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Issue #88May 2010

M a r i n e rA Publication For Where Land Endswww.marinermagazine.com

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


Local Sailor Tested in Fiji

Race Finishing Gun Causes Scare

Killer Whale Editorial


So our own Abby Sunderland just sailed around Cape Horn at 16. While that was happening Australian Jessica Watson, also 16, has nearly completed a solo, unassisted and non-stop global circumnavigation. Soon Jordan Romero, 13, who is at base camp at Mt. Everest will attempt to be the youngest to climb to the top of the world. And of course there’s Laura Dekker from the Netherlands who planned on sailing around the world at 13, but the local government intervened and wouldn’t allow it. Dekker subsequently ran away to the Caribbean. She was mad that she was prevented…after all, she has been solo-sailing since she was 10…is it just me or are kids getting more ambitious?

When I was 13 I didn’t have the attention span to glue together a model airplane. I couldn’t fi x my own bicycle. Climbing a tree was a big deal and there were certain trees I would not attempt. A map wasn’t even remotely a part of my understanding…I had seen them, I think I even tried to unsuccessfully fold one back up once, but never actually used one to get anywhere. Maybe comparing these people to me isn’t a good idea...

It’s an interesting area – the youngest to…Abby Sunderland’s mother told me recently, “actually I tend to agree that youngest records could cause people to put themselves at unnecessary risk if they are not prepared and capable.”

Myself, I’m as fascinated by the passion of the protesting people who don’t even know these kids as I am by the kids themselves. If a stranger came to me and said, “hey dude, my kids the world’s youngest chain saw juggler.” I’d say, “really?” Then I’d go get gas for my car and mention it at dinner.

I don’t know how all of this is affecting me, but I do know I saw Zac Sunderland on a boat recently and I thought, “man, that dude looks old!”

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Cover: A boat rounds Coronado del Norte at sunset during the Border Run Race. Photo by Pat Reynolds

Coming Events 4

Off the Wire 6

Jr. Shipmates Turns 10 10Sherry Barone’s Program for Special Needs Children

Never Trust a Low 12by Mike Leneman

Packin’ Heat 14Commodore Detained by Sheriffs Over Gun Controversy

Catalina Currents 19Farewell to Harbormaster Doug Oudin by Richard Schaefer

Powertails 22America’s Waterway Watch

Racing 24Berger Series #3

CruisingAbby Sunderland Changes Her Plan 26

Ask the Expert - Mike Delamater 27

Ask Mookie 28

Classifi eds 29

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

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

47 Spindrift Ranger convertible sedan Cat diesels, two staterooms $99,000

43 Bayliner 1990 motoryacht three state-rooms, diesels $125,000

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

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

41 Silverton Convertible sedan, two cabins - spacious. $115,000

39 Bayliner convertible sedan two state-rooms two helms Cummins 330 HP diesels $149,000

37 Silverton sedan 1984 very clean, sleeps 6, with elec head and shower. Reduced $42,000

39 Sea Ranger trawler motor yacht 2 state-rooms, 2 helms, very clean, 120 HP diesels $79,000

38 Bayliner have three; 1987 -1991all diesels with 2 staterooms, dual helms, from $79,000 to $98,500

38 Dolphin trawler aft cabin 1986 dual helms, full walk around decks, side door entry very clean $99,000

37 Silverton 1998 aft cabin, full electronicsvery clean $134,500

35 Bayliner aft cabin 1996 three staterooms, diesels, lo hours, loaded $110,000

33 Sea Ray sundancer 1994 low engin hours , air cond, generator, new eletcronics $43,50034 Sea ray Sundancer 1087 loaded $29,900

32 Lurhrs Flybridge Sedan 1975 all new exterior fi nish and interior upholstery $24,900

45 Morgan/ Catalina 1992 built center-cock-pit bluewater cruiser, loaded clean $149,000

41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have 2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000

41 Islander Freeport 1978 center-cockpit ketch bluewater cruiser $79,000

38 Morgan Catalina built center cockpit 1994 loaded and clean $119,000

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

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

36 Magellean ketch 1978 bluewater cruiser, full keel, Bristol condition $42,500

29 Columbia 1977 wheel, furling headsailspacious $6,900


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May 23Sunday, May 23 – Shore Fishing

Two-hour introduction class to shore fi shing. Fishing poles and bait will be provided. Anglers typically catch surfperch, croaker, corbina, halibut and leopard shark. Sponsored by LA County Department of Beaches & Harbors at Dockweiler Youth Center. All ages welcome (under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult). Over 16 yrs must have valid California fi shing license to participate. 8 – 10 a.m. Contact 310 726 4128

May 27CYC Yachting Luncheon

Latin American AdventuresCrossing the “Andes” by boat, Rounding “Cape Horn” and other unique experiences. Presented by California Yacht Club Past Commodore Martin McCarthy. You’ll experience the foreboding landscape of Chile’s “Tierra del Fuego” while cruising through the “Straits of Magellan” and climbing ashore at fabled “Cape Horn.” Then visit colonial Santiago in preparation for crossing the Andes mountains by boat through the active volcano-encircled lake district; the voyage is rewarded by dramatic scenery and fi nal destination San Carlos del Bariloche – Argentina’s “little Switzerland” and chocolate afi cionados wonderland. Happy Half Hour – Noon. Bountiful Buffet Luncheon – 12:20 p.m. Presentation – 12:40 p.m. $15.15 includes Luncheon, tax, service and parking. Reservations appreciated. Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of California Yacht Club. 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~ 310-823-4567 ~ www.CalYachtClub.com.

June 3 6th Annual Taste Around of Avalon

Enjoy the most scrumptious tastes of delectable food or beverages from some of Avalon’s fi nest dining establishments. Vote for your favorites as the Taste of the Year. Catalina Island Chamber

of Commerce (310)510-1520.June 3rd - 6th

3rd Annual Flying Fish FestivalFour day event to celebrate the return of the migratory Catalina Flying Fish with a variety of family fun themed activities. Catalina Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520.

June 5Summer Wine Festival at

Two HarborsJoin us on the beach in Two Harbors for our unique 9th Annual Summer Wine Festival. There will be fi ne wine, live music, & much more. Get your tickets in advance, this event will sell out. Contact (310) 510-4249 or [email protected].

June 12-13Marinafest

On display will be an exceptional selection of the fi nest new and brokerage motoryachts, saliboats, fi shing boats and family sportboats in the Southern California marketplace. G Basin and Pier 44 slips (at the corner of Admiralty Way and Bali Way). Hours 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sunday. More info at www.marinafest.com.

June 24CYC Yachting Luncheon

Lightning And Boats - Staying Safe In Thunderstorms

Lightning is a phenomenon that has fascinated humankind since prehistoric man hid in caves when thunder pealed overhead. As the world’s population has grown, the risk of injury or death by lightning has steadily increased—but is still so rare that many medical professionals do not know how to treat its victims. Presentation by Craig B. Smith. Happy Half Hour – Noon Bountiful Buffet Luncheon – 12:20 p.m. Presentation – 12:40 p.m. $15.15 includes Luncheon, tax, service and parking. 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~ 310-823-4567


Live Music at the WaterfrontUnkle Monkey (Guitar, Ukulele & Steel Drum ) performs every Monday Night 7 - 10 pm at The Waterfront Restaurant 4211 Admiralty Way Enjoy the intoxicating sounds of the islands from Hawaii to the Caribbean....and plenty of Jimmy Buffett songs !

Marina Venice Yacht Club Social Sundays

Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food items are provided and there is no charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way. Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy one, or just want to be around other water loving people MVYC welcomes all who share in the Corinthian Spirit. Security will tell you where to park. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more information contact [email protected], call (818) 422-6368, or visit our Facebook Group page.

Sailing Singles of Southern California

Sailing Singles of Southern California is a Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey but open to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area. We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the Marina Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina del Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation per person that includes a light Dinner. Drinks are available at a full bar at reasonable prices. Club members will meet and socialize with sailboat owners and can arrange for sails in Santa Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can enjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners on member’s Boats. Catalina Island trips and special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893 or email: [email protected] www.sailingsinglesofsoutherncalifornia.com

Marina Sunday Sailing ClubSince 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers

C o m i n g E v e n t s !What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?

and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome with a $3 donation. No prior experience required and married people are welcome. For info call (310) 226-8000 or visit www.marinasundaysailors.com

Single Mariners Meeting Social meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Pacifi c Mariners Yacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which includes a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippers and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing days the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534 Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then return to the docks for a wine and cheese social. Novices are welcome and encouraged. For more info call (310) 289-3338.

Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay

Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact Sandy Penrod. at [email protected] or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.

Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay, Owners of Catalina Yachts

Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We would like to welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and other events throughout the year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For more info email [email protected].

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Press release - Springtime is when our leisure boating world springs back to life after a long winter. This means getting things ship shape and getting ready to set out to sea. Fresh paint, repaired sails, fresh fishing rigs set, new zincs, fixing electronics, belts, oil, and much more but most important is getting the engine or engines to perform at peak effi ciency for obvious reasons.

As fuel prices continue to climb, costs of replacement parts continue to get more expensive, and preventative maintenance becomes more important for we boaters. Hence, clean and effi cient running engine cooling systems require special attention in order to have peace of mind when cruising the oceans.

Many of us have experienced that heart sinking and helpless feeling of seeing the temperature gage start to climb…we then begin to wonder when will it stop before we blow the trip and sit stranded between here and there. You know the feeling of the gauge slowly climbing…190, 205, 210, then 220! Yikes! What now? Engine overheating is one of the preeminent seafaring problems for we mariners. What is often overlooked is that our vessel might have been inactive for many months during the off-season. I like to say that the engines are “marinating” for six months during the California winter. Well guess what? That “marinating” is creating a wicked brew of water-

fouling issues in our engine’s cooling systems. Calcium and scale build up and the continuing consolidation of the inevitable rusting process is taking its toll on our cooling systems. Some say that keeping the oil clean is the top priority in terms of engine well being, but in fact, water issues in engine cooling systems are just as important because they have a high potential for problems.

There are things that need to be done to be safe on the seas. Clean and effi cient running engine cooling systems take regular maintenance. My experience has been that engine cooling components have traditionally needed to be removed and cleaned or replaced which means sailing downtime, and high expense. However, I have experience with an alternative to the labor and cost intensive efforts to remove and clean your engine cooling systems.

I’ve found the answer can be found with Maritime Expressions products. They have a product called Me-Ultimate Descaler that can safely and quickly return your engines cooling system to peak operating effi ciency. I have seen Me-Ultimate Descaler clean all the heat exchangers on two large 450-hp diesels and the generator in one day! I have been in the boating industry for over 35 years, here in Southern California, and I would recommend using this cost and time saving product as I have seen its success on many vessels. Itʼs perfect for the “do-it-yourselfer” and great for the professional mechanic. Visit www.maritimeexpressions.com.

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Marinafest Hits MDR!

MarinaFest is a community based event, centered around the boating lifestyle. On display will be an exceptional selection of the fi nest new and brokerage motoryachts, sailboats, fi shing boats and family sportboats in the Southern California marketplace.

This is your opportunity to browse, inspect and go-aboard a variety of pleasure boats that best suit your boating aspirations. In addition to an incredible array of boats, MarinaFest will have a wide range of boating accessories, electronics and water sport equipment including kayaks, windsurfers, and paddleboards for you to peruse.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who likes being in and around the water, MarinaFest is the perfect place for you and friends to visit. That’s MarinaFest 2010, Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13 at G Basin and Pier 44 slips (at the corner of Admiralty Way and Bali Way). Hours 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

In loving memory of Michel Haring 10/20/45 – 04/30/10; a loving father, grandfather who was always adventurous and fun to be with. He was a captain of his boat and a man that enjoyed taking advantage of every available moment to be out conquering the oceans. He was an artist of wood work, a master of repairing antiques, and creating masterpieces. He was a good friend and was always willing to help others when he could. Let’s not forget that he loved his animals and they loved him unconditionally

Please come and have fun in enjoying the celebration of his life on May 29,2010, starting at 4:00 p.m. The memorial service will be a pot luck, so please feel free to bring your favorite dish to share.

Location: Pacifi c Mariners Yacht Club13915 Panay WayMarina del Rey, California 90292

Michel Haring 1945 - 2010



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The Beach Shuttle Rides Again

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Thanks to a continued partnership between Playa Vista and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe (4th District), residents and visitors to the Marina can again enjoy a relaxing ride on the free Summer Beach Shuttle without having to deal with the burden of gasoline costs, parking fees, and traffi c headaches. This summer, the Beach Shuttle will operate on Fridays, weekends, and holidays between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day from May 28th to September 6th. Friday and Saturday operating hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and holiday operating hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In support of the Thursday evening classical concerts at Burton Chace Park (July 8 and 22; August 5 and 19), the Beach Shuttle will also operate from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to provide direct service to and from Burton Chace Park. The Beach Shuttle will also provide service for the Sunday, September 26th, Abbot Kinney Festival between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The free Beach Shuttle buses will travel from Playa Vista every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:15 a.m., carrying passengers to major points of interest including Fisherman’s Village, Waterside Shopping Center, Mother’s Beach, and Venice Beach Pier. Please note that there will be a pause in service between 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. to allow for the shuttle drivers’ lunch breaks.

The Beach Shuttle vehicles are powered by clean Compressed Natural Gas. Space for bicycles is available. Shuttle stops are also conveniently located near seven Marina del Rey WaterBus boarding locations. or more information on the Beach Shuttle, visit http://beaches.lacounty.govor call the Marina del Rey Visitors Center at (310) 305-9545.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., - Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has teamed up with Mariners Learning System to offer BoatUS members a way to enhance their boating knowledge or start a career in the marine industry. The new partnership offers a suite of six US Coast Guard-approved online captain’s licensing courses, from “six pack” to master 25/50/100 ton licenses, that can be taken online in the comfort of home or on the road and at your own pace.

The Mariner’s Learning System incorporates broadcast quality, on-demand audio lectures, professionally produced training videos and online computer-based training. Included is access to online instructors, each a Coast Guard-licensed master who has gone through a rigorous Coast Guard approval process to become an instructor. In addition, toll-free telephone support and access to staff instructors is provided.

Upon completion of a course, taking a proctored exam, and meeting other requirements such as documenting sea time and passing an physical examination, BoatUS members simply submit, within one year, the application package to the nearest Coast Guard Regional Exam Center and upon review and approval, they will issue the license. To date the system has trained more than 15,000 students with a 98.7% exam pass rate.

“These courses are also available on MP4 players, Blackberries, iPhones, and other smart phones, so you can learn anywhere, anytime,” said David Mann, BoatUS membership programs manager.

For more information, go to www.BoatUS.com/membership/mls.asp.

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Thank You Letter

A thank you to Marina del Rey from MDR tradesman and resident John Hocknell and his wife Shirley. As many may have heard my wife and I have bought a farm in Belleview Idaho to be close to the grandson and his mother. We have been in marina for some 15-years with me working on vessels every day. Thank you clients, I am going to leave out all of your names, not by design but simply there are too many of you.

For the most part we became friends and no longer just clients, I thank you for that and for all the diverse intellectual discussions we have had. From UFOs to engineering to surgery to religion and philosophy and many others, this is probably the most educated marina in the world. I am not leaving you in the lurch, but after much deliberation we have decided that Trevor Bazeley who holds an engineering degree should service my many friends, he has the qualities of being highly reliable and will be on time, his cell phone number is (310) 890-0130. A particular thanks to Golden West and The Yacht Exchange for all the work you have given me over the years, plus all of the other brokerages not mentioned.

I have been a fi rst responder to both boat fi res, apartment fi res and numerous sinkings I would have to thank the men of ladder 110 and the sheriffs of the patrol boats you guys are awesome. My providers, Mona and her team at West Marine, Ship’s Store, all of you, thanks. The Boatyard, Craig, Victor, Javie and last but not least Glen and the mad muso. There are so many other stars in their own fi eld such as Dumas, Paul, Rick, Captain Tomy, Paul, Steve, Rick, I promised I would not mention names so do not take umbrage if you do not see you your name mentioned. We intend to farm exotic vegetables for the restaurant trade in Sun Valley, Ketcham, Hailey and out town Belleview plus special poultry and goats, we have a fi ve bedroom house I will consider it a personal insult that if you are in the area and do not visit even for an evening. In Idaho I will still keep my number (310) 739-3498. Love you all and will miss you but 60 years on the water is enough, cheers, John and Shirley.

The Mariner signed up a new advertiser this issue with something of an interesting story. Dan Feldman of Feldman Marine is a do-it-yourselfer and stumbled on a a material he swears by and uses to make RailPads, an alternative to the wood and plastic blocks used to support outboard engines on railings.

I developed RailPads quite by accident. I was trying to make stern pulpit supports for a set of davits and I made some secure mounts out of a new material I was using that I call “wonder wood”. Actually, it is a composite made out of recycled water bottles and some magic goo that holds it together. It looks and works like wood and comes in a selection of colors. It can be drilled, planed and shaped like regular wood, but it does not fl oat, absorb water or deteriorate in the marine environment.

My fi rst use of wonder wood occurred when I was doing a particularly daunting repair on the bow of the Endeavour 40 that I recently purchased. Like many of its sister ships, the surveyor found a 4 square section that was wet and soft and was fl exing. I had to remove the overhead and cut out the bottom part of my fi berglass deck using a fi nishing router. After showering myself with fi berglass chips, I took out a section (the lower part of the fi berglass sandwich) and saw immediately that the previous attempt to fi x the problem, “using a drill blindly from above, inject epoxy and pray” approach had failed miserably. I removed the soaked plywood sections and dried out the top part of the fi berglass sandwich. After repairing the damage by epoxying a plug that I fabricated using the cut out plug, I screwed a fi ve foot piece of wonder wood spanning the good sections before closing it all up. Well so far, no more soggy, water soaked deck and I probably saved myself $3000 by doing it all myself.

Because of a limited boat budget (how many of you can relate to that?), I decided to take on my next engineering challenge, namely a set of dinghy davits. These would have probably cost me at least $2000. I needed a way to securely mount some aluminum rails that I made by sawing the rungs of a spare 8’ extension ladder. I had also had some spare aluminum C shaped extrusions from a old RV awning that I had been saving for years. The missing link was the way to provide a secure pad to attach this metal to the existing, rather robust double pulpit railings. My infl atable dinghy weighs about 125 pounds without the motor, so it is not all that heavy. Well, the davits worked out well, so I decided to replace my beat up teak and ribbed plastic outboard brackets with one made with my new, wonder wood discovery. I didn’t save a bundle of money making the RailPad, but it was very gratifying to create a product that is a superior solution to a problem faced by myself and my fellow sailors for decades. For more info see ad on page 12

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Jr. Shipmates Program Turns 10

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en years ago Marina del Rey’s Sherry Barone began a unique program that brought able-bodied and disabled kids together to learn about seamanship, but also, and perhaps more importantly, about each other. Barone forged the principle of the Jr. Shipmates program around the ideal that kids can learn from one another, regardless of their physical abilities of lack thereof. In doing so, Barone, who has been involved with the Special Olympics for many years, has not only helped many young people along the way, she has also elevated awareness within the community, inspiring many along the way.

“Not only has the program educated the children, but it’s also educated the community about Special Olympic athletes and Autism and given us all a chance to just have fun on the water,” said Barone. “We have established strong community support

from the Sheriff, Fire Dept #110, UCLA and Del Rey Yacht Club. The program has sustained our connection and continues to grow.”

She explains most of the time is spent on the water, stressing safety, teaming, good seamanship and positive attitude. Participation, activity, and fun are the key elements of the program.

Barone says she feels that although there have been many kids learning and bonding through the medium of boating during the decade the program has existed, it’s she herself that has possibly gotten the most out of the Jr. Shipmates program.

“Not only leading the program, but founding it gives me a great sense of pride in community support,” Barone said. “I have such respect for the families and children in the program… it is a pure joy. I feel such gratifi cation seeing kids from all backgrounds sharing their enjoyment of the water.”

Now ten years down the line, the Jr. Shipmates seems to be hitting its stride. With cooperation and involvement from many of the departments and organization in Marina del Rey, the organization is able to explore a wide array of on the water activities that serve to enlighten all who participate. With her typical boundless optimism and humility, Barone stated:

“The kids are such amazing people and have touched so many volunteers, instructors and the community as well.”

The program is free of charge and reaches out to the community for support. For more info or to get involved in Jr. Shipmates contact Sherry Barone at [email protected].

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t started out as a pretty simple trip… isn’t that what Denver Pyle said? The plan was to fl y to Fiji, meet up with my old friend Geoff and help him sail his Choate

40, Flashback, to Vanuatu.

Geoff had already sailed the boat from Marina del Rey to Fiji and was waiting out the hurricane season. He had invited some other friends to join him for the voyage, they, in turn, convinced me I should go as well.

As these things happen, one person had to bail at the last moment, so it came down to Geoff, myself and a mutual friend named Jay.

We arrived to great weather - calm and slightly overcast, and took the boat out of the harbor and anchored in a charming bay with a small bar on an island. We went ashore to BBQ and

partyi(lightly) and then returned to the boat to get a good night’s sleep in preparation for a long sail the following day.

In the morning we secured everything for the 500-mile passage. We stored the dinghy upside down on the foredeck, put a single reef in the main (just in case), checked the weather and shortly after noon, off we went.

Weather Report: Weakening, stationary, broad low pressure with light rain and winds changing from east today to maybe northwest the day after. Grib fi les showed maximum wind anywhere within 200 miles of us at 20-knots for the next three days. In fact, we fi gured we would have to motor at least half of the way, but we had plenty of fuel, so all was good.

We cleared the outer reef and entered the open

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ocean. There was a relatively small swell from the south and very light winds. The surfers on the outside reef were out having a pleasant time as Jay drooled over the perfect reef breaks. After clearing Fiji, the wind increased and we settled into a relaxing broad reach. We rolled out the full jib/genoa, told Mr. Auto where to go and kicked back. As the afternoon slipped by, the wind speed increased - we rolled up the jib a bit and sailed on. In the later afternoon the wind built to nearly 20-knots, which was, based on the forecasts, a bit of a surprise to us but nothing to be alarmed about - we dropped the entire mainsail and rolled up ½ of the jib. Auto was doing fi ne, so we all went below for a while.

Not long after that, as the boat started rolling more and more, the wind alarm went off -the wind was now over 30-knots. Figuring it was just a squall, Geoff went up to steer the boat and Jay followed him to standby, in case he needed anything. They rolled the rest of the jib up and put the engine in gear running at low rpm for steerage.

Instead of the breeze dying down after sunset as we expected, the wind and seas continued to build. Within an hour or so, the wind increased to over 50-knots with seas over 20-feet - the tops were being blown off into horizontal spray and foam.

Obviously, the weak low had suddenly collapsed (intensifi ed) and we were in the middle of a tropical depression that had formed...apparently just for our benefi t, since no one else seemed to be out in the ocean with us.

We spent the night battling the storm. Waves washed over the boat and completely ripped the stainless tubing/canvas dodger off the boat. We saw fi ve-gallon cans of diesel fuel, that were stowed in the cockpit, swept away in the turmoil. At one point we took a complete knockdown under bare-poles alone. To make matters worse, one of the lines, of course, wrapped around the prop and the engine died. We could start it, but not put it into gear.

With no engine, the boat just laid a hull and took a beating. The inside of the boat was trashed. Cabinets (all of them) emptied their contents onto the fl ooded fl oor. Some just broke off the walls. The most dangerous event was when the gimbaled stove/oven combo jumped off its gimbal and was dangling from its propane hose. I was the only one inside the cabin, partly because I was the only one who didn’t get seasick in those conditions, and partly because there was nothing I could do topsides. So, here

I am faced with a very precarious situation. I didn’t want to see the propane hose break and possibly fi ll the cabin with gas.

I tried to lift the stove/oven back into place, but the boat was moving too violently, so I lay on the cockpit sole and pushed on the unit with my legs to hold it in place. I soon realized that I could not do this all night long, so with great effort and a lucky roll of the boat I managed, on the second try, to get the unit over the gimbal/hinge and jam the stove into a place it could not move from. I had thought about tying it in place but there was nothing to tie to on the boat, just smooth cabinetry.

Then, to the amazement of the rest of the crew, in the midst of all of this calamity, I announced that I needed to use the head…in a sit down position. There was the silence of disbelief. This was, not withstanding the conditions, a diffi cult task. The head door was blocked with sails, and boxes of stuff that had fallen down. It took all the energy that I had to remove the stuff from in front of the door and when I opened the door I was greeted with a fresh dose of seawater in the face. The small ventilation hatch above the head was partially opened and a wave had just washed over the boat again. Upon sitting on the head, the door slammed shut (would I ever be able to get out again?) and I wasted no time in doing my business. Now, in the darkness I had to fi gure out how this head worked. I had never been in the head compartment before…remember, we had just stepped aboard this boat less than a day ago. Fortunately, I can work in the dark and without going into all the details, suffi ce it to say, “mission accomplished” and

there was none of my mess added to the boat or to me.

Finally, around 4:30 a.m. the conditions began to subside. Jay and Geoff went inside to get some much needed rest and I came out to steer the boat. The wind was down to 20-25 knots and the boat was steerable although the seas were still huge. I tried to keep the boat going down the waves the best I could.

As the sun came up, things continued to calm down and an hour after sunrise, the two semi-rested heroes of the evening came out to see the light of day. We got the motor working again, turned the boat around and started the slow upwind slog towards Fiji. We decided that this was the only reasonable move, since we were only 40-miles away and pretty beat up.

Bit by bit we increased our speed by rolling out the jib. The mainsail was completely trashed; the wind had whipped it out of the lazy-jacks and luffed it to death. There were only strings of carbon bands left - it was a tape-drive. You couldn’t have made a grocery bag out of what remained.

We needed to fi nd the closest small island on the barrier reef circling Fiji to avoid being out another night and we found one that had a boat anchored behind it so we went for that.

As we got close, Jay blurted out: “Hey, that’s Cast Away Island”.

Geoff and I said “What? How could you know what island that is?”

Jay calmly responded that he had just seen the movie Cast Away (remember Tom Hanks and Wilson?) a week ago and was sure that was the island they fi lmed the movie on. We didn’t believe him, but sure enough, when we swam ashore the next morning, after a well deserved full nights sleep, it was indeed where they shot the fi lm. I even showed Jay how to husk a coconut, drink the milk and eat the meat when we were on the island. Now that he has learned this survival skill he is confi dent about going out on the high seas again .

Postscript: Geoff is at a marina in Fiji working on the boat. He has a second mainsail, which was under the V-berth, which is in good conditions. He is building a new dodger that we helped design – stronger than the old one. The interior is drying out, everything removable has been washed with freshwater, and life for him is slowly returning to normal.

Flashback owner Goeff Deutschmann.

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Packin’ HeatA somewhat typical scenario at a local yacht club involving a shotgun and a sailboat race ends with

guns drawn on a YC Commodore, reminding everyone that these are different times.

hen Commodore Bruce Fleck of the South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club strolled down to the edge of the dock on a pleasant Saturday afternoon to welcome Lido 14 racers back from the last race of the day or what they call the “fun race”, he had no idea that in another 20-minutes he would be holding his hands up high in front of the drawn and pointed guns of local police.

In an off-the-cuff decision, Fleck thought it would be nice to give the winners “the gun” as they fi nished in front of the club on Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey. He carried the club shotgun used for starting and ending races (loaded with blanks), down to the edge of the dock and waited for the fi rst boats to arrive. When one fi nally did, Fleck smiled and fi red off a ceremonious shot as one of the Lidos came his way.

However, while the Commodore was waiting for boats to arrive, gun in hand, a concerned neighbor saw this armed man walking around the docks and called the Sheriff. Soon a very shocked Fleck was staring down the barrels of law enforcement’s rifl es and handguns, wondering what was going on.

“The Sheriff’s boat came up in front of me, there was a guy on the foredeck with a rifl e pointed at me, saying ‘hands up’,” said Fleck. “I put my hands up and said, ‘I’m just fi nishing boats here.’”

The yacht club commodore explained to the Sheriff that he was simply running a sanctioned race and while the offi cer seemed to understand, Fleck was about to fi nd out the wheels of law enforcement had already been set in motion. When he turned around towards the parking lot he was facing an area full of squad cars all with offi cers pointing guns in his direction. Fleck was given direction, handcuffed and loaded into the back of a car while authorities made sure of the details surrounding the situation.

“I didn’t think I had broken any laws because we had done this before,” Fleck said. “I just tried to listen carefully to what they wanted me to do.”

After being detained for a substantial amount of time, local authorities released Fleck, explaining that anything involving weapons requires an inordinate amount of concern. Fleck harbors no ill will and was more than understanding and cooperative.

While some felt the Sheriff’s may have overreacted, considering they were informed by other club members that Fleck was a Commodore of the club, it was immediately ascertained that the gun was loaded with blanks and there was obviously a sailboat race fi nishing – the Sheriff department maintains that protocol needs to be carried out in events where guns are involved. However, they also concede that given the specifi cs, things could have probably been handled differently.

“You could probably say it was a little bit of everyone,” said Marina del Rey Sheriff Sergeant Carriles of the shared responsibility involved. “The permit was issued [for the race] but on the permit that he pulled, there was no mention of guns, canons or any sound device.”

Carriles said that the department likes to be notifi ed about the use of canons and/or guns in addition to the permit so they can be aware. The Sheriff pointed out that he had never been a part of anything like this since he came to MDR in 1992, but looks to learn from the event.

“It hasn’t happened in the past, but we’re making changes for that not to happen again,” Carriles said. “We have a good rapport with all our yacht clubs, including this one, and I don’t think this is going to be an issue again.”


eading the news about the killer whale attack at Sea World in Florida, my fi rst

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I have been engaged in studying the behavioral ecology of whales and dolphins for over twenty years and, in the last

decade, I’ve logged thousands of hours at sea, observing marine mammals in Santa Monica Bay and Southern California Bight. In the half of my lifetime spent in company of these animals in the wild, I’ve learned about their lives in coastal and offshore waters around the world, the complexity of their societies and communication and the strong bonds that form between them. Not surprisingly, there are many striking similarities with our own species and societies.

I have also looked into the eyes of dolphins and whales caged in aquaria and delphinaria such as Sea

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started sailing to Catalina about the same time Doug Oudin moved to the island. Over the decades we only spoke a few times, and then said only a handful of

words. Through the years I had often heard him spoken of - never in a negative way…rare in our times. Now, on the eve of his retirement, I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with him and learn a little of his years and life on the island.

In 1978, Doug was earning a good living as a carpenter and woodworker in Hermosa Beach. He and his girlfriend Maureen had a boat in King Harbor and both shared a love of the sea. Together they decided to move to Catalina and try out island life for a year. Then, after they got it out of their system, return to the mainland and start a “real life”. Doug began work as a carpenter for Catalina Cove and Camp, and Maureen worked in an administrative position.

At that time the West End facilities were leased to Doug Bombard who recognized Oudin’s talents early on. After helping build the current restaurant - then known as, “Doug’s Harbor Reef” (for Doug Bombard), Oudin went to work for the Harbor Department as a harbor patrolman - and the “one year plan” of two young, single people would soon transform itself into a family and most of a lifetime.

Under Bombard’s guidance Doug learned about the business of running a boating destination. Bombard instilled in Doug the importance of treating the visiting boaters as more than just “customers”. The boaters were seen as a vital part of the island atmosphere - not simply visitors to it. Indeed, the boaters were an integral part of the romance and mystique of Catalina. As such, Bombard insisted they be treated as guests - a philosophy shared by Doug, which continues to this day.

During Doug’s fi rst year as a harbor patrolman he met John Wayne who was a frequent visitor to Catalina since before World War II. This

visit would be Wayne’s last visit...he was dying of cancer. Doug tells me Wayne’s handshake was still “like a vice”, his voice booming, his laughter hearty and his presence palpable.

Doug and Maureen were soon married in the Banning House Lodge, which overlooks the narrow isthmus separating Catalina Harbor and Isthmus Cove. They began to put down roots and the couple would soon be blessed with a son - and later, another son.

In the early 80’s Oudin worked under Doug Bombard’s sons, Harbormasters, Randy and Tim Bombard. By the mid ‘80’s Oudin became Harbormaster and eventually in charge of all the leased coves and moorings on the island outside of Avalon.

Doug and Maureen raised their family in a small beach house overlooking Isthmus Cove. Their boys grew up roaming the island’s hills and beaches. Sometimes they would ride with their Dad in the harbor patrol boat or play on the pier or beach next to his offi ce. Doug told me of the times when his boys would bring home orphan goats and pigs - nurse them to adult hood then release them back into the wild. I made the observation that it must have been painful for the family when the Conservancy launched their aerial eradication program - shooting all of the thousands of goats and pigs on the island in their eco-quest for an island devoid of “nonnative species”. He nodded sadly saying, “It made a lot

of people unhappy.”

On days off, the family would swim, dive and fi sh, Bar- B - Q’s on the beach - Jimmy Buffett tunes playing in the background, or sometimes go to Avalon for the day. Along the way, Doug took up golf and could often be found on the nine-hole course behind Avalon during his off hours.

Being a frequent visitor to the West End I knew of many instances when harbor patrol men were involved in rescues and towing boats out of harms way - often times at their own peril. I asked Doug to relate his most memorable rescue.

It was a stormy night in 1985, and an old, wooden commercial fi shing boat, “Queen of the Sea” was working off the backside of the island netting anchovies. The phone next to Doug’s bed rang in the early morning hours. He was told the boat was on the rocks off Ben Weston Point and the two crewmen were hanging on to the bridge-deck for their lives as the waves drove the battered hulk higher onto the rocks.

Doug grabbed a jacket and dashed out of the house. He contacted Roy Smith, the Harbor Patrolman on duty in Catalina Harbor and together they boarded the patrol boat and sped across 5 miles of churning seas to the stricken vessel.

When they arrived they could see in the pre-dawn light that the 65-foot boat was badly holed, ribs stove in and impaled on a rocky pinnacle more than 15-feet above the receding waves. The waves had battered the boat and men, and like a suffering beast, the groaning screams of the rent and dying vessel could be heard over the pounding roar of the sea.

Doug and his crewman made several attempts to get close enough to throw the men a line. Each time the rescuers narrowly escaped the crashing waves. Doug called to the crewmen to

Doug Oudin An Island Life with No Regrets

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Long time Catalina Harbormaster retires after over 20 years of service

Richard Schaefer and Doug Oudin. Photo by Nathan Schaefer

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get life jackets and jump into the surging water - it was their only chance to survive. The two men struggled into life jackets, and one made the jump as the sea crested on the bridge.

The receding wave swept him within reach of the rescue boat and he was pulled aboard.

The second man refused to jump. Fear kept his hands clutching tightly to the temporary security of the shattered bridge. Doug encouraged him to jump onto the cresting waves. The man refused. Finally, a crashing wave pulled him over the rail and left him dangling a dozen feet over the foam washed rocks.

Doug called to him to let go the next time a wave crested on the bridge - if not he would surely die on the rocks below. When the next wave hit, the crewman, either from fatigue or resignation, let go of the rail and fell into the sea. However the timing wasn’t right and the man wasn’t swept clear of the rocks. Doug realized that the next wave would carry the man to his death. The distance was over 60-feet and the chance of success small, but Oudin heaved a line - a “Hail Mary” throw. The line dropped into the crewman’s hands and he was pulled to safety - not a moment to spare.

As the patrol boat pulled safely away they watched the doomed vessel disintegrate between the crashing sea and rocks.

The years passed - maybe too quickly. His sons left the “Little Red School House” at the Isthmus and went by bus to Jr. high and high school in Avalon. And, like many families, added Little League and school sports to their venue of island sports and pastimes.

Doug is an avid white seabass fi sherman, and in 1995 he was one of the founders of the Catalina Seabass Foundation. A nonprofi t organization dedicated to enhancing the white seabass fi shery. Thousands of fi sh have been raised and released as a result of this program.

About this time the Bombard family lost their lease to the West End and the Island Company took it over. There was an infusion of money and resources - new patrol boats and equipment and the infrastructure and facilities were improved. Oudin made sure that the professional - yet welcoming attitude of the Harbor Department, survived the change from family business to corporate control. I note that in this effort he has

so far been successful.

Also, during this period, Oudin began writing articles and columns for the “Catalina Islander” and the “The Log”. His articles in the “ Islander” brought the news and events of the “West End” to Avalon - and those in “The Log” to the rest of the south coast boating community.

Catalina is famous for it ghost stories and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask Doug what, if any, experiences he had with the haunts of the island. He told me he had heard many stories from people he deemed credible witnesses. Most of these stories centered on what is known as, “The Captain’s House” near the Isthmus Yacht Club and the specters often seen around the yacht club itself. When I pressed him regarding seeing apparitions himself he said, “ I can’t say that I’ve seen anything for certain. I have seen shadows around the yacht club and odd refl ections in the windows - but I’m sure there’s an explanation...” I told him I’d seen odd things at the yacht club as well over the years, but we left it there.

Doug’s youngest son, Troy, now 21, attends the California Maritime Academy in San Diego. He is hoping to work on the west coast in port operations. Doug thinks he may someday return to the island to work if the right opportunity presents itself. I suspect he’s right, and the island will call...

His oldest son, Trevor, 28, graduated from USC with a degree in International Relations. However, the island beckoned him back and he now works as a dive instructor and boat captain for the Wrigley Marine Center at the Isthmus. He recently proposed to a young lady who works at the center. He asked her to marry him on the cliffs overlooking Ben Weston Beach - not far from the spot his father rescued those two men, 25 years earlier - while then 3 year old Trevor was home - snug in his bed. An “Island Wedding” is planned for next year.

And Doug and Maureen...well, they’re moving to Grants Pass, Oregon, where Maureen has family. I told Doug that I thought that was a mighty far cry from Catalina Island and I reckoned they would be homesick pretty quick - as well as missing their children. He quickly pointed out that they intended to return to the island for a few weeks every year...I suspect that grandchildren will soon become an added enticement to return as well.

I asked Doug about those “could’a, would’a, should’a ‘s” we all have - all the things that might have been. The regrets that seem a universal and common haunt to the human condition. He thought for a long moment, then simply said, “None”. Not bad for a man of 64 years.

A little later he did mention that for fi ve years he has tried to obtain a permit from the various environmental/governmental agencies to add a small, 6x8 foot, fl oating dock so that the handicapped and elderly could safely land on the dinghy dock. But, the environmental, bureaucratic red tape, and time consuming forms, plans and fees have frustrated his efforts to provide a safe landing fl oat. He said he wished he could have accomplished that before he left. After he told me the story, I told him of one my favorite sayings I developed from the old “Andy Griffi th Show”. “The trouble with the world today is that Andy retired and left Barney in charge.” We both laughed.

What is he going to miss most? “Working with a great staff and visitors.” “And”, he added with a smile, “...the view from my front porch.”

I ended the interview by asking him what he hoped his legacy would be - what he’d like to be most remembered for. He thought for a moment and said, “ I think I’ve encouraged and instilled a “boater friendly” attitude in the members of the Harbor Department. I’m proud of that attitude of service and caring. I think that the promotion of a safe and welcoming environment is my most important accomplishment, and I hope it remains an enduring legacy.”

I don’t know Doug Oudin well, but I do know this - he won’t be easily replaced, or soon forgotten. And, let’s all hope that Doug’s “Andy” is not replaced with a “Barney Fife”.

A retirement party is planned for Saturday at 4 p.m. on Memorial Day Weekend. It will be held on the beach at the Isthmus. No host bar, munchies and music (and probably punctuated by teary speeches and raucous roasts).

Captain Richard Schaefer is an U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Master and has skippered charters, instructed in sailing and seamanship, managed and delivered yachts for more than 25 years. He is available for instruction and consultation and may be reached at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at, [email protected]

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To tell the truth, the recent attack at Sea World does not surprise me. This wasn’t the fi rst time it happened and it won’t be the last. We can never forget that these are wild animals prone to acting as wild animals do and we ought not to make the mistake of judging them by human standards. If we don’t learn to respect these creatures by leaving them were they should be and making efforts to conserve and protect their environment, there won’t be any of them to see in the future. In an aquarium or otherwise.

Maddalena Bearzi, Ph.D. is President of Ocean Conservation Society (www.oceanconservation.org) and co-author of the recent book “Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins” recently published by Harvard University Press. Dr. Bearzi has studied dolphin and whale behavioral ecology for the past twenty years and she is actively involved in marine conservation.

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Keeping a Watch

“If you see something, say something.” That has been a phrase repeated over and over again in public by Department of Homeland Security offi cials as recently as the beginning of May. And for good reason, as evidenced by the quick actions of a New York City t-shirt vendor in Times Square who saw a suspiciously parked SUV among thousands of tourists and Broadway show attendees and immediately alerted police before potentially destructive explosives were fully ignited.

For the past fi ve years, there has been a formal marine security program in place to help protect our shores. It is called “America’s Waterway Watch” (AWW) and is aimed at those who live, work or play around areas such as Marina del Rey. Coast Guard Reserve personnel concentrate on connecting with businesses and government agencies, while Coast Guard Auxiliarists, such as those in locally-based Division 12, focus on building program awareness among the recreational boating public.

If you are a recreational boater, tow boat operator, fi sherman, marina operator, or otherwise live, work or engage in recreational activities around Santa Monica Bay, Team Coast Guard wants your help in keeping our area safe and secure. You can do this by participating in the AWW initiative similar to the well-known and successful Neighborhood Watch program that asks community members to report suspicious activities to local law enforcement agencies.

Boaters who spend much of their time on or near our local waters already know what is normal and what is not, and are well suited to notice suspicious activities possibly indicating threats to us. With “America’s Waterway Watch”, all are urged to adopt a heightened sense of sensitivity toward unusual events or individuals possibly encountered in or around docks, marinas, beaches, waterfront communities, the airport restricted zone and shore-line adjacent utility companies.

What if you see a suitcase fl oating down the Marina channel? How about a small boat with no apparent occupants drifting west of LAX and Dockweiler Beach? These are just two examples of situations that should

trigger immediate concern, and immediate reaction.

If you see a suspicious activity that requires further investigation, call the “America’s Waterway Watch” toll-free number at 1-877-24WATCH to describe the activity and where it is happening. If the situation demands immediate attention, contact local authorities on VHF Channel 16 noting the LAT/LON position where the activity is taking place or approximate location if it is in Marina del Rey channel and harbor or along the local shoreline.

If using a marine radio, this would not be a traditional mayday call, but an “America’s Waterway Watch” call. That, in and of itself, will get immediate attention.

In all cases, state what you see and what seems suspicious. Get to the point so authorities can get to the scene.

Representatives of CGAUX Division 12 will be on hand at the Marina del Rey West

Marine store May 29th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in association with National Boating Safety Week, an outreach program aimed at enhancing general awareness about subjects ranging from wearing life jackets to ensuring all Coast Guard-required safety equipment is on board recreational vessels. All will be able to answer any additional AWW questions boaters might have.

Charles R. Ecker, a former Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander and Division Public Affairs Offi cer, is currently an internal and communications staff offi cer with Flotilla 12-7, the Marina del Rey Flotilla. To fi nd out more about the Auxiliary’s education and vessel safety check services offered locally by CGAUX Division 12, as well as Auxiliary volunteer opportunities, go to www.smbcga.org.

By Charles R. EckerMarina del Rey Flotilla (11s-12-7) Public Affairs

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Springtime usually means a void in the season before things pick up. This year it seems to be dragging a little longer than normal probably because of the northwest winds cooling water temps down. The fi sh are around, they’re just not quite ready to bust open.

Divers are reporting good white seebass activity in the areas between Point Vicente and Point Dume. Bag limits are three per person except March 15th though June 15th when it’s just one per angler - 28 inches in size.

The local boats are targeting bottom fi sh for different species of reds, using a dropper loop or lead head with squid. Don’t be afraid to jig irons also. During the evening the guys getting out late have had a good bass bite.

Around Catalina the squid boats are back out so we should start seeing the yellowtail and white sea bass bite picking up.

The Bait SeineOver at Inseine Baits they’re dishing out cured sardines and we should see mackerel’s in the bay shortly. It’s that time of year to start carrying both top, bottom,and terminal tackle with us… you just never know what’s going to fi ll those bags.

You should also keep an eye one day old fi sh reports, water temps and ask any of your local tackle shops for info. It will save fuel and get you more rail time.

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The breeze built through the day, with Grand Illusion getting line honors and fi rst in class in PHRF AA, completing the trip in under four and a half hours.

On other parts of the course, King Harbor’s Mike Galloway and Mark Folkma came in form out of town and grabbed fi rst place in PHRF A sailing their Olson 20, Ono.

Jungle Jim took fi rst in the largest class on the course, PHRF B, coming out on top of Trust Me, a newly refi t Soveral 33 skippered by Duncan Cameron.

Douglas Johnstone once again sailed Hitchhiker to the top of the leaderboard in the PHRF C class, while Alan Egusa won in the multihull group skippering Triple Tap.

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lthough sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland has pulled the plug on the attempt to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone, non-stop and unassisted, she plans on continuing with her trip in pursuit of becoming the youngest person to sail around the world alone – a record her brother Zac held for a short time. She will soon be leaving Cape Town South Africa where she is making repairs to her Open 40 Wild Eyes.

After her second and only remaining autopilot started to act erratically, the young sailor made the decision to sail into port to address the situation along with some other, more minor, problems the boat has suffered having sailed halfway around the world.

In her blog Sunderland seemed apprehensive about making landfall, as it meant dodging ships, navigating shallows and generally fi guring out the sometimes confusing tasks of entering a foreign port. As fate would have it, her landing would be complicated by severe winds compounded with her engine failing.

“Everyone had been a little worried because my ETA happened to be right in the middle of a gale” Sunderland said. “I ended up getting ahead of the heavier wind, but was still in about 25-knots gusting up to 30 and [it was] getting pretty rough out. We had been told by some sailors from around here that it can be very hard to get into Cape Town and that 30-knots was the max amount of wind to try and come in with.

“Getting in was a little trick, because my one working autopilot display was down below. Once I entered Table Bay, I started up my engine and dropped my main, then hearing some strange sounds I looked behind my to see black smoke pouring out the exhaust, well, there went my engine.”

Abby got assistance in and met with the local media which she said she enjoyed, having not spoken to many human beings in the past few months. She said the ground was moving for a good long time and that she thought she was going to fall out of her chair when she sat down. She also said she woke up many times during the night thinking she was sailing until she realized she was in a hotel room.

As of this printing, Sunderland should be back on the water heading towards Australia. While there were no specifi cs mentioned regarding stops or signifi cant changes, she did say that Team Abby has a plan of attack based on the current weather forecasts.

“We have been in good communication with my weather routers who have been routing all kinds of boats around the world for more than 30 years. We have a plan for my next legs and feel confi dent that I can make these passages safely with their professional guidance. I am very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and experienced team of meteorologists on my team.”

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Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland pulling into port in Cape Town at the helm of her Open 40 Wild Eyes. Photo by South African photo-journalist Eben Human.

With the economy the way it is, more and more boat owners are concerned about all the associated costs of running and maintaining a decent boat. But there are alternatives to ownership that allow for the pleasure without the pain, like Sailtime, a company that’s new in Marina del Rey. The Mariner caught up with Mike Delamater, Base Owner of the local SailTime franchise and asked a few question about how it all works.

What exactly is SailTime?A: SailTime is an advanced sailing club franchise with 50 SailTime bases worldwide, designed for sailors who lead active lifestyles and don’t have the time or desire for the chores, hassles and costs that accompany actual boat ownership. You’ll also hear it described as “Fractional Sailing”.

So it’s like a timeshare, then?A: Not exactly. With a timeshare, you actually own your share of the time so if you ever want to opt out, you have to sell your share. And with a timeshare, you get assigned a specifi c block of time during the year, which may or may not be particularly convenient for you.

Q: How then, does it work?A: When you join, you pay fi xed monthly dues and you’re guaranteed three-and-a-half days of sailing per month. Those are broken up into half-day segments, which you may combine in any manner you like, so, for example, if you want to take the boat out for long weekend and use your allotted days all at once, you may do that. Or, of course you may space them out and take a half-day here and there.

So the longest stretch I could take the boat out is for 3 ½ days?A: No. That’s another cool feature about the SailTime program. Say you want to go to Catalina for a week, you may “borrow” days from the upcoming month, or you may carry over unused days from the previous month and combine them for a maximum seven days.

In addition, if you reserve the boat 24 hours in advance, you may take the boat out and that time doesn’t count against your normally allotted time, so in reality, you can get in a lot more sailing.

How does the scheduling work? A: We use a proprietary online scheduling system that is really easy to use. All you do is log in, pull up the calendar, click on the day(s) you want and you’re booked. You’re able to reserve the boat as far out as one year in advance.

What prevents any one member from reserving every weekend or holiday?A: The online scheduler won’t allow that to happen.

How many members are there?A: Memberships are limited to a maximum of 8 members per vessel. This ensures that all members get their allotted sailing time.

Who owns the boat?A: One of the members (he/she is called an “Owner-Member”). The Owner-Member gets the same use of the boat as any of the other members - they don’t get special privileges for being the owner.

What sort of boats are in the program and how old are they? A: The boats in the SailTime program are all fully-loaded Hunters and are in the program no more than fi ve years, thus ensuring that members are always sailing nice, newer vessels.

If I want to “trade up” to a larger vessel may I do that?A: Provided there is one to trade up to, absolutely. We’d cancel your membership on the smaller vessel and just have you execute one for the new vessel at whatever the dues are for that one.

How much does it cost?A: Dues actually start as low as $400 per month (this is for the new SailTime “Lite” program which we just rolled out. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to get an idea of the benefi ts of being a full-access SailTime member).

Are there any additional monthly fees or assessments?A: No. Your dues include the slip fee, insurance, cleaning services, routine maintenance and even fuel and pumpout services. The boat is ready to sail when you are.

You say you have 50 Bases worldwide. Can members at one base sail at another?A: Yes. We have reciprocity arrangements with other bases whereby a member from one base may go sailing at another base at a rate that is signifi cantly reduced from that Base’s normal day charter rate.

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