A Publication For Where Land Ends www.mariner Issue #85 February 2010

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One More Time Regatta Hits MDR

Abby Sunderland Update What’s New on Catalina Gray Whale Watching

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The day that teen sailor Zac Sunderland returned from his inspiring round the world journey I was standing in Fisherman’s Village, with a tape recorder in hand, next to a TV news guy who was interviewing Zac. At the end of the interview he asked Zac what he thought of his sister Abby’s plans to make a similar trip. Zac looked almost surprised – as if he hadn’t heard it, but he gathered himself and said, “she better stay focused because it’s not easy out there.” I don’t know if Zac was surprised or not – maybe he just didn’t know the question was coming. For me, it was surprising. I’d seen Abby through the year at Zac functions and at the arrival – she always appeared somewhat awkward, perhaps a bit bashful – sort of like any other ninth or tenth grade girl – not an extraordinary adventurer capable of high-level world-class feats. When the Sunderlands secured a boat for Abby and the project came more into focus, I found myself feeling differently about covering and essentially promoting this story. For Zac, I adopted a hometown hero angle, albeit a controversial one, but for Abby that story line didn’t resonate the same. Zac was a strong looking kid with a curious, humble and stoic demeanor – perfect for the task at hand. Abby looked more fragile to me and somehow conjured doubt and concern – especially given her more arduous mission. But I met Abby one day at the boat yard and while we didn’t say too much to each other, I realized that perhaps it’s presumptuous of me to decide who this person is and what she’s capable of based on her posture, age and appearance. I can guess where she’s at, but that’s all it is – I don’t know her and I don’t know what she can do. All I can do is objectively watch it play out. As for the controversy of a parent allowing a teenager to face such danger, I think this concern is merited, but there’s also a controversy embedded in this story about people who pompously assume they know best. Perhaps their concerns will come to pass and they’ll be right, but at this point the fact is they truly don’t and can’t know for sure. So, given that fact, maybe most of us should simply watch, wish her well and hope all has been calculated and reviewed as thoroughly as possible. Thanks for picking it up!

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or email: www. 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. with a free Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings free. No prior sailing experience is necessary. Married people welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit Single Mariners Meeting Social meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which includes a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippers and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing days the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534 Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then return to the docks for a wine and cheese social. Novices are welcome and encouraged. For more info call (310) 289-3338. Women’s 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 Sandy Penrod. at or on the web 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 2010

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WI R E Restoration Commission Posts Some Good News
While it wasn’t all good news in the recently published Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission report such as unknown contaminants and urban runoff in our local waters, there were some positives. Here are a few from the 2010 report: Wastewater Treatment. Initial efforts to clean up the Bay focused on point source discharges. In the last several decades, pollutant loading from wastewater discharged to the Bay has decreased dramatically. This improvement has been achieved through rigorous source control programs and treatment upgrades at the two largest publicly owned treatment works in the Bay. As a result, the severely degraded ocean floor habitats surrounding the sewage outfalls have made a remarkable recovery. Beach Water Quality. Santa Monica Bay beaches are safer for swimming than they were five years ago because of reduced pathogen indicator contamination during summer dry weather. This reduction has largely been achieved through the installation of low-flow diversions and on-site treatment facilities in many storm drains throughout the Bay watershed. Also, the City of Los Angeles, other cities in the Bay watershed, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have taken significant steps to reduce sewage spills. Habitat Protection. Since the late 1990s, SMBRC and its partners have acquired and preserved more than 8,000 acres of open space in the Bay watershed, including streams, wetlands and coastal sage scrub habitats. After acquiring habitats, the next step is often restoring them, which has been initiated or completed at many locations. Acquiring habitats and restoring them also increases public access to natural areas, provides critical habitat for wildlife, and protects the natural processes that help to clean and enhance natural water supplies.

Boat Parade Announces 2010 Theme
Organizers for Marina del Rey’s 2010 Holiday Boat Parade announced the theme for the 48th Annual Holiday Boat Parade. This year’s theme is “A Rock-N-Roll Christmas.” The boat parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 11 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Beautifully decorated boats will circle the main channel of Marina del Rey at least twice for judging. “The Holiday Boat Parade is getting bigger and better every year and we’re thrilled to announce this year’s theme early so our boaters can start planning their design ideas”, states president Cindy Williams. Members of the public that are interested in being a part of the planning committee for the 2010 Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade should contact Parade headquarters, at (310) 670-7130. Visit the Boat Parade website at mdrboatparade. org to view pictures of the 2009 parade and for updates to the 2010 parade.


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WI R E BMW Oracle Wins America’s Cup!

This was an historic race for the oldest trophy in international sport, featuring two of the most innovative boats on the planet. BMW ORACLE Racing’s trimaran, USA, powered by the largest wing sail ever built, proved to be the faster of the two multihulls, overpowering Alinghi’s catamaran in both races. Today marks the culmination of the San Francisco team’s 10-year quest for the America’s Cup, sailing’s pinnacle event. Founded by Larry Ellison (USA), the team is led by CEO Russell Coutts (NZL), now a four time Cup winner, and James Spithill (AUS), the skipper and helmsman of USA. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Spithill. “The amount of work the whole team has put into this boat and now to go two races without any issues – you just have to hand it to the shore guys, the boatbuilders and all of the support team and designers. They gave us an awesome tool.”

“It’s absolutely an awesome feeling,” added Larry Ellison. “I’m really proud to be part of this team. I couldn’t be more proud.” After a long postponement on Sunday afternoon, racing started at 16:25 in 7-8 knots of wind. There was an unusual start to the race, with Alinghi entering the start box very late. In fact, they were on the wrong side of the start box at the 5-minute gun, forcing the Umpires to assess a penalty. BMW ORACLE Racing started with more speed, but Alinghi held the right hand side of the race course and prospered early when the wind shifted to the right. At one point, the advantage line was as big as 600-meters to the Swiss. But before the top mark, the BMW ORACLE Racing crew made a perfect layline call. After tacking on the line to the mark, BMW ORACLE Racing saw Alinghi cross ahead, but cede the

inside position at the mark to USA, and that was all the advantage the challenger would need to lead around the mark by 28 seconds. From then onwards, the powerful USA boat extended its lead, to cross the finishing line ahead by 5.26. “It was an awesome race. It was touch and go,” Spithill said. “We didn’t see that shift going as far right as it did and that made it pretty exciting early on.” At one point, Alinghi was flying a red protest flag, but the team quickly confirmed after finishing there would be no protest. With the win, BMW ORACLE Racing becomes the first U.S. challenger to win the Match since Dennis Conner hoisted the Cup with his Stars & Stripes team in Fremantle, Australia in 1987. Today also marks the first win for an American team since 1992 when Bill Koch’s America3 successfully defended the Cup in San Diego.

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Off and Running
Sixteen-year-old Marina del Rey sailor Abby Sunderland is traveling south en-route to one of the most dangerous areas on earth.


hile the sailing f o r u m s explode about a sixteen year old girl who set off from Marina del Rey on January 23 in an attempt to break the record for the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone and unassisted, Abby Sunderland sails south with the Central American coast to her right. Sunderland was forced to stop in Cabo san Lucas Mexico to remedy a problem with her charging system sparking a bonfire of opinion, indicting the family and the Sunderland team for rushing the trip in pursuit of the record, given the fact that sixteen-year old Australian Jessica Watson is over half way around the planet in pursuit of the same record. Over 35,000 posts have been counted so far on the popular Sailing Anarchy website arguing about how prepared the teenage girl is for a

of the boat and its systems, but also would have allowed her to practice sail changes, reefing and systems management by herself.” As it turns out, Sunderland’s shakedown sail was this trip to Cabo and now that these issues have been addressed, she feels she is ready for an record breaking journey around the world. “Although Abby had sea trialed Wild Eyes after her refit, the team would have liked to have seen extensive sea trials, which time did not permit for meeting her weather windows,” Abby’s father Laurence said of the stop-over. “We knew we had the option to bring Abby into Cabo san Lucus to critique equipment, increase battery capacity, add fuel for charging, and finalize any equipment alterations that might be needed. Although having received some criticism for this, the extensive, local sea trials would not have revealed the issues that the 1,350 nautical mile trip did. The technical team are second to none and should not be doubted.” 2010

trip of this magnitude, bringing attention to the lack of shakedown passages and accusing the Sunderland team of not properly calculating the power consumption involved. “As far as preparation is concerned, there is absolutely no substitute for time in the boat,” said one poster in a common sentiment that ran through the thread. “In Abby’s case, singlehanded miles in Wildeyes would not only have revealed many of the obvious shortcomings

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Not surpisingly, Abby herself agreed saying in her blog: “Even though it wasn’t intended that way, I’m looking on the past as a sea trial. I found a few problems, and now they’re fixed.” Unlike her brother Zac, who is now the first person under eighteen to sail around the world alone, Abby’s journey is being scrutinized at a much higher degree. Charlie Nobles, executive director of the American Sailing Association, who sang great praises about Zac’s circumnavigation, publically questioned the timing of Abby’s journey and the organization didn’t support her effort. The timing Nobles is concerned with is when Sunderland will reach the Southern Ocean, particularly Cape Horn and what state will this Arctic area be in when she gets there. Most sailors who need to traverse this part of the world try to do it in the summer as fellow teen solo-circumnavigator Jessica Watson just did. While Watson rounded the horn in the middle of January in a tame 40-knots of breeze, she was viciously hammered a week later by gale force winds recorded at 65-knots. The durable little Aussie seemed to take the hit in stride saying: “We experienced a total of 4 knockdowns, the second was the most severe with the mast being pushed 180 degrees in to the water. Actually, pushed isn’t the right word, it would be more accurate to say that Ella’s Pink Lady was picked up, thrown down a wave, then forced under a mountain of breaking water and violently turned upside down.” Since Sunderland is going to be entering the notorious area in the next few weeks, which will be autumn, there is cause for concern, but Team Abby’s weather router seems to believe there is a relatively safe window to make the passage during this time. Abby is now sailing her high-speed Open 40, towards the southern latitudes and only time will tell what will become of her. She has stated that becoming the youngest to go around nonstop is important, but not so much that she’ll be careless. Before she left she told The Mariner in an interview: “It’s just an attempt and if I have to stop I’ll be just as happy with the adventure. If I’m able to do it, it will be one of my biggest accomplishments in my whole life. But if not, I’m just as happy with that. I don’t need a piece of paper saying that I am the actual youngest.”

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Goin’ Old School
“It’s like a 1960s Lincoln Continental with the suicide doors,” said wooden hull enthusiast Ruck Godreyer, owner of a Kettenburg 38 named Blondie. “The feeling of going through the chop and waves is totally different on a boat like this. It just powers through and holds on beautifully.” Godreyer’s sentiments are shared by many Southern Californian classic yacht devotees who will gather on the Santa Monica Bay Saturday February 27 for the 35th Annual One More Time Regatta. The event is open to all wooden hulled boats, big and small, so long as they are made of wood. The event is presented by the Wooden Hull Yacht Club and sponsored jointly by Del Rey Yacht Club and Pacific Mariners’ Yacht Club and it is the only regatta run in Marina del Rey exclusively for wooden hulled vessels. The original regatta was called the Bicentennial Regatta and there was so little wind that only one PC finished. Greg Alexander and Kathy Hellman decided to run the race “One More Time” and the first official One More Time Regatta was born. The race was sailed two months after the onefinisher Bicentennial Regatta and that day racers were practically blown off the water. Keelboats were surfing and waves were so high that people on the committee boat couldn’t see some of the finishers because they were so deep in troughs. 12 One finisher, on the crest of a wave, took out all the windows on one side of the committee boat. It pelted rained and seas were confused. The race has seen its share of well-known classic boats; the most famous perhaps was Santana, Humphrey Bogart’s 55-foot Sparkman and Stephens yawl who won her class in 2005. Other notables included Baruna, Circe (nee Niuhi) and the gracefully aging Lady Gwendolyn, a 1916 Sea Bird yawl. A couple of the 1976 participants returned in later years: Lark, a 46-foot PCC and Robin, a PC 32, both having won their classes in 2007 and 2006 respectively. It’s quite a scene when the fleet is full and there aren’t a lot of other boats on the water. It’s easy to feel as if time as been reversed. “It looked like Newport Rhode Island in the forties,” said Wooden Hull Yacht Club Commodore Jerry Klein skipper of 1934 gaff rigged Webfoot after a race in 2008. Organizers say the race is an ‘equal opportunity regatta’ as split rigs have won as many overall trophies as sloops. Split rigs won overall in 2002, 2007 and 2008, the latter having been won by Patience, a 36-foot Herreshoff ketch. “The only boats I have ever owned are classic wood,” said Chester Salisbury owner of another Herreshoff design, the 36-foot Ketch Siouxzi. “These boat hold a special place in the hearts and imagination of sailors, and romantics. They are the real deal, and while they certainly require more love and attention than a modern plastic boat, they give a lot more back. I hope that more people will realize that these are some of our most important connections to our maritime history.” And while the positive spirit of gathering so much history in one place on one day is the transcending feeling in the air at the One More Time, it’s still a competition. Since the first event, skippers have complained that there is not enough or too much. Occasionally there has been ‘just enough’ to carry the boats to the finish. The latest races have incorporated a shortened course in which the boats round the Santa Monica Buoys and ‘S’ mark before heading in for the finish off Chace Park. This came in handy in 2008 when Santa Ana’s forced aircraft at nearby LAX to land the wrong way and sideways rain necessitated the short course. All wood boats are invited to participate. To enter the race call or email Chris Frost (626) 437-5806 -, Steve Kincaid (310) 809-7681 - or Andy Kopetzky (818) 324-5872 - andal@ 2010

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Local boaters contend with shoaling problems at the harbor’s north entrance caused by recent storms


ith the winter, comes waves. Nearly every season, the Pacific will throw down a beating on Marina del Rey’s breakwall with waves that climb over and make their way into the protected sanctity of the MDR harbor. When wave action becomes that aggressive, what lies beneath is often effected and boaters need to be careful and watch their depth gauges in areas that used to be plenty deep. Since the middle of last month when a number of storm systems passed through Southern California the North entrance of the harbor has become a bit more treacherous and challenging to navigate. With strong waves pushing and pulling the sand in that area – shoaling has begun, making the area somewhat unpredictable. “This morning, the boat I was on ran aground on an unmarked sand shoal while exiting the north entrance at MDR,” said one boater who ran into shallow water. “Fortunately, the boat was going at clutch speed and was not damaged at all. The boat was in the middle of the channel between the North Jetty and the Breakwater, about 25 feet from the Jetty. The Depthfinder said “18 ft.” A split-second later, the boat was aground on sand and the Depthfinder read “0.0”. Looking at the water, you can’t see the difference in the depth.” According to former science teacher Stacy Sinclair, the shoaling is basic Earth Science: 14

“Given the prevailing direction of our current, it would only make sense that the sand would end up in the north entrance to the marina. Since the breakwater is designed specifically to reduce the force of the waves, the sand, once behind the breakwater, no longer is carried by wave energy further south, but stays behind the protection of the rocks until it is moved slowly by gentle wave action or by equipment.” The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors issued this statement for local boaters to adhere to: The north entrance is open to mariners with approximately 100 to 120 yards clearance, with the majority of the entrance at approximately 15- to 17-foot depth, county officials said.

The Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Department has placed additional “aids to navigation” (green buoys) and “hazard buoys” (white buoys) to help guide boaters through the north entrance for a minimum depth clearance of ten feet at low tide. Mariners are urged to stay outside the buoy area and should use extreme caution when traveling the north entrance since conditions are changing and buoys can move, department officials said. Boaters are also advised to pay attention to astronomical low tides during monthly full and new moon periods, as well as to stay clear of the jetties and utilize the south entrance to Marina del Rey. These areas are being monitored by the Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station. For north entrance shoaling update information, (310) 482-6000 or VHF Channel 16.

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What’s New on the Island
By Captain Richard Schaefer
ne of the things I like best about Catalina is that it doesn’t seem to change much. I’m happy with the old and familiar. But it seems most folks like “new and different”. I suppose that majority opinion is what prompted the Island Company to add a handful of new attractions to Avalon. They spent 11 million dollars so let’s hope it works out for them. There’s a new restaurant in town, right across from the Green Pier on Crescent. “Discovery Tours” has been relocated and the corner location is now the site for the “Avalon Grille”. The marketing folks describe the eatery as an “American tavern styled restaurant”. I don’t know about that description - when I hear, “American Tavern”, I think of grizzled, bearded men with coonskin caps and muskets, drinking a toast of hot buttered rum to Daniel Boone under a deer head. Or, maybe Ahab and Strabuck poundin’ their flagons on the bar of a Nantucket pub. Sorry boys, “Avalon Waterfront” doesn’t come to mind. According to the website there will be indoor and outdoor seating in a “family friendly location”. They will serve, “micro brews, wine and cocktails” - sounds more like “yuppie friendly” to me. (Say, what do they call “yuppies” these days? I know they’re not extinct ‘cause I still see them driving new cars around the westside - somehow magically protected from the DotCom collapse and the subsequent deflation of the Real Estate bubble that crippled all non coastal areas - certainly a resilient species.). Anyway, the bottom line is, can I afford to feed my family there? Avalon’s prices are not known to be “family friendly”. But, I suppose that’s understandable - like most resort areas, they only have a few months in which to “gather their nuts” . 16


Maybe those marketing guys should have paid me about 1% of that 11-million to come up with better marketing copy. I’d have been happy to oblige. Let’s hope the grub is better than the press release. For years the Descanso Beach Club, lying just west of the Casino, has been one of the best kept secrets in southern California. For a few dollars a day you could lounge on a private beach while sipping one of those little tropical, umbrella drinks as your kids frolic on the beach. There is a cabana and bar a few paces from the beach - if you prefer bar stool conversation and big screen T.V.. The Island Company has added a few new attractions to the scene. For starters, an outdoor restaurant is open for day and evening dining. There is live music on weekends, and fire rings and wood are available for beach fires. Also, a new activity center set to open in April that will focus on recreation venues within Descanso Bay and Canyon. Added to the existing kayak, paddle board and snorkel rentals will be “Snuba Tours” (basically scuba without the tanks and hassle - utilizes hooka/hose set up from a float), and a Zip Line Tour of Descanso Canyon. The Zip Line Eco Tour sounds pretty cool. The adventure begins about 600 feet above sea level, a few hundred yards up Descanso Canyon, and ends at the shore of Descanso Beach. The tour consists of 4,000 feet of Zip Line starting from a platform at the top of the run. There are five separate “zips” across the canyon - platform to platform. Some runs are over 300 feet above the canyon floor, and speeds of over 5 miles an hour are reached. The platforms will have informational plaques for each stage of the descent as well as terrific views of the canyon and ocean below. The full tour should take

approximately 2 hours and costs $89.00. For those of you with little or no Tarzan DNA it may be necessary to spend an hour or so in the bar ingesting courage - Save me a seat - I’ll be joining you there. The Island Company is also attempting to add an undersea adventure to compliment the mountaineering experience -” Sea Trek Undersea Adventure”. This stroll along the sea-bottom will begin on the west side of the cove. Diver/Walkers will wear a lightweight diving helmet, and walk along an undersea trail among rocky reefs and kelp forests. There will be guides and each diver/walker will have a waterproof, informational clipboard. This tour was scheduled to open in the Spring. However, enviros became concerned that walking on the sea bed might disturb the little creatures lurking under the sand and so have fought to stop it. Added to this are the usual governmental hassles that often take years (and lots of money) to resolve. It is not clear at this time whether or not the “hard-greens” will be successful in their efforts to stop the undersea foot path. Just a couple of thoughts; A) If we can have tens of millions of paths and roads on land than why can’t we have 1 or 2, little teeny-weeny ones on the sea bottom? B) Don’t we already lay cables and pipes, set mooring blocks, build piers and breakwaters on the ocean bottom, and walk on the seabed at the beach? Sort of makes you wonder what the enviro’s agenda is. But, as is the case with any sort of human endeavor - you know they’ve got issues. In any event, the future of the undersea “nature walk” remains uncertain. There will also be a GPS guided walking tour of Avalon. Visitors will carry a hi-tech, multimedia 2010

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GPS unit that will guide them through the streets of Avalon, answer questions and point the way to historical buildings and landmarks. Tourists can amble around town at their own speed. These new, Avalon based, attractions will add even more dimension to an already extensive venue which includes; para-sailing, flying fish and glass bottom boat tours, “ghost walks”, segway excursions, walking tours, the Avalon Museum, kayaking, snorkeling, miniature golf, 9 hole golf course, the Casino, boat and jet ski rentals, and the Wrigley Gardens. If all this entertainment seems overwhelming then there is always the west end for a slower more relaxed pace. The west end /Two Harbors does have weekly events throughout the boating season. You can pick up an event calendar on the pier or online. There is one wonderful family attraction at Two Harbors that most visitors aren’t aware of. The Marine Lab at Big Fisherman Cove has tours every weekend. There are touch tanks, moray eel feedings and aquariums. It’s a great, educational way to spend an afternoon - truly a wonderful venue for families with children and, 2010

here’s the best part - it’s free. You can contact the Two Harbors, Harbor Department for further information at (310) 510-4210 or, for more specific, up to date information, contact the USC Lab personnel directly at, (310) 510-0811 Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Next month, after complete details of the new State Water Resources Control Board’s proposed regulations are made public, I plan to write about this Draconian and costly plan, and its negative effect on recreational boating. In the meantime, you can get an idea of this expensive scheme, and its consequences, by Googling California Water Resources Control Board Plan - Pollution, Water Monitoring Proposal. Or, go to, “Recreational Boaters of California”, web site for information and other links. This could get real ugly folks. Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Master. He has instructed, skippered charters and delivered sailing vessels for more than 25 years. He can be reached for instruction, consultation or questions at (310) 460-8946 or e-mail,

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Whale Spotting


n an area where cruising grounds are limited, powerboaters need stuff to do. There’s fishing of course, but not everyone has the equipment, knowledge and/or desire to go out on an ocean fishing trip. There’s predicted log racing, but that takes navigational abilities not everyone possesses. So what to do? Go out and burn a bunch of gas watching the knot meter? There’s a nice alternative this time of year that works for the whole family – gray whale watching. Whale watching is the perfect activity for a day trip in Southern California and now’s the time when a gray is most likely to be spotted. Between late February and late March both southbound and northbound gray whales are making their way to or from the warm waters of Mexico during their yearly migration.

While some advise heading out towards Point Vicente where the American Cetacean Society performs their gray whale census project, other head towards the Point Dume area in Malibu. In fact, the local press recently reported a 20 to 30-foot-long baby gray surfacing around the Malibu Pier where a crowd gathered and watched. Most believe that the majority of migrating grays will either head around the west side of Catalina Island or travel an imaginary line from Point Dume to Point Vicente. “For gray whales on a south bound migration, typically the whales are around three miles off shore and for the northbound they can be as close as a mile off shore,” said Diane Alps, Operations Manager, American Cetacean Society National Headquarters and Programs Coordinator, of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. “But the real mass of the migration goes behind [Catalina] Island.” Since December 1, there had been about 270 whales sighted by the census organization, but that number is expected to grow by leaps and bounds in the next month as many northbound whales with calves will be heading back to the feeding grounds of the Pacific Northwest. Cetacean experts ask that private boaters be very cautious when entering into these animal’s migratory behaviors. While it’s tempting to get as close as possible during a whale watching trip it can be potentially dangerous for all involved. Whale experts urge boaters to abide by the law that states to keep back at least 100-yards. “The best thing to do is maintain the motor’s speed and try to keep 100-yards between you and the whale, you’re not supposed to approach any closer than that,” said Alisa Schulman-Janiger, Project Director of the American Cetacean Society Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project. “Now if the whale decides to come around closer to you – that’s a different story.” Janiger is quick to remind boaters that a migration is a sensitive situation and concern should be taken when witnessing these creatures. “You shouldn’t rush up on a whale or cut it off and it’s best not to change your engine speed or get between mothers and calves,” said “The problems that we generally see are with private boaters. There are a lot of people who may not be aware that there’s a whale migration going on out here. I sometimes see people on personal watercraft zipping around almost hitting the whales. I’ve seen one whale breach to avoid being hit by a PWC.” To see a daily count of the whales that past by Palos Verdes log onto To learn about programs and volunteering opportunities go to


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Burrr!!!! The water temps in the bay have dropped to a chilly 57-degrees. With all this recent rain it’s looking like El Nino is upon us. The fishing has been inconsistent, as it often is this time of year, with sand bass and sculpin being the mainstay for local fishing. We’re all waiting for the bottom fish opener to happen in March. If you read any reports from Orange County to San Diego they have been getting those giant squid. They put up a nice fight and when prepped the right way, taste alright. We should be glad they are not up here because they eat anything in their path. Catalina has had squid as well, but bait size, in turn producing a few white seabass and yellowtail to be had if you’re lucky. On the Bait Seine: Larry and Mike over at Inseine Baits are still holding a mix of anchovies and sardines. I’m looking forward to a good season ahead. Until next time…………Tight Lines

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“ O p e n ” for Bu sin ess!

Open School instructor and founder Jerome Sammarcelli sailing his Open 5.70 in the 2009 Long Beach Race Week.

New High Performance Sailing School Opens in MDR
On Sunday March 7, a new addition to the Marina del Rey racing community will open its doors. The Open Sailing School located at 4695 Admiralty Way will be beginning their classes that specialize in high performance boat-handling and tactics taught by the owners of Open Sailing who have a combined 30+ years of racing experience. Classes will be taught on the popular one-design boat, the Open 5.70, which is the fastest growing one-design fleet in Marina del Rey and Sailing World magazine’s 2008 One-Design Boat of the Year. “It’s stable and forgiving with a large spacious cockpit making it a great teaching platform,” said instructor/owner Nik Vale about the boat. For advanced courses, Open Sailing plans to utilize the ultra-sleek, super fast all carbon Open 6.50 - a high performance sportboat that has generated tons of attention around the racing world over the past few years. In addition, in the near future, courses on short-handed and single-handed racing will also be available on the Open Sailing built Pogo 2, an ocean going Mini designed specially for short-handed sailing. And the school plans to offer ASAs Basic Keelboat course (ASA 101) for beginner sailors as well. “We offer a comprehensive Progressive Racing Program that includes various classes that cover everything to do with sailboat racing,” said Open Sailing President Jerome Sammarcelli. “We have courses about the basics of racing, tactics and strategy, sail trim, spinnaker trimming, the rules of racing, match racing, and starting techniques.” The new school will also offer private coaching on the Open 5.70, Open 6.50, Pogo 2 or on the student’s boat. Contact the school at (310) 928-6570.


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south bay yacht racing club
Commodore Corner
It is with great pleasure that I take over the helm of South Bay Yacht Racing Club for 2010. I’ll do my best to lead our organization; our director and chair positions are filled with dedicated and energetic racers, many of whom are already forming exciting plans for this year. With the dynamism of the incoming board, this year is poised to be a great one for SBYRC. The new decade started with zero wind on the first week, to change dramatically to thunderstorms, bringing a lot of rain in the Santa Monica Bay with high winds in the 35 knots. Then the weather changed all of a sudden, the rain stopped, the sky cleared up the day before the Champagne Series Regatta giving us a great weather to race; then the bad weather came back a few days later bringing the thunderstorms, the high winds and even a tornado. That unfortunately led a lot of the racers to stay home, trusting the weather man. The daring sailors who came out to play and raced the second day of the Champagne Series Regatta, had a blast sailing out on a beautiful day on the water with great winds and no rain. Yes, we were blessed with a wonderful weather for our first regatta of the year, I agree. Let’s hope for great winds all year long!


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SBYRC Winner’s Corner The Champagne Series was a five race regatta that managed to dodge all the bad weather SoCal has had for the last few weeks! Winners PHRF A - John Staff Plankton J80 - Curt Johnson Avet Open 5.70 - Jerome Sammarcelli - Semi Aquatic South Bay Yacht Racing Club is made up of racers for racers, if you are in- PHRF B - Cheda/Thomas/Fleck - Bandit terested in joining our efforts, please Martin 242 - Denise George - All In
let us know. I am looking forward to a year of challenges, fun and growth of the club. Nora Feddal - Commodore

Jerome Sammarcelli won the Champagne Perpetual Trophy on Semi Aquatic. George Moll was the winner of the Kleeve Perpetual Trophy for the One Design on his Open 5.70 Sonic. The hospitality after the two days of racing was held at MVYC and all had a great time enjoying the camaraderie with many awesome raffle prizes from our sponsors! Special New Member and Renewal Promotion
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The South Bay Yacht Racing Club board and members would like to welcome our newest members: Kieran Shocklee, Mark Spector, Sayoko Adachi-Edwards, Wayne Brandow, Ray Durand, David Messier. Good luck racing and we’ll see you on the water! Michael Shocklee VC and Membership Director For information on how you can help the club, be part of a Race Committee and learn more about racing, send an email to or contact any of the board members anytime.

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C rui si ng

Memories From Around the World
Local sailor Laurie Pane was born and raised on a sugar cane farm in North Queensland, Australia and had visited, lived and worked in more than 100 countries before moving to California; their circumnavigation adventures included being arrested by the secret police in Sudan, surviving a lightning strike in Panama, enduring depth-charges in Sri Lanka, escaping land-mines in Egypt, chasing dragons in Indonesia and dodging whales in Tonga. Laurie Pane’s first book, Chasing Sunsets, recounts the circumnavigation of a family who dared to be extraordinary. Here are some comments from Laurie on some of the interesting destinations that they visited on their family adventure. Check out for more info. Indonesia The ladies in our group were a little put off by the piles of live dogs, all neatly trussed, ready for the market, and then the pot. For some reason, the similarly stacked chickens excited no comment. Ryan expressed a desire to try dog, rat and snake, but Carole turned pale green, so the subject was quickly changed. Yemen The best show in town was the chicken seller. His little stall was surrounded by banked cages of chickens. He would select one, pluck it, gut it, and chop it into quarters so quickly that the legs were still kicking as they were hung on hooks. I am unsure, after long and close observation, as to whether he actually killed the chicken beforehand, or left it to the procedure. A return trip to Aden will need to be made to clear up this controversy. Eritrea Dinner was a four-foot diameter platter, lined with pancake-like sour bread, and covered with heaps of various local dishes, all meat. Correct procedure was to tear off a piece of bread and scoop up some food with it, all with the right hand of course, as the left is reserved for more intimate cleaning functions. Left-handed me had some etiquette problems. Greece The other yachts tried to tie up to the town quay, about half a mile from us. There were so many of them that they were often two or three deep. Still they seemed to prefer the smell and wash and noise, for the doubtful benefit of paying for the night, and the facility of being able to crawl over other boats to get to shore. We dinghied casually up to our restaurant of choice, tied up next to our table, ate and drank, then indulged in an after-dinner stroll past the chaos of tangled lines and anchors, and the sound of grinding fiberglass, before returning to our peaceful abode. As the King of Siam was wont to say, “Is a puzzlement.” Cariacou The market stalls were all under cover, except for one. When I asked its lady vendor why there were fish eyes in the pile of tomatoes, she pointed at the overhead tree where birds perch and drop beak-loads. Not wishing to make further discoveries, we moved to the inside stalls. Italy We are some 55-feet long, bow anchor to stern anchor, and draw 7’6.” The canal was less than 60-feet wide and 8’6” deep in the middle, with a sloping rock wall on one side and the tall concrete wall on the other. The space for us was between a 30-foot sailboat and a 70-foot powerboat. Reversing into the space wasn’t an option, so we headed in, and had to spin “Dolphin Spirit” around in the canal. An extra coat of paint would have been scraped off, but we made it. The applause from the awestruck crowd on the wall was thunderous. Chartres Cathedral Our English guide likened taking a one-hour tour to reading the first page of an encyclopedia. He has been guiding people through, and talking and writing about the Cathedral since 1958, and clearly recalled my previous visit around 1963. 22

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Steve Lee is a certified vessel examiner with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is also the Public Affairs Officer for the Los Angeles based Flotilla 12-4, a member of the BoatHelicopter Operations Training Team and active in patrolling the local waters. He grew up boating on the Long Island Sound, has captained sailboats in offshore racing and even endured a Category 4 hurricane while afloat, an experience that underlined for him the importance of safety preparation.

How to Pass a Coast Guard Vessel Safety Check - Steve Lee Lots of people don’t know that the Coast Guard Auxiliary performs free vessel safety checks in Marina del Rey. What is involved? With the winter weather keeping many boaters on land taking care of annual maintenance, it’s a good time to go through your vessel and take stock on all your safety equipment. Safety gear that is expired, worn out or damaged won’t help you when that unexpected moment comes and you actually need it. It also won’t help you avoid a fine if you get boarded by a Coast Guard boarding team conducting law enforcement. That’s why the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary provides free Vessel Safety Checks (VSC) year round to help you out. If you are out of compliance somewhere, we will simply alert you to that so you can correct the issue. When you do pass, you receive an official Coast Guard decal signifying your “passed” status. But did you know that VSC decals are only valid for one calendar year? So even if you already had an examination in the past, you will need to get a new one this season. This is simply to ensure that you are maintaining the level of safety necessary and that you are meeting all state and federal regulations. Almost every type of boat is eligible for a Vessel Safety Check, from kayaks and inflatables to luxury yachts. Your local vessel examiner can answer this and any other questions you might have about the process ahead of time. To get your boat checked, simply contact an examiner in your area. We are happy to come to your boat by appointment (whether in the water or on a trailer). You can also look for us at launch ramps and around marinas during various weekends throughout the summer. So here are some general tips of things to look for to help you get started preparing for the examination. The following is not a complete list, but rather 2010

an overview, so please see our website below for detailed specifications. Registration / Documentation Often boat owners can’t locate their legal paperwork. Make sure all your boat’s registration or documentation papers are on board and accessible, just as you would in your car. If you have a larger vessel documented with the Coast Guard, be sure that number is permanently marked on a visible part of the interior and that the boat’s name and hailing port are properly displayed on the hull. If you are registered with the state, check that your hull markings and sticker haven’t come off or faded from the bow as often happens. The letters and numbers must contrast the hull color and be at least three inches high. Life Jackets Are your life jackets buried under five feet of fenders and line? Are they moldy and disintegrating? Well they need to be in good condition and readily accessible in case of an emergency. Remember: one for each person on board. Do you ever have children along? If so, you must have correctly sized life jackets for each of them. If your boat is over 16 feet, then you must have one throwable flotation device immediately available, not just stowed away. Note: California state law requires any child on board under the age of 11 to be wearing a life jacket. This infraction is punishable by fine. Visual Distress Signals One of the most common reasons for a boat not passing a vessel examination is expired flares. Flares expire fairly quickly and if you

think they will still work after that date, think again. All boats 16-feet and over must carry either three day and three night pyrotechnic distress signals, or a certified non-pyrotechinc day signal (such as an orange distress flag) and non-pyrotechinc night signal (certified distress light), or a combination of those. There are flare kits available that come with the needed items. But even if you already have them, you must check the expiration dates. If you’d like to gain some experience in shooting off your old flares, as well as properly disposing of them, then contact the Auxiliary to find out when and where our annual Flare Day event will be (usually sometime in Spring). You might be surprised by how many duds there are. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the Auxiliary directly supports the Coast Guard in all missions, except military and law enforcement actions. To schedule a VSC or get more info on the Auxiliary, call the hotline: (818) 239-4770 or email:

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Quality Advice From A Two Year Old Black Lab Puppy
Dear Mookie, The older I get the more judgmental I become. I find myself criticizing my son’s choice of clothing and hairstyle, I complain to my husband about how his friend’s act and I want to ring my sister’s neck for acting like she’s in her twenties instead of her late thirties. I know it’s not good – what can I do? Signed Judge of MDR

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Dance lessons. Great party idea! Pro. instructor Ms. M.C.Callaghan net also available for privates, groups. Info- 818-694-7283 or email mc4dance@sbcglobal.

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9.7’ In use till boat sold. Surface scratches but sound tube and ends. Includes wire bridles and trip lines. $140. Call 310 398-1430 leave message, I’ll call you back. View on weekends or after work.

Power Boats
34’ Bayliner 1989
Avanti Express Cruiser. Twin 454s gas. Radar, GPS, depth finder. 2 staterooms, bath w/shower. Great liveabard slip. $37,000. Tony 310-920-1478

Have a business to sell?
Call Pramod Patel at 310-933-6236. DRE R.E. Broker License #01340920

Wooden Boom Bimini top

Complete 12 ft, make offer. 310-213-6439 With stainless bows fits 42 motor yacht bridge $650

Will Crew For You!!
Hi there, my name is Charlie and I am new to the Los Angeles area. I am interested in crewing on your sailboat. I don’t have experience, but I am honest, hardworking, motivated and dependable. Please contact me if you need a hand. Charlie ccompuesto@ 619.227.4187

32’ Uniflite.

Great liveaboard. Twin Crusaders, sleeps 6, full galley and head. 18,000 OBO. Call 818-886-4602.

Wellcraft Airslot 24ft. 1974
Cuddy cabin.Compl.restored.

150ft 5/16” High Test Chain
New @ West Marine over $5/ft. Clean up and good to go. $150. 310-279-1200.

Seeps fuel!! $ 5900- Call Peter 310-864-4842 13’ Boston Whaler w/25 Evinrude $3,900 OBO call 310-823-2040 13’ Boston Whaler With 40 HP Honda - $6,500 310-822-8618

Winch Conversion

Biography Writer

Turn your winches into power winches with this Milwaukee 28V cordless right angle drill with extra 28V battery. bought in ‘09. Light use. $285.00. 310-7390303

I will write your biography, a living testimonial to your adventures at sea. Experienced pro, ex-Life Magazine editor. CNN Traveller (U.K.), Huffington Post, Modern Luxury Magazines, Travel & Leisure Golf, The New Yorker, New York Post, Redbook. Jim Calio - (310)578-5094 -

Membership Available
Mid Valley Sailing Club, a 30 yr old non-profit org., in MDR, has a membership avail.. Plenty of use of a 1982 Catalina 27, diesel, GPS, head, all upkeep, insur., slip rent , Vessel Assist, included in annual $700, plus $150 initiation. Applicants must be experienced sailors. For quick response Email your phone no. and short sailing resume to:

From 40 ft. Cal call 310-823-2040 4.5 KW- $3,000. 310-823-4821

Northern Lights Generator Universal Diesel Generator
Used- 8.5 KW- $2,200. 310-823-4821

Boat Names Lettering
Servicing MDR with boat lettering over 12 Yrs. Now offering Full Color Vinyl lettering, and graphics. Bluewater Boat Lettering 310.433.5335

Catalina 27 Genoa

North Sails mylar 150% genoa for a Cat 27. Excellent condition, hank on luff. $350. Call Bob at 310-3062657.

Custom Marine Carpentry & Fiberglass
Hardtops, swimsteps, extensions, doors, mold making. Large portfolio. Movie experience. Small boats & props. 310-592-5915.

Yamaha 25
2 stroke outboard $1400. 310-701-5960

2003 Honda Super Quiet Generator EU1000i.
Less than 10 hours use. Exact same new retails for $790 plus tax. Asking $600.00. 310 -339-1748

Marine Mechanic
Ignition and repair and boat systems. Repair questions answered promptly. John – 562-313-7600.

Used Outboards

4 HP Mercury, short shaft, 4 stroke $900 5 HP Honda, , short shaft, 4 stroke $800 8 HP short shaft, 4 stroke $1400 8 HP Honda, short shaft, 4 stroke $1,300 8 HP Mercury, , short shaft, 4 stroke $1,300 9.8 Mercury HP, , short shaft, 4 stroke $1,500 40 HP Honda, long shaft 4 stroke $3,500 40 HP Suzuki, long shaft, 4 stroke $4,000 90 HP Mercury, long shaft, 4 stroke $4,500

Sails Used sails in stock 310 827-8888

Donate Boats
Donate Your Boat

Professional, U.S.C.G. Lic. Master, 25 years experience.


Instruction, yacht management, insurance surveys, deliveries, pre-purchase and repair consultation. Serving Long Beach to Santa Barbara. Local references. Captain Richard Schaefer 310-460-8946.

Cash For Your Boat !
Power or sail, Yachts to dinghys 310-849-2930

LA Area Council Boy Scouts of America need your boat or boat gear as donation to support essential and formative youth programs, please call 310-823-2040 or E-mail

Help Wanted

General light part time maintenance:
Office, boats, autos, computer use, etc CSA 310 821


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