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A Publication For Where Land Ends www.mariner Issue #120 February 2013

A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

The Mariner is
Editor/Publisher Pat Reynolds Columnist Mookie Contributors Dave Kirby Richard Schaefer Tim Tunks For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 email [email protected] Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the last Friday of every month. This issue Jan. 25 - March 1
Cover design Lisa Asahara

10 Y e a r s
We made it a full decade! Not too shabby huh? It’s kind of shocking actually. I vividly remember lying in my own filth in my girlfriend’s bathtub when I considered the idea of continuing what the late Darien Murray (Editor of The Dinghy) had kept running from the 1960s into the 2000s, a publication for Marina del Rey boaters. I was a photographer at the time but I knew nothing about assembling a publication. I had barely considered the idea before the fateful soapy moment that it went through my leaky brain. Darien had passed away months earlier and no one had put forth a new rag. Now I know why. Anyone with a working nonleaky brain would have crunched the numbers and realized that you’d be better off delivering a publication than creating one,

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fences – some said yes and we were in business. Today, it’s 28 glossy pages – some of that in color with great contributors and long time advertisers filling the mag. In this issue we’ll reflect on the many cool stories we’ve told over the past decade in one of the most special places on the planet – our beloved Marina del Rey. Thank you, thank you for allowing me this privilege. I will continue to create this humble little rag as long as you all feel it’s a relevant part of this community. Thanks for picking it up!

but I knew it was my destiny somehow. As the water cooled and I had to drain some out to put new hot water in (all with my feet by the way), I saw a vision. It was a balding Jackie Mason looking figure wearing only a very old yellowing pair of underpants and sneakers. “So what’s wrong with starting a magazine?” the figure said in an almost complaining tone. “Alright, ok,” I moaned, like a teenager screaming at an overbearing parent about going to community college. “I’ll look into it.” My girlfriend put up the cash to print the run of the first 12page black and white issue and my buddy laid it out for $100. I asked dock-masters if I could put up some boxes on the basin

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Coming Events Off the Wire 8 Bells For Deborah Tallent Editorials A Look Back at Some Mariner Editorials Lessons that Stick Reflecting on Valuable Racing Experiences by Tim Tunks A Decade in the Biz A look Back at 10 Years Publishing The Mariner by Pat Reynolds Local Currents Reef of Controversy by Captain Richard Schaefer Racing Gizmo of the Month - Traveler Modification Ask the Expert - Chartering Ask Mookie Classifieds 4 6 8 9 10 12 16 20 22 23 24 25
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65 McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins, loaded low hours $699,000

60 Hatteras cockpit motor yacht 3 cabins low price $149,000 slip available

58 Hatteras 1979 motor yacht 3 staterooms, private use or charter up to 49 guest $289,000

55 Spoiler 1990 loaded with new electronics, 52 Californian cockpit MY 1990 $199,000 51 Bluewater 1986, twn dsls, 2 cabs, int just hauled, bottom painted $249,000 48 Californian 87 cockpit MY $149,000 areas on 1 level, great live aboard $89,000

50 Hatteras convtble sport fishers 1980 & 1983, Detroit dsls, loaded. From $149,000

47 Lein Hwa 1997 cummins dsls 350 hours, 42 Sea Ray 2001 motor yacht, twin diesels, turn key - from $179,000 shows like new - motivated seller $197000

41 Silverton 1993 motor yacht , queen berths 39’ Carver Motor Yacht. 1994, 2 statefore and aft, low 324 hours, AC $69,900 rooms, electronics, canvas, Xcellent $84,500

39 Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000

38’ Bayliner convertible 1988 2 large 38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500 staterooms, twin diesels. Two helms $69,000


36 Sea Ray Express 1983 newly rebuilt engines, Trac Vision satellite TV, $39,000

36 Mainship 1988 Aft Cabin. Over $40,000 36 Carver 1989 aft cab 2 state rooms, dual spent in upgrades $54,500 controls, great for fam & livaboard $39,900

35 Carver aft cabin 1993 and 1997 very spacious layout from $52,000

35 Luhrs Alura express sportfisher new electronics laded w/ gear $399,000

55 Roberts cruising ketch 1982, 3 staterooms, loaded ready to cruise $149,000

52 Irwin 1984 3 cabins and heads, spacious interior. Great price $87,000

41 Islander Freeport 1978 full keel double cabin, needs major work $49,000 TRADE

34’Cal MK111 best 34 layout loaded with gear $22,000

41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft cabin; have 2 37 Alberg 1974 cruiser needs work, rebuilt -2000 an 2002, $129,000 uninstalled diesel, will trade $16,000

37 Fisher Pilothouse 1975 bluewtr ketch 36 Islander 1972 equipped 2008 for around upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000 TRADE the world cruise by Zac Sunderland $49,000

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Coming Events!
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
as well as target key principles in all the racing rules. Understand how to resolve conflicts and translations in the rules. Master situations on the course and recognize which rules apply. World champion sailor and accomplished US SAILING instructor Dave Perry will be leading the seminar. Among his many racing accomplishments, Dave was captain of the National Championship Team, and voted AllAmerican while at Yale University. Dave is currently Chairman of the US SAILING Appeals Committee and a US SAILING Senior Certified Judge. Hosted by Women’s Sailing Association and Del Rey Yacht Club at Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Register online ( or call North U (1-800-347-2457) today! Taste of Sea Kayaking Curious about Sea Kayaking? Try a 3-hour ‘tasting course’, which includes paddling demonstration and then a guided paddle through the Marina with an experienced instructor to get just a small taste of the open ocean beyond the breakkwater. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $20-$35 310-305-1576 Freshwater Marsh Interpretive Tour Free guided tour of freshwater marsh, birds and native plants.10-11am. Tour begins on south side of Jefferson Blvd., near Playa del Rey. Please call for directions - 310-306-5994 Women’s Sailing Association February Speaker: Vivan Callahan - Adventures in Southeast Asia Aboard “Quest” On February 12, Vivian Callahan will share pictures and memories of the 4 1/2 months she spent sailing from Hong Kong to Borneo, Singapore, Georgetown Penang, Malaysia, ending in Phuket, Thailand. She served aboard Quest as crew of the late Jean and Scott Adam who were murdered by Somali Pirates on February 22, 2011. Callahan, an avid sailor and mountain climber, owns a 38’ C & C Mark III in Marina del Rey. She is a member of Del Rey Yacht Club where she serves as Press Officer and has cruised extensively world-wide. CurSuper Bowl Charity Regatta Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and Lido 14 Fleet 2 to host the annual Super Bowl Charity Regatta on Sunday January 27, 2013. Super Bowl Charity Regatta has quickly become the largest open small boat regatta in Marina del Rey and raises funds for the Cancer Support Community, formerly the Wellness Community. The Cancer Support Community provides support programs for cancer patients, their families and loved ones. Racing is held inside the detached breakwater and is open to One Design classes less than twenty five feet in length. Spectators can watch the main and outer channels fill with hearty small boat racers from Burton Chace Park and various vantages along the outer channel. Depending on weather, up to five races will be held after which the racers will amass at SMWYC for warm food, libations, trophies and a very fun raffle of items provided by the numerous event sponsors. For more information visit , www. or email [email protected] . CYC Seminar – Tactics in Crowds In his always entertaining and lively manner, Dave Perry will discuss some common crowded racing situations - providing special focus on the starting line, plus windward and leeward marks and gates. Particular attention will be directed to the rules, especially the new 20132016 rule changes that apply. Perry will also explain successful tactics that could be used in these situations to take advantage of those rules. He has some incredible footage that brings these situations to life, complete with examples of boats doing it correctly ... and not so correctly. While the presentation itself will adjourn at 9:00 p.m. Perry will remain afterwards for an open Q&A for those interested. California Yacht Club is at 4469 Admiralty Way – Marina del Rey – 310.823.4567 – The North U. Rules & Tactics Seminar Join WSA and Del Rey Yacht Club for North U’s all day seminar on racing rules and tactics on Saturday, February 2 at Del Rey Yacht Club. The Rules & Tactics Seminar will guide you through changes to the 2013-16 Racing Rules, 4

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rently, she is a Professor of Communications at Santa Monica College and a freelance writer / producer / editor / director. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, no-host cocktails and a hosted dinner with the meeting beginning at 7:30 pm. The speaker will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, email [email protected], visit our website: or friend us on Facebook. CYC Yachting Luncheon: U.S. Coast Guard: What to due if anticipating a Tsunami – and other useful information for boaters! Presented by LT Stewart Sibert – Commanding Officer, USCGC Halibut & co-hosted by Lt. Sean Arumoe, Command Duty Officer Sector Los Angeles- Long Beach. Join fellow yachting enthusiasts on at 12 Noon as LT Stewart Sibert comments from his experience in commanding the Marina del Rey home-ported USCGC Halibut. He will cover what boaters can do to better enjoy the upcoming yachting season, improve the marine environment and avoid disasters both dockside and afloat. Although CGC Halibut was involved in a fatal smuggling interdiction where Senior Chief Terrell Horne, Halibut’s second in command, was killed when the small boat he was in was rammed by a fleeing panga, the case is still pending in federal court, so LT Sibert isn’t at liberty to discuss details of the case that haven’t already been made public. Happy Half Hour – 11:30 a.m. Buffet Luncheon 12:20 p.m. Presentation 12:40 p.m. $16.25 includes luncheon, tax, service and parking. Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC. Reservations appreciated - 4469 Admiralty Way – MdR – 310.823.4567 Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club Open House Activities We invite members, guests, and prospective members to join us for cocktails, food, live music, dancing, and fun on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Friday evenings start with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner and music at 7:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (310) 827-7692 or emailing [email protected] Our Sunday afternoon BBQs are 2013

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the perfect place after a Sunday sail or just to wind down from the weekend. Live jazz and blues bands start at 4pm. Our Club is located at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Please visit our website: www.smwyc. org for activity and membership details, racing and sailing events, menus, directions and more. 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. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more information contact [email protected] or call (310) 822-9082 or visit our Facebook page. Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact email [email protected] or on the web at 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 necessary. Married people welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit our website 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 2013



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WI R E Do-It-Yourself Event Coming Soon to Marina del Rey
Springtime in Southern California has boaters thinking of warm summers at Catalina or day trips on the bay. It’s also the time to get those last minute winter maintenance or upgrade projects done before the season starts in earnest. With that in mind, Windward Yacht Center along with CC Marine, Maritime Communications and S&K Dive service are sponsoring the 3rd annual Maintenance Event at Windward Yacht Center’s Marina del Rey facility Saturday, March 16 from 10 am till 3 pm. This event is meant to allow boaters to get face-time with local Marine Industry Professionals to get advice and pointers on how to accomplish those upgrades and maintenance items on your checklist. Professionals from every aspect of vessel service will be there. From A.I.S. to Zincs, you will have a chance to discuss your objectives with a knowledgeable pro. There will also be free informative seminars covering a wide range of relevant topics of interest to boaters. Raymarine’s Mobile Showroom is scheduled to be there where you can “step aboard” a fully equipped pilot house with all the latest Raymarine gear including thermal night vision! Don’t forget to bring your appetite as there will be hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn for show attendees. Mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from 10 - 3 at Windward Yacht Center, 13645 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA. 90292. For more information, call: 310-823-4581. By Scott Jarema.

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The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs has released the names of the annual award winners: Yachtsman of the Year Sportsman of the Year Competitive Yachting Ach. David Poe Service Award Rescue Award Jr. Yachtsman of the Year Jr. Sportsman of the Year Tim Tunks Themis Glatman John Kilroy Bruce Fleck David Collins Simon Staff Sydney Jacques

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WI R E Berger/Stein Participation Tops 100 Boats

On January 5, 103 boats competed in the first race of the Berger-Stein series. This is the largest single day sail race held on Santa Monica Bay and in southern California. Racers came from as far south of Marina del Rey as Dana Point and as far north as Santa Barbara. This year saw the addition of a new class fleet of boats, the “West Coast 70s” which included “Holua,” “Taxi Dancer,” “Pyewacket,” “Maverick,” “Grand Illusion.” and “Retro.” Due to a lack of wind, the start scheduled for noon was delayed 45 minutes, the wind filled in from the northwest and the racers were on their way. There were 8 fleets that started. The Berger 1 is a PHRF race at a distance of 23 miles to the Malibu Pier and return. The Stein 1 is a Cruiser/

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Novice race of 11 miles to south Malibu and return. Jamie Myer, skipper of “Wolfhound” reported, “There were many gorgeous visiting boats were a delight to see on the water – a truly diverse collection of yachting glory! It was great fun to see a handful of 60’ to 70’ boats battling on the line in constantly shifting conditions.”

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Eight Bells
For Local Boater/Photographer Deborah Tallent
Last October, we said goodbye to a cherished friend and respected member of the boating community, Deborah Tallent. Known for her ready laugh, encouragement, and upbeat “give ‘em hell” attitude, Debbie was widely known as a bright light within her community, family, and friends. Rarely seen without her blind Chihuahua or camera on hand, Debbie strove to both document and live the good life, fostering strong bonds through family and friends -friends who became family and family that were treasured friends. Born in Washington, D.C. as the first of five children to Robert and Pauline Tallent, Debbie’s passion for photography can be traced back to her time as the first poster child for the USMC’s Toys for Tots campaign. With a camera always ready she documented her adventures with lifelong high school friends, marriages and children (eventually grandchildren), and innumerable celebrations. She produced and directed local cable television shows, ran her own web design business, and was usually involved in numerous projects that required ample creative ability. Debbie’s love affair with boating and its lifestyle occurred later in life, and she could often be heard enthusiastically detailing trips and cruises both past and future. Combining her trademark enthusiasm and creativity with her passion for the water, Debbie produced both humorous and serious freelance video-graphic work, as well as self-publishing genealogy and multiple photographic books. Living - and living well - was the characteristic spirit most associated with Debbie. She was always there, as a friend and a neighbor, to help anyone in need. Whether it be cooking and delivering food every day to a friend with a bad back, tying up loose dock lines, or searching for a lost kitten, Debbie was someone you could count on. Her passing has left an empty space that her mother, four siblings, 5 children, 11 grandchildren, beloved boyfriend, and countless dear friends cannot fill. However, her imitable spirit would not want us to mourn her passing, but to celebrate her life and live as she did, to the fullest extent possible - with a “give ‘em hell” attitude and a smile. A memorial gathering for those who knew her will be held at 10 a.m. with boats gathering around the bait dock area that will set off for the Venice reef to one of Deborah’s favorite fishing spots. Boats will form a circle, have radios synched, drop flowers and share stories. A land based memorial will take place at Jerry’s Deli in Marina del Rey at noon. By Diane Laney. Photo courtesy of the family of Deborah Tallent.

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Through these past ten years, we’ve gotten lots of positive reaction for the editorials published in The Mariner. Here’s excerpts from a few of our favorites: On Bir d Tur d Bird Turd. Maybe it’s the fact that the poo is white and not brown that makes it slightly less humiliating. But when it happens, nothing can change the fact that you were just crapped on by another living being and that doesn’t feel good at all.

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I tour the island in my buggy from coast to coast picking up items that improve my life. I found hundreds of cigarette butts and more bottle caps. I plan to get the monkey community hooked on tobacco and then have them pay me all the caps for the butts. Soon I will be rich! All because of garbage. Not so bad huh? On M oving to M ar ina de l R e y from E c ho Park When I was sitting in the cockpit of my boat in E Basin (of all places) and watched two dolphin surface off of my transom in unison and heard them take a gasp of the same air that I was breathing I said “I never saw that in Echo Park.” When I was riding out of the channel in my dinghy and saw a 1200 pound Mako shark hanging from a scale and subsequently heard the story about how the anglers had tail hooked him and the enormous fish had dragged them around in their sportfisher all night long. This perfect speciman of speed, power and will pulled a boat full of people, motors and gear around the ocean by its tail for hour after hour refusing to relinquish. I looked at the 12-foot long shark and thought again that I’d never seen something like that in Echo Park either. On the water I photographed the Olympic pre-trials last year and I’ll be out there shooting the trials this year for the Star Class. I’ll have a front row seat watching the finest sailors in the United States and the world, competing for the absolute ultimate honor and challenge in sports. Throw in the countless sea lions who have looked me in the eye, a couple of whales in my travels and a red tide’s phosphorescence at night that was nothing short of surreal – and I can safely say I have never seen any of these things on the streets of Echo Park. But to be fair, I did once see a‘66 Impala lowrider with gold leaf sparkle door handles bunny hop down the road without the engine on. That was pretty cool. Top Te n Signs You M ight Have Pic ke d a B ad Surveyor 10. He actually french kisses the broker when they meet. Apparently they’ve done business in the past. 9. He sneaks inww a “power-nap” while checking the aft steering cables beneath the cockpit. 8. He exclaims: “Look this thing can steer itself!” in astonishment while checking the auto-pilot. 7. While on the seatrial, you look forward and he’s hanging over the bow rail with arms spread screaming “I’m king of the world!” 6. In the yard he keeps spinning the prop while making airplane noises with his lips. 5. He checks the fridge, cracks open a beer and states with a toothless grin: “Icebox temperature is in dire need of adjustment.” 4. While using his magnifying glass to study some hairline cracks in the exterior fiberglass, he ignites his notebook. 3. His unfortunate drooling condition keeps shorting out all the wiring. 2. In his toolbox there is nothing but sunglasses, can opener, sunscreen and a beach towel. And the number one sign you might have picked a bad surveyor..... In the final report he writes a note asking if can do something for “extra credit” 9

A couple of friends and I have been getting into this weird hobby lately where we go out pretty far offshore chumming the waters to attract sharks and when (if) they arrive, we stare at them and take pictures. Anyway – the last time out, one of the guys was covering the water with dry cat food in the hopes of attracting sharks with the oil it gives off. But it was birds that it really worked for. Apparently the whole bird world was notified about this scene and they were coming from everywhere to check it out. Once the sky was filled with these screaming lunatics I knew someone was going to be used as a toilet. I prayed it wouldn’t be me. But soon I felt the warm goo on me and cursed the winged beast that disrespected me. Their maniacal cackling mocked me as I wiped away the warm slimy diarrhea. “Why can’t they crap like bunnies or deer?” I thought “They should see a doctor – seems kind of unhealthy.” I suggested the cat food idea was weak and we should stop using the method. My friend told me to quit complaining. I didn’t feel hip and cool. I had just been pooped on. But hey, it’s part of life right? You put it behind you and realize it’s nothing personal. In all likelihood that seagull didn’t single me out and aim. It’s a random occurrence. So what can we learn from all this? As amazing as it sounds – if you go out in the ocean and throw 15-pounds of dry cat food in the water, a thousand birds will come from all over California to eat and go to the bathroom on you. I know it’s crazy, but it’s true! On the be ne f i t s o f L itter in g I can see it now. I’m sailing the South Pacific and something goes drastically wrong. I end up with very little in the way of resources - beached on an island. I’m sad and afraid, as I have no matches for fire…that is until I spot an old bic lighter lying on the shoreline. I try it and it works. A few more steps and I see a plastic container. What the? It’s a damn Cuban cigar! Next thing you know I’m a fat cat with his own island! A short walk yields a few wheels from what looks like an old baby carriage. I attach them to a beat up piece of sizable tin and quickly train two spider monkeys to pull me around the island. I use six-pack plastics tied together as a whip. I pay the monkeys in bottle caps that I found – telling them that these “coins” are worth more than they can imagine. They seem grateful to have work. 2013

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Racing Lessons That Stick
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orld renown professional sailor Peter Isler gave a most interesting presentation called “Getting the Most from Your Sailing Instruments and Technology” at SMWYC in early January. The South Bay Yacht Racing Club sponsored this third annual benefit talk for their Peter Isler Youth Fund where we feasted on chicken caesar salad and Isler’s informative words. Peter’s main message was that accurate true wind speed and direction information provide extremely valuable tools on the race course, but accuracy is illusive without meticulous calibration. He went into great detail about how calibration was much easier using modern computer software to record performance in a range of controlled conditions - the Expedition program that he developed was used as the example. The goal of all this meticulous calibration is to maintain accurate polars, which are circular graphs for many different wind strengths. With accurate polars, the speed team of helmsman, sail trimmers, and the crew chief who positions crew weight for proper boat trim have targets with which to measure their performance as they work to extract a last nanoknot of boat speed, which might mean a top spot on the awards podium. Peter’s talk made me reflect on my own experiences twenty-odd years ago when instrument technology burst onto my yacht racing scene. In 1989 and ‘90 I drove two different Sunset Series winners (the sought after Richie Trophy is awarded to each year’s overall winner). The first winner was Walrus, a Ranger 26 like my previous boat Dionysius, and the next year I co-skippered Shenandoah, a 26’ Thunderbird sloop, with

sailmaker owner and good friend, Oliver McCann. Owner Carl Blomquist bought the long retired race boat Walrus, stripped her, faired her bottom and foils, bought seven new state of the art North sails, and assembled a sailing team. He installed a Signet Smart Pak, which was the first widely available sailing instrument system purporting to deliver true wind readings. McCann also emptied his boat, faired the bottom & foils, and made three new sails - a main, a 3/4 oz. spinnaker and a roller furling class legal working jib. There was never any discussion about which headsail to hoist for we had no alternatives. The boat had an accurate compass and a less accurate speedometer. Oliver had won the Richie trophy in 1983 on a previous Shenandoah, so he had his notions about how to win. The two summers made for the best racing in my career, but instrumentation’s role made the two season’s quite different. On Walrus, I was the alternate helmsman for the season, with me driving on Wednesday nights and champion Scott Stolnitz driving the important weekend races. (See Scott’s story about his current cruising adventures in the January, ’13 issue of Latitude 38.) Buck Tripple was the “Sail-Master” who really ran the show on and off the race course. Computer whiz Elliot Omiya put in many hours a week calibrating the instruments and updating the polars without the help of computer performance recording. Buck would drag Elliot and I out to sail whenever we needed new data, as we had no way to capture information during a race. Looking back, I am still amazed at the effort we put into our quest for
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A Decade on the Local Scene
By Pat Reynolds


en years isn’t really that long a period of time. When life is scooting along, it flies by unnoticed, but with a publication, time is documented and what happened is amassed in an archive of a sort. When a milestone like a decade rolls around, we take a rare look backwards, for a moment, to consider the stories that have been told through the years. For this occasion, we’ve put together, in the limited space allotted and in no particular order, the stories that are most memorable from a 10-year stint at The Mariner perch. Of course the adventures of the Sunderland kids come to mind first. I met a sixteen-year-old Zac in the spring of 2008 on a yacht his dad Laurence was tending to. No one really knew what was to become and I believe The Mariner was his first interview. He was slightly (understandably) nervous, filled with anticipation and carried a quiet focus that was impressive. There was controversy surrounding a kid his age attempting to be the youngest solo sailor to circle the globe and it was that debate that would soon make Zac a national story. He was a tough interview – he was no walking sound bite, but it was this type of personality that I thought would make for a successful voyage. He was a no nonsense kid that didn’t relish in the talk of an adventure. And true to form when he returned, we did an interview and it was just the same. It was hard to get this kid to spin a yarn about a record setting solo sail around the 12

news on every broadcast around the world when she ultimately dismasted in the Southern Ocean after becoming the youngest person ever to round Cape Horn. It was a weird one to cover. There was no doubt that some, both involved and on the periphery, were not completely sold on the notion of sending Abby out. Many believed it was too late in the season when she departed and there were rules for reporters at her departure press conference – no questions about responsible parenting. Abby survived a situation that could have easily taken her young life. When I interviewed her after her return, she was incredibly calm recounting the accident with just a slight edge when the topic turned to the media’s treatment of her parents. “Reading a bunch of criticism about you and your family and everything can get pretty depressing,” she told me. planet! Ah, well – we were all happy he came in the south entrance a year later to greet the thousands of supporters who lined the seawall that sunny day. A year later I was in the Boat Yard in Marina del Rey climbing up a later into an Open 40 called Wild Eyes where Zac’s sister, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland was working on her ocean racer that she planned to sail non-stop around the world. Abby was sweet, soft-spoken and sort of fragile to the untrained eye, but she was anything but. Behind this demure disposition was a fearless sailor who would end up making international From a media point of view it was intriguing – had it not been for the worldwide media attention the story received, the search jet probably wouldn’t have been deployed and most likely Abby would have died. But that same media pulled no punches in fueling a firestorm of controversy aimed at Abby’s parents, with some “pundits” calling for jail time for her father Laurence for child endangerment. While Abby made it though what an angry Southern Ocean can dish, there have been other stories in this tenure that have not ended so successfully. Covering boating accidents is the 2013

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after the accident and it was brutal. Speaking to a father who just lost his son is agonizing. Mr. Wenner was strong and gracious and later I got a card from the family thanking me for telling the story. Beyond the mariners in The Mariner, this rag has also been about the wildlife that exists in our collective back yard. Hearing the gasp of a blue whale surfacing to the beat of a firing camera shutter was one of the highlights of my life. We have interviewed animal experts who have described the deadly toxicity of red tide on local marine life and asked these same experts about the survival of a young gray whale who seemed stuck in the area of Bologna Creek. The editorial I wrote about dolphins escorting the whale towards Point Dume will always stick with me.
Zac Sunderland at 16 with the world in his hands. Photo Pat Reynolds.

least they showed a copy of The Mariner on channel 2 news. The last pick was another story involving local sailors that ultimately made international headlines. Del Rey Yacht Club members Jean and Scott Adam along with another cruising couple were kidnapped and killed by Samali pirates as they cruised the waters of the Arabian Sea on their sailboat Quest. It was incredibly tragic but the couple was doing missionary work and with the extreme attention the story received, right up to the President of the United States, it seemed their work was being done even after their untimely deaths. I wrote at the time: It’s this sentiment that I take away from a tragedy that many are calling “senseless”. Jean and Scott had a hold full of so many bibles the waterline had dropped by half a foot. Beyond the personal satisfaction of experiencing these far-off lands, they were interested in spreading a message of peace – they wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Today President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton speak their names in a context of world change. Through their violent deaths, they symbolize a desperate need for a given situation to be remedied – to change. Their voyage has brought worldwide attention to a savage mentality that the world agrees needs changing. Perhaps, through their brutal deaths, in time, a less violent region will emerge. If so, then their deaths would in no way be “senseless”. On a personal and fitting note given the aforementioned recollections, I was denied entry to the Del Rey Yacht Club’s memorial for Scott and Jean. The manger told me the family requested “no media”. I had met Jean and Scott and was on their mailing list as they made their last passages I’m pretty sure they were regular readers. I remember thinking. “I’m not media… I’m The Mariner.”

worst – especially with a publication so localized. I remember speaking to Paul Garnett, skipper of the boat that yacht-broker Charlie Segal, 46, died on during a Sunset Series race. Everyone knew Charlie and it was heartbreaking. It was issue 28 in 2005 and I had never spoken to someone in that capacity. It chilled me to ask questions about a death so recent and an accident so tragic. Paul was a shell and he told me he didn’t want to discuss it but he would anyway. I felt sad but humbled that he trusted me to tell the story to the community. Through the years other sad stories had to be relayed. Martin 242 sailor Greg Hoffman was leading in a local race that I was out photographing when he suddenly died of a heart attack on the racecourse. Accomplished singlehanded sailor Tom Kirschbaum’s beautifully maintained Folk Boat sailed onto a Venice beach with no one in it. Kirschbaum had raced in very difficult conditions the day before and was delivering his boat back to Marina del Rey from Catalina when he somehow fell off the boat. It was a sad ending to a man who was regarded as one of the safest sailors in the single-handed clan. Maybe the hardest pill to swallow in this vein was the death of local youth sailor PJ Wenner. PJ had grown up enthusiastically sailing in this area and had graduated to collegiate competition in Hawaii. He drowned beneath the trampoline of an 18-foot skiff. I spoke to his father soon 2013

I got a call from a semi-obnoxious lawyer once who somehow convinced me to do a photo shoot of his 40-something foot classic powerboat. He stood up on the bow of the boat topless, doing the Titanic thing – the whole shebang. I felt like I got hoodwinked for the shoot but it was a pretty boat and I used it for a cover shot. A couple of days later, the local news stations were telling the story of the same boat powering full speed into Catalina Island. The lawyer had fallen off the boat and the boat sailed on at 18-knots under autopilot. Later, after becoming hypothermic and nearly dying, he was picked up by someone passing by. He said he tried to survive by clinging to a buoy but the sea lions threatened to bite him for the intrusion. I called him for an interview, which he promised, but never delivered. Ah well, at

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Reef of Controversy
A look at the pros and cons or artificial reefs By Captain Richard Schaefer


s anything simple and uncontroversial anymore? Really, isn’t the obvious assumption that more reefs and underwater habitat means more fish and other marine life? I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau exhaling bubbles and swimming around reefs and rusty shipwrecks all over the world. Fish, plants and crustaceans were apparent everywhere around natural and man-made structure. By contrast, the surrounding sandy bottom seemed relatively barren and devoid of life - even Jacques seemed to pay little attention to it. Well, it turns out it’s not really that simple after all. Some marine biologists think artificial fish havens and reefs are great. They simply feel - “build it and they (fish) will come”. Others, like Cassidy Teufel, of the California Coastal Commission, see numerous issues: “It is not as simple as just chucking some materials down and getting kelp and fish populations to move in. There is quite a bit of scientific legwork required and a very lengthy permitting process that includes everyone from us to the State Lands Commission to the Army Corps of Engineers to Fish and Game.” Here’s a general overview and summary of the two sides of the issue. Those who are generally against artificial reefs are concerned that blanket approval of manmade reefs will result in unnatural concentrations of fish, leading to the displacement of naturally existing species and habitat. Overfishing of the reefs, as well as the use of toxic or inappropriate materials are also matters of concern. And, of course, there is a substantial percentage of environmentalists who are against anything

manmade. Only “virgin” nature is acceptable to their sensibilities. On the pro side, there are fishermen, divers and sometimes surfers who want to enhance their sport and, at the same time, increase numbers and diversity of marine life and underwater habitat. A large number of marine biologists also support artificial reefs as a general concept - but many have concerns about the materials used and the effect of increased numbers predatory, or competing fish, have on the native species, in certain instances. Let’s take a look at a few, recent, local attempts at creating artificial reefs, which illustrate some of the aforementioned issues. In 1984, Chevron obtained Coastal Commission approval and built a 900-foot jetty to protect their equipment at the South end of Dockweiler State Beach, in El Segundo. That section of beach had been a favored surfing area for many years and it wasn’t long before the Surfrider Foundation complained that the jetty had adversely affected surfing conditions along that stretch of beach. After much legal haggling, Chevron agreed to provide $300,000 to the foundation so they could build a reef to refocus the waves and improve surfing. Two hundred geotextile (plastic reinforced) bags, the size of a small car, filled with sand, were used to create the V shaped reef a short distance offshore. However, the “surfing quality” of the waves wasn’t improved and the bags began to deteriorate and shed plastic into the ocean. In 2008 this press release was issued, ”The Surfrider Foundation is going to great lengths

to meet our environmental permit obligations,” said the foundation’s Environmental Director Chad Nelsen. “We put something experimental in the ocean and it didn’t work, so it is time for us to get that foreign material out of the marine environment.” During the next few months the reef was removed at a cost of over $300,000. In 2007, Southern California Edison began creating a 176-acre reef near their San Onofre nuclear power plant. The purpose of the reef was to compensate for alleged environmental damage to the local marine environment caused by warm water - 19 degrees warmer than the ambient seawater temps - returned to the sea via Edison’s cooling pipes, exiting from the plant. The project cost 46 million (now I know why my electric bill has doubled in the past fiveyears - that and ugly, inefficient windmills). During the first three years the reef was considered a success. The 2 mile long, 200 yard wide reef was soon covered with kelp and teaming with fish. Fishermen and environmentalists were all smiles. However, the happy faces were short lived. It seems the California Coastal Commission set 14 performance standards to measure the success of the project, and the kelp-covered reef is only meeting 9 of them. The most important issue seems to be that California Coastal Commission marine biologists have calculated that 28 tons of fish would live on a natural reef of that size, but only 15 tons now inhabit Edison’s reef. Coastal Commission biologists further claim that a major problem is that the returning cooling 2013


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water is too warm. Some fishing groups suggest the problem is that fish prefer “higher relief” (deeper and bigger rocks/structure and taller kelp), and that the current reef has inadequate bottom structure height and mass. It seems the controversy will drag on. The most recent attempt at reef building has had a rocky beginning off Hendry’s Beach, in Santa Barbara. Chris Goldblatt, a critic of the MPA project and a commercial fisherman, with the help of a couple of buddies, dropped two, 1,300 pound hollow, concrete, “fish igloos” to the sea floor, off Santa Barbara, a few months back. More than a half million, similar “reef balls” have been dropped all over the world’s oceans for the past 20 years and have been very successful in encouraging and enhancing fish and other marine life habitat. But, as you might imagine, Chris and company got into hot water with the California Coastal Commission. Impetuous, unpermited ball dropping is simply not allowed. There must be studies, surveys, permits, research papers, licenses, hearings, public comments, water quality testing, fees, research infinitum. I’m surprised those guys aren’t already in jail for “eco terrorism”. But, I understand they are wading through the bureaucracy and hope to drop a lot more reef balls in the near future. I, for one, hope these igloos give rise to much life. Say Chris, I have an idea. Why don’t you sell “Memorial Balls”. Sea going geezers, such as myself, would like that. When an old fisherman, surfer, sailor, diver, or whatever tips over, you simply mix their ashes with the concrete in your reef balls, engrave the decedent’s name on the “fish hotel” and drop’er down after a short ceremony on deck. Heck, I’ll sign up right now - I’d like to be part of the eternal sea. Oh, and I’d better get a free ball since I thought of it.... maybe I could use two. Next month I’ll discuss common sense ideas and methods to enhance our local marine environment. Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Master. He has written for boating publications, managed yachts,taught sailing and delivered yachts. He can be reached for questions or comments at 310-460-8946 or email, [email protected] 2013

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Racing Lessons ThaT sTick

By Tim Tunks

the Holly Grail of accurate true wind information, and how inaccurate it was compared to Peter’s world of Grand Prix professional sailors. Walrus gave me a wonderful summer as the dedicated driver, for my sole responsibility, after the tactical considerations of the start were over, was to drive the boat to its targets while playing the mainsheet traveler to manage boat heel. This was the first time my driving was corrected for going too fast upwind - a higher speed than the target means that the boat is sailing at too wide an angle to the wind and should ‘point higher’ to achieve the optimal velocitymade-good (VMG) toward the next race mark. With Buck and Carl taking so much responsibility looking after strategy and wind shifts, all I did was drive my best all the time, staying in the loop of fine sail trim adjustments to adapt to changes in wind, water, or tactical considerations.Nothing more was expected of me so I put all my focus into keeping the boat moving and managing tactical situations.

I learned how well I could drive by focusing 100% on the task. We won the Richie Trophy handily that summer and I had a ball. The next year was nearly the opposite sort of experience. Oliver would skipper his boat for about a third of the races (he sailed with clients all the other races) and I was left to skipper the rest. I learned a totally different style of sailing and we won the Richie again that year. Our crew on Shenandoah was rarely the same from race to race, ranging from double handing to some races with a crew of six - sometimes including a baby human and an adult dog. This disarmed our opponents somewhat. They thought: “Who could be a serious racer with a roller furling jib and such erratic crewing?” What our competition didn’t know was that Oliver had done an excellent job of coaching me in feeling the boat’s performance and keeping a keen awareness as to what the wind and the competition were doing. Compass

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and tell tales were our only ‘calibrated’ instruments. While we were seemingly lollygagging around the pin end of the line before our start with no jib and our varied crew, we were taking careful wind readings in clear air and gauging our competition to position ourselves advantageously for the start. Having gathered great confidence and a good tool box of tactical skills from the previous season with Walrus and its closely monitoring experts, it was easier to get my head out of the boat to maintain a big picture awareness while I trusted my feelings as to how the boat was performing. While Walrus had documented and corrected target numbers with experts constantly coaching my driving to keep to the numbers, Shenandoah delivered ‘sensations’ that served as the targets on a more subliminal level. Numbers were only of relative interest - faster or slower? Wind shifting? Starboard boat crossing ahead or behind? That was the only quantification we considered. How we would have fared on Shenandoah had the previous year’s meticulously sailed Walrus been our competition is something I’ll never know. A decade or so later I returned from Mexico to Marina del Rey and joined the jolly crew of Superstar, the venerable Catalina 38 that completed more

yacht races here than any other Marina del Rey boat in the record book. Owner David Epstein was another electronic whiz who was seriously invested in instrumentation. David mostly drove the boat and I focused more on trim and tactics. On Superstar, we had no resources like Walrus’s Elliot who constantly re-calibrated the instruments or Peter’s computer running “Expedition” to record the results of controlled testing. As I had no faith in the accuracy of the instruments, I ignored them for the most part. I was using my Shenandoah ‘feelings’ rather than the Walrus ‘numbers’ for targets. Coaching David frequently involved suggesting he get his eyes off the instruments and back on the water to better connect with his driving skills developed over years of sailing with sailing great Sid Blinder . My time on Superstar was also most wonderful for I sailed with good friends for many years, and we sometimes won. Looking back on this all from my vantage point as a semi-retired geezer, I know that my past victories might have been easily stolen had my top competitors been sailing with the skills and information they have in Peter’s world. But I also wonder if Peter’s world offers the same joy of racing just so it ‘feels’ right - and sometimes having a baby and a dog aboard.


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Gizmo of the Month
By Tim Tunks

Traveler Modification

Recalling two wonderful summers of driving two well prepared 26’ sloops to Sunset Series victories reminds me of how important an easily operated mainsail traveler system is to good driving. Both boats had easily worked smooth low-friction traveler controls led right to the helm position, which made driving a joy! Driving a well canvassed sloop on a beat, the boat can be easily overpowered in the puffs of stronger wind, and develop weather helm quickly as the boat tries to round up - turning toward the wind. With convenient and easily operated traveler controls, the mainsail can be eased down to give immediate relief at the first sign of increasing wind pressure - first signaled by a bit more heel and a bit more pressure on the tiller - or perhaps first noticed by the alert tactician who is watching the water ahead and “calling the puffs” to alert the crew for adjustments in sail and boat trim. Traveling down allows the boat to accelerate, gaining a little jump ahead and to weather of boats not reacting as quickly. The alternative to traveling down is just easing the mainsheet, which opens the mainsail leech with a resultant loss of power (unless a strong vang is set to prevent the boom from rising).Driving to weather in puffy wind conditions becomes as much a matter of playing the traveler as moving the tiller. Replacing original high friction bearing-less blocks and bullseye fairleads in the old system and installing these new PXR Spinlock swivel cleats made for a superior rigging upgrade to this classic racer/cruiser. [A simple flick of the line upward releases while a light flick downward locks this little wonder, - the swivel base allows the unit to function from a wide range of pull angles.] We also re-routed Vang and Cunningham lines to Lance Cleats mounted on the underside of the traveler giving the pitman / mainsail trimmer perfect access and leverage to change mainsail shape as needed. The old fairleads and the control line Lance Cleats are seen on either side of the companionway hatch slide track.
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What’s it all about? Captain Joel Eve

For many years some boat owners in the U.S. have used their recreational vessels for various charter purposes, including sport fishing, diving, excursion, boating education and water taxi services. A few of these owners charter their vessels on a full-time basis while others charter just a few times per year in order to defray some of the boat expenses. If you are planning to use your boat for any commercial purpose, there are several important factors to consider, including insurance, captain and crew as well as the federal regulations as they pertain to chartering activity. The following sections below will help to shed some light on these important considerations involved with chartering your vessel. What are the general classifications of charter vessels which come under federal regulations? Eve: There are five distinct classes of passengercarrying vessels in U.S. waters, and we will discuss the three most common classes found in Southern California waters. 1. Uninspected Passenger Vessels (UPVs) less than 100 gross tons carrying 6 or fewer passengers for hire. Vessels in this category are not inspected by the Coast Guard but must carry all the safety equipment required on a vessel of a given size. The operator or captain may be the owner but must be Coast Guard licensed because of the “for hire” use of the boat. This category of boat usage is also referred to as six-pack chartering and includes vessels such as sail boats and private sport fishing boats. 2. Small Passenger Vessels (SPVs) less than 100 gross tons carrying more than 6 passengers for hire. These vessels make up the largest number of charter vessels in the U.S. and 2013

include many of the party vessels, sport fishers and water taxies that we see on busy weekends in our local harbors. The vessels in this category are inspected by the Coast Guard and are usually built or retrofitted according to stringent Coast Guard standards. If you would like to take a look at some of the inspection requirements for this class of vessel, the following link will give you lots of useful information: d11/sectorlalb/documents/Subchapter_T_ Checklist.pdf. 3. Small Passenger Vessels (SPVs) less than 100 gross tons carrying more than 150 passengers for hire. These vessels are also inspected by the Coast Guard and are larger versions of the vessels described in the paragraph just above. Since the late 1990s, many charter vessels in the U.S. have been built and inspected under this category in response to greater demand for passenger space. Can you tell us about bareboat chartering and what that might entail from a boat owner’s perspective? Eve: A bareboat charter is an arrangement for the hiring of a boat, whereby no crew, fuel or provisions are included as a part of the agreement; instead, the people who rent the boat from the owner are responsible for taking care of these things. Essentially, the boat owner gives full procession of the boat to the charterer for the term of the charter agreement. Bareboat chartering has become very popular over the years in such places as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean where there are large fleets of bareboat vessels and chartering organizations. If I decide to put my vessel up for bareboat charter, what do I have to do? Eve: The decision to place your vessel into

bareboat service should be carefully thought out. First of all, you want to find out if your present marine insurance company will cover your vessel for bareboat chartering activity. If they do not, the charterer is going to have to assume that liability. Secondly, it would be wise to engage the services of an attorney who is familiar with bareboat chartering. He or she should be able to advise you regarding the charter use of your boat and be able to provide you with a well-written charter agreement. Thirdly, you will want to find out if your marina anchorage will allow charter activity on their docks. As an alternative, you may want to consider using the services of a company in the business of bareboat chartering because they have the necessary expertise and experience to advise you regarding the matters discussed above. Before you make the decision to charter your vessel by bareboat or six-pack, do some research. There are print publications dedicated to chartering, and your local library is a good place to begin your search for information. In addition, you can look up bareboat and six-pack chartering on the internet. Lastly, talk to other boat owners who have had experience with chartering. Their experiences may be the most valuable of all. Captain Joel Eve has been licensed since 1976 and has taught safe boating classes for the Recreation and Parks Department, City of Los Angeles and for the U.C.L.A. Aquatics Department. Between 1989 and 1994 he worked as a marine insurance agent for a Santa Monica based agency. Captain Eve teaches boat handling and navigation to new boat owners in the Southern California area. He also serves as Senior Captain for Fantasea Yacht Charters. You may reach Captain Joel at the Marine Resource Center at (310) 210-0861 or email at: [email protected] 23

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