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    What a slap in the face to our Boating Community. One of our own boaters with a pen and a voice

    continues to turn his back on us...(it goes on)

    A fellow named Jon sent that over. Apparently a story I wrote for The Argonaut about the rate increases a

    the Mast Up storage facility displeased him. He wrote a disparaging letter to the editor and everything

    very exciting. I always thought I was quite a whip with the ol pen and paper, but apparently I have fallen

    short in this good mans eyes.

    But such is the nature of talking politics isnt it? Its polarizing and has inspired grown men to come

    to blows. Its made nice people get ugly and launch personal attacks that they later regret. Its made

    reasonable people impatient and temporarily turned warm hearts to ice.

    For me, its about being civil and attempting to understand what both sides are up against. There is often

    much at stake in the corners and crevices of a political discussion and its no place for a raging ego. Bu

    sadly, its in this territory that the most throbbing untamed egos are so often let loose and when they are

    no one wins. Discussions are reduced to competitions at best and at their worst, angry attacks.

    But writing about whats going on in a community can occasionally put me in an uncomfortable spot.

    dont like being attacked, but I understand it comes around once in a while.

    As for slapping anyone in the face or turning my back on a community or

    readership Ill politely disagree. Although I must confess, my return email was

    not nearly so elevated a stance.

    The Mariner is


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    Cover: Wooden Wheelby Pat Reynolds


    Coming Events 4Coming Events 4Off The Wire 6Off The Wire 6Mak in the Parade 10Makin the Parade 10by Jerr Dunlapby Jerr DunlapCupdate 2 12Cupdate 2 12BMW/Oracles Tom Ehman Visits MDRBMW/Oracles Tom Ehman Visits MDRChanges at the Fuel Dock 14Changes at the Fuel Dock 14MDR Fuel Dock Gets a New LookMDR Fuel Dock Gets a New LookCatal i na Current s 15Cata l ina Currents 15Halloween Ghost StoryHalloween Ghost StoryPower ta i ls 18Power ta i l s 18Lobster Season OpensLobster Season OpensRacing 20Racing 20Ask the Exper ts - Onboard In ternet 23Ask the Exper ts - Onboard In te rne t 23Ask Mookie 24Ask Mook ie 24Classifi eds 26Classifi eds 26

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    4 The Mariner -Issue 81 2009

    To publish a community event email:

    [email protected]

    October 16 17Cruisers Weekend

    Cruise on over to Two Harbors and enjoy a

    relaxing weekend filled with seminars, exhibits

    & live music. Sponsored by Latitudes &

    Attitudes and The Log Newspaper. For more

    info call Leslie Luchau at (310) 510-4249.

    October 24Fishermans Vi l lage Weekend Con-cer t - The Greg Wright Blues Band

    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.

    October 25 Fishermans Village Weekend

    Concert - Keiko Okamoto Latin Jazz Band

    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.

    October 31 and Nov. 1Match less Match Rac ing Regat t a

    The South Bay Yacht Racing Club is hostingtheir annual match racing event. In an area

    where fleet racing dominates the Matchless

    Match Racing event is always looked forward

    to. For more information call Arnaud Massonnat

    at 310-936-0138.

    November 9Guadalupe Is land

    Panel Presentat ion

    The Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association

    will be featuring a panel presentation for its

    580 mile Guadalupe Island race at a meeting

    on Monday, November 9 at 8 p.m. at Santa

    Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. [email protected] for more info.

    November 18Amer icas Cupdate 2

    These days - trying to stay current on the

    Americas Cup is definitely not easy. As

    we attempt to digest the accusations of the

    challenger (Golden Gate Yacht Club) and the

    declarations of the defender (Socit Nautique

    de Genve -SNG) - which have lead to law suits

    and to appeals of court rulings - mere mortals are

    having a tough time keeping up. One thing we

    know for sure - the next Americas Cup regatta

    will be raced in the worlds fastest sailboats - 90

    foot multihulls. One very big trimaran vs. one

    equally large catamaran. And right now, it is

    scheduled to take place on February 8, 2010 in a

    location where there has never been a yacht race

    before - Ras al-Khaimah (affectionately known

    as RAK) in the United Arab Emirates. But that

    could all change. Citing grave safety concerns

    for its U.S.-based crew, BWW Oracle has

    requested the New York Supreme Court to reject

    RAK as the venue for the 33rd Americas Cup

    and replace it with Valencia. Confusing? Sure

    - but you can get the very latest insight on this

    edition of the Americas Cup. On Wednesday,

    November 18, at 7:30 pm, Tom Ehman, who

    heads external affairs for BMW Oracle Racing,

    will once again visit the California Yacht Club -

    armed with the sights and sounds of his teams

    preparation. Ehman will not only clarify what

    has happened, and why it happened - he also will

    provide unique insight as to what will happen as

    his syndicate finishes their preparation for the33rd Americas Cup. Come early - Ehmans

    presentations always fills the clubhouse. Its

    open to the public, and its free! More info 310-


    November 26Thanksg iv ing Is land Sty le

    Enjoy a traditional family style Thanksgiving

    meal at the Harbor Reef Restaurant with

    all the trimmings in a unique Island setting.

    Reservations are required.


    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

    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. Visitors are welcome and may attend

    two meetings free. No prior sailing experience

    is necessary. Married people welcome! Fo

    more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit www

    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 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 a

    the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

    13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The

    meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a sociahour, 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, Fo

    membership information contact Sandy Penrod

    at [email protected] or on the web a

    Live music Fr idays!

    The Waterfront Restaurant present live music

    every Friday night. Three different stages.Rockblues, funk, Jazz, R&B. Full bar service, food is

    served untill 10:00pm, All ages welcome! The

    Waterfront 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina De

    Ray, CA.

    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 7to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the

    fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For

    more info email [email protected].

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 81 5

    south bay yacht racing club

    What a wonderful Labor Day

    weekend! We worked hard, but on our

    boats, which is how life should be all

    the time. Perfect weather and lots of

    wind during the three days allowed

    Bar-Tabac to log 120 miles from

    MdR to Los Alamitos Bay for the

    Outlaw Regatta - Sunday to Avalon,

    and Monday back home. Bar-Tabac is

    my beloved 1974 Challenger 32, and

    the name, if youre wondering, means

    a rendezvous spot in France where you

    meet your friends, have a drink and

    watch the world pass by.

    I love the Outlaw Regatta, as its

    one of the few races my boat enjoys,

    (Shes not an upwind kind of gal).

    Thanks to a strong breeze, we were

    able to finish on top of our class along

    with two other SBYRC skippers for a

    total of four SBYRC wins out of seven

    classes. (One trophy was a combined


    I tell you, SBYRC is out to win!

    Arnaud Massonnat


    Commodore Corner


    S B Y R C

    SBYRC promotes the sport and art of sailing throughout the South Bay and encourages new sailors to join

    and grow via sailboat racing at the most inexpensive rate in town.

    SBYRC Calendar CornerOct. 31st. and Nov. 1st Match Racing Regatta

    Dec. 15th 2009 SBYRCs Installation Dinner Party

    Jan. 23rd and Feb 6th, 2010 Champagne Series

    WWW.SBYRC.ORGP.O. Box 10967, Marina del Rey, CA 90295

    Announcement CornerTake a look at the October issue of Latitudes

    and Attitudes for an article by Jim Cash, Jr.

    Staff Commodore called Schoonering Maine


    YOU can help SBYRC stay a successful club

    and you can benefit along the way. To have

    direct input on the future of your club, consider

    a position on the board, we have positions

    open and would love your participation!

    For information send an email to sbyrc@ or call Commodore Arnaud

    Massonnat at 310-936-0138.

    Mark your calendar! Dec. 15th 2009 SBYRCs Installation Dinner Party at

    SMWYC at 6pm, cost $34 per person, RSVP


    Membership Promotion

    New Members and RenewingMembers will receive a $10 discount

    on club dues when providing this code

    on their payment: 2010SB

    SBYRC Winners Circle

    Marina Del Rey to San Diego:

    1st Place - Prometheus - George Biddle - Cruiser Spin

    1st Place - Phat Cat - Chris Slagerman - Orca

    Marina Del Rey to Seal Beach:

    1st Place - Eggemoggin Polk / Helm -PHRF C

    1st Place - Teaser -Mike Guccione -Santana 30-OD

    1st Place -Bar-Tabac - Arnaud Massonnat - Cruiser Spin

    Pas De Deux:

    1st Place - Windsong - Samuel Cowan - Cruiser non-spin

    2nd Place - Low Flying Aircraft - George Kovacs - PHRF


    3rd Place - Prometheus - George Biddle - Cruiser non-spin

    Santa Barbara to King Harbor:1st Place - Phat Cat - Chris Slagerman - ORCA

    Sunset Series Overall:2nd Place - Windsong - Joe Cowan - Cruising B

    3rd Place - Lugano - Mark Stratton - PHRF B

    4th Place - Veloce - John Heaney - PHRF B

    4th Place - Eggemoggin - Polk/Helm - PHRF D4th Place - Low Flying Aircraft - G. Kovacs -Cruising A

    ASMBYC Champion of Champion:1st Place - Prometheus- George Biddle - Cruiser A

    WOW/WAH1st Place - Prometheus - Karen Mahmalji - Cruising

    Beneteau Cup1st Place - Lugano - Mark Stratton - Beneteau 40.7

    ASMBYC Inter Harbor Challenge Regatta.2nd place - Team TurnKey - Teaser- Don Hedges/Mike

    Guccione-Guillaume Rasse.

    The Women on Water / Woman at the Helm (WOW/

    WAH) regatta has come and gone. We had a great turn

    out this year with 21 boats registered!

    This years slogan for the biggest womens regatta of

    the year was WOW - Where the boys arent. The

    winner of WOW this year is Barbara Duker, Martin 242

    305; but we were glad to see some brave guys crewing

    for the WAH. The winners in the two divisions were

    JoAnn Meepos, Soverel 33, Trust Me for the WAH

    Performance, and special kudos go out to our very own

    Newsletter Director, Karen Mahmalji for winning in

    the WAH Cruising , Hunter 35, Prometheus!

    Nora Feddal - Vice Commodore and PRO

    Recap Corner


    Prometheus gets a great start in the WAH and goes on to win 1stplace in cruising!

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    6 The Mariner -Issue 81 2009

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    ANNAPOLIS, Md., September 10, 2009 - A

    quick scan of boat cleaning product labels at your

    local boating supply reveals a daunting array

    of words, including non-toxic, biodegradable,

    environmentally smart, and phosphate-free. Butdo so-called environmentally-friendly boat

    cleaners get the job done or are boaters simply

    getting greenwashed?

    The non-profit BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating

    Safety and Clean Water recently laboratory tested

    20 boat cleaners for their toxicity as well as how

    quickly they biodegraded. They also completed

    real-world tests to gauge performance. In

    our lab tests, a few green labeled products

    appeared to be among the most harmful products

    tested, and some conventional products were

    far less toxic than suspected, yet made no

    environmental claims on the packaging, said

    BoatU.S. Foundation Director of Environmental

    Programs Susan Shingledecker. Overall, we

    found that choosing a green cleaner based on

    its label is challenging, she added.

    Another finding definitively put an end to

    a misperception amongst some boaters that

    green cleaners may not be as effective as

    conventional cleaners. Some of the green

    products actually outperformed conventional

    cleaners, added Shingledecker.

    Tests revealed that the best cleaners for the

    environment were found to biodegrade in as

    little as two weeks. Biodegradability is more

    important than its initial toxicity. Cleaners that

    break down slowly have a greater impact on

    aquatic life over time, added Shingledecker.

    Tofind out which products scored the highest in

    all tests, you can view a series of short videos as

    well as a full report, Foundation Findings #47 -

    Green Cleaners Testing, at


    The Foundation also advises that how boa

    cleaners are utilized -- such as the frequency

    of use and recommended concentration -- is a

    important to the environment as selecting the

    right product. Here are three environmentallyfriendly tips to remember when cleaning you


    Periodic fresh water rinsing of your boat wil

    prevent dirt and debris from accumulating

    lessening the need for boat cleaners.

    If a product is to be diluted with water, pay

    heed to the manufacturers directions fo

    use. Real world tests showed that increasing

    the product-to-water ratio did not improve


    Use a general boat soap for an overall cleaning

    and on tough stains sparingly employ sprays or

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    run-off. Regardless of green claims, more

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 81 7

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    ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 7, 2009 - Working waterfronts are a dying breed. With developers eyes on waterfront parcels, water-dependent businesse

    like marinas, boat yards, commercial fishing operations, boat builders, and charter boat fleets are getting pushed out from the only place they can do

    business. A bill now in Congress would provide federal funding to coastal and Great Lakes states to help preserve and protect working waterfronts. Boa

    Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) urges boaters and anglers to contact their members of Congress to co-sponsor and support H.R2548, the Keep Americas Waterfronts Working Act of 2009.

    Introduced in May by Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D-ME) and cosponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), the legislation would allow local governments to

    use federal grant funds to purchase a threatened marina outright or a non-profit group could obtain a grant to buy development rights in order to keep a

    working boatyard in business, rather than see it sold for residential development.

    In introducing her bill, Rep. Pingree said, Water-dependent, coastal-related, businesses are economically and culturally important places to many

    coastal communities and working waterfronts are quickly disappearing under the tremendous pressures from incompatible uses, she added. Passage of

    H.R. 2548 would be particularly timely in that it would amend the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, now up for congressional reauthorization.

    Grants made under the Pingree bill must provide for expansion or improvement of public access to coastal waters and be matched at 25% by non-

    federal funds. The act would authorize $25 million, $50 million and $75 million to the states over three successive years. To be eligible for grant

    funding, a state would have to develop a working waterfront plan and appoint an advisory committee to oversee the program. That would put decisionmaking where it should be, closer to the people and the businesses that depend on the waterfront in a given state, said BoatU.S. Assistant Vice Presiden

    of Government Affairs Ryck Lydecker.

    For more information on the bill as well as suggestions for writing your member of Congress, go to .

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    8 The Mariner - Issue 81 2009

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    The Pacific Singlehanded Sailing

    Association will be featuring a

    panel presentation for its 580 mile

    Guadalupe Island race at a meeting

    on Monday, November 9 at 8 Santa Monica Windjammers

    Yacht Club. PSSA has been

    sponsoring this race since 1981.

    We have both singlehanded and

    doublehanded classes. Guadalupe

    Island is located about 150 miles

    west of Scammons Lagoon off

    Mexicos Baja peninsula. The race

    will start on Friday, March 26, 2010

    off Marina del Rey and is normally

    sailed keeping Catalina and San

    Clemente islands to port, then Guadalupe Island to port, then back to a

    finish at Catalina Island. The offwind leg to Guadalupe Island is about 320miles. The upwind, return leg is about 260 miles.

    This race is a real challenge and requires thorough preparation, a well

    found boat, and strong seamanship and navigation skills. To qualify to

    enter this race, a skipper must submit his vessel to inspection and have

    completed a qualifying offshore race of at least 150 miles. PSSAs 165 mile

    Bishop Rock race, which starts on February 26, 2010 will be a qualifying

    event for the 2010 Guadalupe Island

    race. PSSAs Ship Rock Race, from

    Marina del Rey to Ship Rock a

    Catalina Island and back, will star

    on January 30, 2010, and acts aa tune up race for the beginning

    of PSSAs challenging Dan Byrne

    Series which also includes the

    Bishop Rock and Guadalupe Island

    races, as well as the Catalina to Por

    and Santa Barbara Island races in

    April and May 2010.

    A panel of former Guadalupe Island

    Race veterans will discuss nex

    years race at PSSAs November

    9 meeting. Topics such as race history, navigation, tactics, weather and

    safety will be covered. If you are interested finding out more about theGuadalupe Island Race, and in testing your singlehanded or doublehanded

    sailing skills in PSSAs Dan Byrne Series this coming year, this meeting

    and our club will provide you with a great forum to learn about shor

    handed sailing and racing, and a venue to trade sea stories with fellow

    short handed sailing enthusiasts.

    Rac e to Guada lupe Island

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 81 9

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    O F F T H E W I R E

    A Poem

    Across the latitudes

    I find my way

    Knowing the stars never lie

    Keeps me true

    Before the mounting skys

    Its due or die

    And my view

    Never to be the same

    To rinse off the soft rust

    So I may stitch my bloody soul

    That I left so shortly ago

    Once harsh decided chose

    The bitter end

    When I will again

    Belong to youThe one I left for the blue

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    10 The Mariner -Issue 81 2009

    By Jerr Dunlap

    Jerr Dunlap is a shipwright and rigger, with

    expertise in wood veneer, cabinetry, floors,

    structural,fiberglass, electrical and rigging.

    The Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade is agreat, social way to start off the holiday season

    and heres a glimpse of what it is and how to

    prepare and participate. It is on Saturday,

    December 12, from 6 - 8 p.m., after the fireworks,

    in the main channel of Marina del Rey Harbor.

    Like any large event, the earlier you come here

    the better, so tell your friends and plan ahead.

    The official parade website is www. and youll find everything

    you need there, from great pictures to the entry

    form and instructions based on many years

    experience. It is non-profit, entirely volunteer-run and youll be very welcome however

    you choose to participate from watching to

    sponsoring and, of course, the best part is entering

    your boat. The staff is amazingly supportive to

    everyone. I have increased my business and had

    a blast creating much community goodwill in

    participating in this event.

    The parade is in the early evening with many

    elaborately decorated sets like a float in a regular

    parade. Entries range from kayaks to small ships

    and the majority are adorned with just strings

    of holiday lights: Its amazing how beautiful

    your boat looks lit up. Decorating usually takes

    one or more people a day or two to put up and

    a few hours to remove. Entering the parade is

    easy, with very little paperwork and just one

    mandatory skippers meeting, where you pickup your boat parade display number, get the

    parade route, instructions and get to know the

    other skippers. Its a fun, welcoming and highly

    supportive group.

    I have enjoyed seeing the Marina del Rey

    Holiday Boat Parade for years and have driven

    my boat in it for the last three. Its a ton of fun

    either way and if youve got kids, youll see

    them as happy and excited as they can get. Its

    great seeing friends I dont often come across,

    too. I was stunned at how many fans came to see

    the parade my first time and its a rush gettingcheers. The best way to make a splash is to get

    your whole boat singing carols, waving and

    calling out the good cheer is returned literally

    a thousand times over. Boats tend to clump

    together and Ive found that looking for a place

    in the parade far from other boats and puttering

    along slowly not only gets more attention, but

    more importantly, entertains the crowd during

    an otherwise dull spot and that keeps them from

    drifting away, thinking the parades over.

    Heres what is needed to basically decorate a

    30-ft boat:

    * 10 boxes of dangly icicle lights: Eight fo

    lifelines and two along the boom or cabin (They

    come in very short lengths of just nine feet!): 10

    x $10 = $100

    * 6 boxes of regular colored lights (62) for

    rigging or shapes and 2 for toerail and the boom

    or cabin: 8 x $25 = $200

    * 1 3000-watt gasoline generator. I rent mine

    at Home Depot for $52 for a day

    * 2 25 20-amp extension cords and 3 powe

    strips: If you dont have them, borrow them

    Everyones got a spare!

    * 200 of rope or very strong cord for lightingsailboat rigging or 80 wire hangers and 50 of

    strong cord As well as a 1,000 count bag of 6

    zip ties ($3/100 in a bag)

    My budget for the parade is $450 for my Catalina

    30. For every ten feet of boat, add or subtrac

    50% in supplies youll need for a typical entry

    Larger, more sophisticated and much more

    attractive displays cost more but can often be

    easily reused every year, with modifications and

    improvements. Holiday lighting and decoration

    Makin the Parade

    A shipwright discusses the how-tos of

    preparing a boat for the Holiday Parade

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    are drastically reduced in price after New Years

    and thats a great time to buy masses of lights.

    Lights are fragile, so they need to be tied

    to something strong to take any forces, like

    someone grabbing them for support when they

    stumble on the boat. Fasten the strands firmly

    with white zip ties (that wont show up), every

    three feet and before the end of each connection.

    Leave a little slack in the strand and enough

    slack (1/2 per foot of lifeline or rail and 4 per

    three feet of rope) so forces are taken up by the

    rail or rope, instead of the lights. I also bundle

    all lines, electrical cords, power strips, etc. and

    tie them neatly out of the way, leaving a clear

    path and an entirely clear port side.

    Powerboats have great spaces to create scenes,

    with reindeers, shapes, lit flags and more.

    There is a lot of usable space on the side of

    the cabin and dont forget to be creative with

    your freeboard and bow. Making and wrapping

    wire frames with light strings is a lot of fun andmaking them is an excellent excuse for a party.

    Here are some ideas to get you started for lighting

    a sailboats rigging: lay lines (rope) along your

    dock, tied together to look like an octopus,

    tie lights on and raise that, for an easy way to

    light rigging. You can tie the ends to lifelines

    for the best look. Wrapping lights around your

    jib, initially using the roller furler and halfway

    down, wrapping the strands by hand gives a

    huge and beautiful candy cane look!

    If you have a sign, it needs to be well-lit: A borderof white strand lights gives great illumination

    and is easiest to rig. Winds and sometimes rain

    can come up unexpectedly, so dont put up

    anything that can turn into a sail, such as a large

    sheet or plywood. The harbor will be crammed

    with everything from large boats to a host of

    rowers and many can barely operate their boats,

    so please be extra polite and give everyone the

    benefit of the doubt they may well need it.

    There are two things I must warn you about, with

    generators: rentals are first-come, first-served,

    so if at all possible, pick up your generator

    near your home, early in the morning and away

    from Marina del Rey in case theyre out. Also,

    generators must be securely lashed to your deck

    in a place where no exhaust fumes can collect

    (Dont open a hatch behind them).

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    hat was once heralded as one

    of the most distinguished

    events in all of sports has now

    been reduced to one of the

    most embarrassing. The 33rd

    Americas Cup is slated for February of 2010,

    but its anyones guess when it will actually

    happen. In a power struggle to trump all others,

    Challenger BMW/Oracle and the Defender

    Alinghi have been battling endlessly for the

    past two years in New York courtrooms over thedetails within a 100 + year-old document that

    now dictates the contest rules.

    After a judge ruled that the Alinghi camp was

    attempting to essentially highjack the event to

    suit their own purposes after the 32nd edition of

    the AC, it was decided that there would be aDeed

    of Giftmatch between the two teams to deem

    a winner of the 33rd Cup. But sadly, its not so

    simple. Whats transpired after the courts ruling

    has been a staggering amount of complicated

    legal jousting between the two sides and many

    in-press insinuations of the others impropriety

    and deceptiveness.

    Last year the California Yacht Club was fortunate

    enough to have one of the major players within

    the saga come to Marina del Rey and personally

    explain what was happening. At the time,

    BMW/Oracle Spokesman and Head of External

    Affairs, Tom Ehman couldnt divulge what

    wonder of technology was being built to race

    their nemesis. All he could say was that it was

    90-ft long (LWL) and 90-ft wide a maximum

    length dictated by the Deed of Gift. Since then

    the team has unveiled a 90-foot trimaran that

    is like nothing that has ever been built on this


    On Wednesday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m.

    CYC will host Cupdate II where Ehman will

    do his best to decipher, decode and de-cloud

    much of the confusion that surrounds the most

    prestigious yachting event in the world.

    He will have his work cut out because the weave

    is tangled and knotted. There have been legal

    motions and filings at every turn and with each

    one, a media spin to confuse matters all the more.

    From the equipment on the yachts themselves

    to where on earth the race will take place, two

    young billionaires have gone toe to toe to secure

    a level playing field once the match race of the

    century finally takes place.

    In the meantime, while their respective lawyers

    duel before the hardwood of a Judges bench

    vying for the advantage, engineers, designers

    and boat builders have been hard at work

    facing technical challenges like theyve never

    encountered before.

    We were very, very careful with the

    engineering, said BMW engineer Thomas

    Hahn, who admits to being amazed by the scope

    of the project. We have people sailing on this

    boat who could be in great danger if something

    fails. Its a massive responsibility and it can be

    dangerous if youre not careful. So its a matter

    of being excited by the project, but having

    respect for the engineering loads.

    Breaking from the tradition of monohulls

    the 33rd AC has produced two of the mos

    technologically advanced yachts ever created

    The Americans have constructed a $10 million

    90 X 90 carbon fiber trimaran nicknamed

    DoGzilla with a mast said to be 16-stories high

    that can hit speeds of 40-knots with relative ease

    when two of the three hulls rise out of the waterOn the other side is Alinghis 90 X 90 carbon

    Catamaran that looks like a colossal beach ca

    that reportedly carries a 160-foot mast and a

    motor that powers winches and ballast water.

    The latest bone of contention is where exactly

    this match race will take place. Although the

    Deed of Gift dictates that the race must take

    place in the Southern hemisphere unless the two

    parties agree, Alinghi announced they will hold

    the event in Ras al-Khaimah in the Middle East

    Now, the two parties are back in court to work

    out the location problem.

    In his straight forward and light-hearted manner

    Ehman will walk through all these issues, taking

    questions later on in the evening. He will no

    only clarify what has happened, and why i

    happened - he also will provide insight as to

    what willhappen as his syndicate finishes thei

    preparation for the 33rd Americas Cup. The

    event is open to the public, and free.

    For more info call CYC at 310-823-4567.

    12 The Mariner - Issue 81 2009



    BMW/Oracles Tom Ehman Visits Cal Yacht Club in Marina del Rey

    Photo Gilles Martin Raget

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    ack in February of this year,

    Greg Schem, president of

    Harbor Real Estate Group,

    holder of the Marina del Rey

    Fuel Dock lease told the Los

    Angeles Business Journalthat he was hoping

    to revamp the Marinas only fuel dock, but

    was having a hard time finding financing for

    the project. At the time the countrys financial

    system was still shaking from one of the most

    frightful downturns in United States history.

    Im still looking for financing and hard-money

    alternatives, such as high-interest loans, Schem

    told theJournalat that time. But, that was then

    and this is now, as they say. With financing

    secure Schem is about to give the Fuel Dock

    a major facelift that he feels will benefit local

    and visiting boaters with better, more efficient

    services and be a more aesthetically pleasing

    component is the on-water layout of Marina del


    The bad news is that on October 15th the fuel dock

    will be closed for a six-month reconstruction

    project that will likely be an inconvenience

    to winter time boaters. The plan is to set up a

    temporary fueling area where the old fuel dock

    used to be near Fishermans Village. Here

    management will run a scaled down service area

    consisting of one diesel pump, one unleaded

    pump and reduced business hours. Because

    of the compromised circumstances of the

    temporary facility the amount of fuel they carry

    is also severely limited. They are asking boaters

    who are looking to take a large delivery (100

    gallons or more) to call in advance. Without

    such courtesies, the operation could be tapped

    of fuel and the community could go without

    until the next delivery is scheduled. Beyond

    that, Schem is optimistic, based on the curtailed

    activity of the winter months that the boating

    public wont be overly inconvenienced during

    the construction period. The hours of operation

    during the reconstruction are Thursday through

    Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..

    Schem is also optimistic that the construction

    will get done on time. He believes by May

    Marina del Rey will be boasting a new and

    modern fuel facility with state of the art concrete

    float docks, a configuration designed for better

    access and added serviceability.

    Part of the design, thats really the center-piece,

    is a 2,000 square foot floating convenience store

    that will offer boater amenities, fishing gear,

    gourmet sandwiches, wine, beer. said Schem.

    We actually have a humidor scheduled to be

    put in so people can pick up a cigar all kinds

    of neat things.

    Schem also said that they plan on having a

    means by which boaters can go online and place

    orders so when they arrive they can simply pick

    up their provisions.

    On the docks, the arrangement of the pumps

    will be more smartly situated allowing access to

    both gas or diesel at any location of the dock and

    the pumps will be able to churn out 60-gallon

    a fuel per minute up from the 15 - 20 gallons a

    minute that is currently in place.

    That will really speed things up for the large

    boats like Coast Guard vessels or the Catalina

    Flyer and hopefully cut down on any kind of

    wait time for other boats and make things a lo

    more efficient, said Schem.

    The new facility will also have a special areafor the mega yachts that roll into town. Formally

    these enormous vessels would take up an entire

    usable pumping station on busy weekends

    during the main season, but will now no longer

    interfere with business as usual.

    The bait area will also be upgraded with new

    pens and an enhanced system that is supposed

    to reduce odor.

    For the time being, fuel dock managers are

    hoping that local boaters will look to find thei

    way over to the temporary dock soon and get

    enough fuel to carry them through most or all o

    the winter season.

    As much as were going to try and do a good

    job over at the transient dock, the fire departmen

    regulations allow us to only fuel one boat at a

    time, said Schem. So, its probably going to

    be inconvenient.

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    Ghost Story

    By: Captain Richard Schaefer

    A lot of you know that I was Private Investigator

    for many years here in the marina. What you are

    about to read took place in the 70s and was one

    of my first assignments - and remains the most

    interesting. I note I was a Ghostbuster years

    before Dan, Bill and Harold.

    Can you guess which restaurant this was?

    Happy Halloween.

    I pulled into the parking lot at a quarter of ten.

    A couple of valets in Hawaiian shirts came up. I

    waved em off and parked the MG myself.

    From the outside the Beachcomber looked like

    the Jungle Ride at Disneyland - lots of palm

    trees and big ferns, and of course a waterfall

    with a miniature river running through the thick


    Id never been to the place before. I was more

    the Charlie Browns and Donkins type - better

    music and pretty waitresses. The minute I

    pushed through the two King Kong sized doors

    and saw the hostess I knew I should reevaluate

    the waitress assessment. Theres just something

    about a flowery sarong packed with a pretty


    Hi. Im here to see Don, the manager.

    Looking down at her list, Do I have your


    Nah, I dont think so. You dont look like a


    Her head shot up, Youre pretty young to be

    such a wise guy.

    Yeah I know - thats what my first grade teacher

    said. For awhile everybody thought Id grow out

    of it. I shrugged my shoulders.

    She flashed a smile and picked up the phone .

    After a moment she said, Don says to wait at

    the bar.

    The bar was nearly empty. Dinner was long over

    and most of the customers were on or around

    the dance floor. The whirling disco ball splashed

    light everywhere and some Captain and Tennille

    clones were singing about how love would

    keep them together... I was more of a Motown

    guy - I was real sad when the Temps went


    The bar was up a couple steps and around the

    corner. It was dark, except for the huge fish

    tank in the wall. I ordered a ginger ale from the

    Filipino bartender and watched the fish.

    The bartender slowly wiped his way toward me.

    Hey, I hear youre the guy whos gonna stay in

    here tonight.

    Word gets around fast - so much for secrecy.

    kept watching the fish.

    You know why they brought you in here?

    The guy had a toothy, wicked smile, below a

    wispy mustache - under different circumstance

    I might have fixed it for him.

    I bet they didnt tell you the place was haunted.

    He grinned, waiting for my reaction.

    The boss know youre drinkin the profits?

    Beat it

    No, no - Im not kidding you man. You should

    see the stuff that goes around here.

    Say, I think the counter at the far end could

    stand some wiping.

    Hes not kidding you. Another sarong clad

    waitress said, sliding onto the stool next to me.

    Why are you guys telling me all this stuff?

    The word has been going around that they were

    going to bring someone in here to stay after

    closing and try and catch the ghost or whatever

    in here. There was a shadow of anxiety in he

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

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


    What makes you think thats me?

    Oh, come on! Everybody knew the minute you

    walked in and asked for the manager. Are you

    some kind of exorcist or something. I saw the

    movie - but you dont look a priest.

    Good call.

    Hey, Marty said sliding onto to the stool on

    the other side of me. I was getting real popular.

    Marty was the head of investigations for the

    outfit I worked for. He was late.

    I gave the waitress and bartender the look and

    they moved off.

    Marty ordered something with an umbrella in it

    and said, So whats up?

    I filled him in and he was as perplexed as I was.

    Finally he said, Well, there goes any chance of

    catching the guy if he has any connection to the


    I nodded, But why the ghost stuff.

    Maybe theyre trying to scare you off.

    Could be, but why?

    About that time, another Filipino in tropical

    garb approached us.

    Hi, Im Rudy the bar manager. I understand

    some people have been telling you stories. You

    need to know they are telling you the truth.

    Please dont tell Don where you heard this - but

    there is something strange in this place. Its been

    going on for a long time, and getting worse.

    Marty and I were about to question him when a

    waitress approached and said that the managerwanted to see us in his office.

    His office was in the back of the kitchen and

    after the introductions he motioned for us to

    sit down. He began to tell us of the nightly

    vandalism. Tables and chairs piled up or moved

    about. Candles lit, glassware broken, silverware

    strewn about the kitchen, doors left open and

    that the boaters docked outside often saw lights

    or candles in the windows between closing and

    dawn. The sheriff was called several times and

    had never found anyone. He said he was pretty

    sure it was an employee he had recently fired.

    He wanted him caught.

    Marty and I looked at each other. I deferred to

    him, but he said nothing. So I said, Your staff

    seems to think the place is haunted.

    The previously calm manager exploded, What

    are you two guys? A couple of nuts? I thought

    the corporate office was sending in trained

    professionals - not a couple of superstitious


    Marty stood up, Look, were just telling you

    what we were told. Thats all.

    Dons eyes bulged, Who told you? Who?

    Look, Marty said, Maybe its best that you

    contact another agency. Id be happy to give you

    a referral.

    The manager slumped down in his chair and

    waved his hand, No, no. Your man is here and

    I want to get this thing behind me. Stay a couple

    of nights and see how it goes.

    The drizzle had stopped and Marty and I stood

    in the parking lot as the employees walked past,

    to their cars.

    Marty said, You see the way they looking at

    you? Like they felt sorry or something.

    Yea, I saw that look on my Dads face when he

    took our dog to the vet for the big sleep shot.

    Look Rick, (he called me Rick - never could

    get him to stop) if you dont want to stay here

    well just walk away. Theres something real

    hinky about this one.

    Im here - Ill stay.

    Youre sure?


    Well, heres my home number. Anything goes

    down - you call me.

    I nodded, shook his hand and went back inside.

    Rudy was the last one to leave as I stood by the


    Dont let this place get to you. Theres a lot of

    noises, compressors, ice machines - theres even

    a couple of stray cats up in the attic where all the

    sound and lighting stuff is. I think youll be okay

    tonight. Its gotten so I can feel when things wil

    be bad - tonight it doesnt feel so bad.

    That made me feel a lot better. Goodnigh


    I clicked the panic bar on the door closed behind

    him and turned around. The place was quiet now

    The loudest noises were the filters and bubble

    from the massive aquarium. The aquarium was

    also the brightest light in the place. All the tikis

    ferns, palms, thatched booths and the winding

    trail-like aisles made seeing more than a dozen

    feet in any direction impossible.

    To make matters worse the building was built in

    the shape of a circle. Impossible for one man to

    search. Someone familiar with the layout could

    keep moving in front of you - and, if he moved

    fast enough, could end up behind you. I didn

    find that thought particularly comforting and

    I unzipped my wind breaker and ran my hand

    over the handle of the heavy Smith and Wesson

    - I wanted to know right where to reach should

    that time come.

    Rudy was right - there were a lot of noises. I

    tracked most of em down, others faint andindistinct eluded me. After an hour I was

    satisfied that I was alone.

    The cooks had told me that would leave me

    a snack tray in the kitchen. They did, but i

    was more of a buffet than a tray. I pulled up

    a chair to the stainless steel counter and tried

    the Polynesian Chicken....good, and better than

    that, it was free.

    The kitchen was long and brightly lit. I liked

    that I could see anything coming for a long way

    and the tile and stainless steel made movingquietly tough. I felt confident that no one, or

    thing, could get close without warning.

    Just as I was finishing off the last of the egg

    roles I heard a scraping sound from the other

    end of the long kitchen - like someone walking

    - dragging a foot behind.

    I froze and never took my eyes off the direction

    the sound came from. It would stop then, after a

    moment, start again. I unsnapped the restraining

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    could toward the sound. The sound grew louder

    until I stood at the door to the walk-in freezer -

    the sound was coming from inside.

    Probably something mechanical inside. I

    thought and reached for the handle of the heavydoor.

    The door swung outward easily and a light came

    on inside. The noise stopped. The freezer was

    crowded with boxes and hanging meat. I stepped

    inside. I had only taken two or three paces when

    suddenly the light went out. I whirled around

    and saw that only a tiny crack of narrowing

    light remained as the door swung shut. I jumped

    toward the door, hit it with my outstretched

    hands and stumbled back into the bright kitchen.

    Another second would have been too late.

    I whirled around but the kitchen was quiet and

    empty - just as it had been.

    Maybe this was nothing, but I resolved never let

    my guard down again.

    I had only a moment to contemplate this when

    I heard noises coming from dance floor, which

    was directly through the double kitchen doors

    in front of me. The sound of footsteps, moving

    chairs and tables on the hard wood floor was


    As I moved through the doors I drew the heavyrevolver from its holster.

    I stopped in the small hallway between the doors

    and peered through a small window in the door

    which opened to the dance floor. Moonlight

    streamed in through the large windows and

    also bathed the boat docks outside in a gray-

    white light. I could see nothing moving on

    the wide dance floor, but the tables and booths

    that surrounded it were in shadow. The sounds

    of footsteps and moving furniture continued.

    Finally, I opened the door and stepped onto the

    dance floor. The sounds stopped immediately -nothing moved.

    As my eyes strained to see into the shadows I

    felt a blast of cold air. My mind was filled with

    memories of haunted house movies and cold

    spots. Cold spots, hell... I thought, the

    front doors are open!

    I crossed the dance floor and jumped down

    into the waiting area. Both huge doors stood

    open - their drop bolts laying on the walkway

    Someone had been inside and left in hurry - or

    had they?

    I spent 17 nights in the place and things got worse- a lot worse. Another investigator was brought

    in - he lasted two hours. Patrons ran screaming

    into the parking lot. The sheriff came out a

    half dozen times. People on the boats docked

    below saw lights and shadows. There were

    infrared cameras and seances. An oversize ca

    and shadowy specters - and finally I was scared

    out...but I pulled it together and went back, bu

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    it up best at the last meeting with the restauran

    executives, What do you expect Rick to do

    handcuff it, stuff it in a gunny sack, throw it into

    the marina and read it the 23rd Psalm?

    The place closed down shortly thereafter, and

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    s of October 3rd

    lobster season was

    officially opened. Local

    fishermen, divers,

    kayakers and first time

    lobster trappers have

    been out in full force

    near the breakwater and

    beyond trying to lure the little critters

    into their nets.

    In the case of the divers, they quietly

    sneak up on them and throw them in

    a bag. On the ocean side of the rocks,

    the scene is a multi-colored spectrum

    of floating lights or glow sticks

    bobbing on top of the water marking the

    submerged hoop nets below as an array

    of idling boats hover above, monitoring

    the traps. On a busy night, there can bemore than forty boats all within close

    proximity, nearly bumping into each

    other, full of lobster fishermen who

    hope that the mackerel in their nets will

    tempt the prized crustaceans more than

    the mackerel in the other guys net set

    just fifty yards away.

    The California Spiny Lobster or Rock Lobster

    as they are commonly known, lives in and

    amongst reefs and rocky environments where

    they can easily hide. Occasionally, they venture

    out of their cave-like rock-crevice homes topoke around and scavenge for crumbs upon the

    ocean floor. They typically move slowly along,

    searching for mussels, snails, worms and other

    slow moving animal to feed upon.

    They love mussels, thats their favorite food,

    said Steve Blair, senior Aquarist at the Long

    Beach Aquarium. Theyre commonly found in

    these breakwaters because its a porous habitat

    with lots of caves and holes to hide in. Theres

    also an abundant supply of food, with the

    mussels that live all over the break walls.

    Locals explore areas from Malibu all the way

    down to King Harbor seeking out rock forms,

    reefs, or any other potential environment where

    the lobsters might inhabit. Since they prefer

    rocky crevices, the most effective way of

    catching them is to get as close to their abodes

    as possible. Lobstermen in kayaks, inflatables

    and/or divers have the most success in accessing

    these spots.

    I anchor my dinghy about 100 feet from thebreakwater and I swim in from there, said

    local diver Daniel Gleich I usually go between

    midnight to three in the morning because theyre

    often feeding at that time. Theyre walking all

    around - near and around the rocks.

    Gleich, like other divers, navigates through the

    rocky underworld equipped with a bag and a

    bright light, gliding along the bottom, surveying

    the floor for a crawling lobster. Once the light

    hits the critter, they often stop in their tracks.

    The light sort of hypnotizes them, said Gleich

    They just stand still and I grab them from the

    back making sure not to touch their antenna

    because thats how they feel whats around


    For the non-diver, lobstering is about mastering

    the hoop net techniques and like any other

    real estate game its location location

    location, but in addition to finding

    that perfect spot, its also about a given

    nights particular characteristics.

    Ive had the best success when theres

    no moon out and theres a slight swel

    that stirs up the bottom, said long

    time lobsterman David Kirby, who has

    conducted seminars on the subject. A

    plus or minus tide something pretty

    extreme where everything is movingdown below is best.

    Once a spot has been chosen, the nets ge

    dropped and checked often. In intervals

    as frequent as every fifteen minutes the

    traps are pulled up and checked with

    hopeful fishermen anxious for the sigh

    of a legal sized lobster in the net.

    As the season progresses, the stock sometimes

    gets somewhat wiped out and the opportunity

    for big lobsters and quantity limits regresses

    but the amount of lobstering reduces as theseason wares on, so there is a balance. Come

    March, lobster season will be over and the bug

    will again be free to crawl the oceans floor fo

    another six months without the worry of being

    scooped up or grabbed from behind. But unti

    then, they are a readily attainable delicacy

    available to anyone who wants to take a shor

    boat ride outside the harbors boundaries and

    throw out a net.

    Season Opener


    A family enjoys a night of lobstering near the MDR breakwater

    Glow sticks are abound as lobster season opens in the Santa Monica Bay

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 81 19

    Fall fishing and cooler mornings the09 season will soon come to a closebut its been a good season for us.

    As for right now, we should still havesome good fishing though Octoberand into November.

    Santa Monica Bay has been kickingout some nice numbers of bonita,halibut, sandbass and calico bass.That stuff should keep on pumpingunless the weather takes a significantturn.

    The consensus on the lobster openerwas positive with a few hoop netters

    getting limits. There were the usualcrowds out but everyone seemed tofriendly and happy for the mpst part at least where I was. Dont forget topick up buy the report card as well asa fishing license if youre going bughunting.

    Over at Catalina the yellowtail bite haskept going with a few white seabassthrown in the bag. The marlin bitehas backed off and if you want tunayoure going to have to head southdown to Mexican waters.

    Water temps continue to hold in theupper 60s and lower 70s.The BaitSeine - over at Inseine Baits Larryand Mike have cured sardines with amix of Mackerel.

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

    Contact Dave Kirby [email protected]

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    20 The Mariner -Issue 81 2009

    R A C I N G S C E N E

    Where the Boys Aren tWomen Sailors Battle in the WOW/WAH Regatta

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    The Women on the Water (WOW) regatta has a long history in Marina del Rey, with the Robert Wilson Trophy awarded to the top all-woman team since

    1980. Over the years, the regatta has evolved to include the Women at the Helm (WAH) division, for women skippers with a coed crew.

    This year, Barbara Duker competed to reclaim the Robert Wilson perpetual trophy that she won in 2005 aboard her fathers Martin 242, Velerito. In

    2008 Barbara skippered her own Martin, 305, and lost the WOW to Mary Stuyvesant. Mary was back to defend her title and both women faced stif

    competition from four other boats (two Martins and two PHRF competitors) that were eager to claim the Robert Wilson trophy as their own. In the end

    Barbara won the WOW by just one point, edging out newcomer Britni Belcher, on the Martin 242 Blarney.

    The WOW/WAH regatta is sponsored by PMYC, MVYC, SBYRC and WSA. Essential to the regattas success was the great community support

    with CYC providing a chase boat, donations of raffle prizes from Hinanos Caf, West Marine, North Sails, Overland Caf, Red Pennant Performance

    Sailing Gear and Charlotte Tarantola apparel. And, despite the title of this article, the guys were also a big part of WOW/WAH, doing race committee

    hospitality and crewing in WAH.

    Dont miss the fun next year plan to compete in WOW/WAH 2010 see

    for more information.

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 81 21

    R A C I N G S C E N E

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    22 The Mariner -Issue 81 2009

    C R U I S I N G S C E N E


    What a wonderful place. You could spend

    months here and never spend two nights in the

    same anchorage. And we were there for Regatta

    week. All sorts of things going on. Our core

    group of boats was together again. And there

    was a bunch of old friends. These are made, even

    for me, very easily out here in the blue. Vavau

    is a Mecca for cruisers. If you look on a chartyou will see that the anchorages are numbered.

    Trying to pronounce the islands was just too

    hard I guess. There is a net every morning on

    the radio and we all check in. Info is traded and

    meetings are set up. This is Flashback, will

    meet Zen in anchorage 12 on Wednesday. Hey

    Flashback, bring some chocolate. Anyone

    have a wrench to fit this? I need a such-and-

    such fitting. Really a close-knit group.

    We decided to go to anchorage 13. Looked

    great. Very protected. One trick. The pass was

    30 feet wide and not very deep. I made two turns

    before I was convinced that we were really at

    the pass and drove headlong at the gap. I am

    sure Julie had her eyes closed all the way. Once

    inside it was wonderful. Althoughwe were

    having dinner onZen when we looked across as

    Flashbackdrifted by. No big deal. Just get into

    the dinghy and go and get her. Re-anchor. Back

    to dinner.

    But, as always. Time marches on and it was

    time to go. Lots of hugs and tears. In Tonga is

    where the twofl

    eets split. There are those whowill head to New Zealand, and those who will

    head over to Australia. There are also a couple

    who will stay and ride out the season in Tonga.

    Maybe those are the lucky ones - unless a

    hurricane shows up. We are the only ones in our

    little group not heading to NZ. We fueled up and

    headed out to Fiji. On our way out we wave to

    the dive boat. The crew from Zen was aboard

    and had been swimming with the whales. They

    are everywhere in Vavau. Good wind. Sails all

    set. Pilot on watch - fishing lines in the water,

    a great day on the ocean. FISH ON - very

    respectable tuna, but the next one was much


    The two main islands in Fiji are protected from

    the east by the Lau Group. This is a chain that

    runs north and south and is made up of lots of

    small islands and reefs. Every year at least three

    boats run afoul of this group. The trick is to find

    the right pass and get there with good light. At

    some point you must sail through. We chose

    right and got here at eight in the morning and all

    was good. The trip to that point was finally what

    the brochure said it would be. We had to motora bit but the sea state was good. Once inside the

    group it was magical. No seas -15 knots of wind

    from behind. Sun blazing down but the breeze

    keeping you cool. Fish in the fridge - life does

    not get much better. Finally, after all the lousy

    crossings, here was a good one. The next day?

    Shit! Out of nowhere the squalls start to move


    No wind in any of them. Just rain. All except for

    one - 45 knots and the boat is lying on its side.

    Down below things are flying. Get it all back

    together and hunker down until it passed. Boa

    rode it fairly well. Better than the crew. Then the

    auto-pilot goes out. The boat starts doing donuts

    until I can get out there and take control. Things

    had been going way too smoothly. But we were

    only 30 miles out of Suva - piece of cake. It wa

    very very dark. Not the easiest entrance at nigh

    but we had had enough and wanted in. Porcontrol gives us a green light so long as we don

    hamper the very large container vessel leaving

    Container vessel???More time out in the

    crap?? Container vessel. In we go. Good choice

    Calm. Anchor down. 1:30 a.m. Sleep....

    Fiji (10 days later)

    First let me say that the tsunami passed through

    here with not so much as a ripple. There was

    a five-foot wave but it was hardly felt by any

    Not so in some of the islands Flashback ha

    been in. Pago Pago, Apia, and Nuiatoputapu

    were very badly hit - Nuiatoputapu especially

    They had precious little before. Now they are

    desperate. Unfortunately they will probably no

    get much help. They are somewhat forgotten

    by their government and the bigger islands of

    Samoa will get bigger headlines. I have been

    on the radio acting as a relay. The cruisers are

    the only way they can communicate with the

    outside world. One feels very hopeless out here

    to the west. I am a weeks sail away. We will do

    what we can in out feeble way.

    But here in Fiji, life goes on. Julie has taken abreak from the boat. We drew straws and she

    won. I will keep the boat here for the cyclone

    season. That is until May 2010. I am looking fo

    a safe anchorage should the winds come. But I

    will sail around with a keen eye on the weather

    The choice was to move on to Australia and

    ride out the season there or hang out here. Here

    is much cheaper. Both areas are in the cyclone

    zone. There is always lots to do aboard. The

    time should go quickly.

    Flashback in FijiMarina del Reys Geoff Deutschmann has now sailed his Choate 40, Flashback,

    into the South Pacific as he makes his way around the world

    By Geoff Deutschmann

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    On the docks, the distance your Wi-Fi signal

    has to travel is often a lot further than 300

    feet. Sometimes the access point may be

    up to a mile or so away if you happen to

    be anchored out. This tends to limit the

    usefulness of your built in Wi-Fi card, but

    there are ways you can improve the range

    with antennas and external amplifiers and

    bridges. The internet is full of products

    that claim to enhance your signal, or give

    you five miles of range. While many of the

    claims may be exaggerated, there are proven

    marine grade products that can give you the

    needed boost to get your signal out.

    When looking at a Wi-Fi system, the best

    way to enhance your signal is by fitting

    an external Wi-Fi antenna to your boat. If

    you have a laptop Wi-Fi card that accepts

    an external antenna, this is a cost effectiveupgrade.

    There are two types of antennas available to

    the user, omni-directional or directional.

    An omni-directional antenna will radiate

    your signal in all directions. If you travel

    to different marinas or anchorages, this

    is the antenna type you will need. It looks

    and works in a similar fashion as your VHF

    antenna. For those who stay in one spot and

    know which direction their access point is,

    a directional antenna would provide better

    performance. Unlike omni-directionalantennas, the directional antenna focuses

    your signal in one direction similar to the

    beam of a flashlight. Another advantage is

    that it also hears in one direction as well.

    This is useful for longer distances and helps

    alleviate interference from nearby sources. It

    is critical that movement of the boat is kept

    to an absolute minimum for a directional

    antenna to work properly.

    A next step would be to fit a Wi-Fi bridge

    or repeater. These devices pick up the signal

    from an access point and retransmit it inside

    the boat. This is especially useful if you

    have multiple users on your boat wanting

    to access the internet. These devices

    essentially turn your boat into a floating Wi-

    Fi hotspot. Some models even have a built

    in amplifier to boost the power up to 1 watt.

    Manufacturers like Syrens and Sigma6 have

    excellent products for this application.

    2009 The Mariner - Issue 81 23


    PART 1

    What is the deal with Wi-Fi and how can I get

    it on the boat?

    Wi-Fi has become a ubiquitous part of 21st

    century life with regards to computers and the

    internet. It can be found just about everywhere

    from your office, home, the public library even

    your local coffee shop. Widespread availability

    coupled with low usage costs has made Wi-Fi an

    attractive option for the boater, as many marinas

    now offer the service free or for a nominal


    Wi-Fis major advantage is its availability and

    its throughput speed or how fast it can send andreceive data. Wi-Fis disadvantage however is

    its limited range of about 300 feet. The average

    laptops built in Wi-Fi card has a low powered

    radio designed to optimize the battery life of

    the laptop. If you were to crank up the power

    to 1 watt, (the maximum allowed by the FCC,

    you will drain the battery quickly. The laptop

    designers intended the built in Wi-Fi to be used

    in an office environment where it didnt need to

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    24 The Mariner -Issue 81 2009

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