Issue #88

May 2010
Ma r i ne r
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A Magazi ne For The Mari na del Rey Boati ng Communi ty
Local Sailor Tested in Fiji
Race Finishing Gun Causes Scare
Killer Whale Editorial
So our own Abby Sunderland just sailed around Cape Horn at 16. While that was happening Australian
Jessica Watson, also 16, has nearly completed a solo, unassisted and non-stop global circumnavigation.
Soon Jordan Romero, 13, who is at base camp at Mt. Everest will attempt to be the youngest to climb to
the top of the world. And of course there’s Laura Dekker from the Netherlands who planned on sailing
around the world at 13, but the local government intervened and wouldn’t allow it. Dekker subsequently
ran away to the Caribbean. She was mad that she was prevented…after all, she has been solo-sailing since
she was 10…is it just me or are kids getting more ambitious?
When I was 13 I didn’t have the attention span to glue together a model airplane. I couldn’t fix my own
bicycle. Climbing a tree was a big deal and there were certain trees I would not attempt. A map wasn’t
even remotely a part of my understanding…I had seen them, I think I even tried to unsuccessfully fold
one back up once, but never actually used one to get anywhere. Maybe comparing these people to me
isn’t a good idea...
It’s an interesting area – the youngest to…Abby Sunderland’s mother told me recently, “actually I tend
to agree that youngest records could cause people to put themselves at unnecessary risk if they are not
prepared and capable.”
Myself, I’m as fascinated by the passion of the protesting people who don’t even know these kids as I am
by the kids themselves. If a stranger came to me and said, “hey dude, my kids the world’s youngest chain
saw juggler.” I’d say, “really?” Then I’d go get gas for my car and mention it at dinner.
I don’t know how all of this is affecting me, but I do know I saw Zac Sunderland on a boat recently and I
thought, “man, that dude looks old!”
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Cover: A boat rounds Coronado del
Norte at sunset during the Border
Run Race. Photo by Pat Reynolds
Coming Events 4
Off the Wire 6
Jr. Shipmates Turns 10 10
Sherry Barone’s Program for Special Needs Children
Never Trust a Low 12
by Mike Leneman
Packin’ Heat 14
Commodore Detained by Sheriffs Over Gun Controversy
Catalina Currents 19
Farewell to Harbormaster Doug Oudin by Richard Schaefer
Powertails 22
America’s Waterway Watch
Racing 24
Berger Series #3
Abby Sunderland Changes Her Plan 26
Ask the Expert - Mike Delamater 27
Ask Mookie 28
Classifieds 29
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65 McKinna 2002 4 cabins dual helms, fully
equipt, clean $1,099,000
52 Californian cockpit motoryacht 1988
Caterpillar diesels,two staterooms, loaded
47 Spindrift Ranger convertible sedan Cat
diesels, two staterooms $99,000
43 Bayliner 1990 motoryacht three state-
rooms, diesels $125,000
43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300
HP Cat diesels, loaded $139,000
42 Chris Craft motoryacht 1987 over
$22000 spent in ‘09 upgrades $79,000
41 Silverton Convertible sedan, two cabins -
spacious. $115,000
39 Bayliner convertible sedan two state-
rooms two helms Cummins 330 HP diesels
37 Silverton sedan 1984 very clean, sleeps 6,
with elec head and shower. Reduced $42,000
39 Sea Ranger trawler motor yacht 2 state-
rooms, 2 helms, very clean, 120 HP diesels
38 Bayliner have three; 1987 -1991all diesels
with 2 staterooms, dual helms, from $79,000
to $98,500
38 Dolphin trawler aft cabin 1986 dual
helms, full walk around decks, side door
entry very clean $99,000
37 Silverton 1998 aft cabin, full electronics
very clean $134,500
35 Bayliner aft cabin 1996 three staterooms,
diesels, lo hours, loaded $110,000
33 Sea Ray sundancer 1994 low engin hours ,
air cond, generator, new eletcronics $43,500
34 Sea ray Sundancer 1087 loaded $29,900
32 Lurhrs Flybridge Sedan 1975 all new
exterior finish and interior upholstery $24,900
45 Morgan/ Catalina 1992 built center-cock-
pit bluewater cruiser, loaded clean $149,000
41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have
2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000
41 Islander Freeport 1978 center-cockpit
ketch bluewater cruiser $79,000
38 Morgan Catalina built center cockpit
1994 loaded and clean $119,000
37 Irwin center cockpit sloop 1975, very
clean and fully equipt $39,000
37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975
upgraded 1991 new engine and more $89,000
36 Magellean ketch 1978 bluewater cruiser,
full keel, Bristol condition $42,500
29 Columbia 1977 wheel, furling headsail
spacious $6,900
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May 23
Sunday, May 23 – Shor e Fi shi ng
Two-hour introduction class to shore fishing.
Fishing poles and bait will be provided. Anglers
typically catch surfperch, croaker, corbina,
halibut and leopard shark. Sponsored by LA
County Department of Beaches & Harbors at
Dockweiler Youth Center. All ages welcome
(under 12 years must be accompanied by an
adult). Over 16 yrs must have valid California
fishing license to participate. 8 – 10 a.m. Contact
310 726 4128
May 27
CYC Yacht i ng Luncheon
Lat i n Ameri can Advent ures
Crossing the “Andes” by boat, Rounding “Cape
Horn” and other unique experiences. Presented by
California Yacht Club Past Commodore Martin
McCarthy. You’ll experience the foreboding
landscape of Chile’s “Tierra del Fuego” while
cruising through the “Straits of Magellan”
and climbing ashore at fabled “Cape Horn.”
Then visit colonial Santiago in preparation for
crossing the Andes mountains by boat through
the active volcano-encircled lake district; the
voyage is rewarded by dramatic scenery and
final destination San Carlos del Bariloche –
Argentina’s “little Switzerland” and chocolate
aficionados wonderland. Happy Half Hour
– Noon. Bountiful Buffet Luncheon – 12:20
p.m. Presentation – 12:40 p.m. $15.15 includes
Luncheon, tax, service and parking. Reservations
appreciated. Open to all who enjoy yachting and
adventure, as a public service of California Yacht
Club. 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~
310-823-4567 ~
June 3
6t h Annual Tast e
Ar ound of Aval on
Enjoy the most scrumptious tastes of delectable
food or beverages from some of Avalon’s finest
dining establishments. Vote for your favorites as
the Taste of the Year. Catalina Island Chamber
of Commerce (310)510-1520.
June 3rd - 6th
3r d Annual Fl yi ng Fi sh Fest i val
Four day event to celebrate the return of the
migratory Catalina Flying Fish with a variety of
family fun themed activities. Catalina Chamber
of Commerce (310) 510-1520.
June 5
Summer Wi ne Fest i val at
Two Har bor s
Join us on the beach in Two Harbors for our
unique 9th Annual Summer Wine Festival. There
will be fine wine, live music, & much more. Get
your tickets in advance, this event will sell out.
Contact (310) 510-4249 or
June 12-13
Mar i naf est
On display will be an exceptional selection
of the finest new and brokerage motoryachts,
saliboats, fishing boats and family sportboats in
the Southern California marketplace. G Basin
and Pier 44 slips (at the corner of Admiralty Way
and Bali Way). Hours 10am-6pm on Saturday,
and 11am-5pm on Sunday. More info at www.
June 24
CYC Yacht i ng Luncheon
Li ght ni ng And Boat s - St ayi ng
Saf e I n Thunder st or ms
Lightning is a phenomenon that has fascinated
humankind since prehistoric man hid in caves
when thunder pealed overhead. As the world’s
population has grown, the risk of injury or death
by lightning has steadily increased—but is still
so rare that many medical professionals do not
know how to treat its victims. Presentation
by Craig B. Smith. Happy Half Hour – Noon
Bountiful Buffet Luncheon – 12:20 p.m.
Presentation – 12:40 p.m. $15.15 includes
Luncheon, tax, service and parking. 4469
Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~ 310-823-
Li ve Musi c at t he Wat er f r ont
Unkle Monkey (Guitar, Ukulele & Steel Drum
) performs every Monday Night 7 - 10 pm at
The Waterfront Restaurant 4211 Admiralty Way
Enjoy the intoxicating sounds of the islands
from Hawaii to the Caribbean....and plenty of
Jimmy Buffett songs !
Mar i na Veni c e Yacht Cl ub
Soc i al Sundays
Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our
Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. Food items are provided and there is no
charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City
Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way.
Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy
one, or just want to be around other water loving
people MVYC welcomes all who share in the
Corinthian Spirit. Security will tell you where
to park. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator
to the Club House on G2. For more information
contact, call (818) 422-
6368, or visit our Facebook Group page.
Sai l i ng Si ngl es of
Sout her n Cal i f or ni a
Sailing Singles of Southern California is a
Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey but
open to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area.
We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the Marina
Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located
at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina
del Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation per
person that includes a light Dinner. Drinks are
available at a full bar at reasonable prices. Club
members will meet and socialize with sailboat
owners and can arrange for sails in Santa
Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can
enjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners
on member’s Boats. Catalina Island trips and
special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893
or email: www.
Mar i na Sunday Sai l i ng Cl ub
Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers
C o m i n g E v e n t s !
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
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 with
a $3 donation. No prior experience required and
married people are welcome. For info call (310)
226-8000 or visit www.marinasundaysailors.
Si ngl e Mar i ner s Meet i ng
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 Sai l i ng Assoc i at i on of
Sant a Moni c a 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
Cat al i nas of Sant a Moni c a Bay,
Ow ner s of Cat al i na Yacht s
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
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Come see why SMWYC wins Club of the Year season after season. An involved
membership, full calendar of events, and amazing location makes this club the one to
join! Hope to see you soon!
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Press release - Springtime is when our leisure boating world springs
back to life after a long winter. This means getting things ship shape and
getting ready to set out to sea. Fresh paint, repaired sails, fresh fishing
rigs set, new zincs, fixing electronics, belts, oil, and much more but most
important is getting the engine or engines to perform at peak efficiency
for obvious reasons.
As fuel prices continue to climb, costs of replacement parts continue to get
more expensive, and preventative maintenance becomes more important
for we boaters. Hence, clean and efficient running engine cooling systems
require special attention in order to have peace of mind when cruising the
Many of us have experienced that heart sinking and helpless feeling of
seeing the temperature gage start to climb…we then begin to wonder
when will it stop before we blow the trip and sit stranded between here
and there. You know the feeling of the gauge slowly climbing…190, 205,
210, then 220! Yikes! What now?

Engine overheating is one of the preeminent seafaring problems for we
mariners. What is often overlooked is that our vessel might have been
inactive for many months during the off-season. I like to say that the
engines are “marinating” for six months during the California winter.
Well guess what? That “marinating” is creating a wicked brew of water-
fouling issues in our engine’s cooling systems. Calcium and scale build
up and the continuing consolidation of the inevitable rusting process is
taking its toll on our cooling systems. Some say that keeping the oil clean
is the top priority in terms of engine well being, but in fact, water issues
in engine cooling systems are just as important because they have a high
potential for problems.
There are things that need to be done to be safe on the seas. Clean and
efficient running engine cooling systems take regular maintenance. My
experience has been that engine cooling components have traditionally
needed to be removed and cleaned or replaced which means sailing
downtime, and high expense. However, I have experience with an
alternative to the labor and cost intensive efforts to remove and clean your
engine cooling systems.
I’ve found the answer can be found with Maritime Expressions products.
They have a product called Me-Ultimate Descaler that can safely and
quickly return your engines cooling system to peak operating efficiency. I
have seen Me-Ultimate Descaler clean all the heat exchangers on two large
450-hp diesels and the generator in one day! I have been in the boating
industry for over 35 years, here in Southern California, and I would
recommend using this cost and time saving product as I have seen its
success on many vessels. Itʼs perfect for the “do-it-yourselfer” and great
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Marinafest Hits MDR!
MarinaFest is a community based event,
centered around the boating lifestyle. On
display will be an exceptional selection of
the finest new and brokerage motoryachts,
sailboats, fishing boats and family sportboats in
the Southern California marketplace.
This is your opportunity to browse, inspect and
go-aboard a variety of pleasure boats that best
suit your boating aspirations. In addition to an
incredible array of boats, MarinaFest will have
a wide range of boating accessories, electronics
and water sport equipment including kayaks,
windsurfers, and paddleboards for you to
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who likes
being in and around the water, MarinaFest is
the perfect place for you and friends to visit.
That’s MarinaFest 2010, Saturday and Sunday,
June 12-13 at G Basin and Pier 44 slips (at the
corner of Admiralty Way and Bali Way). Hours
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5
p.m. on Sunday.
In loving memory of Michel Haring 10/20/45 –
04/30/10; a loving father, grandfather who was
always adventurous and fun to be with. He was
a captain of his boat and a man that enjoyed
taking advantage of every available moment to
be out conquering the oceans. He was an artist
of wood work, a master of repairing antiques,
and creating masterpieces. He was a good friend
and was always willing to help others when he
could. Let’s not forget that he loved his animals
and they loved him unconditionally
Please come and have fun in enjoying the
celebration of his life on May 29,2010, starting
at 4:00 p.m. The memorial service will be a pot
luck, so please feel free to bring your favorite
dish to share.
Pacific Mariners Yacht Club
13915 Panay Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
Michel Haring
1945 - 2010
14025 Panay Way Marina del Rey
Cel est i al Navi gat i on
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Thanks to a continued partnership between
Playa Vista and Los Angeles County Supervisor
Don Knabe (4
District), residents and visitors
to the Marina can again enjoy a relaxing ride
on the free Summer Beach Shuttle without
having to deal with the burden of gasoline costs,
parking fees, and traffic headaches.

This summer, the Beach Shuttle will operate
on Fridays, weekends, and holidays between
Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day from
May 28
to September 6
. Friday and Saturday
operating hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10
p.m. Sunday and holiday operating hours will
be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In support of the
Thursday evening classical concerts at Burton
Chace Park (July 8 and 22; August 5 and 19),
the Beach Shuttle will also operate from 5 p.m.
to 10 p.m. to provide direct service to and from
Burton Chace Park. The Beach Shuttle will also
provide service for the Sunday, September 26
Abbot Kinney Festival between the hours of 10
a.m. and 6 p.m.
The free Beach Shuttle buses will travel from
Playa Vista every 30 minutes, beginning at
10:15 a.m., carrying passengers to major points
of interest including Fisherman’s Village,
Waterside Shopping Center, Mother’s Beach,
and Venice Beach Pier. Please note that there
will be a pause in service between 3:15 p.m. to
4:15 p.m. to allow for the shuttle drivers’ lunch
The Beach Shuttle vehicles are powered by clean
Compressed Natural Gas. Space for bicycles is
available. Shuttle stops are also conveniently
located near seven Marina del Rey WaterBus
boarding locations. or more information on the
Beach Shuttle, visit
or call the Marina del Rey Visitors Center at
(310) 305-9545.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., - Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has teamed up with
Mariners Learning System to offer BoatUS members a way to enhance their boating knowledge
or start a career in the marine industry. The new partnership offers a suite of six US Coast Guard-
approved online captain’s licensing courses, from “six pack” to master 25/50/100 ton licenses, that
can be taken online in the comfort of home or on the road and at your own pace.
The Mariner’s Learning System incorporates broadcast quality, on-demand audio lectures,
professionally produced training videos and online computer-based training. Included is access to
online instructors, each a Coast Guard-licensed master who has gone through a rigorous Coast
Guard approval process to become an instructor. In addition, toll-free telephone support and access
to staff instructors is provided.
Upon completion of a course, taking a proctored exam, and meeting other requirements such as
documenting sea time and passing an physical examination, BoatUS members simply submit,
within one year, the application package to the nearest Coast Guard Regional Exam Center and upon
review and approval, they will issue the license. To date the system has trained more than 15,000
students with a 98.7% exam pass rate.
“These courses are also available on MP4 players, Blackberries, iPhones, and other smart phones,
so you can learn anywhere, anytime,” said David Mann, BoatUS membership programs manager.
For more information, go to
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Thank You Letter
A thank you to Marina del Rey from MDR tradesman and resident John
Hocknell and his wife Shirley.

As many may have heard my wife and I have bought a farm in Belleview
Idaho to be close to the grandson and his mother. We have been in marina
for some 15-years with me working on vessels every day. Thank you
clients, I am going to leave out all of your names, not by design but simply
there are too many of you.
For the most part we became friends and no longer just clients, I thank you
for that and for all the diverse intellectual discussions we have had. From
UFOs to engineering to surgery to religion and philosophy and many
others, this is probably the most educated marina in the world.

I am not leaving you in the lurch, but after much deliberation we have
decided that Trevor Bazeley who holds an engineering degree should
service my many friends, he has the qualities of being highly reliable and
will be on time, his cell phone number is (310) 890-0130.

A particular thanks to Golden West and The Yacht Exchange for all the
work you have given me over the years, plus all of the other brokerages
not mentioned.
I have been a first responder to both boat fires, apartment fires and numerous
sinkings I would have to thank the men of ladder 110 and the sheriffs of
the patrol boats you guys are awesome. My providers, Mona and her team
at West Marine, Ship’s Store, all of you, thanks. The Boatyard, Craig,
Victor, Javie and last but not least Glen and the mad muso.

There are so many other stars in their own field such as Dumas, Paul, Rick,
Captain Tomy, Paul, Steve, Rick, I promised I would not mention names
so do not take umbrage if you do not see you your name mentioned.

We intend to farm exotic vegetables for the restaurant trade in Sun Valley,
Ketcham, Hailey and out town Belleview plus special poultry and goats,
we have a five bedroom house I will consider it a personal insult that if
you are in the area and do not visit even for an evening.

In Idaho I will still keep my number (310) 739-3498.

Love you all and will miss you but 60 years on the water is enough, cheers,
John and Shirley.

The Mariner signed up a new advertiser this issue with something of an interesting story. Dan Feldman of Feldman Marine is a do-it-yourselfer and
stumbled on a a material he swears by and uses to make RailPads, an alternative to the wood and plastic blocks used to support outboard engines on
I developed RailPads quite by accident. I was trying to make stern pulpit supports for a set of davits and I made some secure mounts out of a new
material I was using that I call “wonder wood”. Actually, it is a composite made out of recycled water bottles and some magic goo that holds it together.
It looks and works like wood and comes in a selection of colors. It can be drilled, planed and shaped like regular wood, but it does not float, absorb
water or deteriorate in the marine environment.
My first use of wonder wood occurred when I was doing a particularly daunting repair on the bow of the Endeavour 40 that I recently purchased. Like
many of its sister ships, the surveyor found a 4 square section that was wet and soft and was flexing. I had to remove the overhead and cut out the bottom
part of my fiberglass deck using a finishing router. After showering myself with fiberglass chips, I took out a section (the lower part of the fiberglass
sandwich) and saw immediately that the previous attempt to fix the problem, “using a drill blindly from above, inject epoxy and pray” approach had
failed miserably. I removed the soaked plywood sections and dried out the top part of the fiberglass sandwich. After repairing the damage by epoxying
a plug that I fabricated using the cut out plug, I screwed a five foot piece of wonder wood spanning the good sections before closing it all up. Well so
far, no more soggy, water soaked deck and I probably saved myself $3000 by doing it all myself.
Because of a limited boat budget (how many of you can relate to that?), I decided to take on my next engineering challenge, namely a set of dinghy
davits. These would have probably cost me at least $2000. I needed a way to securely mount some aluminum rails that I made by sawing the rungs of a
spare 8’ extension ladder. I had also had some spare aluminum C shaped extrusions from a old RV awning that I had been saving for years. The missing
link was the way to provide a secure pad to attach this metal to the existing, rather robust double pulpit railings. My inflatable dinghy weighs about 125
pounds without the motor, so it is not all that heavy. Well, the davits worked out well, so I decided to replace my beat up teak and ribbed plastic outboard
brackets with one made with my new, wonder wood discovery. I didn’t save a bundle of money making the RailPad, but it was very gratifying to create
a product that is a superior solution to a problem faced by myself and my fellow sailors for decades. For more info see ad on page 12
“ Wonder Wood”
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en years ago Marina del Rey’s Sherry Barone began a unique program that brought able-bodied and disabled kids together to learn
about seamanship, but also, and perhaps more importantly, about each other. Barone forged the principle of the Jr. Shipmates
program around the ideal that kids can learn from one another, regardless of their physical abilities of lack thereof. In doing so,
Barone, who has been involved with the Special Olympics for many years, has not only helped many young people along the way,
she has also elevated awareness within the community, inspiring many along the way.
“Not only has the program educated the children, but it’s also educated the community about Special Olympic athletes and
Autism and given us all a chance to just have fun on the water,” said Barone. “We have established strong community support
from the Sheriff, Fire Dept #110, UCLA and Del Rey Yacht Club. The program has sustained our connection and continues to grow.”
She explains most of the time is spent on the water, stressing safety, teaming, good seamanship and positive attitude. Participation, activity, and fun are
the key elements of the program.
Barone says she feels that although there have been many kids learning and bonding through the medium of boating during the decade the program has
existed, it’s she herself that has possibly gotten the most out of the Jr. Shipmates program.
“Not only leading the program, but founding it gives me a great sense of pride in community support,” Barone said. “I have such respect for the families
and children in the program… it is a pure joy. I feel such gratification seeing kids from all backgrounds sharing their enjoyment of the water.”
Now ten years down the line, the Jr. Shipmates seems to be hitting its stride. With cooperation and involvement from many of the departments and
organization in Marina del Rey, the organization is able to explore a wide array of on the water activities that serve to enlighten all who participate. With
her typical boundless optimism and humility, Barone stated:
“The kids are such amazing people and have touched so many volunteers, instructors and the community as well.”
The program is free of charge and reaches out to the community for support. For more info or to get involved in Jr. Shipmates contact Sherry Barone

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Handcraf ted of st rong,
solid composi te,
i mpervious to t he mari ne
envi ronment. Lifeti me
war ranty. Custom
t started out as a pretty simple trip… isn’t
that what Denver Pyle said? The plan
was to fly to Fiji, meet up with my old
friend Geoff and help him sail his Choate
40, Flashback, to Vanuatu.
Geoff had already sailed the boat from Marina
del Rey to Fiji and was waiting out the hurricane
season. He had invited some other friends to
join him for the voyage, they, in turn, convinced
me I should go as well.
As these things happen, one person had to bail
at the last moment, so it came down to Geoff,
myself and a mutual friend named Jay.
We arrived to great weather - calm and slightly
overcast, and took the boat out of the harbor
and anchored in a charming bay with a small
bar on an island. We went ashore to BBQ and
partyi(lightly) and then returned to the boat to
get a good night’s sleep in preparation for a long
sail the following day.
In the morning we secured everything for the
500-mile passage. We stored the dinghy upside
down on the foredeck, put a single reef in the
main (just in case), checked the weather and
shortly after noon, off we went.
Weather Report: Weakening, stationary, broad
low pressure with light rain and winds changing
from east today to maybe northwest the day after.
Grib files showed maximum wind anywhere
within 200 miles of us at 20-knots for the next
three days. In fact, we figured we would have to
motor at least half of the way, but we had plenty
of fuel, so all was good.
We cleared the outer reef and entered the open
By Mike Leneman
Mike Leneman
2010 The Mariner - Issue 88 13
ocean. There was a relatively small swell from
the south and very light winds. The surfers on
the outside reef were out having a pleasant time
as Jay drooled over the perfect reef breaks. After
clearing Fiji, the wind increased and we settled
into a relaxing broad reach. We rolled out the
full jib/genoa, told Mr. Auto where to go and
kicked back. As the afternoon slipped by, the
wind speed increased - we rolled up the jib a
bit and sailed on. In the later afternoon the wind
built to nearly 20-knots, which was, based on
the forecasts, a bit of a surprise to us but nothing
to be alarmed about - we dropped the entire
mainsail and rolled up ½ of the jib. Auto was
doing fine, so we all went below for a while.
Not long after that, as the boat started rolling
more and more, the wind alarm went off -the
wind was now over 30-knots. Figuring it was
just a squall, Geoff went up to steer the boat and
Jay followed him to standby, in case he needed
anything. They rolled the rest of the jib up and
put the engine in gear running at low rpm for
Instead of the breeze dying down after sunset
as we expected, the wind and seas continued to
build. Within an hour or so, the wind increased
to over 50-knots with seas over 20-feet - the
tops were being blown off into horizontal spray
and foam.
Obviously, the weak low had suddenly collapsed
(intensified) and we were in the middle of a
tropical depression that had formed...apparently
just for our benefit, since no one else seemed to
be out in the ocean with us.
We spent the night battling the storm. Waves
washed over the boat and completely ripped the
stainless tubing/canvas dodger off the boat. We
saw five-gallon cans of diesel fuel, that were
stowed in the cockpit, swept away in the turmoil.
At one point we took a complete knockdown
under bare-poles alone. To make matters worse,
one of the lines, of course, wrapped around the
prop and the engine died. We could start it, but
not put it into gear.
With no engine, the boat just laid a hull and took
a beating. The inside of the boat was trashed.
Cabinets (all of them) emptied their contents
onto the flooded floor. Some just broke off the
walls. The most dangerous event was when
the gimbaled stove/oven combo jumped off
its gimbal and was dangling from its propane
hose. I was the only one inside the cabin, partly
because I was the only one who didn’t get
seasick in those conditions, and partly because
there was nothing I could do topsides. So, here
I am faced with a very precarious situation. I
didn’t want to see the propane hose break and
possibly fill the cabin with gas.
I tried to lift the stove/oven back into place, but
the boat was moving too violently, so I lay on
the cockpit sole and pushed on the unit with
my legs to hold it in place. I soon realized that
I could not do this all night long, so with great
effort and a lucky roll of the boat I managed, on
the second try, to get the unit over the gimbal/
hinge and jam the stove into a place it could not
move from. I had thought about tying it in place
but there was nothing to tie to on the boat, just
smooth cabinetry.
Then, to the amazement of the rest of the crew,
in the midst of all of this calamity, I announced
that I needed to use the head…in a sit down
position. There was the silence of disbelief. This
was, not withstanding the conditions, a difficult
task. The head door was blocked with sails, and
boxes of stuff that had fallen down. It took all
the energy that I had to remove the stuff from
in front of the door and when I opened the door
I was greeted with a fresh dose of seawater in
the face. The small ventilation hatch above the
head was partially opened and a wave had just
washed over the boat again. Upon sitting on
the head, the door slammed shut (would I ever
be able to get out again?) and I wasted no time
in doing my business. Now, in the darkness I
had to figure out how this head worked. I had
never been in the head compartment before…
remember, we had just stepped aboard this boat
less than a day ago. Fortunately, I can work in
the dark and without going into all the details,
suffice it to say, “mission accomplished” and
there was none of my mess added to the boat
or to me.
Finally, around 4:30 a.m. the conditions began
to subside. Jay and Geoff went inside to get
some much needed rest and I came out to steer
the boat. The wind was down to 20-25 knots and
the boat was steerable although the seas were
still huge. I tried to keep the boat going down
the waves the best I could.
As the sun came up, things continued to calm
down and an hour after sunrise, the two semi-
rested heroes of the evening came out to see the
light of day. We got the motor working again,
turned the boat around and started the slow
upwind slog towards Fiji. We decided that this
was the only reasonable move, since we were
only 40-miles away and pretty beat up.
Bit by bit we increased our speed by rolling out
the jib. The mainsail was completely trashed;
the wind had whipped it out of the lazy-jacks
and luffed it to death. There were only strings
of carbon bands left - it was a tape-drive. You
couldn’t have made a grocery bag out of what
We needed to find the closest small island on
the barrier reef circling Fiji to avoid being out
another night and we found one that had a boat
anchored behind it so we went for that.
As we got close, Jay blurted out: “Hey, that’s
Cast Away Island”.
Geoff and I said “What? How could you know
what island that is?”
Jay calmly responded that he had just seen the
movie Cast Away (remember Tom Hanks and
Wilson?) a week ago and was sure that was
the island they filmed the movie on. We didn’t
believe him, but sure enough, when we swam
ashore the next morning, after a well deserved
full nights sleep, it was indeed where they
shot the film. I even showed Jay how to husk a
coconut, drink the milk and eat the meat when
we were on the island. Now that he has learned
this survival skill he is confident about going out
on the high seas again .
Postscript: Geoff is at a marina in Fiji working
on the boat. He has a second mainsail, which
was under the V-berth, which is in good
conditions. He is building a new dodger that we
helped design – stronger than the old one. The
interior is drying out, everything removable has
been washed with freshwater, and life for him is
slowly returning to normal.
Flashback owner Goeff Deutschmann.
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Packin’ Heat
A somewhat typical scenario at a local yacht club involving a shotgun and a sailboat race ends with
guns drawn on a YC Commodore, reminding everyone that these are different times.
hen Commodore Bruce Fleck of the South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club strolled down to the edge of the dock on a pleasant Saturday
afternoon to welcome Lido 14 racers back from the last race of the day or what they call the “fun race”, he had no idea that in another
20-minutes he would be holding his hands up high in front of the drawn and pointed guns of local police.
In an off-the-cuff decision, Fleck thought it would be nice to give the winners “the gun” as they finished in front of the club on Mindanao Way in Marina
del Rey. He carried the club shotgun used for starting and ending races (loaded with blanks), down to the edge of the dock and waited for the first boats
to arrive. When one finally did, Fleck smiled and fired off a ceremonious shot as one of the Lidos came his way.
However, while the Commodore was waiting for boats to arrive, gun in hand, a concerned neighbor saw this armed man walking around the docks and
called the Sheriff. Soon a very shocked Fleck was staring down the barrels of law enforcement’s rifles and handguns, wondering what was going on.
“The Sheriff’s boat came up in front of me, there was a guy on the foredeck with a rifle pointed at me, saying ‘hands up’,” said Fleck. “I put my hands
up and said, ‘I’m just finishing boats here.’”
The yacht club commodore explained to the Sheriff that he was simply running a sanctioned race and while the officer seemed to understand, Fleck
was about to find out the wheels of law enforcement had already been set in motion. When he turned around towards the parking lot he was facing an
area full of squad cars all with officers pointing guns in his direction. Fleck was given direction, handcuffed and loaded into the back of a car while
authorities made sure of the details surrounding the situation.
“I didn’t think I had broken any laws because we had done this before,” Fleck said. “I just tried to listen carefully to what they wanted me to do.”
After being detained for a substantial amount of time, local authorities released Fleck, explaining that anything involving weapons requires an inordinate
amount of concern. Fleck harbors no ill will and was more than understanding and cooperative.
While some felt the Sheriff’s may have overreacted, considering they were informed by other club members that Fleck was a Commodore of the club,
it was immediately ascertained that the gun was loaded with blanks and there was obviously a sailboat race finishing – the Sheriff department maintains
that protocol needs to be carried out in events where guns are involved. However, they also concede that given the specifics, things could have probably
been handled differently.
“You could probably say it was a little bit of everyone,” said Marina del Rey Sheriff Sergeant Carriles of the shared responsibility involved. “The permit
was issued [for the race] but on the permit that he pulled, there was no mention of guns, canons or any sound device.”
Carriles said that the department likes to be notified about the use of canons and/or guns in addition to the permit so they can be aware. The Sheriff
pointed out that he had never been a part of anything like this since he came to MDR in 1992, but looks to learn from the event.
“It hasn’t happened in the past, but we’re making changes for that not to happen again,” Carriles said. “We have a good rapport with all our yacht clubs,
including this one, and I don’t think this is going to be an issue again.”
eading the news
about the killer
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Florida, my first
reaction was sadness for the
loss of a human life. My second
reaction was anger. Anger for
our lack of understanding that
these are wild creatures that
can’t be confined to a tank.
Anger for the prevalent human
practice of caging wild animals
for amusement.
I have been engaged in studying
the behavioral ecology of
whales and dolphins for over
twenty years and, in the last
decade, I’ve logged thousands of
hours at sea, observing marine
mammals in Santa Monica Bay
and Southern California Bight.
In the half of my lifetime spent
in company of these animals
in the wild, I’ve learned about
their lives in coastal and offshore
waters around the world, the
complexity of their societies and
communication and the strong
bonds that form between them.
Not surprisingly, there are many
striking similarities with our own
species and societies.
I have also looked into the eyes
of dolphins and whales caged in
aquaria and delphinaria such as Sea
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A rare photo of a Killer Whale in Southern California, photographed off the
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started sailing to Catalina about the same
time Doug Oudin moved to the island.
Over the decades we only spoke a few
times, and then said only a handful of
words. Through the years I had often heard him
spoken of - never in a negative way…rare in our
times. Now, on the eve of his retirement, I was
fortunate to be able to spend some time with
him and learn a little of his years and life on
the island.
In 1978, Doug was earning a good living as a
carpenter and woodworker in Hermosa Beach.
He and his girlfriend Maureen had a boat in
King Harbor and both shared a love of the sea.
Together they decided to move to Catalina and
try out island life for a year. Then, after they got
it out of their system, return to the mainland
and start a “real life”. Doug began work as a
carpenter for Catalina Cove and Camp, and
Maureen worked in an administrative position.
At that time the West End facilities were leased
to Doug Bombard who recognized Oudin’s
talents early on. After helping build the current
restaurant - then known as, “Doug’s Harbor
Reef” (for Doug Bombard), Oudin went to work
for the Harbor Department as a harbor patrolman
- and the “one year plan” of two young, single
people would soon transform itself into a family
and most of a lifetime.
Under Bombard’s guidance Doug learned about
the business of running a boating destination.
Bombard instilled in Doug the importance of
treating the visiting boaters as more than just
“customers”. The boaters were seen as a vital
part of the island atmosphere - not simply visitors
to it. Indeed, the boaters were an integral part of
the romance and mystique of Catalina. As such,
Bombard insisted they be treated as guests - a
philosophy shared by Doug, which continues to
this day.
During Doug’s first year as a harbor patrolman
he met John Wayne who was a frequent visitor
to Catalina since before World War II. This
visit would be Wayne’s last visit...he was dying
of cancer. Doug tells me Wayne’s handshake
was still “like a vice”, his voice booming, his
laughter hearty and his presence palpable.
Doug and Maureen were soon married in the
Banning House Lodge, which overlooks the
narrow isthmus separating Catalina Harbor and
Isthmus Cove. They began to put down roots
and the couple would soon be blessed with a
son - and later, another son.
In the early 80’s Oudin worked under Doug
Bombard’s sons, Harbormasters, Randy and
Tim Bombard. By the mid ‘80’s Oudin became
Harbormaster and eventually in charge of all the
leased coves and moorings on the island outside
of Avalon.
Doug and Maureen raised their family in a
small beach house overlooking Isthmus Cove.
Their boys grew up roaming the island’s hills
and beaches. Sometimes they would ride with
their Dad in the harbor patrol boat or play on the
pier or beach next to his office. Doug told me
of the times when his boys would bring home
orphan goats and pigs - nurse them to adult hood
then release them back into the wild. I made the
observation that it must have been painful for
the family when the Conservancy launched their
aerial eradication program - shooting all of the
thousands of goats and pigs on the island in their
eco-quest for an island devoid of “nonnative
species”. He nodded sadly saying, “It made a lot
of people unhappy.”
On days off, the family would swim, dive and
fish, Bar- B - Q’s on the beach - Jimmy Buffett
tunes playing in the background, or sometimes
go to Avalon for the day. Along the way, Doug
took up golf and could often be found on the
nine-hole course behind Avalon during his off
Being a frequent visitor to the West End I knew
of many instances when harbor patrol men
were involved in rescues and towing boats out
of harms way - often times at their own peril.
I asked Doug to relate his most memorable
It was a stormy night in 1985, and an old,
wooden commercial fishing boat, “Queen of the
Sea” was working off the backside of the island
netting anchovies. The phone next to Doug’s
bed rang in the early morning hours. He was
told the boat was on the rocks off Ben Weston
Point and the two crewmen were hanging on
to the bridge-deck for their lives as the waves
drove the battered hulk higher onto the rocks.
Doug grabbed a jacket and dashed out of the
house. He contacted Roy Smith, the Harbor
Patrolman on duty in Catalina Harbor and
together they boarded the patrol boat and sped
across 5 miles of churning seas to the stricken
When they arrived they could see in the pre-dawn
light that the 65-foot boat was badly holed, ribs
stove in and impaled on a rocky pinnacle more
than 15-feet above the receding waves. The
waves had battered the boat and men, and like
a suffering beast, the groaning screams of the
rent and dying vessel could be heard over the
pounding roar of the sea.
Doug and his crewman made several attempts
to get close enough to throw the men a line.
Each time the rescuers narrowly escaped the
crashing waves. Doug called to the crewmen to
Doug Oudin
An Island Life with No Regrets
By Captain Richard Schaefer
Long time Catalina Harbormaster retires after over 20 years of service
Richard Schaefer and Doug Oudin.
Photo by Nathan Schaefer
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get life jackets and jump into the surging water
- it was their only chance to survive. The two
men struggled into life jackets, and one made
the jump as the sea crested on the bridge.
The receding wave swept him within reach of
the rescue boat and he was pulled aboard.
The second man refused to jump. Fear kept his
hands clutching tightly to the temporary security
of the shattered bridge. Doug encouraged him to
jump onto the cresting waves. The man refused.
Finally, a crashing wave pulled him over the rail
and left him dangling a dozen feet over the foam
washed rocks.
Doug called to him to let go the next time a
wave crested on the bridge - if not he would
surely die on the rocks below. When the next
wave hit, the crewman, either from fatigue or
resignation, let go of the rail and fell into the
sea. However the timing wasn’t right and the
man wasn’t swept clear of the rocks. Doug
realized that the next wave would carry the man
to his death. The distance was over 60-feet and
the chance of success small, but Oudin heaved
a line - a “Hail Mary” throw. The line dropped
into the crewman’s hands and he was pulled to
safety - not a moment to spare.
As the patrol boat pulled safely away they
watched the doomed vessel disintegrate between
the crashing sea and rocks.
The years passed - maybe too quickly. His
sons left the “Little Red School House” at the
Isthmus and went by bus to Jr. high and high
school in Avalon. And, like many families,
added Little League and school sports to their
venue of island sports and pastimes.
Doug is an avid white seabass fisherman, and in
1995 he was one of the founders of the Catalina
Seabass Foundation. A nonprofit organization
dedicated to enhancing the white seabass fishery.
Thousands of fish have been raised and released
as a result of this program.
About this time the Bombard family lost their
lease to the West End and the Island Company
took it over. There was an infusion of money and
resources - new patrol boats and equipment and
the infrastructure and facilities were improved.
Oudin made sure that the professional - yet
welcoming attitude of the Harbor Department,
survived the change from family business to
corporate control. I note that in this effort he has
so far been successful.
Also, during this period, Oudin began writing
articles and columns for the “Catalina Islander”
and the “The Log”. His articles in the “ Islander”
brought the news and events of the “West End”
to Avalon - and those in “The Log” to the rest of
the south coast boating community.
Catalina is famous for it ghost stories and I
couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask Doug what,
if any, experiences he had with the haunts of the
island. He told me he had heard many stories
from people he deemed credible witnesses.
Most of these stories centered on what is known
as, “The Captain’s House” near the Isthmus
Yacht Club and the specters often seen around
the yacht club itself. When I pressed him
regarding seeing apparitions himself he said, “
I can’t say that I’ve seen anything for certain.
I have seen shadows around the yacht club and
odd reflections in the windows - but I’m sure
there’s an explanation...” I told him I’d seen odd
things at the yacht club as well over the years,
but we left it there.
Doug’s youngest son, Troy, now 21, attends the
California Maritime Academy in San Diego.
He is hoping to work on the west coast in port
operations. Doug thinks he may someday return
to the island to work if the right opportunity
presents itself. I suspect he’s right, and the
island will call...
His oldest son, Trevor, 28, graduated from
USC with a degree in International Relations.
However, the island beckoned him back and he
now works as a dive instructor and boat captain
for the Wrigley Marine Center at the Isthmus.
He recently proposed to a young lady who
works at the center. He asked her to marry him
on the cliffs overlooking Ben Weston Beach -
not far from the spot his father rescued those
two men, 25 years earlier - while then 3 year old
Trevor was home - snug in his bed. An “Island
Wedding” is planned for next year.
And Doug and Maureen...well, they’re moving
to Grants Pass, Oregon, where Maureen has
family. I told Doug that I thought that was
a mighty far cry from Catalina Island and I
reckoned they would be homesick pretty quick
- as well as missing their children. He quickly
pointed out that they intended to return to the
island for a few weeks every year...I suspect
that grandchildren will soon become an added
enticement to return as well.
I asked Doug about those “could’a, would’a,
should’a ‘s” we all have - all the things that might
have been. The regrets that seem a universal
and common haunt to the human condition. He
thought for a long moment, then simply said,
“None”. Not bad for a man of 64 years.
A little later he did mention that for five
years he has tried to obtain a permit from the
various environmental/governmental agencies
to add a small, 6x8 foot, floating dock so that
the handicapped and elderly could safely land
on the dinghy dock. But, the environmental,
bureaucratic red tape, and time consuming
forms, plans and fees have frustrated his efforts
to provide a safe landing float. He said he
wished he could have accomplished that before
he left. After he told me the story, I told him of
one my favorite sayings I developed from the
old “Andy Griffith Show”. “The trouble with
the world today is that Andy retired and left
Barney in charge.” We both laughed.
What is he going to miss most? “Working with a
great staff and visitors.” “And”, he added with a
smile, “...the view from my front porch.”
I ended the interview by asking him what he
hoped his legacy would be - what he’d like to be
most remembered for. He thought for a moment
and said, “ I think I’ve encouraged and instilled a
“boater friendly” attitude in the members of the
Harbor Department. I’m proud of that attitude
of service and caring. I think that the promotion
of a safe and welcoming environment is my
most important accomplishment, and I hope it
remains an enduring legacy.”
I don’t know Doug Oudin well, but I do know this
- he won’t be easily replaced, or soon forgotten.
And, let’s all hope that Doug’s “Andy” is not
replaced with a “Barney Fife”.
A retirement party is planned for Saturday at
4 p.m. on Memorial Day Weekend. It will be
held on the beach at the Isthmus. No host bar,
munchies and music (and probably punctuated
by teary speeches and raucous roasts).
Captain Richard Schaefer is an U.S.C.G.
Licensed Sailing Master and has skippered
charters, instructed in sailing and seamanship,
managed and delivered yachts for more than
25 years. He is available for instruction and
consultation and may be reached at 310-460-
8946 or e-mail at,
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World and realized that these were not the same
creatures I came to know in the field. Dolphins
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highly adaptable to their respective environments,
where they range freely in a three-dimensional
medium often over hundreds, if not thousands of
miles. Deprived of their natural space and social
structures, they change, as we too might change
if our freedom to move was taken away. What
people see when they walk into an aquarium to
view killer whales tossing a ball or responding to
a trainer’s request in exchange for a fish, has little
or nothing to do with how these marine mammals
behave in their own environment. Is this what
we really want our children to learn about these
magnificent creatures of the open oceans, many of
which are already facing a dim future due to our
negligence in protecting their habitats?
To tell the truth, the recent attack at Sea World
does not surprise me. This wasn’t the first time it
happened and it won’t be the last. We can never
forget that these are wild animals prone to acting
as wild animals do and we ought not to make the
mistake of judging them by human standards.
If we don’t learn to respect these creatures by
leaving them were they should be and making
efforts to conserve and protect their environment,
there won’t be any of them to see in the future. In
an aquarium or otherwise.
Maddalena Bearzi, Ph.D. is President of Ocean
Conservation Society (www.oceanconservation.
org) and co-author of the recent book “Beautiful
Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and
Dolphins” recently published by Harvard
University Press. Dr. Bearzi has studied dolphin
and whale behavioral ecology for the past twenty
years and she is actively involved in marine
con’t from page 15
22 The Mariner - Issue 88 2010
Keeping a Watch
“If you see something, say something.” That has been a phrase repeated
over and over again in public by Department of Homeland Security
officials as recently as the beginning of May. And for good reason, as
evidenced by the quick actions of a New
York City t-shirt vendor in Times Square
who saw a suspiciously parked SUV among
thousands of tourists and Broadway show
attendees and immediately alerted police
before potentially destructive explosives
were fully ignited.
For the past five years, there has been a
formal marine security program in place
to help protect our shores. It is called
“America’s Waterway Watch” (AWW) and
is aimed at those who live, work or play
around areas such as Marina del Rey. Coast
Guard Reserve personnel concentrate on
connecting with businesses and government
agencies, while Coast Guard Auxiliarists,
such as those in locally-based Division
12, focus on building program awareness
among the recreational boating public.
If you are a recreational boater, tow boat
operator, fisherman, marina operator, or
otherwise live, work or engage in recreational
activities around Santa Monica Bay, Team
Coast Guard wants your help in keeping
our area safe and secure. You can do this by participating in the AWW
initiative similar to the well-known and successful Neighborhood Watch
program that asks community members to report suspicious activities to
local law enforcement agencies.
Boaters who spend much of their time on or near our local waters already
know what is normal and what is not, and are well suited to notice
suspicious activities possibly indicating threats to us. With “America’s
Waterway Watch”, all are urged to adopt a heightened sense of sensitivity
toward unusual events or individuals possibly encountered in or around
docks, marinas, beaches, waterfront communities, the airport restricted
zone and shore-line adjacent utility companies.
What if you see a suitcase floating down the Marina channel? How
about a small boat with no apparent occupants drifting west of LAX and
Dockweiler Beach? These are just two examples of situations that should
trigger immediate concern, and immediate
If you see a suspicious activity that requires
further investigation, call the “America’s
Waterway Watch” toll-free number at
1-877-24WATCH to describe the activity
and where it is happening. If the situation
demands immediate attention, contact local
authorities on VHF Channel 16 noting the
LAT/LON position where the activity is
taking place or approximate location if it
is in Marina del Rey channel and harbor or
along the local shoreline.
If using a marine radio, this would not be a
traditional mayday call, but an “America’s
Waterway Watch” call. That, in and of itself,
will get immediate attention.
In all cases, state what you see and what
seems suspicious. Get to the point so
authorities can get to the scene.
Representatives of CGAUX Division 12
will be on hand at the Marina del Rey West
Marine store May 29th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in association with National
Boating Safety Week, an outreach program aimed at enhancing general
awareness about subjects ranging from wearing life jackets to ensuring all
Coast Guard-required safety equipment is on board recreational vessels.
All will be able to answer any additional AWW questions boaters might
Charles R. Ecker, a former Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander
and Division Public Affairs Officer, is currently an internal and
communications staff officer with Flotilla 12-7, the Marina del Rey
Flotilla. To find out more about the Auxiliary’s education and vessel
safety check services offered locally by CGAUX Division 12, as well as
Auxiliary volunteer opportunities, go to
By Charles R. Ecker
Marina del Rey Flotilla (11s-12-7) Public Affairs
2010 The Mariner - Issue 88 23
Springtime usually means a void in
the season before things pick up. This
year it seems to be dragging a little
longer than normal probably because
of the northwest winds cooling water
temps down. The fish are around,
they’re just not quite ready to bust
Divers are reporting good white
seebass activity in the areas between
Point Vicente and Point Dume. Bag
limits are three per person except
March 15th though June 15th when
it’s just one per angler - 28 inches in
The local boats are targeting bottom
fish for different species of reds, using
a dropper loop or lead head with
squid. Don’t be afraid to jig irons also.
During the evening the guys getting
out late have had a good bass bite.
Around Catalina the squid boats are
back out so we should start seeing
the yellowtail and white sea bass bite
picking up.
The Bait Seine
Over at Inseine Baits they’re dishing
out cured sardines and we should see
mackerel’s in the bay shortly. It’s that
time of year to start carrying both top,
bottom,and terminal tackle with us…
you just never know what’s going to fill
those bags.
You should also keep an eye one day
old fish reports, water temps and ask
any of your local tackle shops for info.
It will save fuel and get you more rail
Until next time......………..Tight Lines
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out on the pleasant spring afternoon mixing it up in a 34-mile distance race to Point Dume and back.
The breeze built through the day, with Grand Illusion getting line honors and first in class in PHRF AA, completing the trip in under four
and a half hours.
On other parts of the course, King Harbor’s Mike Galloway and Mark Folkma came in form out of town and grabbed first place in PHRF
A sailing their Olson 20, Ono.
Jungle Jim took first in the largest class on the course, PHRF B, coming out on top of Trust Me, a newly refit Soveral 33 skippered by Duncan
Douglas Johnstone once again sailed Hitchhiker to the top of the leaderboard in the PHRF C class, while Alan Egusa won in the multihull group
skippering Triple Tap.
In the cruising divisions, Michael Schau sailing Time Out won in the Non-Spinnaker class and Chad and Kerrie Downey won in the Spinnaker class
aboard Elixir.
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lthough sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland has pulled the plug on the attempt to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone,
non-stop and unassisted, she plans on continuing with her trip in pursuit of becoming the youngest person to sail around the world alone
– a record her brother Zac held for a short time. She will soon be leaving Cape Town South Africa where she is making repairs to her
Open 40 Wild Eyes.
After her second and only remaining autopilot started to act erratically, the young sailor made the decision to sail into port to address the situation along
with some other, more minor, problems the boat has suffered having sailed halfway around the world.
In her blog Sunderland seemed apprehensive about making landfall, as it meant dodging ships, navigating shallows and generally figuring out the
sometimes confusing tasks of entering a foreign port. As fate would have it, her landing would be complicated by severe winds compounded with her
engine failing.
“Everyone had been a little worried because my ETA happened to be right in the middle of a gale” Sunderland said. “I ended up getting ahead of the
heavier wind, but was still in about 25-knots gusting up to 30 and [it was] getting pretty rough out. We had been told by some sailors from around here
that it can be very hard to get into Cape Town and that 30-knots was the max amount of wind to try and come in with.
“Getting in was a little trick, because my one working autopilot display was down below. Once I entered Table Bay, I started up my engine and dropped
my main, then hearing some strange sounds I looked behind my to see black smoke pouring out the exhaust, well, there went my engine.”
Abby got assistance in and met with the local media which she said she enjoyed, having not spoken to many human beings in the past few months. She
said the ground was moving for a good long time and that she thought she was going to fall out of her chair when she sat down. She also said she woke
up many times during the night thinking she was sailing until she realized she was in a hotel room.
As of this printing, Sunderland should be back on the water heading towards Australia. While there were no specifics mentioned regarding stops or
significant changes, she did say that Team Abby has a plan of attack based on the current weather forecasts.
“We have been in good communication with my weather routers who have been routing all kinds of boats around the world for more than 30 years. We
have a plan for my next legs and feel confident that I can make these passages safely with their professional guidance. I am very fortunate to have such
a knowledgeable and experienced team of meteorologists on my team.”
26 The Mariner - Issue 88 2010
C r u i s i n g
Cape Town Pit Stop
Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland pulling into port in Cape Town at the helm of her Open 40
Wild Eyes. Photo by South African photo-journalist Eben Human.
With the economy the way it is, more and
more boat owners are concerned about all the
associated costs of running and maintaining
a decent boat. But there are alternatives to
ownership that allow for the pleasure without
the pain, like Sailtime, a company that’s new
in Marina del Rey. The Mariner caught up
with Mike Delamater, Base Owner of the local
SailTime franchise and asked a few question
about how it all works.
What exactly is SailTime?
A: SailTime is an advanced sailing club
franchise with 50 SailTime bases worldwide,
designed for sailors who lead active lifestyles
and don’t have the time or desire for the chores,
hassles and costs that accompany actual boat
ownership. You’ll also hear it described as
“Fractional Sailing”.
So it’s like a timeshare, then?
A: Not exactly. With a timeshare, you actually
own your share of the time so if you ever want
to opt out, you have to sell your share. And with
a timeshare, you get assigned a specific block of
time during the year, which may or may not be
particularly convenient for you.
Q: How then, does it work?
A: When you join, you pay fixed monthly dues
and you’re guaranteed three-and-a-half days
of sailing per month. Those are broken up into
half-day segments, which you may combine in
any manner you like, so, for example, if you
want to take the boat out for long weekend and
use your allotted days all at once, you may do
that. Or, of course you may space them out and
take a half-day here and there.
So the longest stretch I could take the boat
out is for 3 ½ days?
A: No. That’s another cool feature about the
SailTime program. Say you want to go to
Catalina for a week, you may “borrow” days
from the upcoming month, or you may carry
over unused days from the previous month
and combine them for a maximum seven days.
In addition, if you reserve the boat 24 hours
in advance, you may take the boat out and
that time doesn’t count against your normally
allotted time, so in reality, you can get in a lot
more sailing.
How does the scheduling work?
A: We use a proprietary online scheduling
system that is really easy to use. All you do is log
in, pull up the calendar, click on the day(s) you
want and you’re booked. You’re able to reserve
the boat as far out as one year in advance.
What prevents any one member from
reserving every weekend or holiday?
A: The online scheduler won’t allow that to
How many members are there?
A: Memberships are limited to a maximum
of 8 members per vessel. This ensures that all
members get their allotted sailing time.
Who owns the boat?
A: One of the members (he/she is called an
“Owner-Member”). The Owner-Member gets
the same use of the boat as any of the other
members - they don’t get special privileges for
being the owner.
What sort of boats are in the program and
how old are they?
A: The boats in the SailTime program are all
fully-loaded Hunters and are in the program no
more than five years, thus ensuring that members
are always sailing nice, newer vessels.
If I want to “trade up” to a larger vessel may
I do that?
A: Provided there is one to trade up to,
absolutely. We’d cancel your membership on
the smaller vessel and just have you execute one
for the new vessel at whatever the dues are for
that one.
How much does it cost?
A: Dues actually start as low as $400 per month
(this is for the new SailTime “Lite” program
which we just rolled out. It’s perfect for anyone
who wants to get an idea of the benefits of being
a full-access SailTime member).
Are there any additional monthly fees or
A: No. Your dues include the slip fee, insurance,
cleaning services, routine maintenance and even
fuel and pumpout services. The boat is ready to
sail when you are.
You say you have 50 Bases worldwide. Can
members at one base sail at another?
A: Yes. We have reciprocity arrangements with
other bases whereby a member from one base
may go sailing at another base at a rate that is
significantly reduced from that Base’s normal
day charter rate.
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Dear Mookie,
I’m a freshman in college and am having a
hard time focusing and I’m afraid it’s going
to affect my grades. I’m finding college way
harder than high school and fear I can’t keep
up with the curve. Do you have any ideas?
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Dear USC,
I know how that can be. One time I had an
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in back yard, and I got busy working on it.
After awhile, I was walking down a street I
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why I left the yard or how to get back…long
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