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Issue #136

June 2014
Ma r i ne r
A P u b l i c a t i o n Fo r Wh e r e L a n d E n d s
www. ma r i n e r ma g a z i n e . c o m
A Magazi ne For The Mari na del Rey Boati ng Communi ty
Copper Paint Issue Follow Up
Rough Ride to Ensenada
Thousands of Fish Turn Up Dead in
Local Basin
Best Boarding Ladder
Tons More!
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After the bizarre mass
suffocation of thousands of
fsh in A basin, we started
poking around, trying to
fgure out what exactly
happened. I was talking to
Carol Baker, a spokeswoman
for Los Angeles County when
we both saw a sea lion pop his head up to take
another swallow of dead anchovy and I said, I
wish I could interview that sea lion he would
know the inside scoop. Carol laughed, but
later I caught up with the sea lion on a local
swim step to discuss the matter.
The Mariner: What happened out there? How
did all those anchovies die?
Sea lion: Well, some of our experts are still
researching things but it appears there was just a
real bad lack of oxygen in that area.
The Mariner: How did the sea lion community
respond to the event?
Sea Lion: Well, I guess it would be like if you
guys found suitcases full of cash lying around.
It was pretty amazing, but theres an expiration
date on it unfortunately. After about a day and
half, we wont touch it.
The Mariner: Did you notice
anything different in the water at
that spot?
Sea Lion: Well, as you probably
know, we breathe air just like you,
so we werent affected, but no
it just looked like murky skuzzy water like it
always does.
The Mariner: Have you ever seen anything like
this before?
Sea Lion: I havent. Im glad I got to see it
Ill always remember this. The smell was just so
beautiful and everyone was getting along. I was
talking with birds, which I never do we were
all laughing it was just the greatest party ever.
The Mariner: Was there anything negative
about all this for you?
Sea Lion: [laughing] Im
sick of anchovies!
The Mariner is
Pat Reynolds
Richard Schaefer
Tim Tunks
Bil McNeely
Dave Kirby
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This issue May 30 - June 27
at a glance:
n Marina del Rey
n Los Angeles County
n Vessel Assist:
n Marine Life Rescue
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
Launch Ramp Relocation Ramps Up 8
More Buzz About the Possible Public Launch Ramp Move
Ladder to Success by Tim Tunks 10
Tim ofers another purpose for your downwind sail
The Freshman 12
First Time N2E Skipper Manages Big Winds
My Sunset (Series) Years by Tim Tunks 13
Tim Refects Back on His Days in the Sunset Series
Tips to be a Better Sailor by Richard Schaefer 17
Richard Ofers Up Some Solid Sailing Advice
Catalina Cruising 18
Changes in Avalon By Bill McNeely
Racing - Tips From A Master 20
Tim Tunks College of Nautical Knowledge - 23
Classifeds 25
Thanks for
picking it up!
Dolphin Dive by Pat Reynolds
Photo by Pat Reynolds
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58 Hatteras 2013 Mtr Yacht new diesels,
CG cert for charter - has dock loc.$389,000
54 Skipperliner Hseboat 3 staterooms.
great interior layout needs work. $54,000
47 Lien Hwa Mtr Yacht 1995, loaded Great
family fun or live abrd, motivated $165,000
39 Symbol 1989 double cabin Caterpillar
diesels $79,000
44 CSY full keel center cockpit 1978 Blue-
water Cruiser needs work $36,000
60 Lien Hwa 1980 4 stateroom trawler, lowered price to sell. Very spacious staterooms
and living quarters. It does need some refnishing and detailing $169,000
60 Sunseeker Renegade 1993 rebuilt Detroit diesels. Family friendly - 3 cabs, salon,
dinette, galley. Fast cruising up to 40-knots! Amazing deal for a Sunseeker. $179,000
49 Gulfstar Flybridge motor yacht 1983 3 cabins, spacious interior $119,000
46 Wellcraft 1994 Cockpit motor yacht,
twin dsls air cond, full tronics $110,000
39 Sea Ray Express 1988 Cat dsls $36,000
36 Sea Ray 1983 Express loaded $29,000
33 Silverton 2007 Convertible $169,000
32 Silverton aft cabin 2000 loaded $74,900
42 Hunter center cockpit 2002 spacious,
very clean and loaded $139,000
45 Sea Ray Sundancer 1997 $169,000
40 Sea Ray Exp 1998 very clean $120,000
39 Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC
loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000
32 Silverton aft cabln 2000 spacious layout,
low hours $74,500
37 Fisher Pilothouse 1975 bluewater ketch
upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000 TRADE
65 McKinna 2002 pilot house, Exceptional 800 hp Cat 3406s, stabilizers, bow thruster,
satellite TV, computerized entertainment center, dual helms 3 cabins, low hours $699,000
52 Californian cockpit MY 1990 $189,000
52 Californian cockpit MY 88 $189,000
50 Hatteras 50 Hatteras 1983 convertible,
loaded with gear an cockpit helm $139000
40 Sea Ray 1998 Express 2 cabins Cater-
pillar dsls loaded, clean motivated $119,000
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $59,000
46 Moody 1985 Bluewater Cruising Cut-
ter, 3 cabins equipt to go now! $189,000
37 Irwin 1974 Cntr cockpit, aft cab, spa-
cious layout, clean, priced to sell - $29,000
35 Sea Ray 1991 low hours, A/C, $43,000
31 Sea Ray Sundancer 1998 $39,000
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June 5
Marina del Rey Farmers Market
Stack up on fresh produce and artisan favorites
at the Marina del Rey Farmers Market. Locally
grown, organic fruits and veggies, pre-packaged
meals, delicious desserts, and hand-crafted
jewelry, clothing, arts & crafts. Marina Beach
parking lot every Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 310-
June 5 19
GPS for Mariners Class
A comprehensive course designed for both
experienced and novice powerboat and sailboat
operators.The course is divided into two major
parts designed to educate the boater in skills
required for a safe voyage on a variety of
waters and boating conditions. $80 textbook &
materials fee is due at registration, the frst night
of the course. 7:00-9:30 p.m. Del ReyYacht
Club 13900 Palawan Way - Marina Del Rey, CA
90292 Contact:
June 7
Pacifc Mariners Yacht Club
Swap Meet
Pacifc Mariners Yacht Club will conduct
its annual, and very popular Swap Meet on
Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. Pacifc Mariners Yacht Clubs Marine
and Household Swap Meet is one of the most
anticipated local grass roots events of the year.
For decades the boating community has turned
out in the PMYC parking lot to buy/sell used
boating gear, but also to convene and chat with
other local boaters. Price: $30 for each 8 x 20
space. Limited spaces and we will sell out, so
dont wait. Will have an Open House and a
membership drive offering special memberships
at a reduced fee, refreshments, food and live
entertainment. A Fire Extinguisher Certifcation
and Recharge booth will be available for
updating your fre extinguishers. To reserve a
space or for more information please call PMYC
310-823-9717 or e-mail
June 7
Summer Wine Festival at
Two Harbors
Join us on the beach in Two Harbors for our
unique 13th Annual Summer Wine Festival.
Live music will entertain as you taste a variety
of fne wines. Tickets go no sale May 1st.
Call 310-510-4205 for more information or
to purchase tickets. This event sells out, so
advance purchase is strongly recommended.
June 7
Pacifc Mariners Yacht Club
Open House
Come check out the Open House at Pacifc
Mariners Yacht Club. Its amazingly affordable
and if youre into cruising, racing, fshing and
having a fun, its the club for you. We have 100
guest dock, banquet room, big screen tv, pool
table, 24/7/365 access, free wi-f, professional
galley and a great large outdoor deck. Its a true
do-it-yourself club with an amazing view. Come
to 13915 Panay Way MDR CA 90292 or contact
June 8
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht
Club Scavenger Hunt Paddle
Anything that foats, and has a paddle or oar to
propel it! Costumes, prizes and more! 2 p.m.
to 4 p.m. To register now, call SMWYC 310
June 13
Sundown Series #2
Join us at Del Rey Yacht club for a Friday night
sail and BBQ. The race is back which is going
up the channel, out and around a mark and
back to the club. The BBQ starts around 7:30
p.m.. The cost is $10.00 and includes a drink
ticket. Sodas and water are free. After the BBQ
there are trophies and raffe prizes. This is a
great way to start the weekend.
June 14
FREE Family Friendly Concert on
Wrigley Plaza Stage
The Xceptional Tribute to ABBA
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce
and Xceptional Music Company are pleased
to present this free, family friendly Summer
Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza
Stage. Concerts are from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00
p.m. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available
at all concerts.
June 20
SUP Races at Del Rey Yacht Club
Del Rey Yacht Club is hosting the stand up
paddleboard races every third Friday on the
month. The paddlers range in ages from 10 to
over 60 - both men and women. The race begins
at 6:00 p.m. in front of the clubhouse where
competitors then paddle to the breakwater and
back. After the race all are invited to the club
for drinks, food and trophies. No board? Dont
worry - you can rent a board from the Pro Sup
Shop on Admiralty Way in front of Mothers
Beach. Entrants can enter on or
the day of the race at 5:00 P.M at Del Ray Yacht
Club. If interested please contact Judy Gavin at
818-472-2959, or
June 21
Yacht Dog Show at Two Harbors
All dogs, don your doggie lifejackets and hurry
ashore for our annual Yacht Dog show. Strut
your mutt and show our judges what your
dog can do. For more info - contact 310-510-
4249 - or visit www.
June 21
Summer sailstice
Sailstice is a worldwide celebration of sailing
on the weekend closest to the summer solstice
this year the solstice falls on a Saturday, June
21, 2014! - More at:
June 24
Summer Beach Bingo at Avalon
Bring your beach chair and some friends to the
South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday
and Thursday from 6:00-7:00pm. Bingo cards
are $1 each and participants can win fun local
prizes. City of Avalon Recreation Department.
June 25
Kids Fishing Derby at Avalon
Meet at the Green Pier at 7am. City of Avalon
Recreation Department. 310-510-1987,www.
June 26
Cal Yacht Club Luncheon
Cruising Patagonia, New Zealand and Australia
Join Steve and Jill Frankel as they share tales
from their cruising adventures in South America,
New Zealand and Australia. Happy Half Hour
Noon. Bountiful Buffet Luncheon - 12:20
PM Presentation 12:40 PM. $18.50 includes
Luncheon, tax, service and parking. Open to all
who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public
service of CYC. Reservations appreciated.
California Yacht Club - 4469 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey 310.823.4567 www.
June 27
Co mi n g E v e n t s !
Whats happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
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Opening Day at Two Harbors
Although Two Harbors is open year round,
we would like to invite First Timers & Old
Timers alike to kick off the summer season.
Join us for a weekend of boating seminars,
raffes, & much more. For more info - contact
310-510-4249 - or visit
Live Music - Yacht Rock!
Unkle Monkey at The Warehouse every
Wednesday -Steve Stafford & Casey Jones of
the popular local band Unkle Monkey will be
performing Island Music and Soft Rock at the
Warehouse Restaurant every Wednesday night
from 6-9 pm Using guitar, ukulele, congas, and
steel drum, they play music from the Caribbean,
Hawaii, and other exotic ports. Come have a
Mai Tai, watch the sunset and enjoy some great
live music, right here in the marina! Happy
Hour 4-7 pm 4499 Admiralty Way
Santa Monica Windjammers
Yacht Club
We invite members, guests, and prospective
members to join us for cocktails, food, live
music, dancing and fun on Sunday afternoons
from 4:00 to 7:00 (food served at 5:00). No
reservations needed. This is a great way to end
your day on the water, or just to wind down
from the weekend. Live jazz or classic rock
bands are here for entertainment. We are located
at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA
90292,(310) 827-7692. Please visit our website
at for activities, membership
details, racing, other events, directions, and
Marina Venice Yacht Club
Social Sundays
Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our
Social Sunday Open House from 4:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m. Food items are provided at a moderate
price. MVYC is located in the Marina City Club
West tower at 4333 Admiralty Way. Whether you
own a boat, are looking to buy one, or just want
to be around other water loving people MVYC
welcomes all who share in the Corinthian Spirit.
Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator to the
Club House on G2. For more information call
(310) 853-0428, visit our website www.mvyc.
org, or contact .
Womens Sailing Association of
Santa Monica Bay
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589
Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting,
held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and
a light dinner is served. Each meeting features
a guest speaker discussing their adventures
and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all
skill levels to join. Its programs, include day
sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including
destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and
the northern Channel Islands, For membership
information contact email membership@ or on the web at
Marina Sunday Sailing Club
Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers
and crew in a friendly social environment
for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises
to Catalina and other destinations. We meet
on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on
the patio at Burton Chace park under the Club
banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. We hold a
brief business meeting and then head out for an
afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we
gather at a members dock for wine, snacks and
more socializing. Visitors are welcome and a one
day guest membership of only $5 entitles you to
brunch and a day of sailing, if space is available.
No prior sailing experience is necessary. For
more info call (310) 226-8000 or see website at
Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay,
Owners of Catalina Yachts
Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa
Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month. We would like to
welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We
have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and
other events throughout the year. Our doors open
at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7
to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the
fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For
more info email Jeanne Cronin at jeannecro@
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey
Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7 p.m. on the
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacifc
Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina
del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults
meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming
Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for
a light meal during the meeting, however, there
is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner
at or leave a
message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday
prior to the Thursday meeting.
To list a coming event, email
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Others will too
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Keep it Clean
San Fran Bay to Santa
Monica Bay
Done Docks
The 23nd running of the classic Coastal Cup
ocean race from San Francisco to Southern
California will be returning to Santa Monica
Bay in Los Angeles.
Del Rey Yacht Club is partnering with Encinal
Yacht Club once again, and will host the boats
as they fnish this exciting and challenging race.
The starts will be conducted from the St. Francis
Yacht Club race deck and are scheduled for June
11, 12 and 13.
The awards party is June 14. The race is open
to crewed as well as shorthanded entries and
multihulls. In addition, the race will use a
modifed PHRF rating system, as used in last
years competition, which averages northern and
southern PHRF ratings to account for the sailing
conditions in northern and southern zones of
the California coast; last years winners were a
good mixture of vessels from both regions.
For those who have been enduring the sounds of
construction as the City Club marina project has
gone on or perhaps for those who made friends
with the good-hearted construction workers
who have relentlessly worked to refurbish the
docks in E basin it is complete.
The Marina at Marina City Club is now fnished
with their dock project. These new Bellingham
concrete docks stretch from the front of the Ritz
Carlton down to Killer Shrimp all shiny and
According to dockmaster Alicia Lunz, slip sizes
range from 25 to 100, and large end ties are
now available.
Lunz says the walkway will soon be expanded
as the county continues to make changes
throughout the Marina.
Los Angeles, CA - Californias Clean Vessel
Education Program, a partnership of The Bay
Foundation (TBF) and California State Parks
Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW),
has released the latest version of its popular
Southern California Boaters Guide (Guide) as
an interactive eBook.
This interactive eBook allows the user to
swipe and read pages in multiple ways, view
embedded video, enjoy images in an expanded
fashion, and link directly to resources.
The Guide is available for free through iTunes
App Store: Boaters Guide App. It will
initially launch as an app for iPad 2 and above.
The guide, some say, is a must-have for
environmentally conscious boaters cruising
along the Southern California coast.
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Where are All the Aids to Navigation Going?
Jr. Shipmates Learning
the Ropes
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Email -
310- 466- 8267
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WASHINGTON The U.S. Coast Guard, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold nationwide public discussions on
navigational aid technology and how it will affect the future of Americas waterways.
The Future of Navigation-21st Century Waterways public listening sessions will be held in several
locations across the country and will provide venues for open communications between various
federal agencies and U.S. Maritime Transportation System stakeholders to discuss the joint federal
agency initiative to use modern technology to support a safer, more effcient, more secure and
environmentally-sound Marine Transportation System.
These listening sessions will provide the maritime community both professional and recreational
mariners and waterways stakeholders an opportunity beyond traditional venues to express their
emerging needs for navigational information and service delivery systems necessary to improve the
safety and effciency of transits on the nations waterways.
I believe that recreational boaters rely on ATONs and that the cost is negligible compared to
the potential losses, said Marina del Reys David Lumian, from the Navigation Safety Advisory
Committee to the US Coast Guard (NAVSAC). While some recreational boaters have electronic
systems, and know how to use them, many do not. Moreover there is nothing wrong with redundancy
when it comes to safety.
In Southern California the session will be June 17 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency
Long Beach - 200 South Pine Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 - Shoreline Ballroom.
Long time Marina del Rey boater and
community leader Sherry Barone once again
held her Jr. Shipmates Program this past month
with the help of members and the facility of Del
Rey Yacht Club. Jr. Shipmates pairs both Special
Olympic athletes and able bodied kids together
within the realm of sailing, powerboating,
paddleboarding, and kayaking. They also got to
spend some time on the local freboat.
Jr. Shipmates and volunteers aboard Fireboat
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Tal k of Launch Rel ocati on
Rampi ng Up!
o far, of all that lies within the Marina del Rey Visioning documents, the relocation of the public launch ramp has got the boating community
buzzing more than all else. And for non-boaters, the folks over at Mariners Village arent all too delighted that some of their private grounds
might become open to the public in an effort to utilize more real estate for collective community purposes. But let us stick to the launch ramp
The news of the ramp and mast-up storage possibly moving to where Windward Yachts and the LMU rowing area now sits (on Fiji Way) is beginning
to settle in and it is defnitely meeting resistance. If the present location wasnt perfectly situated in terms of both the direction it faces and it being at
the end of a basin, perhaps the proposal would be considered less severely. However, the notion of constructing a new facility that would force boats,
many non-motorized, to launch and land in a crosswind is not being well received.
Its not good for anyone, said Kent Andersson owner of Andersson Marine who has spent countless hours at the ramp dropping boats in for customers
over the last 20-years. Crosswinds and all the waves from the main channel will make things diffcult. For me, as a professional, I can handle it, but
for the novice boater it wont be easy. Its meant to be where its at. Thats why they put it there in the frst place.
Since the announcement, the Department of Regional Planning has added fve additional options of confguration, but none of them address the
crosswind critique that all skeptics point to. There has also been much criticism of the report Ron Noble of Noble Consultants drew up in support of
the move.
Obviously the people that came up with this are a bunch of urban planners who have never done anything boating-wise, in their lives, said Mike
Leneman of Multimarine who has spent as much time as anyone launching boats at the ramp and as well as keeping boats in mast-up storage.
In addition to local professionals and recreational boaters, it appears the relocation effort will meet resistance from other consultants who disagree. In
a letter to Supervisor Don Knabe, the very reputable Randy H. Mason, who is Vice President and Sr. Principal of URS Corporation poked quite a few
holes in the Noble report. Masons company was instrumental in the retroft of all seawalls around Marina del Rey and they have been a part of various
projects in MdR over the past 25-years.
This is an inferior plan when compared to the existing facility, Mason said. In my opinion. I believe the proposed plan will cause problems for
boaters and, in some cases, could become dangerous to the public and put the County at risk.
Having a public boat launching facility in such close proximity to a main channel can result in several adverse impacts, including increased impediments
to safe boating within the channel, reducing the number of effective lanes in the main channel, which may well cause diffculties to non-motorized
boaters and other key users of the main channel, and reducing the capacity and fow of boats in the main channel.
There are some that agree with the concepts in the Visioning - that Marina del Rey, from a landside perspective, needs to be more connected and feel
more like a small town. In fact, there are actually boaters that believe in the concept but in this case dont see how reality squares with philosophy.
As of this printing a special night meeting of the Small Craft Harbor Commission focusing on the move is about to take place. Check out the next
Mariner to hear about the latest developments.
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m coaching a recently retired man with the time and resources
to do as he wants, and buying the right sailboat to sail off on an
extended cruise is what he wants to do. We have been discussing
his preference for a swim step with boarding ladder as a required
feature for safety and convenience. Here is what I said to him.
As to the swim step, they are most useful at anchor and in calm water,
however stern boarding is very dangerous when any sea is running and the
boat is pitching. It doesnt take very big waves to pitch the stern through a
four foot arc, enough to hammer a swimmers head or the bow of a dinghy.
Side boarding is the standard for Man Over Board recovery because it is
so easy for a bouncing stern to cold conk a person in the water and any
loose lines, feet, or whatever that might be close to the propeller when
boarding at the back end. An easily deployed proper step ladder amidships
that is toe rail mounted just aft of the shrouds on either side of the boat is
essential on my list of proper cruising sailboat necessities.
In a seaway, there is minimum pitch movement range in the middle of the
boat so this is an easier point for boarding. It is next to the shrouds for
good gripping whether standing, crouching or reaching up from the step
ladder. (I say step ladder so you understand Im not talking about narrow
fattened pipe treads so painful for bare swimmers feet or tender footed
sandal wearers. I speak of a well designed unit with wide non-skid steps.)
When dinghy born guests arrive and depart imagine two different pictures.
Boarding from dinghy to boat at the stern involves someone or a cleat
on the boat holding the pointy end of the dinghy to the swim step so all
passengers and gear must transfer from the narrowest part of the dinghy
which also has the minimum buoyancy. Both stepping onto and off of the
dinghy is done where handholds are absent and margin for error is narrow.
As mentioned before, seaway or wake caused pitching is amplifed
dangerously at the stern so dinghy damage from the downward motion
of the stern is something Ive seen on several occasions.
With a proper midship mounted step ladder, you greet the guests and take
the end of their painter towards your bow where you tie off, returning to
amidships where you receive any goods passed up from any seat in the
dinghy foating alongside. When the goods are shifted to a secure place on
your boat, you help your guests aboard, guiding them to grip the shrouds
until they get their bearings. Meanwhile those aboard the dinghy can
steady themselves with a grip on your toe rail as your well designed step
boarding ladder acts as a fender saving rub rail marks or gouges when the
dinghy is a fshermans panga or a nasty edged sabot. When the dinghy is
unloaded of gear and guests, you go forward and bring the painter to the
stern, tying off, leaving plenty of slack so the dinghy bounces happily a
distance from the plunging stern with minimum jerk as the painter goes
The picture of a wide swim step in a calm anchorage is attractive as you
imagine climbing from the water and rinsing off with the hand held fresh
water sprayer. Stepping easily from swim step to stand-up paddle board
or gracefully from windsurfer to swim step for a rest and a beverage
amplifes the satisfaction level of life aboard. But the bounding stern with
its swing down ladder becomes an awesome weapon as soon as waves
arrive at the scene. Visualizing the boat under different conditions keeps
you from making decisions that really looked good at the dock but were
less workable on a bouncy heeled-over windward passage.
Ladder to Success
By Tim Tunks
Swim Step Versus Midship Boarding Ladder
Illustration Tim Tunks
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Saturday, April 26. 2 a.m. Offshore outside and
south of the Coronado islands:
There was no moonlight. There was no starlight.
It was dark, and the wind and waves had been
building for several hours when we decided
to take another reef. An old salt once told me,
If youre considering taking a reef, youre too
late. At the time, I did not understand what he
meant, but I do now.
The sea was confused. Waves were breaking
on the boat and the wind had picked up to a
steady 28 with gusts in the low 30s. A few hours
earlier I had clipped into the safety jacklines
and gone forward to take a deep reef in the
headsail. I knew that now we had to take the
sail in completely or risk losing it in the storm.
With my frst mate, Jason Dunster, at the helm, I
went forward with Michael Gladis (of Mad Men
fame) to try and roll in the sail. I braced my feet
against the toe-rail and Michael moved forward.
Just then, a big gust hit and the boat rounded
up hard. Michael slid down the deck, under the
lifelines toward the sea. I grabbed for his tether
and he grabbed the jack line. One leg over the
side, he pulled himself up to the deck averting
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A frst-time Newport to Ensenada Skipper gets a full dose of reality in a
rare big-wind race to Mexico.
Photo courtesy of John Rushing
2014 The Mariner - Issue 136 13
disaster. With Michael in position, we attempted
to shorten sail. Then a white squall hit. We could
not see the cockpit, and could barely hear each
other over the howling wind. Shouting, one,
two, three we heaved on the furling line and
the sail inched in. One, two, three again the
sail inched in. We were making progress. Once
more and it would be in. Made! I shouted.
Then suddenly the sail whipped out. I thought
we had broken the furling line. In the chaos, I
told Mike, we have to take the sail down. Just
as I reached for the tack the furling line pulled
tight. The boat had rounded up and the line was
working. We managed to get the sail in again
and make our way to the cockpit. As I reached
the cockpit, I was relieved to see that the boat
was handling well and that the crew was safe.
Unless conditions signifcantly worsened, we
could race in this deeply unpleasant weather.
As I sat there, cold and sleep deprived, knowing
we had another six hours ahead of us, a thought
crossed my mind, How did I get into this?

Flashback two months earlier
In 2013, I sailed the N2E with Jim LaBarge
aboard Avanti, a beautiful Jeanneau 54, which
won the PHRF C class in another uncommon
big wind year. That race gave me a taste for the
N2E, and when Jim could not make the 67th
Ensenada, I decided to throw my hat in the ring.
I own a 1984 Hunter 34, a far cry from Avanti.
My Hunter is a big rigged, light air racer/cruiser
that is tender in a stiff breeze. Like everyone,
I fgured that this race would follow historical
trends and focused my preparation on light air
downwind sailing.
For two months, my frst-mate Jason and I
prepared the boat. I bought new sails, a folding
prop, and new instruments. We reduced the rake
in the mast, added a new winch, replaced the
halyards, and updated the running rigging. We
practiced sailing with the gennaker. As race day
approached, we felt that the boat was ready for a
typical light air N2E. My crew consisted of Jason
Dunster (sailing master and all around sailing
guru), Michael Gladis (former series regular
on Mad Men and one hell of a helmsman),
Jamie Myer (winning skipper of Wolfhound)
and Jennifer Porto (a new sailor who is full of
enthusiasm and is a joy to sail with).

Friday, April 25th. Race Day. Newport Beach:

I woke at 4:30 a.m. to the sound of wind.
Checking the instruments, I saw that it was
already blowing 7-knots. Jason and I had closely
followed weather patterns for a couple of weeks
before the race. A few days out, the wind models
were predicting a big blow. I fgured that the
predictions were correct. The crew was at the
boat bright and early to make fnal preparations
for the race: double checking lines, setting the
reef points, and reviewing safety procedures. By
10 a.m. it was blowing 17-knots. We put one reef
in the main and proceeded to the start. It was the
luckiest start Ive ever had. We approached the
start line on a cautious port tack. About a minute
from the start we spotted an opening and drove
the line. We were the frst across in clean air.

We pushed outside and sailed about 20 miles
toward open ocean. I fgured that we had made
a good decision when I saw Dr. Lauras boat
(full of seasoned pros) pass us. We tacked and
sailed in, hitting our plotted course just above
Oceanside. On cue, the winds shifted and blew
us straight down our course on the rhumbline.
We were rolling much larger boats that had
gone inside. At this point, the sea state was a
manageable: 6-8 feet on 8-second sets.
The crew settled into their routine. Sail trim was
working, and the boat was balanced. Jason and I
gave up the helm and started getting Jamie and
Michael acquainted with steering Leilani. As
the sun set, we changed into foul weather gear.
The crew was fed and warm, and the boat was
sailing fast.
The winds continued to build, and we were
doing a steady 9 knots as we surfed down the
waves toward Mexico. To inspire the crew, we
had a competition for who could sail the boat
fastest. Boat speeds were holding steady in the
high 9s and low 10s as we passed San Diego,
and we cheered as each persons record was
The frst night watch went on, and we settled
in for the long hours before dawn. I took the
frst night watch and Jamie and Michael cycled
through in two hour intervals. The sea state was
getting rough, and sailing the boat was beginning
to feel like a wrestling match. We took another
reef on the main and the boat responded well--
its weather helm easing. Jason was not feeling
well, and I took part of his watch. As 2 a.m.
approached, we were making good time despite
worsening conditions. The only signifcant hitch
at this point was a problem with our batteries
that resulted in having to reboot the onboard
navigation computer twice. This mission
critical system went down in rough conditions.
Although I had been charting our course by
hand and knew our position and heading, we all
breathed a sigh of relief when, after some time,
it fnally reset.

I left the boat in the very capable hands of
Jamie and Michael and went forward for a
little shuteye. In the V berth I could feel the
hull fexing behind me. The Leilani was taking
a pounding, but she was up to the challenge. I
had been down for about 15-minutes when there
was an audible change in the wind. I heard Jason
getting up, and I went aft. When I reached the
cockpit, Jason was wrestling the helm and the
boat was being hit by rain and breaking waves.
It was a little after 2 a.m. and we were outside
and south of the Coronado islands. You already
know what happened next.
Saturday, April 26. The Finish. Ensenada,
Mexico 8 a.m.

After getting the headsail completely furled
around 2 a.m., the boat settled into its pace, and
we learned to handle the challenging sea state. It
is hard to judge wave heights in the dark, but we
were in near gale conditions with waves at 8-10
feet four-second sets. Amazingly, the boat
pushed over 7-knots while under just the double
reefed main sail. Jennifer was a trouper and
made us all coffee. No small task in a small boat
on a rough ocean. We were wet, sleep deprived,
but excited to reach Ensenada.
We had gone outside in hopes that we could
come in at a hotter angle, and as morning broke,
we saw that we were surrounded by a sea of
sailboats. Most of the boats near us had set on a
deep downwind run for the fnish. The wind was
still a solid 20-knots and no one was fying a
kite. We decided to sail far into the bay and jibe
across for a starboard tack broad reach. Boats
were passing us sailing down wind. We held
to our course, partially set the headsail, sailed
for about a quarter mile, jibed, and made a fast
broad reach for the fnish. We started gaining
on the boats who had passed us. As the fnish
approached, there was a Catalina 36 to our port.
We were climbing on it. We got overlap about
50-yards from the line, and charged down the
surf easily pulling away. We crossed the line,
satisfed that we had sailed the best race we
The Leilani was the frst to fnish in her class,
and corrected out to 2nd place. It was an
unforgettable race. The crew came together and
sailed the boat exceptionally well in diffcult
conditions. A skipper cant ask for anything
more. Fellow racer, Warren Wolf, summed
up my feelings about this race, and I hope the
feelings of my crew as well. I hope to do this
race every year until I die, and then two years
more after that. See you next year.
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Thousands of Fish Perish in Local Basin
2014 The Mariner - Issue 136 17
Well send you over to Richard in a minute.
First, a little update on the copper bottom paint
situation that looms large for boat owners who
may soon need to strip their boats and repaint
with non-copper based paints to adhere to
mandates yet to be written.
The Recreational Boaters of California
[RBOC] recently formally urged the State
Water Resources Control Board to delay
implementation or approval of copper total
maximum daily loads [TMDLs] in any salt
water bodies in California until a number of key
actions occur, and we urge the Board to reject
the proposed amendment to the Los Angeles
Regional Basin Plan to revise the TMDLs for
Marina del Rey Toxic.
The RBOC recommended the Water Board frst
consider that they:
Allow divers to implement best management
practices. It appears to date that implementing
best management practices on hull cleaning has
had a mitigating effect on copper in the water
and there needs to be time to further review the
Allow time for the USEPA to approve the
Biotic Ligand Model (BLM). There is said to
be pending accurate site specifc information
to be available to the Regional and State
Water Boards that would help in determining
appropriate implementation methods needed,
if any.
Allow the paint manufacturers to develop
copper paints with lower leach rates. Effective
and affordable paints with lower leach rates are
in the foreseeable future. RBOC also believes
the Board did not adequately investigate the
issue of invasive species, saying, non copper
paints will foster the growth of bioflms on hulls,
which harbor harmful bacteria and carbon,
and which cause increased drag, resulting in
the burning of more fuel and discharge of more
emissions into the marina.
Now, we give you Richard Schaefer!
For decades I have held the opinion that big
E, Environmentalism is morphing into a quasi
offcial State Religion. With every passing year,
I see more evidence of that process as these
massive, dogmatic government bureaucracies,
like the EPA and local environmental agencies,
zealously pursue draconian solutions to
problems that dont really exist outside the
subjective criteria conjured up by government
scientists and bureaucrats. The current copper
bottom paint witch hunt is a perfect example.
I hope that someone in these sprawling
environmentalist bureaucracies will at least
consider these questions/issues with rational
Recently, Shelly Anghera PhD, of Anchor QEA
was quoted in the Log Newspaper. QEA is a
large environmental and engineering consulting
company which focuses on environmental
review, planning and research for restoring
and cleaning up harbors, marinas, bays and
wetlands - often working under contract for
local governments involved in mandated
cleanup projects.
Gee...could there be a confict of interest here?
Certainly when it comes to consultingI mean,
if you ask a real estate agent if you need a new
house or a car salesman a new car; isnt the
answer always, Yes?
In the April 25th edition of the Log, Ms.
Anghera is quoted, regarding copper-based
bottom paints, saying, its about protecting and
restoring back to what was originally intended
of that environment.
Really? Doesnt that really beg the question at
hand; and when she speaks of original intent is
she speaking of God, Neptune, Gaia, Poseidon,
Mother Nature, or the Little Mermaid?
But, lets just put all that aside for now and take
Marina del Rey as the case in point. Hmmm...
What was the original intent of the area, now
known as, Marina del Rey?
Well, I cant really go back millions of years (not
sure how far one needs to go back to discover
original intent...could be a really, really long
time.) But, for the sake of argument, well just
wander back to the end of the last Ice Age.
Until 1959 that area was mostly dry land,
and 12,000 years ago - when the earth started
warming - the sea shore was a couple of miles
offshore from where it is now (sea levels have
risen nearly 400 feet). But, any way you look
at it, the area that is now Marina del Rey was
not an aquatic wonderland - or even a stressed
aquatic environment - it was mostly just dirt,
rodents, lizards, snakes, birds and scrubby
vegetation. So how come were now supposed
to turn the water part of it into a pristine
marine environment where none (beyond a bit
of marshland) ever existed? And, why, since
we are supposed to make the watery part into
a natural marine habitat, arent we returning
the landside into to its former, scrub-brush and
rodent, glory? Sounds more like subjective
value judgements than science to me.
Professor Anghera then provides what she must
think is an illuminating analogy, so when you
have a bathtub (marina) that has concentrations
of contaminants (copper) that are too much to
keep everything happy in the bathtub, youve
got to somehow start shutting off the faucets
(sources of copper).
Dont you love it when someone talks down
Questions Made
of Copper
continued on pg 22
By Captain Richard Schaefer
18 The Mariner - Issue 136 2014
lthough Catalina Island is timeless, things do change there. Anyone visiting Avalon in 2014 will fnd a lot thats new, and often
improved. Crescent Ave., the pedestrian street along the beach, is changing fast. Joes Place and Sallys Waffe Shop on the east side
at the foot of the pier have closed and await redevelopment. Happily, just east of there, Luau Larrys is still open. The Pavilion Hotel,
formerly Pavilion Lodge, was completely remodeled and reopened four years ago. The rooms remain small, but everything about the
hotel now is upscale.
The Holly Hill House, the east-side landmark conical-roof home which survived the great 1915 fre, has been under construction for over two years. Its
exterior is now fnished, and it looks like it used to. It remains a private home do not walk up, open the front door, and start strolling through. Speaking
of 1915, much of Avalons infrastructure is, well, old and under repair. The two biggest digs, though, are on Metropole Ave., between Crescent Ave.
and Beacon St; and at Descanso Bay. The Catalina Island Museum will move out of the Casino and into a new building at the Metropole site in 2015.
When the second project fnishes at Descanso Bay, there will be better dining options there and many new features.
At the west end of Crescent, The Landing is completely closed and under heavy renovation. When completed, this will be a day spa, ending its long run
as a restaurant, coffee shop, and collection of small shops. Just west of the pier on Crescent is the Catalina Island Brew House, which offers espresso
drinks and a selection of craft beers. Next door is Maggies Blue Rose, featuring Mexican food.
The former site of the Busy Bee and Armstrongs is now the Blue Water Grill Avalon. This restaurant offers lots of fresh seafood, and was built from
the pilings up overhanging the bay in the last two years. It offers seating indoor and out, adding new energy. Up the hill at the Seaport Village Inn,
Seaport Bistro is now open for dinner offering more choices.
While Avalon is very crowded during the summer months, start planning your visit for the fall the Jazztrax festival has shrunk to just two weekends
in October or join me there between Christmas and New Years. Youll still fnd old favorites like Antonios, C.C. Gallaghers, the Lobster Trap, Mr.
Nings, the Buffalo Nickel, Erics, and all the rest, along with lots of new things to try, and a few construction sites. Enjoy checking it all out.
Bill McNeely is the author of Cruising Catalina Island 2nd Ed., the only cruising guide to Catalina on the market, available at and stores. He also teaches a 2.5 hr. seminar on cruising at Catalina, and a 4-session Marine Weather course. Check dates and locations
at, and the Bills Yacht Club Facebook page.
Avalon Changes
By Bill McNeely
Photo Pat Reynolds
2014 The Mariner - Issue 136 19
I mentioned before that watching the
bite south would provide an indication
of what we could expect as long as bait
was around well, the yellowtail bite
took off around the Coronado Islands.
In turn, we are starting to get a good
bite over at Catalina with barracuda
showing here in the bay. Its time to get
those top water jig sticks out and irons.
The main bite is still rockfsh and a few
lingcod, but the half day boats show that
calicos, sculpin and a few red snapper
are being hauled in.
To the north a few white seabass are in
the mix, with squid showing up that way.
Until next timetight lines
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With the racing season entering
into full swing, its time to
rerun some racing tips care of
Gary Jobson, who served as
Ted Turners tactician during
his winning campaign in the
Americas Cup.
1. Fair the Keel
Many boats do not have a fair keel on both sides. Sometimes the mold to
build the keel is a little out of shape or as the years go by the shapes of the
keels change when bump into submerged objects, run aground or expand
and contract in different temperatures. So if you can, have your keel faired
so that the fow of the water is exactly the same on boat sides. This is a
large task but will produce dramatic results.
2. Adding Speed
Many sailors try to handicap their yachts to maximize a low rating. But an
opposite approach is to increase speed in spite of a rating gain by adding
sail area. The best place to add sail area is to increase the length of the foot
of the mainsail. Often this can be accomplished without getting a longer
boom. But more sail area on the main allows you to sail closer to the wind
when sailing upwind and faster when sailing downwind. Your rating will
go up a little but often it is worth it.
3. Move Your Jib Leads Frequently
One of the most important adjustments you can make on any yacht is your
jib lead. Every boat should be set up so that the jib lead car can move
easily along a track. This adjustment is made with a block and tackle
system so that the jib trimmer can adjust the lead position. On larger boats
this is often done with a hydraulic ram. A simple rule is to keep the tell
tails along the luff fowing aft evenly. If the upper tail luffs frst, your jib
lead should move forward. This is particularly true anytime you bear off
and the jib is eased a few inches. If the boat becomes overpowered due to
too much wind, you can easily de-power the jib by moving the lead aft.
4. Halyard Tension
Halyard tension on both the main and jib should be adjusted frequently
with every change of wind velocity. Easing the halyard off increases the
draft in a sail and also lets the camber of the sail move aft. When the
wind comes up, you take your halyard tighter to reduce draft and keep
the maximum camber forward as you increase the tension on your sheets.
2014 The Mariner - Issue 136 21
Photos Pat Reynolds
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to you like youre a pet, toddler or drooling
moron? Her analogy is not even correct. A
bathtub is not meant to be flled with happy
stuff - everything; soap, cleansers, shampoo,
dirt, soiled babies, hair dye and caustic drain
cleaning chemicals ends up in there, its primary
purpose is to get clean in...It was never meant
to be an aquarium and neither was Marina
del Rey. Marina del Rey was developed from
dry land to be a parking lot for boats - not
Here are a few more questions for the
Environmentalist Bureaucrats.
1. Over 93% of copper in the worlds oceans
comes from natural runoff in streams and rivers.
Only a fraction of 1% of anthropogenic sourced,
marine copper comes from recreational boating
activities. Over 100 times that amount comes
from urban runoff. I question the governments
efforts regarding copper pollution in its
gutters, storm-drains, sewage treatment plants
and food control channels. Is it the same focus
and concern?
2. Asphalt parking lots have destroyed millions
of square miles of land; killing all the organisms
that lived on it and under it. Additionally,
asphalt breaks down over time and the
petrochemical toxins fnd their way to the sea,
by the hundreds of tons, every day. Add to that,
all the copper brake lining dust, oil, coolant,
gas and transmission drippings. How does
the government intend to restore that habitat
and prevent further poisoning of the marine
environment through this toxic runoff? Who
should pay for it?
3. When a golf course or park is developed
on land why isnt it mandated that area be
maintained with natural fora and fauna as
originally intended? Why are harbors and
marinas treated differently than parks, golf
courses, playgrounds or parking lots?
4. All natural rivers and streams have different
levels of minerals, such as zinc, copper, lead,
iron, nickel etc. in their waters. What effect
does that have on the marine environment and
copper levels in marinas, harbors and near-shore
waters? Should we be trying to mitigate those
natural levels as well?
5. Why are copper regulations only aimed at
the easy target of pleasure boaters? Military and
commercial ships are responsible for more than
20 times the amount of copper in the sea than
recreational boaters - why are larger polluters
ignored and exempt?
6. Why do certain government agencies treat
natural lakes, streams and rivers with copper
in-order to control or prevent algae and noxious
weed growth, but boaters are being banned from
the same use in artifcial marinas?
7. The greatest human exposure to copper is
from bathing and drinking water from copper
pipes. Over 80% of all homes built in the past
50 years are plumbed with copper. These pipes
also leech copper into the local environment
via runoff. What steps is the government taking
to ban copper in homes, schools and other
construction in the name of public safety?
Who will pay for ripping out millions of miles
of copper plumbing from millions of homes and
businesses across America?
8. Whenever a pier, harbor, marina, breakwater
or artifcial reef is built it creates unnatural
habitat for billions of marine animals and
plants that would not otherwise exist in the
former natural state. Rather than protecting
these creatures and plants shouldnt we be
attempting to eradicate them since they would
not naturally exist in the originally intended
habitat? Conversely, perhaps environmental
bureaucracies should give credits - kinda like
carbon credits - to entities and projects that
actually add billions of plants and animals to
the marine environment, even through artifcial
By now, it should be obvious that the entire
situation has lost contact with reality and has
become schizophrenic - the touchstone to reality
buried beneath mountains of onerous, subjective
Its clear to me that environmental bureaucracies
like the Water Resources Control Board and the
EPA think and act dogmatically and operate in a
surreal, subjective world of their own creation.
Captain Richard is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Master
of Sailing Vessels. He has skippered charters
and deliveries, taught sailing and seamanship,
managed yachts and written for boating
publications for nearly 30 years. He can be
reached for comments, sailing instruction,
charters or consultation at 310-460-8946 or
e-mail at,
continued from pg 17
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plenty of slack. Take the tail end and loop it
around the standing part and insert about four
inches into itself, pulling it tight to make a
spliced eye around the standing part of the line.
Then open up the eye, which pulls this spliced
section into the standing part.
Smooth the fnished splice and work tight to
fnish. This fnal smoothing and tightening
process helps distribute tension loads, evenly
distributing loads through out the splice is
what makes it strong and secure even without
whipping the throat, which is advisable for most
other splices.
To understand why this double eye splice is so
strong think how the buried bitter end is gripped
like your fngers in the trap where it is threaded
through and then buried. The greater the load
the tighter the braid grips. With this
splice there is one gripping loop being
constricted and held more tightly by
the surrounding braid of the tensioned
standing part - the harder the pull the
stronger the grip.
Search splicing spectra online and
you will fnd a wealth of resources
showing many ways the fnger trap
mechanics are utilized to make several
different strong tapered splices for
your running rigging and other applications.
(See Brummel Splice for the strongest
methods.) You will fnd all the hollow braided
line splices much simpler than the process
required for double braid where you measured
fd lengths and marked dots, Xs, and rings with
your felt tip pen.
Buy yourself a dozen feet of hollow braid and
a fd for that diameter line. You can practice
the splices you see online as much as you want
because such splices can be easily disassembled
by pushing the braid together, bunching it up
and loosening its grip just as youd extract your
fngers from the chinese trap. When youve
mastered some techniques from your online
study, go down to your boat and look for things
you can make.
Even if you dont have a boat, check out your
yard where your sun sail lines could be eye
spliced or the garden swing rigging dressed up
in proper yacht fashion.
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Dear Mookie,
I have been cheating on my wife for about a
year and a half. Its torture in so many ways.
I have to try and conceal the fnancial part
of it all, Im always trying to remember my
own lies and fgure out ways to lead this
double life. Im honestly not sure if I will
leave my wife and my mistress is starting to
pressure me. This thing could really cave in
and destroy my life. Any ideas?
Living in Quicksand
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