January 2009

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Arizona and San Deigo Boat Shows

We have started off the season with the Arizona Boat Show and the San Diego Boat Show. If you attended either, or both of these shows, AZBW would like to hear your thoughts and comments. Please email jim@azbw.com and let us know your experiences at these shows.

Arizona Yacht Club Auction

Photo Credit: Tony Chapman

Experience a sailing adventure and cruise into the sunset with one of the charity auction items available at the AYC 2009 Leukemia Cup. One package that will be available is an up-to-six-day cruise on a Catalina 42 out of San Diego.
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EDITOR'S NOTE -- Speaking of cool country and Northern Arizona, a trip on the Grand Canyon Railway is a perfect summer getaway. At press time, AZBW editor Carol Allen, her daughters Lisa Haws, Christi Brookes, and Chelle Brookes and her granddaughter Kelsee Haws were on their way to Williams, Ariz., to board this historic ride to the Grand Canyon. Besides the railroad, visitors can enjoy a beautiful hotel and RV park. Information is available at the Grand Canyon Railway Business Office: 1201 W. Route 66, Suite 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 or by phone: 1-800-THE TRAIN (1-800-843-8724). International Callers use (520) 773-1976.

HOOTERS' SUPPORT -- Two Hooters' girls stand with Mike, student at The Art Institute of Phoenix, showing their support for the Rock The Boat project during the recent Big Boys & Their Toys expo.


SEPTEMBER SIZZLE -- Coming to Tempe Town Lake at the end of September is the F1-ChampBoat Grand Prix Series. These hot boats are the equivalent of "NASCAR on water."

Champs Bring Boating Excitement To Arizona
The F1-ChampBoat Grand Prix Series is coming to Tempe Town Lake on the weekend of the 27 and 28 of September. 

Top that off with stellar HD TV production, and you have the best value in all of sports and entertainment marketing.

This race will be supported by a media-relations plan targeting national boating publications such as Powerboat (circulation: 31,000), Hot Boats (circulation: 52,000), and Propeller (circulation: 7,000). 

The regional media plan will target newspaper and magazine travel and sports editors.  Sports media such as Arizona Boating & Watersports news magazine and radio/TV personalities within the Phoenix area will be intensively targeted prior to the event.

F1 ChampBoat Grand Prix Series brings the excitement to Arizona. This is NASCAR on water. Over 750,000 spectators attended eight races during the 2007 season.  According to Jim Larcher, “We expect 20,000 or more spectators this year in Tempe, Ariz.”

These boats can accelerate from zero to 100 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach top speeds near 140 mph.  They pull up to six "Gs” in the turns, making them the fastest and hardest-cornering racing machines on earth.

Larcher says, “We have drivers from North America and from all over the world who will be competing with the near-perfect conditions this time of year in the American Southwest.

For more information, e-mail Jim.ChampBoat@cox.net or call Larcher at (602) 757-3199.

The Rock The Boat project began with an idea. Jim Allen, AZBW publisher, thought it would be a shame to demolish this 1952, 43-foot Chris-Craft tri-cabin, so he (along with sponsors such as Maritime Institute of San Diego, Sea Tow of San Diego, and Ed Hale of Hale's Marine) arranged to move the boat from its home slip in San Diego Bay to Dan Turner's Fiberglas in Mesa, Ariz., where it waits now for the refurbishing to begin. Eventually, this boat will be auctioned, and the benefits will go to Superstition Search & Rescue. Meanwhile, Rocky, The Boat is being restored by sponsors, with the goal of acting as a PR craft for the project.

Flagstaff C&V Bureau

NEAR FLAG -- Lake Mary, near Flagstaff, offers cool-country fishing and boating -- as well as great camping spots -- in a beautiful, pristine setting of pines and sparkling waters.

On The Fourth

Wave Your Flag In Flagstaff

A Year-‘Round Favorite North Country City

The destination for all seasons, Flagstaff is alive with cultural diversity, beauty, history and amazing recreational and scientific opportunities.  At a cool 7,000 feet elevation, located in the world's largest Ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is near seven national parks and monuments and only 80 miles from the Grand Canyon. 

Northern Arizona is rich in Native American history and culture with nearby Navajo and Hopi reservations. 

With a variety of dining, nightlife, outdoor recreation, and lodging options, from wonderful hotels to quaint B&Bs, Flagstaff is an ideal location to experience the wonders of the Southwest. Today, modern explorers, outdoor adventurers, cultural enthusiasts, scientists, educators and retirees make their way to Flagstaff seeking the charm and freedom the region provides.

When in Flagstaff, don't miss the Arboretum, presenting the nation's primary collection of Southwestern high-country wildflowers.  Or gaze into the universe at Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered and research continues.

Flagstaff has countless options of things to do and see in a beautiful setting year-round. Visit Flagstaff for an adventure of your choice:  (888) 697-7778 or www.flagstaffarizona.org

Celebrating Independence Day

From the San Francisco Peaks to Route 66, Flagstaff is celebrating the American spirit this Independence Day with an exciting lineup of activities and events. For suggestions about places to see and things to do in Flagstaff, call (928) 774- 9541, toll-free (888) 697-7778 or visit www.flagstaffarizona.org.

Here is a sampling of the holiday’s offerings:

July 4

12th Annual Fourth of July Parade, historic downtown Flagstaff, 9 a.m., free. The public is invited to share in the splendor of the colorful floats and spirited entries that are part of this Flagstaff tradition. Sponsored by the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, this parade was named “Best Public Event” in 2003 by the Arizona Daily Sun. For more information, call (928) 774-4505.

Stars and Stripes Laser Spectacular featuring Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Pine Mountain Amphitheatre, 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., free. This event is the first of its kind in the high country. Celebrate Independence Day in the pines and enjoy the music of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. This event is free, but a ticket is required for admission. Parking is $5 per vehicle and there will be VIP parking available for $10. For more information and ticket locations, call Coconino County Parks and Recreation at (928) 679-8000 or Pine Mountain Amphitheater at (928) 774-0899.

Mormon Lake Lodge 4thof July Celebration, Mormon Lake Lodge, times vary, free. Just 30 minutes southeast of Flagstaff, Mormon Lake Lodge will celebrate Independence Day in true American style. Enjoy a fireworks display, live music and fun on the back grounds of the lodge.
Movies on the Square, Heritage Square, 6 p.m., free. Showing The Last Mimzy. Enjoy free screenings of family favorites. Bring blankets and chairs and be sure to get there early. Entertainment starts at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. For more information, call the movie hotline at (877) 668-4319.

BLM Kingman Field Office

COOL CAMPING -- The Bureau of Land Management, Kingman, suggests escaping the heat at recreational facilities such as this one: the Windy Point Recreation Site, along the crest of the  Cerbat Mountains, high above the old mining town of Chloride, Ariz.  Located at 6,000 feet, the recreation site is located in a picturesque woodland consisting of pinion pine and juniper.  Visitors can see spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and distant mountain ranges. (Cost is $4 per  site per night with/ 14-day stay limit.)

When Heading North

Kingman’s BLM Office Has Safety Tips For Campers

Now, with the summer holidays in full swing, many people are making their first camping or exploring trip of the year on public lands in Northern Arizona.

“Given the really hot weather we’ve had recently, a lot of folks are headed to higher and cooler elevations,” said Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kingman recreation planner Bruce Asbjorn. 

“BLM’s Wild Cow Springs, Windy Point, Packsaddle, and Burro Creek campgrounds are popular weekend escapes.  They are first-come, first-served and range from no fee to $10 per site per night.”

Asbjorn added that people should think about outdoor safety first and be extremely careful with campfires, never leave one unattended, and make sure campfires are dead out when leaving. 

He stressed checking with your local county, state, or federal land management agency for any fire restrictions before you head out. Off –highway vehicles need to stay on existing roads and trails — cross-country travel is not allowed.  Bring your own firewood and, most importantly, bring lots of water.

“If people are hiking or climbing around the hills, they should always watch where they put their hands — there are creatures that bite and sting. Be aware of your surroundings. We want folks to enjoy their weekend in Arizona’s great outdoors.”

For more information about camping opportunities, call the BLM Kingman Field Office at (928) 718-3700.

Steven Ward, ARAMARK/Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

CLEAR CUT -- The land bridge between Wahweap and Warm Creek flooded last month and is now open to boat passage, saving considerable time, gas, and convenience for uplake travelers. This Castle Rock Cut is open for the first time in over five years, clearly very good news for Lake Powell boaters.

Lake Powell Has Good News For Boaters

Mid-June was marked by major events for lake visitors. Most notably, the Castle Rock Cut was flooded and opened for uplake travel for the first time in over five years. It was an absolute thrill to cross from Wahweap to Warm Creek without the need to transverse 12 miles of rough main channel wakes to get to the mouth of Warm Creek.

Waters touched on June 6, and boats were using the passage freely on June 10.  It is wise to go slow, stay in the center of the slot, and pass others with courtesy and caution.  Channel markers are minimal now but will improve.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area announced June 13 that the Castle Rock Cut is officially open to boat travel on Lake Powell.

The Castle Rock Cut provides boaters on Lake Powell a convenient travel route between Wahweap and Warm Creek Bays. Boaters no longer need to travel through The Narrows to reach uplake destinations.

Traveling through the Castle Rock Cut saves about 12 miles to popular areas such as Rainbow Bridge, Padre Bay, and Warm Creek Bay. This is the first time the Castle Rock Cut has been passable since 2003.

The elevation of Lake Powell reached 3, 620 in mid-June and continues to rise. At this lake elevation, the cut is inundated to a depth that makes boat passage safe. National Park Service staff placed buoys to mark the channel from Wahweap to the junction of Warm Creek and the main river channel. The cut is marked as a no-wake zone.

Editor’s Note: AZBW thanks Wayne Gustaveson, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and Steven Ward  for sharing this good news.

 AZ State Parks

'A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT' -- In this case, beautiful Oak Creek emerges from the beauty of Red Rock State Park, where summer activities such as "Moonlight Hikes" offer desert dwellers a chance to go north and cool down.

In This Case, ‘Red’ Means ‘Cool’
Moonlight Hikes Continue In July

Red Rock State Park offers a variety of environmental activities, including moonlight and sunset hikes in July, and provides a cooling-off destination for campers, RVers, and others from the desert areas.

Due to the July 4th holiday weekend, the first Sunday program has been moved to the second Sunday of July. On Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. in the park theater, Dennis Jex will present "Close Encounters of the Reptilian Kind."

Come and enjoy a fun and educational presentation about snakes. See a slide presentation and live snake display! Learn how to treat and avoid snakebite. Are Mohave Green Rattlesnakes really common around Sedona? Do you know what to do if bitten by a rattlesnake?

Find out the answer to these and many other questions during this fun presentation. Reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. Presentation is free with $6 paid admission to the park. For reservations, please call (928) 282-6907.

The Moonlight Hike continues on Thursday, July 17. An unforgettable experience, the hike includes a naturalist-led interpretive presentation along the park's beautiful trails. Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon.

The hike lasts two to two-and-a-half hours, has an elevation climb of 200-250 feet, and covers approximately 2 miles. The hike leaves promptly from the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

No late arrivals may join once the hike has commenced. Wear appropriate hiking shoes (no sandals) and bring water, a flashlight, and insect spray.

Every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 a.m. visitors will find bird enthusiasts joining a naturalist for a "Guided Bird Walk." Beginners as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the park.

Daily at 10 a.m., visitors can join a naturalist on a guided nature walk that lasts one to two hours and will introduce them to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the park. Plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology are some of the subjects that may be discussed.

Daily at 2 p.m., the park hosts a ranger-or naturalist-led activity of approximately 45-minutes. Programs may include a nature-hike, a special presentation, or an educational/nature video. This program may be an indoor or outdoor activity.

For more information call (928) 282-6907. Red Rock State Park is located on the Lower Red Rock Loop Road off Hwy 89A, southwest of Sedona. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visitor Center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Park Entrance Fee is $6 per vehicle for up to four adults; each additional adult is charged $2. (There is no charge for children). A $2-per-person entrance fee applies to pedestrians, equestrians, and bicyclists.

Arizona State Parks Annual Pass is available for $50 (some restrictions apply) and Premium Annual Pass is sold for $125.

The unique land-based ecosystem, closely associated with Oak Creek, provides the setting and the opportunity for Red Rock State Park to offer a center for environmental education. With its diverse riparian habitat for plants and wildlife, Red Rock State Park offers special hikes and programs as a regular part of the park's environmental program.

For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area, call toll-free 800-285-3703) or visit www.azstateparks.com.

 A CINDERELLA STORY -- And, here she is on her launch day in May 2006, after 25 months of exterior restoration at a cost of $235K. Owner Garry L. George, M.D. of San Diego had the work done at Koehler Kraft on Shelter Island Drive and plans to continue restoration when he "recovers." George has expressed interest in the Rock The Boat project, especially the move of the 1952 Chris-Craft from San Diego Bay to Mesa, Ariz. Now called Nostalgic Splendor, this 1953 Chris-Craft is an inspiration to all who are involved with the Rock The Boat project. If Kathleen can become Nostalgic Splendor, then the 1952 "sister ship" can become a second "Cinderella" to benefit Superstition Search & Rescue.

JOIN US -- Shown with the Chris-Craft Scorpion is one of the Rock The Boat sponsors Darla Bardelli of Outdoors Arizona and Outdoors In America radio shows. Bardelli is also participating in the 2008 Women's Bassmaster Tour and edits the "Tight Lines" section of Arizona Boating & Watersports. Anyone interested in joining Bardelli as a Rock The Boat sponsor may call (480) 947-6219 for more information.

 A SIMILAR SCENARIO -- Garry L. George, M.D., of San Diego had a dream similar to that of Jim Allen. He also felt the value of the early '50s Chris-Craft shown here. According to George, "I think these boats will be very valuable some day [when] restored." Kathleen is now Nostalgic Splendor and bears a striking resemblance to her nearly "sister ship" of the Rock The Boat project.

Rocky Runs With The Big Boys!

IN GOOD COMPANY -- Right between Coulter Cadillac and Franklin Law, Rocky, The Boat is right at home at the AZBW booth during the 10th Annual Big Boys & Their Toys expo on Father's Day Weekend. Mike, a student at The Art Institute of Phoenix, puts the finishing touches on Rocky just before the show begins. Other AIP students joined in over the weekend to talk about the Rock The Boat and about Superstition Search & Rescue, the eventual beneficiaries of the project.


Produced by Southern California Marine Association

What better place to have a mid-season boat show that captures the energy of outdoor summer fun on the water than the seaside recreation Mecca of Southern California itself, San Diego?

Come on over on July 24-27 for this big event (and a chance to beat the heat!).

Now in its fourth year, this boat show venue blends the elegance and serenity of beautiful Harbor Island and the luxurious Sheraton Hotel with the inescapable enthusiasm of people enjoying an active, outdoor lifestyle that has become synonymous with San Diego. The Harbor Island setting offers boat show attendees the opportunity to feel, touch and become immersed in the environment with hundreds of new and brokerage powerboats and sailboats, in-the-water and on-land.

Marine accessory products are also in abundance in a special on-land expo area immediately adjacent to the boats. Unquestionably, the SAN DIEGO YACHT and BOAT SHOW has established itself as a premier event among Southwest boaters.

Adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel, & Marina, Harbor Island


(714) 633-7581
FAX (714) 633-9498
1006 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866

Sheraton Hotel & Marina, Harbor Island, San Diego
1380 Harbor Island Drive, adjacent to San Diego Airport

Automobile Club of Southern California

For Additional Information
Visit the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show Website
E-mail Southern California Marine Association
Call (714) 633-7581

 HER WORLD -- Stephanie Rainey, shown here camping near the Black River close to Hannigan Meadow, hosts the outdoor TV program Stepping Outdoors.  The show, now in its fourth season, focuses on people, places, and outdoor activities in Northern Arizona.

Stephanie Rainey

‘Step Outdoors’ With Her Into Northern Arizona

Stepping Outdoors is the name of an outdoor television program, hosted by Stephanie Rainey, about the people and places of the White Mountains of Northern Arizona.

Segments of the program include programs about fishing, hunting, rodeos, backpacking, camping, and hiking along with projects with the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Stephanie Rainey graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she lived for 25 years before moving to Pinetop, Ariz.  “I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, and I guess my love for being outdoors really began when my dad first took me out hunting with him when I was a youngster,” Stephanie explains.

“My dad let me trek along with him wherever he went, and we always ended up having quite the story to tell after our adventures.  Those outdoor experiences with my dad instilled in me a passion for the outdoors that I’ve never been able to curb, and now that I have my own outdoor television program, I get to share those adventures with others.” 

Stepping Outdoors takes place in the White Mountains of Northern Arizona, a place surrounded by the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the world, along with access to hundreds of miles of clear blue streams, numerous pristine mountain lakes, and abundant wildlife such as bear, deer, turkey and elk.

Stepping Outdoors is produced in the town of Pinetop-Lakeside.  The Pinetop-Lakeside area has a year-round population of over 9,000 people, which expands to nearly 35,000 inhabitants during the summer months when the town becomes a cool haven to the inhabitants from the metropolitan cities of Phoenix and Tucson. 

At 7,200 feet, Pinetop-Lakeside is a sportsman’s paradise, a resort community where people who love the outdoors come to live and play.

"I don’t have to travel far to find something or someone to film a show about,” Stephanie adds. “That’s also why I became an outdoor freelance writer.  Having such easy access to the outdoors provides me with an abundant source of ideas and photo opportunities, so it was just natural to start writing about those experiences.”

Rainey’s articles and photos have been published in Bugle magazine, Outdoor Life, Bow & Arrow Hunting, Big Game Adventures, Buckmasters, the Sportsman’s News, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, the Arizona Outdoorsman, Western Hunter magazine, and Arizona Boating & Watersports news magazine.

She’s also filmed projects for such organizations as the Timber Trails Children’s project, the Hunt of a Lifetime organization, and the Catch a Dream Foundation. Rainey also videos hunts for clients who want to capture those once-in-a-lifetime hunting memories on film. 

As this outdoorswoman puts it, “I have a wonderful life; my job allows me to do what I enjoy most and that's experiencing the great outdoors.” 

Stepping Outdoors is televised on Cable Ones, channel 58, every night, between the prime-time hours of 8-8:30 p.m., to 18,000 subscribers throughout the White Mountains.  Stepping Outdoors is in its fourth season of production. 

If you’d like to know more about the show or if you’re interested in advertising your outdoor business or products on television in the White Mountains of Arizona, contact Rainey at (928) 242-9915 or e-mail her at raineyproductions@frontiernet.net

GO, DEVILS! -- This is the new ASU Bass Fishing Team shirt, showing the sponsors -- including Arizona Boating & Watersports.

It is our pleasure from time to time to present to our readers information about new products; however, the information published in Arizona Boating & Watersports news magazine is for reader interest only and does not consitute endorsement by AZBW. Further, we suggest that you check first with local marine, fishing, and RV dealers and suppliers to see if they have the items mentioned in our articles. Also, please remember that the prices given are those that were in effect at press time and may have changed.

You may reach Arizona Boating and Watersports at:

480/947-6219 or 619/523-3091

If you would like to comment on any stories in AZBW, or tell us your story idea please contact publisher@azbw.com

If you would like advertising information on either the web site or the print version please contact advertising@azbw.com

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