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    Issue #83

    December 2009

    M a r i n e rA Publication For Where Land Ends

    A M a g a z i n e F o r T h e M a r i n a d e l R e y B o a t i n g C o m m u n i t y


    Catalina Nav Hazards

    F.U.B.A.R Recap

    Holiday Boat Parade Photos


    Heavy Weather Sailing

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    The Mariner is


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    Cover: Wave Wall by Pat Reynolds


    Coming Events 4Coming Events 4Off The Wire 6Off The Wire 6F.U.B.A.R. Odysse y 200 9 10F.U.B.A.R. Odys se y 20 09 10Review of F.U.B.A.R. Powerboat Rally by Donna WilsonReview of F.U.B.A.R. Powerboat Rally by Donna WilsonHeavy Weather 12Heavy Weather 12Two Captains Discuss Heavy WeatherTwo Captains Discuss Heavy WeatherCata l ina Current s 1616Catalina Nav Hazards by Captain Richard Schaefer

    Power ta i l s 18F.U.B.A.R. Continued

    RacingRacing 2020Chistmas Boat Parade 22Chis tm as Boat Parade 22Ask the Expert s - Wood Work 23Ask the Expert s - Wood Work 23Ask Mookie 24Ask Mook ie 24Classifi eds 26Classifi eds 26

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    The Disturbing Thoughts of Pete

    The beauty of publishing your own magazine is that you can try

    stuff out and no one can tell you, hey man...thats a terrible idea.

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    4 The Mariner -Issue 83 2009

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    December 26

    Fishermans Vi l lage WeekendConcert - L .A. Cat

    Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concerts

    outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, every

    Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1-4

    p.m. (2-5 p.m. summer). Free.

    December 27

    Fishermans Vi l lage WeekendConcert - Susie Hansen Lat in Jazz


    Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concerts

    outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, every

    Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1-4

    p.m. (2-5 p.m. summer). Free.

    December 31

    New Year s Eve F i rewor ks

    Fireworks shot above the Marina light up the

    sky just before midnight! Best viewing at

    Burton Chace Park and Fishermans Village.

    Hotels, restaurants, clubs and cruise companies

    offer a dazzling array of special packages and

    programs for New Years Eve celebrations. 310-


    December 31

    New Year s Eve Concer t at T heWater f ron t Restauran t

    Live New Years Eve Concert featuring Cubensis

    and The Hollywood Stones. Doors open at 7:30

    p.m. $30 general admission without dinner,

    includes party favors and midnight champagne.

    VIP tickets include buffet dinner at $50 per

    person. The main restaurant will also be serving

    a prix fixe menu with jazz singer Ariana Savalas

    at 6 p.m. Call 310 448 8900 for more info.

    December 31st

    New Years Eve Celebration at Two Harbors

    What better way to ring in the New Year than

    island style, with dinner, dancing, and a gala

    party. Leave the driving to the shore boats!

    Contact Leslie Luchau at (310) 510-4249 or

    [email protected].

    December 31st

    37th Annual New Year s Eve Galaa t Ava lon

    Dance in the new year at this black-tie optional

    event in the world famous Casino Ballroom.

    Packages including accommodations, round

    trip transportation and entrance to the gala are

    available now. Contact 800-626-1496 for more


    January 13

    2010 Sta te o f the Bay Repor t

    The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

    is releasing the 2010 State of the Bay Report

    and hosting a one-day conference to examine

    the health of the Bays natural habitats and

    resources, measure progress made, and discuss

    challenges ahead, as identified in the Report.

    The conference will feature guest speakers,

    discussion panels, and various sessions. Hilton

    100, Loyola Marymount University. For more

    information call 310-216-9826 or 213-576-6639

    or visit the website

    January 28

    Cal i forn ia Yacht Club Luncheon

    Coast Guard LtJg Charles Paris will comment

    on his experiences in commanding the Marina

    del Rey home-ported USCGC Halibut. LtJg

    Paris will cover what boaters can do to better

    enjoy the upcoming yachting season, improve

    the marine environment and avoid disasters

    both dockside and afloat. California Yacht Club

    4469 Admiralty Way - Marina del Rey -

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    Sai l ing Singles of Southern Cal i forn ia

    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 canenjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners

    on members Boats. Catalina Island trips and

    special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893

    or email: [email protected] www.

    Marina Sunday Sai l ing 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 members 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 o


    Single Mar iners Meet ing

    Social meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and

    3rd Thursday of each month at Pacific Mariner

    Yacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina de

    Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which include

    a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skipper

    and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing

    days the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. fo

    breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534

    Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then

    return to the docks for a wine and cheese social

    Novices are welcome and encouraged. For moreinfo call (310) 289-3338.

    Womens Sai l ing Associat ion of

    Santa Mon ica Bay

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month a

    the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

    13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The

    meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a socia

    hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting

    features a guest speaker discussing their adven

    tures and achievements. WSA invites boaters o

    all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day

    sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including

    destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina andthe northern Channel Islands, For membership

    information contact Sandy Penrod. at mem

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    Live music Fr idays!

    The Waterfront Restaurant present live music

    every Friday night. Three different stages.Rock

    blues, funk, Jazz, R&B. Full bar service, food is

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    Catal inas of Santa Monic a Bay,

    Owners o f Cata l ina YachtsJoin 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

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    6 The Mariner -Issue 83 2009

    O F F T H E W I R E

    CORONA DEL MAR, Calif.---The Balboa Yacht Club today announced new dates for its 2010 Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas Race. The race wil

    start one week later than initially scheduled on Friday, March 26, for smaller boats and Saturday, March 27, for the larger premier classes.

    Awards will be presented in Cabo San Lucas on Thursday, April 1. The new dates were selected to allow participants to do as much racing in Mexico

    as possible by avoiding a conflict with the MEXORC regatta and also allowing the boats enough time to return north for the start of the Newport to

    Ensenada Race on April 23.

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

    Loubet also indicated that the race is in final stages of being able to announce a major sponsorship deal, which will create an even greater experience

    for the racers. There were 37 starters two years ago, and Balboa YC has already received interest from more than 25 boats, indicating that the final entry

    list will top 40.

    The list includes some notables. There is Sabrina, Chris Calkins 50-year-old wooden 50-footer from San Diego that in 2008 was the overall winner on

    corrected handicap time under all three systems employed in the race---PHRF, IRC and ORR---and also the first to finish in Class D.

    Another wooden boat is Chris Welshs much traveled, 45-year-old Spencer 65,Ragtime, overall winner of the 2008 Los Angeles to Tahiti Race and afew months later winner of its division as the only American entry in the Sydney-Hobart Race. Also, there is radio talk hostess Dr. Laura Schlessinger

    sailing her J/125, Warrior.

    The deadline for entries is Feb. 1. Early entrants will receive a discount on their fees. Complete information, Notice of Race and entry information can

    be found at or by calling the race administrator at (949) 673-3515.

    New Dates Announc ed for 2010 Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas Rac e

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    membership, full calendar of events, and amazing location makes this club the one to

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    One reviewer called The Cove, a documentary

    about a specific cove in Taiji, Japan, where

    approximately 23,000 dolphins are killed every

    year, one of the most powerful, heartfelt, and

    important nature documentaries hed ever

    seen. Rotten Tomatoes called The Cove an

    astounding piece of investigative journalismwith the heart of an action thriller.

    The Cove is about a group of fishermen in

    Taiji, Japan who, driven by a multi-billion

    dollar dolphin entertainment industry and

    an underhanded market for mercury-tainted

    dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The

    nature of what they do is so chilling -- and the

    consequences are so dangerous to human health

    -- they will go to great lengths to halt anyone

    from seeing it.

    This film has been described as Flipper meets

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    8 The Mariner- Issue 83 2009

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    ALEXANDRIA, Va., - More ethanol in the

    nations gasoline supply? Not just yet, said the

    Environmental Protection Agency on Monday

    when it announced it will delay making a

    decision on a waiver requested by the pro-

    ethanol lobbying group Growth Energy to

    increase the amount of ethanol in gas beyond

    the current 10% level. However, the countrys

    largest recreational boating organization says it

    remains concerned that the EPA said that it will

    review initial findings on testing of mid-level

    ethanol blends in newer automobiles before

    revisiting the waiver possibility in mid-2010.

    Boat Owners Association of The United States

    (BoatU.S.) says that the harm already inflicted

    on boat owners when ethanol in gasoline wasincreased to 10% (E10) several years ago

    should be a concern for regulators as they

    debate the effect of higher ethanol blends in all

    gas-powered vehicles and equipment - not just


    Waiting for the data is a step in the right

    direction, said BoatU.S. Vice President

    of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich.

    However, focusing on automobiles leaves

    out millions of other gas-powered engines. If

    you own a lawn mower, chain saw, all-terrain

    vehicle, generator, or boat, I would be veryconcerned over the costs to repair or replace

    those items after using higher levels of ethanol

    gas. Additionally, the possibility of selling gas

    with different amounts of ethanol content at

    the pump raises significant infrastructure and

    consumer education concerns, she added.

    Ethanol came into widespread use as a

    oxygenate or combustion enhancer after a

    previous additive, MTBE, was identified as a

    carcinogen. However, many boaters were caught

    off guard as the level of ethanol, also an effective

    solvent, was increased in the nationwide fuel

    supply to 10%, or E10, with little notice. This

    introduction of E10 damaged boat fuel system

    components such as gas tanks, fuel lines and

    seals, and caused some catastrophic engine

    failures while boaters were forced to pick up the

    tab for expensive repairs.

    When ethanol fuel is stored for several months,

    it can attract moisture and phase separate into

    different solutions of low octane gas and water

    that will not burn properly, if at all. Storageis not an issue with cars as most Americans

    regularly fill their tanks. However, would your

    emergency generator start when you need it?

    asks Podlich.

    The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety

    has also raised concerns about higher levels

    of ethanol and the lack of independent testing.

    The accelerated deterioration and failure of fuel

    system components, ethanols affect on clean air

    devices, and level of risk for fire and explosion

    in the recreational boat fleet are cited.

    We strongly encourage the EPA to use the next

    six months to consider the effects of higher

    ethanol blends on all gas powered engines, and

    not on just new products. Americans deserve to

    know if all of their gas-powered engines will

    run reliably and safely on this proposed new

    fuel, said Podlich.

    An Ethanol Lobby Solution?

    One solution proposed by Growth Energy -- tha

    seems to acknowledge that not all gas engines

    may be suitable for higher blends of ethanol ga

    -- is to make available two different blends of

    ethanol fuel at the fuel pump. BoatU.S. believe

    that offering two blends of ethanol gas is neither

    practical nor realistic.

    Having an additional type of higher ethano

    fuel available would require new gas pumps

    and possibly storage tanks, and would cause

    significant customer confusion and misfueling

    There is no federal requirement to label gas

    pumps -- consumers in some states dont know

    what they are buying now, so how are they

    expected to make the right choice if there areeven more options available in the future?

    questions Podlich.

    BoatU.S. supports a common-sense approach

    to the use of alternative fuels as a way for the

    nation to diversify its sources of energy. The

    Association is part of a coalition of 46 motor

    sports, environmental, food and citizen advocate

    groups under the banner

    BoatU.S. is also member of AllSAFE the Alliance

    for a Safe Alternative Fuels Environment.

    The association urges anyone concerned aboua higher percentage of ethanol in gasoline and

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    2009 The Mariner- Issue 83 9

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    kicking yourselves for missing last

    springs 62nd Newport to Ensenada

    International Yacht Race when a

    moderate but steady breeze for the

    ages swept the fleet all 125.5 nautical

    miles on a direct track to the finish

    and left most of the weekend to


    Keep the faith. There is only hope of

    another dream breeze that brought

    Doug Bakers Magnitude 80 a

    race record of 10 hours 37 minutes

    50 seconds and Cleve Hardakers

    humble Sojourn, a Catalina 30 from

    San Diego, the PHRF overall prizeon handicap time, but the onshore

    fun is guaranteed.

    Entries for the 63rd worlds largest international yacht race starting Friday,

    April 23, will be open in early January. Registration, including payment of

    entry fees, will be available online at

    The boat names of those who enter

    before Jan. 31 will be listed at no

    charge on the races commemorativ

    poster. Also, a name will be drawn

    from each weeks entries to receive a

    gift from West Marine.

    Like other major sailing events in the

    early days of the recession last year

    the usual N2E turnout of four to five

    hundred boats slipped to 270 entrie

    and 260 starters, but only three failed

    to finish by 4 p.m. Saturday after a

    single night at sea, leaving the rest of

    the weekend to enjoy the hospitality

    of the colorful seaside pueblo.

    Like last year, non-sailors also may

    join in the fun by opting for a Carnival Cruise ship, tour buses or persona

    ground transportation.

    The U.S. now requires a passport for re-entry, but to increase speed

    efficiency and security when crossing international borders by land or sea

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    10 The Mariner -Issue 83 2009

    he biannual F.U.B.A.R. (Fleet

    Underway To Baja Rally) Odyssey

    drew 42 boats to the host club, San

    Diego Yacht Club, to start the rally

    on Saturday, November 14. The send off party

    at SDYC packed the club with participants,

    friends, family and supporters. Enjoying the

    Mexican music and Folkloric Dancers was

    Jorge Gamboa, Director of Mexico Tourism

    and our major sponsor, who arrived with

    nice, navy blue, embroidered jackets for all

    the participants, which were very welcome,

    as it was quite chilly until we were more thanhalf way down the Baja peninsula.

    This award-winning event was conceived by

    Bruce Kessler, who chaired the first rally in

    2007, with the Del Rey Yacht Club as the host

    club. The concept of the event is to take a fleet of

    powerboats from San Diego to La Paz, Mexico,

    escorted by vessels manned by experienced

    skippers and with key support people aboard

    such as mechanics, doctors, paramedics and

    boat manufacturers. Safe routes were pre-

    planned and a weather routing service was hired

    to oversee the entire trip. We have had perfect

    weather for both the 2007 and 2009 events.

    Most people dont realize that this event is

    rotated among three yacht clubs and is run every

    two years. Long Beach Yacht Club will host the

    next F.U.B.A.R. rally in 2011. Any proceeds

    from the event are to be used for the benefit of

    the host yacht clubs Junior Program. In 2007,

    the proceeds from the event totaled $56,340 and

    was set up as an endowment for the DRYC

    Junior Program. In 2009, the proceeds are

    not as yet calculated but are expected to be

    about the same to benefit the SDYC Junio


    The rally includes stops in seven ports and

    three overnight runs. Roy and I were aboard

    the lead escort vessel Kachina, a 72 Wes

    Bay SonShip, owned by Jim and Charlotte

    Mashburn. Also with us was Val Farrell, the

    Co-Chairman, and Woody Hunt, the Vice

    Commodore of SDYC. Vals wife, DeeGeeFarrell joined us in Cabo for the last two


    Our first leg to Ensenada was 64 nm and we

    arrived at Hotel Corral Marina before noon

    Thirty-two of our boats were in slips at Hote

    Corral Marina and 10 boats were at Cruiseport

    The events in Ensenada included fueling 39

    boats, a trip to Costco for provisions, and a wine

    tour. A welcome dinner was provided by Hote

    Corral, Cruiseport and Baja Naval.

    F.U.B.A.ROdyssey 2009

    By Donna Wilson & Roy Wilson

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    Photos by Donna Wilson


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    We settled into a routine as we headed out to

    Turtle Bay, our first overnight passage of 282

    nm. Our watch system allowed all of us to stand

    a watch with each person on the boat. As thelead escort vessel, we attempted to arrive in

    port ahead of most of the other boats and took

    arrival information on VHF 69. The night was

    very dark, new moon, but the sky was clear and

    beautiful with stars. More than half of the boats

    had AIS (Automatic Identification System) so we

    were able to see the AIS boats on our Nobeltec

    navigation program which complemented our

    radar screen. We opted to go outside Cedros

    Island, but

    the suggested

    routes included

    waypoints both

    inside and outside.

    The fishermen

    in our group

    told stories of

    numerous lobster

    pots on the inside

    of Cedros.

    In Turtle Bay,

    we were greeted

    by Ruben from

    Anabells. Val

    had contracted for fuel for our boats with

    Anabell, and he also contracted for a dinner on

    shore at their modest facility. Ruben runs the

    fuel barge and goes from boat to boat.Twenty

    five of our boats requested fuel and purchased

    about 10,000 gallons. Ruben and Anabell came

    aboard Kachina to meet with Val after two days

    in the bay and expressed how grateful they were

    for our business. The 10,000 gallons of fuel and

    the party will provide for their entire extended

    family for over a year. They talked about what

    else they could do for us in 2011.

    We continued down the desolate coast of the

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    people to become more familiar and comfortable

    with an overnight passage. Our next stop was in

    Santa Maria, a very quiet bay, where we stayed

    for one night, and Mag Bay Outfitters planned

    an event on shore that evening. The next day

    we moved a short 30 nm to Man-O-War Cove

    in Bahia Magdalena. This small community

    had severe damage from the recent hurricane

    and this was one

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    the F.U.B.A.R.

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    When we went

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    group. Val checked several times before the

    event to make sure they would be able to handle

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    Brown Eyed Girl organized a fishing tournament

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    During the Thanksgiving holiday in 1970

    several friends and I spent the weekend in

    Catalina Island in the area of Isthmus Cove.

    On that Friday afternoon, the four of us were

    enjoying the relative comfort and warmth of the

    small cabin on a 28- foot single engine power

    boat as we rode on a mooring at Cherry Cove.

    Everything was going just fine until later that

    evening when we were beset with horrific windsblowing in from the east with an ever increasing

    swell. Being in that cove with easterly winds

    gusting to more than 60 knots, as we later found

    out, was the worst place to be in a blow.

    Before I elaborate on how we extricated ourselves

    from that rapidly deteriorating situation, lets

    spend some time discussing heavy weather

    boating, including the decision making process,

    how to rig your sail or powerboat for heavy seas

    and winds, how to ensure the safety and well-

    being of your crewmembers, and maneuvering

    in rough weather.

    Fall is the time of year in the Southern

    California coastal areas when we are likely to

    get our first big storms of the season. So what

    constitutes heavy weather? For seasoned sailors

    doing long distance cruising or racing, sailing

    in 40 to 50 knots of wind with high seas might

    be considered routine. For the average person

    boating in a production sail or powerboat, I

    think 25 knots of wind may be on the threshold

    of heavy weather conditions in Southern

    California coastal waters.

    We live in a marvelous age of weather forecasting

    with abundant weather resources including the

    National Weather Service channels on our VHF

    radios and online at:

    lox/main.php?suite=marine . The website has all

    the information that the mariner needs to plan a

    voyage, including wind and wave forecasts aswell as satellite and radar information. Today

    we can get a reliable seven day forecast so there

    is ample time to make the right decision. If you

    have any doubts about weather conditions at

    the time you are ready to go, simply dont go!

    It may be the safest decision that you will ever


    Now lets talk about how we need to rig our sail or

    power vessels should we encounter unexpected

    high winds and seas. In some ways, sailboats

    have an advantage over power vessels in that

    there are more options for rigging adjustments.Before the wind increases to an uncomfortable

    level, the sail area can be reduced by reefing.

    On todays production sailing vessels such as

    Catalinas or Hunters the sail area is reduced

    by roller furling both the main and headsails as

    needed. If your sailing vessel is equipped with

    this arrangement, go out and practice reducing

    sail when the wind is light, and you will be better

    prepared for heavy weather. Secondly, make

    sure that all your ports and hatches are closed

    and secure, and ensure that all gear is stowed

    so that it wont come loose in rough conditions

    Unsecured gear can place the boat and crew a

    risk for damage and injury.

    The most important asset on your boat is your

    crew, and taking care of them is the mos

    important job you will ever do as captain o

    boat owner. So as the weather increases tel

    them to don life jackets and affix safety lines oharnesses to the boat. Have your crew remain

    in place as much as possible to reduce risk o

    injury, and have them try to get rest in the prone

    position even if sleep seems elusive. To this

    end, you may need to rotate your crew more

    frequently on and off watch. If part of your heavy

    weather plan is not working, then make some

    adjustments because there is a psychologica

    value and comfort in making the decision to go

    to a new plan.

    For both the sailor and power boater changing

    course in heavy weather is another optionInstead of beating or heading directly into rough

    seas, changing your course to a more comfortable

    one may get you to your destination in better

    shape even though it may take you longer to do

    so. The best way to maneuver a power vesse

    in rough weather is to head the vessel to within

    ten to fifteen degrees of the swell direction and

    reduce speed to a point where you have ample

    steerage but are not pounding badly. For a

    sailboat, sailing a course other than beating into

    the wind may be the best option so long as the


    With winter here, we thought it would be a good time to talk about heavier weather. The Mariner caught up with two reputable local Captains - Joe

    Eve, and David Lumina to discuss their experiences in more trying times.

    Captain Joel Eve

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    seas are not breaking over the boat. In the very

    worst of conditions, sail area can be reduced

    entirely and a sea anchor deployed to add

    stability to the boat. Another option if you are

    not too far from land would be setting a coursefor the nearest harbor of safe refuge.

    So let me review with you how we handled

    that rough situation during that Thanksgiving

    weekend in Catalina Island. As the wind began

    to blow hard around midnight, we weighed

    several options. The first option was to depart the

    Cherry Cove mooring and return to the Marina

    in high winds and seas. We decided against this

    option because we felt that conditions would

    be even worse in the channel. We made the

    decision, instead, to depart the mooring and

    head for some open moorings on the East sideof the Isthmus Cove where we knew we would

    have more protection from the easterly wind and

    waves. We found a mooring meant for a much

    larger boat and decided to secure our vessel here

    for the night. We then set up a watch through the

    remainder of the night with our crew of four. A

    day later the wind settled down enough to permit

    a safe crossing back to the Marina. We learned a

    couple of valuable lessons from that experience,

    including a better check of the weather prior to

    departure and that making quick decisions to fit

    the changing conditions was the prudent course

    of action.

    It is critical to know the limitations of your boat

    and equipment and critical to know your ownabilities and limitations when deciding where

    and when to set sail. Each time you set out on

    a day sail, test your furling gear, ground tackle,

    and marine electronics to make sure all of them

    are in good working order. Practice putting on

    life jackets and safety harnesses and securing

    the boats gear for rough weather. Practice

    the all- important man overboard drill once

    or twice per year. Practice will be your key to

    successfully handling and surviving a rough

    weather experience.


    February 2, 2005 1123 hours

    We were three days out of Ko Olina marina

    near Honolulu. The Kona winds that pushed our

    Hallberg-Rassy 39 had died out. The wind was

    less than 10 knots. The weather was shifting.

    The boat was sailing on a broad reach under

    full main and genoa. It was raining and I was

    on deck alone. I was debating whether or not to

    turn on the engine.

    Suddenly the leading edge of a squall engulfed

    the Swedish built sailboat. The wind went from

    less than 10 knots to 40 knots+ in less than a

    minute! The boat started to head up. I was 380

    NM from land with an out of control boat. Howdid I get myself in this mess?

    Three years ago I was in Tokyo on business

    I contacted a couple of Yacht Clubs to try and

    get on a sailboat. A community sailing program

    run by Mr. Asakawa took me cruising from the

    Seabornia Yacht Club to the Atami hot spring

    resort and back. Over the ensuing years we

    have continued our intercontinental community

    sailing passions. My Japanese friends have

    visited Marina del Rey, stayed at my house and

    gone daysailing, racing, and cruising. I have had

    the privilege to return to Japan to teach sailingand safety. I have also taught groups of Japanese

    sailors who were vacationing in Honolulu.

    While in Hawaii, Mr. John J Tocuma invited me

    to help him move his Hallberg-Rassy 39, Wave

    Sanseii (Wave 3), from Honolulu to Guam. Hi

    plan from Hawaii (21N) was to swing south o

    the rhumb line and cruise through the Marshal

    and Micronesian Islands (7 N) before heading

    north to Guam (14 N), then on to Okinawa and

    Tokyo. Would I do it?

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    Hell, yes! I have always wanted to learn about

    bluewater sailing. Here was my opportunity!

    I agreed to go as far as Guam where another

    sailor would assume my spot.

    We gathered a week before departure. The crew

    included owner John J Tocuma, Hideo Sugai

    (a rock starJapans number one downwind

    sailor who has managed winning boats in

    SydneyHobart, HiloHiroshima, and many

    more) and Minori Shoda (a Seabornia member).

    None of them knew each other. John J had

    assembled a very cool team.

    Quickly the sea went from force 3 conditions

    into force 89.territory. The sea turned green,

    huge glassy waves formed, foam was being

    lifted in streaks into the sky. It was like being

    inside one of those winter wonderland domes

    and someone had just shaken it!

    The final evening at dinner Mr. Tocuma asked

    us to sign a letter agreeing to, 1) not smoke, 2)make use of all of the boats equipment without

    restriction, 3) in the event of emergency share

    all personal gear as needed, 4) keep our personal

    items out of the common areas and 5) in the

    event of an evacuation (by raft or whatever)

    that the youngest would go first. I protested. I

    was the youngest but did not think that I should

    have priority. I had just taken life raft training.

    Shouldnt we just do it as practically as possible?

    No was the answer with no explanation. I quickly

    found myself getting used to this dynamic.

    We left Hawaii at 1000 on January 30. Afterpouring champagne on the bow, stern, and mast

    we toasted and set sail. The first half of the

    voyage was over 2,000 nautical miles. We sailed

    90%+ of the time dead down wind with our sails

    wing and wing. The main was held in place with

    two preventers. One was from the end of the

    boom to the bow of the boat. The other was on

    a 4:1 purchase block roved to advantage from

    the vang to the deck. The genoa was poled out

    with a foreguy and an afterguy. We also used

    a spinnaker and a genniker. To keep the sails

    balanced we would often make 20 sail changes

    or more a day. An endless cycle: Reefing once,

    reefing twice, changing headsails, unreefing

    once, unreefing again.

    I pounded on the cabin top. Help! All hands on

    deck! Help! Finally Minori popped his head

    out. Get Hideo! I screamed. Hideo emerged,

    and without harness or PFD, walked out on

    to the foredeck of the careening boat. Twenty

    years as a commercialfisherman, he was well

    grounded. Born on the northern most point

    of the northern most main Japanese island,

    he must have been born with salt water in his

    veins. Calmly, quickly he took down the main

    and furled the genoa.

    We sailed 10 days without signs of human life,

    unless you count an orbiting satellite. Wed

    spend time talking in our limited ways. John J

    told me about his love of Jazz (Art Blakely is

    his fave) and poetry, Minori and I discussed the

    stresses of divorce and its effect on kids, and

    Hideo told me of his retirement plans to build

    a bluewater, ocean sailing, canal barge and

    cross the Pacific and Atlantic to visit the great

    canals of the western and eastern hemispheres.

    Mostly it was something akin to being on a

    religious retreat on the water - lots of time for


    Nighttime was the best. The wind and seas

    would soften a bit around 10 p.m. There was

    no sun to heat up the cabin or toast your body.

    The stars were awesome. The trade winds are

    something to behold. They just keep blowingand blowing! Warm, 2030 knot winds, gentle

    following 1020 foot seas. Great!

    Dont steer like that! Steer like this yells

    Hideo. He demonstrates his wheel technique.

    Turn the wheel hard and then hard back to the

    center. The practice keeps the boat moving

    with a minimum of drag and snaps the stern

    back into place. Cool.

    Before departing, we took bets. How many days

    to Majuro (the capital of the Marshall Islands)?

    My prediction of 13 days was right on the money.(But they never paid me the $100!) Majuro is a

    huge atoll. Seven skinny square miles of sand

    rings hundreds of square miles of lagoon. As we

    entered we were greeted by the ex-pat Miyako

    Beach Yacht Club out for its monthly regatta.

    They radioed us, would we please stay off the

    racecourse and, later on, join them for a party

    the Marshall Islands Resort bar? Of course!

    After three days we departed for Guam. We

    headed northwest. We added a fifth crewmember

    Dave Jones of San Jose, another capable sailor

    with a history of Pacific Cup victories. What a

    difference another crewmember makes! The

    first half we had a three-hour on, three-hour off

    staggered, double-handed rotation. With anothe

    crew we changed to a four-hour on, six hour off

    staggered, double handed rotation. Real sleep

    Wow! And someone I could get into deeper

    conversations with, yippee!

    Ten days reaching. Whales, dolphins, more

    whales, flying fish, tons of whales and squid

    blown on the deck, caught fresh mahi-mahi


    I took back the helm. I was sailing DDW with

    bare poles at 8 knots! The twenty to thirty foot

    swells picked the boat up and then let us gently

    surf down the wave. It was fun! The gentles

    roller coaster ever!

    We entered Apra Harbor, Guam. The place is a

    minefield of rocks, reefs, wrecks, and sandbars

    The Marianas Yacht Club sent out a skiff to

    escort us into Sasa Cove where the clubhouse is

    located. Our escort even ties us up to a mooring

    Thanks! We will see you at the bar! I say

    Five minutes later we were hard aground! The

    tide was going out. We quickly kedged off an

    anchor and sailed heeled over on genoa only

    We relocated to a deeper mooring! The irony o

    sailing 4,000 nautical miles and running aground

    in the last 10 feet wasnt missed by anybody!

    4,000 nautical miles in 23 days underway

    Do the math. Its an average of over 7 knots


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    C A T A L I N A C U R R E N T S

    am often amazed at the number of

    people I meet who either, a) dont

    know there are hazards to navigation

    at Catalina or, b) assume they are all

    buoyed, lighted or at least, on the

    charts. You would be wrong if you

    assumed either A or B to be true.

    Lets start our voyage around the island up at the

    West End and work our way down the lee side

    of the island, then around the East End - and up

    the weather side. Finally, well round West Endto finish where we began.

    NOTE: I will use the term unmarked to

    designate hazards that are charted but not lighted

    or buoyed.

    As we leave West End, heading roughly east-

    south east, the island is slipping by to starboard.

    Just past Starlight Beach a jagged line of rocks

    juts out more than 200 yards from the island -

    Johnsons Rocks. I have seen one sport-fisher

    holed on these rocks and am told many boats

    have met their demise on these unmarked, crusty

    pinnacles. In calm water, at high tide, only one

    or two my be visible. Give the area a wide berth

    in such conditions if you dont know the area

    well. Some charts and cruising guides show the

    rocks as Johnsons Rocks others simply as

    Foul Area - in any case stay well clear.

    A couple of miles ahead is Parsons Landing -

    a beautiful spot in south or southeast conditions

    (uncommon). I was there for a few days in

    October, in perfect conditions, and found the

    anchorage choked with kelp. Remember, kelpmeans rocks on the bottom. Care must taken

    anchoring and going ashore in a dinghy - there

    are scattered rocks throughout this anchorage.

    This open roadstead is generally not a place

    for the beginner to overnight.

    As Parsons slips astern we round Arrow Point.

    This point provides limited protection in West

    conditions to the anchorages as far east as Lion

    Head. Always round points leaving plenty of sea

    room. Rocks and thick kelp out to about 150 feet

    from shore in this area.

    The first small cove we come to is Doctors

    Cove. At one time it was a nice, snug anchorage

    for 3 or 4 boats. However, there is now a

    large floating swim-dock dead in the middle.

    The dock, coupled with two large underwater

    rocks, now make the cove only suitable for one

    experienced boater.

    Emerald Bay and Johnsons Landing are

    coming up to starboard. Be advised, there is anunmarked reef running just to seaward of, and

    parallel to the outer mooring line. This rocky

    reef terminates in Indian Rock. Thick kelp in

    this area as well. Safest entry into Emerald is

    navigated by leaving Indian Rock 50 yards to


    Between Emerald Bay and Isthmus Cove lies

    Eagle Reef - marked by a lighted, red nun buoy.

    Most of this reef is fairly deep - though at one

    spot it is just a few feet below the surface at

    mean low water. When heading east it is best to

    leave the buoy to starboard, or stay about 100

    yards from shore. Dont close with the nun buoy

    to port when traveling down island.

    Off the bow, Lion Head thrusts its protecting

    point toward the northeast and gives Isthmus

    Cove, and her satellite anchorages, a fair

    amount of protection from the prevailing wind

    and sea.

    A tangle of kelp hangs off the point, and in its

    midst is an unmarked rock. This rock has broken

    many a prop and punched quite a few holes inthe hulls of unsuspecting boaters. If you try

    and cut the corner coming into Cherry Cove

    theres a good chance youll become acquainted

    with it - dont cut the corner.

    The main hazard in Isthmus Cove is Harbor

    Reef. It lies about 100 yards behind Bird

    Rock - somewhat in line with the pier. There

    once was a red nun buoy marking the reef.

    Most boaters couldnt figure out which side to

    pass the buoy on, and so ran aground on the

    reef. So many boats struck this hazard tha

    the Harbor Department kept a scoreboard on

    the old pier. I also understand that there was

    an unofficial weekly and seasonal lottery

    involved with picking the lucky number of

    hits. I can remember the number of groundings

    approaching 20 more than once.

    Now theres a lighted tower and big sign - on

    busy weekends there are Go-Go dancers on the

    catwalk to get your attention (just kidding - bu

    you know, the Island Company is always tryinto think of new ways to drum up business). I

    suspect fewer boats hit the reef these days, and

    so no one keeps track of the groundings on a

    scoreboard anymore. I suppose thats progress

    - but I kinda miss the scoreboard and the chance

    to win a few bucks on a busy weekend.

    Ship Rock lies about a mile off the mouth of the

    Isthmus and has a light atop it. If you plan to

    go near it check your chart and take note of the

    underwater spur that juts out from it. This rocky

    outcropping has claimed more than one boat.

    Continuing down island we pass Blue Cavern

    Point, the old quarry, Empire Landing and

    Rippers. If you stay at least 100 yards off shore

    you should be clear of rocks and kelp. If youre

    new to the island keep a chart guide in your lap

    and take notes. If you want to poke into Rippers

    Little Gibraltar or Goat watch your fatho and

    charts. If you want to nose in real close, a

    lookout on the bow might be useful.

    Note: There is a fair-sized, submerged, rock

    about 50 feet offshore approximately midwaybetween Little Gibraltar and Goat Harbor - i

    could ruin your day, so pay attention.

    Just ahead is Long Point. Once below it the seas

    are generally calmer and the weather often more


    As we round Long Point, Whites Landing

    and Moonstone spread out about a half a mile

    to leeward (pronounce leeward - Loo-erd

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    C A T A L I N A C U R R E N T S

    Shell Beach is tucked up under the point -

    offering excellent protection under prevailing


    We soon pass Willow, Toyon and Gallaghers.

    The Frog Rock anchorage lies just ahead.

    Frog Rock is the closest safe anchorage to

    Avalon. On summer weekends boaters who

    are turned away from the moorings in, Avalon,

    Descanso and Hamilton Cove often try the Frog

    Rock anchorage area. I use it often myself.

    NOTE: The bottom in this area is famous for

    stealing anchors. Local Monday morning

    divers often visit the area after a busy weekend

    - anchors and chain arent cheap.

    I got a surprise in that area a few years back. Theboys and I were slowly motoring our sailboat

    and trolling down the island about 75 yards off

    shore. I could see that the Frog Rock area was

    crowded and so started to look around in the

    area just west for a spot to anchor. About this

    time some kayakers, just ahead, started yelling

    and gesturing. My boys on the bow turned

    around wild-eyed and pointed forward. Cautious

    (though perhaps too laid-back) seaman that I

    am, I usually make it my practice, when folks

    start screaming warnings at me, to turn away

    toward deeper water, and slow down. I figure Illfind out what the yellings about soon enough.

    Well, we slid by a rock the size of 64 Cadillac,

    lying about 3 feet below the surface. I cringed

    an Ouch! and grabbed a chart. This aquatic

    boulder was news to me, and Id been in the

    neighborhood a time or two. I scanned the

    chart carefully - nothing. Some rock symbols at

    the shoreline, but this uncharted bruiser was a

    good 50 yards off shore. It pays to be cautious

    - and doesnt hurt to be surrounded by friendly

    kayakers and alert kids with loud voices.

    Lets pass Avalon by - I love the place, but the

    navigation is pretty straight forward around

    these parts.

    When rounding the east end of the island its

    usually best to do it in the morning - before the

    westerlies and swell gets up.

    Give yourself plenty of sea room - stay at least

    250 yards off this rugged shoreline as we make

    our way toward Little Harbor.

    About 11 miles ahead we round Ben Weston

    Point and are tempted to make a beeline for

    Little Harbor. Bad idea. Sentinel Rock and

    its rocky reef is just ahead. A cluster of rocks,

    often awash, spread out in front of SentinelRock. Leave the rock at least 150 yards to

    starboard as you pass. Stay further offshore if

    the seas are up, and they often are in this area.

    One of my favorite anchorages, Little Harbor,

    is coming up off the starboard bow. The reef

    extends farther from the north point than is

    apparent. Give it a wide berth when entering.

    Try and identify the rocks and swirling water at

    the reefs terminus before entering the cove.

    Note: Many charts and guides incorrectlyidentify Shark Harbor as Little Harbor.

    Big mistake. Little Harbor is at the north end of

    the broader inlet - Shark Harbor is on the east

    shore. If youre still confused, identify the palm

    trees in the campground of Little Harbor. Shark

    Harbor has no palm trees. Also, surfers like

    Shark Harbor - so, if a local long boarder passes

    you, throwin heat on a tube ride, theres a good

    chance you need to rethink your position.

    About 3 miles further on is Catalina Harbor -

    the queen of Catalina anchorages. The harbor

    entrance is broad and wide, and a landfall in

    daylight is easily accomplished. However, a

    night not all the nearly derelict vessels anchored

    at the entrance are lighted, and the floats and

    moorings themselves can pose a hazard. Also

    to starboard lies Pin Rock - about fifty yard

    from shore. Give the east shoreline plenty o

    leeway. A first entry on a moonless night is a

    bit risky.

    When leaving Catalina Harbor bound for Wes

    End its a good idea to stay well off the rocky

    shoreline. About 2.5 miles northwest of Cat

    Harbor is Whale Rock. This rock sits about 75

    yards off shore. I personally knew a boater who

    lost his rudder and nearly his boat on it. It i

    unmarked, but charted.

    Now, just ahead is Eagle Rock. This pinnacle

    shaped rock stands about 150 yards from shore

    and 20 years ago I often passed between it and

    the island. However, now the channel is choked

    with kelp, and good judgment keeps me well to

    seaward of this craggy spire.

    Well, here we are again at the West End. Give i

    a wide berth and set course due north. A steady

    hand on the helm and a fair wind will see us

    home - Marina del Rey is just under 5 hours

    away. Set the sails for an easy beam reach, makeme a sandwich, and put on some Jimmy Buffett

    And, hey, some chips and dip wouldnt hurt...

    Captain Richard Schaefer is an U.S.C.G

    Licensed Sailing Master and has instructed

    skippered charters, managed and delivered

    yachts for more than 25 years. He can be reached

    at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at littlebighorn@

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 83 19

    Well its no surprise that its time toput your larger pelagic fishing gearaway and grab for bottom fish and

    lighter top-water equipment.

    In our local waters, most fishermenare choosing to try and fill their bagswith salmon grouper, sheephead,rockfish and sculpin. You will findfishing deeper water structure willproduce a better quality of fish. Ifyoure fishing on either end of thebay, there is still a few bonita mixedin with mackerel.

    If you dont have or cant get on a

    boat another option is take a lightrig with crabs or plastics like GULP!and pick up a few perch in the halfto two pound range from the beach.

    Hoop-netting has been goodproviding youre ready to put a littlemore time out there and head fordeeper water.

    Over at Catalina its been mostly acalico bite located mostly next to thekelp stringers. I suggest using usingplastics or lead heads with squid.

    Water temps are holding steady at62 to 64 degrees. Dont forget thatthe lingcod season closed as ofDec. 1st. And lastly, take note thatthe MLPA and Bluewater task forceare still figuring out which packagewill be suitable for fair closers onfishing areas.

    Until next time.............. tight lines

    Ac cording to DaveFishing Update b y Ma ster

    Ma rina de l Rey Fisherman

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    20 The Mariner -Issue 83 2009

    R A C I N G S C E N E

    Bring on the Berger

    Marina del Rey -- Del Rey Yacht Club will host thefi

    rst major race of the New Year when they present the Berger/Stein SeriesMalibu and ReturnRegatta on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

    This is the first race in a series offive for the William Berger Series, the most popular distance point-to-point series of races in Santa Monica Bay

    Classes in the Berger will be ORR, PHRF, ORCA, One Design and Sportboat.

    Concurrently, this race is also #1 in the unique William Stein Series, the only exclusively Cruising Class series in the Bay. All Cruiser types, including

    Spinnaker and Non-spinnaker are eligible to race in this series. Over 130 boats participated in last years Regatta, and DRYC is expecting even more

    this year.

    Its the first chance most skippers have had to race their boats since Thanksgiving, and they are anxious to get out on the water again said event

    chairman Sterling Tallman.

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

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

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 83 21

    R A C I N G S C E N E

    Race Information:

    PSSA is a sailing association for single

    and double-handed racers of all levels.

    Meetings are on the second Monday of

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    What is a Class 40, you ask.. , and why is it so special? Because it combines the high tech sport boat concept with the one design racing concept

    along with a magical box rule, and Badabing, we have a very well balanced, modern, affordable speddy racer.

    This Rule came from Europe, about 5 years ago, where there are about one hundred of these racing in an incredibly popular racing series, that has world

    wide media attention. The production boats are in their own separate class (versus one off prototypes), and go around the world, shorthanded and with

    crew, and offshore, and around buoys . This is the Swiss Army Knife of offshore monohulls. The healthiest fleet going at an entry level price.

    Box rules are to keep the costs down, and boats competitive, and seem to work. TP52 is a good example. What has emerged in CLASS 40 is a very

    tight development class very quickly, with new winners every race. It seems to have put the racing back in the sailors hands, (not the boat designers.

    Keeping cost down by limiting exotic materials,fixed keels, sail inventories, appendages, instead focusing on the media involvement and sponsorship

    support has been the key to the European Class 40 success. Innovation has been the king. The lynch pin has been the strong commitment to sponso

    sailors in races such as the Solidaire De Chocolate, or Route du Rhum. These huge media events are supported by the media at both ends and around

    the world. You know the internet has us all glued to our seats. Advertising dollars are driving this expansion of this class. Why dont we have it here

    on the west coast?

    They are shaped like Big Lasers with 2 rudders , a bow sprit, and a keel to put it simply. Designers get to shape the bottoms and rearrange the structure

    all they want, but the boats are all within the box. Well see if the concept grows roots here on the West Coast seems like a good idea to me.

    The Rise of the Class 40

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    22 The Mariner -Issue 83 2009

    MDR Holiday Boat Parade

    Here are some photos and a list of the winners at the 2009 Holiday Boat Parade. It was a tough one this

    year. Rain and wind made the tradition slightly uncomfortable for both spectators and participants but the

    holiday spirit was still alive and well despite it all.

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

    Best Sail -- Invictus -- Pacific Mariners Yacht Club

    Best Power -- Blue Chips -- Marina Venice Yacht Club

    Best Charter -- Tiki Mermaid

    Best Yacht Club -- Salsera -- Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

    Best Individual -- Gallorosa -- The Woods Family

    Best Organization -- Alethia -- Women's Sailing Association (WSA)

    1st Place Theme -- Argosea -- The Salvation Army

    2nd Place Theme -- Senia Jade -- Lynn Silverman

    1st Place Music -- The Way to Happiness -- Bob Sullivan

    2nd Place Music --Le Vieux Carre -- Keith Guyot

    1st Place Lights -- Grace -- James Mitchell

    2nd Place Lights -- Billys Backyard -- Sean & Molly


    1st Place Animation -- Halcyon -- Lilly Love

    2nd Place Animation -- Aerie -- CYC Jrs

    1st Place Spirit -- Tranquil-a-Sea -- Dan Stoneking

    2nd Place Spirit -- Valhalla -- Greg & Laverne Potter

    1st Place Live Band -- The Way to Happiness -- Bob Sul-


    2nd Place Live Band -- Jacinda Mia -- Mike Sudo

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

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    24 The Mariner -Issue 83 2009

    Dear Mookie,

    Finances got me wiped out and I struggle withalcohol. Right now Im living in the back of a

    truck in a parking lot. I think I have gout too.

    Any advice?


    Down and Depressed

    Dear Double D,

    I think I might have seen you around. I went

    to the bathroom near one of your tires once

    - hope you didnt step in it, sounds like you

    have enough problems.

    Sorry to here youre so broke...I know how

    you feel...I have no hands or pockets, so

    money illudes me. Dont feel bad about living

    in a truck its basically the same as living

    on a boat but you probably have a little more

    room than most. Hope that helps!

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    2009 The Mariner -Issue 83 25

    One Mans Trash i s An ot her Mans .. .. .. .

    Sai lboats41 Morgan OI 1972

    Sloop,centercockpit,aft cabin,new Yanmar,5 sails,refr


    ready $59,500. (661)548-6603

    Beneteau Oceanis 400

    Time Share. $325.00 for 5 days per month.

    Vessel is fully equipped with all the bells and whistles

    imaginable. Well maintained. Catalina ready. Profes-

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    ard Schaefer 310-460-8946 or email at littlebighorn@

    Columbia 361968

    Beautiful classic, 2 owners, resent haul out and com-

    plete overhaul, pristine condition. Serious inquiries

    only. Price $ 21,900. Call Peter at 310-864-4842

    34 Columbia Sai lboat 19 66

    For Sale or share: Reduced to sell! Sleeps six. Fi-

    berglass exterior with Teak interior Bubble Top. 27

    h.p Yanmar Diesel (works great). Berthed at Tahiti

    Marina (slip B-524) Ac/Dc/Invertier/New Toilet/Interior

    Cushions/TV. $11,500 Call Adam for viewing 310-


    Pow er Boats Mainsh ip 36

    Doublecabin, 85great:engines,v iew/location,

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    Fel lows and S tew ard Spor t fi sher,

    Beautiful Classic Fellows and Steward sport fisher,40

    build in 1937,Twin kermath engines Great condition

    must see,$75000 or trade for ? call 818-701-0782

    34 Bayl iner 1989

    Avanti Express Cruiser. Twin 454s gas. Radar, GPS,

    depth finder. 2 staterooms, bath w/shower. Great

    liveabard slip. $37,000. Tony 310-920-1478

    32 Unifl i t e .

    Great liveaboard. Twin Crusaders, sleeps 6, full galley

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    At 2400rpm rated at continuous duty, original factory

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    Used Outboards


    4 HP Mercury, short shaft, 4 stroke $900

    5 HP Honda, , short shaft, 4 stroke $800

    8 HP short shaft, 4 stroke $1400

    8 HP Honda, short shaft, 4 stroke $1,300

    8 HP Mercury, , short shaft, 4 stroke $1,300

    9.8 Mercury HP, , short shaft, 4 stroke $1,500

    40 HP Honda, long shaft 4 stroke $3,500

    40 HP Suzuki, long shaft, 4 stroke $4,000

    90 HP Mercury, long shaft, 4 stroke $4,500


    Other Stuf f Jetdock For Sale

    Universal 16 Boat Dock, 2008. $5,500 OBO Was

    $7,440 delivered. In A basin MDR. Mike 310 819 5146

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    From Catalina 27. $600. 310-7015960

    Assor ted Equipment

    Para-Tech 9 sea anchor $200.00

    Lewmar 14A ST winch $250.00

    Maxwell 5/16 (HT) chain wheel for VC1200 windlass


    Delta 22lb. anchor with chain and rode $125.00

    Alden SatFind 406 EPIRB $200.00

    Garmin 76S handheld GPS wi th CA. charts $115.00

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    With stainless bows fits 42 motor yacht bridge $650


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    4.5 KW- $3,000. 310-823-4821

    Universal Diesel Generator

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    Catal ina 27 Genoa

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