What Were You Doing When You Were Eight Years Old?

Young sailor hailed a hero for saving girl from sea

12:00pm Friday 29th April 2011

A YOUNG sailor has been hailed a hero, aged only eight, after rescuing a girl of five who fell into the sea off a kayak.

When Thomas Goodsell, of Colne Road, Brightlingsea, saw the girl clinging to the kayak, he jumped off his sailing boat and swam to save her.

The young lifesaver grabbed her and swam her to shore, where her relieved parents were waiting.

His mum, Nicky Henderson, said: “There were three children in the kayak and the little girl fell out.

“Thomas was in a sailing boat and saw her struggling. I whistled to him to get his attention and he jumped into the sea and brought her in, out of the water.

“He did not question it or think, but just acted. I am really proud of him.”

The children were enjoying the warm weather on Saturday, near Brightlingsea Sailing Club.

Ms Henderson said: “The girl is fine. Everyone was watching, but he is a very energetic child and a strong swimmer. He was about 20ft away, but he jumped in and when he reached her, he managed to pick her up and swam her ashore.

“The little girl’s mother was really pleased. Others just froze, but Thomas went straight in.”

The family recently returned from living in Valencia, Spain, and were enjoying the long weekend at their beach hut near the sailing club.

Children had been sailing all week and the kayaking proved a popular attraction.

Ms Henderson said: “They were all wearing lifejackets, but she was struggling and with the kayak bouncing, it could have hit her on the head.

“Everyone was grateful they are all fine.”

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City Frets Over America's Cup

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 | Updated 11:34 AM PDT

There's a lot of logistics to figure out before the America's Cup finally hits in 2013, and if you've got any ideas the City would love to hear them.

San Francisco officials held a public meeting this week to discuss plans and ask citizens to help find solutions to various challenges.

At the top of many peoples' minds is the impact of the race to the environment. An environmental study is currently being rushed along at a breakneck pace, but numerous concerns have already been raised.

For example, the demolishing of piers along the edge of the city could release an invasive underwater weed, causing it to spread around the bay and choke out native flora.

At the meeting, speakers also addressed concerns that the race would get in the way of events at AT&T park, according to the Ex.

And then there's the “People Plan,” than ambitious blueprint for moving the throngs across the city. That plan calls for sweeping changes to various transit lines, and possibly even the extension of the F line all the way to Fort Mason.

Although such measures will likely be expensive, the America's Cup provides a unique opportunity to pursue funding that would never otherwise have been available. Corporate sponsors are eager to attach themselves to the race.

If you'd like to participate in the brainstorming around the event, visit www.americascup.com/sanfrancisco and send comments to americascup@sfgov.org.

Rybovich unveils $45M mega yacht hub

South Florida Business Journal – by Darcie Lunsford

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011, 2:48pm EST – Last Modified: Friday, March 4, 2011, 3:00pm EST

Flanked by mega yachts Newvida and Fighting Irish, Rybovich owner Wayne Huizenga Jr. unveiled plans to sink a controversial repair hub at the Riviera Beach marina in favor of redeveloping a site his company owns nearby.

“We are willing to make the additional investment to be a good neighbor and a good partner,” Huizenga said to a bank of cameras and note-taking reporters on Friday.

The new plan calls for Rybovich to build a $45 million mega yacht service center on 11 acres about a half-mile north of the Riviera Beach public marina, where it had previously sought to lease land from the city. The use of about one-third of the public marina for a private mega yacht center sparked a wave of public backlash and lawsuits.

The new facility will be designed to handle super yachts up to 400 feet long, which are currently being serviced in Europe. But to do that on the existing Rybovich site will require dredging of an inlet cut along Peanut Island to about twice its current depth. How that will be funded has yet to be hammered out, Huizenga said.

Construction of the new super yacht center could be under way within a year, he said, depending on how long permitting takes. Construction will take an additional year.

The center is expected to create 3,400 new jobs – including 1,000 on-site jobs with average salaries of $45,000 a year – and inject $630 million into the Palm Beach County economy.

Friday’s announcement, viewed as a compromise, comes only days before Riviera Beach voters are set to vote on repealing a ban on private industry at the city marina, which was imposed by voters in November.

But, with the Rybovich super yacht hub no longer on the table for Riviera Beach’s marina, Council Chairwoman Dawn Pardo hopes voters will repeal the ban.

“Wayne [Huizenga Jr.] is no longer part of the Riviera Beach plan,” she said. “Hopefully, the citizens will vote yes.”

If not, she said, other businesses, including a restaurant and several charter boat services, will be forced to vacate the city marina, which could hurt the city’s economy.

INVASION MIAMI! World Of Boating At The 2011 Miami International Boat Show

The World Of Boating teamed up with Scuba Radio and stormed the gates of the 2011 Miami International Boat Show this past Thursday. With their fearless leader Greg leading the way like the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading a ragtag group of wide eyed children, the radio show gang snaked their way through boats, yachts, the Guy Harvey store, and  boat accessories galore stopping only to grab freebies and candy whenever they could.

The WOB-ers with Neal Watson
Is it possible to be standing still and still feel like your going 100mph?
Capt. Keith Ammons directing traffic at the Discover Boating booth.
Power on display: 350hpx4=WOW!
We can't even afford to look at it.
Oh yea! Arneson Surface Drives=Woohoo!