A Publication For Where Land Ends www.mariner magazine.com Issue #103 September 2011
Blue Whales in Our Local Waters
Thoughts on the Redevelopment of MDR Cruising the Channel Islands Boating with the Kids
A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community
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Editor/Publisher/Writer Pat Reynolds Photographs Pat Reynolds Columnist Mookie Contributors Dave Kirby Richard Schaefer Copy Editing Assistance Lisa Asahara For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 - phone email firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the 3rd Friday of every month. This issue August 19 - Sept. 23
FROM THE EDITOR WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU DOG URINE MAKE LEMONADE
A few days ago we were sailing around in my little catamaran, maybe a mile from the breakwall, having a great time. With just the jib up, we were putting around in six or seven-knots of breeze watching where some Pelicans and a bunch of other birds were diving thinking that dolphin would probably be around next. Sure enough, dozens of common dolphin were soon jumping around, munching on baitﬁsh and taking breaks to swim in our bow wake. My dog Mookie was going hoarse from barking at them and we were all having a blast taking pictures and watching these incredible animals put on a show. They would come and go in perfect intervals. We would wonder if they were gone and suddenly a pack of them would head right towards us and the fun would start again. I’ll never get tired of seeing dolphin. It’s funny how things can change though. As I ran to the bow, jockeying for perfect photo position I stepped in a pile of dog poop. In Mookie’s excitement he apparently crapped standing – like a horse. I wasn’t mad at him, but it just sucks stepping in dood while you’re having a good time. I grabbed a paper-towel to push it overboard and I stuck my thumb in it. I could swear I heard dolphin laughter. Now I have brown on my feet and hands, dolphins mocking me, Mookie barking like a lunatic, an expensive camera hanging from my neck – things were so different, and in a moment’s time. “Wanna raise the main and sail around for bit?” I asked my girlfriend, trying to move on. “Okay,” she said. Right before I went to unroll the sail, Mookie walked over and began to urinate on it. We looked at each other as the sound of pee bouncing off Dacron ﬁlled the air. He had a casual look on his face – like the thoughtless face you make when you’re going to the bathroom. I had the look of disappointment. Moral? Life is rarely perfect and walk your dog before a long trip…
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Coming Events Off the Wire Observation by Scott Jarema Pondering the MDR Redevelopment Battling the Best by Julian Soto Laser Sailor Writes About Competing in Laser Nationals The Blues Blue Whales in Our Local Waters Catalina Currents Kidding Around by Captain Richard Schaefer Powertails Fishing for Barracuda Racing Ask the Expert - Channel Islands Ask Mookie Classiﬁeds 4 6 10 12 14 16 18 20 23 24 25
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52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990 50 Hatteras Convertible Sportﬁsher 1980. 45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twin Cummins diesels 2002 asking $289,000 Spacious layout, stabilizers, loaded and very Detroit dsls and gen with 100hrs $199,000 clean .Low price $199,0000 52 Hatteras Conv 1988 updated $299,000
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28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel, loaded, full electronics, Trac-Vision satellite TV, air, heat, turnkey $49,000
45 Morgan Catalina built 1992 center cock- 41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have 41 Islander Freeport 1978 spaceous center pit loaded, spacious asking $119,000 2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000. cockpit aft cabin ketch needs work asking 46 Hunter 202 aft cpt, aft cab $250,000 $38,000
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What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
Moonlight Movie - E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial Bring low chairs and blankets for outdoor seating in this residential community setting in nearby Playa Vista. Take the free Beach Shuttle from Marina del Rey to the event. Free popcorn. Concert Park, 13020 Paciﬁc Promenade. 8 – 10 p.m.; Free. California Beach Party featuring Surﬁn’ USA - The Beach Boys and Surf Music Tribute Band Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club invites all members, their guests, and prospective members to a festive dinner event featuring The Beach Boys and Surf Music Tribute Band. Prospective members will be given a club tour and offered special membership opportunities at the event. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $30. Limited free parking is available to members and guests in the club lot located at 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. Info at 310-827-7692 or firstname.lastname@example.org and limited event reservations at email@example.com. Pop Saturday Summer Concert Frankie Avalon Enjoy an exciting trip down memory lane with legendary entertainer Frankie Avalon, who performs many of his chart-topping hits, including “Venus” and “Why,” along with songs made famous in his numerous motion picture and television roles. Begins at 7 p.m., lasting approx. two hours. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way. Dress for cool evening weather and bring lawn chairs, blankets, and an appetite for the park cafe! Burton Chace Park -13650 Mindanao Way 21st Annual Church Mouse Marlin Invitational Non-proﬁt marlin ﬁshing tournament, all proceeds donated to Catalina youth. Over $825,000 has been raised over the last 20 years!
Captain’s meeting Sunday, August 28th; ﬁshing Monday and Tuesday, August 29-30. For more information call (310) 467-2371.
6th annual One More Time Regatta for Wooden hulled boats This event is open to Wooden Hulled Boats. Andy Kopetzky (818) 324-5872 firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Guilford (323) 653-6797 email@example.com Jimmy Walker “Buffalo Chip” Toss Come test your athletic skills and compete for the furthest toss at our 25th Annual Buffalo Chip Toss. Choose your chip wisely; prizes will be awarded for the furthest throws. For more info contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or firstname.lastname@example.org PSSA Speaker Series Abby Sunderland Paciﬁc Singlehanded Sailing Association www. pssala.com, located in Marina del Rey CA is pleased to announce Abby Sunderland will be speaking at our September 2011 meeting. She will discuss why she chose an Open 40, some of the challenges she had with the boat and some of her favorite parts about the trip. She will have available for purchase copies of her book and DVD. Attendance requires a $10 donation, $5 for PSSA members. Attendance will be limited to the ﬁrst 180, arrive between 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm at at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club at 13589 Mindanao Way. Weather Seminar The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Mike Leneman’s topic will be “Weather: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.” He will focus on what to expect at any given time of the year in Santa Monica Bay; how to be prepared, and what to do once it hits. He will discuss heavy weather sailing as well. Mike has been teaching Oceanography and Marine Geology as well as sailing for over 35 years. He has advanced degrees in Marine Geology from UCLA & USC. He’a a former French National Hobie Cat Champion and is
ﬁve time winner of the Newport-Ensenada race on 4 different multihulls. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, no-host cocktails & a hosted dinner with the meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. The panelist will speak at 8. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey,. For more information, email wsasmbmembership@ gmail.com, visit our website, www.wsasmb.org or friend us on Facebook. 53rd Annual Festival of Art Artists from all over the country exhibit along Crescent Avenue and sell their works of ﬁne art, sculpture, ﬁne crafts & photography. Catalina Art Association (310) 510-0808. Indian Summer Splash Multihull Event This yearly event, that sails from Marina del Rey to Catalina Harbor, created by West Coast multihull designer and guru Mike Leneman is open to all Multihulls and has been called a “gathering of the multihull tribe”. Enter by emailing email@example.com, include your name, the boat name, type, contact info. There will be two starts……one at “Angel’s Gate” and one at Marina del Rey. Please state which start you are going for. Coastal Clean Up Day Join thousands of volunteers for this traditional end-of-summer clean up day for local beaches and marina, including a kayak clean up site in Marina del Rey. Visit the website for registration information. Various sites in LA County. More info contact 310-451-1500. Microbrew Fest at Two Harbors Celebrate our 9th Annual Microbrew Fest on the beach in Two Harbors with great Microbrews and live music. For more info contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Honey Pot Day The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, in partnership with Department of Boating & Waterways, is providing free mobile pumpout service to boaters in Marina del Rey. Boaters must register in advance, and will receive a 30-minute seminar on clean boating practices. To sign up, please contact Victoria Ippolito by October 31st, 2011, (213) 620-2271, email@example.com Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club Dinners Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners. Members, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us for cocktails, fun, food, and friendship on most Wednesday and Friday evenings at our club house. Fun starts at 6:30 pm for cocktails and 7:30 pm for dinner. Lectures and educational presentations often follow our Wednesday night dinners. Live music is provided on most Fridays for your enjoyment and dancing pleasure. Reservations are required. Our club house is located at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. For menus, availability, pricing, directions, parking, and more event and membership details, please visit our web site at www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692 Marina Venice Yacht Club Social 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 310-9093022 or 310-822-9082 or visit our Facebook Group page. Sailing Singles of Southern California 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: email@example.com www.
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sailingsinglesofsoutherncalifornia.com Marina Sunday Sailing Club Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings free. No prior sailing experience is necessary. Married people welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit www.marinasundaysailors.com Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact email membership@ wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org. Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay, Owners of Catalina Yachts Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We would like to welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and other events throughout the year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For more info email Horst.Lechler@gmail.com. Single Mariners of Marina del Rey Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Paciﬁc Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for a light meal during the meeting, however, there is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday prior to the Thursday meeting To submit an event marinermagazine.com email editor@
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WI R E The Politics of GPS
The nation’s largest boat owners’ group, BoatUS, hand delivered over 15,000 comments from concerned boaters, sailors and anglers to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today asking the agency to protect the future reliability of GPS (Global Positioning System) across the United States. The agency is currently considering a request from a private company, LightSquared, to build up to 40,000 ground stations for a new nationwide broadband wireless telephone network, which, tests have shown, could cause signiﬁcant interference with most GPS signals. At issue is LightSquared’s proposed use of radio frequency bandwidth adjacent to frequencies that are used by the relatively weak GPS signal. A recent report to the FCC said, “all phases of the LightSquared deployment plan will result in widespread harmful interference to GPS signals and service and that mitigation is not possible.” In an unusual move, a conditional waiver was granted in January by the FCC to LightSquared to permit the dramatic expansion of land-based use of mobile satellite spectrum, subject to spring testing and public comments. “We hope these 15,000 comments indicate to the FCC the critical need of having a reliable navigation system, not just for boaters and anglers, but for pilots, drivers, outdoor adventurers, and ﬁrst responders. It is unimaginable that the federal government - the guardian of the bandwidth - would consider approving a proposal with so many problems and grave
public safety consequences,” said BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich. An unusually short 30-day public comment period on the FCC permit ends Saturday, July 30. BoatUS is urging citizens around the country to share their views by going to www.BoatUS.com/gov to send their comments to the FCC. After losing their only other viable navigation system (LORAN) last year after the Department of Homeland Security shut the system down, boaters now solely rely on GPS for electronic navigation. The US Coast Guard’s emergency search and rescue system, Rescue 21, now uses GPS to locate stricken vessels on over 36,985 miles of coastline. Mariners also rely on GPS-enabled communications with DSC VHF radios to provide location information, as do 406MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) for mayday and man-overboard situations, respectively. BoatUS is a member of the Coalition to Save Our GPS, which works to resolve this serious threat to the GPS system.
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WI R E The Mariner Back Online
Paciﬁc Singlehanded Sailing Association www.pssala.com, located in Marina del Rey is has announced Abby Sunderland will be speaking at their September 2011 meeting. Abby comes from an adventurous sailing family and is the sister of Californian Zac, who in 2009 became the youngest to successfully complete a solo-sailing circumnavigation. Abby will be discussing some of the inspirational aspects of her voyage that included a successful rounding of Cape Horn and landfall at Cape Town South Africa and events that led up her dismasting in the Southern Ocean. She will discuss why she chose an Open 40, some of the challenges she had with the boat and some of her favorite parts about the trip. She will have available for purchase copies of her book and DVD. Attendance requires a $10 donation, $5 for PSSA members, of which 100% will go towards her college fund. Attendance will be limited to the ﬁrst 180, arrive between 7:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m.
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WI R E
Man Pleads Guilty to “Acts of Piracy” Involving Local Couple
An 11th pirate linked to the deaths of four Americans—including Del Rey Yacht Club members Jean and Scott Adam—pleaded guilty last month to acts of piracy, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Mounir Ali, a 23-year-old from Yemen, submitted his plea in a Norfolk federal court. U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis accepted the plea of acts of piracy against the S/V Quest, the boat on which the Americans were traveling. Along with his plea, Ali, a.k.a “Muner Ali,” said he and four other Yemenis were part of the crew aboard the boat pirated by Somalis. Ali also admitted that, when the Somalis were capturing the S/V Quest, he joined them with the intention of obtaining part of the ransom money. However, Ali said he did not shoot any of the four Americans or tell anyone else to do so. Ten other pirates, all Somalis, also have pleaded guilty to the act of piracy. Authorities previously said the 15 men taken into custody would be imprisoned for life if they were to be found guilty of the piracy charge. Ali is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 21. It was not immediately known if he would receive a lighter sentence for pleading guilty. “Mounir Ali admitted today that his greed for ransom money ultimately led to the cold-blooded murder of the four U.S. hostages,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in a statement. “This latest guilty plea again shows that modern piracy is far different than the romantic portrayal in summertime movies. Pirates who attack on U.S. citizens on the high seas will face justice in a U.S. courtroom.” “Today’s plea brings us one step closer to the resolution of the Quest’s hijacking and the brutal killing of four Americans,” said Janice K. Fedarcyk, who is assistant director in charge for the FBI’s New York Field Ofﬁce, in a statement. “Armed with [rocket-propelled grenades] and automatic weapons, Ali willingly participated in this premeditated attack to pirate the Quest, in a vain attempt for ransom.” Source – Neptune Maritime Security.
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Thoughts on the Marina del Rey Redevelopment By Scott Jarema
ith all the interest in the ongoing “redevelopment” debate for Marina del Rey I have been following, these thoughts came to me as I was out one ﬁne sunny day in my Boston Whaler cruising the basins and byways that make up our fabulous community and I would like to share them with the readers at large and the Powers that Be in L.A. County…. Now I’m sure I may be rufﬂing some feathers by proffering my humble opinion on this ongoing and often vocal debate going on how “our beloved” Marina del Rey should be redeveloped, but a little about me. I moved here from the east coast 12 years ago and have been a Marina del Rey resident since day 1. I have lived aboard for 11 years and my Whaler gets more mileage racked up on it than my car. Quite frankly, there is no better place to live in all of Los Angeles. It pains me to hear about the “good old days” of the 1960’s and 1970’s when Marina del Rey was a “hot spot” to visit with its myriad of nightclubs, bars and restaurants that one could choose from. I’m sure some of you readers remember fondly. An astute observer can still see vestiges of what once was. One can still see the shuttered “Pier View Restaurant” at Neptune Marina on Marquesas Way, the circular roof of the old “Don The Beachcomber”, the faded “ALOHA” sign still visible above the entrance door at the Marina del Rey Hotel. But I digress… observed in Florida and even Newport Beach there are “Dock & Dine” establishments where you can tie up after a day on the water and grab a bite. Heck, in Alamitos Bay, you can even pull up behind the Ralph’s shopping center by boat and do all your shopping, take in a movie and grab something to eat without ever stepping into a car! Imagine Waterside Shopping Center with docks. Why can’t we have that here? I would suggest that Fisherman’s village should be designed as a downtown focal point of the Marina, with a nautical feel that represents it’s community and not some cookie cutter neo-Spanish Colonial “mall” that is so popular today. There should also be part of it devoted to boating, Stand Up Paddle boarding and other water activities. I cite the revitalized Shoreline Village area of Long Beach as an example. I would also propose the county add dinghy docks at the end of F basin along the bulkhead behind the library and public parking lot. I’m sure the “Warehouse” owners would welcome it. This could be a water bus stop and it makes sense because public parking is onsite. While we are at it, why not have one at the end of B basin along that bulkhead as well. The old Sea Scout base in H Basin would make for a really neat restaurant/nightclub with plenty of boater parking already there. It’s a lot more appropriate than having “County ofﬁces”. Because of it’s location, the noise wouldn’t be much of a bother because there are no apartments nearby. I know it may not happen but it’s just a thought.
As I cruised by the old dilapidated fuel dock by Fisherman’s Village, I lament the closing of the I have to ask, why is this not “Waterfront Restaurant / Organic repurposed into the ferry terminal Paniﬁcio Café”. They had a dock for the Catalina Marina del Rey Writer Scott Jarema relaxing on his Boston Whaler at Catalina Island in the beginning before it was Flyer? On the shore side of the docks, we could make a stop for the Marina Water Bus and a dinghy closed off and docking forbidden there. I was told they closed the dock dock for boaters wanting to stop off at the “new” Fisherman’s Village. It’s because of “insurance liability”. Come on. I’m sure an arrangement could really a shame that there is no water access via private boat to Fisherman’s have been made to allow the water shuttle to make a stop there and have Village. A redeveloped Fisherman’s Village could form the basis of a it under their insurance. They had a great spot and some really good live revitalized “downtown” for Marina del Rey. Once when tying up there music upstairs. For a while I thought it would catch on and we would for lunch, I was told that the “public” docks for it was Burton Chace Park. see a renaissance of Marina night life, but to no avail. Across the street Huh? In other marinas and areas of the country, this is not the case. I have at the former “Casa Escobar” site is now “VUE” restaurant in the new 10
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of dock space devoted to transient/dinghy parking should be required for those places. We talk about easing trafﬁc congestion on the roads here; well one way to do that is to make it easier to get around without having to resort to getting in our cars in the ﬁrst place. I applaud the new Del Rey Landing with its convenience store on Let’s face it folks, it’s the 21st the water. They have a great century and redevelopment is selection of beverages and inevitable. I’m all for it. What I’m even have a cigar humidor. If not for is the cramming of as many An Aerial perspective of the soon to be redeveloped Mother’s Beach. you are out cruising around, apartments as possible to squeeze Photo Pat Reynolds. you can stop in for a sandwich every last dollar out of this place we call home. Conversely, it’s not 1964 anymore. When these original and refreshment all without stepping foot on land. buildings were put up, cars still had tailﬁns. We hadn’t even landed on the moon, there was no such thing as the internet as we know it and a small Landside, they have a space that would make a great café / coffeshop / conﬂict was brewing in a tiny Southeast Asian country called Vietnam. winebar or deli. Times change and so should we. I only seem to hear the debate as a “black or white” issue. Marina del Rey Here’s how I propose to go about it that would appeal to both sides of the SHOULD be redeveloped, but a compromise needs to be reached as to how best to go about it. The County needs to listen to the input of the boaters arguement: and residences of Marina del Rey, and those opposing redevelopment I would make as a condition of redevelopment that a percentage of the need to come to a compromise on how it needs to be done. development be devoted to retail / dining / entertainment. A percentage Jamaica Bay Inn. It holds promise to be a new nightspot. You should stop in and check it out. I saw the plan to redevelop Mother’s Beach. While I can’t agree with the overall plan, I did like the inclusion of dock ﬁngers extending out with transient spaces for us boaters. That could have served VUE, The Cheescake Factory and Glow at the Marriott! 2011
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Battling the Best in the Country
By Julian Soto
The 2011 Laser Nationals held at CYC during the ﬁrst weekend of August was an event that brought sailors from all over the United States and parts of Mexico and Canada. Sailing in this event has shown me where I stand and how much I need to improve my skills as a sailor. Leading up to the event was where I had learned the most about myself and what I enjoy most as a sailor on the water. May 18th, 2011, I ﬂew from Honolulu, Hawaii to Los Angeles, California. Right away I wanted to begin practicing for the Nationals. After a few phone calls, I gathered a couple of friends to race on the UCLA Sunset series in the main channel of Marina del Rey. Tucker Stasser, Terence Gallagher, Nathan Jamieson, Nicolas Weis, Chris Weis and Gregory Dair all joined in on the Friday races and the Nationals. After, a good day of work at the Junior Sailing Program at DRYC, I would meet up with my friends out in the ocean to have a good practice. Training for this event was hard, but worth it. Unfortunately, the event was what we predicted, a light breeze. The day before the event was measurement. After a night of sail measurement, day one of the four-day event began. The ﬁrst day was forecast to be a steady 7-9 knots with a slight chance of fog. Wrong! The fog had rolled in the night before and decided to stay there the whole day. The race committee planned to do three races. So much for that plan, we only pulled off two races. The ﬁrst race ﬁnally cleared up enough to see the other end of the line. We began to race. Out of nowhere the fog rolled back in. Where are we going? Is that lay-line to the mark? After the race committee could barely see the mark from the windward mark set boat, they decided to call it off. The fog cleared for the remainder of the day. The next two races were light and plenty of wind-chop to go around. We all sailed back in and de-rigged our boats. Day two of the event was the same, but we had to make up for the ﬁrst day of racing. We had four races that day. The majority of the day was light. Nothing too interesting that day, but fog was still lingering along the coast of Malibu. Day three was the best of all the race days so far. Winds were up to 14-knots with a small chop combined with 2-3 foot swell. Finally, I could hike out on the boat and really show what real Laser sailing is all about. Although, I was one of the few actually hiking out, because I am not at the standard weight for the Laser full rig/standard rig, I had a blast. The courses are an upwind leg, reach, downwind, upwind, downwind, reach and an upwind ﬁnish. The Radial and full rig had similar courses. The reaches in the fresher breeze were quite the ride. The Laser picks up onto a plane after a few pumps of the sail and surfs the waves like no other. Unfortunately, the race committee didn’t run more races that day. I wanted to keep hiking out on the Laser, too bad. The last day was the choppiest and lightest. We only had two races that day. Unfortunately, on one of the starts I broke my tiller extension, but sailed the whole race with it broken. Rounding marks was ridiculously funny to watch. Other than a few light wind races, the regatta was one of the best events this summer. There were 100 boats, 36 full rigs and 64 radial rigs. Del Rey Yacht Club, of which I am a member, had the most boats on the water out of any yacht club. 12
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Blue Whales are around this area but this precious species are still scarce world-wide
Some places in the world provide inherent privilege. Buffalo New York residents can take a short drive or a bike ride to see some of the most powerful waterfalls on earth at Niagra Falls; if you live in Flagstaff Arizona, the Grand Canyon is there for the taking; for us, the largest animal on earth, an endangered species, swims in our local waters. And this time of year, it’s more than possible to get a glimpse of blue whales as they struggle to elude extinction. Most people will live their lives and never get the chance to see a blue whale in its natural environment. Until recently a sighting of this, the largest animal that’s ever lived, was rare south of the Channel Islands. And even in that area, it was no guarantee to see one. But in the past three or four years, in late summer, from Palos Verdes on down to Dana Point, sightings have become more regular. These are special waters considering that reports indicate there are probably less than 14,000 individuals alive worldwide. These numbers are particularly disappointing since there was a time, in the not so distant past, when there were hundreds of thousands. The development of the harpoon canon and a strong market for lamp oil combined to nearly rid the earth of an animal that holds the distinction of being not only the largest on the planet but to ever exist. This area, the Eastern North Paciﬁc, holds the largest remaining blue whale population on earth.
Marine biologists attribute the change in location to simply following their food source. Blues eat a small crustacean called krill and to keep a 200-ton body topped off – it takes quite a bit of krill. And maybe it’s this reason, in addition to their incredible physical stature and rarity, that makes witnessing them particularly interesting – they’re feeding, and it’s somehow compelling watching animals feed. “I once saw a whole group of about 10 or 12 blues that were feeding in shallow water which I’d never seen before,” said whale watching Captain Jason Wright describing a scene where blue whales were in 200-300 feet of water off the coast of Manhattan Beach – ordinarily the whales prefer no less than 900-feet of depth. “They were surface feeding on krill and behaving unusually,” said Wright who has seen countless whales serving as a tour guide for years. “Normally they’re very calm, slow, methodical – they come up, they breath – they do their thing and dive down slowly. But this group I saw were surface feeding with their mouths wide open on the surface and swimming extremely fast. They looked like submarines coming out of the water – it was unbelievable.” Compared to other whale species, there is relatively little known about blue whales. John Calambokidis from the Cascadia Research Collective in Washington is one of the premier researchers of the blues and they have been studying the animals this area for many years. There has been tagging work done, sonar studies and research conducted to understand where the whales travel once they leave these waters. It’s believed that at some point, the whales head south for the waters of Costa Rica. 2011
Back in 2007 blues started being seen in locations where they usually didn’t venture. That year there were many sightings off the coast of Long Beach, San Pedro and Palos Verdes. The news of these observations were followed later, unfortunately, by four reports of blue whale deaths, due to collisions with large ships. A reminder of the danger that exists for the fragile breed. 14 The Mariner - Issue 103
“With photographic identiﬁcation we were able to quickly see that in fact, California blue whales were showing up there in winter,” said Calambokidis And while he is pleased to verify that many of the California population rear their heads in the waters of Costa Rica, there is still an enormous amount of information that remains unveriﬁed about these gigantic mammals. They are unclear how and where they breed although there’s hope that the Costa Rica grounds will bring forth more answers in the coming years. But while they are here in our waters researchers and conservationists have mixed feelings about the well-being of the whales. Publicity and attention for an animal that is ﬁghting to survive is obviously good, but there is great concern for the individuals themselves. “I’ve seen a couple of guys on jet-skis actually trying to jump the whales,” Wright said regarding the ignorance he’s witnessed while running his trips. “Boaters need to have maximum respect for these animals and not go close at all,” said marine biologist Dr. Maddalena Bearzi, founder of the Ocean Conservation Society in Marina del Rey. “They’re an endangered species and big enough where they can be observed from a distance. Don’t approach them. You don’t know the affect you have when you go close to them. And you also don’t know where they may surface.”
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CUR R E NTS
By Captain Richard Schaefer
ver the years I’ve taken many groups of children out whale watching, to Catalina, day sailing and for sailing instruction. These experiences have allowed me to make many observations and come to a few conclusions. First, the earlier the child gets on the water the better. A young child has a certain awe and wonder of the water. If nurtured it tends to grow and ﬂourish. By the time kids are in their teens they’ve had their senses numbed by all the screens, buttons and wires in their lives. It takes intense stimulation to wean them away from “techno-land”. Unfortunately, the attractions of sailing are rather quiet and subtle - requiring skills taking time, interest and patience to acquire. For most young people, over 13, anything less heart pounding than tubing or skiing behind a jet boat is considered rather ho-hum. Another important ingredient is a close bond between child and parent. In my experience I’ve found that public school kids are usually rather jaded and “too hip and cool to care” by 12 or 13. On the other hand, I’ve noticed that most children who are home schooled have a deeper relationship and respect for their parents. These kids seem bright and interested boating, and life in general. They actually enjoy being with their parents and other adults, and are usually eager to try new experiences without preconceived notions and negativity.
But regardless of your family’s particular circumstances, allow a father and an old sailor to make a few suggestions, and perhaps learn from my experiences - all the while remembering that all “experience” (especially mine) is largely made up of mistakes and even outright blunders - it ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. Note: At ﬁrst I planned on writing two lists, making each one “age appropriate”. But, as anyone with children knows, there is much transitional overlapping in age groups, and many kids who enjoy things that aren’t always, “age appropriate”. For instance, my 18 year old still loves collecting seashells and beach glass.... We do it together, and I love him for it. 1. If you’re not already an experienced sailor or power boater - take lessons - they will help you (and perhaps your spouse) to be more comfortable and secure aboard a boat. Believe me, even a young child can sense when Mommy or Daddy don’t know what they’re doing. Even usually calm and soft spoken parents can become ranting Captain Blighs when things get a little dicey or uncomfortable. Knowledge and experience smooths out the rough spots and makes the new experience much more enjoyable for all - not to mention, safer. 2. If the children are young, maybe watch a few sailing movies like, “The Crimson Pirate”, “Treasure Island” or “Master and Commander”. Steer clear of ﬁlms like “Dead Calm” or “White Squall”. If you don’t, the little ones are likely to go to bed clutching a ﬂare gun and a lifejacket
instead of their teddy bear. 3. After the family is comfortable sailing or boating together invite your children’s friends along. Kids love sharing the adventure and showing their friends “the ropes” aboard ship or at the island. 4. If your kids are older, and are already swimmers, divers, or ﬁshermen then a boat is a natural extension of those pursuits. Equip it for these activities and don’t mind when a little sand or ﬁsh bait gets on the deck - but do make them clean up for themselves. 5. Do more than just “day sail” up to Santa Monica Pier and back. Kids don’t usually get into the “kick back and relax” thing. Polish your skills and go over to the island, or do some local racing if your kids are old enough. A tight race - even in 12 knots of wind - is exciting for most young people - and even for us old salty dogs. 6. Don’t spend too much time on the water at ﬁrst. Keep your sails under two hours and try to work in an appropriate shore side activity afterward; a walk on the beach or pier, a fun lunch, or maybe a concert in the park. 7. Make a game out of learning the “language of boating”. The colorful vocabulary of seamanship has evolved over centuries into a very precise and concise language with which to communicate commands on board. Nothing irritates me more than to sail with a bunch of people, who should know better, prattle about 2011
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“pulling that rope”, “steering to the right”, “using the bathroom” or “going up to the front of the boat.” Makes my ﬂesh crawl just writing about it. 8. Take lots of photos and start a boating album. Yes, that means actually getting “hard copies” from your digital camera. 9. Add dimension to the experience with kayaks, snorkeling and ﬁshing gear, and a good dinghy. 10. BBQ at the island or at the dock. If the kids have caught fresh ﬁsh, all the better. 11. Try and plan your island trip on weekends when there are fun events at the island; tours at USC Marine Lab at Big Fisherman Cove, nature hikes, a fun band at the West End or the Casino (I just missed Dick Dale, and that pissed me off), a good movie at the Casino (almost any movie looks good in the Casino), or a dinghy or kayak race. 12. If you and your crew are experienced enough, a night passage to the island can add a new dimension to the family’s cruising experience. Be sure to take extra safety measures for the crew. 13. If your at the island, and the sky is clear, let the kids sleep under the stars. In a dark cove you’ll see the heavens like never before - shooting stars, guaranteed...maybe even UFO’s and aliens. 14. Simply trolling a line is a simple way to add a little excitement to a sail for kids - locally or at the island. Sadly, the implementation of the MPA’s (Marine Protected Areas) make this kind of ﬁshing 2011
a little more risky. These new regulations make “casual kid ﬁshing” a thing of the past. Parents will need to stay current regarding closed areas and regulations - unfortunately, many will just think it too much trouble and risk to allow their young children to ﬁsh. The unintended consequences of poorly thought out regulation are many. 15. Slowly introduce, age appropriate, maintenance chores to the children. By the time my kids were 10 they were handling nearly all the preparation before, and cleanup after a cruise or a sail. Being a generally lazy person myself, this worked out well in my case. Besides, it leaves me a lot of time for all the necessary masterminding a captain has to do - like selecting the right bait or beer for the particular occasion at hand. 16. When the family’s at the island, spend time with the kids ﬁshing, beach combing, snorkeling, kayaking, or just sitting on the beach, digging your toes into the sand and sharing thoughts, and the moment, with your children. Take it from me, those soft, golden vignettes of life don’t come along often enough, or last that long....It’s all gone in a wink and a whisper. Captain Richard is a U.S. C.G. Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels. He has skippered charters and deliveries, taught sailing and seamanship, managed yachts and written for boating publications for more than 25 years. He can be reached for comments or consultation at 310-4608946 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ith the ﬁshing season in full swing and a number of different targets to choose from including pelagics, lots of folks are still going after the nimble, athletic barracuda that provides a guaranteed challenge once hooked. With a mouthful of sharp teeth and powerful sleek body, this ﬁsh gets the blood pumping and they’re out there. Last week the new Del Mar in Marina del Rey counted 75 barracudas one quiet Monday evening. Most believe afternoon and evening is the best time for success with this species. They start showing up in the spring with the warmer temperature and by summer, they’re here, in schools chasing around baitﬁsh. They’re top feeders that are usually around 5-10 pounds but the largest recorded was 4-feet long and 18-pounds. One thing to keep in mind is these guys have sharp teeth and will bite through mono when using a straight mono to hook connection. It’s best to use iron jigs. The folks at Newport Landing say: “A lead head can also work well with the longer shank beneﬁts of landing more ﬁsh while still presenting the bait in a natural manner. Barracuda become more sluggish in feeding and the balance between waiting long enough for them to have taken the bait and too long resulting in a bite off is challenging.” Here’s some tips/experiences from some of the local forums for targeting cuda: “My current theory on jigs and barracuda is to use either double or single 18
hooks...of course my favorite jig still has triple hooks.” “We had 50# braid with a 20# ﬂouro leader. After several caught and several landed and several breakoffs, we were using straight 50# braid they are not line shy. They were even cutting through the braid!” “I like circle hooks, but you got to let them run awhile. I also like 12# line for them, but not always recommended. Don’t forget safety. Cudas usually means lots of jigs going out, which means hooks ﬂying.” “Don’t forget your steel leaders if you intend on using live bait..or you could have a frustrating trip.” “You can use live bait - usually anchovies. Other baits can be used like green mackerel and sardines but they are difﬁcult to obtain and normally too large for hook bait.” When ﬁshing for “skinnies” remember California law mandates that California or Paciﬁc Barracuda must be thrown back if they are under 28 inches long. Also some may not know that it’s best not to touch barracuda. According to ﬁshermen George Van Zant, “your hands transmit a terminal skin disease to released ﬁsh. It’s better to cut your line rather than try to remove the hook. Hooks and steel leaders quickly corrode.” If you decide not to release your catch, lots of people enjoy the taste of these ﬁsh, but it’s recommended that they are gutted and iced quickly for the prone to spoiling fast. 2011
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Looks like we are going to ﬁre up some good ﬁshing in the up and coming month. Around the Bay, when the squid is around, we’re seeing good numbers of white seabass. Most boats have been focusing on rockﬁsh, sandbass, calicos, sheephead and some really nice halibut have been reported. Having both squid and ﬁn bait has made ﬁshing better just because we can switch over if one is not working. On the bait scene Larry and Mike of Inseine Baits have been working overtime to bring in both sardines and anchovies in addition to the squid. Water temps are now rising to the 70’s and the Islands are producing yellowtail and calicos of late. White seabass are still being caught around the backside of Catalina, at the east end at the Vee’s. I know a few marlin have been caught and released and the stick-boats have brought in some swordﬁsh. The San Diego ﬂeet is picking up momentum with both blueﬁn and yellowﬁn being caught within a day and a half’s range. Until next time…………..Tight Lines
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2011 Laser U.S. Nationals
leeward mark. Buckingham used his advantage to create some separation and eventually opened up a three boat lead to secure the Championship by four points. CYC’s Greg Dair sailed a solid regatta narrowly missing a place in the top tent and eventually settling for 11th place overall. Local racers Julian Soto and Will Peterson also battled valiantly ﬁnishing 17 and 21 respectively. Petersen, who hasn’t been training on the Laser since he entered the Laser Worlds years ago, pointed out the difference between concentrating on mastering the boat and just jumping on and doing the regatta. “I could read some of the shifts, but for the most part it’s a physical thing. I can hit every shift and go the right way, but these guys would still pass me.” In the Laser Radial Class, Macatawa Bay Yacht Club junior member Mitchell Kiss put on dominating show with six ﬁrst and three second place ﬁnishes to ﬁnish with 32 points and a wide margin of victory.
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Light to moderate breezes predominated on Santa Monica Bay for the 2011 U.S. Laser and Laser Radial Nationals hosted by CYC on August 4th to 7th. With a steady breeze direction and a light chop, conservative ﬂeet management and boat speed were the keys to success for the winners in both ﬂeets. Guest Principal race Ofﬁcer, Mark Townsend from ABYC, with the expert help of CYC’s contingent of seasoned race committee members managed the course and conditions exceptionally well to ensure that both classes got their maximum allotment of 12 races. In the Laser Class, Charlie Buckingham from Newport Harbor Yacht Club was never out of the top 10 but was pushed hard by second place ﬁnisher Derek Vranizan from Seattle Yacht Club with whom he had a see-saw battle in the standings. Their ﬁnal duel came in the twelfth and last race of the series when they went head to head with the Championship on the line. With two points separating them, it was Buckingham who eked out a narrow lead to round the ﬁrst weather mark with Vranizan on his stern. Splitting gybes going down the run Vranizan almost passed but just couldn’t break the overlap and lost the battle for the favored inside position at the
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On a whim 37 years ago, I bought my ﬁrst sailboat, a 26’ trailerable. At the time I had little knowledge of sailing or sailboats. I lived in Las Vegas then, with the boat on Lake Meade and a very good friend and expert yachtsman in Marina del Rey. Old timers in MDR will remember Hank McGill, who was my mentor and good friend. He said that the way to learn how to sail was to race. If I was to spend my time just sailing around, that would be the limit of my skills, but if I was to compete with others, I would have a measure for my performance in addition to having the examples and community around to accelerate my learning. Hank was right, and I have had a lifetime of pleasure and satisfaction because I listened to him. The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs’s Home Port Regatta on
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The Marina del Rey Racing Marks are a group of buoys anchored southwest of the harbor entrance. Called ‘Spar Buoys,” they have a 6-8’ tall mast or spar painted a bright yellow so that they may be seen more easily from a distance. These “Spar Buoys” are arrayed in such a way that they can be used as ‘turning marks’ to form a variety of different race courses (the Marina del Rey Course Chart #16 is online at <http://www. asmbyc.org/racing/MDR_CourseChart16. pdf>). Having many options permits the race organizers, called the Race Committee or R/C for short, to choose a route of appropriate length and orientation to the wind for the type of boats racing. Generally the R/C establishes a starting line that is perpendicular to the wind, with the ﬁrst leg sailed more or less directly into the wind, requiring the sailboats to ‘tack’ back and forth to get to the ‘Weather Mark”. Our Racing Marks make it easy for the R/C boat to anchor adjacent to one of the marks (usually “S Mark” or “SS Mark”), and then pick a ‘Weather Mark” that will be the right distance away so that it can be sailed in 15-30 minutes, more or less. Should the wind change strength or direction, different marks can be used for subsequent races. If there is a substantial wind change during a race, the R/C may select a different mark for the next buoy in the course as long as none of the boats have yet rounded the previous mark. Most of these buoys have been home made by various yacht club volunteers, with considerable investment in both time and materials. As they must remain in position during all weather, they have substantial ‘ground tackle’, or anchoring system, which is also expensive. These costs are proportioned between the various member clubs of The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs -- for short. Occasionally one or more of these marks is damaged by collision or is overwhelmed by heavy marine growth. The Buoy Chairman truly appreciates early reports of a damaged or low ﬂoating mark so that it may be salvaged and repaired rather than being expensively replaced. Roberto Cordero is the present buoy chairman, and he may be contacted through Del Rey Yacht Club. Even though the buoys are there for the racing sailors, they have lots of value for the general boater. Returning from Catalina on a fogged-in day with no radar or satellite navigation, you can sail toward the sounds of LAX until your depth sounder reads ten fathoms (60 feet), turn left and you will be within a couple of miles of the racing marks. If you have a course chart #18 onboard, you can know your precise position from the identify of whichever buoy you ﬁrst encounter. You can also use them as a reference for Man Over Board drill, or use them for practice race starts, learning to control speed and judge distance through repeated trial and error. You can usually rely on their position being accurate enough that you can check or practice taking compass sights for position calculation. And you can utilize your knowledge of these Racing Marks and the types of courses raced to both enjoy a good view of the many races in progress, and to know where you might avoid interfering with the boats when they are more densely packed when starting or rounding turning marks. These Racing Marks are valuable and expensive, so use and preserve them.
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The Mariner - Issue 103
ASK THE EXPERT CRUISING TO CHANNEL ISLANDS
Captain Joel Eve
Cruising to Channel Islands
The Channel Islands, just off the Southern California coastline between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles harbors, are among the most picturesque islands to be found on the West Coast. Although nearby Catalina is far more popular for boats departing the Marina, the northern Channel Islands offer so much to see both above and below the water. Captain Eve, would you tell us which of our offshore islands make up the Channel Islands chain and how far are they off the coast? Eve: There are actually eight channel islands starting with San Miguel on the northern most end of the chain followed by Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, San Nicolas, Santa Barbara Island, Catalina, and San Clemente Island, on the southern most end of the island chain. When we speak of cruising to the Channel Islands, most mariners are referring to the four northern islands. From Marina del Rey, Anacapa Island is about forty ﬁve nautical miles. However, if you begin your crossing from Channel Islands Harbor just north of Point Mugu, then Anacapa is an easy twelve- mile trip. Given the distances, what route would you recommend for boaters who have never been to the Channel Islands from the Marina? Eve: If time is not an issue or you desire a more scenic route following the coast, then I would recommend heading west from the breakwater to Pt. Dume (about 18 miles). Then sail or power a course to about 2 miles abeam of Pt. Mugu (about 17 miles). Then sail a course to Channel Islands Harbor (about 7 miles, for a total distance of about 42 miles). This is a leisurely route up the coast, and you are never more than a few miles from land which may give you some extra comfort. On this three-waypoint trip you also have the advantage of sailing landward of the Northbound and Southbound Trafﬁc Separation Scheme which will keep you clear of large commercial vessels. After spending a restful night in Channel Islands Harbor, you 2011 can depart directly for Anacapa, a short 12- mile voyage. Just remember to keep a lookout for larger commercial vessels that will be using the trafﬁc separation scheme. Once you arrive at Anacapa Island, what are your options from there? Eve: There is a decent fair weather anchorage on the south side of middle Anacapa Island called East Fish Camp. The link provided here will give you valuable information about this anchorage, including a video of the area. There are also places where you can go ashore on Anacapa as the links below will reference. www.sailchannelislands.com/cicruisingguide/ East_Fish_Camp.php I would also recommend that you become familiar with the Coast Pilot 7, the publication which covers the West Coast of the United States where you will ﬁnd accurate information about the Channel Islands and associated anchorages. Santa Cruz Island is just to the North of Anacapa. What anchorages do you recommend for this island? Eve: Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the four northern Channel Islands and has many anchorages to choose from, including Smugglers’ Cove, Yellow Banks, Willows, Prisoner’s Harbor and Pelican Harbor. Use this helpful link below for more information on Santa Cruz anchorages: www.sailchannelislands.com/cicruisingguide/ sc.php If you want to go ashore on Santa Cruz, the eastern quarter of the island is managed by the National Park Service and no permits are required for landing; however, there are some areas that have restrictions. The link below will take you to the National Park Service web page with more information about going ashore on Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands: www.nps.gov/chis/index.htm For information about Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands, use the Sailchannelislands.com website. What other skills and equipment should you have for exploring the Channel Islands? Eve: Knowing how to navigate to the Channel Islands is very important; so make sure you have the proper paper charts aboard your vessel. You should have NOAA chart no.: 18720 covering Point Dume to Purisma Point, chart no.: 18728 covering the Santa Cruz Channel and chart no.: 18729 for the Anacapa Passage. Also make sure you have a working GPS unit and an accurate fathometer for anchoring. In addition to navigation, knowing how to properly anchor your vessel is very important, and your ground tackle must be in perfect working order. I recommend at least 150 feet of chain with the proper link for the size and weight of your vessel. I also recommend another 200 feet of anchor rode or line. If you have never anchored your boat, it is best to practice prior to a voyage to the Channel Islands. I recommend taking your vessel out of the Marina and anchor in 50 feet of water, for example. Try dropping and raising your anchor several times until the procedure works smoothly for you. Take the time to master navigation and anchoring skills because this will give you the conﬁdence to take on the Channel Islands experience. Captain Joel Eve has taught boat handling and navigation for over 32 years in Southern California. He serves as a marine consultant for both commercial and private yacht owners. He can be reached at (310) 210-0861 or by mail at email@example.com
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The Mariner - Issue 103
The Mariner - Issue 103
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