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A Publication For Where Land Ends www.mariner Issue #91 August 2010

Abby Sunderland Interview
Questioning Property Tax Good Samaritan Law Part 2 Searching for Blue Whales more...
A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

The Mariner is
Editor/Publisher/Writer Pat Reynolds Photographs Pat Reynolds Columnist Mookie Contributors Dave Kirby Richard Schaefer Copy Editing Assistance Lisa Asahara For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 - phone email [email protected] Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the 3rd Friday of every month. This issue August 20 - Sept. 17



So a fellow wrote me a letter this past month referring to the article I wrote on Laurence Sunderland in issue #90 saying that I was doing a “disservice to the sailing community”. He spelled disservice wrong, but I knew what he meant. He accused me of “promoting” Mr. Sunderland, who he feels should be in jail and scoffed at the laughable “journalism” the article displayed. He also went on to say that he and a large portion of the “sailing community” believe that Abby’s dismasting was a premeditated hoax staged for some reason or another. The gentleman was angry and impassioned – misguided I believe, but I’m glad he dropped me a line. It was a long letter full of insults, but it was the “journalism” attack that caught my attention. While I have delusions that I could have been a proper journalist if life’s deck was shuffled differently, his attack made me ask myself how this little rag realistically fits into the grand scheme of media in general. And while it doesn’t have a great impact, because of the circulation and other limiting factors – I do believe it has a purpose that sort of stands in the shadow of journalism, but deviates in certain ways. To his attack I wrote:

“Maybe [the article wasn’t] pure journalism as you suggest, but I think this publication serves a different purpose than, for example, the L.A. Times. That doesn’t mean I would print quotes that I know are lies, but I would give one of our own a chance to clear their name after it was unfairly maligned.” I’m admittedly uncomfortable with this. My preference is to approach these things as “stories” and simply be an objective writer, asking pointed questions in pursuit of previously unattained information and then writing it up, but I think there may be special circumstances with a publication this size and one so focused on a specific area. Either way, it’s always good to hear from the peeps. It’s flattering when they say nice things and interesting when they call me names. I’m mostly glad I get to run around in a Boston Whaler and take pictures...

Thanks for picking it up!

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Bent Mast by Pat Reynolds

Coming Events Off the Wire The Abby Interview An Interview with Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland The Law on Our Side Part 2 An Explanation of the Good Samaritan Law by Charlie Ecker Tax Facts Discussing the Unsecured Property Tax Bill Catalina Currents Vessels of Dreams by Richard Schaefer Powertails Searching for Blue Whales Racing Ask the Expert - AIS Technology Ask Mookie Classifieds The Mariner - Issue 91 4 6 10 12 14 16 18 20 23 24 25




65 McKinna 2002 4 cabins dual helms, fully 49 Jones Goodel long-range trawler 1976 equipt, clean $1,099,000 Very clean and well maintained, equipped to cruise the coast $129,500

47 Spindrift Ranger convertible sedan Cat diesels, two staterooms $89,000

45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twin Cummins diesels 2002 asking $289,000

43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300 HP Cat diesels, loaded $134,500

43 Bayliner 1990 motoryacht three staterooms, diesels $105,000

42 Uniflite Sportfisher 1978 cummins diesel, 41 Silverton Convertible sedan, two cabins full fish gear, eletronics. full fish tower, ready spacious. $99,500 to go fishing. $78,000

40 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded 39 Sea Ranger trawler motor yacht 2 stateand very clean $129,000 rooms, 2 helms, very clean, 120 HP diesels, end tie slip available $79,000

39 Bayliner convertible sedan two staterooms two helms Cummins 330 HP diesels $139,000

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 sedan 1984 very clean, sleeps 6, 35 Carver aft cabin 1997 loaded! Full elec, 35 Wellcraft, Corsair Express 1992 $39,000 with elec head and shower. Reduced $42,000 full enclosures, new dinghy and davits, sleeps 34 Sea Ray Sundancer 1987 $29,000 40’ Owens Aft Cab Liveaboard $25,000 8 comfortable 336 hours on engines $115,000 26 Formula Sport Exp. 1990 Twn $15,000

45 Morgan/ Catalina 1992 built center-cock- 41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have 41 Morgan/Catalina 2002 ctr cockpit, pit bluewater cruiser, loaded clean $134,500 2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000. spacious aft cabin, and very clean $79,000 46 Hunter 202 aft cpt, aft cab $250,000

38 Beneteau Moorings 1990 aft cockpit/ aft cabin $59,000

37 Irwin center cockpit sloop 1975, very clean and fully equipped. Choice slip at Mothers Beach $39,000

37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975 36 Magellean ketch 1978 bluewater cruiser, upgraded 1991 new engine and more $89,000 full keel, Bristol condition $39,000

29 Columbia 1977 wheel, furling headsail spacious. Surveyed April 2010 $6,900

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Coming Events!
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
“Step Back In Time” Boat Cruise: A fundraiser for the Marina del Rey Historical Society. Historical exhibits of Marina del Rey will be on display including, Fisherman’s Village, Marina del Rey yacht clubs, and early days of the Marina. Guests receive a complimentary eco bag that includes a pictorial Marina del Rey coffee table book and other “goodies”. CruiseTickets are available for purchase at $30.00 each. R.S.V.P.’s are a must since space is limited. A cash bar will be onboard for guests to purchase drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Make checks payable to: MdR Historical Society. Mailing address: Marina del Rey Historical Society, P.O. Box 9550, Marina del Rey, CA 90295-1950. For additional information, contact the Marina del Rey Historical Society at (310) 578-1001 or visit the Society website at Shirley Jones in Burton Chace Oscar award winner and vocal powerhouse Shirley Jones performs in Burton Chace Park. All concerts are outside on the lawn (bring your own low chairs, towels, blankets and warm clothing) and begin at 7 p.m., lasting about two hours. Food and drinks available for sale. Concerts are free. More info - 310 305 9545. Fisherman’s Village Concert The Mark Carter Project Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concerts outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (2 p.m. - 5 p.m. summer). Free. 20th Annual Church Mouse Marlin Invitational on Catalina Island A non-profit fishing tournament where all proceeds are donated to Catalina youth organizations. (310) 467-2371. Marina Movie Night - Artic Tale A real adventure documentary in the coolest place on earth is being shown on the lawn harborside in beautiful Burton W Chace Park. All movies begin at 8 p.m. Come early and enjoy sunsets on the waterfront; bring your own 4

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low chairs, towels, blanket and warm clothing. Free. Jimmy Walker “Buffalo Chip” Toss Come test your athletic skills and compete for the furthest toss at our 24th Annual Buffalo Chip Toss. Choose your chip wisely; prizes will be awarded for the furthest throws. More info Contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 5104249 or [email protected] Boating Skills and Seamanship Course At the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, from the 7th and to October 26th. This eight week comprehensive course is designed for both power and sail boaters. The classes will be held every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm. Additionally, a Lines and Knots workshop (included with the course) will begin at 7:00pm starting with the second class. The course is useful for both the experienced and the novice boater. The topics include boat handling, safety equipment, boating rules, navigation, water and weather, federal and state boating requirements, and much more. Anyone interested in learning or expanding their knowledge of boating is encouraged to enroll. Upon passing an examination at the conclusion of the course, students will receive a certificate which is accepted by many boaters’ insurance companies for a discount. The fee for this eight week course is $80.00. All participants in the class will receive their own BS&S textbook, now in a brand new thirteenth edition, featuring over 400 pages of fully illustrated, essential boating information. A discounted course fee is available if registered before September 1st. To register online, visit the website: and click on the link for “Classes”. For more information on the BS&S class or about the Coast Guard Auxiliary, call our information hotline: 818-239-4770. Or you can e-mail us at: [email protected] 52nd Annual Festival of Art at Avalon Artists from all over the country exhibit along Crescent Avenue and sell their works of fine art, sculpture, fine crafts & photography. Catalina

Art Association (310) 510-0808. 2010 Indian Summer Splash This yearly event, that sails from Marina del Rey to Catalina Harbor, created by West Coast multihull designer and guru Mike Leneman is open to all Multihulls and has been called a “gathering of the multihull tribe”. Check out for more info. Microbrew Fest at Two Harbors Celebrate our 8th Annual Microbrew Fest on the beach in Two Harbors with great Microbrews and live music. For more info Contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or [email protected] Sundown Race Series Del Rey Yacht Club invites you to come join in on the racing, merriment and community spirit of our club! We encourage everyone - adults, college students and juniors, from cruisers to racers to sportboats to dinghies, to join the Friday Sundown Race Series at 6:00 p.m. - BBQ to follow. 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. More info at (310) 823-4664, or email [email protected]

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Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club 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 or call us at 310-827-7692 2010


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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) 4226368, 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 2010

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. 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 visit 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 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] To submit an event email [email protected]

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WI R E One for the Marine Mammals

Marine Animal Rescue (MAR) has transformed marine animal response and rescue in Los Angeles County to be one of the best on the continent. MAR has rescued over 350 marine mammals in 2010. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS) agrees with MAR: There is a need for additional resources to assist sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. The administration has authorized MAR to design, construct and operate a second marine mammal care site in Los Angeles County, to rehabilitate hundreds of marine mammals each year. MAR director Peter Wallerstein said, “Under the authority granted by NOAA/NMFS to The Pacific Marine Mammal Care Center in Laguna Beach, we can ensure that each and every animal in our care receives the best medical attention, increasing their chances to be released back to their coastal habitat, healthy and strong. Wallerstein added, “MAR will work closely with PMMC, and will be able to consult with them on every rescue case.”

In years past, due to overcrowded conditions in California rehabilitation centers, some animals were unable to be rescued. This is changing. The planned new site, at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey, has the California State Parks representative commending MAR’s vision. MAR is excited to have the award-winning green architect David Hertz and staff collaborating on this very important project. The finished project will have heated floors, an indoor intensive care unit, and the latest in diagnostic and surgical equipment. It will further our knowledge of marine mammal health and serve as a marine mammal teaching hospital. Priscilla Feral, president of Friends of Animals, stated: “I cannot be happier with our merger with Marine Animal Rescue. With the go-ahead from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Peter Wallerstein’s work is finally being given its due and appreciated for its ecological importance.” “Now, as Wallerstein has the ability not only to save animals but to follow through with their medical care, MAR’s toughest work begins,” said Feral. “The Pacific Marine Mammal Care Center and Wallerstein merit our highest approval, and our constant support.”


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WI R E Volunteers Needed for Humanitarian Effort
Volunteers needed for Humanitarian effort to help Haiti and other homeless people. The Foundation for World Harmony (a 501(C)3 Organization) along with a group of celebrities and companies are planning to construct a home (about 650 sq ft in size) on Admiralty Way on September 11, 2010 at 8 a.m. It will take four hours to construct and be located in the marina for 30 days. The goal is to show an international community how we can supply a full home, 100% off the grid for less than $20,000. We are looking for people to construct the home that day (possibly leading to a paid position), clerical people and people to help organize and get donations from the community. Volunteers are needed for four-hour shifts during the 30-day exhibit. World Harmony is also looking for companies to donate household items to furnish the home. For more info email [email protected] or call (888) 658-8884.

Avalon Legacy Project Ends
Koll/Lambert and the Santa Catalina Island Company announced that they have ceased planning work on the Avalon Legacy Project, a resort community concept for Santa Catalina Island which included a boutique hotel and spa, championship golf course, residential real estate elements, and other community amenities. “While the timing is not right today for the Avalon Legacy Project we continue to believe that Catalina has great potential and the community would benefit greatly from the addition of quality visitor serving projects such as those components contained in this project,” said Jerry Yahr, Managing Principal of The Koll Company. Randall Herrel, CEO of the Santa Catalina Island Company, said, “We appreciate the relationship that we have formed with the Koll/Lambert team and the work the combined group has done to plan a variety of high quality visitor serving amenities for Avalon. While the Avalon Legacy Project as a whole will not be pursued at this time, the Santa Catalina Island Company will continue to explore a variety of components of the plan as well as other alternatives in order to continue the revitalization of Avalon.” Koll/Lambert is a joint venture between The Koll Company, headquartered in Newport Beach, and Santa Monica based Lambert Investments. The Santa Catalina Island Company owns and operates a number of properties on Catalina Island.

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WI R E Odor Control Project Announced
Beaches and Harbors announced recently the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved plans and specifications and advertisement for a construction bid contract to construct a sanitary sewer air scrubber in Marina del Rey. The Odor Control project will help deal with the odor issue along Admiralty Way in front of the Marina City Club. All traffic lanes on Admiralty Way will be open prior to 8:30 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. Eastbound traffic lanes shall remain open at all times. Between those hours, traffic in the westerly direction may be reduced to one lane and a leftturn lane where existing. The project will be completed in approximately 20 working days and has an estimated cost between $145,000 and $170,000, Work on the Odor Control project is anticipated to start in October 2010 and be completed November 2010. For info visit

Community Meeting Announcement
The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning will hold two community meetings to present information and solicit community input on the proposed Marina Del Rey Local Coastal Program (LCP) Major Amendment on Saturday, August 21, 2010 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 24, 2010 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. As part of the “roadmap approach” approved by the Board of Supervisors on September 1, 2009, a draft major amendment to the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program has been prepared aggregating proposed amendments, including the “pipeline” projects, into one major map and text amendment. The Draft LCP will be available for a six week public review starting 8/13/2010. The Meeting will be held at Burton W. Chace Park, Community Building, 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey, but project materials are available at: Hall of Records (Room 1362); Lloyd Taber-Marina Library (4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292); and online at: For more info contact the Department of Regional Planning, Special Projects Section, Michael Tripp at 213974-4813 or [email protected] planning.lacounty. gov. from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday (closed on Fridays) For reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids, please contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (213) 974-6488 (Voice) or (213) 617-2292 (TDD) with at least three business days’ notice.


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WI R E Marina del Rey - Then and Now

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Experience the yesteryears of Marina del Rey, when bean fields and oil rigs dominated the landscape and salt water marshes were the popular destination for hunters and fishermen. Greg Wenger – Marina del Rey resident, professional photographer and chronicler of this area’s evolution over many years and Willie Hjorth, CYC Club member and leader of the Historical Society, will share interesting anecdotes with amazing photos to behold – like seaplanes landing and elephants waterskiing in the main channel. Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC. Happy Half Hour Noon, Buffet Lunch 12:20 p.m. ( $15.15 includes luncheon, tax, service, parking ) Presentation- 12:40 p.m. Reservations Appreciated. California Yacht Club. 4469 Admiralty Way – Marina del Rey – 310.823.4567 –

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Marina del Rey’s sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland left the main channel aboard her Open 40 Wild Eyes earlier this year in the hopes of becoming the youngest person to sail solo and non-stop around the world. Although she became the youngest person to sail solo around Cape Horn, she was dismasted in the southern Indian ocean and was rescued in one of the most remote places on the planet. The Mariner caught up with Abby and asked her about her death defying journey. You’re assimilating back to land-based life? Yeah, it’s kind of weird. Everything that has happened feels like it’s happened in a whole different life. Everything back home is exactly the same as before I left - some has happened in between but it’s kind of weird. How did reality match up to expectation? I wasn’t really expecting too much. I did expect to get into bad weather. Once I stopped in Cape Town I knew a lot more, a ton more, about what I was actually doing out there. It made me like it even more. Of course, I didn’t expect to have my boat roll [over] but I kind of also learned that you can’t really plan how things are going to go. Stuff happens and there’s nothing you can do about it. Was it frightening when you got a look at your first open ocean rollers? I really loved the weather down there because the type of boat I was in was really safe. In 20-foot waves and 30-foot waves we were just surfing along and having fun, so big waves and big winds never really scared me. You have to be able to enjoy some of it out there if you’re going to be crossing the Southern Ocean. Was there enormous amounts of apprehension as you neared the Southern Ocean or was it more anticipation? It was more anticipation, you hear all these great stories and horror stories about it and ever since 10

I was a little kid I’ve wanted to go see what it’s really like. I was super excited to get down there and actually see it. And what about the reality of sleep deprivation? Yeah, because of how much I sailed before, I knew it was hard. I also knew that because of what I was about to do I was going to have to deal with it worse than I ever had before. You can almost mentally prepare yourself for it knowing it’s going to happen but it doesn’t make it a whole lot easier when it does happen. It was really hard sometimes. But there were so many great times when I had plenty of sleep and everything was fun. So when you’re battling that type of lack of sleep do you find yourself getting frustrated more easily? You have to be so much more careful because when you’re sleep deprived and you mess something up, things go really wrong - so you have to be so careful which is why sleep is really important. Take little naps here and there and try to keep up on it. And did you come up with some kind of system in that regard? I slept like most people that single-hand down there. I took naps, on a bad night I would take 20 minute naps here and there through the night and the day and on good nights I could sleep for a couple of hours at a time without needing to wake up, which was awesome. What about the forecast before the storm that dismasted you? Were they predicting what you ended up seeing? Yeah, they were calling for that. I was expecting to go through another storm. In [the past] couple of weeks, I’d been in pretty bad weather, I hit storm after storm but the boat was handling it fine, I was handling it fine. I was managing to keep up on my sleep. Things were going pretty The Mariner - Issue 91

well. When I got the forecast that there could be squalls up to 60 knots, 25 – 30-foot waves - it wasn’t really a shock or anything to me. I felt ready. Had you seen anything that size and strength before? I had seen some pretty big stuff, but I guess that was the worse one I’d ever been in. So the forecasts were predicting this thing and it comes along sort of as scheduled? Yeah, it came pretty much exactly as they said – building up over the day. Were you knocked down before this or was this your the first knock down? I’d been knocked down before – I guess it was a wave, it might have been right before I rounded Cape Horn. It wasn’t my first knock down but I definitely hadn’t had a whole lot of them throughout my trip. I was knocked down four times that day during the storm but the boat was holding up well and things were going pretty well. And when you get knocked down everything goes flying and you just sort of curl up in a ball and hope for the best – is that the way it goes down? Yeah, you hold on pretty tight and hope that you’re not outside when that happens. All the knock downs that you endured you were inside? Yes. What does it fell like to be knocked down It gets kind of scary because your boat is on its side and you’re just waiting there wondering which way it’s going to go – is it going to keep going and roll? Or is it going to pop back up? And when I did roll it was just like another knock down only it kept on going. How long does it take for a boat to do a rollover like that? 2010

When I rolled over it didn’t take long at all. The boat didn’t stop moving the whole time. I really don’t know how long it took. I hit my head and blacked out and woke up on the roof and when I woke up the boat was in the process of rolling I was on the roof for just two seconds. And then suddenly you got dumped back onto the floor. Yes. And what were those moments like? You’re kind of in shock once you find yourself back on the floor everything is falling back down on top of you. You know the mast is gone and that you’re in the middle of nowhere in one of the worst places to have something go wrong. But you’re just kind of in shock for a little bit – kind of realizing what just happened. You hear about it and you know it’s a possibility but you kind of really don’t actually think it’s ever going to happen to you. Was that a moment of despair? Not so much – it’s more physically. You kind of snap out of that quickly and start getting going on seeing what you can do in that situation. And you said you knew the mast was gone after you popped back up? Because you just heard things clanking? Yes. There definitely was no mast there. How long before you did the inspection, right away? When the boat popped back up I was pretty nauseous and dizzy. But I opened up the door and had to cut some lines to get out and the whole dodger that had been there was gone. I just stuck my head out to see if there was anything left of the mast that I could jury rig with, but it was completely gone. It just snapped off right from the deck. Even my boom was snapped in half there was nothing I could use. After looking at that for a few minutes I started to realize I didn’t have anything left. How long did the nauseous last? That lasted pretty much that whole night – I was just kind of dizzy and stuff from hitting my head, but started to feel a little better the next morning. So now you get to business of cutting away the rig. Did you pull the EPIRBs first or did you cut the rig? The way it had fallen, it wasn’t going to be making a hole the through the hull. It was acting like a sea anchor - it was keeping me from drifting and keeping the boat steadier. And the way that I was feeling, with how dizzy I was, if I had tried to go out on deck to cut it off that night I would have been swept into the water. It was 2010

rough out. There was a lot of wind and I was on the verge of blacking out again. So you hung out underneath where it’s safe. Yeah, as long as the mast wasn’t going to cause any big problems I wasn’t going to go on deck that night. And the mast was being held on by the shrouds? Yeah, the shrouds. So did you pull the EPIRBs? After I had gone out and checked on everything. The thing was I had just been on the phone with my team and there was a horrible connection. After I got off, I put that phone in the chart-desk and got out my other phone - it takes awhile to warm up so I turned that one on, stuck it in the chart desk and went to put the engine cover back on - I was doing some work on [the engine] when the boat rolled. My chart-desk, which does clip shut, somehow unclipped everything got dumped in the cabin. So both my phones were soaked and didn’t work. One of them actually lit up and I was thinking it was going to work, but it just died. At that point you thought “uh oh”. Yeah. It was a really hard decision because at that moment I was fine. I wasn’t going to die and I wasn’t seriously injured. It felt like I shouldn’t be setting off my EPIRBs like I should be doing something about what happened, but in the back of my mind I knew I couldn’t – that setting off my EPIRBs was the only way that I was going to get any help. And after you set them off – what’s going through your mind? I knew that by setting off the EPIRP my parents would be getting a call and it was going to freak everyone out back home. I also knew that none of the search and rescue planes could fly out to where I was and that if anyone was going to come to get me it was going to take a long time. Knowing that my parents were going to realize that I needed help but there might not be anybody able to help me was really hard to think about. Did you consider that another violent storm could be coming? I didn’t even think that far ahead. I was too busy working keeping the boat floating… Did you feel confident that someone was going to make it out to you? I didn’t know. I just tried not to think about it and kept myself busy on the boat. So the next thing of significance that happens is the plane goes overhead? Yes, that was next morning, which was a total

shock. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the plane since search and rescue planes can’t get out that far and that the plane was a huge passenger plane. I was sitting out on deck in the process of cutting off my mast because during the night it had shifted a little bit and a huge plane flies over me really low. For a second I was wondering “what on earth was a plane doing out here” but the only thing it could have been doing was looking for me. Did it look massive? Not really massive – it looked too big to be out where it was though and too big to be any sort of search plane. It definitely looked out of place. And was it circling? Yeah, they actually flew right over me and were doing circles somewhere else. I was getting a little worried, so I went downstairs and turned on the radio - it was really broken up but I could hear them calling me. So I was able to talk to them and tell them I was okay and that the boat was not taking on water. Then I couldn’t understand much of what they were saying but I was able to make out that a rescue ship was coming in 24 hours. What did that feel like? That was pretty good. I still wasn’t going to let my hopes get up too high – I was still a little bit unsure of how on earth anything was going to get to me in 24 hours. I knew there are some little islands down there but I didn’t think anyone lived on them. So I didn’t know how on earth they were going to do it so I was just going to wait and see what happens. So at a certain point you see a sizable fishing boat in front of you. Yeah, 150-feet. Actually, I went down below and I was trying to talk on the radio and all of the sudden this giant ship came up to me. I still have no idea where it came from - I was just out there five minutes ago and it wasn’t there. Was the weather nice when they arrived? Yeah, it was actually calmed down a bit and it was nice and sunny out. So I saw this huge ship out there which was a little frightening - they got so close to me I thought they were going to scratch the paint at one point – they were literally like two-feet away from me. What’s the moment of stepping from your boat like? Yeah, that’s got to be one of the weirdest things - stepping off a boat that you’ve spend every moment of your life on for months and leaving it behind in a matter seconds - your whole entire trip and everything that you’ve lived for months is just gone.
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The Law on Our Side
The Good Samaritan Law Protects the Helping Hand by Charles Ecker and Ron Miller U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Part 2 of an depth article centering around the Good Samaritan Law, which was specifically created to legally protect boaters who are in situations where they should provide some basic aid to help another boater in need. GO SLOW WITH THE TOW So if you strongly believe you have the seamanship skills and a clear head, and if no help is forthcoming and action is needed to help the distressed vessel unable to get out of harm’s way by itself, use your best judgment when carefully and deliberately throwing a tow-line out yourself. If you have some experience, you may already have a tow rope with a “heaving line,” but for our purposes, for a temporary towing “fix,” you can use any relatively sound line at least 50’ long and 5/8” diameter, or tie one or more lines together so they do not come loose. Don’t use one that is frayed. A sheetbend, often called the simple bend, common bend or the ordinary bend, is a quick and effective way of jointing two ropes. Again, don’t start the towing process unless the person on the other boat accepts your offer and keep communications going. If given permission, throw the line from the bow of your boat to a person on the bow of the stricken boat (if someone is available to do this) where it should be tied off on a bow cleat or eye cleat, then make sure the line does not snag on your prop as your towing line is walked to the stern of your boat and secured to one of your aft cleats. The importance of keeping any towlines away from the vessel’s propellers should be stressed,” notes Deputy Ruiz. “Managing lines in the water is extremely tricky. Unless the skipper and his deckhand have experience in rescue boating, the vessel will inevitably be maneuvered in ways the deckhand will not expect. Communication between all parties is extremely important. Remember that a fouled prop equals two disabled boats!” Once you begin the tow, tell the other operator to make sure his rudder is in-line so his or her boat does not go off in different directions as 12

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you continue to call for assistance on behalf of the stricken vessel. Then start the tow slowly making sure someone is watching from your stern to check to see if the other boat is lined up directly behind you. If you are going to change direction, let the operator of the towed boat know of your intentions so he or she can follow along. Adjust your towing line one way or the other if the towed boat begins bucking. The two boats have right of way, but don’t assume other boaters know. Temporarily, at least, call out to boats that are heading your way, wave your arms, give five blasts of a whistle or horn - anything to draw attention to your towing situation if traffic builds. Now if the worst is happening, that the stricken vessel is on fire or sinking fast for other reasons, you should endeavor to pick up captain and crew in the water. That’s why all need to have life jackets on. Throw out cushions if you have them, set up a ladder and make sure your engine is at least in neutral – better yet, turn off your engine if at all possible when bringing people on board your boat. Also, look to see if any of the victims are experiencing hypothermia. YOUR TEMPORARY TOW SHOULD BE YOUR FINAL OPTION Again, employing a stern-to-bow tow can be a tricky procedure, so only employ it as a last resort until professional help arrives and unless you have had special training, like Auxilarists who complete the CGAUX crew program, do not try a ‘side by side’ tow. After all, your expectations are that you are only doing a quick tow to scoot the other boat out of trouble. As an aside, we suggest you prepare a ‘walking fender’ as a matter or course. It helps avoid damage to either or both boats and is helpful in boarding the stricken vessel if first aid help is needed. This is simply a medium to large fender (8 x 20 to 10 x 30) with one end tied to a line with a loop at the other end to be hand-held. A walking fender then can be used to prevent two boats doing any damage if they are about to bump each other or to avoid the possibility of damage in hitting any fixed object such as a dock. A medium to large walking fender could prove handy if you are passing a line from one vessel to another to prepare for a tow and the two boats come close to hitting each other. And remember: avoid grabbing the other boat during a towing set-up. You risk doing serious damage to your hands! Same goes if the persons on the other boat try to hold onto yours. When all is said and done, there is a chance the stricken vessel, once you have taken it to a safe open area, may have to pay a fee for towing back into a slip or launch ramp if the owner does not subscribe to Vessel Assist or SeaTow. “Towing a boat out of harm’s way does not mean that the boat must be towed to its mooring, emphasizes the Deputy Sheriff. As long as the boat is no longer in immediate danger, standing by for a trained rescue crew to relieve you of the rescue is probably the best course of action.” At that point, you will have the satisfaction, and legal backing, of helping to give the captain and crew of the vessel in distress the chance to set foot on land safe and sound. WHEN TO RENDER FIRST AID You should render first aid if you firmly believe you are sufficiently knowledgeable to take even the most basic action such as covering a deep cut or using mouth-to-mouth if someone if turning blue. Authorities encourage all skippers and crew to get first aid and CPR training, both those who ply local waters or engage in Blue Water passage. It just makes good sense. Also, here’s a fine line to think about -- if you are helping a boater who is not on your boat, you are a Good Samaritan coming upon the scene. If you are helping someone on your boat and you are skipper, your boat is the scene. Still,in both cases, though, you would be making a well intended effort while awaiting professional help. Boarding another boat to assist is more complicated because you need to make sure help 2010

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is needed, get on the other boat, and make sure a distress call is made and received. Again, the LAT/LON position is all important in making the distress call If you are to board another boat, it is very important to have a walking fender that a crew member can hold to bring the boats together without banging together, and we would suggest looping a line to at least one of the other vessel’s cleats as you come alongside, pulling the boat closer to you while you secure your end to one of your cleats. Then board the boat slowly and carefully. What you can do regarding emergency first aid is a topic in and of itself. We suggest, for now, for skippers to take a first aid course and acquire any one of dozens of basic first aid primers available in bookstores or on the Internet. Obviously, if someone is bleeding profusely, cover the wound until help arrives to at least lessen the blood loss. If the victim is experiencing hypothermia, remove wet clothing if applicable and wrap a dry blanket around him or her to provide comfort as you wait for professional assistance. This article hits at suggested points to act on within the general framework of the Good Samaritan law, and there is even more towing and first aid advice in the most recent edition

(66th) of Chapman’s Piloting. The Coast Guard motto is ‘Semper Paratus,’ always prepared. And that should be the theme of Good Samaritans who want to come to the aid of others. Ron Miller is Flotilla Commander for the Marina del Rey flotilla (11s-12-7) of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Charles Ecker is a former Auxiliary Flotilla Commander and Division 12 Public Affairs Officer, and is currently internal and external communications staff officer with the Marina del Rey flotilla. It should be noted that persons who join CGAUX and enroll in the annual crew-training program are taught both stern-to-stern and sideby-side towing procedures as well as basic first aid procedures. But CPR training is not included in the first aid program as it is offered by organizations such as the American Red Cross. To find out more about the Auxiliary’s local education and vessel safety check services as well as CGAUX volunteer opportunities, go to Editors Note: Suggestions expressed by all sources in this article and the organizations they represent should not be considered to be legally-binding.

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Tax Facts


or many boat owners in the Los Angeles area, the end of August means facing the dreaded tax bill that arrived in the mail months earlier. The “Unsecured Property Tax Bill” sent from the Los Angeles County Tax Collector, full of numbers, decimals and catch phrases like “”voted indebtedness” is generally bad news for the average Joe who thought the finance payment, slip fees, fuel costs and maintenance expenses were all he had to worry about when he bought that dream boat. But the county has decided that this “property” should be taxed and pay we will. However, it’s important that boaters look carefully at their statement to insure that the information is correct and that they pay the fair amount.

“You may have been overcharged hundreds or thousands of dollars by the L.A. County assessor’s office for the value of your boat and are due money back - I was,” said Capt. Sandy Golden. “Unless you take the time to check and obtain the calculation sheets and an explanation of how the assessor arrived at your boat’s value, you really don’t know if you are being ripped off by the assessor. It will just be a few minutes of your time to find out.” Golden, a retired investigative journalist who owns a Catalina 42, seriously questioned how the assessors were evaluating depreciation, particularly in this economy, and made a call with some pointed questions. At first, the assessor agreed that he was being charged too much and said they would reduce the assessment by $50,000, but later informed him that her supervisor turned down her suggested reduction and that he could either forget about it or file an appeal. He filed the appeal. It’s during this process that Golden began to learn more than he bargained for about the marine property tax and those in charge of levying these charges. As a matter of principle he went about the process of battling the governmental agency and eventually had them making adjustments to his original fees. After months of waiting, requests for documents he’d already sent and letters Golden felt were written to intimidate, he eventually got his appeal hearing date. But before the hearing, he was informed that there had been a mistake where they added a column instead of subtracting. Golden still wanted to see the documents. Regardless of the math error, he found that their method of evaluation was, in his opinion, flawed. Instead of using “comparable sales” as required, a boat’s list-price was used. In addition, the assessor relied on the BUC used-boat-price-guide who admits themselves that their information may be inaccurate and won’t stand behind their own published findings in court or testify to their accuracy, “Why should the assessor be allowed to rely on them?” Golden questioned. “I decided that the 10 percent reduction was not enough and I still would fight it and go to the hearing. I found the assessor’s office to be arrogant. They offered no explanation for the mistake or an apology for wasting my time.” As it happened Mr. Golden moved the boat to San Diego before the hearing date and was thus mandated to take part in an assessment in the San Diego area that was exactly the amount he thought was correct. The experience left Golden disappointed and distrustful of the L.A. County department and he urges boaters to look at the document with skepticism: “My advice is to not blindly accept your assessment as gospel and to not question and simply pay the bill they say is due. Instead, pay it under protest and later ask for the last three year’s calculation sheets on your assessment to see if ‘stupid’ errors were made in your case too. “If you just bought your boat, at least ask for the calculation sheet showing how they determined your current tax bill. You have a right to that information.” People have until November 30 to file an appeal application, but must pay the stated taxes first. The form is available on line at categories/Appeals/applications.htm and is free.


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By Captain Richard Schaefer
s a boy, my fondest memories are those days spent sitting in a small boat with my father on a quiet lake. We fished for bluegill and crappie, and often caught quite a few - but that wasn’t the point the point was in the being there, together. I remember watching the little red and white bobber - daydreaming and talking with my father. No matter the weather those days had a sparkle that I wished would go on forever. But, he was a hard working man - and so the idyllic days were few, and always ended before I was ready for them to. In those days it didn’t take much of a boat to contain my dreams - the little aluminum skiff had room to spare. As the years swept by, the boats, fish and dreams grew, but my father, with my youth, had slipped away - too soon. Now, even after decades of mucking around on boats, I still find them vessels of dreams though most are unfulfilled, and so remain just that - dreams. I read once that there are two great tragedies in life. One is losing your heart’s desire and the other is to gain it. Boating has a corollary - “The two happiest days in a boater’s life are when he buys a boat, and the other when he sells it.” This dichotomy is not really surprising when 16



you consider that the average sailor uses his boat 8 or 10 times a year. After you add all the expenses; cost of the boat, slip, insurance, taxes, maintenance and repair it becomes readily apparent that each sail costs thousands of dollars. Which, I suppose, is one of the reasons that the “selling day” is considered the “happiest day” by some. But what is the worth of dreams and memories? What cost can be placed on quiet coves of bluegreen water, or the thrill of a well trimmed boat, heeled and driving into a sea of white horses? What value is there in walking along a quiet beach at sunset, your boat gently tugging at her anchor? What price is too high for watching your children grow up sailing, swimming, diving, kayaking, beach combing and fishing instead in front of a glowing screen of glass? It seems long ago that I sat fishing with my father - but not so far in the past when I held a long line, tied to a dinghy, while my 5 year old son learned to row around a 50 foot ketch anchored in a quite cove - though, in fact, it’ has now been 12 years. Only a couple of seasons have passed since my young daughter paddled me around Avalon Harbor as I sang pirate songs and pounded a cadence on the side of the kayak with a piece of drift wood. People on the moored boats cheered

as she struggled mightily to push my 225 pounds through the water. In the end we capsized the kayak and laughed until we were breathless. And, it was just a month ago that my youngest son landed a 30 inch halibut by himself, without a net, in a kayak. It seems only yesterday that he thought a half pound blue perch was just about all the fish he could handle. Those memories and a thousand more are what I received for over three decades of boating and cruising expenses. Most days it seems like it was all worth it, while on others...well, sometimes, not so much. Now, what time and dreams remain for me? Well, my sons and I would like to retrace the voyage of John Steinbeck and Ed “Doc” Ricketts - written about in Steinbeck’s “The Log From the Sea of Cortez”. Both Ricketts and Steinbeck were rugged individualists with brilliant minds similar in many ways to Hemingway. We all feel it would be a wonderful thing to read passages from the book while anchored in the same coves where Ricketts and Steinbeck had anchored in 1940. Sadly, I suspect that it will remain only a dream. Dreams can die either of two ways; crushed suddenly - dashed on the rocks of misfortune, or slowly ground to nothing by the sands of time and the gritty humdrum of our existence.

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caress the features . He had said his goodbyes to the small knot of friends and relatives who gathered on the shore. Already their features blur and dim as the oars dig into the sea with powerful strokes. Soon they appear as shadows -hands still arcing overhead - cries of “Farewell” drift away on the wind. Finally, those left ashore melt away into the dark backdrop of the cove - so much and so long a part of yesterday, but having no place in tomorrow. The boat dips gently on the swell - beckoning him to hasten to her side. In a moment he is alongside and swings himself aboard - hands, strong and sure, hoist the halyards. Sails softly luff as he scampers across the foredeck to weigh anchor. After a moments hesitation he unties the rode and lets it slip into the depths - of an anchor he would have no further need. A few steps - quick and sure - and the cockpit surrounds him. One hand on the tiller - the other for the sheets. Trimmed sails begin to fill, and the boat nudges her bow against the rising swell. The anchorage of so many years slips astern and the boat’s wake points a crooked finger at was, but will never be again. Ahead, drifts of foam frost the heaping seas. Spray spatters over the coaming as the bow begins to plunge into the green mounds. Soon, heeled and reaching, they are out from under the lee of life - on a course from which none ever return. Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S. C. G. Licensed Sailing Master. He has taught sailing and seamanship, skippered charters, written boating articles, managed yachts and delivered vessels for more than 25 years. He can be reached for comments and consultation at 310460-8946 or email at, [email protected] net.

This dream of a voyage through the “Sea of Cortez” seems destined for the latter fate. College, finances, work, and the thousand Lilliputian strings of civilization will keep us tied to things practical, mundane, and ultimately deadening. That is the quiet, wasting, furtive death of dreams. 30 years ago, while still a young man, I wrote the free verse below. Perhaps a bit strange for a young man to write of such things. Now that the shadows are long, certainly a closer fit. And, it does seem a proper ending for these meandering reflections of boats and dreams - a suitable requiem to mark their passing. VOYAGE TO ETERNITY The glass slipped from the frail, white hand. Murmurs cease as the death watch leans closer to catch a last word or perhaps, at least, something from the eyes. The eyelids flutter and the chest heaves hard hanging on the edge of eternity. Then with a rasp and a rattle - life escapes, leaving only death to

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By Larry Brown

Search for Blue Whales


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few weeks ago the Aquarium of the Pacific, had invited me, with other members of the media, on a blue whale-watching trip. The cattle-maran left the Long Beach Harbor just after 9:30 a.m. and about an hour later, maybe 5-miles south of Point Vicente we slowed down and as if the whales had been sent a schedule, we were witnessing the largest creature that’s ever lived shooting mist from its blowhole while everyone gaped in awe.

We watched the enormous creatures surface, spend about 3-5 minutes taking short dives and then routinely diving deep to get mouthfuls of the tiny shrimp-like crustaceans, Krill, which it feeds on almost exclusively. The whale loitered near the surface while everyone shot video and still shots, then went down to get another mouthful containing uncountable amounts of the centimeter long organisms. We were told that when their fluke becomes visible – this indicates they are on a deep dive and probably won’t be seen again for about 10-minutes. Because the whales only show a portion of their bodies and there isn’t a lot of contrast in the ocean - in addition to it being such a vastly wide open space, it’s easy to overlook just how incredibly enormous these animals are. Their tongue weighs as much as an elephant and it’s said their heart is the size of a car. On this day, the whale we spotted was thought by the scientists on board to be around 75-feet long. I paid close attention to landmarks on shore so I could return to the same spot for my own whale-watching adventure in my 32-foot sailboat. I called a little gang of people together and left the Marina at around 11:00 a.m. en route to the same spot in hopes that I could witness the marvel again. I motorsailed at around 6-7 knots while my neophyte crew fought off queasiness on the long trek out there.

One might ask – why is the story of a sailing trip/whale watch slotted into the Powertails section that is supposed to be for fishing and powerboating? The answer is that I realized on that trip, that a powerboat was what was needed that day and a blue whale watching day trip is a great powerboating experience. I spent hours chugging out to the spot and when we finally arrived, it was time to turn around and return. If only we could have cruised out there at 18-25-knots, we would have had the option of actually searching for this endangered species that’s feeding so close to Marina del Rey. There aren’t a lot of cruising destinations in this area and a blue whale watch is a great way to spend a day of adventuring. Blues have been spotted around Malaga Cove near the PV coast on down towards Long Beach. Deep water is necessary, so keep a watch on the depth finder. Both times I’ve seen blues, we were close to a shelf – not too far from the coast, in over 300-feet of water and both of those times it was late morning. On two other occasions where I went on a search and was skunked, it was late afternoon – I don’t know if there is a correlation. Blue whales are still a mystery to scientists. After being hunted to near extinction through the 20th century, for quite some time, they were literally hard to come by, but fortunately, the blues are showing signs of recovery. Luckily for us, one of the largest populations is here in California and can be seen on many a summer day. 18

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Peace Treaty

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Randy Reynolds at the helm of his self-designed Reynolds 33 catamaran sailing off the coast of Long Beach.


fter a bit of friction within the ranks of the yacht racing community, next year’s Newport-to-Ensenada International Yacht Race and the Border Run International Sailing Event to San Diego will be held on different weekends -- and the organizers have vowed to work together to build support for both events.

Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA), organizer of the long-running Newport-to-Ensenada Race; and XS Racing, founder of the Border Run; announced they have reached an agreement for the 2011 events that will allow sailors to participate in both races and eliminate several sources of local controversy within the Southern California sailing community. “I’m glad we all found a way to work together,” said Randy Reynolds, designer/builder of the R33 catamaran and co-founder of XS Racing and the Border Run. “We look forward to working with NOSA and the Ocean Racing Catamaran Association (ORCA) to help grow both races -- and the overall participation of sailboat racing in Southern California -- again.” With the help of South Shore Yacht Club (the organizing authority of the Border Run) and ORCA, all four parties have helped to create a set of guidelines they believe will “serve the greater good” for local sailors. The multihull organization ORCA was instrumental in moving the process forward by creating a new “Extreme” class for high-performance multihulls that will include the Reynolds 33 catamaran, allowing it to sail in the 2011 Newport-to-Ensenada Race. With this new agreement, the two multihull fleets will be unified to race in one fleet under two rating systems. As a result of the new agreement, and to allow sailors to participate in both events, South Shore YC and XS Racing have set the start date for the 2011 Border Run International Sailing Event: Saturday, April 9 -- the weekend before the Newport-to-Ensenada Race start. This will avoid an overlap with the 2011 Newport-to-Ensenada Race, which will start on Friday, April 15.


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And it hit you then. Yes. That whole entire boat ride all the way down to Keregulen and all the way back to Reunion – it took that whole time for me to grasp what had happened. And then you get on the boat and you’re thinking wow, I’m on some fishing boat in the southern ocean. Yeah, it was a little crazy - I hopped on board and there was all these fishermen there waiting to help get the dinghy back on. They moved me up on deck and showing me around and everything – it was kind of crazy. Are you insanely relieved at this point? I don’t know. Yes, I was definitely relieved and really grateful to these guys who had come out of their way to come get me. With hindsight do you think that was a bad time to hit that part of the world? I know that if I hadn’t been hit by a rogue wave I would still out there right now. I’ve been through rough storms - I was expecting to go through more storms and I think I would have been fine. I think leaving Cape Town when I did was not a bad decision. What is next? Anything? I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Right

now my plan is to finish high school, get a driver’s license and all that, but if a boat does come up down the line I’ll definitely be leaving the minute I get the boat. So when you say a boat comes up – meaning a company comes forward and says hey you want to do this again? Yeah, I don’t have money to go for it again. And I know mom would prefer I didn’t go for it quite so soon but one day I’m going to sail around world solo, non-stop and unassisted - it doesn’t matter how old I am. What do you do with your days now? I’m working on the book and kind of being driven mad by the lack of sailing. About a week at home and I was ready to go again. I’m kind of going through the blogs and going into a lot more detail because in the blogs I had to keep everything sort of short. It’s kind of nice because now I can tell the whole story without the media twisting it and turning it. It will just be the truth. It will be nice to get that out there. Do you have any time expectations for that? We’re hoping to get it out before Christmas or around Christmas. For more information about Abby Sunderland go to

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such as the vessel name and VHF call sign, which is programmed into the AIS unit by the retailer on purchase and is also transmitted regularly. The signals are received by AIS transponders fitted on other ships or on land based systems, such as VTS systems. The received information can be displayed on a screen or chart plotter, showing the other vessel’s positions in much the same manner as a radar display. The AIS standard comprises several sub-standards ‘Types’ which specify individual product types. The specification for each product type provides a detailed technical specification which ensures the overall integrity of the global AIS system within which all the product types must operate. The major product types described in the AIS system standards are: Class A – Vessel mounted AIS transceiver (transmit & receive) which operates using Self Organizing Time Division Multiple Access (SOTDMA). Class A’s must have an integrated display, transmit at 12W, interface capability with multiple ship systems, and offer a sophisticated selection of features and functions. Default transmit rate is every few seconds. AIS Class A type compliant devices receive all types of AIS messages. Class B – Vessel mounted AIS transceiver (transmit & receive) which operates using Carrier Sense Time Division Multiple Access (CSTDMA) that listens and will only transmit when the channel is clear. Class Bs transmit at 2W and are not required to have an integrated display: Class Bs can be connected to most display systems which the received messages will be displayed in lists or overlaid on charts. Default transmit rate is normally every 30 seconds, but this can be varied according to vessel speed or instructions from base stations. This type requires integrated GPS and certain LED indicators. Class B does receive all types of AIS messages. Base Station – Shore based AIS transceiver (transmit & receive) which operates using SOTDMA. Base stations have a complex set of features and functions which in the AIS standard are able to control the AIS system and all devices operating therein. Ability to interrogate individual transponders for status reports and or transmit frequency changes. Aids to Navigation (AtoN) – Shore or buoy based transceiver (transmit & receive) which operates using FATDMA. Designed to collect and transmit data related to sea and weather conditions as well as relay AIS messages to extend network coverage.

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Richard Curry has been working in electronics since 1974, from ham radio through government radio system management positions. Cruising a Vagabond 47, “Pegasus”, into Mexican waters gave Curry hands-on experience with the recalcitrant marine electronics of the early 90’s. Having just completed a Masters Degree in Information Technology, and currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Education curriculum he is in electronics sales for West Marine in Marina Del Rey, and currently available for personal consultation and discussion of your individual marine electronics situation. What’s going on with AIS technology? There was a time, not that long ago, when recreational RADAR units were the only electronic enhancement to navigation available to the mariner. Then chart plotters increased in popularity with the addition of an electronic fix generated by either LORAN or GPS and a mariner had some real help with the job of knowing and recording where the vessel was. But today the game has again changed with the advent of connecting marine electronics together and digitally sharing information about the boat with others through a marine VHF radio. The maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS) is part of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) that brought us the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) “yell for help button” that we have on our VHF radios today. An AIS transponder will automatically broadcast information, such as position, speed, and navigational status, at regular intervals via a VHF transmitter built into the transponder. This VHF radio is in addition to the one we use for communications now, so there is a degree of redundancy. The information originates from the ship’s navigational sensors, typically from GPS and/or gyrocompass. There is more information, 2010

AIS receivers are NOT specified in the AIS standards as these units do not transmit. The main threat to the integrity of any AIS system are non-compliant AIS transmissions hence the careful specifications of all transmitting AIS devices. However it is well to note that AIS transceivers all transmit on multiple channels as required by the AIS standards. As such ‘single channel’ or ‘multiplexed’ receivers will not receive all AIS messages. Only ‘dual channel’ receivers will receive all AIS messages. Cruisers, fishermen and day-sailors will welcome the broad acceptance of integrated marine electronic systems with the ability show current ship data from a broad range of display devices that even include wireless display units. All this enhances safety for the coastal or bluewater cruiser with collision course detection, RADAR/VHF interrogation of contacts and water speed, temperature and depth at the fingertips.

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