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Around the bay
By RODNEY PAGE, Times Correspondent
Published November 17, 2007
This boat trip sets a record
Ralph Brown of Hudson and his brother, Bob, have found their way into the book of Guinness World Records. The brothers motored a 21-foot flats boat, Intruder 21, from Atlantic Beach, N.C., to St. George's in Bermuda and then to New York Harbor. The 774-mile trip from St. George's to New York is listed as the longest nonstop ocean voyage in a flats boat. The danger in taking a flats boat into open water is that it has no keel and can flip during high seas. The boathas no cabin to escape the elements, and the Browns needed to carry fuel (228 gallons to New York and 338 gallons back to Florida). To view a video and explanation of the voyage, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=907xddcPTo4.
Fishing captain earns recognition
Capt. Bill Miller was named the Ted Williams Award winner Nov. 9 before the 10th annual Mercury Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament in St. Petersburg. The award is presented to the sportsman who shows a commitment to humanitarianism. Miller is a longtime fisherman who hosts a fishing show on Bright House Network's Catch 47. Former winners of the award include Wade Boggs, Chuck LaMar, Curt Gowdy and Brad Richards.