Impressive showing for Miami youth sailors in summer regattas

 

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Miami youth sailors have scored impressive finishes at international sailing regattas this summer.

Ivan Shestopalov, 13, finished 12th in a fleet of 258 youngsters in the Optimist World Championships that concluded last month in Riva del Garda, Italy. Ivan trains at Coral Reef Yacht Club with Shawn Harvey, 14, of Coconut Grove, who was top North American at the Optimist North American Championships held last month in Bermuda with more than 175 sailors.

Geronimo Nores, who trains at Miami Yacht Club, finished 11th in the Under 15 boys’ gold fleet of 48 in the 2013 Techno 293 World Championships that concluded this month in Poland.

Elsewhere

•  Fishing: NOAA Fisheries has finalized vermilion snapper rules for the South Atlantic to eliminate the Nov. 1– March 31 recreational season closure. The new rules, which take effect Sept. 5, leave the bag limit of five per person and the 12-inch minimum size unchanged.

•  Sharks: In the wake of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” programming and media interest in stories of the oceans’ top predators, the leading society of shark researchers in the United States is calling for more accuracy in reporting news on sharks.

The American Elasmobranch Society has passed a resolution asking media outlets to refrain from indiscriminate use of the term “shark attack” when describing human-shark interactions.

“When we call every incident between a shark and a human an ‘attack,’ regardless of the size of the shark or the outcome, we mislead the public and misinform them about the actual risks involved,” Bob Hueter, director of the Center for Shark Research at Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory, said in a news release.

The scientists are instead offering new classifications for referring to shark incidents, including “shark sightings,” “shark encounters,” “shark bites” and “fatal shark bites.”

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