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A Publication For Where Land Ends www.mariner Issue #94 December 2010

Talkin’ America’s Cup With Pete Melvin
Remembering Peggy Slater Rowing Long Beach to Cabo More...

A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

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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 Nov. 19 - Dec. 17

As I was writing the rowing story in this issue, I was brought back to my childhood where I rowed quite a bit. It wasn’t the same brand of rowing I witness from the perch on my E Basin end-tie where I see all the modern looking shells going by every morning. I didn’t wear spandex shorts and a hat with a little rear view mirror. I was “keeping it real” I rowed a beat up faded blue 12-foot aluminum boat with mismatched oars, across a creek to my friend’s house (the house in the center of the photo) nearly every day. Until I somehow lost one of the oars and then I paddled with one, until someone hooked me up with another oar - then I was back to two. I wasn’t working out or in training; I was going somewhere - I had a destination. I’m grateful that boating wasn’t introduced to me as a sport – I like that it was an integral part of my growing up – a tool, a vehicle, a means to get out of the house and make a small voyage across a small sea. I never thought of rowing as hard or fun or something I wanted to get better at. I never wanted to get a newer boat, although a few boats came and went for whatever reason – I just wanted to get across the creek, and rowing was a simple, no nonsense way to make the short trek. It’s these reflections of innocence that remind me of why I still find myself wanting to travel along the water in a boat and just like when I was a young kid - I really don’t care what kind.

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Coming Events Off the Wire A Sport on the Rise The Growing Sport of Rowing AC Pete An Interview with Pete Melvin Let the Parade Commence Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade Announcements Coastal Currents Peggy Slater Rememberd by Richard Schaefer Powertails Life Preserver Design Contest Racing Ask the Expert - Lightening Prevention Ask Mookie Classifieds 4 6 10 12 14 16 18 20 23 24 25


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Thanksgiving “Island Style” Enjoy a traditional family style Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the trimmings in a unique Island setting. Reservations are required; please call the Harbor Reef Restaurant at 310-510-4215. “Cupdate” 2010 The next America’s Cup will be raced in 2013 in exotic 72-foot catamarans with “wingsails” – multihulls capable of speeds of 30 knots or more. To prepare the syndicates for the new AC72s, one-design AC45 catamarans will be launched next year, and a lineup of “World Series” regattas will be scheduled for 2011, 2012 and 2013 at venues around the world. Join us at California YC for this year’s “Cupdate”, as Tom Ehman from BMW Oracle Racing will provide unique insight about this exciting new era of the America’s Cup. He will be joined by designer/engineer Pete Melvin. 7:30 p.m. Free Admission & Beer. California Yacht Club 4469 Admiralty Way | Marina del Rey 90292 Catalina Grand Prix My Cuz Vinnie Promotions LLC. is proud to announce the return of “The Catalina Grand Prix” in association with The BIG 6, D-37 and AMA. Festivities begin Friday December 3, 2010 with racing on Dec. 4th and 5th. The highlight of the weekend will be the 100 mile Pro Race on December 5th. Marina del Rey Annual Holiday Boat Parade Festively decorated boats illuminate the main channel in one of the Marina’s most visually exciting events. Best viewing in Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. 6 - 8 p.m. Free. T oenter call 310-670-7130 or go to New Years Eve at Two Harbors What better place to ring in the New Year, than Two Harbors. Join us at the Harbor 4

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With a call for entries now underway through December 15 for the 2010 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award, now is the time to shine the spotlight on those who have made significant contributions in helping others become more environmentally responsible. The award honors people, organizations or businesses who have helped show boaters how to take better care of their local lake, river or bay, and the recipient will take home $1,000 to help continue their environmental efforts. “Any group, organization, company, marina or individual who has worked hard to make a difference is eligible for the award,” said Susan Shingledecker, director of environmental programs for the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. “This could be a group from your neighborhood that has cleaned up miles of beaches, a boat club member who has spearheaded a local environmental education campaign or a marina that has led efforts to keep our waterways clean,” added Shingledecker. “Or, you could nominate someone at the state level, or a national company that develops a breakthrough product with significant environmental benefits, for example. But the bottom line is that we are looking for nominees who have made a real impact.” The award, now in its fourth year, was created to complement the efforts of the BoatUS Foundation, which has a long history of working with waterway users, marinas and local organizations throughout the country to help bring environmental messages directly to boaters.
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WI R E Border Run Sailboat Race Adds Third Course

The Border Run International Yacht Race has added more elements to a race that organizers say was founded on inclusion and growing the sport of sailboat racing. This time they’re challenging dinghy sailors to get in the action with a third course called the “Sprint Course” that runs from Newport to Dana Point. It’s a 14-mile run open to dinghy’s, sailboards, kiteboards, kayaks and even paddleboards. “We want to see the start-line packed with boats, big and small,” said co-founder Bob Long. “Every year we’re trying figure out ways to get more sailors out there to have a blast with us. I think people are going to love the short course idea.” In addition to the announcement of the new short course, TBR organizers have also gone full tilt on trying to make the event a money maker for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To that end they have set up a number of ways to earn free entries and tons of boating gear. “We’re confident that if people get into it, this year’s Border Run will be really special. The sailors can get a bunch of cool stuff including the free entry and, at the same time, LLS can make money to help cancer patients,” said Long. “The charity aspect is totally voluntary, but we’re hoping that, based on the way it’s all set up, sailors would be silly not to get involved.” Long says the key is that people enter immediately so they’re able to take advantage of the fund raising option. There are simple methods mapped out on the site to raise money and he assures people that it’s super easy to raise enough to earn a free entry providing they allow themselves enough time. “I hope people check it out,” Long said. “We’re hoping that this race helps people who are hurting while we’re fortunate enough to be sailing the So Cal waters.” Check out the website to see the full Border Run/LLS lowdown at

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Del Rey Yacht Club Junior Program Gets an Influx of Optis

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The Del Rey Junior Program gets a new start with 22 new boats to replace the older Sabots that have been the cornerstone of the program for years. The Optimist, nicknamed Opti’s will allow the kids in the program opportunities for more competition. Other junior programs have been changing from Sabots to Opti’s. It is now time for DRYC to join the mainstream and offer our young sailors the best possible experience. Twenty of the boats were purchased with donated funds from the successful FUBAR Odyssey, powerboat rally held in 2007. The rally was conceived of, directed and produced by Bruce Kessler who was named Yachtsman of the Year in 2008 for this event. The FUBAR Committee solicited names for the boats from committee members and some of the participants of the rally. The boats and names will be reveled at a ceremony held at DRYC on November 20. The other two boats were purchased by Del Rey Youth Foundation, a new 501 (c) (3) charity started in 2008. One of the boats, which will be named Winship was purchased in honor of William Winship Tarr, a DRYC board member and long time mariner from donations made in his name. The other boat was purchased in honor of Andrew Feldman, long time member of DRYC from donations made in his name will be named Andrew’s Place. Both Tarr and Feldman passed away unexpectedly last year. For more information about the charity at

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nce a year early on a November morning, the main channel of Marina del Rey becomes a racetrack for the rowing breed. Sleek shells, so narrow the slightest weight shift can feasibly cause capsize, race around the harbor in an annual contest called Head of the Marina hosted by the California Yacht Club. Seeing large teams of young men and women from the local colleges and a slew of other competitors of all ages and genders is a reminder that this is a sport that albeit somewhat below the radar, is quietly becoming more and more popular every year.

In the last couple of decades, junior and particularly women’s programs have soared in participation numbers. The surge in the women’s divisions is largely to do with a law entitled Title IX, which seeks to insure federal funding is equally disbursed between men and women in college sports. “When women’s rowing became a NCAA sport about 13-years ago – it really exploded,” said former UCLA rowing coach Paul Mokha. “And following suit, junior rowing, as a feeder, has grown dramatically all over the country.” Here in California, it is steadily reaching more people who are either in search of a unique form of competition or a means to get a full body workout – and for many it’s both. If the Head of the Marina is any indication, the sport is certainly building steam. “The event went very well,” said California Staff Commodore Craig Leads who has organized the event for years. “We had one-hundred entries which is a record - previously, ninety five was the most.” Seeing the demographic in this year’s Head of the Marina Leeds indicated the contest reflected just what Mokha points out - larger numbers of junior and female teams. “The sport is growing, mainly fueled by junior and masters rowing,” Leeds said. “There are large numbers of girls going into rowing because they think rowing is a sure way of getting into a good college with a scholarship.” Leeds also points out that there has also been an increase in the number of masters age rowers as well, which are those aged 26 and over. He attributes those gains to the health benefits of the sport.

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Exclusive Interview with America’s Cup Designer and Rule Author Pete Melvin

The sailing world is buzzing with the recent announcements regarding the next America’s Cup slated for 2013. The news that the Cup will be raced on 72-foot state-of-the-art catamarans equipped with rigid wings has some fans out of their minds with excitement and others angry that tradition is being bucked. In the eye of it all is Huntington Beach engineer Pete Melvin, from Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering, a world champion A-cat sailor who has been part of such high profile projects as Steve Fossett’s record setting Playstation and last year working with BMW Oracle on the over-the-top monster trimaran that won the 33rd America’s Cup for the American team. Melvin and his associates have most recently gone through the painstaking task of writing the America’s Cup Multihull Rule, which tackles the many specifics that make up a level and fair playing field for the most prestigious sailboat race in the world. Prior to a visit by BMW Oracle Spokesman Tom Ehman who will be giving a presentation on the America’s Cup at the California Yacht Club on December 1st at 7:30. The Mariner caught up with Melvin, who will also be on hand that night, to ask some questions about the next America’s Cup.

Mariner: So you’re signed with another team? Melvin: Yes. Mariner: Can you say what team yet? Melvin: I can’t because they don’t want to announce it yet. Mariner: Are you surprised that you’re not with the defender in this capacity? Melvin: No, not really. First, of all, last time it was such a crazy deal where you never knew what was going to happen next and there just wasn’t enough time to develop anything. Mariner: With the 33rd you mean? Mariner: Yes, exactly. Oracle basically threw bodies at it. It wasn’t an efficient or inexpensive process but it got done. We started out with work for 2 ½ years with those guys on that. Ultimately, they had to skinny their design team down to about a third of what it was last time. And they have basically gone to everyone in-house, they aren’t having any outside firms doing design work for them – at least at this point. And also with the rule writing, politically it would have been hard for them to hire us back. Because they announced they we’re having an independent party write the rules - when we had the choice to write the rules or not, it kind of disqualifies us from being on their design team. But we decided to just do it anyway.

Mariner: Now that you’ve written the AC multihull rule what are you doing now? Melvin: We are done with rule writing and such. So we instantly put our hat on with a team we signed up with and now we’re...(smiling) looking Mariner: And you decided to do it anyway because it sounded like an interesting thing to do or because it was a sure fire gig? What was the for loop holes in the rules! 12 The Mariner - Issue 94 2010

decision process there? Melvin: Yeah, both of those. We thought it was interesting work and it was good work to do. Lots of hours went into it and income came from it. Mariner: Had you done something like this before? Melvin: No. Mariner: So the next project you do will be right in your wheelhouse - just doing straight up design work? Melvin: Exactly. Mariner: How does America’s Cup work compare to the Playstation stuff that you did? Is it similar? Melvin: I guess it’s similar in a way that we’ve got more resources in terms of specialists and things like that - we can drill down much deeper into areas. In normal design or a normal race boat, you just don’t have those kind of resources and budgets to go into that kind of depth. You always learn a ton from those kind of projects because of all the technology that goes into it. They’re great to be involved with and they don’t come along everyday so we’re real happy to be involved with it. Mariner: Coming from a multihull place, you guys must be out of your heads that the America’s Cup is in multihulls. Melvin: Yes, it’s amazing. You know we built our business never really thinking about the America’s Cup, so for the last 20 years we’ve been diversified – we designed racing boats, cruising boats, production boats, custom boats, commercial boats, just about anything that anyone will throw at us. But all of us in the office pretty much come from a racing background - our first love is to design racing boats. So it’s a dream come true for all of us. Mariner: What do you say to the critics who say multis won’t make for good match racing in the America’s Cup? Melvin: With BMW Oracle last time, one of the things I was involved with, was doing some match racing where we used the Reynolds 33s for some of the practice and everyone found it was very exciting. It was different, but certainly no less exciting and thrilling. So I think it will be spectacular. Mariner: Why do you think that people think that? Melvin: Because they have no experience doing it and that’s totally understandable. Very few people have matched race on multihulls so it’s really an unknown. The match racing will be different than how we know it but on the other hand the acceleration will be much more dramatic and the tactics will be totally different. For instance, on the America’s Cup, the one match where Oracle came in from the committee boat side and Alinghi came in from the other side – you don’t have much time to react coming into the box like that. You only get one chicken-wiggle of the tiller and it’s all over if you guess wrong. It’s kind of a sudden death showdown in that way. The first 5 or 10 seconds of the race will be extremely exciting. Who knows what will happen after that. Should be great.

really anything about multi-hulls or anything. But once again, I’m not really privy to their information. Mariner: Is this much more expensive than the 32nd America’s Cup? Melvin: I think it will be comparable to that. There is a lot of debate going on. Mariner: Was your team involved in the cost control aspect? Melvin: That was one of the things we were involved in when writing the rules. The monohulls that were proposed for the 34th America’s Cup and the multi-hulls that were proposed were actually quite similar in cost. So then it comes down to how many boats can you build, how big your team is, logistics and those sort of things. Mariner: You can’t have two boats with this, can you? Melvin: Well, you can build up to two boats. Mariner: So you can practice with two boats? Melvin: You’re not allowed to do two boat testing. You have to read the protocol about that. You’re only allowed to sail it at certain times before events and stuff like that. They’re really trying to limit it – it’s extremely costly to have your entire design team having two complete boats going out and testing every day. It’s just a ton of people and quite expensive. Mariner: Every time, when the AC happens there’s always this “trickle down” talk, do you foresee trickle down with these kind of things given that it’s so far out of the box. Is the wing something that we’re going to see in the mainstream or do you think the wing is always going to be kind of fringe? Melvin: I think they will always be a bit of a fringe. Mariner: Because of practical reasons? Melvin: Yeah. A wing like that I think there are applications, like this hover wing with the free standing mast and rig where the wing can rotate around it. You can park it at a dock. I think there will be some commercial and recreational applications for wings maybe just not the type you see on the America’s Cup catamarans. Mariner: What’s your take on the wing versus the soft sail – from an engineers perspective is it more interesting? Is there as much to do? Melvin: There’s a lot to it. It’s a little more technical. The wing doesn’t talk to you like a sail does. It’s not a moving membrane that you can see how it’s twisting or if it’s luffing, you know that sort of thing so you have to sail a little bit more by the numbers but the performance benefits are huge.

Mariner: Sail makers often seem to have an edge in racing but now is it going to be the engineers that have the edge? If it is by the numbers, where is the innate talent with the wing, does it exist the same as it does with a soft sail? Melvin: I mean, I guess some people have a good eye for shaping a sail Mariner: What is your take on the British and the Germans snubbing there’s a whole art with matching masts to sails and all that stuff and some people are better at that than others. It’s just a little different discipline it? Melvin: Well, the Germans, I don’t really know anything about their team now. Instead of saying ‘maybe I’ll change the shape here, put a tuck here, - I don’t know if they ever had the resources to compete in the America’s or poke this batten out…’now it’ll be - ‘let’s change our slot geometry or Cup regardless of what kind of boat. The same could possibly be said about twist the aft flaps more’… so it’s not entirely different – it’s just a different the British too, I guess. I don’t know what their financial wherewithal was tool doing the same job. continued on page 22 but there were some rumors that that was the real reason and it wasn’t 2010 The Mariner - Issue 94 13

Now that fall is here boaters are starting to look ahead to the holidays. Boat Parade officials recently announced the first entry has signed up for the 48th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Marina’s main channel with a spectacular fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. This year’s parade theme is ”A Rock ’n Roll Christmas” with boat owners competing for numerous prize packages. Boat Parade sponsorships are also available from $100 up to $25,000. The 33-foot Crystaliner power boat, Westbound, is the first entry in the Boat Parade and is Marina del Rey’s only “legal” scuba dive charter boat. The captains’ and the owner of Westbound Diving are long-time Marina del Rey private boat owners and participants in the parade. Boat Parade organizers have also announced that DJ Larry Morgan from 100.3 FM, The Sound, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 48th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 11. “Larry Morgan is a perfect fit as our Grand Marshal this year with our

Boat Parade theme,” said Holiday Boat Parade President Cindy Williams. “The Marina should get ready to rock out as he cruises along the parade route. We are looking for a Grand Marshal boat 60-feet or more, if anyone is interested in being the Grand Marshal boat contact Boat Parade headquarters” Morgan started his radio career at the age of 15 running Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 on Sunday nights. He attended USC and worked part-time at then TOP 40 AM powerhouse KFI answering request lines. Two of Larry’s former friends from KFI were now a part of the new KIIS-FM where he joined the legendary staff anchored by Rick Dees and Big Ron O’Brien for their mid-80’s run as the biggest station in the country. Boat parade entry forms can be downloaded from the Boat Parade website at or by visiting the Marina del Rey Visitors Information Center at 4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. For additional information about the parade, follow the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade on Facebook and Twitter or contact parade headquarters at (310) 670-7130.

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L.A. Times - Rich Roberts Slater Gave No Quarter at the Helm November 23, 1990 “The sailing community was stunned by the recent, sudden death of Peggy Slater at 72. She seemed indestructible. As sailor, yacht broker or all-around good person, with her flaming red hair and a trademark flower over her left ear, Slater was a match for anyone.” Well, 20 years have passed since that evening in November when Peggy died of a heart attack in the parking lot of Pacific Mariner’s Yacht Club. She had been an irresistible force in sailing for more than 50 years, and was scheduled to address a meeting of the Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay. She died as she had lived - immersed in sailing and things of the sea. Peggy grew up in a prosperous family in Los Angeles. Her father had a 50-foot cutter, the Jolly Rover, berthed in Newport Harbor. The family spent every available weekend at Catalina. Her father taught her early that sailing to the island was only a small part of boating - the rest included: varnishing the brightwork, scrubbing the deck, polishing brass, mending cotton sails, and the hundred other tasks necessary aboard a gaff rigged cutter. 2010 By the age of 9, Peggy was single-handing her own 14-foot boat around Newport Bay. At fourteen, Peggy raced her boat to Catalina, and that night danced in the Casino Ballroom. Her long love affair with Catalina and the sea began to blossom. At 16, she was a freshman at UCLA, majoring in English Literature. Her father had bought her a larger boat, a 26-foot sloop she christened, Seventh Heaven. She spent weekends and summers at Catalina for the next four years. The years from the 1930s through the 1950s were the golden years for Catalina. Hollywood stars came there in droves. Bonfires and tiki torches lit the beach at the Isthmus, and live bands performed nearly every night during the season. Peggy would make the long row from her boat moored in Cherry Cove, splash ashore, and throw herself among the laughing dancers. During the day she earned extra money by freeing fouled mooring lines from rudders, props and keels and occasionally baby-sitting the children of Hollywood families. These “Hollywood” friendships were to serve her well in the future. It was during one of these first solo voyages to the island that Peggy’s life was nearly cut short. She was about midway between Catalina The Mariner - Issue 94 and the mainland when a fitting failed on her towed dinghy. She hung over the transom to secure the dinghy when a large wave hit the boat and pitched her into the sea. The tiller was tied off and the boat sailed away, leaving her in its wake. Her only hope was to swim after the sailing boat and hope the boat would luff up, or otherwise slow down. Instead, the boat tacked and sailed away. She felt that she was doomed, but then the boat tacked again, and on a course that she might hope to intercept. She swam with all her strength - barely managing to catch the trailing dinghy and pull herself aboard. Another moment and she would have been lost - leaving everyone to speculate about what had become of the adventurous young girl. Peggy graduated from UCLA in 1940 and found work managing a small marina and chandlery in San Pedro. Within minutes of closing the shop she was hoisting sail, and was soon heeled and reaching across the large harbor. Her father wondered at the wisdom of working on the docks after obtaining a degree in English literature - but Peggy was happy and so no more was said. Then one Sunday, returning after a long, blustery race in the San Pedro channel, Peggy and fellow racers found the entrance to L.A. Harbor blocked by Navy ships. As the fleet of sailboats approached the blockade their crews called to the sailors lining the decks of the 15


island. Bogart turned back on the trail and stood next to Peggy - both admiring the yacht’s lines. Bogart said to Peggy, “What would you think of me buying Santana? Peggy beamed, “If you do I’ll even go sailing with you!” Bogart did buy Santana, and Bogie, Bacall and Slater spent many sparkling days sailing the San Pedro Channel and the waters surrounding Catalina. The last outing Bogart made before his death was to Newport Harbor. Too sick to sail her, he wanted to simply stand on the deck of his beloved Santana - one last time. Bogart insisted that no casket be present at his funeral - but instead, a glass encased model of Santana was to be placed next to the lectern. Even though she ran a busy and successful yacht brokerage Peggy always made time to sail - doing many local and long distance races. She won more than 800 sailing trophies during her lifetime. She was the first woman skipper in the Transpac and Acapulco Race. She cruised all over the Pacific, and the Mediterranean. She sailed to Hawaii and Mexico several times. She cruised the Caribbean often, and even sailed alone, 1,400 miles, in a 14-foot open, native sloop. Her voyage took her from the Virgin Islands to Trinidad - camping and sharing beach fires with the locals at dozens of islands along the way. In 1956, the Los Angeles Times named her “Sportswoman of the Year”. In 1965, she sailed to Tahiti and met Marlon Brando who was there filming, “Mutiny on the Bounty”. The two became friends and he asked her to work with the film crew for several weeks. During these years she continued to run her yacht brokerage and built an ocean view home on the bluffs of Palos Verdes and another on the beach of Kauai. She hired help as needed, but tried to do as much of the work as she was able. Peggy’s two most harrowing experiences took place en route to Hawaii. In 1951, she skippered L’Apache on the Transpac race. About 800 miles from Honolulu, in 35 knots of wind and heavy seas one of her crew, Ted Sierks, fell over board. A life ring was thrown, but soon the crewman disappeared among the cresting waves. L’Apache was running downwind with the spinnaker and it took several minutes to douse the huge sail and turn back. For the next eleven hours Peggy stayed on the wave lashed foredeck, calling and scanning the frothing waves for the crewman. A navy convoy overheard the distress transmissions and joined the search. After several hours the commanding officer declared Sierks “lost at sea” and ordered the search called off. He detached the destroyer Munro to standby L’Apache until their rig - damaged in the rough seas during the all night search - could be repaired. Peggy and her navigator hurriedly worked out what they believed to be the most likely position of the lost crewman. Peggy contacted the Captain of the destroyer and said she would refuse to leave the area unless he agreed to search the indicated area one more time. The Captain reluctantly agreed and the destroyer pulled away from the damaged L’Apache, but before doing so he made Peggy give her word that she would resume course to Honolulu as soon as repairs were made. A few hours later, as L’Apache limped toward Honolulu, the radio crackled - the Munro had found Sierks - alive. He had been in the stormy sea over 30 hours. Peggy and the crew of L’Apache hugged one another - smiling through their tears. The second time death knocked at Peggy’s door was in 1968, when Peggy set sail, aboard her red Kettenberg 43, Valentine, yet again, for Hawaii. But this voyage was different - this time she went alone. All went fairly well for the first 19 days. Then, just a day out of Honolulu, Peggy fell overboard during a sail change in rough weather. Peggy was tethered to the boat and became entangled in the headsail and halyard. The boat, steered by a wind vane, continued on course - dragging her, spinning and splashing, alongside. Peggy had broken her hand during her fall and wasn’t able to free herself from the sail turned death shroud. For more than 12 hours she was dragged through the surging seas. Finally, at the end of her strength, she was able to loosen her bonds and pull herself back on board as the gunnel dipped low on a swell. She was bruised, beaten, dehydrated, and badly hypothermic. When body temperature drops below 95 degrees anxiety and confusion take over the mental process - if it drops another 2010

warships, “what’s going on?”...soon after, the loud speaker on the nearest ship blared, “The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor...we are at war.” It was Sunday, December 7, 1941. Peggy wanted to join the war effort and soon went to work for the War Department driving trucks throughout Southern California, and even convoyed war materials to Alaska on the newly competed AlCan Highway. In time, Peggy found herself missing the sea and soon signed on to a 65-foot schooner, Hispaniola, which was headed south to Guatemala on a War Department mission to catch sharks. At that time shark livers were the primary source of vitamin A and the Army needed vast amounts for rations and vitamin tablets. She made two adventure filled voyages south during the war. After the war, Peggy became the first woman Yacht Broker in the United States. Her business was an instant success and she soon capitalized on all the Hollywood stars she had met on Catalina before the war. Errol Flynn, John Wayne, director John Ford, Raymond Burr, Dick Powell, Tyrone Power, Howard Hughes, James Cagny, Burl Ives, James Arness, Sterling Hayden, Lauren Bacall and hubby, Humphrey Bogart were all friends, sailing buddies and many were also clients. Peggy met Bogart when he owned a 35-foot powerboat, named, Sluggy. Not coincidentally, Sluggy was also the nickname of Bogart’s first wife. Their drinking and onboard brawls were legendary at Catalina. Bogart, who wanted to learn to sail, knew of Peggy’s skills and asked her to instruct him. Bogart’s drinking and temper were well known and at first Peggy was reluctant. But Bogart finally convinced her that he could control his drinking and his temper during their lessons. After a few weeks Bogart could be seen sailing a small sloop between the anchored yachts with grand aplomb. Peggy had taught him well. A few months later, Bogart took Peggy bow hunting for wild pigs on Catalina, along with director and movie star, Dick Powell. They struggled up the hills above White’s Landing and Peggy stopped to enjoy the view of the bay below. Anchored there was the beautiful, 47-foot yawl, Santana. Peggy had previously pointed out the yacht’s graceful lines to Bogart when he was taking lessons with her at the 16

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degree you drift into stuporous, endless sleep. It was in this state that Peggy made contact with the Coast Guard and after three harrowing days, and the world watching, she was finally rescued and her boat towed into Oahu. It took more than a month for the nightmares and hallucinations to end - and three years before she again attempted long distance sailing. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Peggy continued to run her brokerage on Marquesas Way. And, as was her custom, sneak away whenever possible for a weekend at Catalina, or, if time permitted, more exotic locales. In 1980, Peggy worked closely with her friend, client and dock-mate, actor Hal Holbrook, during his preparations for his solo crossing to Hawaii. Mr. Holbrook’s crossing was difficult and he was suffering from sleep depravation. Recently, Mr. Holbrook sent me a note about the incident. It reads in part, “Peggy was so concerned about me she flew to Hawaii to meet me when I finally arrived in the early dawn at Kauai. She took me home to her house there and I passed out on the sofa for 12 hours.” Peggy closed her brokerage in December of 1987. About a month or so earlier, I shared a fried chicken lunch with her, and her ever present dog, at the picnic table in front of her office. She said she was saddened to close the brokerage, but thought it was the right time. The boat business was dying, many manufacturers were closing their factories, and Marina del Rey had changed from being about boats and sailors to being about profits and parking places - boats had become merely a necessary evil. She said also that she wanted time to write, and perhaps, squeeze in a few more adventures. I am happy to say she was able to do both. Her autobiography, Peggy, An Affair With the Sea, was published after her death. She also made arrangements to leave her considerable holdings to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Peggy, you stood your long watch well - now sleep peacefully, Skipper. Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Master and has instructed, delivered vessels, skippered charters and written articles on boating and seamanship for more than 25 years. He can be reached for questions or comments at 310-460-8946 or email [email protected] net. 2010

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ANNAPOLIS, Md., November 1, 2010 - The BoatUS Foundation’s “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” is once again calling for out-ofthe-box life jacket design entries. Five years ago, the Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition resulted with the introduction of several new and innovative life jacket designs to the public, the U.S. Coast Guard and recreational boating industry. Since then, the interest in new, more comfortable designs has not faded. While current models of life jackets save lives every day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving boaters reluctant to wear them. So the BoatUS Foundation, along with Underwriters Laboratories and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturer’s Association, decided another competition was necessary to keep the momentum going to seek out the newest technologies and design innovations that could rethink a 100-year-old design. “We all have the mindset of what a life jacket looks like - and that’s what we need to be challenging,” said Underwriters Laboratories’ Joe Waters. Entries that embrace new technologies and non-traditional thinking are being encouraged from armchair inventors to high school science clubs and collegiate design programs. There are no rules regarding types of materials to be used or whether the design meets any current U.S. standards. The deadline to enter is February 1, 2011. The entries will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. “Wearability” relates to the level of comfort. “Reliability” will take into account the chances for potential failure, while “cost” will look at the affordability of the design. “Innovation” will take into account originality or the employment of new technologies. In early February, video of all entries will be posted online at the BoatUS Foundation’s channel at, and the public will be asked to select a group of finalists. The finalist entries will then be reviewed by a special panel of judges convened at the International Boating and Water Safety Summit in Savannah, Georgia, on March 6 - 9, 2011, and the winner announced. A $5,000 cash award goes to the winning designer. “We believe that out-of-the-box thinking may lead to the next generation of life-saving devices,” said BoatUS Foundation President Ruth Wood. “We anticipate designs that will be creative and unconventional.” To enter, video footage of an actual working prototype must be submitted by providing a URL link to the video (no actual prototypes are submitted). The video must clearly demonstrate how the design floats a person in the water. For more information on how to enter and for contest rules, visit www. You may also contact Chris Edmonston at 703-823-9550, x8356. 18 The Mariner - Issue 94 2010

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Doug Baker, Long Beach, skippered the Reichel/Pugh 78 Akela to first-to-finish honors Tuesday and was first in Division 1 on corrected ORR handicap time in Long Beach Yacht Club’s biennial 2010 Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race. Bob Lane’s Andrews 63 Medicine Man, also from Long Beach, finished first in Division 1 on corrected PHRF time. Finishing the 804 nautical-mile race within about three hours of each other the two skippers fell short of breaking fellow LBYC member Peter Tong’s Santa Cruz 70 OEX record set in 2008 of 2 days 22 hours 50 minutes 9 seconds. Unlike in 2008 where there was consistent wind of 20 plus knots for the entire race, this year’s breezes fluctuated just enough to put the race record out of reach. The closest battle during the race was between Brack Duker’s Santa Cruz 70 Holua from Marina del Rey and Per Peterson’s Andrews 69 Alchemy from Oceanside YC with Perterson finishing just 4 minutes, 23 seconds ahead of Duker. Alchemy finished second on ORR corrected time and third on PHRF corrected time while Holua finished third on ORR time and fourth on PHRF time. Both boats were in close proximity to each other throughout the race. So close at times that there was a near miss late Sunday night between them under a moonless cloudy sky in a very dark ocean. Alchemy executed a crash-jibe and avoided what could have been an unfortunate encounter for both boats. Ricardo Brockmann’s Reichel/Pugh 52 Vincitore from Acapulco rounded out the order with a fourth place finish on ORR corrected time and fifth on PHRF time. Since all boats have already finished, race officials have decided to move up the trophy presentations from Thursday evening to Wednesday at 6 p.m. allowing teams and race committee volunteers to return home a day early should they wish. OEX’s record is safe for another two years until these racing sleds will once again attempt to break it in the Fall of 2012. Chuck Skewes of Alchemy commented on the race, “Of all the distance races I have done this has been one of the best with close racing and boat to boat tactics. These old 70-foot sleds are such a great boat for these races and truly amazing at the speeds we average.” 20

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Continued from page 13 Mariner: Are there levers that change the trim on the wings or is it a machine? Melvin: You can do whatever you want, just as long as it’s human powered. Mariner: So does the rule allow for teams to have their wings slightly different from each other? Melvin: Oh yeah. The plan form shape - the height and core lengths and stuff, are controlled within a certain boundary and there’s a maximum and a minimum of area of the wing just so everyone’s wing is about the same size, but the section shape – what air foils you use, how many slots you have, what kind of control systems you have, and what the internal structure of the wing looks like is completely open. So there’s a huge amount of design latitude for teams to explore. Mariner: So these wing design choices could significantly impact the amount of speed you’re getting out of the boat? Melvin: Oh yeah, the wing could perhaps and probably will be the deciding factor – who is the most innovative and comes up with the best concepts in engineering. Mariner: But isn’t the rule written in such a way that they are hoping for a lot of close competition as well? Melvin: Yes, that’s the idea. This one, since all the boats are likely to be the same length and beam and have the same size wing - it might be closer to a development box rule class like T252, A-Class Catamarans, Formula 18’s or C Class Catamarans, they are all various flavors of the box rule. Mariner: Is it possible to have different wings for different days if it’s really blowing? Melvin: On the measurement certificate they’re allowed to have one tall wing, which is the normal sized wing, and you’re also allowed and required, after the second year, to have a short wing that also has parameters on maximum and minimum size. The idea is that if it’s windy and the race committee competitors think it’s dangerous to go out with the tall wing, they can say ‘today is a short wing day’ and everyone puts up their short wing up. That was one problem with the last few cycles of the America’s Cup in the monohulls is that the wind range was actually fairly small and they lost lots of days and media interest because they couldn’t go out in the breeze. So the idea is that we open up the wind range and sail

in big breeze and it’s real exciting. Mariner: Will the boat foil at all? Is there allowance for that? Melvin: You’re allowed a pair of rudders and a pair of dagger boards and they can be lifting daggerboards. I don’t know if you’ll see boats fully flying with hulls above the surface of the water but certainly a large percentage of the way the boat will be carried [may be] on foils, especially downwind. Mariner: What are the projected top end speeds for the AC cats? Melvin: We think the 72 will hit 35-knots – something like that. Mariner: Has anyone addressed the possibility of a capsize, if one were to go over, what would happen? Melvin: Yeah, it would be bad. Chances are you would break your wing or damage it enough so that there’s no way you could use it the next day. Like with any catamaran there’s probably not a lot of damage to the platform but with the wing you would need to put a new wing. Mariner: I read that they are going to have camera men on board, is that true? Melvin: Yes. Mariner: Are there concerns about those guys inhibiting team performance? Melvin: There are cameraman positions that they have to stay in - they might have to move and for instance go the windward side every time, but there are specific locations dedicated to camera men on the boat. Mariner: And that’s a definite, that’s going to happen? Melvin: Yes. Mariner: How is this changing your business? It’s nothing but positive I’m imagining. Melvin: Yeah, it’s definitely keeping us all busy. Mariner: Have you had to expand? Melvin: We are in the process of growing a bit. Our biggest concern is that we maintain our diversity and client base that we’ve managed to build up over the years and our reputation and other areas - cruising yachts, racing yachts, commercial boats and other sort of things. We definitely want to keep that other side of our business going. But I think we’ll be okay.

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Michael Kasten Lightening Protection

Michael Kasten is the owner and operator of Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Mr. Kasten is an award winning designer who has created plans in a wide variety of categories, from sea plane floats to offshore multi-hulls and everything in between, Kasten is as prolific as he is proficient in the field of Yacht Design. the water, it must be as direct as possible and use long radii, rather than sharp bends along the primary path to the grounding plate. The connections must offer low electrical resistance or the energy of a strike may instantly heat and melt the connection. An ABYC rule recommends a minimum of a #4 AWG copper wire for the primary lightning protection system conductor and a minimum of a #6 AWG copper wire for the secondary conductors. Tinned wire is recommended, as usual. For the grounding plate, an area of about one square foot is considered by ABYC to be sufficient. The plates should be located as close to the base of the primary conductor as possible to minimize any horizontal runs in the primary conductor. It is recommended that the conductor and ground plate be made of copper. The edges of the external ground plate or strip need to be sharp, exposed, and not painted, caulked, or faired into the adjoining area. The ABYC actually suggests the use of a grounding strip, rather than a plate. The rule states: “A grounding strip shall have a minimum thickness of 3/ 16 inch (5 mm), and a minimum width of 3/4 inch (19 mm). A strip approximately one inch (25 mm) wide and 12 feet long (3.7 m) has nearly six times the amount of edge area exposed to the water, which will improve the dissipation of charges. “The grounding strip, if used, shall extend from a point directly below the lightning protection mast, toward the aft end of the boat, where a direct connection can be made to the boat’s engine.”


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Quality Advice From A Two Year Old Black Lab Puppy
Dear Mookie, I’m 13 and getting sick of my mom and dad always bothering me to stay on top of my schoolwork. They keep saying I have to do good now if I want to get into college later. The latest thing is a science project I have to do, which I have no clue what to do…I feel like I’m too young for all this pressure. Signed

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Dear Max, You’re 13 and you think your young? That’s weird right there. Anyway, here’s a science project idea. Urinate on one of those electric lights that shine up at the trees. Your penis will get shocked – I have no idea how. I’m sure it has something to do with science and will make an awesome project for your school class.

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Beneteau Oceanis 400
Timeshare/Partnership on Beneteau Oceanis 400. Tri-cabin model - two heads. Full electronics, refrigeration, inverter, dinghy and outboard, windless, roller furler, full canvas. Professional lessons available if needed. No equity buy in. 3 Days, $285.00 per month - no long term commitment. Call Captain Richard Schaefer 310-460-8946

Achilles 12.5’ RIB
40HP Johnson. 2 stroke oil injection, wheel steering, back to back seat, anchor well – bilge pump. Comes w/trailer w/spare tire. $2,600 310-413-3654

42 or 47’ hoist and 15.5” foot. 2 reefs, Good condition. $700- 310.650.4046 Used sails in stock 310 827-8888

Space For Rent
Unique Small Bldg.

12’ Zodiac

At 1 Bora Bora. 700 s.f. high ceiling w/potential patio $2.25 psf. L. Palmo & J. Stanfill. (310) 478-7700.

w/25 Mercury $5500 - 310-822-8618

Yamaha 25
2 stroke outboard $1200. 310-701-5960

Open Plan

13555 Fiji Way 8,600 s.f. 2/26’ ceiling. Open plan w/ lots of glass & parking. L. Palmo & J. Stanfill. (310) 478-7700

Columbia 36’ 1968
Beautiful classic, 2 owners, resent haul out and complete overhaul, pristine condition. Serious inquiries only. Price $ 21,900. Call Peter at 310-864-4842

Johnson 4 hp

Used Outboards

$300.00 310-391-5083

Want to Buy

Honda outboards
Want to buy Honda outboard motors 15 thru 50 horsepower in poor condition for salvage. Captain.Don. [email protected] (818) 427-2144.

1977 Bombay Clipper 31’ Sailboat

Excellent condition. 12hp Yanmar diesel. Easy single-handing. Sleeps 4+. Detailed marine survey Nov 2009. Oxnard,CA 661-400-8623.

40 Suzuki,EFI, 4stk, long w/ remote & gauges $4000 15 Johnson, 4stk, extra long, high thrust, electric start, sail, $1800.00 15 Suzuki, 4stk, electric start, long $2200 9.9 Honda,4stk, electric start, short $2000 9.9 Mercury 4stk, short $1800 8.0 Mercury 4stk, short $ 1500 8 Honda 4stk, short $1400 8 Yamaha 2stk, short $750 8 Evinrude 2stk, short $600 5 Honda 4stk, short $850 4.0 Mercury 4stk, $900 SS Dinghy cradle $1500

Donate Boats
Donate Your Boat

1976 Finot design

Cash For Your Boat !
Power or sail, Yachts to dinghys 310-849-2930 LA Area Council Boy Scouts of America need your boat or boat gear as donation to support essential and formative youth programs, please call 310-823-2040 or E-mail [email protected]

Pocket cruiser “Ecume de mer” $3000. Bulb keel

1988 Martin 242
Race ready. Emaculately restored in 2005, a proven winner. Includes tandom axle road trailer. $24,200 OBO. 310-305-1017

Windrider Trimaran 17’
With trailer, new sails, roller furler. $4,995 OBO. Call Bill 310-650-1761

Need Cash Fast?

I’ll buy your boat 310-827-7686

Donate Your Boat

Power Boats
34’ Bayliner 1989
Avanti Express Cruiser. Twin 454s gas. Radar, GPS, depth finder. 2 staterooms, bath w/shower. Great liveabard slip. $37,000. Tony 310-920-1478

Other Stuff

Receive a substantial tax deduction. Support youth boating programs. S.O.S. Please call 888-650-1212

Floating Jet Dock - Universal 18 ft.
(For Use With Sea-Doo) Only 4 Months Old $3,500 Contact Ken at (314) 560-1888


Canvas Boat Covers and Repairs
New boat covers, canvas repair, restore water repelency to marine canvas. Dan 310-382-6242

32’ Uniflite.

Rascal 600 power scooter.
Runs like new. Great condition. New batteries. Selling for $1947. Call Paul, 310) 963-8835 $1,500 310-823-4821

Marine Electronics
and analog gauges,

Great liveaboard. Twin Crusaders, sleeps 6, full galley and head. 18,000 OBO. Call 818-886-4602. 13’ Boston Whaler With 40 HP Honda - $6,500 310-822-8618

8.5 KW Universal Diesel Generator Cushions

Sail and power boats - Engine data converters, Tach To digital system - nmea2k. Single or dual engine installations. 310-902-5429 Carlos peinado/marine electronic tech. 310-754-9118 [email protected]

Sea-Doo Speedster 155 Musclecraft:
Only 14 Hours Running Time. Selling Due to Relocation. $10,500 - Contact Ken at (314) 560-1888

For 30 Catalina interior, complete set in very good condition. Asking $1700. 310-701-5960

Anchor Gear

Boat Detailing

Outstanding service. Interior/exterior, dockside/drydock. Cleaning, polishing, anti foul work. Meticulous, guaranteed. Estimates philip (310) 351 1502.

Boating Access Wanted

Manson Supreme 45lb, Lightly used for one season, Will deliver to your boat. $350. 626.353.3858 [email protected]

Experienced sailor looking to buy access to a 30ft.+ sailboat preferably with a dodger. I owned a 32 ft Islander for nine years. I am a crew member on a 38 ft. Catalina for the Wednesday night races and I have over 25 years of ocean sailing experience. I presently have access to a 38 FT. Benateau for $80.00 for a day sail and $90.00 for overnights to Catalina. Looking for a similar deal, in Marina Del Rey. Contact—Alan Rock 310-721-2825 or [email protected]

Bimini top

Dance Lessons
Ballroom, Swing,





With stainless bows - 100” X 100” dark blue and came from a 42’ Californian fly bridge $650. 310-701-5960

Dance lessons. Great party idea! Pro. instructor Ms. M.C.Callaghan net also available for privates, groups. Info- 818-694-7283 or email [email protected]

Winch Conversion

Turn your winches into power winches with this Milwaukee 28V cordless right angle drill with extra 28V battery. bought in ‘09. Light use. $285.00. 310-7390303

Have a business to sell?
Call Pramod Patel at 310-933-6236. DRE R.E. Broker License #01340920


For boats 25-27’ boat. $600. 310-701-5960

Will Crew For You!!
Hi there, my name is Charlie and I am new to the Los Angeles area. I am interested in crewing on your sailboat. I don’t have experience, but I am honest,

Dux Inflatible Catamaran 16’
Comes with 20HP 4-stroke Honda (low hours). $3,995 OBO. Call Bill 310-650-1761


From 40 ft. Cal - $600 call 310-823-2040

Dacron Mainsail for a Catalina


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hardworking, motivated and dependable. Please contact me if you need a hand. Charlie [email protected] 619.227.4187

Boat Names Lettering
Servicing MDR with boat lettering over 12 Yrs. Now offering Full Color Vinyl lettering, and graphics. Bluewater Boat Lettering 310.433.5335

Free Classifieds! Winter Special
Free Classifieds - Under 20 words - No pics - 2 Issue Run!

Custom Marine Carpentry & Fiberglass
Hardtops, swimsteps, extensions, doors, mold making. Large portfolio. Movie experience. Small boats & props. 310-592-5915.

Marine Mechanic
Ignition and repair and boat systems. Repair questions answered promptly. John – 562-313-7600.

Professional, U.S.C.G. Lic. Sailing Master, 25 years experience.
Instruction, yacht management, insurance surveys, deliveries, pre-purchase and repair consultation. Serving Long Beach to Santa Barbara. Local references. Captain Richard Schaefer 310-460-8946.


Looking For

Serving the Boating Industry Since 1978

Looking for $2 Bills. I need about 100,000 of them. I’m a collector of these unique bills. i will pay $1 per bill providing it’s clean and in pristine condition. Will pay $50,000 in cash for 100,000 of them. I f you have a supply please call 310-397-1887

[email protected]

Troubleshooting Rewiring,Panels AC/DC Accessories Inverters, Batteries
Specializing in Custom Installation of Navigation Equipment
Tel: 310.827.SEAS Tel: 310.574.3444

Let ‘em know you’re out there. The season starts now. Advertise in


Underwater Maintenance Corrosion Control
A Commitment Towards Excellence Est. 1985

Craig Cantwell 310-397-1887 or [email protected]


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