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    Issue #86

    March 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


    A New

    Season Opens

    A Trying Journey to Bishop Rock

    Tsunami Alert in Marina del Rey

    Abby Sunderland Presses on

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    One evening this past month, at the exact moment I came out of the companionway into the cockpit of my

    boat I heard a splash, saw a sizable dorsal fin and heard the hearty gasp of a dolphins breath. Awestruck

    I watched the 10-12 foot animal surface, inches from my transom, then dive into the shallow waters of

    E basin.

    It was that powerful and very audible inhale that impressed me. Ive witnessed dolphin hundreds of time

    now once, off the coast of Tijuana, we were in the middle of a pod of hundreds of speedy common

    dolphin, but I dont think I was ever so close to a slow moving bottlenose as it sucked a giant breath o


    Familiar and foreign all at the same time, the industrial strength inhale echoed off the seawall and the

    swirling wake from the 1000-pound animal diving, rocked the boats in their slips. Under the serenity of a

    quiet evening in the Marina, these unique beings (there were two) made a rare appearance in the cramped

    confines of the harbors basins, reminding the few that watched that were not just floating in a parking lo

    were sitting atop another world that is quietly hustling along, busy beneath us, only rarely overlapping

    into our spectrum.

    Editors note: Anyone that picked up on my mistake in the last issue where I wrote Abby Sunderland

    currently had the Central American coast on her right, let it be known I was assuming she was traveling

    backwards around the world. I have recently learned that she is indeed making the trip facing forward, so

    the coast would now be on her left.insert laugh track.

    The Mariner is


    Pat Reynolds


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    Salute by Pat Reynolds

    Coming Events 4

    Off the Wire 6

    Rock and Roll 10Tales from the Bishop Rock Race by Jim McCone

    Long Range Effect 12A Tsunami Alert in Marina del Rey

    Season Opener 142010 Opening Day Marina del Rey

    Catalina Currents 16Cruising Tips by Richard Schaefer

    Powertails 182010 Halibut Derby on Haitus

    Racing 20

    Ask the Expert - Boat Inspections Part 2 23

    Ask Mookie

    Classifieds 25

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    4 The Mariner -Issue 86 2010

    To publish a community event email:

    [email protected]

    March 25Cal i fornia Yacht Club Luncheon

    Recreat iona l Boaters

    an Endangered Species?

    Join fellow power, sail and rowing enthusiasts

    for a critically informative forum addressing

    major issues impacting the recreational

    boating community. Happy Half Hour Noon

    - Buffet Luncheon 12:20 p.m. - Presentation

    - 12:40 p.m. - $14.75 includes Luncheon, tax,

    service and parking. To guarantee admission

    reservations requested. (310) 823-4567. Open

    to all who enjoy yachting as a public service of

    CYC - 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~

    (310) 823-4567 ~

    March 25Weekend Navigator-Part 2,

    The Coast Guard Auxiliary advanced navigation

    course will be introduced by Flotilla 12-7 at the

    Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina

    del Rey. It will run eight consecutive Thursdays

    from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for

    instruction although there will be a $75.00 fee

    for textbook and course materials. Students

    who have completed Part 1, the basic navigation

    course curriculum, who still have their textbooks,

    will be changed a reduced rate of $50.00 for

    materials. While Part 2 is a continuation of Part

    1, it can be taken independently of the latter.Among the topics covered are tides, winds and

    currents, use of radar, navigating harbors and

    channels, electronic navigation tools and rules

    and measuring compass deviation/GPS. Those

    interested should call 310-937-1680 or e-mail

    the group at [email protected].

    April 4th

    Easter Egg Hunt a t Tw o Harbors

    Hop on over to the Isthmus for the annual Easter

    egg hunt and search for the elusive Golden Egg.

    Sponsored by the Corsair Yacht Club. This has

    truly become an Island tradition. For more info

    Contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or [email protected]

    April 7Sunset Seminar

    On April 7th at 7 PM, CYC will kick off the

    2010 Wednesday Night Racing Season with

    an informative seminar which will cover

    everything one needs to know about racing in

    the Sunset Series. A panel of experts will go

    over the sailing instructions the course and

    world class match racer Brian Angel will

    cover beginning and advance tactics. Parking

    and refreshments are free. For more information

    contact [email protected]. California

    Yacht Club is located at 4469 Admiralty Way,

    Marina del Rey.

    April 10 & 11Del Rey Yac ht Club s Open Hou se

    Held on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.

    to 4:00 p.m. For further info, please contact

    DRYC at (310) 823-4664 or email info@pv11.

    org .

    April 10th15th Annual Conservancy Bal l

    Hosted by the Catalina Island Conservancy, this

    annual event is sure to be exciting. The black tie

    event at the Avalon Casino Ballroom includes

    dinner, big band dancing and live & silent

    auctions. Catalina Island Conservancy (310)


    April 13How t o Read a

    Naut ica l Char t Course

    As the spring boating season approaches,

    nautical charts and their usage remain a mystery

    to many boaters, resulting in an unsafe on-the-

    water experience. The United States Coast Guard

    Auxiliary will be offering the How to Read a

    Nautical Chart course to assist boaters in safer

    navigation. The class, held over three evenings,

    allows students to gain hands-on experience

    working with charts and navigation, while

    receiving personalized tutelage from instructors.

    Although electronic GPS units are wonderful

    aids to modern navigation, boaters still need to

    understand the charts that are used within them.

    This course will provide the boater with the

    knowledge to interpret the charts contents andsafely reach their destinations. The three day

    course will be held on Tuesday, April 13th, 20th

    and 27th from 7 to 9:30PM at the Del Rey Yacht

    Club, located at 13900 Palawan Way in Marina

    del Rey. Free Parking is available. The fee for

    the course is $50, which includes a textbook and

    training chart. A discount is offered to anyone

    registering online before March 30th at www. For more information, contact

    Tom Brocato 310-859-9282, or by e-mail at

    [email protected].

    April 13

    Oceanogra phy For BoatersOcean Currents

    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 Marine

    and one of the top multihull racing skippers in

    California, Mikes lecture style will enlighten

    and entertain. A series of 7 Lectures Tuesday

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

    reservations are recommended. Call Mik

    Leneman at Multi Marine (310) 821-6762.

    April 14thOpen House Educat ional Event

    at SMWYC

    Cruising Croatia --Wendy Windebank, Carole

    Walsh, Rick Shiffman.Happy Hour 6:30

    7:30, Dinner 7:30 8:00, Speaker to follow

    3589 Mindinao Way, Marina del Rey. For

    Reservations: 310-827-7692. Most nights cos

    is $10.00.

    April 14thSunset Ser ies Begins

    The 21 week series begins on April 14th. The

    first warning is at 5:55 PM and the start line

    is located between SS and the committee boa

    directly in front of the breakwater. A festive

    BBQ will begin immediately following the race

    (sunset) at the California Yacht Club located a

    4469 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.

    April 20Oceanogra phy For Boaters

    Wind Waves

    Deep water waves and their origin and life

    cycle, taught be Oceanography Professor, Mike

    Leneman. Lectures Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to

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

    recommended. Call Mike Leneman at Mult

    Marine (310) 821-6762.

    April 25Cal i fornia Yacht Club

    Open House Event

    The California Yacht Club, one of the top ten

    private Yacht clubs in the United States, wil

    make it facilities and grounds available fo

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

    winner of multiple Fleet Service Awards wa

    established in Los Angeles in 1922 and has

    been 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.

    OngoingLive Music at the Waterf ront

    Unkle Monkey (Guitar, Ukulele & Steel Drum

    ) performs every Monday Night 7-10pm at The

    Waterfront 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 Club

    Social 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

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    2010 The Mariner -Issue 86 5

    Diesel Tank Cleaning &

    Filter Systems Installedat Your Slip

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    Dwyn Hendrickson 310-722-1283

    Since 1974

    charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City

    Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way.

    Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy

    one, or just want to be around other water loving

    people MVYC welcomes all who share in the

    Corinthian Spirit. Security will tell you where

    to park. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator

    to the Club House on G2. For more information

    contact [email protected], call (818) 422-

    6368, or visit our Facebook Group page.

    Sai l ing Singles of

    Southern Cal i fornia

    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 SantaMonica Bay. After sailing, club members can

    enjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners

    on members Boats. Catalina Island trips and

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

    or email: [email protected] www.

    Marina Sunday Sai l ing Club

    Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers

    and crew in a friendly social environment for

    daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to

    Catalina and other destinations. We meet on

    the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the

    patio at Burton Chace Park under the Clubbanner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free

    Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold

    a brief business meeting and then head out for

    an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which

    we gather at a members dock for wine, snacks

    and more socializing. Visitors are welcome

    and may attend two meetings free. No prior

    sailing experience is necessary. Married people

    welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or


    Single Mariners Meet ing

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

    3rd Thursday of each month at Pacific MarinersYacht 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 Monica Bay

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at

    the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club,

    13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The

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

    hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting

    features a guest speaker discussing their

    adventures and achievements. WSA invites

    boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs,

    include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises

    including destinations such as King Harbor,

    Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For

    membership information contact Sandy Penrod.

    at [email protected] or on the web at

    Catal inas of Santa Monic a Bay,

    Owners o f Cata l ina YachtsJoin us for our monthly meetings at the Santa

    Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd

    Tuesday of each month. We would like to

    welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We

    have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and

    other events throughout the year. Our doors open

    at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7

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

    fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For

    more info email [email protected].

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    6 The Mariner -Issue 86 2010

    O F F T H E W I R E

    Harry Pa ttison to Spea k at Sing lehanded Func tion

    Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht ClubGreat People, Great Club!

    J o i n T o d a y ! ! !

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

    For information: 310-827-SMYC or

    13589 Mindanao Way Ca Marina del Rey 90292

    Come see why SMWYC wins Club of the Year season after season. An involved

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

    join! Hope to see you soon!

    SMWYC member Al Berg and Ghost

    Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association will have Harry Pattison of Elliott Pattison Sailmakers as its featured speaker at PSSAs general membership

    meeting on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey. Elliot Pattison

    Sailmakers has been serving the Southern California sailing community since 1971 and has built many sails for PSSA members as well as for many

    famous Southern California racing yachts such as Ragtime and many others. Harry Pattison is a renowned sail racer and has won five Santana 20

    national championships in addition to his many other accomplishments in regatta and long distance sailing.

    Mr. Pattisons presentation will include a discussion of modern sailmaking techniques and materials and will also focus on shorthanded sailing

    techniques and systems that help shorthanded sailors in managing sails in various sailing conditions in a safe and competitive manner. He will discus

    racing and cruising sails, storm sails, furling and reefing systems, spinnaker socks, staysails, pole systems, etc. Mr. Pattison has spoken several times a

    PSSA meetings and is know for providing a useful and entertaining presentation.

    PSSA welcomes all prospective members and guests at its meetings. They conduct races with both single and double handed classes. At the recent 165

    mile Bishop Rock race there were 11 boats starting on the eve of a major Southern California storm system. Race participants had winds in excess of

    30-knots and seas up to 15-feet. While only five boats finished the race, it proved a great heavy weather learning experience for all participants. PSSA

    winter races are designed to expose members to offshore, overnight racing in a wide variety of conditions. Any couple or other shorthanded crew

    interested in blue water sailing, racing or cruising, could benefit from joining PSSA and participating in challenging winter and summer shorthanded

    races. The club sees challenging weather conditions as an opportunity to test and hone heavy weather skills. For that reason, PSSA does not cancel race

    in the face of threatening weather. PSSA believes it is better for members to practice and learn heavy weather skills in Southern California waters rathe

    than later in foreign waters or in the middle of ocean crossings

    PSSAs next race, is a 600-mile voyage from Marina del Rey to Guadalupe Island and back starting on March 26.

    For further information, see the PSSA website at or contact Gil Maguire at [email protected], or (805) 644.4800. Direction

    to SMWYC are on our website.

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    2010 The Mariner- Issue 86 7

    O F F T H E W I R E



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    California Yacht Club Staff Commodore Anne Sacks, President of

    Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), Darrin Polhemus, Deputy

    Director, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and Ray

    Tsuneyoshi, Director, Department of Boating and Waterways (CalBoating)

    pressent Recreational Boaters an Endangered Species? A public forumon issues impacting use and enjoyment of our vessels

    Join fellow power, sail and rowing enthusiasts for a critically informative

    forum addressing major issues impacting the recreational boating


    Coastal Marina Permit Statewide

    Who should care about this permit?

    All marinas, all boaters, and all coastal governments.

    Boater interests would be significantly impacted by the recent permit

    proposal of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The

    SWRCB is proposing that marinas and clubs on the coast as well as in

    bays and estuaries be required to obtain a state permit, spend hundreds

    and thousands of dollars each year to conduct expensive water quality

    monitoring, and send that information to the State.

    Cal Boating 2010

    What is on the horizon?

    The governors proposal to eliminate the independent Cal Boating(Department of Boating and Waterways) has not been acted to date. The

    boating community has spoken strongly and clearly each time the proposa

    has been considered in legislative hearings and meetings.

    Boater constituent contacts with legislators have been critical in preserving

    Cal Boating during 2009. The elimination of Cal Boating would not save

    that state a single General Fund dollar.

    Happy Half Hour Noon - Bountiful Buffet Luncheon 12:20 p.m.

    Presentation 12:40 p.m. $14.75 includes Luncheon, tax, service and

    parking. To guarantee admission reservations requested (310) 823


    Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC

    California Yacht Club. 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~ (310) 823-

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    8 The Mariner - Issue 86 2010

    O F F T H E W I R E


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    Both Sides of thePolitica l Co in

    With Marina del Rey being in the throes of

    a major refit, plenty of people are up in arms

    or at the very least, concerned. There is often

    contradicting information circulating and rumors

    contaminating a fact pool that is complicated

    and confusing.

    For those interested, answers can be found at

    the Department of Beaches and harbors website,

    which is crowded, but with some effort many of

    the raw facts and background can be found for

    most of the pertinent issues. For another view, the

    LA Mariner - - (in no way

    related to The Mariner) has just posted a new

    refurbished website that represents the views of

    many boaters who feel the redevelopment is acircumstance that, in the end, will disenfranchise

    local boaters. To support this assertion, the site

    contains many documents, videos and other

    pieces of information that are worthy of review.

    There are also calendar and announcement

    sections that enable people to quickly check

    whats been happening and whats coming in this

    tangled controversial world of local politics.

    The Womens

    S a i l i n g

    Association of

    Santa Monica

    Bay (WSA)

    will hold its

    general meeting

    on April 13, at

    Santa Monica


    Yacht Club in

    Marina del Rey.

    In April, WSA

    will play host to a panel of representatives from

    the popular one design racing fleets in Marina

    del Rey, just in time for the summer racing andSunset Series to get under way!

    Come and learn about what the different fleets

    have to offer, how the skippers find crew for

    their boats, and general information about the

    fleets and boats for those that might be trying

    to decide what theyd like to be sailing. Martin

    242, Open 5.70

    Lido 14, Schock

    35, J80, Far

    30 and Farr 40

    class speakers


    are expected to

    be in attendance.

    Many of the

    sailors in these

    fleets are loca

    and nationa

    champions in one

    design racing and have an excellent outlook

    on fleet building and crew participation. Wel

    have a short intro from each rep, followed by aQ&A session with the general membership

    For more information about this event, WSA

    and membership, please visit our website or e-mail: membership@

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    10 The Mariner -Issue 86 2010

    Jim McCone, a member of the Pacific

    Singlehanded Sailing Association, recently

    sailed in the 165-mile Bishop Rock race, one of

    the many challenging races the club organizes

    for single and double-handed sailing. Bishop

    Rock is located approximately 100-miles

    southwest of Marina del Rey, on Cortez Bank

    and McCone and wife Shannon earned every

    inch in his Ericson 32.

    irst off, I just want to say

    that this was one of the most

    difficult sailing experiences

    of my lifeand most

    rewarding. The day started

    quite hectic. I was engaged in

    a trial that ran late and had two

    different court cases on Friday which left me

    waking up at 5 a.m., finishing briefs, running

    to one court to let them know I was engaged in

    trial, running to a second court to finish the trial,

    then running to the harbor to try and get out onthe water so we didnt miss the start.

    In my haste to leave, I had put water in the tank

    but forgot to check the faucet. The faucet was

    on and running, which drained the tank in short

    order. On top of it all, the electrical connections

    for the instruments had, over time, become

    corroded and they chose race day to konk out

    on us. Thus, as we headed for the start line, I

    was programming the handheld GPS with the

    coordinates for Bishop Rock and Shannon was

    working on the electrical panel. By the way, this

    was all our instruments, including GPS, wind,speed and depth. Also, our autopilot is linked

    into this system, so it wouldnt work either.

    As we got into the pre-start sequencing, we

    continued to work on the instruments. Finally,

    we got the wind instruments back and, lastly, the

    GPS up and running - what a relief. The wind

    was quite light at the start, but we were off and

    running at a decent pace at 3 p.m. on Friday


    The first thing we encountered on our way was

    a group of whales. With little knowledge of

    whales, if I had to make a guess, I would say

    they were finback whales rather than the more

    common California gray whales, because they

    were bigger than grays and had a deep, almost

    throaty, sounding spout that could be heard

    from over a mile away. Into the evening,

    the wind remained light. At some point, after

    sundown, there was no wind at all and wetwirled around in circles, unable to maintain

    rudder control. Shannon and I tried to get some

    sleep during this time in alternate shifts, but

    sleep didnt come easy. Finally, around 8 p.m.,

    the wind started to come up. It was a southerly

    wind, which was from the direction we wanted

    to head, so we sailed as tight to the wind as we

    could while dancing with some large container

    ships that were steaming south east outside the

    normal shipping lanes.

    Around 10 p.m., under a spectacular moon,

    we switched out our #2 headsail for the #3blade. By midnight, we had put a single

    reef in the mainsail; and by 2:30 a.m. we had

    put in a second - we never changed the sails

    again. The wind, at that point, was in the 15-

    20-knot range, with stronger gusts. Working

    upwind slowly, we found at one point, that we

    were well west of the course and had to tack

    to avoid Santa Barbara island. The rain started

    around midnight and it poured fairly hard off

    and on throughout the night and into the next

    day. Finally, we got a reasonable wind shift that

    went west from the previous southerly direction

    and we were able to aim at the buoy, from about70-miles away. We were either close hauled

    or close reaching, but it wasnt uncomfortable

    with our sail configuration. What I really hadnt

    planned on, though, was how wet a sail it would

    be. Voice of Reason is already a wet boat, with

    all sorts of places where water can reach inside.

    Taking waves over the bow was an interesting

    experience. It was fighting a losing battle to try

    and keep the water on the outside of the cabin. It

    was even more difficult to try and rest. At one

    point, with Shannon driving, I tried to catch a

    nap in the forward berth. I had fashioned a nest

    with the sails and cushions around me. However

    on one particular wave, it felt like Shannon had

    driven the boat off a cliff and I levitated to the

    point that my shoulder hit the ceiling of the cabin

    before crashing back down onto the bunk with

    sails and gear now on top of me, as opposed to

    underneath me. I decided it might be a good idea

    not to sleep there again

    One thing I do have to say is that I love my Henr

    Lloyd off shore jacket. It may look funny with

    the high collar, and it may be difficult to get into

    or out of, but when it is raining sideways and the

    water-filled cockpit is splashing everywhere,

    was dry and warm underneath it all.

    Morning came and we were moving righ

    along. It was difficult to eat though, as it was so

    rough below. Neither Shannon nor I had much

    of an appetite. We kept our eye on the ball and

    kept the boat moving toward the mark. At 6

    a.m. check-in, we found out several boats haddropped out - we persevered. The wind held

    steady between 17 and the mid-20s although ou

    wind data occasionally indicated gusts reaching

    over 30-knots, thankfully VOR handled those

    conditions quite well.

    It was challenging. It was raw. It was all o

    those things - and it was beautiful. The wind

    would shear off the top of the waves and blow

    it sideways. It quite literally looked like smoke

    on the water. It can be a very introspective thing

    - we take so much for granted in our day to day

    lives. Shannon and I said it would have beennice, at some point, to hit a rest stop so we could

    actually cook some food or take a nap. But we

    didnt have that luxury. There is no stopping

    We are 50 or 60-miles from the nearest land

    mass and 70 or more miles from the neares

    safe harbor. There is nothing we can do but keep

    going. I find a striking similarity between long

    distance, offshore racing and ultra running, in

    that much of your success is measured by you

    psychological ability to deal with discomfor

    and adversity.


    Rock and RollJim McCone describes his arduous double-handed voyage to Bishop Rock

    by Jim McCone

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    There is certainly a measure of self exploration

    in each event, and a tremendous sense of self

    accomplishment from simply being able to see

    it through to the end. By noon Saturday, we

    were still about 18 or 19-miles from the buoy. At

    the radio check-in, there were four boats ahead

    of us and one boat behind. I was sitting down

    below, with the hatch closed and the radio mike

    in my hand, and as I was about to speak, a wave

    hit the boat and it was as if a garden hose was

    turned on full force, spraying me directly in the

    face. Yeah, we need to track down those leaks


    By 1:30 we had passed by three of the

    boats nearest to us that had rounded

    the buoy and were on their way back.

    It appeared, from a mile away, like

    they were having an easier time of

    the conditions off the wind a bit. We

    were struggling though, as the wind

    continued to build. We could finally

    see the buoy when we were aroundtwo-miles away. In theory we could

    point the bow straight at it, but we

    were slipping sideways at a good clip

    and we ultimately came about 3/4 of

    a mile below the mark, leaving us an

    additional 20 minutes short tacking

    our way up and around the mark.

    One of the qualities of having a bank of shallow

    water in the middle of the ocean is that the

    sea surface becomes quite random and hectic.

    The waves are much steeper and much closer

    together, creating almost U-shaped troughsbetween the peaks. Voice of Reason does not

    handle those conditions particularly well, but

    we did make it up and around by 2:50 p.m. on

    Saturday afternoon.

    Now we were reaching back for the finish line,

    as opposed to beating into it, but the conditions,

    especially for the slower boats, continued to

    deteriorate. The last boat behind us retired

    before reaching the mark, so we were alone

    out there. The wind picked up and held steady

    between 25 and 30-knots. We found the easiest

    means of handling the conditions were to hold

    course until a wave came upon us. Then, as

    we reached the crest of the wave, hold the boat

    on its side and let it slide along until the crest

    passed and we regained rudder control - that is

    until the next one. The swells were from two

    different directions - a marginally manageable

    SW swell of 5-8 feet and a larger, more

    powerful NW swell of 14-18 feet. We were

    heeled over constantly, taking waves over the

    boat with frightening regularity. At one point,

    Shannon had just come up from the cabin and

    was wearing her inflatable PFD/harness. Before

    she could turn around, a wave hit both of us.

    Now, as I understand it, these inflatable PFDs

    are designed to inflate automatically if you

    go into the water. Apparently, the same is true

    if the water comes to you. When the wave hit

    her, it set off the trigger and the thing instantly

    inflated. There has to be SOME comic relief out

    there, right? At least we know it works now.

    There was a period of a half hour or more

    when the wind was over 30-knots sustained.

    Shannon saw 35 True on our instruments and I

    saw 38 True. It was windy. VOR was chugging

    along at 8-9-knots, occasionally peaking above


    Earlier I had pulled the #2 off the head stay andlashed it to the lifeline stanchions with nylon

    chord sail ties. Unfortunately, with 30-plus

    knots of wind, boat speed approaching 10 knots,

    and the starboard rail in the water, it meant one

    thing - that #2 was going for a swim. One of

    the sail ties broke (it couldnt be that I did a

    crappy job lashing the thing to the stanchions,

    right?) and the sail started paying out into the

    water next to the boat. I jumped over (clipping

    my harness into the jack lines first) and grabbed

    hold of the sail. Inch by inch, hand over hand, I

    pulled the sail out of the water. It had payed out

    to behind the stern at this point. Shannon did her

    best to steer the boat a little off the wind to keep

    me out of the water, but she was re-familiarizing

    herself with the MOB procedures in her head

    as she watched me almost upside down trying

    to pull this sail back. Finally, I got it on deck

    and decided to get it off the deck completely

    by stuffing it down the forward hatch, except

    I could only open the hatch part way because

    of an adjustment I had made on the foredeck

    earlier. I did the best I could though under the

    conditions and got parts of the head of the sail

    and the foot of the sail stuffed down below. New

    problem though - the head of the sail had been

    on one side of a mast shroud and the foot was

    on the other side - I had, in essence, tied a knot

    around the shroud with a heavy, stiff, dacron

    sail. I couldnt get it untied and believe me

    I tried. I finally gave up, wrapping the sail as

    best I could around the partially open hatch to

    prevent at least SOME water from going below

    Ummm ... that didnt work out so well. At one

    point, I heard water pouring into the cabin from

    two different ends of the boat. Luckily the bilge

    pump was working well to remove the water

    but it left EVERYTHING below decks wet.

    Shannon and I were tired, hungry, wet and cold

    -- and we still had 60-miles to go. The wind

    held steady between 25 and 30-knots ove

    the next several hours, clocking slowly north

    which is the direction we were heading. We

    couldnt use the autopilot because it simply

    couldnt respond quickly enough when the big

    swells hit us from the side. Large waves werehitting us in the cockpit every few minutes and

    there was no place we could go to get dry or

    warm. I was bragging how my feet were warm

    and dry in my off shore, calf-high boots with

    my goretex bibs velcrod around the outside

    of the boot - until a wave filled the aft cockpi

    with several feet of water -- which was a leve

    over the top of my boot and it slowly filled unti

    there was more water in my boot than in the

    cockpit itself.

    We kept waiting for the wind to drop. And we

    waited, and waited. After dark it persisted. AfteMidnight, it persisted. Finally, as we neared to

    within 10-nm of the backside of Catalina, the

    wind backed into the high teens. It is funny how

    18-knots might seem very windy until youve

    spent significant time in 35 knots - then 18 jus

    doesnt seem that bad. We couldnt hold the

    West End as our course, so we came in toward

    the island aiming just west of Cat Harbor and

    then short tacked our way up the backside unti

    we rounded the west end and the finish.

    We were exhausted. I am still exhausted. Bu

    we were the last boat in, crossing the finish line

    at 3:42 am, or about 36 hours and 42 minutes

    after the start. It took us nearly 24 hours to go

    the 107 miles to the mark, and 13 hours to go

    the 80-miles back to the finish. We headed down

    the coast of Catalina to Emerald Cove where

    we picked up at mooring at 4:30 a.m. and fel

    asleep almost immediately. This was actually

    the first time we finished the Bishop Rock race

    in our third attempt. I am bruised head to toe bu

    pleased with the accomplishment.

    Photo courtesy of Jim McCone

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    Long Range Effect

    My wife Kerry and I woke to an early morning

    phone call last Saturday morning. It was

    Kerrys mom from Annapolis, Maryland. She

    said there had been a huge earthquake in Chile

    and there was a tsunami predicted to arrive

    in Santa Monica Bay, at 12:35 p.m. that day.

    While that attracted our attention, we were

    not quite sure what to do about it - a tsunami

    in Marina del Rey had not been on our list of

    things to worry about. So, I thought I would

    arm myself with some information and went

    to a couple of internet sites to obtain some

    tsunami information. We found http://www.prh. and http://wcatwc. were quite helpful

    and yes, there was a tsunami advisory for thisarea with a predicted wave height of 2.5-feet at

    12:30 p.m. today. Listening to NOAA weather

    radio confirmed the advisories, but no mention

    of evacuations or anything serious for us. We

    made the decision to stay, rather than head out

    for deep water, and proceeded with breakfast in

    the cockpit while monitoring the situation.

    Just for the heck of it, at noon, we turned on the

    depth sounder and noticed some unusual depth

    changes. Jotting down the numbers periodically

    we realized we could measure the tsunami

    waves. Out came the laptop and for the next four

    hours we recorded the depth sounder readings

    every two minutes.

    The resulting plot is quite interesting. Depth

    sounder readings are plotted as a function of time

    throughout the day. All the action started around

    12:30 as NOAA predicted. There is a preceding

    dip, then a two-foot rise, followed by a 4.5-

    foot drop that put our keel on the bottom in the

    Marina del Rey ooze. The rest of the afternoon

    ups and downs are captured in the plot. Some

    of the rising cycles were up to six inches per

    minute. This was fast enough to actually see the

    floating dock move up the piling. It was also fast

    enough to turn our normally calm basin, briefl

    yinto an apparent river.

    This wasnt what we planned for our Saturday,

    but then again

    Jack and Kerry Rackliffe are long time sailors,

    but new to living aboard Mamouna, their Kelly

    Peterson 44.

    Here is a statement by theUS Coast Guard in

    a press release thanking the public for heeding

    the advisory:

    Los Angeles Harbor reportedly receded three

    feet in five minutes, but quickly returned to a

    normal tidal state,. Surges ranging from two

    to four feet were reported in harbors along the

    coast for approximately an hour and a half early

    Saturday afternoon. Six buoys in Ventura Harbo

    were moved from their positions

    Locally, the reality is that a Los Angeles based

    tsunami is certainly possible, but with adequate

    warning should be relatively manageable

    Detective Yelick from the Marina del Rey

    sheriffs station, a trained first responder, say

    that 40-feet of elevation is all thats required to

    remain safe in the event of such a catastrophe

    and in all likelihood there should be anywherefrom an hour to a full days notice depending on

    where the incident occurred.

    Taking Mindanao straight down and getting on

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    evacuation of the Marina del Rey area. Or up on

    the hill by LMU we dont need huge amount

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    evacuation area is really pretty small.

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

    n last months column I mentioned

    that I intended to write about the

    State Water Resources ControlBoards plan to implement a massive

    regulatory and water quality testing

    program on all coastal marinas and harbors

    in California. The proposed rules will impose

    expensive regulations and testing requirements

    on marina operators and, by extension, on the

    boating public. However, there still isnt much

    new information out there, but I understand that

    there will be a luncheon at California Yacht Club

    on March 25 that will feature speakers from the

    SWRCB as well as public input on this issue. In

    view of these developments it makes sense to

    postpone my rant until I have full possession of

    the facts that Ill need to rant about.

    So, instead I thought it might be good to cover

    some boating safety issues this month. The

    boating season is about to begin so the timing

    seems ideal to write about, What to do right -

    when things go wrong.

    While reading the article, keep in mind that our

    readership is primarily made up of local sailors

    and boaters. So the advice will pertain to our

    Southern California waters and nearby islands.An emergency plan that may work well in the

    San Pedro Channel would probably be useless

    in the North Atlantic or the Southern Oceans -

    By no means does one size fit all.

    This first segment, of the two part series, will

    deal with prevention of emergencies at sea -

    probably should be entitled, What To Do Right

    - To Prevent Things From Going Wrong Ill

    let Pat figure that out - Hey, he makes the big

    decisions and the big bucks.

    Man Overboard!

    Probably the best way to save a crew memberfrom drowning is to keep them on board in

    the first place. To that end, start with proper

    maintenance, have routine safety procedures

    in place, and know the limitations and

    vulnerabilities of your crew or passengers.

    1. Regularly check lifelines, pins, pelican-

    hooks, turnbuckles, clevis pins. cotterpins

    and split rings.

    2. Have a throw-able floatation device in the

    cockpit or mounted on the stern rail whenever

    you are underway.

    3. If you are sailing at night be sure to have a

    light or strobe attached to the throw-able.

    4. Single deck watches at night should wear a

    PFD with light and whistle (personal EPIRB

    if possible). Use tether/jackline in bad


    5. After leaving the dock, make it a habit to

    check that all boarding gates and the transom

    door are secure.

    6. Young children should stay in the cockpit and

    in lifejackets - toddlers should be on a tether

    as well. Tell older kids not to run around


    7. Dont send novices forward without a life

    jacket. Tell them to use handrails.

    8. Instruct new crewmembers of their

    responsibilities in the event of an M.O.B.

    emergency. Be sure to show them how to

    turn autopilots off, use the M.O.B. button on

    the GPS and basic use of the VHF - Channe16.

    9. Practice M.O.B. retrieval frequently and

    learn how to do a Heave-To Pick Up - it

    the fastest, easiest and safest way to recover

    a crewmember in the water.

    Heavy Weather Sailing

    We are fortunate here in SoCal - our wind and sea

    conditions are generally benign, however, tha

    blessing is also a curse that breeds complacency

    Generally speaking, those who usually sail in

    20-knots and rough seas are better prepared

    and so are their boats.

    1. Be sure your reefing system is functional

    and that you know how to use it. If youre

    not sure, call a rigger.

    2. Carefully examine your sails at least twice

    year for chafe, wear and tears. When in doub

    take them to a sail-maker.

    3. Replace worn sheets, halyards and linesCheck and lubricate shackles, turnbuckle

    and pins.

    4. Ideally, put a rigger up your mast once a year

    Or, if you really know what youre doing

    check it yourself. Remember, a dismasting is

    a real unpleasant experience, and I think a

    couple hundred bucks for a rigger to survey

    the rig is money well spent.

    5. Practice reefing in the slip and underway.

    What To Do Right

    When Things Go WrongPart 1


    By Captain Richard Schaefer

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

    6. Learn how to do a Fishermans Reef ( if

    you dont know what that is tune in next


    7. Know when fun becomes danger.

    8. Check the marine weather forecast before

    you go out.

    Flood Control And Foundering

    The time to worry about flood control is not

    when you step down below on a dark night,

    somewhere between Santa Barbara Island and

    Santa Cruz Island, and find yourself knee deep

    in water - with no idea where it came from. Let

    me tell ya - thats one ugly moment.

    Forethought and preventive maintenance are the

    primary steps in keeping that nightmare from

    becoming a reality.

    1. Check your thru-hulls, hoses, hose clamps

    and seacocks at least twice a year. Be certain

    seacocks operate and that you know where

    they ALL are. Replace gate valves with

    seacocks if they are more than three-years


    2. Dont rely on bilge pumps to save you. Even

    the big pumps in most pleasure boats

    cant move enough water to stay ahead of a

    severed two-inch hose. They might buy you

    some time or stay ahead of a minor leak -

    but they cant cope with major flooding. That

    said, they are your first line of defense and,

    if equipped with an alarm and float switch,

    will alert you before you get to that knee

    deep stage.

    3. Check all hoses and clamps on your engine -

    especially raw water intakes and exhaust.

    4. If you use salt water toflush your head (really

    bad idea) be sure to close the intake thru-hull

    valve - not just the little flapper gizmo on the

    head. I have seen many heads back flow into

    boats when underway or unattended.

    5. Have damage control plugs and under water

    putty handy.

    6. Maintain the stuffing box.

    7. Monitor your bilge at dockside and when

    underway. If you find that the pumps are

    running more often - find out why, before

    things turn ugly.

    8. Keep two sturdy buckets on board - notthose flimsy Chinese things. I have found,

    through painful experience, that two scared

    men with buckets can move a helluva lot of

    water pretty fast - a lot faster than one, or even

    two, of those little pissy plastic bilge pumps.

    9. Its usually pretty easy to rig your raw water

    intake from your engine as an emergency

    bilge pump. If youre a worrier it might be

    worth it. Call a boat plumber if youre not

    sure how to do it.

    10. Have a ditch-bag ready to go. It shouldcontain; EPIRB and/or handheld VHF (with

    extra batteries), two waterproofflashlights,

    strobe, knife, basic first aid kit, flare gun/

    smoke flares, at least six pints of water, four

    space blankets or ponchos, a compass, a

    dozen energy bars and a 30 length of 1/4

    inch line.

    Old Seamans note - never leave the boat - let the

    boat leave you. Just be prepared when it does.

    Dragging Anchor - Going Aground

    After flooding, that grinding, bump and crunch

    at 0200 is probably the next thing on the

    production line at the nightmare factory. But, as

    always, there are some things you can do to at

    least put the odds more in your favor.

    1. If youve got a windless - maintain it. If you

    dont know how - hire someone. It should

    be lubricated and, if its electric, have the

    connections checked at least once a year.

    2. Check your ground tackle for corrosion and

    be sure all shackles are moused down.

    3. Have the proper size ground tackle for your

    boat - dont go cheap. Carry at least two - I

    carry three.

    4. Be sure you know how to anchor well.

    Practice if you dont.

    5. Dont totally rely on an anchor alarm. Take

    bearings on landmarks when you set the hook

    and are still in reverse. Use the fatho and

    bearings to help determine whether or no

    youre dragging - when you set and later.

    6. Remember the 7 cardinal rules of anchoring

    a. Select an anchorage that is protected from

    the prevailing wind and sea conditions.

    b. Know the water depth and use proper

    scope - at least 3-1 if using all chain and

    5 - 1 in settled conditions and good holding

    ground if using a boat length of chain and

    the remainder in nylon.

    c. Know the tidal range, and local currents, i

    significant. Plan accordingly.

    d. Be aware of any hazards - above or belowthe surface - within the anchorage.

    e. Note how nearby boats are anchored - i

    they are on one hook you must also anchor

    on one etc..

    f. Be sure of your swinging room.

    g. If conditions dangerously deteriorate in th

    anchorage - GET OUT! - Even if its 0200

    Plan ahead for this contingency.

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    18 The Mariner -Issue 86 2010

    P O W E R TA I L S

    arina Del Rey Anglers

    announced the annual MDR

    Halibut Derby has been

    put on a one year hiatus for

    2010. This is one of the

    most difficult decisions our

    board has ever made, said

    MDRA President Ken Raymond. After 35 years

    of successful MDR Halibut Derbies and months

    of painful discussion and soul searching we have

    decided to take this action.

    We want make sure our MDR Halibut Derby

    is good for our thousands of loyal participants

    as well as our beloved halibut, added Josh

    Gerson, MDRA incoming president. Our first

    obligation is to the Santa Monica Bay, the marine

    environment, our local halibut fishery and the

    communities we serve. We hope to be back in full

    force in 2011.

    MDRA has hosted the MDR Halibut Derby for tens of thousands of

    anglers. The money raised from the derbies has funded the clubs wellknown and respected MDRA Youth Fishing Program, its White Seabass

    Pens in Marina del Rey and various other critical marine environmental

    and conservation programs.

    Although the health and sustainability of the California halibut is good

    across the state, the clubs board of directors is concerned about the

    local Santa Monica Bay halibut and the health of the Santa Monica Bay,

    including the Ballona Creek and associated wetlands. Bob Godfrey,

    MDRA Secretary and past president is leading an investigation of the

    feasibility of releasing juvenile hatchery raised halibut into appropriate

    wetland habitats. Bob and other MDRA members are working with

    various concerned groups including Santa Monica Bay Restoration

    Commission, Heal the Bay, United Anglers of Southern California andCalifornia Department of Fish and Game. This past year we invited the

    top Marine Fishery Scientists and other marine environmental scientists

    from various government and non-government agencies to address our

    club in our attempt to understand why the halibut may not be visiting

    our Santa Monica Bay in their historical numbers. The findings were

    inconclusive and many from the scientific community speculate it may be

    as simple as a regular fluctuation or cycle, said Godfrey. We are going to

    keep looking at the question and for this coming year give our local Santa

    Monica Bay halibut a rest.

    Keith Lambert, the clubs incoming Vice President, pointed to scientific

    data showing a reduction in Fry of the Year

    which are the larval stage halibut usually found

    in the surf line. This may have been caused by

    the red tides in 2005 and 2006, Lambert said

    We are encouraging our members and the fishing

    community to release the large breeding females

    so they have a chance to repopulate the bay. We

    want to give them a break for a year.

    Marina Del Rey Anglers is hoping the downturn

    in halibut landings is a short term cyclical issue

    and our halibut make a strong resurgence so loca

    anglers can look forward to another 35 years of

    fun MDR Halibut Derbies and to frequent catche

    on local private and party boats.

    For the coming year Marina Del Rey Anglers wil

    dip into reserve funds to sponsor its summer Youth

    Fishing Program and pay for its White Seabass

    program and other essential marine environmental projects. Money is

    short and the club is exploring other fund raising activities to replace the

    money it normally earns from the MDR Halibut Derby. We are certainly

    looking to our community and stakeholders for any and all possiblesupport, said Josh Gerson. We will be holding fund raisers and raffle

    and are asking for support from tackle dealers and manufacturers. We wil

    also accept cash donations from the angling community and others who

    want to support our youth fishing program, white seabass program and our

    efforts to protect and help our local Santa Monica Bay fishery.

    Marina Del Rey Anglers is a fishing and conservation group and a

    non profit 501(c)3 organization. It hosts over 500 children from at risk

    environments and future anglers to fishing trips each summer and ha

    released over 75,000 white seabass from its WSB grow out pens in Marina

    del Rey. It also sponsors fun fishing charters and welcomes new member

    and donations. Please send any donations of raffle items and cash to

    MDRA, c/o Bob Godfrey, 13082 Mindanao Way, # 25, Marina Del ReyCA 90292. For more information visit or call (310


    For all MDRA club members, MDR Halibut Derby participants, loca

    tackle shops and sportfishing boats this is a sad day. But Marina Del Rey

    Anglers is committed to saving our Santa Monica Bay Halibut and to be

    back soon hosting many more MDR Halibut Derbies.

    The entire MDRA Board of Directors thank you for your understanding

    and support.

    Halibut Derby on Haitus

    MBy Larry Brown

    Past Halibut Derby winner Vic Jedlicka

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    2010 The Mariner - Issue 86 19

    We just wrapped up another FredHall show and it was great to seeso many anglers attending. Theevent for me, and I know others,

    means the beginning of anotherseason of, hopefully, good fishing.

    This month, in whats beensome chili water temps 59 to60 degrees, rockfishing seasonis opening back up and lobsterseason closing out with thebugs, in with the rocks.

    Around the bay, most guys aretargeting sandbass during thetwilight and rockfish during theday. Not too long ago the Betty-Opulled in 140 rockfish on a 3/4 dayboat.

    Over at Catalina the yellowtailare starting to show and the light-boats are plugging their deckswith squid. If it keeps up weshould start seeing some decentyellowtail numbers along withwhite seabass.

    On the bait seine: Larry and Mikefrom Inseine Baitsare scoopingup sardines for the most part andtheyre saying that constructionon the new fuel docks are movingright along - should be in wellbefore summer.

    Im heading out for rockfish upnorth. Until next time..Tight Lines

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    20 The Mariner -Issue 86 2010

    R A C I N G S C E N E

    Upda te on the reva mp ed MDR to PV Rac e

    Those who wait until the last minute to sign up for sailboat races may want

    to think twice about the PV11 International Race Series to Puerto Vallarta,

    presented by Del Rey Yacht Club and Tutima Instrumental Watches.

    Like a chance at a total refund of the entry fee for signing up by March

    21. One of the early birds names will be drawn for a refund at the PV11

    Kick-off Event at DRYC on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. That

    refund could amount to $725 to $1,075, depending on boat size and entry

    date. All competitors entering before Oct. 15 will receive a $200 discount.

    All entries may be made online at

    Three free pre-race seminars on offshore preparations and long-distance

    sailing will be presented at Del Rey YC beginning on October 14 and

    continuing through the final weeks leading up to the event.

    For those concerned about having enough hands on board, no worries.

    Sterling Tallman, a member of the race committee, said, If somebody

    with a boat wants to go, well find a crew for them. And if they have crew

    but not a suitable boat, we know of yachts available for charter.

    As before, the start will be outside the entrance to Marina del Rey and the

    final finish line will be off the beach in Puerto Vallarta. There will be free

    docking at Del Rey YC before the race and at the Opequimar Marina in

    Puerto Vallarta. The new headquarters hotel will be the Marriott on the

    beach near the marina.

    The four-races-in-one format introduced in 2009 with stopover anchorages

    at Turtle Bay, Santa Maria and San Jose del Cabo proved so popular that i

    is being regenerated and expanded to go again on February 11, 2011.

    Activities such as whale-watching, sightseeing and trophy presentations

    private fiestas will be scheduled at each stopover. There also may be an

    option for a non-stop race---and a shot at Magnitude 80s record of three

    days 15 hours 51 minutes 39 seconds set in 2007---depending on the show

    of interest. Otherwise, the serious racing will be in the Salsa Roja Division

    for boats using spinnakers as well as in the Salsa Verde Division for those

    using asymmetrical spinnakers (Gennakers) or conventional spinnakers

    without poles.

    Also, a unique handicapping system successfully introduced in 2009 wil

    score each boat on its PHRF off-wind course rating computed by actual

    time sailed---meaning that its OK to use the engine when the wind dropsso far as to endanger missing the fun at the next destination or being late

    to the next start.

    This Race Series requires more than just making your boat go faster,

    said Peggy Redler, the DRYC member who developed the system. There

    are tactics and navigation involved. You need to know how to use GPS

    charts, bearings and when not to use your engine. Its a multi-skill game

    Its the only way you can have a four-race event when you have to get al

    the boats to complete one leg in time to start another.

    The system proved out in 2009 when the boats that motored most

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    22 The Mariner -Issue 86 2010

    C r u i s i n g

    hen solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland, then 16, made hisfi

    rst stopin Hawaii, his parents were glowing and many of his detractors began

    to consider that the young sailor might have more mettle than they

    originally gave credit for. His father Laurence gave a presentation afte

    he left the island where he mentioned his oldest son probably now had many more

    open ocean miles than the majority of sailors in Marina del Rey, certainly solo miles

    Today his daughter Abby is quietly close to 5,000-miles into her far more difficul

    solo non-stop round the world journey where she looks to become the youngest

    person ever to circle the planet alone and unassisted. Quietly because Abby hasn

    had very much to complain about as she sails straight down towards Cape Horn. With

    her electrical problems apparently remedied the 16-year-old is conservatively sailing

    her Open 40, Wild Eyes, in relatively moderate conditions towards one of the most dangerous regions on earth.

    The Southern Ocean and particularly the area of Cape Horn is the one place that gives even the most seasoned sailor, at the least, formidable anxietyand at worst, flat out fear. Any time of year the Horn can destroy what enters into its zone, but as winter nears in the Southern Hemisphere, things ge

    far more dicey. But for now Sunderland seems unflinching. In her blog she is counting down the miles and speaks of the area like shes visiting an old

    friend or relative that she hasnt seen in many years.

    Im around 2,500-miles from the Horn now and Im getting super excited to finally be doing this! Sunderland said in a recent posting.

    On the other side of the Horn is Jessica Watson, another 16-year old who is pursuing the same record. Watson rounded the treacherous zone two months

    ago without incident, but soon after was violently hammered by 70-knot winds knocking her down repeatedly.

    We experienced a total of four knockdowns, the second was the most severe with the mast being pushed 180 degrees in to the water, Watson said o

    the experience. Actually pushed isnt the right word, it would be more accurate to say that Ellas Pink Lady was picked up, thrown down a wave, then

    forced under a mountain of breaking water and violently turned upside down.

    While Abbys peers troll the malls for glitter nail polish, she is hunkered down in a dingy cabin eating Mountain House freeze dried food preparing fo

    what might be the most frightening experience anyone can have. She has successfully kept herself out of harms way but knows ferocious weather i

    imminent and some of her posts seem to be laced with a tone that is almost hoping to see whatever it is soon. Recently, it was expected and predicted

    that she was going to run up on a substantial storm, but she was rerouted.

    Even though I had been looking forward somewhat to my first gale out here, she said, I guess its better for the boat that we missed it.

    By the time of this printing Sunderland will likely be in the heart of the Southern Ocean and by that time both Wild Eyes and this deceptively brave

    young girl will be facing conditions most will never see.

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    2010 The Mariner - Issue 86 23


    Steve Lee is a certified vessel examiner with

    the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is also

    the Public Affairs Officer for the Los Angeles

    based Flotilla 12-4, a member of the Boat-

    Helicopter Operations Training Team and

    active in patrolling the local waters. He grew

    up boating on the Long Island Sound, has

    captained sailboats in offshore racing and even

    endured a Category 4 hurricane while afloat,

    an experience that underlined for him the

    importance of safety preparation.

    Heres the rest of the answer to the question

    about free vessel checks performed by the

    Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    Fire Extinguishers

    A fire on a boat is one of the most dreaded

    occurrences imaginable. The risk of explosion

    is very high and the other dangers are obvious.

    In general, almost every boat with a motor or

    an enclosed living space needs to carry marine

    type USCG approved fire extinguishers. If the

    boat is less than 26-feet, then one is required.

    From 26 to 40-feet, youre looking at two

    extinguishers, depending on their size. For

    vessels over 40-feet, youll need three, also

    dependent on the extinguisher size. Most people

    tend to have these, but you should check that

    they arent expired, gauges read operable and

    that they havent corroded or leaked. If you

    have a HALON system, be sure its had an

    annual inspection and the tag is current before

    the exam. Again, see our website for specific

    regulations for these items.

    Engine Ventilation and Backfire Flame


    If you have a gasoline powered engine on

    your boat, either inboard or outboard, thereare requirements pertaining to the ventilation

    of the engine and fuel systems. Even portable

    fuel tanks used on generators or trolling engines

    have ventilation requirements, so please check

    with a vessel examiner for more info.

    Do you know what a backfire flame arrestor is or

    what it even looks like? It is required and does

    pretty much what the name suggests: prevents

    backfire flames from sparking an explosion. Its

    attached to your engines air intake and should

    be cleaned and checked regularly. Consult with

    your mechanic if you have questions.

    Sound Producing Devices

    In a car, often times its the horn that alerts you to

    something before you see it. The same goes for

    boating. There are many possible restrictions to

    visibility on the water and sound making devices

    can aid in communication between boats, as well

    as serving in times of distress. Simply stated,

    all boats must carry a sound producing device

    capable of a four second blast audible for a half

    mile. This can be a whistle, a horn, a siren, etc.

    Air horns are the most common and they even

    have environmentally safe ones. By the way, the

    good old fashioned bell is no longer required.

    Navigation Lights

    Any boat over 16-feet must display correct and

    working navigation lights. They should be used

    between sunset and sunrise and during any time

    of reduced visibility (such as fog). There are also

    lights and day shapes required when anchoring.

    Each different type of boat, depending on its

    size and if it is sail or power, has a different

    required configuration. For instance, a sail-only

    boat under 23-feet may meet the requirement

    with a flashlight. You should inquire into whichpertains to your boat.

    Pollution and Trash Placards

    Another easily avoidable way to fail an

    examination if your boat is over 26-feet, is not

    to have the required pollution and MARPOL

    trash Placards. The pollution placard addresses

    federal regulations concerning pollutants such as

    oil and oily waste. In case you were wondering,

    it doesnt go in the water. The MARPOL trash

    placard outlines the regulations for dumping

    different types of trash overboard. Remember

    it is always illegal to throw any kind of plastic

    overboard anywhere in the ocean.

    Overall Condition of Vessel

    Be sure the overall condition of your vesse

    is in good working order. The examiner wil

    check that the boat is free from fire hazards

    that the bilges are reasonably clean and tha

    hull structure is sound. Its important that your

    electrical system is maintained and the panels

    are protected from exposure to water. Your fue

    system should be inspected to be free of corrosion

    and leaks, with free flowing ventilation. Ensure

    your galley equipment is working properly and

    any flammable fuels such as LP gas are properly


    So take this time during the winter to ensure your

    boat is safe for your family and friends. If you

    visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety

    Check website, you can take a Virtual VSC

    and download the actual checklist we use. If you

    have any questions, feel free to contact us. When

    you feel ready to have the examination, you can

    schedule an appointment by clicking I Want a

    VSC which will locate the nearest examiner

    to you. When you have the peace of mind thatyoure a safe boater, you can concentrate on the

    best part of boating having fun.

    Vessel Safety Check website:

    Californias state regulations:

    Local USCG Auxiliary:

    How to Pass a Coast GuardVessel Safety Check - Part 2

    - Steve Lee -

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    24 The Mariner -Issue 86 2010

    Dear Mookie,

    Ive recently started dating a new guy. The

    other day when we were together I had tostop at an ATM to get some money and he

    stood next to me at the machine, which I

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    This ones a little above my pay grade

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    to cover someone elses urine with my own or

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