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Issue #202
December 2019


September 30, 2019 - January 5, 2020

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The Mariner is
Editor/Publisher y o u C A n ' t h i d e y o u r l i o n e y e s ...
Pat Reynolds
I looked into his eyes and he looked into mine. As we started at one another, I assessed him. His resting
Columnist face was pleasant and reasonable. He was sizable and I would be overmatched should we end up in a
Bill McNeely scuffle. I said to him: “I can’t have you here.” He grinned arrogantly and didn’t move an inch.

For advertising rates and He was on the end of my dock – a 350-pound California sea lion with nothing but time on his hands.
Information contact He needed a nap and I knew how important that was to him. He’d kill for it. But I needed to access my
boat, so it was an old fashioned showdown.
“What do you suggest you slippery bastard?” I said with familiarity. “We’ve done this dance and you
know how it ends.”

Mailing address He looked off, like I didn’t exist – so disrespectful. I knew I was in his peripheral. I took another step
P.O. Box 9403 toward him, his posture changed, he turned towards me and roared.
Marina del Rey, CA 90295
I went for the hose! He looked outraged and flummoxed. I fired it up and screamed, “Do you know
The Mariner appears on the last how ironic this is!” As the water spattered off him he waddled off the dock and slithered into the water,
Friday of every month. defeated. We would meet again – we both knew it. He circled the waterline of my boat, taunting me
with a mist-filled exhale. I said, “yeah whatever” loud enough for him to hear.
We’re all trying to coexist. The sea lions are reasonable enough to not make it violent and the humans
are fair enough to try and make this thing work somehow. The growing amount of these animals is
This issue
concerning. They can cause legit harm to personal and public property, not to mention their extra smelly
November 29 - December 27
poop. It smells like old fish baking in a hot dumpster with a consistency of 20 year-old motor oil or
maybe mud puddle sludge – crazy disgusting. But we’re here together sharing this area, man and sea


Numbers Coming Events 6
at a glance:
Off the Wire 8

Green Boating 10
 Marina del Rey Interview With Bay Foundation Expert
A Well Lit History 12
310-482-6000 Looking Back on the Holiday Boat Parade
 Los Angeles County
Catalina Currents 17
Lifeguard: Cell Service o the Island
Cleaning Up Ballona Creek 18
 Vessel Assist: The Ocean Cleanup Comes to Marina del Rey
800-399-1921 Racing Scene - Innovative Gear 20
 Marine Life Rescue
On the Record 22
800-39WHALE Homeless Problems at Mother's Beach

Elf Sailor Classified Section 25

by Patrick Reynolds

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I think there’s potential in those wacky “air
dancer” things that you see at car dealerships
- smaller versions of course. Wouldn’t be good
to have dozens of 90-foot tall inflatable cartoon
characters freaking out all day and night. Maybe
that. Or maybe a summit where our leaders
and their’s discuss options. I can see it… Gary
Jones in his measured, polished British accent
negotiating with some slimy do-nothing sea lion
in the meeting room of Burton Chance. Nothing
ever gets resolved but they both have enough
respect for one another to make the meeting and
get there on time, which bodes well.

I don’t know, it’ll work out someway….

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Coming Events!
What’s Happening Around America’s Largest Recreational Harbor and Catalina Island Too!

November 28 p.m. Using their own decorations, participants p.m.

3rd Annual 5K Turkey Trot and "Is- may ornament the trees in any tasteful way December 28
land Style" Thanksgiving Dinner they wish. Judging will be based on originality, Weekend Concerts
Start Thanksgiving morning with a 5K fun visual appeal, and best portrayal of a Christmas at Fisherman's Village
run. Registration is free. All ages are welcome. theme and/or the organization’s mission. For See December 8 listing.
Afterwards, enjoy a traditional family-style more details about registering your organization December 31
Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, 47th Annual New Year's Eve Cel-
ebration, Casino Ballroom Avalon
at Harbor Reef Restaurant. Reservations are please contact Overlook Hall at 310-427-2450.
Dance in the New Year at this black-tie optional
required. Please call 310-510-4215. December 8
event in the world famous Casino Ballroom.
November 30 Weekend Concerts
Weekend Concerts At Fisherman's at Fisherman's Village Includes gourmet buffet dinner, dancing to a
Village Break out those dancing shoes! Enjoy free live live band, champagne split to toast the New
Break out those dancing shoes! Enjoy free live music on the plaza at Fisherman’s Village. Year and party favors. 1 Casino Way, Avalon,
music with JB and the BC Riders (Rock-a-billy) Saturdays and Sundays year-round, weather CA 90704. 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
on the plaza at Fisherman’s Village. Saturdays depending. Fisherman’s Village is located on
and Sundays year-round, weather depending. the water at the end of Fiji Way in MdR Ongoing
Fisherman’s Village is located on the water at December 14
the end of Fiji Way in Marina del Rey. Annual Holiday Boat Parade Cruising Powerboat
Watch a trail of lighted boats cruise through the Interactive Workshop
December 1
Weekend Concerts At Fisherman's main channel. Arrive early to grab a spot on Free workshop covering powerboat theory and
Village the lawn at Chace Park or a good photo spot at basic boat handling skills using shifter/throttle
Enjoy free live music with Elements (Dance) Fisherman’s Village, two of the most popular and steering wheel controls with US Powerboat
on the plaza at Fisherman’s Village. Saturdays viewing places. Narration on a PA system is certified instructors aboard our 40’, 50’ and 55’
and Sundays year-round, weather depending. available at both locations. The 2019 parade cruising-class powerboats. Workshops are held
Fisherman’s Village is located on the water at theme is “Kids Make Holidays Bright.” A brief on the first and third Saturday of each month at
the end of Fiji Way in Marina del Rey. fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. announces the start 10AM located at Windward Yacht Center 13645
December 3 and 5 of the parade, which lasts until about 8 p.m. Fiji Way, Marina del Rey 90292. Due to limited
Burton Chace Park Walking Club Free admission. For more information go to boat availability please call 310 822-1037 for
Get some exercise while taking in the beautiful more information and registration. Sponsored
views of L.A.’s Marina at the waterfront Burton December 15 by Yachts for Fun.
Chace Park. The club is free to join and meets Yoga In The Park Marina del Rey
on Tuesdays and Thursdays (year-round) 10:30- Outrigger Canoe Club
Join a free* yoga class at beautiful Burton
11:30 a.m. at the park. For more info call 424- Come try this exciting team water sport at
Chace Park on Sundays at 11:30 a.m.–12:30
526-7910 Mothers’ Beach, Palawan Way (south of
p.m. (winter schedule). Bring your own yoga
December 7 Admiralty), Marina del Rey. Newcomers
mat. Look for the class outdoors under the white
5th Annual Catalina Christmas are welcome; women practice Mondays &
pergola. To check if class will take place in case
Tree Decorating Contest Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 7:30
of rain, call 424-526-7910 or sign-up for email
The Catalina Island Foundation and Overlook a.m. Men practice Tuesdays and Thursday,
updates here. *Donations are welcome. Your
Hall once again invite local non-profit groups 5:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 7:30 a.m. For more
contributions help support this public offering.
to enter the Fifth Annual Catalina Christmas information, email
December 15
Tree Decorating Contest! Cash prizes will be Weekend Concerts At Fisherman's or visit
awarded to three non-profit winners and all Village Tropical Rock
trees will be auctioned off at the end of the See December 8 listing. Every Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at The
contest. Local businesses may also enter on December 28 Warehouse Restaurant Unkle Monkey duo
behalf of a designated charity. NO ENTRY Marina Del Rey Farmers Market performs island music and pop/rock on guitar,
FEE! The Christmas Tree Decorating Contest Head to County Parking Lot 11 (Via Marina ukulele, congas, and steel drum. Voted one
will take place at Overlook Hall on Saturday, @ Panay Way) every Saturday for farm-fresh of the ‘Top 3 Bands on the Westside’ by The
December 7th, 2019 according to the schedule produce, flowers, prepared foods, handmade Argonaut two years in a row. They are a “boater
below: Christmas Tree Decorating: 2:00 pm – items, music, and entertainment. Open year- friendly band” and will take all your Jimmy
3:15 p.m. - Judging of the Trees: 3:15 p.m. – round. Free admission. Parking lot pay-and- Buffett requests! Happy Hour 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Women’s Sailing Association of
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Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589
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held at 7:00 p.m., is preceded by a social hour
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Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers written expressly for the local boating population
and crew in a friendly social environment for
daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to • It’s affordable and effective!
Catalina and other destinations. We meet on
the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the
patio at Burton Chace park under the Club
banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. We hold
a brief business meeting and then head out for
an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which
we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks
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An Author in Our Midst The Rise of P a d d l e s p o r t s C a n C o mp l i cat e T h i n g s

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Oct. 29, 2019 – The explosive growth of paddlesports including stand-up
paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing has local, state and federal governments working to
ensure there’s plenty of paddler access, including paddlecraft-only launches that make it easy to
launch a kayak, increasing efforts to ensure paddler safety, and minimizing user conflicts with
traditional boaters.
The question is, who pays for it?

Under a nearly seven-decade-old federal funding mechanism, the answer is recreational power,
sail, and fishing boat owners. A newly introduced bipartisan bill, the Sport Fish Restoration and
Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2019, aims to give the Government Accountability Office
an opportunity to examine and report on the increasing use of non-motorized vessels and their
impacts on recreational boat launches, and look at user conflicts and how funds are used to support
non-motorized boating safety programs. It will also look at boat recycling, a concern for some
waterfront communities.

“Any way you can get on the water is a good thing,” said BoatUS Manager of Government
Affairs David Kennedy. “However, we can’t ignore the continued, successful growth of paddling
participation in America and the need to have equitable funding for access and safety programs.
Our thanks to Reps. Cunningham and Graves for looking to better understand today’s waterway
Here's a shameless plug for a solid neighbor. user and ensure everyone is investing in their future.”
Peter Jenvay once did what many of us would
like to - he untied the dock lines, stowed them Created in 1950, the Sport Fish Restoration Program follows a “user pays – public benefit” model
deep in a locker and set off for the great expanse of funding that uses excise taxes paid on boat motors, motorboat fuel and fishing equipment to
of the world's oceans. But they don't call it an fund boating access sites, fishery and conservation programs, as well as state and local boating
safety and clean water programs. The newly-introduced bill will also extend the authorization of
adventure for nothing. Check out his book: Life
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Get in the H o l i d ay S p i r i t !

MARINA DEL REY CALIFORNIA: Marina del Rey’s Annual Holiday Boat Parade kicks off Saturday, December 14, starting with a spectacular
fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. followed by the parade at 6:00 p.m. The 2019 theme “Kids Make Holidays Bright” should inspire a solid boost of creativity
to win this year’s theme contest.

To salute them, THE KIDS are the Grand Marshal, and will enjoy the parade aboard the featured Grand Marshal yacht, Les Compromis, leading the
parade around the marina. Partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, consider honor The Kids by making a donation on behalf of the MdR
Holiday Boat Parade.

Narrated play by play of individual parade entrants will be broadcast throughout the park by long time announcers Lisa Osborn and Mickey Laszlo,
kicked off by pre-parade interviews with the parade judges and other VIP’s

LA County Beaches & Harbors will again fill Burton Chace Park with the popular magic of “Snow Wonder” the day of the parade, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., featuring snow and sledding, winter games, face painting, snacks, arts & crafts and much more. For more info visit

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"Green Boating"
An Interview with Marine biologist Victoria Gambale from The Bay Foundation
On the heels of The Bay Foundation winning the well as an oil absorbent for the bilge as part of what we
Outstanding Service Award (with associated partners) call the boater kit. Those are the big ones that I like to hit
for their involvement in the Pumpout Nav app, we on - the oil absorbent for the bilge, a fuel bib and sewage
thought it would be a good time to talk about so-called [dumping recommendations]. We also encourage boaters
green boating. We spoke with marine biologist Victoria to use products that are bio-degradable and phosphate
Gambale from TBF about what local boaters can do (or free, so whenever they're cleaning the boat, especially
not do) to make the environment around us a cleaner the outside of the boat, everything that they're cleaning
place. with will mesh right into the Harbor. It's better to use
things that are good for the environment. And of course
The Mariner: What can boaters do to be more environmentally conscious? things like vinegar and baking soda are the ideal things to use or just
fresh water and lot of elbow grease. I also tell boaters to consider using
The Bay Foundation: That's a great question. We have a lot of things anti fouling paints that are better for the environment and to look into
we recommend to boaters. One of the most important things is never those because there's new technologies and new paints constantly being
to dump anything overboard. Start with sewage, whether it's treated or developed considering what's going on in California with copper TMDLs
not, I let them know what the laws are, but we always encourage boaters down in San Diego as well as in Marina del Rey and Newport.
never to dump, even treated, sewage overboard because it still has a lot
more pathogens and nutrients and contaminants than it would if it went The Mariner: As far as boat sewage is concerned… it's legal to dump a
through a municipal wastewater treatment facility. So get your holding holding tank three miles offshore, but is that something that makes you
tank pumped out. There's lots of mobile services and lots of stationary guys cringe?
pumpouts available throughout California and we help to provide resources
to easily find them. Like the Pumpout Nav app, which we produced with TBF: It is legal to dump raw sewage three miles off shore, that is correct.
our partners in Northern California, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership But personally, yeah, I kind of cringe because waste from a boat is very
as well as funding from California state parks, the division of Boating and concentrated unlike municipal sewage that is far more diluted. I really
Waterways. We also encourage when fueling to make sure they use some encourage boaters, unless they are traveling so far that they can't possibly
sort of an absorbent, so if while fueling it kind of burps back out of the fuel pump it out. Most boaters around here go to Catalina or maybe they'll
tank we encourage them to use a suction cup device [that can be bought] go north to Santa Barbara or South somewhere but there's generally a
that goes over the fuel vent and it will catch any leaks that happen to come pumpout available. Of course, there are exceptions, but yeah I cringe a
out of there. So use an oil absorbant while fueling as well as just keeping little, plus I like seafood…
one in the bilge. When I meet a boater face to face, I give away fuel bibs as

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The Mariner: Right. You don't like to have like human feces all over your TBF: We honestly have not supported any legislation or enforcement as
seafood, is that what you're saying? an organization - we did not support or not support the copper TMDL
[total maximum daily load]. We get feedback from stakeholders saying
TBH: Yeah, maybe not so much. you should support this, that the copper TMDL is helping protect the
waterways. Then we have other stakeholders that say we should not
The Mariner: What is the worst and most common affront to clean support this. So we have not actually taken a position on the copper
boating that you guys see on a regular basis? TMDL or many other legislative things. We like to just be a source for the
boating community so they know the facts about what the laws are and
TBH: Sometimes I do run into boaters that don’t have not much concern aren’t and what are the best management practices to follow so they can
about discharging their sewage overboard. I hear some say that they dump help reduce pollution in the waterways.
it on their way to Catalina and I think… well, you have a pump here and
I know there's a pumpout in Catalina, why not just get it pumped out The Mariner: Are you seeing more electric power in your travels?
instead? The other thing, which isn't as common anymore, but a lot of
fuel docks as well as boaters would have a spray bottle with water and TBF: Yeah, I am. I'm hearing a lot more about electric boats and converting
dishwashing soap that they would spray if there happened to be oil on boats over to electric as well and boaters doing that themselves. So electric
top of the surface of the water. We tell boaters never to use any sort of is definitely alive.
dispersant on oil and the water to use an absorbent and to call to report it
properly too. Because when they use dispersants, obviously it doesn't get The Mariner: Does that make you happy?
rid of it magically. It just breaks it up into small particles that then think
within the water column and to the bottom. So I really encourage boaters TBF: It does, although with the caveat that you should know where your
never to do that. It's better just to leave it alone, even if they don't have an electricity comes from. Most electric companies are trying to source their
oil absorbent - just report it so it can get cleaned up properly. electricity from more renewable resources. So I just always say it's great
to go electric but make sure you know where that electricity is coming
The Mariner: So those are things that are sort of discouraging. Are there from. Some boats have solar panels to run the batteries, then have that
things are encouraging that you see more than perhaps you used to? electric engine. So that is the ideal scenario.

TBF: Absolutely! Yeah. A lot of boaters tell me that they pick up trash The Mariner: What is your reaction to some recent local pollution
when they’re out boating or fishing with their nets or whatever, and that's mitigation concepts like Seabin and the Ocean Cleanup folks partnering
really encouraging - to hear them say that when they see something that with the county to trap pollution in Balona Creek before it heads out to
they’re actually going to do something about it. Other boaters have told sea?
me that they have changed the configuration of their head and their marine
sanitation device so it's not capable of discharging overboard. They don't TBF: There's so many cleanup efforts and I think it's good to raise
even have that option anymore. Some are even using compostable marine awareness about a problem, but I don't think it's the solution. I tell people,
toilet on their boats. So I think, overall, everyone is becoming more aware not just boaters, that plastic going into the ocean is like a faucet, and it's
of these issues and trying to do the right thing. Especially boaters because still on. We need to turn that faucet off or at least lower it to a drip. So
they are at the end of the watershed which means they see the pollutants stop using disposable plastics as much as possible and think reusable - like
that goes into the water from all the upstream sources and they don't want grocery bags and water bottles. Bring your own Tupperware when you
to contribute to that. They love recreating on the water, that this is what go out to eat for the leftovers instead of a disposable container - even if
they do for fun, so of course they don't want it to be unhealthy or look it's recycleable. I don't think that's the solution because we know that the
trashed. They want a healthy environment and many are clearly trying to majority of plastics are not being recycled. There is not a market for it
do the right thing and help to not have a negative impact on it. anymore. The solution needs to be to stop the flow of plastic. I compare
it to the BP oil spill. When that happened and there was oil coming out
into the Gulf, they didn't try to clean it up right away. They had to turn it
The Mariner: What about the copper issue. We’re a few years down the off. Think what it would have been like to start cleaning it up while it's
road now, what’s it look like? still flowing in. Of course this issue is much bigger and I do think cleanup
efforts are important, but I don't want them to deter from turning off the
TBF: I tell the boating community in general, you guys have been here flow of plastic.
before. They used to use other heavy metals to deter organisms from
fouling hulls. They used Tributyltin and that was banned because it's toxic. The Mariner: I do want to say though, and I'm sure you recognize this -
I try to remind them of that because it can be a difficult topic to discuss. I Boyan Slat [Founder of the Ocean Cleanup] and those guys from Seabin,
think we are kind of going through that with copper now. A lot boaters can as examples, are complete and utter proponents of what you're talking
be a little reluctant to make that transition, which is understandable when about there. They also want to stop it at the faucet, as you say. So I just
they're not confident on the alternative to copper. I do remind them that want to put that out there.
it's important that we have healthy waterways and healthy ecosystems.
Honestly all we do is tell them the facts and the laws. TBF: Absolutely they do. And it takes a village to help stop that process.

The Mariner: Do you think there should be more legislation/law For more information about green boating and/or the overall health of the
enforcement about all things green or where do you guys come down on Santa Monica Bay visit
that kind of thing?

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ver fifty years after a handful of boats circled a then to watch the first parade at the Pieces of Eight and there was room for
brand-new Marina del Rey in the first Marina del Rey everyone.
Holiday Boat Parade the boating community will
once again put on their traditional festive show. Back "Twice we had a Christmas tree on a raft out in the middle of the main
in those first days, before celebrity Grand Marshalls basin, with a generator to light it," Bragg said of the first few parades. "We
and giant fireworks displays, a bunch of boats in the kept it there throughout the holiday season. John Erskine and my husband,
nearly baron harbor mostly just strung some Christmas tree lights over the Steve, took turns rowing out every night with gasoline to keep the lights
spreaders or fly-bridge of their vessels and circled the grounds celebrating burning."
the Christmas holiday – simple boater style.
In 1968, with the driving force of the main boater advocacy organization
Today, thousands of people from all around the Los Angeles area line of the time, Pioneer Skippers Boat Owners Association, the boat parade
the sidewalks around the basins to witness how creative the boating began to become something significantly more substantial.
breed can be. The visitors get to take in a another kind of holiday dose.
Folding chairs and blankets are the order of the day for spectators who are Hjorth recollects that a definite turning point was when parade organizers
guaranteed a hearty blend of Christmas spirit and homespun LED artistry. looked to people affiliated with the Rose Parade to come and share the
knowledge that they evidently had (in abundance) for such an event.
The parade has come a long way since its 1963 inaugural circling of
the harbor, a place, which at the time consisted of only about 100 boats. "We were really helped along when we said to ourselves, 'the Rose Parade
Fifteen to twenty decorated vessels rounded a course in a harbor that at knows how to put on floats - why don't we get some people from there
the time had very few buildings, no public park and didn’t even have a to come here and show us how to do it?'" Hjorth said. "So we had some
separated breakwall at its entrance. decorating seminars."

The first non-commercial boat in the Marina was also the winner of the Through the 1970s on into the 80s, boats began to reflect the influence of
first Marina del Rey Christmas Boat Parade. The Pez Espada, an 85-foot the Rose Parade and the city of Los Angeles began to take notice. By this
motor-sailor owned by George and Elizabeth Floyd and maintained by time Burton Chance Park was built in the heart of the Marina and was a
a young man, Jack Sells. Jack had the Pez’s rigging adorned with lights perfect viewing area for city residents.
and a full choir singing on her decks as she passed by the Pieces of Eight
restaurant (what is now Whiskey Reds) where the judges were located. As years passed, LED (light emitting diode) lights, more compact
generators and years of experience yielded more sophisticated and
Longtime Marina del Rey resident and cofounder of the Marina del Rey ambitious designs. Celebrity grand marshals became part of the tradition,
Historical Society Willie Hjorth remembers those first days as less of citywide press coverage ensued and Marina del Rey's streets were filled
a public event and more of a bonding and celebration between the few with spectators watching a spectrum of lights reflect off the harbor's calm
boaters that inhabited the new space. Hjorth later became a driving force waters.
in the progression and modernization of the parade, which led to events
of over 100 boats. The parade under her watch still holds participation On Dec. 14, that spectrum of light will once again be lit. There will be
records. bands playing traditional holiday music, crusty old boaters dressed as
Santa’s, the sound of little kids screaming salutations across the evening’s
"Of course it was brand new and we all thought that if you had 20 strands (hopefully) calm water. On this December night hundreds of local boaters,
of lights you were really great," Hjorth said of the first parade. like they have done for over 50-years will put on a show, free of charge,
for the greater Los Angeles community.
The Marina was a more intimate place in the early to mid 1960s. Without a
detached breakwall, a powerful ocean surge would often roll in and wreak The event will be held on December 14 from 6- 8 pm with a fireworks
havoc for the few boats inhabiting the space that now harbors over 4,000 show starting at 5:55 pm. Prime viewing is at Burton Chace Park at 13650
boats. Boaters would band together and help each other manage the chaos. Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, but there are areas all throughout the
Marina where the parade can be seen including Fisherman’s Village on
Illustrating how small and tight knit it was, one of the first Marina del Fiji Way and the stretch near Marina del Rey Landing at the end of Bora
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would be hard to find anyone in America today who does not have claim good coverage at White’s Cove, and Verizon and AT&T claim
a cellular telephone. Grade-school kids to folks over 75 can benefit coverage at Little Harbor – Sprint and T-Mobile do not.
greatly from their many powers. It’s 20 years or so since I first got
a cell phone, and about 8 years since I joined the “smart” phone Onshore, Catalina’s rugged terrain may block cell access in many spots.
revolution. Now I can’t seem to live without mine. Whether you This makes cell phone GPS of limited value. Some newer smartphones
prefer iPhone, Android, or whatever, for many of us phones power our come with true GPS, which relies on satellite access, but even these are
lives, and in an emergency they can be wonderful. limited. The OffMaps app, for instance, does not work like a real GPS. A
good solution is a Bad Elf cell phone plug-in device ( which
While Catalina Island is a place to kick back and, for me, lay off the will give your phone true satellite-based GPS capabilities. It’s not to be
phone for a bit, my cell phone is still useful. I always suggest, if you are confused with Bad Elf Winter Ale from Ridgeway Brewing, but it does
looking for a mooring and are unsure if a location is full, call the harbor make a nice gift.
office on the phone a few miles out and ask. It’s a quick call, and if the
folks at Avalon tell you they are already packed, you haven’t wasted As Steve Jobs used to say in his annual presentations, “One more thing
your time or theirs going in. In a harbor, cell communication makes it …” Your cell phone will not replace your VHF radio, which remains
easy to arrange dinner with friends on other boats or ashore, check in a great communications device at sea. Make sure you have a decent
at work, and of course see who is knocking on your front door at home one and know how to use it. Do those radio checks on channel 68 or
using Ring or something similar. Again, in an emergency, it can’t be 82, please – not 16! And when the boat on the next mooring is banging
beat. into you, grab the mike, hail the harbor patrol – Channel 12 at Avalon
or Channel 9 elsewhere – and tell them you need help. Response is fast
So not surprisingly we all want good cell service at the Island. and effective – and NEVER put your arm, leg, or any part of your body
Unsurpisingly, we may not get it, depending on where we are. Cellular between boats!
phones do not use satellites – they are terrestrial, and you must be within
range of a cell receiver (“tower”) to get cell service. When you are On the whole, expect decent cell service at Catalina, but be realistic.
halfway between, say, Dana Point and Catalina, you will be just over the It will not be perfect everywhere, no matter which phone you have
horizon for cell towers on either end, and service may go out. That’s not and which carrier you use. And if you are checking your doorbell at
usually a problem from Marina del Rey, but it depends on your course. home from your boat, I can only tell you – I am not the guy stealing the
package from your porch!
What carriers provide the best cell coverage at Catalina? Where will you
be unable to get service regardless? And when not connected to the cell By the time you read this, Bill McNeely’s Cruising Catalina Island,
network, what can you do to get those smartphone capabilities we all the standard boating guide to Catalina, with 2020 revisions, should be
love? available again finally on Amazon. Need a great speaker for your group?
E-mail him at Check his new website www.
Of the Big 4 cell carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile – all And see Bill in the videos Cast Off for Catalina and
provide some cell service at Catalina. Around Avalon and in the harbor, Cast Off for Mexico with a trial of Sailflix (or a bargain subscription) –
you will almost always have a good cell signal with any of them - if
not, walk a few blocks. Also, at the Isthmus, in Two Harbors itself, cell
coverage is strong. But venture very far away, and it can drop to non-
existent. You can easily compare coverage maps online for the carriers,
and you’ll see the differences. (Use zip code 90704 for Avalon.) Sprint
claims less coverage than the other 3 – presumably a year from now, By Bill McNeely
Sprint and T-Mobile will be the same network, though. For all 4, based
on our practical test on boats with different carriers on board, the west “THE ISLAND GUY!”
end and back side of the island have limited coverage. All but Sprint

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By Pat Reynolds

n addition to publishing The Mariner, I also freelance for the device designed to catch toxic garbage in a similar but different way
American Sailing Association, located near Marina del Rey. and this is where this becomes a local story. It’s called the Interceptor
A few years back, as one of my assignments for ASA, I flew designed specifically to tackle the challenging problem of plastic pollution
to San Francisco to interview a young man named Boyan Slat entering oceans from rivers, creeks, and other waterways. This past month
who a had started the non-profit Ocean Cleanup. The founder of Supervisor Janice Hahn held a press conference an Burton Chace Park
ASA, Lenny Shabes, was very impressed with this fellow, who in Marina del Rey to announce the signing of a contract between Los
was still a teenager at the time, and went out of his way to help Angeles County and Ocean Cleanup to finalize the agreement that will
Boyan with support and contacts for a major endeavor he was planning. “allow advanced trash cleanup technology called The Interceptor to be
The ASA was instrumental in putting Boyan in touch with sailors who placed in Ballona Creek.”
might be willing to stop in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on their way
back to LA from Hawaii and help Ocean Cleanup with some pollution- For decades Ballona Creek has been something of an embarrassment
related surveying tasks off the coast of Hawaii. Shabes and many others when it comes to the issue of “going green.” Not everyone understands
were impressed with this mop-top kid who stood up strong and said: “I that this waterway acts as a delivery system straight to the ocean for
can rid the world’s oceans of plastic in five years with an idea I have.” greater Los Angles street garbage and toxins. After a heavy rain Ballona
Creek sends the Santa Monica Bay a delivery of pure grossness that is
The world took notice. He has since been lauded with awards and simply depressing.
accolades and raised millions of dollars for an enormous system that he
has recently deployed in the Pacific Ocean that will catch toxic plastic “The buildup of plastics in our oceans is one of the biggest environmental
using the ocean current as its engine. Their literature states the system can: challenges of our time,” said Supervisor Hahn. “We are announcing a plan
“Capture plastics ranging from small pieces just millimeters in size, up to to install a system that will not only stop trash flowing from Ballona Creek
large debris, including massive discarded fishing nets (ghost nets), which into the Santa Monica Bay, but will be part of a global project to prevent
can be tens of meters wide.” the flow of plastic pollution into our world’s oceans.”

Slat’s declarations and actions are not without controversy, some within The device is a solar-powered trash removal system that employs a
the very scientific community that he is a part of, decry his methods and floating barrier (or barriers) to concentrate and direct floating debris onto
ideas. But he seems to have a head of steam anyway and is taking full a conveyor belt that extracts the debris. The Ocean Cleanup has designed
advantage of it. an InterceptorTM to specifically meet the conditions in Ballona Creek.

Although the prediction of cleaning the world’s oceans in five years won’t “We are delighted to be partnering with LA County, which shows this tool
come to pass, the optimism and energy behind that sentiment has legs. As is a supplement not a replacement for good waste infrastructure or any
we speak, the system is in operation and soon enough the world will find other prevention activity<" Slat said. "Yet, out of all the possible things
out if this young visionary is the real deal. we could do, this to me seems the best way to rapidly reduce the amount
of plastic flowing into our oceans.”
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ell, it’s getting on towards winter and that means a bit less racing, but it also delivers time to research and find solutions to
obstacles and/or barriers that can make the boat go faster and sail easier. We caught up with Jerome Sammarcelli, owner of
Sailutions in Marina del Rey (ad on page 14), and asked him if there are any particular pieces of equipment he is impressed
with, since he makes a living making race boats go faster. Off the top of his head he recommended these:

Reef hook, by Karver Systems:

Whether you’re installing a new reefing system on a newer boat, changing out an antiquated system or adding another reef point Sammarcelli is
impressed by the Reef Hook, which is a clever device that eliminates the need for a ton of extra line and complicated routing.

- No moving parts.
- No need for clutches.
- No need for long / heavy reefing line
- No need for sheaves inside the boom or additional turning blocks at the base of the mast.
- Allows for installing reefs on boats that don’t have any.
- Takes away the load on the goose-neck of the boom and on deck

Constrictor Clutch, by Cousin Trestec

Sometimes you see a piece of gear and think, “why didn’t we think of this a long time ago?” or “That is brilliant!” The Constrictor Clutch, by Cousin
Trestec is one of those things. Many of us, when closing the jaws of a tradition clutch, feel the distant subtle sensation of what the teeth are doing to the
sheet or halyard that you will eventually have to replace. It’s not in the front of your mind, it’s somewhere in the recesses, but it’s there because clutches
do bite. The Constrictor Clutch does not – it squeezes, therefore making it a more simple and more effective solution to managing loads. Sammarcelli
said he learned about them when he was building mini transat boats and he now installs them on his boats and client’s boats all the time.

- No damage to lines.
- Hold up to 8,000 lbs
- Line can be released (or clutch can be opened) under load
- Very light
- No moving parts. Easy maintenance.
- Can fit the holes center-to-center from old clutches

A quick google search will take you to the respective websites. Stay tuned for more ingenious products in future issues!

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t was a relatively mellow public meeting this past month in the main room of Burton Chace Park this past month. So often the issues raised
at these meetings of the Small Craft Harbor Commission have very direct and immediate ramifications for local boaters, but this month it
was a bit less remarkable. That said, there are very often very important elements hidden in the mundane.

The meeting began with a representative of Marina Outrigger, a canoe club who’s member are regular users of Mother’s Beach on Palawan
Way. She came to enter into the record an issue with homelessness that is happening at the popular launch site.

“I’m here his morning to speak about the homeless problem that we’re having and the vandalism and the fires that are being set and the
urine and feces that are being left by our equipment,” she said concerned.

Apparently, some homeless people have taken up residence by the club's canoes and have been using some of the storage racks to keep their things
and in doing so have caused damage to some club member's boats.

“The individual canoes are about $6,000 each and they’ve scratched them and set fires in between the canoes. When we arrive in the morning there’s
urine and feces in the buckets that we use to bail water, we’ve even found a weapon, a giant knife, [and we've also] found I.V. needles.”

She went on to say that the club has just received a grant allowing them to conduct more children’s trips and community outreach and she is very
concerned that the sometimes “confrontational” homeless people, that sometimes sleep in the club's canoes will negatively affect the good things they
have going.

Later Harbor Master Carlson explained that he was aware of the problem and that there are two deputies assigned exclusively to the beat of homeless
people in the marina. In another portion of the meeting, a member of the county's maintenance department said they are now keeping a public
bathroom near the area open all night in the hopes that they will stop defecating all over the area and using the club's buckets.

In other news, two county staffers were at the meeting looking to secure endorsements from commissioners for lease amendments. One at the City
Club on Admiralty Way and the other at Fisherman’s Village where the county and the leaseholder have just finished arbitration. It looks like there
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Veterans Take the Deep Dive into Shipwrecks and Recovery

Ventura, CA —Three female veterans of our Armed Services have joined the National Park Service (NPS) for a week conducting shipwreck surveys at
Channel Islands National Park.

The veterans, each with distinguished careers serving the U.S. Army and Navy, are sponsored by the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA
(WAVES)—a program that helps veterans recover from combat and non-combat related trauma including PTSD.

The veterans are part of an all-female NPS and NOAA dive team including a marine biologist, archaeologist, boat captain, dive instructor, and
submerged resources expert.

“The NPS and WAVES have been working together for several years to support injured veterans,” said Channel Islands National Park Superintendent
Ethan McKinley. “We are honored to provide these veterans an opportunity to heal and to experience the spectacular kelp forests at Channel Islands
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Gina Harden, a veteran who started her U.S. Navy career as the 7th female Military Deep Sea Diver, is a support diver sponsored by the Women’s Divers
Hall of Fame. At the onset of the trip Harden said, “I am lucky, blessed, and honored to be here. With my 35 years as a Navy diver I can help mentor
these veterans, to listen, to be a sounding board, and to support them.”

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Casler, a retired Army Master Sergeant who served for 23 years, describes her experience diving as restorative, “It’s the calm underwater, the bubbles,
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