Tuesday, July 24, 2001
'Tolkienisms' On the Rise? - Tookish @ 15:34 PST
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Pledge a promise to keep boats and passengers safe
By Mike Esposito
Tribune staff reporter
Published July 22, 2001

"Boats are quite tricky enough for those that sit still without looking further for the cause of trouble."

--"Gaffer" Gamgee in "The Lord of the Rings"

Venturing off shore--work or play, racing or cruising, sail or power--is hazardous.

To reduce the danger, the National Marine Manufacturers Association is promoting its Sober Boater Pledge, sponsored by Allstate Insurance Co.

The program is very simple. Boaters sign a pledge promising not to drink and drive on the water, to make sure everyone on board wears a lifejacket, to know and follow the rules of the waterways, and to shower their boat with love and affection...

Flotsam and jetsam

- The 2001 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship Outreach Committee will select 25 junior women sailors, 13 to 19 years old, to participate in the Rolex Next Step Program...