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    Issue #87

    April 2010

    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


    The Rules

    Abby Sunderland Rounds Cape Horn

    Marina del Rey to Guadalupe Island

    Interview with Author Brian Fagan


    And How They Applyto the Local Area

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    I know littering is bad. I know,

    because Im from the generation

    that used to see a commercial of

    a sweet aging American Indian

    looking at a bunch of garbage,

    crying crocodile tears on my

    TV. I would look at him staring

    at the dirtiness, then he would

    look into my eyes through the

    circa 1972 color set and Im not

    ashamed to say, I would well up

    a little myself...

    I was thinking the other day

    that all this garbage is going to

    be trouble. Everyone is ripping

    packaging open all the time and

    constantly using stuff up to get

    new stuff. Kind of a bummerbut then I thought, wait a

    second, why am I being so


    Maybe Im looking at this

    garbage problem from the wrong

    side. Sure, maybe little pieces

    of plastic are being ingested by

    microorganisms in the ocean and

    possibly contaminating the entire

    food chain. Okay, thats one

    angle, but what if I get stranded

    on an uninhabited island? Then

    Im going to be loving all this

    cool garbage thats floating


    I can see it now. Im sailing the

    South Pacific and something

    goes drastically wrong. I end

    up with very little in the way

    of resources - beached on an

    island. Im sad and afraid, as I

    have no matches for firethat

    is until I spot an old bic lighter

    lying on the shoreline. I try it and

    it works. A few more steps andI see a plastic container. What

    the? Its a damn Cuban cigar!

    Next thing you know Im a fat

    cat with his own island!

    A short walk yields a few wheels

    from what looks like an old

    baby carriage. I attach them to

    an beat up piece of sizable tin

    and quickly train two spider

    monkeys to pull me around the

    island. I use six-pack plastics

    tied together as a whip. I pay

    the monkeys in bottle caps tha

    I found telling them that these

    coins are worth more than they

    can imagine. They seem gratefu

    to have work.

    I tour the island in my buggy

    from coast to coast picking up

    items that improve my life.

    found hundreds of cigarette butt

    and more bottle caps. I plan to ge

    the monkey community hooked

    on tobacco and then have them

    pay me all the caps for the buttsSoon I will be rich! All because

    of garbage. Not so bad huh?

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    Cover: Chris Slagerman (helm) andDave Sheesley sailing an Inter 20.Photo Pat Reynolds

    Coming Events 4

    Off the Wire 6

    Thems The Rules 10Analysis of Boating Rules by Charles Ecker

    Around the Horn Abby Sunderland Update

    Cruising So Cal 14Interview with Author Brian Fagan

    Catalina Currents 19Cruising Tips by Richard Schaefer

    Powertails 22Changes in Fuel

    Racing 24Guadalupe Island Race by Eric & Robin Lambert

    CruisingThe Final Voyage of Captain Jack by Jefferson Sa 26

    Ask the Expert - Charles Ecker

    Ask Mookie

    Classifieds 29

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    2010 The Mariner - Issue 87 3

    65 McKinna 2002 4 cabins dual helms, fullyequipt, clean $1,099,000

    52 Californian cockpit motoryacht 1988Caterpillar diesels,two staterooms, loaded$199,000

    47 Spindrift Ranger convertible sedan Catdiesels, two staterooms $999,000

    43 Bayliner 1990 motoryachtyacht threestaterooms, diesels $125,000

    43 California cockpit motoryacht1988 300HP Cat diesels, loaded $139,000

    42 Chris Craft motoryacht 1987 over$22000 spent in 09 upgrades $79,000

    42 Californian Trawler dual helms, 450original hours on Perkins diesels, $79,000

    39 Bayliner convertible sedan two state-rooms two helms Cummins 330 HP diesels


    41 Silverton convertible sedan 1995, twocabin spaceous $115,000

    39 Sea Ranger trawler motor yacht 2 state-rooms, 2 hwlms, very clean, 120 HP diesels


    38 Bayliner have three; 1987 -1991all dieselswith 2 staterooms, dual helms, from $79,000

    to $98,500

    38 Dolphin trawler aft cabin 1986 dualhelms, full walk around decks, side door

    entry very clean $99,000

    42 Uniflite motoryacht 1978 Cummins 270HP diesels queen master $59,000

    35 Bayliner aft cabin 1996 three staterooms,diesels, lo hours, loaded $114,000

    33 Sea Ray sundancer 1994 low engin hours ,air cond, generator, new eletronics $43,500.

    32 Lurhrs Flybridge Sedan 1975 all newexterior finish and interior upholstery $29,000

    45 Morgan/ Catalina built centercockpitbluewater cruiser, loaded clean $149,000

    41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000

    41 Islander Freeport 1978 center cockpitketch bluewater cruiser $59,000

    38 Morgan Catalina built center cockpit1994 loaded and clean $119,000

    37 Irwin center cockpit sloop 1975, veryclean and fully equipt $39,000

    37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975upgraded 1991 new engine and more $89,000

    36 Magellean ketch 1999978 bluewatercruiser, full keel, Bristol condition $44,500

    30 Catalina 1975 1991 three cyl Universaldiesel, boat needs several repairs $7,900

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    4 The Mariner -Issue 87 2010

    To publish a community event email:

    [email protected]

    April 20Oceanography For Boaters

    Wind Waves

    Deep water waves and their origin and life

    cycle, taught be Oceanography Professor, MikeLeneman. Lectures Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to

    9:00 p.m. Space is limited reservations are

    recommended. Call Mike Leneman at Multi

    Marine (310) 821-6762.

    April 25Cal i forn ia Yacht Club

    Open House Event

    The California Yacht Club, one of the top ten

    private Yacht clubs in the United States, will

    make it facilities and grounds available for

    public viewing at 10 a.m. -3 p.m.. The Club,

    winner of multiple Fleet Service Awards was

    established in Los Angeles in 1922 and hasbeen in its present location at 4469 Admiralty

    Way in Marina del Rey since 1963. Visitors to

    this once a year event will be guided through

    the Club grounds, viewing the Clubhouse

    pool, Paddle Tennis courts, world class dining

    room, bar, snack bar and catering facilities.

    Complementary refreshments will be served

    and parking is free.

    April 29Cal i forn ia Yacht Club Yacht ing Din-ner: Singapore t o Sydney: Over the

    Waves to Exo t i c Por t s o f Ca ll !

    Presented by Steve Frankel and Jill GrossbardVeteran adventurers Steve Frakel and Jill

    Grossbard speak of The Yachting Dinner will

    be held at California Yacht Club beginning

    at 6:15 p.m. The couple discusses their half

    circumnavigation from Perth to Sydney and

    a round-trip from Sydney through the Great

    Barrier Reefs to New Guinea aboard many

    cruise lines. No-Host Cocktails 6:15 p.m.

    Bountiful Buffet Dinner 7:00 p.m. Followed

    by Presentation $19.50 includes Dinner, tax,

    service and parking. Reservations required

    (310-823-4567). Open to all who enjoy yachting

    and adventure, as a public service of California

    Yacht Club 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del

    Rey ~ 310-823-4567 ~ www.CalYachtClub.


    May 1Dock w alker T ra in ing

    The California Department of Boating

    and Waterways and the California Coastal

    Commissions Boating Clean & Green Program

    in partnership with the Keep the Delta Clean

    Program, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration

    Foundation, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary,

    the US Power Squadrons and many more

    organizations conduct more Dockwalker

    trainings this year. From 10:00 a.m. 12:45 p.m.

    at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium - 3720 Stephen

    M. White Drive. San Pedro, CA 90731 training

    will commence. Partners: The Santa Monica

    Bay Restoration Foundation, US Coast Guard

    Auxiliary, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, City of

    Los Angeles. Please feel free to contact Vivian

    (415) 904-6905 or [email protected] ifyou have any questions or to register.

    May 1CPR/AED and First Aid Trai ning

    Learn how to respond to sudden illness, injury

    and breathing/cardiac emergencies in Adults and

    Children. This is an American Red Cross class

    offering certification (1-year Adult CPR/AED

    and 3-year First Aid). The cost is $55 for Coast

    Guard Auxiliary members / $65 for general

    public; class meets from 10am-5pm at Santa

    Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. To register

    or obtain more information please go to www. or contact Linda via phone(818 793 7923) or email Linda@PlatinumCPR.


    May 4Oceanography For Boaters

    Waves and Beac hes

    These series of talks are for anyone who

    wants to learn more about the ocean they play

    in. Practical applications through knowledge

    of oceanography will enable the boater to

    understand the conditions around them and

    aid them in predicting what lies ahead of their

    bow wave. Taught by Michael Leneman an

    Oceanography Professor, owner of Multi Marineand one of the top multihull racing skippers in

    California, Mikes lecture style will enlighten

    and entertain. A series of 7 Lectures Tuesdays

    from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Space is limited

    reservations are recommended.

    Call Mike Leneman at Multi Marine, (310) 821-


    May 11Oceanograp hy For Boaters T ides

    See above listing for details.

    May 15

    Smw yc Crab Feast

    SMWYC is having an all you can eat Crab

    Feast for a donation of $55. At the dinner, we

    will be conducting both a Silent Auction and a

    Live Auction to benefit the City of Hope Cancer

    Foundation. For details on the auction go to For

    details on the Crab Feast/Auction go to

    or call 310-827-SMYC

    May 15 & 16Whi te Seabass & Ha l ibu t


    Time to get out the Rod & Reel and join us for

    the White Seabass & Halibut Championship

    Series. This is event is sponsored by Western

    Outdoor News, United Anglers, and many more

    Go to for more info.

    May 27Cal i forn ia Yacht Club Yacht ing Luncheon and Forum: La t in Am er icanAdventur es . Crossing the Andesby boat, Rounding Cape Horn andother un ique exper iences.

    Presented by California Yacht Club Pas

    Commodore Martin McCarthy. Youll experience

    the foreboding landscape of Chiles Tierra

    del Fuego while cruising through the Straits

    of Magellan and climbing ashore at fabled

    Cape Horn. Then visit colonial Santiago in

    preparation for crossing the Andes mountains

    by boat through the active volcano-encircled

    lake district; the voyage is rewarded by dramatic

    scenery and final destination San Carlos de

    Bariloche Argentinas little Switzerland

    and chocolate aficionados wonderland. Happy

    Half Hour Noon. Bountiful Buffet Luncheon

    12:20 p.m. Presentation 12:40 p.m.

    $15.15 includes Luncheon, tax, service and

    parking. Reservations appreciated. Open to al

    who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public

    service of California Yacht Club. 4469 Admiralty

    Way, Marina del Rey ~ 310-823-4567 ~ www


    L ive Mus ic a t t he Water f ron t

    Unkle Monkey (Guitar, Ukulele & Steel Drum

    ) performs every Monday Night 7-10pm at TheWaterfront Restaurant 4211 Admiralty Way

    Enjoy the intoxicating sounds of the islands

    from Hawaii to the Caribbean....and plenty o

    Jimmy Buffett songs !

    Marina Venice Yacht ClubSocia l Sundays

    Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for ou

    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

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    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 [email protected], call (818) 422-

    6368, or visit our Facebook Group page.

    Sai l ing Singles of Southern Cal i forn ia

    Sailing Singles of Southern California is aSailing 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 members Boats. Catalina Island trips andspecial 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 foran 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 or


    Single Mar iners Meet ing

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

    3rd Thursday of each month at Pacific Mariners

    Yacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del

    Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which includes

    a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippers

    and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing

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

    breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534

    Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then

    return to the docks for a wine and cheese social.

    Novices are welcome and encouraged. For more

    info call (310) 289-3338.

    Womens Sai l ing Associat ion of Santa Mon ica 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, Formembership information contact Sandy Penrod.

    at [email protected] or on the web at

    Catal inas of Santa Monic a Bay,Owners o f Cata l ina 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 thefun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For

    more info email [email protected].

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    6 The Mariner -Issue 87 2010

    O F F T H E W I R E

    Santa Monic a Wind jamm ers Yac ht C lub Stages Reg atta toRaise Money fo r City of Hop e Ca nc er Found a tion

    In Norm Perrons third year organizing the City of Hope Charity Regatta for Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club to benefit the City of Hope Cancer

    Research Hospital he is looking to raise more money than all previous attempts.

    Last year the regatta earned $9,600, and our goal this year is to substantially beat that figure, Perron said.

    Perron is calling upon all sailors to get a crew together and have a leisurely light-hearted race on May 16 for a good cause. As an owner of a Catalina

    42 he has been successful in getting out many of the 42s in the marina and expects a solid turnout from that class again this year.

    For a minimum $25 donation, you can get a crew position on a Catalina 42 with no racing experience required, only the desire to be part of a winning

    team. Participants will enjoy a beautiful day on the water, the excitement of sailboat racing, and the satisfaction of helping save lives.

    For a minimum $30 donation, donors can secure a seat on the Race Committee boat. Enjoy being right at the start of the race aboard the Odyssey a

    comfortable 58 Hatteras tri-deck motor yacht. Munchies and refreshments will be served on board.

    In addition to the one-design Catalina 42 class, they will also conduct two other classes of races: the PHRF and Cruiser class. For those interested, a

    crew and a tactician can be provided on your boat. $25 minimum donation per person on all of these boats.

    Corporate and individual sponsors are also invited to participate. For $500 donation, a sponsor would receive: a banner with their name and/or logo

    displayed both at the crab feast being held May 15 at SMWYC and on one of the race boats during the regatta. They also are eligible for a crew position

    on a race boat or a spot on the Committee boat. Sponsors will also have their name printed on the t-shirts for the local MdR chapter of the CoH cancer


    To sign up or have further questions contact Norm Perron at 424-222-9206 or email [email protected].

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    Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

    1 0 t h A n n u al Ci t y o f H o p e

    & Cr a b Fe a s t A u c t i o n !

    Yacht Club of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007!

    For information: 310-827-SMYC or

    13589 Mindanao Way Marina del Rey CA 90292

    This will be our 10th year raising funds for the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital.

    For details on the regatta see the article on page 6 in this issue. For details on the Crab

    Feast/Auction go to

    Saturday, May 15th (Crab Feast/auction) &Sunday, May 16th (Regatta)

    Catalina 42 owners who helped raise $9,600 lastyear. Photo courtesy of Bill Berry

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    2010 The Mariner- Issue 87 7

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    In only their second year, the Border Run International Sailing Event

    appears to be the talk of the Southern California racing scene with the

    recent announcement of eight maxi-sleds entering the contest. These

    boats, considered the rock stars of the So Cal scene, will be competingin a course that begins in Newport, rounds the Coronado del Norte Island

    and finishes in San Diego. Grand Illusion, Holua, OEX, Condor, Cheetah,

    Alchemy, Medicine Man and the scratch boatAkela, skippered by So Cal

    racing legend Doug Baker are all slated for the April 24 start in Newport.

    At the same time, two trifoilers, once considered the fastest design on the

    planet, will be competing in the developmental class that the Border Run

    has created. In addition, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has come

    aboard as the official charity of the Border Run.

    Who says a lot cant happen in two weeks? Border Run Co-founder

    Randy Reynolds said of this influx of good news. Its been really fun

    seeing it all develop. Once we decided that we wanted to create an event

    where everyone would be welcome, things just started to come together.

    Reynolds, founder of Reynolds Design, is especially proud that both

    the developmental class and Maxi class have come to the table. After

    spending a lifetime creating and sailing boats that go fast, he is happy to

    see both established designs and more unconventional boats taking part

    in the event.

    In the 70s you used to have regattas like the Yachting One of a Kind

    Regatta pitting one designs and one-off boats together, but today there is

    no venue for designers to come out and compete in developmental boats

    with The Border Run, now there is.

    Aside from the racing aspects, the Border Run organizers are also pleased

    that the event has recently formed an association with the Leukemia

    & Lymphoma Society. In participating in the race, each sailor has the

    opportunity to raise money for the charity and, in turn, be eligible to earn

    their entry and win prizes, such as a chance to sail with world-renowned

    sailor, ESPN commentator and National Regatta chairman Gary Jobson

    in December.

    The Border Run Sailing Event is presented by XS Racing with South

    Shore Yacht Club of Newport Beach, Ca. beginning on Saturday, Apri

    24, 2010, the Border Run will start sailors from Newport Beach, to the

    Coronado Islands and finish in San Diego to party at the beautiful Kona

    Kai resort set on San Diego Bay. For first timers and smaller boats a 69

    mile short course option allows a more direct route to San Diego. For

    more information on the race and how to raise money for The Leukemia &

    Lymphoma Society go to and click on the Border

    Run or call 800-366-8584 or email [email protected].

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    Important issues with wide-ranging impact

    were being discussed at a recent luncheon at the

    California Yacht Club where an official from the

    Water Resources Control Board [Water

    Board] was on hand to address and discuss a

    proposed marina permit that, as drafted, would

    hold boaters and marina operators feet to the fire

    when it comes to pollution.

    In a letter to Charles M.

    Hoppin, Chair of the

    State Water Resources

    Control Board,

    Recreational Boaters

    of California President

    Anne Sacks who hosted

    the event said:

    As drafted, it would

    force these marinas

    to spend hundreds of

    thousands of dollars

    each year to conduct

    expensive water quality

    testing and monitoring

    and to report that

    information to the State.

    The proposed permit would also provide

    the Water Board the authority to mandatemanagement practices on each marina. Such

    mandates could include testing the bottom

    paint of the boats to see if they contain copper

    and even a mandate that slips be eliminated to

    reduce the amount of copper in the water.

    Sacks asked that the board, work with the

    boating community to pursue a fact and science

    based approach that first identifies and then

    addresses pollution that is determined to be

    attributable to recreational vessels and marina


    But Darrin Polhemus, Deputy

    Director for the California

    State Water Resources

    Control Board, assured that

    this permit that RBOC and

    the boating community are

    reacting to was simply an

    exercise that the Board goes

    through to better understand agiven group of issues.

    A permit activity contains

    all the things I need to

    know, said Polhemus, so

    its kind of a nice structured

    approach [to understanding].

    Does it mean that Im ever

    going to issue the permit?

    Not necessarily. And at this point I dont intend

    on issuing a Marina permit.

    RBOC will no doubt keep a watch on thispermit in a drawer as Polhemus described it.

    To learn more about this issue go to www.rboc


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    who have sailed around the globe at an average of

    18.76-knots along the optimum course, beating the

    reference time set by Orange 2 in 2005 by 2 days

    08 hours 35 minutes. Franck Cammas and his men

    crossed the finish line off the Crach lighthouse at

    Ushant (Finistre) at 21h4045 UTC Saturday 20

    March. They are due to make the Port du Chteau

    in Brest at around 0900 UTC tomorrow.

    The skipper Franck Cammas, navigator StanHoney, watch leaders Fred Le Peutrec and Steve

    Ravussin, helmsmen/trimmers Loc Le Mignon,

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    2010 The Mariner - Issue 87 9

    O F F T H E W I R E

    Dona te Used Sa ils for Ha iti Relief

    A 53 container loaded with used sails gathered in Maine arrived in Miami during the last week of March. The 14,000 pounds of used sails can provide

    shelter to a small city once the sails reach Haiti.

    The first shipment of used sails from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area landed in Haiti on the Sea Flower in the middle of February, and sails have

    continued to flow into Shake a Leg Miami.

    Sometimes the used sails are tired jibs and main sails that were taking up room in trailer boxes or got blown out during racing on Biscayne Bay.

    Other times they are from sail makers whose customers never picked them up. The largest used sail that has been sent to Haiti was from Doyles For

    Lauderdale loft. It was a main sail from a 150-foot boat. It was so heavy (750 lbs.) that the orphanage that it was destined for in Carrefour, Haiti had a

    difficult time finding a truck to transport it to it.

    Over three months have elapsed since the January 12 earthquake. There are fewer privately sponsored cargo vessels heading to Haiti and many of the

    shipping companies who were providing free, or discounted rates for relief supplies have returned to charging customary rates. Others are making

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    ith boating season

    upon us, now is anideal time to clear

    up some confusion

    concerning what are

    navigation rules,

    compared to guidelines, in the Marina del Rey

    channel and harbor.

    First off, we asked Los Angeles County Deputy

    Sheriff Frank Ruiz, a member of the Marina del

    Rey station Marine Enforcement Unit, to spell

    out what laws precisely affect navigating waters

    inside the breakwater, and one off-shore rule.

    It should be understood by all boaters that

    while inside the harbor (which is considered an

    inland waterway) all of the laws set forth by the

    United States Federal Code of regulations, Title

    14, apply. Title 14 is enforceable by California

    peace officers as it is incorporated into the

    California Harbors and Navigation Code by

    section 6600.1. That being said, Marina del

    Rey and Los Angeles County waters are also

    governed by the Los Angeles County Code

    which is mainly what is enforced here.

    Lets stick to some of the more common marine

    violations enforced in Marina del Rey harbor forbetter boating locally and leave the broader off-

    shore sailing and power boating skills to those

    trained volunteers who teach our Coast Guard

    Auxiliary classes throughout the year.

    As we go through the rules, we will note in

    parentheses the key law enforcement codes.

    If you violate them, you are sure to get a visit

    to your boat by watchful law enforcement


    Buoy Obedience

    The Marina del Rey channel has three lanes,demarcated by white buoys with orange strips.

    These are called Private Aids to Navigation

    PATONs). The outside lanes are for power boats

    and the center lane is for boats under sail.

    Many boaters in the channel erroneously think

    they can use their engines (whether on power

    or sailboats) in the middle sailing lane at least

    when there is no traffic, like mid-week, without

    risk of violating any laws. This includes sailors

    who are under sail in the mid-channel with their

    engines in neutral.

    This cant be done, legally. There is a very

    important rule that covers the white and orange

    buoys in the main channel which designate the

    outbound power lane on the north side of the

    channel, the mid-channel sailing lane, and the

    inbound power lane on the south side of the

    channel, seven days a week, notes Deputy

    Ruiz. We will frequently observe power vessel

    disregarding the markers denoting the sail area

    and powering up and down the middle of the

    channel. Oftentimes, sailboat operators under

    power mistakenly believe they can sail in the

    sail lane but they are considered power boatswhether or not their sails are hoisted. Violation

    of this section is an infraction with fines tha

    increase with each violation within a year.

    (19.12.610 LACC Compliance with markers

    and signals.)

    The only exception, according to the Sheriff

    Department, is allowing skulls to navigate

    in the mid-channel during the week for crew

    practice and commercial party boats near the



    by Charles Ecker

    Safely (and legally) Navigating Marina del Rey Harbor & Channel

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    Guidelines by the BreakwaterThe Sheriffs Department adds that entering and

    exiting the harbor via either the north or south

    passageways is permitted. When I moved here

    26 years ago, there were metal placards posted

    in several places around the marina which stated

    that boaters should exit the Marina to the north,

    enter from the south. (Ive

    found one that is still up, just

    in front of the Ships Store inD Basin.)

    ShoalingShoaling can affect the amount

    of safe space you have

    for navigation at the jetty

    passageways. Local mariners

    know that shoaling off Ballona

    Creek affecting the South Jetty

    passageway happens naturally

    every few years and even the

    North Jetty area was victim

    to significant shoaling during a particularlyheavy rainstorm this year. Closely observe the

    red and green navigation aids at the jetty tips

    and breakwater and make sure you are between

    them to protect from a possible grounding.

    Remember the red-right-returning principle of

    safe navigation.

    Cheating the LineSailboats sailing in the center of the channel,

    especially during times of dense traffic, should

    be careful not to drift into the lane designated

    for powerboats. Not only is that illegal, but it

    is nerve racking for those lawfully in the power

    lanes. There have been times when collisions

    have occurred. Same goes for power boats that

    stray into the sail area. Stick to your assigned


    However, if you are avoiding a collision to take

    evasive action, make a safe move so that no one

    is endangered on both sides of the line, that

    imaginary demarcation line linking the orange

    and white navigation buoys running parallel

    along the jetties.

    Observing Speed LimitsBasic speed laws are enforceable in Marina

    del Rey channel and harbor. The speed limit

    once inside the entrance channel of the harbor

    is 8-knots. Once the main channel turns due

    north at what is basically the UCLA rowing

    dock, the speed limit changes to 5-knots (or no

    wake) for the rest of the harbor, states Deputy

    Ruiz. Violation of the basic speed law is

    almost always filed as a misdemeanor offense

    (subject to arrest) and will certainly be written

    up as a misdemeanor if traveling over 15-knots

    (19.12.620(a) and 19.12.1250(b).)

    If You Make a Wake Its Got YourName On ItThis rule involves very careful awareness by the

    boat owner about what damage he or she can

    cause going too fast. The Sheriffs Department

    representative goes on to say: Boat operatorsmust realize that even if traveling the speed

    limit, if their vessel is causing an excessive

    wake, they can still be cited for this rule. We

    issue more citations for this section than the

    others regarding speed. Boaters are liable for

    damage caused by their wake. (19.12.620 (c)

    Excessive Wake)

    Another aspect of this rule is that if you cause

    damage from your wake anywhere in the marina

    waters, your insurance premiums could go up if

    eyewitnesses attest to damage and those affected

    by it seek redress!

    Bow Riding Is Unsafe and Againstthe LawDeputy Ruiz cites another law that prohibits

    Bow Riding. Enforcing this law (19.12.620(d)

    keeps the Sheriffs Department particularly busy

    in the summer. Bow riders, often times children,

    dangerously dangle over the bow of powerboats

    and even sailboats that are underway.

    Now you should not confuse this with sitting in a

    recessed power boat passenger area constructed

    in front of the steering station. Not so safe or

    comfortable in high winds and chop, but legal.

    Boating Near the ShorelineLets go past the breakwater for a minute.

    Boating too close to shore is inherently unsafe

    and can subject an owner/operator to a fine,

    too. Deputy Ruiz cautions that once off shore,

    boaters should be aware that in order to maintain

    a safe environment for boaters and swimmers,

    a distance of 300 yards from shore must be

    maintained. We are frequently called to assist

    lifeguards to cite people for a violation of thi

    section. (17.12.470)

    Stow--Dont Dump or ThrowActs of pollution under the scrutiny of law

    enforcement include discharging heads

    dumping oil/chemicals and littering when in

    the harbor and channel. There

    are heavy fines involved by

    violating these restrictions no

    only in the marina waters, bu

    also out at sea.

    Life Jacket WearCalifornia law require

    children under the age of 12 to

    wear a Coast Guard-approved

    life jacket while underway

    (unless the child is tethered

    or in an enclosed cabin) in a

    vessel 26 feet long or less. The

    Coast Guard and Coast Guard

    Auxiliary always encourage boaters of all agesto wear life jackets or at least have them nearby

    while underway. I learned during CGAUX

    crew training that it was extremely difficult to

    put on a life jacket (four tries in eight minutes)

    when it was floating next to me, and that was

    in a swimming pool. I was exhausted when the

    exercise ended!

    Special Inbound/ Outbound HarborRight of Way ConsiderationsWhen you pass from the elbow by the UCLA

    sail dock, it is customary to operate boats safely

    with boats coming north trying to stay on theeastern side of the harbor and boats going south

    sticking to the western side. Rules of the road

    apply (power gives way to sail) with a couple

    of exceptions.

    Law enforcement vessels such as the Coas

    Guard, Sheriffs Department and Baywatch

    have the right of way when engaged in their law

    enforcement and search and rescue operations

    When doing so, they will be displaying a blue

    flashing light or turning on a siren. If you see

    boats clearly marked as Coast Guard Auxiliary

    vessels, the crews on board their vessels have

    the right of way too, even if they are engaged

    in training exercises. If Sea Tow or Vesse

    Assist boats are obviously underway to aid

    boats in need of a tow, be courteous and give

    way to them. Clear the way for party boats and

    commercial fishing boats because they are in

    commercial operation. If commercial boats are

    backing out of their slips, you will clearly hear a

    sound signal (three short horn blasts) when they

    are backing up. Stay clear.

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    Sunderland left in a calm wind and a dubious atmosphere in an attempt to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world

    There was talk of protests at her departure and the press was told that questions about the controversial aspects of the trip would not be entertained

    The family looked almost uneasy as they gathered before the television cameras the same cameras that they smiled and interviewed in front of while

    celebrating their son Zacs record setting circumnavigation.

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    on March 31 the teenaged sailor became the youngest person ever to sail solo around Cape Horn, one of the most feared and notorious areas on the


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    Not only have you extensively cruised the Southern

    California, Northern Mexican waters extensively,

    youve penned a book about it that still remains one

    of the most well-regarded books on the subject. That

    said, what spots, of the ones youve covered in The

    Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California,

    are your personal favorites?

    Without question, my two favorites are the north coast

    of Santa Cruz Island with its many nice anchorages and

    the San Francisco Bay area, where the quality of sailing

    is unrivaled. At Santa Cruz, you have to anchor and

    its like a 19th-century world. No buoys to secure to

    and you are on your own and have to make judgments

    about where to anchor. Sailing through the Golden

    Gate and under the Bridge is one of the great cruising

    experiences. And the summer sailing there is boisterous

    and wonderful.

    Where are some cruising spots in Southern California

    that you consider well kept secrets?

    There are few well kept secrets left in Central and Southern California

    waters, especially south of Point Mugu, where the marine environment is

    largely artificial these days. I can find you a nice anchorage at the Channel

    Islands with no one in it over any summer long weekend--but Im keeping

    my mouth shut! My advice: take advantage of the fact that most people goto the same old places--a mistake!

    In your experience, is Point Conception, the Cape Horn of the West

    Coast as some have suggested?

    Point Conception has been the subject of almost more bar talk than any

    other headland in the United States. Yes, the winds can blow strongly

    there and it can be a nasty place, but, if you time your passage north and

    south and travel north at night, you should have no trouble. Like so much

    else, its a matter of common sense, careful timing, and judgment when on

    passage. And please...ignore the bar talk! Youll probably find that most of

    those holding forth have never been there!

    Do you think technology has made cruising generally safer?Yes, technology has made sailing safer in the sense that you can push a

    button and find out where you are. But I worry about a whole generation

    of people at sea, who have never used a Dead Reckoning or even taken

    a bearing. What happens if your batteries die or your electronics take a

    day off? Frankly, and I am conservative here and West Marine may hate

    me for it, but I thank a lot of the electronic goodies we now consider

    essential are unnecessary. Whats wrong with a chart, a compass, a

    bearing compass and a pencil and parallel rulers? They make for far more

    entertaining and challenging passage making--but you have to realize that

    I am old fashioned!

    Do you think most Southern California boaters

    know enough about how to properly anchor their


    Anchoring is an art, not a matter of technology alone

    much as the technology-obsessed among us would like

    you to believe. Many Southern California sailors have

    never anchored, or rarely done so, living as they do in

    a marina environment, or with moorings at Catalina

    Anchoring is a matter of experience and practice, of

    digging your anchor in securely and laying out plenty

    of scope, as well as choosing the right place. If youre

    doubtful about your anchoring skills, recruit a crew

    and spend several weekends practicing again and

    again. Then go to the Cannel Islands, and I guarantee

    that youll be fine.

    Have you cruised near San Nicolas and/or San

    Clemente Islands? If so, is it an interesting place to

    visit even though you cant land?

    For most people, I dont think that San Nicolas and San Clemente are

    worth the long passages to and from the mainland. The fun of the Channe

    Islands is exploration both at sea and on land--and you can do that at other

    islands. Having said this, they are certainly worth seeing.

    What have you found most gratifying about cruising these waters?The predictable summer weather and the afternoon trades. Ive had more

    perfect sailing days and wonderful passages here than anywhere else in

    the world. We are lucky to have such a perfect cruising ground so close.

    What boating highlight will stay with you forever?

    Making landfall on the British Virgin Islands from Europe within a 1/4

    mile of our destination--a rock 38 feet high with a light, WITHOUT using

    GPS--sextant only. That and sailing from England to Finland and back

    again without electronics.

    What skill or piece of knowledge do you wish you learned far earlier

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    Patience--patience to go with the flow and to accept that good seamanshipmeans waiting for the right conditions. To my mind, it is not fund to pound

    your way to windward when you can avoid it. I think such patience come

    with age and experience.

    What do you plan on discussing in your upcoming lecture at Santa

    Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on May 12th?

    Im going to talk about cruising in California, some of the strategies of

    passage making and some of the fine places you can visit. This will be

    very much aimed at people who are planning their first trips to the Channe

    Islands. The experts certainly know more than I do! Coverage: nothing

    north of Point Conception--just home waters, which I know best.

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    efore I dive into, How to Survive

    Your Boating Experience - The Key

    to a Successful Day On the Water,

    I need to touch on a couple of unrelated,

    environmental topics.

    I know Ive been promising for months to get

    into the State Water Resources Board proposed

    marina regulatory plan. However, it seems

    now that they have backed away from the

    hard green approach and are considering

    other alternatives. I prefer to think of them as

    regrouping and planning for a new attack on

    boating and recreational freedom. But hey, thats

    just me - well have to wait and see.

    Also, I want to comment on the cancellation

    of the, Halibut Derby. I have warned sport

    fishermen and the operators of commercial

    sportfishing boats, privately, and in print, that the

    increased bag limits on certain species in recent

    years may be part of a plan by The Departmentof Fish and Game, and their environmentalist

    counterparts in government, to reduce fish

    populations and use these reduced populations

    as justification to increase the size and number

    of MLPA closures.

    The increase in the halibut limit from two to five

    fish was obviously not in the best interest of the

    fishery. I note that last year was the worst year I

    have seen for halibut here, and at the island, in

    more than a decade. I fear that environmental

    groups, and Fish and Game, will use reduced

    fish populations as a reason to close off moreareas of our coastal waters to recreational

    fishing and diving. Which, of course, will lead

    to lower fish stocks in the areas remaining open

    - thereby fueling environmentalist demands for

    even more closures.

    Further, I suspect that those published pictures

    of sportfishing boats, with decks awash in fish,

    will be used against sportfishermen at future

    hearings. I think Fish and Game is just giving

    sport fishermen enough fishing line to hang

    themselves. I hope you guys wake up and

    voluntarily keep your take down. The alternative

    is more government regulations and closures.

    Okay, enough of the J.F.K. and , Conspiracy

    Theory angle. Last month I wrote about

    maintenance and prevention as a first line of

    defense in averting a crisis at sea. Now well talk

    about handling the situation when, in spite of

    your best efforts to prevent it, you find yourself

    knee deep in tribulation.

    Man Overboard!When a crew member falls over the side,

    speed in retrieval is critical. The fastest, and

    safest way I know of to rescue someone in

    the water is a Heave To Pick Up. I know, I

    know...everybody learned the Figure 8 - me

    too, in 1979. But, I figured out pretty fast that

    it sucks, for a lot of reasons; slow, complex and

    requires the boat to hold its bow into the wind

    (impossible) - eventually ending up beam onto the seas and exposing the boat to a broach

    in rough conditions (often the case in a MOB

    situation). I dont think I could come up with a

    more hazardous method of rescue.

    Now, lets do the MOB drill, step by step.

    1. Call out, Man Overboard!.

    2. Throw a PFD - if you miss - throw another.

    3. Have the entire crew watch the person in the

    water and point. Have them stay calm and

    still - they neednt do anything else.

    4. Get the most experienced crew member onthe helm - hopefully thats the skipper.

    5. Sail off a couple of boat lengths and come

    about. But dont touch any sheets. Stop your

    turn as your bow points to the crew member

    in the water.

    6. Grab a cleated off line - sheet, halyard,

    dockline, any line 15-feet long, will do.

    7. When the MOB is 10 or 15-feet off the bow

    turn your wheel hard to weather. The boat

    will slow and the leeward, quarter will slide

    toward the MOB. Lock your wheel or tiller

    off, most boats will tend themselves from


    8. In most cases the MOB will be close enough

    to grab a thrown line. With practice a person

    can consistently steer the boat within arms


    9. Get your ladder or stern boarding gate down

    Help the MOB aboard. All the while - the

    boat is hove to and stable - take as long as

    you need, assuming you have sea room.

    This method works well on any point of sail

    except a run or a deep broad reach. On these

    points of sail or when the MOB is unconscious

    (very rare), its probably best to turn the engine

    on. If you dont have an engine you will need to

    tack back upwind to the MOB.

    If you do use the engine be sure to put it in

    neutral as you come along side the MOB -

    Stumpy is a salty nickname - but one that no

    everyone would appreciate.

    Heavy Weather SailingEntire books have been written on this subject

    Im going to cover the basics for our local

    conditions. If you plan to venture far off shore

    do your home work like your life depends on

    it .

    Lets say youre out for the day and the wind

    increases and sea conditions get a little rough. If

    youre only a mile or two from port you migh

    want to consider a fishermans reef. Its easy

    and usually effective enough to get you safetyback to port. It works well on points of sail

    above a broad reach.

    1. Ease off the main sheet.

    2. Bring the traveler to weather as far as you


    3. Trim the flogging main in until only the

    bottom portion of the sail is full. The top hal

    of the sail has twisted off and is spilling the

    wind. This is the one time you want to have

    twist in the mainsail.

    What To Do RightWhen Things Go Wrong

    Part 2By Captain Richard Schaefer


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    You will find that the boat has less weather helm

    and is sailing flatter on her bottom - much more

    comfortable, dryer and easier to control.

    If you are farther offshore you will either need

    to change your headsail or partially furl it if

    possible. If the boat is still over powered and

    difficult to control you will need to reef the


    1. If possible, put the boat on a starboard tack

    on a low close or beam reach. If your boat

    is rigged properly the reefing lines should be

    on the starboard side of the mast and boom.

    On most newer boats all lines are led aft and

    reefing can often be accomplished without

    leaving the cockpit.

    2. Ease off the mainsail. If you must go forward

    to reef then put on a life jacket and, if possible,

    sit at the base of the mast. Ease the halyardand lower the mainsail until you come to the

    reefing point (if you need a deeper reef, then

    lower the sail to the second reef point, or

    even the third - if you have second and third

    reef points).

    3. Secure the new tack. Then pull in the reefing

    clew line and get it as close to the boom as

    you can. Make up your lines and return to

    the cockpit.

    4. Trim your sails and continue your course.

    NOTE: Reefing systems vary from boat to

    boat. Know how to use yours. If it is cumbersomeyou may wish to consult with a rigger or sailing

    instructor for advice and improvements.

    In rough sea conditions (rarely in SOCAL)

    you may have to either quarter off (keep the

    seas/waves on the boats quarter. Or, if going to

    weather, decrease the angle of the bow to the

    waves. Try to avoid a beam sea - theres a risk

    of broaching if the waves are steep and high


    Always be sure to have your crew in lifejackets

    in rough conditions, and put on foul weather

    gear. Cold increases the anxiety level and clouds

    the mind - stay warm and calm.

    Flood Control and FounderingIf you begin to take on water be sure your

    pumps are on and begin to look for the leak. If

    the flooding is serious contact the Coast Guard

    and inform them of your situation and position.

    Assign a crew member to look for the leak under

    your direction while you are on the radio.

    Get your crew into life jackets and have them

    prepare the ditch bag and dinghy or life raft.

    If you have sufficient crew, have the strongest

    begin bailing with buckets. Two stout men can

    move about 40 gallons per minute in panic

    mode - around 30 gallons in stoic mode.

    That amount, coupled with bilge pumps, is

    pretty substantial. In most cases its enough to

    at least get ahead of the flooding to enable you

    to find and possibly slow or stop the source.

    If you dont have damage control plugs a rag

    pounded in the hole or breech will slow it down


    If the boat is still able to make-way, plot a

    course for land. Keep the Coast Guard informed

    of your position and situation.

    If the situation deteriorates to the point where

    you feel you must abandon the vessel - DONT.Stay with the boat. Old sailors say, Never step

    into a life raft until its a step uphill.

    Those shipwreck movies and stories about the

    suction of the sinking ship pulling you under

    in a swirling vortex of death arent true for

    pleasure craft. On a rapidly sinking battleship

    or super tanker its an issue - not a problem on

    the average pleasure boat. If youve got a mega

    yacht then get in the helicopter. Dont forget to

    wave good bye to the crew as you lift off.

    Remember, even a boat nearly awash will beeasier to see by rescuers than a life raft, or worse

    yet, a bobbing head. Also, its good to keep in

    mind that the minute you are in the water the

    hypothermia clock starts ticking - and its

    counting the time remaining in your life. Even

    in Southern California the cold will eventually

    drain the life from you - its just a matter of


    If ultimately you are forced into the dinghy,

    or into the sea, be sure to make every attempt

    to bring as many signaling/ communications

    devices as you can - keep them as dry as

    possible. If you and your crew are forced into

    the sea - stay together by holding hands or using

    a line.

    Keep calm. If you have made contact with

    emergency personnel your chances of being

    rescued quickly, in our local waters, are beyond


    Dragging AnchorIts 0300 on a calm night and you hear scraping

    then a bump. Youre out of the bunk like a sho

    and on deck. No other boats nearby, but your

    stern is a lot closer to the shore than it should

    be - and the tide is low.

    This sort of anchor dragging is common. Keep

    calm and shine your flashlight over the transom

    Chances are youre not going to like what you

    see - probably rocks and kelp - if youre lucky

    sand. Check the depth sounder and make a note

    of the depth. Dont start your engine. Instead, go

    forward and pull in the anchor rode by hand (on

    a larger boat youll need to use the windless)

    You probably arent hard aground. Bring in 5 o

    10-feet of rode. Go back and check the fatho and

    have a look over the stern. If youve got deep

    clear water over the stern you may elect to either

    sit in the cockpit awhile a wait to see how the

    boat lies too the anchor or start the engine and

    idle in reverse for a moment (it helps to havea crew member watch the rode go taught from

    the forelock). Chances are you wont have to re


    If youve bumped into another boat then the

    situation can often be solved by each boa

    pulling in a few feet of rode - followed by a few

    minutes of watchful waiting. Its best not to ge

    territorial and starting acting like a sea lawyer

    regarding who was there first - just cooperate

    and handle the situation. If it turns out that a

    boat must re-anchor then the last guy down gets

    the honor.

    The situations above represent about 90% of

    anchor dragging problems. If things are rough

    and wild it becomes more interesting.

    A good skipper always has an eye to the weathe

    and an ear toward the VHF, Marine Weather

    Station. If the forecast looks dodgy, decide

    whether to remain in the current anchorage or

    if possible, move to a more protected one. Loca

    knowledge and experience should be your guide

    If youre short of one or both, ask someone

    If youre at Catalina, the Island Company

    Harbor Patrol or Avalon Harbor Patrol are grea

    resources - use them. If youre at one of the

    Channel Islands ask a knowledgeable neighbor

    or a consult a crusting guide.

    Whether you move to another anchorage or stay

    you might want to consider deploying a second

    anchor at 45 degrees off the bow - and as much

    rode out as possible. Use the dinghy to set the

    second hook.

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    If it really starts to howl, and you begin to drag,

    start the engine (if you have a stern anchor out

    consider the rode and prop problem) and idle in

    forward when the gusts hit, and back to neutral

    in the lulls. This is a little tricky, but youll soon

    get the feel for it. Ive seen boats play this game

    all night, and I once kept a big ketch off therocks with this tactic.

    If youve got uglies (rocks, kelp, shear wall,

    another boat) behind you make sure everyone has

    a PFD handy. If serious waves start coming into

    the anchorage - GET OUT! If you must, buoy

    and slip your cable, and head out to open water,

    or if possible, a more protected anchorage.

    If you drag into another boat or a rock face you

    might be able to use your dinghy as a fender.

    If your boat goes hard aground, and is holed, its

    probably better to get your crew off and leave

    it where it is. Generally, its easier to salvage

    a boat in 3-feet of water than it is in 30. If this

    happens there is usually little you can do until

    the blow subsides and help arrives. Standby and

    be prepared to abandon the boat if absolutely

    necessary. Contacting the Coast Guard does

    little good in these situations. Unless a life is in

    immediate danger they usually dont intercede,

    and seldom attempt to save the vessel in a near

    shore situation. Vessel Assist would probably

    be more helpful if weather permitted, and they

    could get to your vessel in time.

    Keep in mind that hard groundings are usually

    considered salvage operations by towing

    companies and the Coast Guard. That said, if

    your are skillful, and there is no hull damage

    involved, you can try rowing out a kedging

    anchor, heeling the boat using the mast etc...

    However, there are many variables pertaining to

    properly and effectively kedging off - entire

    chapters have been devoted to it in books on

    seamanship. Furthermore, I am certainly no

    expert in the matter, and hope I never am.

    Well, on that cheery note...until next month,

    Happy Boating!

    Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed

    Sailing Master and has instructed in sailing

    and seamanship, skippered charters, managed

    yachts and performed deliveries for more than

    25 years. He can be reached for questions,

    comments or consultation at 310-460-8946, or

    at [email protected]

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    his summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will decide on whether to allow a 50% increase in the amount of ethanol in

    the nations gasoline supply, from the current E10 (or containing 10% ethanol) up to E15 (containing 15% ethanol). However, with

    testing data on the new mid-level ethanol formulation to be completed on only a small group of 2001 and newer model vehicles by

    this time frame, consumers with older cars, boats, non-road vehicles or gas-engine powered equipment may find that the fuel is no

    compatible or safe for use.

    Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.), the nations largest boat owners group, is concerned. Some of our members have advised

    us of performance, compatibility and possible safety issues with the current E10 blend, said BoatU.S. Vice President of Government Affairs Margare

    Podlich. To add 50% more ethanol to every gallon of gas without first knowing what it will do to the older vehicles and other gasoline engines we

    currently own, is simply irresponsible, she added.

    The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety has also raised concerns about higher levels of ethanol and the lack of independent testing. Ethanol, a

    strong solvent, can accelerate the deterioration of fuel system components such as fuel lines, causing them to fail and increasing the level of risk for

    fire or explosions.

    Last year Growth Energy, the lobbying group for the ethanol industry, petitioned the EPA to allow the sale of mid-level ethanol blends beyond the

    current 10% (E10) up to the 15% level (E15). In a November 30, 2009 response , the EPA advised Growth Energy that, Although all of the studies

    have not been completed, our engineering assessment to date indicates that the robust fuel, engine, and emissions control systems on newer vehicles

    (probably 2001 and newer model years) will likely be able to accommodate higher ethanol blends, such as E15.

    However, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), whose mission is to support an informed national legislature, reports in a January

    28, 2010 Report for Congress that the EPAs November response letter Made no comment on the status of testing for older vehicles or for non-road

    engines. The CRS report also says, Currently, no automaker warranties its vehicles to use gasoline higher than 10% ethanol, and small engine

    manufacturers similarly limit the allowable level of ethanol.

    The CRS report also says its unclear if the current fuel distribution systems -- the pumps, tanks, delivery vehicles and underground gas lines -- can

    tolerate blends higher than E10. Even if the fuel is approved by EPA for use in motor vehicles, presumably fuel suppliers could be unwilling to sell thefuel unless they are confident that it will not damage their existing systems or lead to liability issues in the future, the CRS reports.

    The report adds a comment by the independent certification and testing company Underwriters Laboratories saying, Under normal business condition

    E10 at the dispenser (fuel pump) can vary from about seven to 13 percent ethanol. Assuming a similar variance would exist for E15, it likely under

    normal conditions ethanol concentrations would exceed the 15% limit.

    We recognize that alternative fuels must be brought to market in the U.S., said Podlich. However, there is also a growing awareness among

    consumers that corn-based ethanol is not the environmental panacea it was thought to be several years ago. Increased food costs, changes in land use

    and the energy required to produce ethanol are now giving many Americans second thoughts.

    Changes in Fuel


    Story courtesy of BoatU.S.

    The Ethanol debate continues while boaters wonder how they will be affected

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    With El Neno still dishing out a mixtureof good and bad weather, I think were

    all looking forward to seeing the stringand summer come back. Although itsbeen cold and green around the SantaMonica Bay the sandbass bite hasremained. If youre out for ling cod,Im hearing a lot of guys talking aboutfishing deep structure for them and ifLarry and Mike at Inseine Baits havecured sardines, the lings love it.

    The half day/three-quarter day boatshave been pulling in lots of sculpinand rockfish. During a recent weekendthey reported over 400 rockfish caught

    in the Bay.

    Now the weather is beginning to turnwe expect to see the white seabassbite around Catalina rebound fromwhat weve been seeing the lack ofsquid hasnt helped anything there.

    If not enoughs happening aroundthese parts for you and you havesome time, its always cool to headdown to San Diego that gets thewarmer waters coming from Mexico.The yellowtail bite has been on.

    Cant wait for the summer!

    Until next time..tight lines

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    handers is deceptively simple: start

    at Marina del Rey, round Guadalupe Island to

    port, finish at Cat Harbor, Catalina, for a total

    course length of 588-miles. But there can be

    a whole world of drama in those miles, with a

    great range of sailing conditions and a course

    long enough that pacing and sleep management

    skills become significant.

    The race is held every second year during the

    March full moon. Runaway had won the 2008

    race by dint of being the only finisher, but we

    did set a corrected time course record so we

    were not just doing it as a cruise.Runaway is a

    36 foot sloop, impeccably built of cold molded

    plywood and epoxy by Gary Titchenal. Like

    Ragtime, shes a John Spencer design, albeit

    with some astute modifications by the builder.

    Gary built her for himself, and cruised her some

    35,000 miles over nearly 20 years before selling

    her to us. We are Eric and Robin Lambert, long

    time cruisers who sailed our previous boat most

    of the way around the world. Financial reversals

    have put similar cruising plans forRunaway on

    hold, but as long as we are stuck here working,

    we may as well have fun. And fun we are having

    since discovering the wonderful world of racing

    and the friendly, supportive folks who are the


    Friday, March 26, 3 p.m., and we are off.Ragtime

    sliced by, leapt over the horizon and was gone,

    never to be seen again. The rest of us, mostlyin 4KSBs, plod away. Theres a good sailing

    breeze out of the SW and the fleet can fetch the

    west end of Catalina, but Id noted the hint of a

    Catalina eddy, and feared that a windhole might

    form at the island. Accordingly, directly after

    the start, we tacked and put in a mile to the west,

    a move so ostensibly stupid, only an idiot would

    follow us. Damn, Whitall Stokes on Slacker

    followed us! I wanted to clear the west end by at

    least five miles, so sailed slower and higher with

    Slacker doggedly following while the rest of the

    fleet footed off, intending to cut the point more

    closely. Darkness fell with us clearly behind

    but we stuck to our plan, and sailed through the

    night with good breeze all the way. By 6 a.m

    roll call, Runaway and Slacker were 30-mile

    ahead of our main competition. Hah! It worked

    The fleet had fallen into the hole, and while the

    big boats Ragtime and Tenacity managed to

    extricate themselves fairly adroitly, the smaller

    boats had a much tougher time.

    But no lead is big enough to give safety in this

    race. Rod Percival onRubicon IIIis notorious foovercoming huge deficits to snatch victory, and

    I knew hed be gunning for us. As it happened

    that Saturday and Sunday of the race offered the

    kind of sailing that makes every expense, every

    hassle, of boat ownership worthwhile. Halcyon

    days, no-place-in-the-world-Id-rather-be days

    gliding on smooth seas under blue skies by

    day and spectacular canopies of stars by night

    somewhat washed out by the big fat friendly

    moon. But our breeze was dying, and a fresh

    stronger breeze was filling in from the north

    bringing Rubicon IIIand Thriller with it.


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    Guadalupe Island is about the size of Catalina,

    but at 4000-feet high, it is twice as tall. Rounding

    the island makes for a difficult battle with the

    windshadow, and while Runaway and Slackerwere parked in the dead zone,Rubicon IIIand

    Thriller swept around on the breeze and joined

    us. After 300-miles of racing, we four were

    looking at a virtual restart, with all four boats

    in a line. Since all four boats have the same or

    similar PHRF ratings, you do have to give some

    credit to the rating board no matter how popular

    it is to malign them.

    The Mexican Navy maintains a base on the

    island, and a naval ship approached from the

    mainland. The ship was curious about this

    invasion of foreign vessels, and interviewed

    Rubicon IIIand Thriller on the VHF. The naval

    officer spoke perfect English and was crisp and

    professional, and I guess having determined that

    we were harmless but probably insane, wished

    us a good voyage and offered the services of the

    Mexican Navy if we required them. All in all, it

    was the sort of encounter that leaves one with

    warm, positive feelings toward a country.

    Back to battling the dead zone, which was dead

    only with respect to wind. The sea was littered

    with whitecaps from steep, nasty little two-

    foot breakers, and the boats were bucking and

    kicking, making it difficult to nurse progress

    from the occasional zephyr. Finally, we

    broke free into a sustained NW wind of some

    20-knots. Through the day and into the night,

    the wind steadily built.Runaway does not have

    wind instruments, but when she is heeling over

    40 degrees with just a #4 jib up, you can figure

    that there is rather more wind than we really

    need. Once the wind dropped to the low 30s,

    we hoisted the triple-reefed main, and started

    our beat to weather, 280 miles to go. The seas

    were steep and blocky;Runaway would fire off

    a wave and smash down, hitting the water with

    a tremendous crash. I dont know how merefiberglass boats could take it, but Runaway is

    insanely strong, and offered no complaints.

    Our bearing to the finish was pretty much

    north, and the wind was pretty much NW, so

    we could almost fetch it on port tack. But the

    winds become more westerly near the finish,

    so it often pays to get some westing in as soon

    as possible. Indeed, the words of Frank Ross

    on Prankster rang in my ears. He, a veteran of

    many Guadalupe Island races, had said, The

    hardest thing youll ever do is to tack west after

    rounding the island. Our routing on Expedition

    concurred, so we tacked off to the west, picked

    what turned out to be a perfect layline call, and

    raced for the finish, changing between the #4

    and the #3 jibs and the second and third reefs

    every few hours as the wind varied.

    On Wednesday, wed rounded the east end of

    San Clemente Island when the 6PM roll call

    positions came in: that fiendish Rod Percival,

    whom we thought wed put safely behind us,

    had made a huge gain and was set to pass the

    west end of the island. He was just 12 miles

    further from the finish than we were, and we

    owed him two hours. With the #3 jib and the

    second reef,Runaway was overpowered, but we

    couldnt ease up now. We hammered