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Bad weather and other problems have forced that gutsy lady, Hillary
Lister, to abandon her plans to become the first quadraplegic to sail
round Britain.

Hilary said: “I am obviously extremely disappointed and incredibly
frustrated that we have not been able to complete the sail this year;
it seems that the fates have conspired against us, but I am now ever
more determined to go again next year. We always said that every mile
we sailed would be an achievement in its own right and we have to try
and take some positives from this year’s efforts. I have enjoyed
the wonderful experience of night sailing and the tranquillity and sense
of freedom that brings. I also feel incredibly privileged and proud
to have been supported by such a great crew who, despite extremely testing
conditions and circumstances, continued to show commitment and resilience
of the highest order.“ For those of you who don’t know this
gutsy girl sails by using her breath. Sure, she didn’t make it, but
let’s see you do it. Full story here.

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today the offering of $250
million aggregate principal amount of 9.75% Senior Notes due 2013 under
a shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission. The company said that it intends to call for
redemption its outstanding $250 million principal amount of Floating
Rate Notes due July 2009 upon receipt of the net proceeds from the offering.

Bad and Sad
beautiful 62 foot Nigel Irens designed schooner, Maggie B, was having
finishing touches applied, before a planned Monday relaunch, after a
refit, when she was destroyed in a fire that razed the Covey Island
Boatworks to the ground.

Her owner, Frank Blair had spent the last two years sailing around
the world, via Cape Horn, and when his voyage ended in May, he took
the wood and epoxy schooner back to her builders for a cosmetic refit.
The owners of Covey Island Boatworks have issued a statement, saying
"We are shocked and saddened to report that our plant at Petite
Riviere, Nova Scotia, burned to the ground in the early morning hours
today." Read