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January 2009

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This Weeks News March 1, 2009
Did you hear about the new retro car? It looks like a phone booth.

AZBW If you happen to pick up a copy of this weekend's Arizona Republic, check out the Community section. There is expected to be an article about Arizona Boating & Watersports, its editor, and online teaching at Rio Salado College. www.sportsexpos.com

Shows & Events

Arizona Yacht Club Updates
Sailing Racing Rules Seminar
Olympic Silver Medalist Sailor to Speak in Phoenix
Special Showing of Disney Sailing Film
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International Sportsmen's Expo
Returns to University of Phoenix Stadium in Late February
ISE will feature nearly 400 exhibitors covering the entire outdoors sports experience. February 27th through March 1st

Lake Havasu Marine Association March Boat Show
Lake Havasu Marine Association March Boat Show Scheduled For March 13,14 and 15. Sponsors Welcome.

For more information visit www.lhcma.com , call 928.208.2442 or e-mail

AZGFD 2009 Outdoor Expo Slated For Late March
The Arizona Game and Fish Department presents its popular outdoor expo March 28th and 29th at the Ben Avery Shooting facility in North Phoenix.

Firebird International Raceway
Monster Truck Nationals and Lakefest

Family Fun, Awesome Power and Blazing Speed Converge at Upcoming 11th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals and Lakefest
MONSTER TRUCKS — including Bounty Hunter, Big Foot, Avenger, Brutis, Unnamed and Untamed, Nasty Boy, and MORE
TRUCK SHOW N' SHINE — featuring more than 200 trucks expected to register from throughout the Southwest
TEST DRIVE EXPERIENCE — event guests can drive brand new trucks on a customized off-road course. Test them all
JET DRAGSTERS — watch as airplane engine + car + track collide for speeds topping 225 MPH
AFTERMARKET EXPO — featuring more than 100 booths with truck fans favorite products
BOATS — That's Right! This year the IHBA Season Opener is part of the Monster Truck Nationals Weekend.
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Tri State Boating Safety Fair - Lake Havasu

San Carlos Yacht Club Labor Day Fishing Tournament

Special Boat Sale

This beautiful 2009 Skeeter ZX190 is only $22,495 now at Open Throttle Marine.
Your going to hate yourself if you miss this great bargain.


Sunsail Antigua

By Josephine Tucci

What do most sailors do on their vacations? Sail, of course! But what if your holiday companion can't or won't sail? Or you want to take small children? Or you simply fancy a change from your usual sailing vacation?

A Sunsail beach resort could be the answer. This year, four of us decided to go on holiday together, but had a typical sailors' dilemma. Three of us wanted to do nothing but race dinghies for the whole two weeks, but the fourth wanted to do anything but. We convinced our friends that Sunsail Club Colonna in Antigua was the ideal place for a winter holiday. It's a dinghy sailor's paradise as the island lies in the tradewind belt, guaranteeing decent winds from dawn till sundown. For beginners and improvers there are free group lessons and paid-for individual tuition. For non - sailors there's mountain biking, tennis, swimming pool, a gym and spa, and two sandy beaches, and if you have children they�ll be well looked after in the popular kids� clubs.

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North American Championships (BNAC) Coming to Mission Bay

Look Out, San Diego! The Buccs Are Coming! The Buccs Are Coming!
By Emory Heisler
Arizona Yacht Club

ARRRRRR! Well, they aren't the British, that's for sure!
June 21-26, the Buccaneer 18 Fleet of " pirates" and their North American Championships (BNAC) will be coming to Mission Bay and will be hosted by Mission Bay Yacht Club.

MBYC, San Diego, and the "Left Coast" will be hosting BNAC for the first time in Buccaneer 18 Class' 40–year history. If you haven't seen a Bucc 18 in San Diego, it's not too much of a surprise. The Buccaneer 18 has been mostly a "Right Half" of the country boat as a result of its Chrysler "roots."

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Boat Dealers — Service Shops — If you are looking for a way to boost your income you need to check this out. Call Bryan 480.221.0503 or e-mail bryan@bartlettlake.com at Bartlett Lake Marina and find out how you can increase your income.

Tell Bryan you heard about this from Jim at Arizona Boating & Watersports news magazine and receive a 5% discount.
For more on Bartlett Lake go to www.azbw.com/Bartlett_Lake_Aqua_Lodge_Boat_Club.php


Events List


How To Fish A Split - Shot Rig
by John Anderson — AZBW Arizona Angling Editor

The rise in popularity of the drop - shot technique has put split - shotting on the back burner for many anglers. In many ways, drop - shotting is much easier; with a drop - shot rig, the bait is between you and the weight, so you feel the fish before you feel the weight.

But, a drop - shot rig is primarily a vertical presentation — something you use when you already know the fish are down there. With a split - shot rig, you can move around more and search for the fish. It just works too darned well to give up entirely, especially when it's so tough that nothing else seems to catch fish.

Arizona split - shot expert Gregg Warne says, »I can't tell you how many times I've gone down a bank right after another angler and caught fish that he missed. When the bite is tough, people start to get desperate, and they tend to go faster without really meaning to, trying to find and catch some fish.»

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Ammunition Accountability Act
News From The Field Is News From The Field Is " Write On Target"
Delete That E-Mail; Check Out These Geese

By Margie Anderson
Have you gotten a frantic e-mail alerting you to legislation that would require manufacturers to put ID numbers on both bullets and casings? What they want is to have each box of "handgun and assault weapon" ammo to be so labeled � each box of ammo would have a unique number, and the buyer would be required to present a driver�s license and have his/her name and other info recorded in case the bullets or brass were found at the scene of a crime. For the complete article go to www.azbw.com/Ammunition_Accountability_Act.php

New Apprentice Hunting License Offers "Test Drive" At No Cost � Effective January 1 the Arizona Game & Fish Department began offering a new �Apprentice Hunting License� at no charge to encourage existing hunters to become mentors and introduce a friend, neighbor, relative or co-worker to the traditions and importance of hunting.

Rock The Boat & Superstition Search & Rescue Update

Another Great Sponsor Joins Rock The Boat

Marco Distefano of Arizona Marine Outfitters is telling the Rock The Boat film crew about Arizona Marine Outfitters and how they became a Rock The Boat sponsor.

Arizona Boating & Watersports is proud to have Arizona Marine Outfitters join the Rock The Boat crew.

Arizona Marine Outfitters offers a unique blend of services. Founded by Tom Gazda and Marco Distefano, boating enthusiasts and residents of the valley. Arizona Marine Outfitters is unique in its collaboration of two distinct yet complimentary areas of expertise. This powerful combination offers our customers a diversified menu of services.

For more information on Arizona Marine Outfitters visit
www.azmarineoutfitters.com e-mail them
info@marineoutfitters.com or call

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Special Thanks To
ABC Marine abcmarinecanvas@hotmail.com
Swim Platforms www.swimplatforms.com
Martin Marine katiemartin@qwest.net
LW Motorsports lwmotorsports1@gmail.com

RV & Camping

Wildlife Web Site Provides New Adventures Everyday � Watching wildlife is one of the most economical recreational activities families can do together. Visitors come to Arizona from around the world to see the diversity of animal species living in the Sonoran desert, the tops of the mountainous sky islands or in the vast northern regions of the Colorado River plateau. Visit the new website at


" Frozen Watersports" Season Begins In Arizona
Contact Darryl Horsman if you are interested in participating in the amazing sport of curling in 2009. The 12 week winter league began this month. Partnering with the Phoenix Coyotes, the Coyotes Curling Club has vouchers for hockey games at a reduced price.

Boat For Sale

List Your Boat Here jim@azbw.com
48� Uniflite Sportfisher 2 bait tanks/ teak/ sleeps 6/ new interior/ hd top/ outriggers/ turn key condition

Public Service

Arizona Heritage Alliance

Letter To The Editor - Work On State Parks Heritage Fund Grant Projects Stopped

From — Arizona Heritage Alliance mail@azheritage.org
To — Arizona Boating & Watersports:
Sent — Thursday, February 05, 2009 2:41 PM
Subject — All work on State Parks Heritage Fund grant projects has been stopped.


You are aware the Arizona State Legislature is in the process of resolving a $1.5 billion dollar budget shortfall for the remainder of fiscal year 2009 and a $3.5 billion dollar shortfall for 2010.

We realize all state agencies are being hit hard, but the impact on Arizona State Parks will be crippling and ALL of the State Parks administered state-funded grant programs have been discontinued until further notice — this includes Heritage Fund grants.

All work on State Parks Heritage Fund grant projects has been stopped effective February 1, 2009. Until we hear otherwise, Heritage Fund grants that were awarded last year and have started construction or reconstruction are to CEASE.

This is not the first time the legislature has tried to raid Heritage Funds from Arizona State Parks. Thanks to you and thousands of other Arizonans who contacted their legislators in the past, we were able to stave off 30 plus such raids. But this time they did it under the guise of balancing the budget deficit that no one had the chance to make them stop and think about the consequences.

Read the rest of the story and find out what you can do to help. Go to

Odds n Ends

If you happen to pick up a copy of this weekend's Arizona Republic, check out the Community section. There is expected to be an article about Arizona Boating & Watersports, its editor, and online teaching at Rio Salado College.

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Lake Havasu Convention and Visitors Bureau
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West Coast Marine Insurance and a host of others who have found that advertising in AZBW pays.

AZBW is a monthly publication. Our primary distribution is in Arizona and Southern California with some distribution in several other states and countries. We also attend numerous shows and events in Arizona and Southern California.

You can find a list of distribution points and advertisers on our web site www.azbw.com.

We also have sponsorships available for our Rock The Boat project www.rtboat.com. The Rock The Boat project consists of rebuilding three vintage Chris Craft boats. The two 21' Scorpions will be displayed at various shows and events such as the Men's Luxury Toy Show https://www.azbw.com/past_issues/july08/AZBW_Hooters_clip_image002.jpg for promotional pursposes. It will next be at the Arizona Boat Show later this month.

The third boat is a 1952 43' Chris Craft Tri-Cabin. When the rebuilding is complete this boat will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to Superstition Search and Rescue https://www.azbw.com/past_issues/april08/superstition.php. The entire process is being filmed by The Art Institute of Phoenix and we are close to having a television pilot ready.

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AZBW Awarded Media of the Year

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission awarded Arizona Boating & Watersports news magazine the 2008 Media of the Year award. www.azgfd.gov/artman/publish/article_947.shtml

Carol Allen / Editor
Jim Allen / Publisher
Arizona Boating & Watersports News Magazine & Dinghy Digest

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