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A Publication For Where Land Ends
Issue #83
December 2009

Heavy Weather Sailing

Catalina Nav Hazards

F.U.B.A.R Recap

Holiday Boat Parade Photos


A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

The Mariner is FROM THE EDITOR
Pat Reynolds
Pat Reynolds The Disturbing Thoughts of Pete
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a BB gun and actually ran on top of
Mookie the water across the channel

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at a glance:
„ Marina del Rey Off The Wire 6

Sheriff: F.U.B.A.R. Odyssey 2009 10

Review of F.U.B.A.R. Powerboat Rally by Donna Wilson
Heavy Weather 12
„ Los Angeles County Two Captains Discuss Heavy Weather
Catalina Currents 16
310-577-5700 Catalina Nav Hazards by Captain Richard Schaefer
„ Vessel Assist: Powertails 18
800-399-1921 F.U.B.A.R. Continued
„ Sea Tow Racing 20
Chistmas Boat Parade 22
Ask the Experts - Wood Work 23
„ Marine Life Rescue Ask Mookie 24
800-39WHALE Classifieds 26
Cover: “Wave Wall” by Pat Reynolds

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37th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club
at Avalon banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free
Dance in the new year at this black-tie optional Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold
event in the world famous Casino Ballroom. a brief business meeting and then head out for
Packages including accommodations, round an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which
trip transportation and entrance to the gala are we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks
available now. Contact 800-626-1496 for more and more socializing. Visitors are welcome
info. and may attend two meetings free. No prior
January 13 sailing experience is necessary. Married people
2010 State of the Bay Report welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or
The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission visit
is releasing the 2010 State of the Bay Report Single Mariners Meeting
and hosting a one-day conference to examine Social meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and
the health of the Bay’s natural habitats and 3rd Thursday of each month at Pacific Mariners
To publish a community event email:
resources, measure progress made, and discuss Yacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del challenges ahead, as identified in the Report. Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which includes
The conference will feature guest speakers, a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippers
discussion panels, and various sessions. Hilton and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing
December 26 100, Loyola Marymount University. For more days the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. for
Fisherman’s Village Weekend information call 310-216-9826 or 213-576-6639 breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534
Concert - L.A. Cat or visit the website Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then
Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concerts January 28 return to the docks for a wine and cheese social.
outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, every California Yacht Club Luncheon Novices are welcome and encouraged. For more
Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1-4 Coast Guard LtJg Charles Paris will comment info call (310) 289-3338.
p.m. (2-5 p.m. summer). Free. on his experiences in commanding the Marina Women’s Sailing Association of
December 27 del Rey home-ported USCGC Halibut. LtJg Santa Monica Bay
Fisherman’s Village Weekend Paris will cover what boaters can do to better Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at
Concert - Susie Hansen Latin Jazz enjoy the upcoming yachting season, improve the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club,
the marine environment and avoid disasters 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The
Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concerts
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4469 Admiralty Way - Marina del Rey - hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting
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p.m. (2-5 p.m. summer). Free.
tures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of
December 31 Ongoing
New Year’s Eve Fireworks all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day
Fireworks shot above the Marina light up the sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including
Sailing Singles of destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and
sky just before midnight! Best viewing at Southern California
Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. the northern Channel Islands, For membership
Sailing Singles of Southern California is a
Hotels, restaurants, clubs and cruise companies information contact Sandy Penrod. at mem-
Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey but
offer a dazzling array of special packages and or on the web at www.
open to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area.
programs for New Year’s Eve celebrations. 310-
We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the Marina
305-9545 Live music Fridays!
Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located
December 31 The Waterfront Restaurant present live music
at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina
New Year’s Eve Concert at The every Friday night. Three different stages.Rock,
del Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation per
Waterfront Restaurant blues, funk, Jazz, R&B. Full bar service, food is
person that includes a light Dinner. Drinks are
Live New Year’s Eve Concert featuring Cubensis served untill 10:00pm, All ages welcome! The
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members will meet and socialize with sailboat
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includes party favors and midnight champagne.
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Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can Owners of Catalina Yachts
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person. The main restaurant will also be serving
on member’s Boats. Catalina Island trips and Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd
a prix fixe menu with jazz singer Ariana Savalas
special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893 Tuesday of each month. We would like to
at 6 p.m. Call 310 448 8900 for more info.
or email: www. welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We
December 31st have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Two Harbors
Marina Sunday Sailing Club other events throughout the year. Our doors open
What better way to ring in the New Year than
Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7
island style, with dinner, dancing, and a gala
and crew in a friendly social environment for to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the
party. Leave the driving to the shore boats!
daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For
Contact Leslie Luchau at (310) 510-4249 or
Catalina and other destinations. We meet on more info email
the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the
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New Dates Announced for 2010 Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas Race

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif.---The Balboa Yacht Club today announced new dates for its 2010 Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas Race. The race will
start one week later than initially scheduled on Friday, March 26, for smaller boats and Saturday, March 27, for the larger premier classes.

Awards will be presented in Cabo San Lucas on Thursday, April 1. The new dates were selected to allow participants to do as much racing in Mexico
as possible by avoiding a conflict with the MEXORC regatta and also allowing the boats enough time to return north for the start of the Newport to
Ensenada Race on April 23.

“The Cabo Race has become a major West Coast event and we want to keep the race open to as many boats as possible,” race chair Paul Loubet said.

Loubet also indicated that the race is in final stages of being able to announce a major sponsorship deal, which will create an even greater experience
for the racers. There were 37 starters two years ago, and Balboa YC has already received interest from more than 25 boats, indicating that the final entry
list will top 40.

The list includes some notables. There is Sabrina, Chris Calkins’ 50-year-old wooden 50-footer from San Diego that in 2008 was the overall winner on
corrected handicap time under all three systems employed in the race---PHRF, IRC and ORR---and also the first to finish in Class D.

Another wooden boat is Chris Welsh’s much traveled, 45-year-old Spencer 65, Ragtime, overall winner of the 2008 Los Angeles to Tahiti Race and a
few months later winner of its division as the only American entry in the Sydney-Hobart Race. Also, there is radio talk hostess Dr. Laura Schlessinger,
sailing her J/125, Warrior.

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The Ethanol Dilemma

ALEXANDRIA, Va., - More ethanol in the Ethanol came into widespread use as a An Ethanol Lobby Solution?
nation’s gasoline supply? Not just yet, said the “oxygenate” or combustion enhancer after a One solution proposed by Growth Energy -- that
Environmental Protection Agency on Monday previous additive, MTBE, was identified as a seems to acknowledge that not all gas engines
when it announced it will delay making a carcinogen. However, many boaters were caught may be suitable for higher blends of ethanol gas
decision on a waiver requested by the pro- off guard as the level of ethanol, also an effective -- is to make available two different blends of
ethanol lobbying group Growth Energy to solvent, was increased in the nationwide fuel ethanol fuel at the fuel pump. BoatU.S. believes
increase the amount of ethanol in gas beyond supply to 10%, or E10, with little notice. This that offering two blends of ethanol gas is neither
the current 10% level. However, the country’s introduction of E10 damaged boat fuel system practical nor realistic.
largest recreational boating organization says it components such as gas tanks, fuel lines and
remains concerned that the EPA said that it will seals, and caused some catastrophic engine “Having an additional type of higher ethanol
review initial findings on testing of mid-level failures while boaters were forced to pick up the fuel available would require new gas pumps
ethanol blends in newer automobiles before tab for expensive repairs. and possibly storage tanks, and would cause
revisiting the waiver possibility in mid-2010. significant customer confusion and misfueling.
When ethanol fuel is stored for several months, There is no federal requirement to label gas
Boat Owners Association of The United States it can attract moisture and “phase separate” into pumps -- consumers in some states don’t know
(BoatU.S.) says that the harm already inflicted different solutions of low octane gas and water what they are buying now, so how are they
on boat owners when ethanol in gasoline was that will not burn properly, if at all. “Storage expected to make the right choice if there are
increased to 10% (E10) several years ago is not an issue with cars as most Americans even more options available in the future?”
should be a concern for regulators as they regularly fill their tanks. However, would your questions Podlich.
debate the effect of higher ethanol blends in all emergency generator start when you need it?”
gas-powered vehicles and equipment - not just asks Podlich. BoatU.S. supports a common-sense approach
automobiles. to the use of alternative fuels as a way for the
The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety nation to diversify its sources of energy. The
“Waiting for the data is a step in the right has also raised concerns about higher levels Association is part of a coalition of 46 motor
direction,” said BoatU.S. Vice President of ethanol and the lack of independent testing. sports, environmental, food and citizen advocate
of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich. The accelerated deterioration and failure of fuel groups under the banner
“However, focusing on automobiles leaves system components, ethanol’s affect on clean air BoatU.S. is also member of AllSAFE the Alliance
out millions of other gas-powered engines. If devices, and level of risk for fire and explosion for a Safe Alternative Fuels Environment.
you own a lawn mower, chain saw, all-terrain in the recreational boat fleet are cited.
vehicle, generator, or boat, I would be very The association urges anyone concerned about
concerned over the costs to repair or replace “We strongly encourage the EPA to use the next a higher percentage of ethanol in gasoline and
those items after using higher levels of ethanol six months to consider the effects of higher the lack of testing to contact their members of
gas. Additionally, the possibility of selling gas ethanol blends on all gas powered engines, and Congress.
with different amounts of ethanol content at not on just new products. Americans deserve to
the pump raises significant infrastructure and know if all of their gas-powered engines will Story courtesy of BoatUS.
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Newport to Ensenada Looks to Bounce Back After Down Year

Note to West Coast sailors: Still The boat names of those who enter
kicking yourselves for missing last before Jan. 31 will be listed at no
spring’s 62nd Newport to Ensenada charge on the race’s commemorative
International Yacht Race when a poster. Also, a name will be drawn
moderate but steady breeze for the from each week’s entries to receive a
ages swept the fleet all 125.5 nautical gift from West Marine.
miles on a direct track to the finish
and left most of the weekend to Like other major sailing events in the
party? early days of the recession last year,
the usual N2E turnout of four to five
Keep the faith. There is only hope of hundred boats slipped to 270 entries
another dream breeze that brought and 260 starters, but only three failed
Doug Baker’s Magnitude 80 a to finish by 4 p.m. Saturday after a
race record of 10 hours 37 minutes single night at sea, leaving the rest of
50 seconds and Cleve Hardaker’s the weekend to enjoy the hospitality
humble Sojourn, a Catalina 30 from Captain Paul Miller owner of the California Sailing Academy sailing of the colorful seaside pueblo.
San Diego, the PHRF overall prize Zeus at the start of a Newport to Ensenada Race.
on handicap time, but the onshore Like last year, non-sailors also may
fun is guaranteed. join in the fun by opting for a Carnival Cruise ship, tour buses or personal
ground transportation.
Entries for the 63rd world’s largest international yacht race starting Friday,
April 23, will be open in early January. Registration, including payment of The U.S. now requires a passport for re-entry, but to increase speed,
entry fees, will be available online at efficiency and security when crossing international borders by land or sea,
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Odyssey 2009

By Donna Wilson & Roy Wilson

Photos by Donna Wilson

A view from Casa de los Suenos looking out at the F.U.B.A.R. fleet.

he biannual F.U.B.A.R. (Fleet was set up as an endowment for the DRYC
Underway To Baja Rally) Odyssey Junior Program. In 2009, the proceeds are
drew 42 boats to the host club, San not as yet calculated but are expected to be
Diego Yacht Club, to start the rally about the same to benefit the SDYC Junior
on Saturday, November 14. The send off party Program.
at SDYC packed the club with participants,
friends, family and supporters. Enjoying the The rally includes stops in seven ports and
Mexican music and Folkloric Dancers was three overnight runs. Roy and I were aboard
Jorge Gamboa, Director of Mexico Tourism the lead escort vessel Kachina, a 72’ West
and our major sponsor, who arrived with Bay SonShip, owned by Jim and Charlotte
nice, navy blue, embroidered jackets for all Mashburn. Also with us was Val Farrell, the
the participants, which were very welcome, Co-Chairman, and Woody Hunt, the Vice
as it was quite chilly until we were more than Commodore of SDYC. Val’s wife, DeeGee
half way down the Baja peninsula. Farrell joined us in Cabo for the last two
planned and a weather routing service was hired
to oversee the entire trip. We have had perfect
This award-winning event was conceived by
weather for both the 2007 and 2009 events.
Bruce Kessler, who chaired the first rally in Our first leg to Ensenada was 64 nm and we
2007, with the Del Rey Yacht Club as the host arrived at Hotel Corral Marina before noon.
Most people don’t realize that this event is
club. The concept of the event is to take a fleet of Thirty-two of our boats were in slips at Hotel
rotated among three yacht clubs and is run every
powerboats from San Diego to La Paz, Mexico, Corral Marina and 10 boats were at Cruiseport.
two years. Long Beach Yacht Club will host the
escorted by vessels manned by experienced The events in Ensenada included fueling 39
next F.U.B.A.R. rally in 2011. Any proceeds
skippers and with key support people aboard boats, a trip to Costco for provisions, and a wine
from the event are to be used for the benefit of
such as mechanics, doctors, paramedics and tour. A welcome dinner was provided by Hotel
the host yacht club’s Junior Program. In 2007,
boat manufacturers. Safe routes were pre- Corral, Cruiseport and Baja Naval.
the proceeds from the event totaled $56,340 and
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nm. Our watch system allowed all of us to stand We continued down the desolate coast of the
a watch with each person on the boat. As the Baja Peninsula on our second overnight trip of
lead escort vessel, we attempted to arrive in 231 nm. One of the goals of this rally is to allow
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With winter here, we thought it would be a good time to talk about heavier weather. The Mariner caught up with two reputable local Captains - Joel
Eve, and David Lumina to discuss their experiences in more trying times.

Captain Joel Eve

During the Thanksgiving holiday in 1970 California coastal waters. so that it won’t come loose in rough conditions.
several friends and I spent the weekend in Unsecured gear can place the boat and crew at
Catalina Island in the area of Isthmus Cove. We live in a marvelous age of weather forecasting risk for damage and injury.
On that Friday afternoon, the four of us were with abundant weather resources including the
enjoying the relative comfort and warmth of the National Weather Service channels on our VHF The most important asset on your boat is your
small cabin on a 28- foot single engine power radios and online at: crew, and taking care of them is the most
boat as we rode on a mooring at Cherry Cove. lox/main.php?suite=marine . The website has all important job you will ever do as captain or
Everything was going just fine until later that the information that the mariner needs to plan a boat owner. So as the weather increases tell
evening when we were beset with horrific winds voyage, including wind and wave forecasts as them to don life jackets and affix safety lines or
blowing in from the east with an ever increasing well as satellite and radar information. Today harnesses to the boat. Have your crew remain
swell. Being in that cove with easterly winds we can get a reliable seven day forecast so there in place as much as possible to reduce risk of
gusting to more than 60 knots, as we later found is ample time to make the right decision. If you injury, and have them try to get rest in the prone
out, was the worst place to be in a blow. have any doubts about weather conditions at position even if sleep seems elusive. To this
the time you are ready to go, simply don’t go! end, you may need to rotate your crew more
Before I elaborate on how we extricated ourselves It may be the safest decision that you will ever frequently on and off watch. If part of your heavy
from that rapidly deteriorating situation, let’s make. weather plan is not working, then make some
spend some time discussing heavy weather adjustments because there is a psychological
boating, including the decision making process, Now let’s talk about how we need to rig our sail or value and comfort in making the decision to go
how to rig your sail or powerboat for heavy seas power vessels should we encounter unexpected to a new plan.
and winds, how to ensure the safety and well- high winds and seas. In some ways, sailboats
being of your crewmembers, and maneuvering have an advantage over power vessels in that For both the sailor and power boater changing
in rough weather. there are more options for rigging adjustments. course in heavy weather is another option.
Before the wind increases to an uncomfortable Instead of beating or heading directly into rough
Fall is the time of year in the Southern level, the sail area can be reduced by reefing. seas, changing your course to a more comfortable
California coastal areas when we are likely to On today’s production sailing vessels such as one may get you to your destination in better
get our first big storms of the season. So what Catalina’s or Hunter’s the sail area is reduced shape even though it may take you longer to do
constitutes heavy weather? For seasoned sailors by roller furling both the main and headsails as so. The best way to maneuver a power vessel
doing long distance cruising or racing, sailing needed. If your sailing vessel is equipped with in rough weather is to head the vessel to within
in 40 to 50 knots of wind with high seas might this arrangement, go out and practice reducing ten to fifteen degrees of the swell direction and
be considered routine. For the average person sail when the wind is light, and you will be better reduce speed to a point where you have ample
boating in a production sail or powerboat, I prepared for heavy weather. Secondly, make steerage but are not pounding badly. For a
think 25 knots of wind may be on the threshold sure that all your ports and hatches are closed sailboat, sailing a course other than beating into
of heavy weather conditions in Southern and secure, and ensure that all gear is stowed the wind may be the best option so long as the
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seas are not breaking over the boat. In the very the changing conditions was the prudent course Suddenly the leading edge of a squall engulfed
worst of conditions, sail area can be reduced of action. the Swedish built sailboat. The wind went from
entirely and a sea anchor deployed to add less than 10 knots to 40 knots+ in less than a
stability to the boat. Another option if you are It is critical to know the limitations of your boat minute! The boat started to head up. I was 380
not too far from land would be setting a course and equipment and critical to know your own NM from land with an out of control boat. How
for the nearest harbor of safe refuge. abilities and limitations when deciding where did I get myself in this mess?
and when to set sail. Each time you set out on
So let me review with you how we handled a day sail, test your furling gear, ground tackle, Three years ago I was in Tokyo on business,
that rough situation during that Thanksgiving and marine electronics to make sure all of them I contacted a couple of Yacht Clubs to try and
weekend in Catalina Island. As the wind began are in good working order. Practice putting on get on a sailboat. A community sailing program
to blow hard around midnight, we weighed life jackets and safety harnesses and securing run by Mr. Asakawa took me cruising from the
several options. The first option was to depart the the boat’s gear for rough weather. Practice Seabornia Yacht Club to the Atami hot springs
Cherry Cove mooring and return to the Marina the all- important man overboard drill once resort and back. Over the ensuing years we
in high winds and seas. We decided against this or twice per year. Practice will be your key to have continued our intercontinental community
option because we felt that conditions would successfully handling and surviving a rough sailing passions. My Japanese friends have
be even worse in the channel. We made the weather experience. visited Marina del Rey, stayed at my house and
decision, instead, to depart the mooring and gone daysailing, racing, and cruising. I have had
head for some open moorings on the East side Captain David Lumian the privilege to return to Japan to teach sailing
of the Isthmus Cove where we knew we would HONOLULU TO GUAM DELIVERY and safety. I have also taught groups of Japanese
have more protection from the easterly wind and February 2, 2005 1123 hours sailors who were vacationing in Honolulu.
waves. We found a mooring meant for a much
larger boat and decided to secure our vessel here We were three days out of Ko O’lina marina While in Hawaii, Mr. John J Tocuma invited me
for the night. We then set up a watch through the near Honolulu. The Kona winds that pushed our to help him move his Hallberg-Rassy 39, Wave
remainder of the night with our crew of four. A Hallberg-Rassy 39 had died out. The wind was Sanseii (Wave 3), from Honolulu to Guam. His
day later the wind settled down enough to permit less than 10 knots. The weather was shifting. plan from Hawaii (21°N) was to swing south of
a safe crossing back to the Marina. We learned a The boat was sailing on a broad reach under the rhumb line and cruise through the Marshall
couple of valuable lessons from that experience, full main and genoa. It was raining and I was and Micronesian Islands (7° N) before heading
including a better check of the weather prior to on deck alone. I was debating whether or not to north to Guam (14° N), then on to Okinawa and
departure and that making quick decisions to fit turn on the engine. Tokyo. Would I do it?
2009 The Mariner - Issue 83 13
Hell, yes! I have always wanted to learn about he must have been born with salt water in his After three days we departed for Guam. We
bluewater sailing. Here was my opportunity! veins. Calmly, quickly he took down the main headed northwest. We added a fifth crewmember,
I agreed to go as far as Guam where another and furled the genoa. Dave Jones of San Jose, another capable sailor
sailor would assume my spot. with a history of Pacific Cup victories. What a
We sailed 10 days without signs of human life, difference another crewmember makes! The
We gathered a week before departure. The crew unless you count an orbiting satellite. We’d first half we had a three-hour on, three-hour off,
included owner John J Tocuma, Hideo Sugai spend time talking in our limited ways. John J staggered, double-handed rotation. With another
(a rock star—Japan’s “number one downwind told me about his love of Jazz (Art Blakely is crew we changed to a four-hour on, six hour off,
sailor” who has managed winning boats in his fave) and poetry, Minori and I discussed the staggered, double handed rotation. Real sleep!
Sydney–Hobart, Hilo–Hiroshima, and many stresses of divorce and its effect on kids, and Wow! And someone I could get into deeper
more) and Minori Shoda (a Seabornia member). Hideo told me of his retirement plans to build conversations with, yippee!
None of them knew each other. John J had a bluewater, ocean sailing, canal barge and
assembled a very cool team. cross the Pacific and Atlantic to visit the great Ten days reaching. Whales, dolphins, more
canals of the western and eastern hemispheres. whales, flying fish, tons of whales and squid
Quickly the sea went from force 3 conditions Mostly it was something akin to being on a blown on the deck, caught fresh mahi-mahi.
into force 8–9.territory. The sea turned green, religious retreat on the water - lots of time for Nice.
huge glassy waves formed, foam was being contemplation.
lifted in streaks into the sky. It was like being I took back the helm. I was sailing DDW with
inside one of those winter wonderland domes— Nighttime was the best. The wind and seas bare poles at 8 knots! The twenty to thirty foot
and someone had just shaken it! would soften a bit around 10 p.m. There was swells picked the boat up and then let us gently
no sun to heat up the cabin or toast your body. surf down the wave. It was fun! The gentlest
The final evening at dinner Mr. Tocuma asked The stars were awesome. The trade winds are roller coaster ever!
us to sign a letter agreeing to, 1) not smoke, 2) something to behold. They just keep blowing
make use of all of the boat’s equipment without and blowing! Warm, 20–30 knot winds, gentle We entered Apra Harbor, Guam. The place is a
restriction, 3) in the event of emergency share following 10–20 foot seas. Great! minefield of rocks, reefs, wrecks, and sandbars.
all personal gear as needed, 4) keep our personal The Marianas Yacht Club sent out a skiff to
items out of the common areas and 5) in the “Don’t steer like that! Steer like this” yells escort us into Sasa Cove where the clubhouse is
event of an evacuation (by raft or whatever) Hideo. He demonstrates his wheel technique. located. Our escort even ties us up to a mooring.
that the youngest would go first. I protested. I “Turn the wheel hard and then hard back to the “Thanks! We will see you at the bar!” I say.
was the youngest but did not think that I should center”. The practice keeps the boat moving Five minutes later we were hard aground! The
have priority. I had just taken life raft training. with a minimum of drag and snaps the stern tide was going out. We quickly kedged off an
Shouldn’t we just do it as practically as possible? back into place. Cool. anchor and sailed heeled over on genoa only.
No was the answer with no explanation. I quickly We relocated to a deeper mooring! The irony of
found myself getting used to this dynamic. Before departing, we took bets. How many days sailing 4,000 nautical miles and running aground
to Majuro (the capital of the Marshall Islands)? in the last 10 feet wasn’t missed by anybody!
We left Hawaii at 1000 on January 30. After My prediction of 13 days was right on the money.
pouring champagne on the bow, stern, and mast (But they never paid me the $100!) Majuro is a 4,000 nautical miles in 23 days underway.
we toasted and set sail. The first half of the huge atoll. Seven skinny square miles of sand Do the math. It’s an average of over 7 knots!
voyage was over 2,000 nautical miles. We sailed rings hundreds of square miles of lagoon. As we Smoking!
90%+ of the time dead down wind with our sails entered we were greeted by the ex-pat Miyako
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Catalina Hazards to
Navigation By Captain Richard Schaefer

am often amazed at the number of from shore in this area. reef. So many boats struck this hazard that
people I meet who either, a) don’t the Harbor Department kept a scoreboard on
know there are hazards to navigation The first small cove we come to is Doctor’s the “old” pier. I also understand that there was
at Catalina or, b) assume they are all Cove. At one time it was a nice, snug anchorage an “unofficial” weekly and seasonal lottery
buoyed, lighted or at least, on the for 3 or 4 boats. However, there is now a involved with picking the “lucky number” of
charts. You would be wrong if you large floating swim-dock dead in the middle. hits. I can remember the number of groundings
assumed either A or B to be true. The dock, coupled with two large underwater approaching 20 more than once.
rocks, now make the cove only suitable for one
Let’s start our voyage around the island up at the experienced boater. Now there’s a lighted tower and big sign - on
West End and work our way down the lee side busy weekends there are Go-Go dancers on the
of the island, then around the East End - and up Emerald Bay and Johnson’s Landing are catwalk to get your attention (just kidding - but
the weather side. Finally, we’ll round West End coming up to starboard. Be advised, there is an you know, the Island Company is always tryin’
to finish where we began. unmarked reef running just to seaward of, and to think of new ways to drum up business). I
parallel to the outer mooring line. This rocky suspect fewer boats hit the reef these days, and
NOTE: I will use the term “unmarked” to reef terminates in Indian Rock. Thick kelp in so no one keeps track of the groundings on a
designate hazards that are charted but not lighted this area as well. Safest entry into Emerald is scoreboard anymore. I suppose that’’s progress
or buoyed. navigated by leaving Indian Rock 50 yards to - but I kinda miss the scoreboard and the chance
starboard. to win a few bucks on a busy weekend.
As we leave West End, heading roughly east-
south east, the island is slipping by to starboard. Between Emerald Bay and Isthmus Cove lies Ship Rock lies about a mile off the mouth of the
Just past Starlight Beach a jagged line of rocks Eagle Reef - marked by a lighted, red nun buoy. Isthmus and has a light atop it. If you plan to
juts out more than 200 yards from the island - Most of this reef is fairly deep - though at one go near it check your chart and take note of the
Johnson’s Rocks. I have seen one sport-fisher spot it is just a few feet below the surface at underwater spur that juts out from it. This rocky
holed on these rocks and am told many boats mean low water. When heading east it is best to outcropping has claimed more than one boat.
have met their demise on these unmarked, crusty leave the buoy to starboard, or stay about 100
pinnacles. In calm water, at high tide, only one yards from shore. Don’t close with the nun buoy Continuing “down island” we pass Blue Cavern
or two my be visible. Give the area a wide berth to port when traveling “down island”. Point, the old quarry, Empire Landing and
in such conditions if you don’t know the area Rippers. If you stay at least 100 yards off shore
well. Some charts and cruising guides show the Off the bow, Lion Head thrusts its protecting you should be clear of rocks and kelp. If you’re
rocks as “Johnson’s Rocks” others simply as point toward the northeast and gives Isthmus new to the island keep a chart guide in your lap
“Foul Area” - in any case stay well clear. Cove, and her satellite anchorage’s, a fair and take notes. If you want to poke into Rippers,
amount of protection from the prevailing wind Little Gibraltar or Goat watch your fatho and
A couple of miles ahead is “Parson’s Landing” - and sea. charts. If you want to nose in real close, a
a beautiful spot in south or southeast conditions lookout on the bow might be useful.
(uncommon). I was there for a few days in A tangle of kelp hangs off the point, and in its
October, in perfect conditions, and found the midst is an unmarked rock. This rock has broken Note: There is a fair-sized, submerged, rock
anchorage choked with kelp. Remember, kelp many a prop and punched quite a few holes in about 50 feet offshore approximately midway
means “rocks” on the bottom. Care must taken the hulls of unsuspecting boaters. If you try between Little Gibraltar and Goat Harbor - it
anchoring and going ashore in a dinghy - there and “cut the corner” coming into Cherry Cove could ruin your day, so pay attention.
are scattered rocks throughout this anchorage. there’s a good chance you’ll become acquainted
This “open roadstead” is generally not a place with it - don’t cut the corner. Just ahead is Long Point. Once below it the seas
for the beginner to overnight. are generally calmer and the weather often more
The main hazard in Isthmus Cove is Harbor settled.
As Parson’s slips astern we round Arrow Point. Reef. It lies about 100 yards behind Bird
This point provides limited protection in West Rock - somewhat in line with the pier. There As we round Long Point, White’s Landing
conditions to the anchorage’s as far east as Lion once was a red nun buoy marking the reef. and Moonstone spread out about a half a mile
Head. Always round points leaving plenty of sea Most boaters couldn’t figure out which side to to leeward (pronounce “leeward - “Loo-erd”
room. Rocks and thick kelp out to about 150 feet pass the buoy on, and so ran aground on the or you’ll irritate me). Just to starboard, Button

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Shell Beach is tucked up under the point - kayakers and alert kids with loud voices. the queen of Catalina anchorage’s. The harbor’s
offering excellent protection under prevailing entrance is broad and wide, and a landfall in
conditions. Let’s pass Avalon by - I love the place, but the daylight is easily accomplished. However, at
navigation is pretty straight forward around night not all the nearly derelict vessels anchored
We soon pass Willow, Toyon and Gallagher’s. these parts. at the entrance are lighted, and the floats and
The Frog Rock anchorage lies just ahead. moorings themselves can pose a hazard. Also,
When rounding the east end of the island it’s to starboard lies Pin Rock - about fifty yards
Frog Rock is the closest safe anchorage to usually best to do it in the morning - before the from shore. Give the east shoreline plenty of
Avalon. On summer weekends boaters who westerlies and swell gets up. leeway. A first entry on a moonless night is a
are turned away from the moorings in, Avalon, bit risky.
Descanso and Hamilton Cove often try the Frog Give yourself plenty of sea room - stay at least
Rock anchorage area. I use it often myself. 250 yards off this rugged shoreline as we make When leaving Catalina Harbor bound for West
our way toward Little Harbor. End it’s a good idea to stay well off the rocky
NOTE: The bottom in this area is famous for shoreline. About 2.5 miles northwest of “Cat”
stealing anchors. Local “Monday morning” About 11 miles ahead we round Ben Weston Harbor is Whale Rock. This rock sits about 75
divers often visit the area after a busy weekend Point and are tempted to make a beeline for yards off shore. I personally knew a boater who
- anchors and chain aren’t cheap. Little Harbor. Bad idea. Sentinel Rock and lost his rudder and nearly his boat on it. It is
its rocky reef is just ahead. A cluster of rocks, unmarked, but charted.
I got a surprise in that area a few years back. The often awash, spread out in front of Sentinel
boys and I were slowly motoring our sailboat Rock. Leave the rock at least 150 yards to Now, just ahead is Eagle Rock. This pinnacle
and trolling down the island about 75 yards off starboard as you pass. Stay further offshore if shaped rock stands about 150 yards from shore,

shore. I could see that the Frog Rock area was the seas are up, and they often are in this area. and 20 years ago I often passed between it and
crowded and so started to look around in the the island. However, now the channel is choked
area just west for a spot to anchor. About this One of my favorite anchorages, Little Harbor, with kelp, and good judgment keeps me well to
time some kayakers, just ahead, started yelling is coming up off the starboard bow. The reef seaward of this craggy spire.
and gesturing. My boys on the bow turned extends farther from the north point than is
around wild-eyed and pointed forward. Cautious apparent. Give it a wide berth when entering. Well, here we are again at the West End. Give it
(though perhaps too “laid-back) seaman that I Try and identify the rocks and swirling water at a wide berth and set course due north. A steady
am, I usually make it my practice, when folks the reef’s terminus before entering the cove. hand on the helm and a fair wind will see us
start screaming warnings at me, to turn away home - Marina del Rey is just under 5 hours
toward deeper water, and slow down. I figure I’ll Note: Many charts and guides incorrectly away. Set the sails for an easy beam reach, make
find out what the yelling’s about soon enough. identify “Shark Harbor” as “Little Harbor”. me a sandwich, and put on some Jimmy Buffett.
Big mistake. Little Harbor is at the north end of And, hey, some chips and dip wouldn’t hurt...
Well, we slid by a rock the size of ‘64 Cadillac, the broader inlet - Shark Harbor is on the east
lying about 3 feet below the surface. I cringed shore. If you’re still confused, identify the palm Captain Richard Schaefer is an U.S.C.G.
an “Ouch!” and grabbed a chart. This aquatic trees in the campground of Little Harbor. Shark Licensed Sailing Master and has instructed,
boulder was news to me, and I’d been in the Harbor has no palm trees. Also, surfers like skippered charters, managed and delivered
neighborhood a time or two. I scanned the Shark Harbor - so, if a local long boarder passes yachts for more than 25 years. He can be reached
chart carefully - nothing. Some rock symbols at you, throwin’ heat on a tube ride, there’s a good at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at littlebighorn@
the shoreline, but this uncharted bruiser was a chance you need to rethink your position.
good 50 yards off shore. It pays to be cautious
- and doesn’t hurt to be surrounded by friendly About 3 miles further on is Catalina Harbor -
2009 The Mariner - Issue 83 17

Photo Pat Reynolds

From left: Roy Wilson, Charlotte Mashburn, Donna Wilson, Jim Mashburn, Val Farrell. Photo by Woody Hunt.

continued from page 11

bags and boxes of clothes, bedding, household items and school supplies were donated by our generous group to the town. This was my favorite stop;
these gracious people were very appreciative and so needed our help.

Our next and last overnight trip finally had a first quarter moon to help light the sky and we were far enough south to have warm weather when we were
on watch at night. We arrived in Cabo San Lucas, 190 nm at 4am and anchored off the beach for some sleep and to properly plan our arrival in Puerto
Los Cabos, about 20 nm around the corner from Cabo San Lucas. We took the opportunity to tour the coastline from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto los
Cabos. The beautiful homes and endless hotels, each one bigger and more elaborate than the next, were a striking contrast to the poverty on the Pacific
side of the Baja Peninsula. On the first rally in 2007, our group of 50 boats was the first to use the Puerto Los Cabos Marina, a brand new facility in
the process of becoming the best of Mexico marinas. I was struck by how much they had accomplished in just two years. More slips, a new fuel dock,
landscaping, and more amenities to support a first class marina. The marina developers put on an elaborate dinner buffet for all the participants on the
first night and Snell Real estate, representing Cabo and Palmilla, put on a beach party the second night. Our group from Kachina went into the delightful
town of San Jose, shopping for Christmas gifts, and enjoying lunch before heading back to the marina.

The next stop was Muertos Bay, recently renamed Los Suenos, 73 nm. All 40 boats arrived within a couple of hours and anchored in this cove. (See
our radar picture of the anchored boats). By now everyone was experienced at anchoring and they are surprisingly evenly spaced. The resort called
Casa del los Suenos hosted our group at their facility. Mikelson Yachts provided drinks for an hour and the resort offered delicious tacos in the famous
“Train Room”.

By now we were ready to arrive at our final destination of Costa Baja in La Paz. The journey was 53 nm and we were both happy and sad. Costa
Baja Resort and Marina had reserved slips for our group, so the arrival went very smoothly. The last official event for the rally was the welcome
and congratulations event. Our arrival was on Thanksgiving Day and Costa Baja provided us with a delicious authentic Turkey Dinner with all the
trimmings. After eating so much Mexican food, we were grateful for a change, a very fitting end to a fantastic journey. A short ceremony after dinner
was highlighted by PassageMaker Magazine’s Editor, John Woolridge, who gave plaques to each boat that completed the journey. We all promised to
keep in touch and made great friends that we hope to see over and over again. For more visit

P.S. We started with 42 boats. One had to turn back just past Ensenada because of steering problems and another went into Cabo San Lucas with
electrical problems. A couple of other boats had minor engine and mechanical problems that they were able to fix, enabling them to stay with the fleet
and finish the rally.

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According to Dave
Fishing Update by Master
Marina del Rey Fisherman
Captain Dave Kirby

Well its no surprise that its time to

put your larger pelagic fishing gear
away and grab for bottom fish and
lighter top-water equipment.

In our local waters, most fishermen

are choosing to try and fill their bags
with salmon grouper, sheephead,
rockfish and sculpin. You will find
fishing deeper water structure will
produce a better quality of fish. If
you’re fishing on either end of the
bay, there is still a few bonita mixed


in with mackerel.

If you don’t have or can’t get on a

boat another option is take a light
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Bring on the Berger

Marina del Rey -- Del Rey Yacht Club will host the first major race of the New Year when they present the Berger/Stein Series—Malibu and Return
Regatta on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

This is the first race in a series of five for the William Berger Series, the most popular distance point-to-point series of races in Santa Monica Bay.
Classes in the Berger will be ORR, PHRF, ORCA, One Design and Sportboat.

Concurrently, this race is also #1 in the unique William Stein Series, the only exclusively Cruising Class series in the Bay. All Cruiser types, including
Spinnaker and Non-spinnaker are eligible to race in this series. Over 130 boats participated in last year’s Regatta, and DRYC is expecting even more
this year.

“It’s the first chance most skippers have had to race their boats since Thanksgiving, and they are anxious to get out on the water again” said event
chairman Sterling Tallman.

Such well known yachts as Holua, Pendragon IV, Medicine Man (pictured) , Locomotion, and Magnitude 80 have come from all over Southern
California to race in this outstanding event. It culminates in a grand Mexican Fiesta and Trophy Presentation after the Race.

The Notice of Race, the Notice of Series, and other pertinent information, as well as on line entry are available at

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Photo Gilles Martin Raget

The Rise of the Class 40
By Pistol Pete

What is a Class 40, you ask….. , and why is it so special? Because it combines the high tech sport boat concept with the one design racing concept,
along with a magical box rule, and Badabing, we have a very well balanced, modern, affordable speddy racer.

This Rule came from Europe, about 5 years ago, where there are about one hundred of these racing in an incredibly popular racing series, that has world
wide media attention. The production boats are in their own separate class (versus one off prototypes), and go around the world, shorthanded and with
crew, and offshore, and around buoys . This is the Swiss Army Knife of offshore monohulls. The healthiest fleet going at an entry level price.

Box rules are to keep the costs down, and boats competitive, and seem to work. TP52 is a good example. What has emerged in CLASS 40 is a very
tight development class very quickly, with new winners every race. It seems to have put the racing back in the sailors’ hands, (not the boat designers.)
Keeping cost down by limiting exotic materials, fixed keels, sail inventories, appendages, instead focusing on the media involvement and sponsorship
support has been the key to the European Class 40 success. Innovation has been the king. The lynch pin has been the strong commitment to sponsor
sailors in races such as the Solidaire De Chocolate, or Route du Rhum. These huge media events are supported by the media at both ends and around
the world. You know the internet has us all glued to our seats. Advertising dollars are driving this expansion of this class. Why don’t we have it here
on the west coast?

They are shaped like Big Lasers with 2 rudders , a bow sprit, and a keel to put it simply. Designers get to shape the bottoms and rearrange the structure
all they want, but the boats are all within the box. We’ll see if the concept grows roots here on the West Coast – seems like a good idea to me.

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MDR Holiday Boat Parade
Here are some photos and a list of the winners at the 2009 Holiday Boat Parade. It was a tough one this
year. Rain and wind made the tradition slightly uncomfortable for both spectators and participants but the
holiday spirit was still alive and well despite it all.

Top from left: Best Overall -- Aerie -- California Yacht Club Jr’s, Best Yacht Club -- Salsera -- Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club ,
Bottom from left: Best Individual -- Gallorosa, The Woods Family, 1st Place Animation -- Halcyon -- Lilly Love, Best Power -- Blue Chips -- Marina
Venice Yacht Club.

Best Overall -- Aerie -- California Yacht Club Jr's

Best Sail -- Invictus -- Pacific Mariners Yacht Club 1st Place Lights -- Grace -- James Mitchell
Best Power -- Blue Chips -- Marina Venice Yacht Club 2nd Place Lights -- Billy’s Backyard -- Sean & Molly
Best Charter -- Tiki Mermaid
Best Yacht Club -- Salsera -- Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club 1st Place Animation -- Halcyon -- Lilly Love
Best Individual -- Gallorosa -- The Woods Family 2nd Place Animation -- Aerie -- CYC Jr’s
Best Organization -- Alethia -- Women's Sailing Association (WSA)
1st Place Spirit -- Tranquil-a-Sea -- Dan Stoneking
1st Place Theme -- Argosea -- The Salvation Army 2nd Place Spirit -- Valhalla -- Greg & Laverne Potter
2nd Place Theme -- Senia Jade -- Lynn Silverman
1st Place Live Band -- The Way to Happiness -- Bob Sul-
1st Place Music -- The Way to Happiness -- Bob Sullivan livan
2nd Place Music --Le Vieux Carre -- Keith Guyot 2nd Place Live Band -- Jacinda Mia -- Mike Sudo

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