From the Sheboygan Press on today’s announcement: Lake Michigan federal sanctuary bid advances.

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Sep 27 2015

Video: Steve Heronemus sails again

For those who have been following the Steve Heronemus story this video tells the tale of his latest voyage. Its more than sailing, more than overcoming challenges, its about three generations bonding through sailing. The video is followed by a transcript and finally a gallery of pictures from the event.

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Sep 24 2015

Update: Steve Heronemus Sails Again

Wednesday, September 23

 

Yesterday Steve Heronemus made it out for another sail using the adaptive equipment the SEAS and Harken team developed, but it was more than just a second sail with the new equipment. The sail was both a tribute and the continuation of what is now a Heronemus family tradition.

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On Friday, September 4, Steve Heronemus was able to do something he had been unable to do for over a decade, go sailing. Before being diagnosed with ALS, Steve had spent time sailing on Lake Michigan with his father, Dick Heronemus. The SEAS and Harken teams developed an adaptive solution for one of the Sail Sheboygan Sonars which allowed Steve to skipper and trim so Steve and his dad could share a sail together yet again. Tragically, on September 16th Dick Heronemus passed away.

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