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 3 October 2000 Issue # 265

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

 September Weather

September, a month to remember in Muskegon?  Depends on what you like the weather to be.

Temperature wise it was not as warm as normal.  For the month the temperature was slightly below normal at .13 below.

The month started with the high of 87 on the 1st.  Temperatures bottomed out with a 33 reading on the 28th.

September started warm with 8 of the first 10 days above the norm heat-wise.  This was balanced by 6 of the last 7 days being below the norm.  In fact temperatures stayed above average until the 28th when the 33 reading was recorded.

If you like rain, the September was a good month.  5.01 inches fell this against a norm of 3.88.  Monday the 11th we received 1.39 inches of rain the monthly high.  

For fans of wind, I mean sailors it was a good month.  Average wind speed was 9.3 knots as compared to 7.9 in 1999.  Windiest day at 15.7 knots was the 19th.  Calmest day was the 8th @ 3.4.

These wet cool conditions are a good sign for lake levels.  They mean moisture is going in, but not being evaporated away by heat.

For wind direction it was an unusual month.  Typically there are double digit days with a Southerly wind.  This month south was the least frequent direction.  

Dir. + - = Tot
N 4 5 1 10
E 3 3   6
W 6 4   10
S 1 2 1 4



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America True out of Cup

The co-ed team headed by Dawn Riley has sold its primary America's Cup asset to One World Challenge.  The yellow hulled USA 51 will be back in the water later this year.  One World Challenge has also bough Dennis Conner's' USA 55, so will be able to two boat test.

The sale of USA 51 does not mark the end of America True.  According to Dawn Riley, "We are looking at other major events and most importantly, with the proceeds from the sail of USA-51 we will be able to expand our True Youth Program as well as support other professional sailing programs. We still plan on participating in AC 2006."

One current project is a Volvo Ocean race campaign.  

Riley feels the current high spending era of America's Cup campaigns will last only through the next cup.  By 2006 the billionaires and their toys will be home leaving an opening for success for a group like America True.



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