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Rowi ng Hands
The Mariner - Photo by Pat Reynolds
- sculpture - Jack Reynolds
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
Dolphin Tales 10
Interview with Scientist Maddalena Bearzi
Solitary Ride 12
Jerome Sammarcelli Sails 600 Miles Solo to Guadalupe Island
Catalina Currents 16
Island Anchoring by Captain Richard Schaefer
Powertails - Pre-Halibut Derby Event 18
Racing - Cruising Class by Tim Tunks 20
Ask the Expert - Rules of the Road Quiz 23
Ask Mookie 24
Although I don’t need a new hobby I think I
may have another one. There’s a new place near
Mermaids restaurant on Panay Way in Marina del
Rey called Whitehall Rowing, where they rent
offshore row boats. I checked it out and I approve.
As a kid, I used to row to get places. I lived on a
creek and I had a couple of friends who lived across
it and we would row small boats back and forth to
each other’s houses. I haven’t done it much since,
but it’s “just like riding a bike… “
Actually it really is just like riding a bike. Rowboats
are sort of like bicycles of the sea, except in these
“bicycles” you don’t see middle-aged men in
way-too-tight spandex uniforms (sponsored by
Snapple?) taking up an entire lane while they chit
chat down the road. No, rowing doesn’t make you
turn into a selfsh idiot who has forgotten how to
interact with society – quite the opposite actually.
It also gives you calluses on your hands. Currently,
because of a life spent in front of a computer, I have
soft supple hands that any woman would aspire to.
But soon I will have callused “man-hands” – hands
that provoke intrigue and establish masculinity.
Now, when I shake another man’s hand and, if I
feel his are soft, I will mock him and say – “wow,
you have hands like a 12-year old girl. What a
shame. Maybe you should run off to the mall or
join a feld hockey team.”
To this the person might respond, “Your hands are
so rough and leathery…”
“Yes, I know,” I reply. “You see, I’m into offshore
rowing. With it comes confdence, big muscles and
awesome bulletproof hands. Please get out of here
now, I have lots of things I must do and frankly,
you and your baby hands are weighing me down.”
Once these hands get good and tough I may join a
fght club, not sure yet...
picking it up!
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14000 Palawan Way, Suite A Marina del Rey
38 Downeast Cutter 1977 bluewater cruiser
ready to go, loaded only $59,000
38 Cruiser aft cabin 1994, low hours, loaded,
xlnt livaboard, great price of $69,000.
28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel,
loaded, full electronics, many extras $49,000
37’ Alberg 1974 full keel cruiser needs work,
reblt diesel, trade / sell Asking $17,500.
65’ McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins,
loaded low hours $699,000
52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990
Spacious layout, loaded $199,0000
35’ Carver aft cabin 1993 and 1997 very
spacious layout from $69,000
Carver Rivera 28 1984 dual cabins inside
controls twin engines asking $16,000
41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have
2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000.
37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975
upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000
45’ Lancer pilothouse aft cabin 1985 twin
dsl, generator, great layout, loaded, $99,000
w w w . p u r c e l l y a c h t s . c o m
310-701-5960 - Cell
32’ Wellcraft San trope 1989, $16,000
31’ Silverton 1979 convertible $10,000
30’ Monterey Attila 2000 twin Volvos low
hours, air nd heat full elec, clean $46,000
45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twin
Cummins diesels 2002 asking $269,000
55 Spoiler 1990 loaded with new electronics,
just hauled, bottom painted and detailed.
36’ Sea Ray Express 1983 newly rebuilt
engines, Trac Vision satellite TV, $39,000
44 Lancer Pilothouse motor Sailor, 2 cabins,
twin diesels , generator, loaded, $79,000
32 Bay liner Cerra 1995 motivated seller,
loaded, full canvas, low hours $32,000
39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded
very clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $99,000
55 Pacemaker 1971 3 cabins, Detroit disels,
livabord end tie slip $1300/mo. $54,000
43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300
HP Cat diesels, loaded $109,000
42 Sea Ray (1997 and 2001) motor yacht,
twin diesels, turn key - from $190,000
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500
36 Carver 1989 two cabin $49,000
39 Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC
loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000
44 Pacifca 1970/2001 new Cat diesels in
2001, complete restoration $129,000
41 Silverton 1993 motor yacht , queen berths
fore and aft, low 324 hours, AC $85,000
THIS SPACE COULD
SELL YOUR BOAT
Call to List
52 Irwin 1984 3 cabins, needs cosmetics and
updating low price $119,000
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Cabo Carnage! 40+ Knots of Wind
Big wind resulted in big carnage on BYC’s
recent race from Corona del Mar to Cabo San
Lucas. Halyards parted, spinnakers shredded, a
boom shattered, steering failed, one spinnaker
pole track was peeled cleanly off a mast and the
forces on a deeply buried bow ripped a foredeck
hatch right off its hinges. Hear those stories,
see the photos and video, and learn from those
who experienced the havoc brought on by big
wind coupled with a very angry sea on this 800-
mile race down the Baja Peninsula. Open to the
public. Free Admission - Free Beer. California
Yacht Club 4469 Admiralty Way – Marina del
Rey – 310.823.4567
Greg Wenger and Debra Talbot
from the Marina del Rey Historical
Wenger and Talbot will present a pictorial
history of the early development of MDR. The
non-proft organization founded in 2007 collects
and preserves photographs and documents in
an ongoing database. They welcome historical
items members may want to contribute to the
society’s database. The evening begins at
6:30pm with a social hour, no-host cocktails and
a hosted dinner with the meeting beginning at
7:30 p.m. The speaker will begin at 8 p.m.
Tall Ship Volunteer Orientation
The San Pedro-based tall ships Irving Johnson
and Exy Johnson are the venue for the TopSail
Youth Program. Volunteers are needed for the
spring and summer voyage seasons. Orientation
meetings for new volunteers are held once each
month. The 90-minute meetings are followed by
a tour of one of the ships if available. 10:00a.m.
at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute offces at
Berth 73, San Pedro, on Sampson Way across
from the Ports O’ Call Red Car Station. Call
310-833-6055 for directions.
Marina Del Rey Halibut and Fishing
Derby Fishing Seminar
Marina Del Rey Anglers will host the famous
pre-derby fshing seminar at 7:00 p.m. at Burton
Chace Park in Marina Del Rey. More info on
page 18. For questions contact Joshua Gerson
at 310 845-6669 or [email protected]
May 11 - 12
Catalina Gran Fondo
Calling all mountain bikers. Come experience
trails that have never been open to Mountain
Biking in this unique event opportunity.
Multiple route options suitable for beginners to
experts ranging from 10 to 65 miles loops. Ride
includes majestic island views, single track trails
winding through epic backcountry as you learn
and experience why the interior of the island is
such a sacred jewel. For more info go to www.
“Bill of Rights” Tallship
After six years of not having a Tall Ship visit
the Marina, the famous “Bill of Rights” returns
on May 15 through 20 for a week long series
of public and educational activities. Del Rey
Yacht Club is the event sponsor and organizing
authority. The “Bill” had the honor of leading
Bicentennial Celebration Tall Ship Parade into
New York Harbor in 1976. She is now operated
by the non-proft American Tall Ship Institute
(www.american tallship.org). For further
information contact Del Rey Yacht Club at
(310) 823-4664 or American Tall Ships Institute
at (805) 436-7805.
Community festival featuring recreational
boating brokers, water sports, in-the-water
boats, local businesses and entertainment for
all ages. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5
p.m. $10 adults (children under 12 years free).
G Basin and Pier 44 slips at Admiralty and Bali
Way. For more information, call (714) 633-7581
or visit www. marinafest.com.
Beyond Hull Speed
Experience the ultimate “Crash and Burn” saga
of high speed sailing at a California Yacht
Club Dinner presentation. Commodore David
Collins will use video and slides to illustrate the
fascinating history of speed on the water, tracing
the story of the new America’s Cup multi hulls,
including a 130-foot Trimaran that recently
sailed around the world at an average speed of
26.5 knots. No-Host Cocktails – 6:15 – 7 pm
Bountiful Buffet – 7 pm •Presentation 7:45 pm
$23.75 Includes Dinner, tax, service and parking.
Open to all who love yachting and adventure, as
a public service of CYC 4469 Admiralty Way
310-823-4567. Reservations Required
Safe Boating Education Class
“Suddenly in Command”
Flotilla 12-42 of the United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary will be offering a one night “Suddenly
in Command” course to be held from 6:30 p.m.-
10:00 p.m. at California Yacht Club, 4469
Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. Suddenly
in Command is designed for those not generally
at the helm but onboard often. It will help
you be prepared in case the Captain suddenly
becomes incapacitated or falls overboard. The
$35.00 fee will be due the frst night of class
and includes course materials and certifcate of
completion. Couples may take this class for
$45.00, if paid in advance (one set of materials
per couple). This class is expected to fll quickly,
so reserve your spot today by registering online
at www.uscga1242.org/classes.html. For more
information on this class, please email: [email protected]
Pacifc Mariners Yacht Club 2nd
Annual Yacht Club / Invitational
Game Fish Challenge.
Friday; Anglers Meeting, Seminar and Dinner.
Saturday; Fish all Day. Sunday; Banquet, BBQ
and Live Music. $30/angler. $15 kids under 16.
(includes; Friday Dinner, Prizes and Sunday
BBQ) Download entries at PMYC.org and
return before 5/25. 310 823-9717
PMYC’s Parking Lot Swap Meet.
8-3pm. Spots availably $30 310 823-9717
Santa Monica Windjammers
Yacht Club Dinners
Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners. Members,
guests, and prospective members are invited to
join us for cocktails, fun, food, and friendship
on most Wednesday and Friday evenings at
our club house. Fun starts at 6:30 pm for
cocktails and 7:30 pm for dinner. Lectures
and educational presentations often follow
our Wednesday night dinners. Live music is
provided on most Fridays for your enjoyment
and dancing pleasure. Reservations are required.
Our club house is located at 13589 Mindanao
Way, Marina del Rey. For menus, availability,
pricing, directions, parking, and more event and
membership details, please visit our web site at
www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692
Marina Venice Yacht Club
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.?
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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. Follow the signs up the stairs
or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more
information contact [email protected]
call 310-909-3022 or 310-822-9082 or visit our
Facebook Group page.
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 email [email protected]
wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.
Marina Sunday Sailing Club
Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers
and crew in a friendly social environment for
daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to
Catalina and other destinations. We meet on
the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the
patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club
banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free
Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold
a brief business meeting and then head out for
an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which
we gather at a member’s 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
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]
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey
Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1st
and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacifc
Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina
del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults
meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming
Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for
a light meal during the meeting, however, there
is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner
at [email protected]
or leave a
message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday
prior to the Thursday meeting
Live “Yacht Rock” at
Every Wed 6-9pm The Unkle Monkey Duo plays
their unique brand of “ Yacht Rock “ mixing
popular songs with music from the islands of
Hawaii, The Caribbean, and more...Happy Hour
is 4-7pm ...It’s Margaritaville in the Marina !
4499 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.
s, guests, and prospective members are invited
Long Beach Race Week
Looking forward to shorts, T-shirts and the frst
weekend of summer? Mark June 22-24 on your
calendar, which leaves you only about a few
months to collect a crew, shop for sails and get
your boat ready to “Race With the Champions”
in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. Entries
are now open for the West Coast’s largest
To submit an event email [email protected]
The Season is
Let “em Know
Your Out There
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O F F T H E W I R E
Custom Woodwork at its Best
Bill Borneman 310-977-0050
Diesel Tank Cleaning &
Filter Systems Installed
at Your Slip
Water, Sludge & Algae Removed
Dwyn Hendrickson 310-722-1283
Marina Fest hits Marina del Rey!
International Marine Consultant
Marina del Rey, CA. – April 17, 2012 - The
3rd Annual Marina del Rey Marina Fest is
a community-based, waterfront family fun
celebration of the boating lifestyle. The exciting
event will take place on Saturday, May 19 and
Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Presented by the Automobile Club of Southern
California, the Offcial Watercraft Insurance
Provider, the annual event is held in Marina del
Rey’s G Basin and Pier 44 Slips, at the corner of
Admiralty Way and Bali Way.
“This year’s Marina Fest will include everything
from affordable family-oriented power boats,
sail boats, brokerage motor yachts, to speed
boats, fshing boats, family cruisers, and
boating accessories at great values,” said Dave
Geoffroy, Executive Director of the Southern
California Marine Association (SCMA), the
As a special feature, the tall ship, Bill of Rights,
the 136-foot replica 19
century schooner will
be on display throughout the show, arranged by
Del Rey Yacht Club.
Also on hand will be teen sailing sensation Abby
Sunderland, who will be signing autographs,
books and DVDs and talking with attendees
about her incredible effort to become the
youngest person to sail solo around the globe.
Marina Fest will also offer interactive, hands-
on activities for all ages and levels of skill,
including a stand up paddle boarding clinic
presented by Action Watersports.
Show Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: adults $10 / children 12 and under
free. For more information, call (714) 633-7581
or visit www. marinafest.com.
There’s a lot of good yacht brokers and
brokerages out there, but there’s quite an all-
star squad happening at Denison Yacht Sales
in Marina del Rey. They’ve assembled a deep
knowledge base with people that defnitely
“walk the walk” including ex America’s Cup
team members and Star Class world champions
among the collective.
For instance, Bill Peterson has been selling boats
in the Marina for a while now but Peterson was
also was the sailmaker and mainsheet trimmer
for “Stars & Stripes” in the victorious 1987
Americas Cup in Perth, Australia. A couple of
desks over is Rick Peters who has been a member
of the U.S. Sailing Team over half a dozen times
and won the Star Class World Championships in
Varberg, Sweden – an accolade sought after by
the greatest sailors on the planet. Dave Millet set
a record in one of the eight transpacs he’s sailed
and Denise George was 2010’s Yachtsman of
the year here in Marina del Rey and she and her
husband, sailing champion Mike George, are
also the local builders of the Martin 242, one
of MDRs most popular one-design classes. Not
Brokerage Dream Team
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O F F T H E W I R E
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13589 Mindanao Way • Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 827-7692 www.smwyc.org
A Perfect Place in a Perfect Setting
We offer some of the nicest facilities available anywhere. We are located on the main channel adjacent to
Burton Chase Park, the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful marina and witness breathtaking sunsets. Our
clubhouse, lobby, dining, and meeting rooms and patio offer an ideal setting for any function.
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New Racers Flood Marina del Rey
Marina del Rey, CA – New yacht racers
fooded Marina del Rey on March 24 attending
Introduction to Yacht Racing (IYR). The event,
sponsored by South Bay Yacht Racing Club
(SBYRC) in association with Del Rey Yacht
Club (DRYC) brought 47 new racers to the
Marina to learn more about the sport, meet
skippers, receive instruction and participate
hands-on in a race.
IYR intended to break down the popular-but-
incorrect belief that sailing is an elite sport
that is prohibitively expensive. Over recent
years sailing has seen declines in overall
participation, so getting new participants is
critical to its continuation. A second objective
was to introduce new crew to skippers and get
them aboard for the coming season. The event
succeeded in both areas.
The event was hosted by DRYC at its waterfront
club facility. In the morning, “crewbies” (as the
new racers are affectionately called) registered,
were welcomed by SBYRC Staff Commodore
Tim Tunks, and given presentations about the
racing scene in Marina del Rey. There were
displays of necessary equipment and clothing,
a table of deck equipment where skills like
knot-tying were demonstrated; charts were also
shown, along with plenty of information about
upcoming racing, club membership and ways to
participate on active boats. Later in the morning
racers were assigned to boats and taken out for
“dock work”, an in-depth tour of the 14 sailboats
assembled for the day’s activity. There, new
crew got technical instruction about the boats,
concentrating on key equipment, boat controls
The afternoon began with on-water work; crew
boarded their assigned boats and took to the
main channel, practicing maneuvers. By mid-
afternoon the boats were ready for the mock race.
With countdowns and starting horns boats were
off, several in pre-arranged “feets” of similar
designs. Despite the relative inexperience of
some crewbies it was generally smooth sailing,
although a southerly wind puffng to 12 knots
there were a number of exciting moments.
The event succeeded beyond the expectations
of its sponsors; the event was oversubscribed,
with more than 30 who’ll have to wait till next
time to participate. Crewbies’ response was
extremely positive, with reactions like, “Thank
you for the course today, it was well organized
and packed with information”. Another said, “A
BIG thank you to everyone involved in today’s
event - You guys and gals rock!”
The sponsoring clubs put on a well-organized
and exciting event that evidenced the tremendous
amount of work put in by all.
For more information contact SBYRC at
seeking boats and skippers seeking crew are
encouraged to sign up at www.yrrc.com and to
By Greg Rutter
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O F F T H E W I R E
Local offcials welcomed the 2095-ton derrick
barge Paula Lee to Marina del Rey as a $13
million project gets underway to improve
navigational safety for frst responders and
recreational vessels by dredging up to a million
cubic yards of material from the entrance
channel to the Marina del Rey Harbor.
The partnership between federal and local
government agencies will involve barging
material to Long Beach for the Port’s Middle
Harbor Redevelopment Project, as well as the
deposit of clean sediment at Dockweiler and
Redondo Beaches to address beach erosion
issues. The project, managed by the Army Corps
of Engineers, will operate 24 hours a day, seven
days a week through the summer months.
A severe build-up of sediment in the entrance to
Marina del Rey has become a huge safety risk
for all users, especially frst responders in the
Through this project, the Army Corps of
Engineers, Los Angeles County’s Department
of Beaches and Harbors and the Port of Long
Beach are collaborating to save upwards of $85
million and eliminate the 42,000 truck trips
through densely populated communities that
would have been required to dispose of the
sediment at inland landfll sites.
Long Beach Port’s Middle Harbor
Redevelopment Project will combine two aging
shipping terminals into one modern terminal
to improve cargo-movement effciency and
environmental performance. The project will
upgrade wharfs, water access and storage areas,
as well as expand an on-dock rail, all while
cutting air pollution and adding approximately
14,000 jobs in Southern California.
Youth Program LifeSail’s 12-week after school boat-building program with the leadership class at
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) community center came to a joyous culmination with the launch and
sail of the student built wooden International Optimist sailing dinghy last month.
Hundreds of community members, educators, students, parents, and families gathered at the
Boathouse in MacArthur Park to watch the middle school students and high school mentors sail
the boat they built. A total of fve dinghies were on the water giving students a chance to enjoy the
sailing experience for the frst time. This is also the frst time manned sailboats have been sailed on
the lake at MacArthur Park making the students of HOLA part of Los Angeles history.
The LifeSail class is one of several leadership classes offered at HOLA and was taught by Matt
Schulz, founder and president of the non-proft LifeSail, Inc. and Loren Rubin, Director of
Leadership and Summer Programs, at Heart of Los Angeles. LifeSail’s mission is to provide hope
to the underprivileged and disadvantaged through the character-building discipline of sailing
and seamanship. The goal of the class is to help the students develop motivation, teamwork and
leadership skills through the building of the boat and to empower them to pursue their goals and
reach their potential.
“This had been a great experience for our kids. We are so grateful to Matt and the folks at LifeSail
for this incredible opportunity. None of these kids has ever been on a boat, no less one that they
built,” said HOLA’s Loren Rubin.
The students will continue to stretch their abilities and talents in developing life skills by participating
in swimming classes this spring in order to become water safety profcient to begin sailing lessons
this summer at LifeSail’s primary location in Marina del Rey.
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Marine scientist Maddalena Bearzi discusses the local dolphin population and her new book “Dolphin
Confdential: Confessions of a Field Biologist” that chronicles a life dedicated to these intelligent animals.
What brought about this book?
Bearzi: The idea was to share my experiences as a marine biologist who’s
spent over 20-years with dolphins, whales and many other creatures. Over
the years, I’ve had so many people who have come to me saying, “Oh
my God, it must be so wonderful studying dolphin…” [Lots of people]
fantasize about working with dolphins in the wild – with this book I want
to give the reader a down-to-earth, simple and candid view of what it
means to work with these animals. Not only take them into my world as
a marine scientist and have them understand more about marine mammal
behavior and the risk there are now facing, but also highlight some of the
frustrations, creativity and joy that make up dolphin research.
Why did you call it “confessions” of a Field Biologist? Why
Bearzi: [Laughs] The book talks about real life - my real life – as a woman
and as a scientist. To grow up as a female scientist in my country [Italy] at
the time wasn’t always easy. I speak about the ups and downs of life in and
out of the feld. It’s a window into my personal thoughts – including my
insecurities. It’s basically the story of a young curious, naïve, ocean-lover
that turned her passion into a science career and, later on, in the defense of
these magnifcent creatures.
Do you think the public has a realistic understanding of dolphins?
Bearzi: Some people think about dolphins as these “happy” creatures
because they have a “smiling” face, but the problem with that is people
think they are always happy, even when they are in a tank in an aquarium.
That’s not the case. As I narrate in my frst book (Beautiful Minds: The
Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins), these animals are large-
brained creatures, they live in complex societies, they have strong bonds,
and they move over a large range in the ocean. They are, in many ways,
similar to us and they can’t be constrained in small tanks.
You mostly focus on bottlenose dolphin but do you ever see bottlenose
and common dolphins interact?
Bearzi: Yeah, you can fnd mixed schools, especially with the offshore
bottlenose. One time I saw a common dolphin sort of “adopted” by a
school of bottlenose dolphins. Ordinarily, the behavior between the two
is very different, but this common was behaving just like a bottlenose –
moving slower and had adapted the feeding techniques of the bottlenose.
It was quite interesting.
In your years of studying these local animals what discoveries have
Bearzi: A few years ago, here in Santa Monica Bay, we discovered that
California sea lions were clearly “taking advantage” of the echolocating
ability of dolphins to fnd food. Another discovery was that scientists
along the California coast always thought that inshore and offshore
bottlenose populations were completely separate, but through our photo
ID work we showed that it wasn’t completely true. And there was also our
study of skin diseases here. It was the frst study of skin disease on the
west coast and it raised a lot of attention. There were researchers from all
over the world calling me saying, “we’re seeing the same!” It’s interesting
because the presence of these skin diseases is at least partially related to
the presence of pollutants in our waters. When you see these kinds of
issues with dolphins, it’s something that we’re, in a way, facing too – we
eat [some of the] the same food…
When you’re conducting your studies, do you get in the water with
them or observe from a boat?
Bearzi: I am a scuba diver but I don’t go underwater with dolphins. I
always try to respect the dolphins’ environment and disturb them as little
as possible. I think there a lot of problems today with “swim with the
dolphin programs” and things like that and, as a scientist, I would like
to give a good example to the public. I have a permit that allows me to
legally go close to animals to conduct photo-identifcation and behavioral
studies. We shoot photos, video, and collect all different kinds of data
including environmental and oceanographic information, but we always
try to conduct our research disturbing dolphins and whales as less as
After all of these years, do these dolphin recognize you?
Bearzi: That’s a diffcult question. When I frst started studying these
animals, I vowed to view them as a group – as the object of a study,
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but the more I studied them the
more I realized that they are
really individuals with their
own personalities and emotions.
They’re very socially complex,
intelligent, emotional beings,
which we should learn to respect
a lot more than we have in the
How do you conclude that
they’re “emotional beings”?
Bearzi: There are many things
that you observe when you spend
lots of time with these animals.
For instance, if you look at the
compassion of a mother in taking
care of her calf – it really reminds you of a human mother with a child –
it’s very compelling. Or how dolphins can mourn for other individuals.
The more time you spend with these animals, and I’ve spent thousands of
hours in the water, the more you’ll understand how close they are to us.
Years ago, when Jane Goodall came out speaking about how similar we
are to chimps, many people were shocked, but now it’s far more accepted.
It’s the same with dolphins – as we learn more, we’re seeing more and
more similarities between them and us.
Is it possible to scientifcally defne a species as emotional?
Bearzi: Yeah, this is something I talk about in the new book “Dolphin
Confdential” as well as in my frst book “Beautiful Minds”. It’s diffcult
defning even our own emotion – what is love? What is pain? It’s all very
personal, but after spending so much
time in the feld observing them, you
can’t deny that they feel emotion. But
this is still a subject of controversy
Do some of your colleagues dismiss
Bearzi: Some do dismiss it but there
are many that are embracing this
way to see things. There are a lot
of people working, trying to shed
light about these animals and I think
we always have to be open minded.
When it comes to conservation what
is your main message?
Bearzi: I’m hoping that people can become more informed, passionate
and compassionate about these creatures and we need to do something
to protect them. Awareness is not enough; we need action, and we need
it now! We also need to spend more time outside disconnecting ourselves
from computers and iPhones. I hope that the book will help people view
the ocean and marine life with more respect and build a stewardship ethic
that is so greatly needed right now.
Dolphin Confdential: Confessions of a Field Biologist is published by
Chicago University Press and it's available on Amazon.com and most
Photo courtesy of Ocean Conservation Society
Dr. Maddalena Bearzi conducting feld research.
12 The Mariner - Issue 111 2012
Jerome Sammarcelli sails his 21-foot Pogo 2 alone to Guadalupe
Island and speaks of the emotional impact the journey took.
mile sail, with
of it upwind is
not for the faint
of heart. Now do it on a 21-
foot boat and alone and you
have the latest challenge
Jerome Sammarcelli has
endured and accomplished.
Sammarcelli is the
President of Open Sailing
in Marina del Rey, builder
of the Pogo 2 a 21-foot
mini-transat boat designed
for solo offshore racing.
The small company has
now built four Pogo 2s and
Sammarcelli is committed
to putting the boat through its paces. In the process, he is testing his own
capabilities and pushing himself past his own comfort zone. For this
journey Jerome would not only sail farther than he’d ever been on the
diminutive boat but he would, for the frst time, sail such a considerable
Like many modern race boats the Pogo 2 excels downwind, so Sammarcelli
knew that the race would almost begin after the 300-mile downwind leg
to the desolate island in Mexico. As he came around the 4,000-foot high
cliffs of Guadalupe Island at dawn, 45-hours after the start, he prepared
for a brutal ride to Catalina where the fnish line lay. On the way to there
he was very close to fellow racer Whitall Stokes, who would win the race.
The two kept in radio contact and at one point were within earshot of each
other, but that morning Stokes caught some wind and Sammarcelli did
not and so began a trying and emotionally wrenching second act for the
“It was really tough because now I knew I was going to be alone,”
Sammarcelli said of Stokes’ departure.
As Stokes sailed away out of VHF range Sammarcelli lingered around the
island in torturous light shifty wind – a condition that would last for days,
compounded with the necessity of tacking home.
“On one tack you feel like you’re basically sailing away from Catalina and
the other tack you’re heading back to Guadalupe Island,” Sammarcelli
After three days of seeing a
VMG (velocity made good)
of in and around one-knot
and the island still in plain
sight, the sleep deprived
frustrated skipper began to
lose his composure. After
a fawless and speedy
300-miles to the island,
Sammarcelli was in agony
as he sat helpless – wanting
to simply return home
but with no means – his
autopilot wasn’t operable
due to the wind conditions
and the boat doesn’t have
enough fuel capacity to
make it all that far.
“At that point I just broke down – I felt like I was not going anywhere,”
Sammarcelli said. “It seemed like I would never make it back.”
In hindsight he says that he should have just drifted for 10 hours and
gotten sleep and food for his body instead of incessantly attempting to
make the boat move faster in such a hopeless situation. New to offshore
solo sailing, Sammarcelli’s buoy racing instincts worked against him.
After he hit the emotional wall Sammarcelli began to accept his fate and
started cleaning up around the boat. He completed tasks, kept busy and
in time, the wind returned.
He fnished the contest in Catalina a changed man. In a week’s time he
had been though an emotional washing machine but came through for the
“I don’t think I’m a different sailor, I don’t think I’m better or worse
for the experience” Sammarcelli said refecting. “But a different person.
[now] I know I can do it, but I don’t think I’ll spend the rest of my sailing
career doing it – I like people too much…I like dogs better, but I like the
Sammarcelli plans on sailing the Single-Handed Transpac race to Hawaii
this June on the Pogo 2.
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C a t a l i n a C U R R E N T S
By Captain Richard Schaefer
Commander Charles H. Lightoller
A Life Well Lived
Charles Lightoller was born in 1874 - two years
before the Battle of the Little Big Horn and died
in 1952 - the year before I was born. In between
he led a life that screen writers wouldn’t dare
create for a heroic leading man - the character
and events would seem simply too fantastic for
any audience to accept.
Lightoller is one of the most intriguing
individuals associated with the Titanic because
of the many unique events, in which he was
involved, both before and after the sinking.
His mother died shortly after he was born and
his father deserted young Charles and his older
sister some 13 years later. His sister wasn’t
able to support him and Lightoller decided a
landlocked life was not for him and decided to
go to sea as an apprentice seaman aboard a steel
hulled, four masted bark, Primrose Hill, bound
for San Francisco by way of Cape Horn. Before
the ship cast off, he assured his worried sister
that the sea wasn’t wet enough to drown him,
and went on to prove just that.
Charles Lightoller’s career at sea began in 1888
at the age of thirteen and was a harrowing one
almost from the start. After an icy and stormy
rounding of “The Horn”, Primrose Hill, bashed
her way up the coast of South America and
eventually into the wild port of San Francisco.
In those days a lad of 14 grew up fast on the
rowdy Embarcadero waterfront.
After his second rounding of the Horn and
returning to Liverpool, Lightoller was transferred
to the Holt Hill - another four-masted bark
carrying 38 sails. On his second voyage, his
ship was dismasted twice in storms before being
wrecked in a storm on lonely, St. Paul’’s Island
in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Lightoller
and the other survivors lived on the deserted
island for nine days, subsisting on brackish
water and sea birds before being rescued by a
passing ship - the British bark Coorong.
After their rescue, the shipwrecked sailors asked
Coorong’s Captain why he had stopped as such
a deserted island in the middle of the Indian
Ocean. The Captain said he had a series of
dreams about British sailors being shipwrecked
there and altered his course by 500 miles so he
After that, Lightoller became Third Mate on
the Knight of St. Michael, which was carrying
a cargo of coal. As luck, or the lack of, would
have it, the coal caught fre. Battling the fre at
sea, they reached the coast of South America
and Lightoller helped his skipper fnd help
ashore while the crew continued to fght the
fre. For his efforts fghting the fre in rough seas
Lightoller was promoted to Second Mate.
In 1895, at the ripe age of 21, he began his career
on steamships when he joined the African
Royal Mail Service ship Niagara. Lightoller
knew there was a better chance of promotion in
steam and had found that sailing windjammers
was becoming more and more hazardous to his
A few months later, the Niagara was anchored
off a small South African village and the Captain
ordered Lightoller, the ship’s Quartermaster and
three young crewman to attempt to row in and
investigate the anchorage so that they could
anchor the ship closer to shore.
Huge waves were rolling in along the shoreline
and Lightoller was uneasy. Reluctantly he cast
off. A few minutes later Lightoller heard a
rushing and hissing roar. There was no time
to escape - the great wave loomed over, then
engulfed the small boat and fve men. Lightoller
fought his way to the beach and was pulled from
the surf unconscious - the other four men were
in January 1900 he joined the White Star Line.
His frst assignment was as Fourth Offcer of the
Medic, a 12,000 ton passenger-cargo liner on
the Britain - South Africa - Australia run. After
one voyage, he was switched to the Atlantic
routes for a short period. On his next voyage
to Australia, again on the Medic, he met Sylvia
Hawley-Wilson who was returning home to
Sydney after visiting England. On the return
passage, she traveled with him as his bride.
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were spent mostly in the Majestic under the
command of Captain Edward J. Smith, who
was to play a signifcant part in Lightoller’s sea
career. From the Majestic, he was promoted to
Third Offcer on the 17,000-ton Oceanic, known
as the “Queen of the Seas”, and was the pride of
the White Star Line.
By 1907, he was Oceanic’s First Mate until
1912, when Titanic was launched and Captain
Smith requested Lightoller as his First Offcer.
Lightoller boarded the Titanic just two weeks
before her maiden voyage, and sailed as First
Offcer for the sea trials of the largest ship ever
On Titanic’s ill-fated, maiden voyage, Lightoller
was her Second Offcer because the White Star
Line wanted an older offcer to be in line to
succeed Captain Smith who was planning to
retire after Titanic’s frst voyage.
Lightoller was in his cabin when Titanic struck
the iceberg. He was soon on deck loading the
lifeboats and attempting to bring some order to
the chaos of the ship’s fnal hour. After all the
lifeboats were away, Lightoller saw that the
two of the collapsible life boats had not been
assembled and he and a few crewmen set about
to launch them as the ship slipped under.
Soon, sea water washed over the entire bow,
producing a large wave that rolled aft along the
boat deck. Seeing hundreds of people running
aft in a futile attempt to escape the rising water,
and the collapsible boat washing away upside
down, Lightoller decided he could do no more,
and dived into the icy, swirling water.
Almost immediately, Lightoller was sucked
down one of the forward ventilators. He was
pinned there against the iron grating as the
Titanic plunged toward the bottom. Suddenly,
a blast of hot air from the exploding boilers
erupted out of the ventilator and blew him to the
surface near the collapsible boat - which was
foating upside down with several swimmers
hanging on to it. He swam to it and heaved
himself up by a line trailing from bow.
Once aboard, Lightoller took charge, calming
and organizing the 30 survivors. Throughout
the night, whenever a large swell swept by,
Lightoller taught the shivering men to shift their
weight with the swell to prevent the craft from
being swamped or tipping over. At his direction,
the men kept this up for hours until they were
fnally rescued by another lifeboat from Titanic
just before dawn.
Second offcer Lightoller was the last survivor
taken on board the rescue ship RMS Carpathia.
After nearly eight months of testifying at various
Boards of Inquiry, in 1913 he returned to the
Oceanic as First Offcer.
A year later, World War I began and she became
HMS Oceanic and Lightoller became Lieutenant
Lightoller of His Majesty’s Navy.
In 1918 Lightoller became the captain of
the destroyer Falcon. On the night of April
1, Falcon was heading back to England after
escorting a convoy to Norway. Falcon collided
with another escort. Falcon was badly damaged
and Lightoller got every member of the crew off
to other nearby ships, except himself, his frst
Lieutenant, and the gunner who was serving as
offcer of the watch at the time of the collision.
The Falcon broke in half - the aft portion stayed
afoat and Lightoller hoped she’d last until
morning when she could be taken under tow.
He had seen too many ships go down and was
determined to stay aboard the warship while it
was being towed. Unfortunately, this was not to
be and the Falcon sank. Lightoller and his two
crewmen were plucked from the sea by a tug
that had been sent to tow them in.
In 1918 Lightoller was promoted again, this
time to Lieutenant Commander, for his actions
as the Captain of the destroyer Garry when she
rammed and sank a German submarine, the
UB 110. The Garry was badly damaged. But
Lightoller was able to nurse her back to port.
Lightoller was awarded the Distinguished
After the war ended, Lightoller resumed service
with the White Star Line, but soon found that
being associated with the Titanic had forever
tainted him in the minds of his employer.
Despite his war time service, he would never
receive command of a ship in peace time.
Disgusted with the politics of the White Star
Line, Lightoller quit and bought a boarding
house in a small town near the coast.
In 1929, the Lightollers had purchased a surplus
Admiralty steam launch. Lightoller converted
her into a sixty-foot, ocean going cruiser and
named her Sundowner . Throughout the thirties
she was used by the Lightoller family - mainly
for trips around the British Isles and Europe.
In 1939, with war imminent, Lightoller was
approached by the Royal Navy Intelligence
Section and asked to perform a survey of the
German coastline. The Lightollers disguised
themselves as an elderly couple on vacation
in their yacht. They took photos and made
notes and sketches of German port installations.
Returning to England they turned them over to
the Admiralty Intelligence Department.
The next year, in June of 1940, the British
Army was trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk.
German tanks and planes pounded the 350,000
trapped men mercilessly. The Royal Navy sent
many ships into the shallow waters in an attempt
to save their army. Many ships were lost and
thousands of sailors were killed in the attempt.
Chruchill, realized that the loss of the British
Army would mean that the Nazis would be on
the beaches of England in a month and all would
be lost - the last light would go out in Europe.
Chruchill appealed to civilian seamen;
trawlermen, fshermen, tug operators and yacht
owners, to cross the English Channel and pull
their boys off the beaches before the Germans
could annihilate them. More than 700 vessels
answered the Prime Minister’s call.
In June of 1940, Lightoller, now 66, heeded the
call to duty once more and put on his World War
I uniform. On the 1st of June 1940, Lightoller,
accompanied by his oldest son, Rodger, took
the Sundowner and sailed for Dunkirk and the
trapped allied soldiers. Although the Sundowner
was scarcely 60 feet long, they pulled a 130 men
from the beaches of Dunkirk - despite numerous
bombing and strafng attacks by Luftwaffe
For the remainder of the war, Lightoller served
in the Home Guard moving small ships and
launches, often under fre, along the English
coast for the Royal Navy. By the wars end, he
had lost both his sons in combat.
Later, Lightoller managed a boat yard and
marina. A few years before his death he was
asked if he would ever go to sea again. He
simply said, “I’ve given enough to the sea.”
Well done Mr. Lightoller. Rest in Peace.
Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G.
Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels. He has
skippered charters and deliveries, taught sailing
and seamanship, managed yachts and written
for boating publications for more than 25 years.
He can be reached for comments or consultation
at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at [email protected]
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P O W E R T A I L S
arina Del Rey Anglers will host the famous pre-derby fshing seminar on May 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del
Rey. The MDRA Board is pleased to announce Captain David Bacon will be the guest speaker and leader of this important fshing seminar.
This year the derby has expanded the eligible species to include halibut, white seabass, calicos and other fsh. Captain Bacon is a top pro with
acclaimed expertise in all of these species. Several winners of the last fve years of MDR Halibut Derbies have attended the pre-derby seminars because
of the vital information shared by speakers and fellow derby anglers so attendance is strongly recommended.
Bacon is well known to all Southern and Central California anglers. He is the owner and captain of Wave Walker Charters in Santa Barbara, owns
Hook, Line & Sinker Bait & Tackle in Santa Barbara, is Staff Writer for Western Outdoor News, Senior Editor for Pacifc Coast Sportfshing magazine,
Columnist, Noozhawk on-line news service and is a frequent guest personality and speaker at regional fshing conventions, club meetings and radio
and TV talk shows.
“David really knows is stuff”, stated Joshua Gerson, MDRA President, “and we are extremely pleased and fortunate to have him as our derby seminar
speaker. His legendary success and eagerness to share his knowledge are combos that are critical to anglers wanting the best possible results at the MDR
Halibut Derby or during their regular fshing outings.”
Keith Lambert, MDRA’s Vice President continued, “Captain Bacon is always leading his anglers to trophy halibut, white seabass, calicos and bottom
fsh and will give anglers key secrets for how to fsh more successfully in derbies and tournaments. No angler who fshes in shore or islands off Southern
California should miss this seminar. Bacon knows how to prepare for, target and land big fsh in tournaments and getting his secrets may help you land
the big fsh and win the big prizes.”
The derby (scheduled for June 9 and 10 2012) has been moved to June to take advantage of better probable weather and better numbers of fsh in the
Santa Monica Bay. The last couple of years has seen enormous volumes of bait and a resurgence of game fsh in the Bay. Last year’s white seabass
schools and catches refect a recent historical high and bodes well for the future of the species, the local fshery and the MDR Halibut (and other species)
“We expect a great turn-out this year,” said Gerson. “Tell all your friends, organize your teams and tail gate parties and come out and have a blast. Local
anglers are always looking for an excuse to get out on the water, and this will be the perfect opportunity to kick off the summer fshing season, catch
some fsh, win some awesome prizes and have a ball.”
The derby will continue the new tradition of including additional species in addition to the beloved halibut and will also provide weight bonuses for
caught and released fsh. All derby entrants will get a limited edition derby shirt, discount membership to the MDR Anglers as well as some nice goodie
bags which alone will make the derby worth their while.
Sign up information is on www.halibutderby.com. You can also sign up at the Derby Seminar on May 10.
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By Larry Brown
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Cruising Class - Past & Future
R a c i n g S C E N E
By Tim Tunks
Twenty-fve years ago, Wayne Warrington
brought Cruising Class Racing to Marina del
Rey, and a marvelous thing it has morphed into
-- arguably the largest growing handicap racing
feet in the Marina today.
Wayne brought with him from his home
club in Texas an adjustable handicap system
which improved the fnish position of the
less accomplished racers (golfers are familiar
with such systems), theoretically giving every
competitor a chance to win at least one race.
To qualify for Cruising Class, a boat could not
be anything like a contemporary race boat, and
special sub classes were established to give live
aboards a chance to be competitive, in spite of
their heavy loads of anchors, galley gear, tools,
scuba gear, collection of 78 rpm records, and
you name it.
There were two things that made Wayne’s feet
work so well. First, he sailed his own lumbering
live-aboard ketch in every race so he could
observe boat and skipper performance for
handicap adjustment. (There was no formula
for adjustment beyond Wayne just doing what
seemed correct). Second, a boat could only
sail in that feet for two years before it had to
graduate to a higher level of racing.
The two year participation limit was to keep
Cruising Class an entry level feet where sailors
could race their boats in a non-threatening
environment. But this rule has since evaporated,
as I discovered a decade later.
I spent that decade living off the grid in my 37’
cruiser, sailing and visiting ports and islands
up and down the west coast of Mexico. I had
excellent contact with most of the other cruising
sailboats around the area through the Ham
Radio and brought many of Wayne’s goals
and methods to the dozens of sailboat races I
organized in Mexican waters. These sailboats
were the primary residences of the competitors,
so their fully loaded performance did not
compare to any PHRF listings.
From a contemporary racer’s point of view, it
seems a bit silly to be racing your home. But if
you examine it more closely, an amusing picture
comes to mind. Imagine if several houses
could be un-moored from their foundations
and powered up with their lawn mowers, leaf
blowers, trash compactors, and whatnot. Then
line them up on the starting line for a sprint to
the mall and back.
I could have fun doing that, I thought, so I
set up competitions for my fellow cruisers
from Zihuatanejo on the mainland to Puerto
Escondido in the Sea of Cortez. It was the
frst race for many of these skippers, and most
everyone enjoyed the racing thoroughly.
[Here I must confess that I fabricated the fction
of a secret computer program to assign accurate
ratings which were then used to determine the
winners of each of these races.] Sailing with the
feets to observe how the competitors performed
made it amazingly easy to separate the skilled
sailors from the not so skilled, and then to assign
ratings that produced the appropriate winners --
no computer required. No one caught on and no
one complained! I devalued trophy winning by
always frst awarding the “#1 Trophy” to the
racer who wanted it the most. That generally put
things in perspective.
Back to the present, in Marina del Rey the
Cruising Class Racing Fleet is now much less
focused on being an entry level portal, and
much more focused on winning trophies. Boats
and skippers who would not be competitive in
the more advanced racing feets, even though
their boats and sails grow more like those of the
serious PHRF (Performance Handicap Racing
Fleet) racers, now dominate the feet. Rules and
formula for handicap adjustments have evolved
to make Cruising Class resemble its PHRF
model, -- a “PHRF Lite”, if you will.
Now there are enough well prepared and well
sailed boats in Cruising Class that I occasionally
enjoyed competition with my old Islander 37’ --
a relic of the ancient Cruising Club of America,
or CCA, rating rule. ‘Geezer Class” is how I
thought of Cruising Class. And I qualify.
Many racing classes have come and gone
since that CCA Rule. I’ve raced under the
International Offshore Rule (IOR), Midget
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R a c i n g S C E N E
Ocean Racing Fleet (MORF), Midget Ocean
Racing Club (MORC), Royal Racing Club’s
IRC, AmeriCap,, International Measurement
Handicap System (IMS), and both Olsen 30
and Catalina 38 One-Design Rules. We hardly
ever hear of any of those letters now, with the
majority of racing being in PHRF or in the One
Design Fleets -- not mentioning the various
Grand Prix levels accessible only to those with
The extinct classes were formed because there
was an interest in racing the kinds of boats those
racing rules favored. But it seemed owners
always became interested in newer types of
boats, and participation always dropped until
each class died.
The modern Cruising Class admits all but the
raciest of boats, which widens its popularity
almost as much as its ready welcome to us
“Racing Geezers” with limited physical and
monetary resources. Having a constantly
refreshed supply of Geezers moving down from
more competitive racing and with most any boat
being class legal, it is no wonder Cruising Class
has continued to grow.
But has that growth displaced the entry point
for the novice racers? Many of us in race
management sincerely hope not.
The ASMBYC Home Port Regatta, and the many
other sailing outreach and mentor programs of
the local yacht clubs, are examples of efforts to
refresh competition, but the novice still must
suffer defeat in many races before skill levels
and boat preparation eventually bring them up
to the winner’s podium. Many do not make it
through this process and drop out of racing.
Some of the clubs have recognized this need
to tailor service to the novice racers, and are
working on various solutions.
One next step will surely be divisions within
the cruiser feet so that the novices can still
experience sailing against more accomplished
racers, but not have them in direct competition
for the novice trophies.
In my dreams, I see a healthy and growing feet
of “PHRF Lite” boats, where the geezers coming
down from higher levels of competition help
mentor the novices coming up. In this dream,
winning trophies is only incidental to the greater
rewards of expanding participation in this very
Tim Tunks’ Scallywag
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The folks at Catalina Yachts are excited about their newly launched “5
Series” boats – the 355, 385, 445 and 315, featured here. In what there
are calling a “a deliberate move to brand the line to a higher level of
performance, fnish, engineering achievement and sophistication”, the 5
Series boats look pretty delicious.
“When the frst two yachts in the 5 Series, the 445 and 355 won awards,
we knew that we had designed not just two new models in the line, but
a whole new line of yachts with award-winning features that represent
Catalina’s next generation of fresh, contemporary yachts,” reported Gerry
Douglas, vice-president and chief designer for Catalina.
The 315 includes features that come standard with the bigger boats in
the 5 Series - a watertight collision bulkhead, an innovative mast support
system that affords superior load resolution and watertight integrity, a new
rudder system for failsafe steering, and the T-Beam MastStep structure
that Catalina touts “has all the benefts of a deck-stepped mast and the
strength of a keel-stepped mast.”
Tim over at Catalina Yacht at 13505 Bali Way in Marina Del Rey says
that a new Catalina 315 will be coming to the local docks before the
summer time hits. Surely worth a check-out.
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1. INTERNATIONAL ONLY & INLAND
What light(s) if any, would you show at night
if your vessel was broken down and being
towed by another vessel?
B. Same lights as for a powerdriven vessel
C. A white light forward and a white light
D. The colored sidelights and a white Stern
2. INTERNATIONAL ONLY - A vessel using
a traffc separation scheme shall _______ .
A. Only anchor in the separation zone
B. If obligated to cross a traffc lane, do so at
as small an angle as is practicable
C. avoid anchoring in areas near the
termination of the scheme
D. utilize the separation zone for navigation
through the scheme if she is impeding
other traffc due to her slower speed
3. INTERNATIONAL ONLY & INLAND
A stand-on vessel in a crossing situation is
allowed to take action when ____ .
A. collision is imminent
B. the distance between the vessels is less
than one mile
C. it becomes apparent that the give way
vessel is not taking appropriate action
D. the relative speed of the vessels indicates
that they will meet in less than three
4. INTERNATIONAL ONLY & INLAND
The minimum length of a powerdriven vessel
that must show forward and aft masthead
lights is ____ .
A. 30 meters
B. 50 meters
C. 75 meters
D. 100 meters
5. INTERNATIONAL ONLY & INLAND
Your vessel is at anchor in fog. The fog signal
of another vessel, apparently underway,
has been growing louder and the danger of
collision appears to exist. In addition to the
required fog signal, what signal may be used
to indicate your presence?
A. Five or more short rapid whistle blasts
B. One short, one prolonged, and one short
C. One prolonged followed by two short
D. No other signal may be used
6. INTERNATIONAL ONLY & INLAND
A vessel not under command making way at
night would show ____ .
A. two all-round red lights in a vertical line
B. anchor lights and running lights
C. two all-round white lights in a vertical
line, sidelights and a stern light
D. two all-round red lights in a vertical line,
sidelights, and a stern light
7. INTERNATIONAL ONLY & INLAND
At night, you are towing a partly submerged
vessel, What lights must you display on the
A. A white light at the stern
B. Two white lights side by side at the stern
C. A white light at the forward end and a
white light at the after end
D. Two red lights in a vertical line at the after
8. INTERNATIONAL ONLY & INLAND
A power driven vessel, when towing another
vessel astern shall show ____ .
A. two towing lights in a vertical line
B. a towing light above the stern light
C. a towing light below the stern light
D. only a stern light at the stern
These are also rules asked of mariners who
are testing for USCG Captain’s licenses. Are
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1 - D ; 2 - C ; 3 - C ; 4 - B ; 5 - B ;
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I have a job that allows me a lot of time off
and pays quite well. The people I work with
are now old friends and in another fve years
I’m looking at an early retirement. But lately
I feel like I want to try and be a country
singer. I’m in my 40s and I feel like this is my
last chance. It would mean sort of blowing
my future, but it’s my dream. What do you
At a crossroads
Trust is an interesting concept. When I’m
leashed-up and walking, my “owners”
go ballistic when I inhale a piece of old
poisonous food all covered in maggots. They
also marvel at the suspicion and concern I
take as they feed me their store-bought treats.
What they don’t understand is that impulse is
everything. Always believe that doing things
completely impulsively is the correct thing.
Look at this singing career as a maggot-
infested piece of chicken that someone as
discarded and you will surely be happy.
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vessel’s maintenance and repair needs.
Complete engine and/or generator
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Charging systems, battery analysis
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Fresh, raw, waste and bilge
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Charters, Private instruction,
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Morgan OI 41’ 1972
Sloop,centercockpit,aft-cabin,new Yanmar, 5 sails,ref
ready $59,500. (661)548-6603 or
Beneteau Oceanis 400
Timeshare/Partnership on Beneteau Oceanis 400.
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- no long term commitment. Call Captain Richard
Jeanneau 37’ 2002
Good looking, strong. Original owner. autopilot, dinghy
w/motor, bimini. $79,900, 808-741-1908
Columbia 36’ 1968
Beautiful classic, 2 owners, resent haul out and com-
plete overhaul, pristine condition. Serious inquiries
only. Price $ 21,900. Call Peter at 310-864-4842
Ericson 27’ 1974
Mercury outboard 8hr, Many sails, needs some tlc
$4500.00 obo - Pls call rick at 818-445-9882
14’ Classic wooden Enterprise
(Euro Lido) epoxy FRP hull; spruce mast.
First time offering $ 10,000. (805) 798-0493 [email protected]
42’ 1981 Californian Trawler
2 3208 Cat diesels w 1400 hrs, all fberglass hull, 2
heads w showers, sleeps 8, one level walk around
deck. Owner will carry or trade. Located in slip D-701
on Panay Way stern out endtie. $85,000 Call for Appt -
Al Lee 310-392-4193 or Gary at 310-293-9200
25’ Grady White 1991 Salifsh
Twin Yamaha 200, Sleeps 3, Radar, Bait Tank,
21’ CENTURY Coronado Hardtop
WOODY 426 Chrysler Marine V-8 w/ tradom trailer. $
30,000 (805) 798-0493 [email protected]
W/ 50 suzuki 4 stroke $7500. 310-822-8618.
8’ U S Sabot
Mfg. Catalina Sailed ONLY six times Excellent condi-
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Caribe RIB dinghy
Older, has beach-wheels $400. [email protected]
com. [email protected]
8.6 ft., air foor,seat, oars, pump,cover,bag. Also, 3.5
Yamaha, 2-stroke w/neutral. Both for $700. Call 661-
11’ foot Caribe
Uunstealable yellow, 20hp Honda
dealer says $5800-I say $5100
Mike 310 963 6250
W/15 HP yamaha 4 stroke electric start $4500.
11’ Apex w/ 15 Yamaha
12’ Boss Boat
w/ 40 Honda $7000 - -310-822-8618.
w/25 Mercury $5500 - 310-822-8618.
12’ porta boat $ 400
13’ Boston Whaler
w/ 20 Yamaha $9500 - 310-822-8618
W/ 40 yamaha 4 stroke $8500 . 310-822-8618
2010 Achillies 280 DX
Semi rigid with less than 20 hrs total, comes with a
brand new Honda 20 Hp with electric start, electric tilt
with one hour break-in only. Loaded with custom steer-
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This near new package can be seen at Randall Burg
Yacht and Ship in Marina Dell rey, on display. Paid
$16,000 and will sacrifce for $8900 FIRM. Call : Nick
(owner) 818 760-4850.
Used 4 Stroke Outboards
2 Honda $700
4 Mercury $800
4 Suzuki $800
6 Mercury long $1000
8 Mercury $1200
9.9 Mercury $1400
9.9 Mercury electric $1800
9.9 Tohatsu $1200
T9.9GPXH Yamaha $2500
15 Honda $1500
SS Dinghy cradel $1000
Mercury New Outboard Clearance
6 HP $1200
9.9 HP $1700
9.9E HP $2000
See page 19. Don at (818) 427-2144
Spinnaker for 28 to 35 foot boat, 36.80’ by 18.80’
Asymmetric Spinnaker for 55 to 77 foot boat, Luff
75.00’ Mid Girth 39.50’
Genoa for 45 to 55 foot boat ,Luff Length 62.00’
Genoa for 55 to 70 boat, Luff 74.00’
Jib for 48 to 55 foot boat, Luff 60.00’
Jib for 60 to 70 foot boat, Luff 75.00’
Please call Bill at (310) 827-8888
For 30 Catalina interior, complete set in very good
condition. Asking $1700. 310-701-5960
Docksteps like new $125, also 45 lb plow $75
10 lb aluminum, 16 1/2 H 101/4 OD, slightly used
$100. 626 975-1191.
For boats 25-27’ boat. $400. 310-701-5960
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