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Issue #109

March 2012
Ma r i ne r
A Publication For Where Land Ends
www. mari ner magazi ne. com
A Magazi ne For The Mari na del Rey Boati ng Communi ty
Restoring an Atkins Yawl
L.A. to the Philippines Non-Stop
Cruising Paradise Cove
Explaining AIS
Talking Titanic
Lots more...
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The Mariner is
Pat Reynolds
Pat Reynolds
Dave Kirby
Richard Schaefer
Copy Editing Assistance
Lisa Asahara
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Information contact
310-397-1887 - phone
Mailing address
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The Mariner appears on the 4th
Friday of every month.
This issue Feb. 24 - March 23
at a glance:
n Marina del Rey
n Los Angeles County
n Vessel Assist:
n Marine Life Rescue
Bi g Boat Bi g opi ni on
Helm - Photo by Pat Reynolds
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
Dock and Dine by Scott Jarema 8
Where can boaters dock and dine?
Paradise is Not So Far Away by Paul Miller 10
Cruising Paradise Cove
MDR to the Phillipines - No Stops 12
Jim Sullivan to Sail non-stop across the Pacifc
The Addiction of Wooden Boats by Jim Cash 14
Jim Cash writes about a Classic Restoration
Coastal Currents 16
Titanic Tale of Three Captains by Captain Richard Schaefer
Racing 20
Ask the Expert - AIS 23
Ask Mookie 24
Classifeds 25
As some you might know I also
write a regular column for the
Argonaut newspaper called the
Nautical News. A few weeks ago
I wrote an editorial about the
Attessa mega-yacht that was tied
up at the fuel dock for quite some
Although Im as impressed and
awestruck as anyone about
something so massive and
expensive, I chose to write
about the choice of a billionaire
to purchase something so
extravagant rather than describe
the boat and owner. The editor at
the newspaper thought that was
a bad idea and he took a editors
equivalent of a sledgehammer to
it. It made me sad, so I present to
you the unedited version of what
I wanted to say about a very big
boat owned by a very wealthy
(and Im sure nice) man. Here
it is:
Over at the Marina del Rey
Landing -A.K.A. the Fuel
Dock, sits a 328-feet leviathan
of lavishness- a behemoth of
boats called the Attessa IV
that absolutely commands
the attention of anyone in her
vicinity. While shes not the
largest privately owned power
yacht in the world, that distinction
goes to Eclipse at 557-ft, Attessa
is in the top 30. The boat towers
over the harbor like an apartment
complex on water, begging the
questions: who owns this thing
and how much did it cost?
With fve levels - an onboard
helicopter, jacuzzi, pool,
marble freplace, chandeliers,
hanging glass sculptures, marble
staircases, around 7,600 square ft
of interior space and a 24-person
crew to insure everyone is happy
the Attessa IV embodies the
yachting stereotype to the
most extreme degree.
I, personally, am torn as I
marvel at this masterpiece of
craftsmanship. The owner, a
Montana businessman named
Dennis Washington apparently
comes from humble beginnings.
While he is now a billionaire, he
supposedly began a construction
business with a 30,000 loan
and a single bulldozer. In
the beginning, he landed
some highway contracts then
morphed into mining and dam
continued on pg. 22
Thanks for
picking it up!
2012 The Mariner - Issue 109 3
38 Downeast Cutter 1977 bluewater cruiser
ready to go, loaded only $59,000
41 Islander Freeport 78 center cpt $38,000
38 Cruiser aft cabin 1994, low hours, loaded,
xlnt livaboard, great price of $69,000.
28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel,
loaded, full electronics, many extras $42,000
28 Carver 84 aft cabin $22,000.
39Cal cruising sloop, fast and comfortable,
loaded and priced below market at $46,500
36 Islander 1976 motivated seller $23,000
65 McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins,
loaded low hours $685,000
52 Hatteras Conv 1988 updated $299,000
52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990
Spacious layout, stabilizers, loaded and very
clean .Low price $199,0000
48 Grand Banks 1973 tri cabin motor yacht
twin diesels needs work listed at market
price $49,000
J-27 racing sail 1985 full sail inventory ready
for fun sailing or Catalina $13,500
41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have
2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000.
46 Hunter 202 aft cpt, aft cab $250,000
37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975
upgraded 1991 new engine and more. Trade
in for power or smaller sail $89,000
45 Lancer pilothouse aft cabin 1985 twin
dsl, generator, great layout, loaded, $99,000
38 Alberg 1973 yawl, reblt dsl, $17.900
Donate to Boy Scouts of America - LA Area Council
w w w . p u r c e l l y a c h t s . c o m gerry@purcellyachts.com
310-701-5960 - Cell
14000 Palawan Way, Suite A Marina del Rey
32 Wellcraft San trope 1989, Loaded and
choice slip $20,900
31 Silverton 1979 convertible $10,000
30 Monterey Attila 2000 twin Volvos low
hours, air nd heat full elec, clean $46,000
45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twin
Cummins diesels 2002 asking $289,000
42 Sea Ray 1997 aft cabin diesels $190,000
55 Spoiler 1990 loaded with new electronics,
just hauled, bottom painted and detailed. Very
capable cruiser with three cabins.
36 Sea Ray Express 1983 newly rebuilt
engines, Trac Vision satellite TV, electronics
Novarina, OB, Spaceous Interior $47,000

44 Lancer Pilothouse motor Sailor, 2 cabins,
twin diesels , generator, loaded, $79,000
35 Coronado ctr cpt aft cab 73 dsl $12,500
32 Bay liner Cerra 1995 motivated seller,
loaded, full canvas, xlnt mechanical, low
hours $37,000
39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded
very clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $99,000
35 Carver 97 aft cab clean $115,000
54 Sea Ray Sundancer 2001 spacious and
luxurious appointments , updated electronics
low hour Caterpillar diesels $369,000
43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300
HP Cat diesels, loaded $109,000
39 Bayliner 2000 Convertible, dsl, $129,000
42 Sea Ray motor yacht 1997 twin
Cummins diesels loaded, clean $190,000
42 Sea Ray 2001 model loaded $249,000
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht excellent for
livaboard only $69,500 - great price!
36 Carver Aft cabin 1989 $49,000
Call to List
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February 25
31st Annual Avalon Harbor
Underwater Cleanup
This is the only time scuba diving is allowed
in Avalon Bay, with 500+ expected volunteer
divers collecting trash and debris. Awards
ceremony follows on Wrigley Stage with
prizes & giveaways. Proceeds beneft the USC
Hyperbaric Chamber and the Given Fund for
Ocean Conservation (310) 510-2595 ext. 123;
March 9
Guadalupe Island race
PSSAs biannual single and doublehanded
Guadalupe Island race will start on Friday,
March 9, 2012 off Marina del Rey and is
normally sailed keeping Catalina and San
Clemente islands to port, then Guadalupe Island
to port, then back to a fnish also at the East
End of Catalina. The race is challenging and
requires thorough preparation, a well found
boat, and strong seamanship and navigation
skills. To qualify for the race, a skippers vessel
must pass a safety inspection and complete a
qualifying offshore voyage of at least 125 miles.
PSSAs Bishop Rock race, which starts on
February 10, will be a qualifying event for the
March 9 Guadalupe Island race. For further
information, see the PSSA website at www.
pssala.com or contact Whitall Stokes atwhitall@
gmail.com or (310) 387-3313.
March 10
Catalina Island
Conservancy Marathon
This event will feature the exciting and historic
marathon course used largely since the frst year
on the Catalina Island Conservancys lands. This
includes much of the rugged terrain, spectacular
vistas and special challenges enjoyed by Hans
Albrecht and friends in the earliest days of the
event under his management and enhanced over
the years. Spectrum Sports Management 909-
March 03
Sunset Full Moon Kayak Paddle
Paddle away from the hustle and bustle of the
city and experience the tranquility of the ocean
at night on a Sit-On-Top kayak. No experience
necessary; open to ages 18+. 6 - 9 p.m. UCLA
Marina Aquatic Center $20/$35. For more info
(310) 823-0048
March 4
Birding By Kayak Excursion
Learn the basics in bird identifcation and
kayaking. No experience necessary, Open to
ages 18+. Bring binoculars, wear long sleve
windbreakers, shoes that can get wet, hat and
sunscreen. Kayak, paddle, PDD and wetsuit
provided. UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, 7:30 -
11 a.m. $15-$30. More info (310) 823-0048.
Santa Monica Windjammers
Yacht Club Dinners
Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners. Members,
guests, and prospective members are invited to
join us for cocktails, fun, food, and friendship
on most Wednesday and Friday evenings at
our club house. Fun starts at 6:30 pm for
cocktails and 7:30 pm for dinner. Lectures
and educational presentations often follow
our Wednesday night dinners. Live music is
provided on most Fridays for your enjoyment
and dancing pleasure. Reservations are required.
Our club house is located at 13589 Mindanao
Way, Marina del Rey. For menus, availability,
pricing, directions, parking, and more event and
membership details, please visit our web site at
www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692
Marina Venice Yacht Club
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 commodore@mvyc.org,
call 310-909-3022 or 310-822-9082 or visit our
Facebook Group page.
Womens 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 membership@
wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.
Marina Sunday Sailing Club
Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers
and crew in a friendly social environment for
daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to
Catalina and other destinations. We meet on
the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the
patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club
banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free
Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold
a brief business meeting and then head out for
an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which
we gather at a members dock for wine, snacks
and more socializing. Visitors are welcome
and may attend two meetings free. No prior
sailing experience is necessary. Married people
welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or
visit www.marinasundaysailors.com
Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay,
Owners of Catalina Yachts
Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa
Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month. We would like to
welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We
have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and
other events throughout the year. Our doors open
at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7
to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the
fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For
more info email Horst.Lechler@gmail.com.
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey
Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1st
and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacifc
Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina
del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults
meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming
Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for
a light meal during the meeting, however, there
is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner
at rick.beauchemin@sbcglobal.net or leave a
message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday
C o m i n g E v e n t s !
Whats happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
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prior to the Thursday meeting
Live Yacht Rock at
The Warehouse
Every Wed 6-9pm The Unkle Monkey Duo plays
their unique brand of Yacht Rock mixing
popular songs with music from the islands of
Hawaii, The Caribbean, and more...Happy Hour
is 4-7pm ...Its Margaritaville in the Marina !
4499 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.
s, guests, and prospective members are invited
Long Beach Race Week
Looking forward to shorts, T-shirts and the frst
weekend of summer? Mark June 22-24 on your
calendar, which leaves you only about four
months to collect a crew, shop for sails and get
your boat ready to Race With the Champions
in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week.

Entries are now open for the West Coasts largest
keelboat regatta, which was featured last fall
in Sailing World magazine. Competitors may
register online at https://www.regattanetwork.
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Members of Division 12 of the Coast Guard
Auxiliary joined with the offcers of the
Coast Guard on board the Coast Guard cutter,
Halibut, January 28th, for a burial at sea
observance for CGAUX Flotilla 12-7 Staff
Offcer Julie Cameron. Auxiliarists on escort
boats representing CGAUX facilities normally
assigned to Santa Monica Bay boating safety
patrols also witnessed the cremation ceremony
to pay their respects to this much beloved fellow
She and Romarino Zeri of Marina del Rey,
owner of Intrepid Marine, as previously reported
in The Mariner, were killed on impact when the
motorcycle he was driving was hit by a large
truck in Pacoima while taking part in the frst
leg of the annual Love Ride Charity fundraiser
from Glendale to Castaic Lake.
Ms. Cameron, an accomplished sailor and
former computer and science teacher, was a
member of the Marina del Rey Flotilla Public
Education team specializing in its Sailing Skills
& Seamanship and Weekend Navigator
curriculums. She was 38 at the time of her
In the fall of 2010, during instructor team
introductions, this Venice resident tearfully
told a class of students how she had joined the
Auxiliary in tribute to her father, who was a
retired Coast Guard rescue helicopter Lieutenant
Commander after 20 years of service. And,
according to Division 12 Public Education
offcer, Anne Cioff, who also served as Ms.
Camerons mentor: That tribute resulted in
hundreds of hours of valuable help in educating
boaters on important tactical and safety aspects
of recreational boating.
Noted current Flotilla Vice Commander, Phil
Selig , a man who has served in the Auxiliary for
over 35 years, Julies contributions in Public
Education and information processing for our
group, having served as Flotilla Staff Offcer in
charge of Information Services, will be sorely
missed. Often, when members of the fotilla
bridge would talk of future prospects to lead
our group in a command position, Julies name
always came to the fore.
In Marina del Rey she juggled a career in
teaching and then the Information Services
In 2008, she joined the local chapter of the
Womens Sailing Association after purchasing a
Coronado 25. Soon after, she became a member
of the CGAUX Marina del Rey Flotilla offering,
in the words of Mrs. Cioff, her sailing skills,
dedication and duty to country, the brightest
smile on the planet to all who met her, and
sincere and fond friendship to all who got to
know her well.
Written by Charles Ecker, Member, CGAUX,
11s-12-7. Photo by Marcy Fenton Bornemann.
Julie Cameron Buried at Sea
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Do It Yourself Event
The second annual Maintenance & DYI Expo is coming Saturday,
March 24 to the Windward Yacht Center on Fiji Way. This event will run
from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Hosted by Windward Yacht Center, S&K
Dive Service and CC Marine, the event brings Marina del Reys Marine
professionals and companies together in one location so you can get some
help or advice for those many projects you have for your boat.
Questions ranging from what kind of bottom paint should I use? How can
I get the most out of my engines to whats the latest thing in electronics
can be answered here. There will be how-to seminars and even a free
lunch at 11:00 - 1:00. Maritime Communications will have the Raymarine
Mobile Showroom at the event showcasing all the new products from
Free parking is available and there is even dinghy access at the Windward
docks at the head of H Basin.
Here are the latest confrmed participants:
Maritime Communications, Inc.
Nacho - Nacho Boat Maintenance
Harvey Wills-Petit Paint
Rick Baker-Spectrum Marine
Rusty Rutherford/Stan Sussman-Interlux Paints
Steve Curran-Sailboats Unlimited
Bob Nahm-Catalina Yachts
Damian-Damian Canvas
Mary Ellen-Rose Rigging
J R-Freedom Fabrications
Hector-H & R Yacht Maintenance
Dick Davidsen-Imtra Corp.
Rick Ruskin
Bruce Brown-Forespar
Sally Seasigns
For more information please contact Windward Yacht Center, (310) 823-
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An ideal place for:
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Enjoy a cozy winter afternoon by the fre listening to
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The bar and food are available from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Anniversary Parties
Business Meetings
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Make event reservation early at reservations@smwyc.org. For facility rental and event information email SMWYC@yahoo.org
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few months back, I wrote an article
about some history of the Marinas
restaurants and suggested some ideas
that would make it more boater friendly.
I was amazed and appreciative of the
overwhelmingly positive response I received
from it, including the Los Angeles Department
of Regional Planning who assured me many of
my suggestions are in the works. Thank you all
who read it and commented on it. Since then, I
have become aware
of some positive
developments that
Id like to share with
In the time since I
wrote that article,
we have had Killer
Shrimp open up in
the former Organic
Panifcio / Waterfront
Restaurant location
on the corner of
Admiralty Way
and Palawan Way.
Killer Shrimps owner had the forethought to
include the adjacent dock as part of his lease
and has offered it as a dinghy / boat dock for
their waterborne patrons. You can fnd Killer
Shrimps docks at the end of E Basin by the
Fantasea Yacht Club. Marina del Rey now has
its frst true Dock & Dine establishment in at
least the 13 years I have been here. They have a
great happy hour and multiple fatscreen TV to
watch the game, in addition to a great menu. Be
sure to check out their Happy Hour: Monday
-Friday 3:00 - 7:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday 3:00
- 5:00 pm. Its a great way to top off a day on
the water.
Killer Shrimp: 310-578-2293.
Another spot I have been haunting is the
happy hour at the Charthouse on Panay Way
in C-Basin from 4:30-7:00PM. They recently
started having a weekend happy hour and
their prices are reasonable. (I suggest the Ahi
Nachos when you go). They have a seawall
slip available for tying up your dinghy
on the C-1800 dock on the west side. The
management has a key to let you back in when
you are done. Please be respectful of the boat
owners there. Some are livaboards and would
appreciate you respecting their privacy. Keep
the noise down when you are coming and
going and dont wander up and down their
dock. Chart House: 310-822-4144.
Another great spot to tie up is the Del Rey
Landing at the head of A Basin. In addition
to getting the usual bait, booze and fuel,
their Waterfront Convenience Store offers
sandwiches, soft drinks, snacks and even a
cigar humidor! They have picnic tables outside
so you can sit and
take in the view of the main channel while
eating. You can even purchase fshing gear if
the urge to fsh strikes you, (dont forget your
license!). I usually stop in to pick up a cigar for
my numerous Sewer Tours especially on nice
days! If you do plan on staying a bit, its a good
idea to tie up away from the fuelling areas as
it gets busy there. The friendly staff can direct
you to an appropriate spot. Del Rey Landing:
310-864-4444, VHF Channel 9
It is good to see that there ARE places that
dont require you to get into a car to visit.
Besides, the scenery is much better on the
water. Im hopeful that Fishermans Village
will have dinghy docks and transient boat slips
soon so we can tie up and enjoy the restaurants
and businesses there. Now if we can only get
a happenin spot at the old Waikiki Willies
Scott Jarema has been a Marina del Rey
resident for 13 years. In addition to articles for
the Mariner, his articles have been published
in BOATING Magazine, Marine Electronics
Journal, & Dockside Magazine.
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PARADiSE iS not So fAR AwAy
By Captain Paul Miller
id you realize that Paradise is just around
the corner? Yep from Marina del Rey it
is a mere 20-nautical miles northwest.
My favorite time to go is on holidays when
Catalina is packed with boats, screaming
children, barking dogs and no moorings. Since
we still have 300-foot of chain and a 44 pound
Bruce anchor and a power windless aboard
from our sailing in the south pacifc we can
safely lay off the Island in either Catalina or
Paradise. However, why not spend the time in
Having checked the weather prior to our
departure, we take a leisurely trip Northwest
enjoying the beautiful coast. After a few hours
we fetch Paradise Cove. If there is a strong
southerly wind or large south swell forecast
pick Redondo instead. The trip up to Paradise
should take half the time as going to Catalina.
Be sure to toss on your Kayak, dinghy, paddle
board or whatever aboard your boat.
If you are there on holiday you will be thankful
you are not at the island. We go up on big
holidays when freworks are popular. This is
when my friend Barbra and husband will
sometimes invite their choice friends to join
them in their back yard to view her freworks
launched from a barge anchored in the cove.
I always tell my crew of the time we went to
Avalon and happened into a seaside restaurant
for dinner where Barbra and husband were
also having dinner. I dropped by their table and
praised her on her golden voice. Then I told her
my crew would be thrilled to meet her - I told
her my name is PJ. When they fnished their
dinner they dropped by our table and she said
it was so nice to see me again. I smiled broadly
and thanked her for dropping by however since
we are still enjoying our desert it would be best
to chat another time, thus she left.
My crew was thoroughly shocked and I do not
tell them until the end of the trip that this was
a dream. Each time I tell the story it is about
a different famous person. Try it the next time
you are sailing with friends however be sure to
hide the sharp knives.
Paradise has a relatively fat bottom and good
holding ground unless you drop in the kelp.The
water in in this quaint cove is crystal clear.
I anchor straight out from the pier about two
pier lengths from the beach. Do not get close
to the pier since the remains of the other half
of the pier still lay on the bottom to seaward
of the pier. Carefully anchor between the kelp
beds in clear water. I anchor fore and aft with
the boat pointing at Catalina. Unless your boat
is pointed south you may get a gentle rocking
in the evening. If you see our black boat Zeus
in the area please tie off your halyards away
from the mast at night so we do not hear their
If we decide to go ashore we take our dinghy
sans engine since there can be a shore break on
the beach.
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In August we usually go to the Channel Islands
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By spending the frst evening in Paradise we
can leave at the frst crack of dawn to sprint
up the coast to Yellow Banks on San Clemente
Island rather than slamming to weather up the
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long the seawall in G-basin, in Marina del Rey, theres an
unassuming little cruising boat sitting high on her lines. Its a
44-year old Cal 230 freshly painted and apparently well cared
for. The standing rigging is a bright silver, the non-skid has plenty of grip
and a peek beneath the sail-cover its white crispy dacron sails. However,
a closer look reveals its not just well taken care of its a vessel that has
been completely transformed.
Jim Sullivan has indeed transformed his 30-foot Cal 230 and for good
reason. On March 4, he will be casting off from his Marina del Rey slip
and heading across the Pacifc on an 8,000-mile non-stop engineless sail
to the Philippines in an expedition he is calling XPAC 8,000 - he believes
it will take him about two and a half months to complete.
This Cal 230 is no coastal cruising boat. While it was designed for that
purpose, Sullivan has followed every load path that exists and added
reinforcement. The Elusive Spirit has all new custom sails, custom mast
with all welded points, all exterior halyards, all welded boom caps, the
old Cal windows were removed and replaced with portlights the area
where the old windows were has been replaced with inch ply for added
strength. Every two feet there is now structural support on the cabin roof,
extra bulkheads fore and aft, beefed up wires and chainplates on the rig
and added structure under the forward deck.
When you walk on the deck, it feels like a cement boat, Sullivan says.
Sullivan is leaving no stone un-turned on this boat. Over 10-years ago he
was sailing another Cal 230 near Guam when he got caught in a typhoon
and was forced to scuttle the boat and be rescued at sea. He had been
cruising the South Pacifc for years when the accident happened and has
taken what hes learned to make this reformed blue-water cruiser.
In the mean time he has suffered health issues that effect his leg movement.
While hes not handicapped, he is impaired and hopes that this journey
will serve as inspiration for those who feel they cant do something due
to physical limitations.
Its time for the old guys to put one up on the scoreboard, says Sullivan.
It doesnt always have to be the youngest or whatever to me, its all
about the effort.
Sullivan will follow the North Equator Current, which will have him
heading north to 12-degrees, passing south of Hawaii, north of the
Marshall Islands, south of Guam and onto the Philippines.
In effort to make this trip more than a just a mans voyage through the
ocean, Sullivan has teamed with a pair of charity organizations and hopes
to raise funds as he sails. The effort was dubbed Pennies for Life and for
every mile Sullivan sails, donors can pledge a penny that will go directly
to the Earth Island Institute and Ric OBarrys Dolphin Project. OBarry,
is a dolphin activist who was the original dolphin trainer on the TV series
Flipper, was featured in the Academy award-winning documentary The
Cove and who founded The Dolphin Project.
The Del Rey Yacht Club is hosting the XPAC 8000 departure on March 4
between 10 a.m. and 12-noon where attendees can meet Mr. OBarry and
board the Elusive Spirit before it casts off.
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t has been a struggle, but I have survived.
A little over year ago, December 2010, I
reported coming down with a full blown case
of the dreaded Woodenboatitis. Im happy to
report that Im on the mend with a diagnosis of
full recovery, though a lot poorer.
In my case, it was exposure to a 1938 vintage
racing yawl designed by William Atkin, called
the Meridian, and built by shipwright Joel
Johnson in his shop in Fairfeld, Connecticut.
Id been exposed to wooden boats before, but
this one really threw me for a loop. I had let my
guard down after attending the Wooden Boat
Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, when
a friend (I now use that word loosely) called
and lured me to an old boatyard in Wilmington,
California. The next thing I remember was
breaking out a crisp new check book and writing
the equivalent to the Great American Novel.
Before it was over, I had gone through several
new packets of checks, and wore out several
credit cards to boot. My insurance company is
refusing to reimburse me, claiming it was a non-
covered ailment.
Youre spending millions of dollars on that old
boat my wife would constantly harangueI
hope she was exaggerating, as I havent added it
upbut every time, I would mention her stack
of unread Los Angeles Times and suggest we
drop her subscription. It did no good, but it was
all I had to come back with.
The disease started with a complete disassembly,
clean, and preparation of the interior for new
paint and varnish, even the toilet was removed.
Then a coat of white primer was sprayed
everywhere, from the keel board to the cabin
top, in, under, around and through every nook,
cranny, and foorboard. Then three coats of nice
soft semi- gloss white with the natural teak, oak
and mahogany trim and sole varnished to a high
glossNathanael Herreshoff would have been
By spring, the malady had spread to the exterior
where the decks were tackled with abandon,
over a thousand bungs replaced, and the old
grout removed and recaulked. As spring rolled
into summer, it was time to remove the masts
from their seats, strip them of the old varnish,
and replace the ancient standing rigging. Wow,
things have changed in the rigging world in the
last seventy years. At the same time, the cabin
structure was scrapped to bare and new varnish
When the rigging was completed the hull was
next and the process began with a haul-out and
tenting for termite treatment, the mandatory
removal and inspection of fasteners for insurance
and a fresh coat of bottom paint and sacrifcial
As summer gave way to fall, three quarters of
the year, was gone and the hull had yet to be
approachedit was time! Again, stripped down
to bare wood, mahogany over oak frames, old
caulking removed from between the tightly
faired planks, and West System applied. Then
sanded, primed, and painted a rich deep red
to complement the teak decks and mahogany
cabin. Her name Destiny was re-applied and she
was launched: a miraculous transformation had
She looked beautiful, but she still needed her
electrics updated and her vintage Gray Marine
auxiliary brought back to life. By this time a
new winter season, with the Earth having rotated
a full 360, came upon us and she was done -
my ailment was starting to abate. Her interior
glowed with new lighting, her engine room
swept clean of fumes with a new blower, and all
her navigation lights brightly warned others of
her presence at night. Her old Gray was purring
on command and she moved gracefully through
the water, 5 knots, at only 1500 RPMs. We had
done it - we saved a vintage nautical classic
from the wrecking saw.
Neptune, or some such deity must be pleased.
My condition has improved very much, and
am hopeful that it comes with a full dose of
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C o a s t a l C U R R E N T S
By Captain Richard Schaefer
A Titanic Tale of
Three Captains
I cannot imagine any condition which would
cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any
vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern
shipbuilding has gone beyond all that.
- Captain E.J. Smith. 1907 -
SOS SOS CQD CQD Titanic. We are sinking
fast. Passengers are being put into boats.
This was one of the last radio transmissions
from the RMS Titanic, sent at 2:10 a.m., on
April 15, 1912.
9:10 Titanic
Scarcely fve hours earlier, Edward J. Smith,
Captain of the Titanic, was fnishing up a
cigar and after-dinner brandy in the First Class
Lounge. In honor of his retirement and last
voyage, several of the V.I.P. passengers had
given him a dinner party. He had commanded
seventeen ships for the White Star Line and
command of the new Titanic was his crowning
achievement. Normally, the Captain enjoyed
conversation and good company, but this night
he was uneasy.
Throughout the day and evening he had received
several ice warnings from other ships in the
area. Even so, Titanic was still making 22-knots
through the cold darkness and he was anxious to
check in with the watch offcer, Second Offcer
Lightoller. He excused himself from the party
and made his way to the bridge.
The bridge was dark and it took a few moments
for the Captain to make out Mr. Lightoller among
the other shadows. Both offcers remarked that
they had never seen a night so clear and calm
in the North Atlantic. In calm water there is no
phosphorescent wave action against the icebergs
- making them diffcult to see. Still the night
was clear and both men agreed that the lookouts
should still be able to see the outline of a large
berg against the starry night sky.
The bridge telegraphs were still set at Full
Speed Ahead. Both men knew that Titanic
would not set any records for a crossing on the
Southampton to New York run, but still, Bruce
Ismay - Managing Director of the White Star
Line - was on board and he would certainly
question any reduction in speed, and, of course,
there would be the press on the docks in New
York. Anything less than a swift, direct crossing
would refect poorly on the new Queen of the
line. There would be no southward course
adjustment in order to avoid feld ice, growlers
and bergs, and no reduction of speed.
Smith ordered that the watch and lookouts be
especially vigilant, but the speed was to be
The Captain then retired to his cabin - just off
the bridge.
11:00 p.m., the steamship, Californian
The ship, about half the length of Titanic, was
stopped dead in the water - surrounded by
small, broken, foe ice. Earlier in the evening
Californian had radioed an ice warning which
was received by Titanic. Captain Stanley Lord
had ordered the ship stopped until morning -
wanting daylight before proceeding through the
ice feld.
At about 11:30, the Offcer of the Watch, Charles
Grooves, saw a huge liner rapidly approaching
from the east - deck lights ablaze. The watch
offcer knocked on the Captains door and told
the Captain about it. Captain Lord advised him
to try and signal the huge ship by Morse Lamp
since the radio operator had signed off for the
night and gone to bed.
As Groves prepared the Morse Lamp he saw
the deck lights suddenly disappear. He thought
it strange that so large a liner would extinguish
her lights so early. It didnt occur to him that the
lights only seemed to go out when, in fact, the
ship had made a radical turn and the lights were
no longer broadside to him. It was 11:40.
11:40 Titanic
The lookouts in the Crows Nest saw the massive
shape loom out of the darkness - dead ahead.
They rang the bridge, Iceberg dead ahead!
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William Murdoch had relieved Second Offcer
Lightoller. Now, Murdoch ordered loudly, Hard
a-starboard - full astern! But it was too late. As
the bow slowly swung away from a mountain of
ice, the sound of tearing metal vibrated through
the ship.
Captain Smith was out of his cabin and instantly
comprehended the situation. The engines were
ordered. All Stop! Moments later, Thomas
Andrews, the designer of the Titanic was on the
bridge and together he and Captain Smith left to
make an inspection of the damage.
A short while later both men returned to the
bridge. Smith waited anxiously as Andrews
scribbled calculations. In a moment, turned
eternity, Andrews looked up and said, The
damage is fatal. She has about two hours before
she founders - it is a mathematical certainty.
And Captain, as were both aware, there are not
enough boats.
With nothing further to be said or done, Andrews
leaves the bridge and goes to assist the crew in
any way he can.
Captain Smith ordered All Hands to their
stations. - then went to the radio room and told
the wireless operator to begin sending distress
calls at once. The time is now 12:15.
12:25 Carpethia
Nearly 60 miles away the small Cunard liner,
Carpethia, is the frst ship to make radio contact
with Titanic. Her skipper, Captain Arthur
Rostron was in his bunk when the wireless
operator burst in and told him of the distress
Are you certain? Rostron said, slowly shaking
the sleep from his head.
Quite certain, sir!
All right, tell them were coming - just as fast
as we can.
Rostron pulled on his uniform and rushed to
the chart room. He plotted the course to Titanic
and called it out to the helmsman. He calculated
quickly in his head - four hours - too long. He
must get more speed than the ship was designed
for, while navigating through dangerous ice
felds - not an easy thing - but it must be done.
He called his Chief Engineer to the bridge
and told him, Call out all hands. Cut off all
unnecessary heat and power. Send the off duty
boiler crew to shovel more coal. Everything for
the engines!
Rostron called for his First Offcer and said,
Stop all routine work. Organize the ship for
rescue. Prepare to swing out the boats. Rig
work lights along the sides of the ship. Open
all gangway and cargo doors and prepare to
board survivors. Be sure there are life jackets,
block and tackle and boathooks at each cargo
door and gangway. Also have pilot ladders and
slide ladders at all doors and gangways. Rig
slings and boatswains chairs for the injured and
children. Prepare cargo nets to be used as extra
Rostron then called the Ships Surgeon, Dr.
McGhee, and ordered him to; prepare all
necessary medical supplies, locate all medical
personnel among the passengers (there were
two doctors and a half dozen nurses on board as
passengers). Prepare mattresses for the injured.
He then sent for the Chief Steward and told him
to have the cooks prepare barrels of coffee and
tea, and as much hot soup as possible. Covert the
smoking lounge, library and bar into dormitories
- pillows blankets ready to be handed out.
Down in the engine room the black gang was
pouring on the coal. The Carpethia was racing
northwest at 17-knots - three-knots faster
than she had ever steamed. But three-knots of
additional speed would mean almost an hour
less for survivors in the water - icy water, in
which a minute would seem an eternity and 20
minutes all that any person could live.
12:45 Californian
On the bridge of the Californian Second Offcer
Stone had relieved Third Offcer Groves on
Did you see that...and that? Stone said to
Apprentice Mate Gibson. Why would that ship
be fring rockets? Gibson asked.
Stone was uneasy. Rockets could certainly
mean the vessel was in distress, but the night
was calm. Still, he felt the mystery ship had an
odd angle and didnt look right. The Second
Offcer called down to Captain Lord through the
communication tube.
A sleepy voice, What is it?
Rockets sir. From the liner that stopped a few
miles away.
Are they company signals?
I dont know sir.
Well, dont wake the radio operator. Just
continue trying to signal him with the Morse
Right sir.
The Morse Lamp aboard the Californian had a
range of four miles. Titanic was sinking seven
miles away.
12:45 Titanic
The hideous roar of the steam being vented from
the huge boilers flled the cold air. Survivors
claimed it sounded like the death screams of
some primordial beast. Sparks, showering down
from the rockets bursting overhead added to the
surreal nightmare that was slowly seeping over
Shock and confusion - not panic - swept the
decks. Crew and passengers wandered about,
not sure what to do. Deck Offcers tried to
gather up the milling women and children
to fll the life boats, but many were reluctant.
The decks of the mighty Titanic seemed safer
than the boats dangling from the thin ropes and
spindly davits.
Conficting orders were fltering among the
offcers: women and children frst... no, men...
launch the boats half full and then have the
boats row along side the cargo doors and load
passengers from there.... the davits wont hold
the weight of the life boats if flled to capacity
- lower them with just a few people then have
them return for passengers clambering down
from cargo nets - have the crewmen in the
boats row back once Titanic has slipped under.
Someone fnd some crewmen and go below to
prepare the cargo doors... We must get word to
the passengers where the life boats are...
Rumors, ideas, speculation, confusion, vague,
unfocused orders and good intentions - at a
moment in time when what was needed were,
orders, organization, ingenuity, resourcefulness
and discipline.
Third class passengers remained confned to the
steerage decks - unable to reach the boats that
frst and second class passengers spurned. No
one thought to issue orders to open the gates that
kept most of the third class immigrants confned
below until it was too late.
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There was no panic - but neither was there
command and control - only quiet, deadly
Two days earlier Captain Smith had canceled
the scheduled lifeboat drills. What was the
need aboard, Titanic? As a result, many of the
crew and most of the passengers had no idea
where their lifeboat stations were, or what was
expected of them during an emergency.
All but one boat was lowered less than half full.
It was a calm night and help was on the way -
rescue certain in a matter of hours. So a boat that
could hold 65 could easily have saved 85. The
two collapsible boats on the offcers deck were
never even ordered assembled - another hundred
people consigned to die of hypothermia. The
White Star Line had 24 carpenters on board to
complete the ships ftting out. Why werent they
put to work on the boats or even nailing tables
and doors together - life jackets sandwiched in
between? Dozens more could have been saved
from the icy water. Certainly all could not have
been saved, but possibly a 1,000 more could
have been.
On the bridge, Captain Smith paced back and
forth. A crewman approached and offered a
life belt. Smith looked at the man silently, then
waved him away.
Smith resumed pacing across the wheelhouse -
hoping for a miracle.
1:40 Californian
That makes eight.
Right sir. Eight rockets Gibson nodded.
By God - something must be done. Go down
and wake the Captain and tell him that liner is
still fring rockets, and that we cant contact her
by Morse lamp. And, that the steamer appears to
be slipping over the horizon. Stone said.
A few minutes later Gibson returned to the
Captain says to keep watching and trying to
signal with the lamp.
1:45 Bridge of Carpathia
A half dozen men huddled around the radio
room. This is Titanic. Sinking head down.
Engine room fooded.
That means shell loose the power to transmit
soon. The radio man said.
Captain Rostron grimly nodded and asked,
Whats our speed now?
Seventeen and a half sir...The old gal is
Rostron looked away. Had he done everything?
His mind strained. He could think of nothing
more to be done. Hed even stationed four
additional lookouts to watch for ice and rockets
from Titanic as his ship raced through the
scattered ice. All eyes were focused on the dark
horizon - where night and sea became one - still
there was nothing.
The radio crackled - the voice faint and far away
- the power of the mightiest ship the world had
ever seen was waning rapidly. Come as quickly
as possible, old man; engine room is flling up to
the boilers... Then, silence.
2:20 Titanic
The band had been playing Ragtime music for
the past hour in an effort to keep spirits up.
However now, Wallace Hartley, the ships band
leader, knew the end was near. The bow was
slipping deeper as the dark sea crept up the fore
deck. Hartley looked up at the bridge and could
see Captain Smith still standing in the wheel
house - as if commanding, by sheer will, that
the ship stay afoat.
A year earlier, Hartley had given instructions to
his family that he wished that, Nearer My God
to Thee, be played at his funeral - it was his
favorite hymn. Suddenly he realized, this would
be his funeral - on this slanting deck and at this
moment - as well as a requiem for hundreds of
others. He asked his band members to play the
tune as the Titanic and 1,500 souls slipped away
under a cupola of stars.
None of the half empty life boats rowed back
to pick up survivors as was hoped. Men and
women sat still in the icy darkness, deaf to the
screams and cries of their shipmates and loved
ones. It seems fear checkmates even the noblest
of intentions and the intense cold numbed even
the most loving heart.
Within twenty minutes the cries and screams
died away.
3:35 Carpathia
Rockets burst over the Carpathia as she surged
toward the Titanics last position. Captain
Rostron ordered the rockets fred to give hope
to the crew and passengers of the Titanic should
she still be afoat, and if not, to those in the
When Carpathia reached the last known position
of the sinking ship he ordered the engines put on
standby. His heart sank - there was nothing -
they were too late.
Suddenly, one of the forward lookouts shouted,
Theres a green fare!
For the next four hours Carpathia slowly,
expertly, maneuvered through the wreckage
and ice - picking up 712 survivors out of a
complement of passengers and crew of 2,223.
4:00 Californian
Chief Offcer George Stewart made his way up
to the frost covered bridge to relieve Second
Offcer Stone. Immediately Stone related the
nights events; the huge liner, the rockets, the
odd way the large ship seemed to disappear over
the horizon. He told of another ship, approaching
from the south at high speed, also fring rockets.
He said that the Captain only said to try and
contact the ships by Morse lamp and that the
radio operator had not been awakened. The
Chief Offcer relieved Stone and went below to
wake the Captain.
As Captain Lord rubbed the sleep from his eyes,
Stewart began the nights saga as told to him by
Yes. yes - I know. Lord said, waving an
impatient hand. Ive heard it all night.
Scowling he continued, The issue now is how
to get clear of this ice and on to Boston.
Stewart took a deep breath and interrupted the
Captain. Sir, dont you think we should go and
check on that ship?
Are there signals or rockets now?
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Lord looked at his second in command, Then
I suggest we prepare to resume course to
Stewart left, but decided to wake up the radio
operator, Evans.
As Evans blinked the sleep from his eyes,
Stewart said, Theres a ship been fring rockets.
Would you check and see if theres anything on
the wireless?
A few minutes later Evans rushed to the bridge.
It was the Titanic ! Shes hit a berg and sunk!
Captain Lord looked around the bridge - his
shock mirrored on a half dozen faces.
Mr. Stewart, get underway to Titanics last
reported position.
8:10 Carpathia
The last of Titanics lifeboats was alongside -
survivors, numbed by grief and cold, climbed
up the ladders to the cargo doors, and there,
gathered in by the crew.
Titanics sistership, Olympic was requesting
that Carpathia stand by until it could arrive and
transfer the survivors to her for transport to New
Rostron immediately refused. He couldnt
believe that anyone would suggest subjecting
the passengers to another life boat transfer to a
ship that was nearly identical to Titanic. Rostron
thought the idea of sending passengers, back in
lifeboats, to a ship that was an exact twin of
the doomed vessel they had just escaped was
horrifying. He would hear no more of such a
By now the Californian was on the scene of
the disaster. Captain Lord offered to stand by
and continue to search for survivors. Rostron
agreed - but only after he made one more search
himself. Captain Rostron was a competent,
thorough professional - he would see the job
The Carpathia made one last, long, slow
sweep through the area. A little wreckage and
a few bodies were all that remained of the
largest passenger ship in the world. Slowly the
Carpethia swung her bow around, setting course
for New York and the docks draped in black.
British Parliamentary Court of Inquiry Report
on the Sinking of RMS Titanic:
The ice by which the Californian was
surrounded was loose ice, extending for a
distance of not more than two or three miles
in the direction of Titanic. The night was clear
and the sea was smooth. When she frst saw
the rockets, the Californian could have pushed
through the ice to open water without any serious
risk, and so could have come to the assistance of
Titanic. Had she done so, she might have saved
many, if not all, the lives that were lost.
The Court, having carefully enquired into the
circumstances of the above mentioned shipping
casualty, fnds, for the reasons appearing in the
Annex hereto, that the loss of the said ship was
due to collision with an iceberg, brought about
by the excessive speed at which the ship was
being navigated.
Dated this 30th day of July, 1912
MERSEY, Wreck Commissioner
Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G.
Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels. He has
skippered charters and deliveries, taught sailing
and seamanship, managed yachts and written
for boating publications for more than 30 years.
He can be reached for comments or consultation
at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at littlebighorn@
As we head into spring most of us
have rebuilt our rods and reels, tuned
engines and restocked our tackle
Now that March is upon us, rockfsh
season will reopen March 1. Some
of my friends and I made it a point to
go out to the commercial lobster pods
and take down some numbers on our
GPSs because they make there sets
by structure, which in turn, is were
rockfsh live. It always helps to have
different spots to fsh. Using a dropper
loop with a torpedo sinker, bottom
fshing requires just a little bit of strip
bait and or plastics using braided or
specter for line. Its more sensitive than
The lobster season has been good
with both divers and hoopers getting
limits, but this season closes on March
21 remember the daily bag limit is
seven lobster. The minimum size
limit is three and one-fourth inches
measured along the midline of the
upper body from the rear edge of the
eye socket (between the horns) to
the rear edge of the carapace (body
Water temps have held in the 60s -
Larry and Mike at Inseine Baits have
cured sardines and squid in the mix.
Its also that time of the year for the
Fred Hall Fishing show. From March
7 to 11 the show will be set up at the
Long Beach Convention Center.
Until next time .tight lines
and booyaa!
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Im preparing for my March 24 seminar, part
of the IYR-12 Program, or Introduction to
Yacht Racing -- 2012, which is searching far
outside our regular boating community to reach
a whole new crop of interested sailors and
introduce them to racing.
Built on the success of last years SBYRC
Crew Try-Outs, IYR--12 is a unique new day
long program carefully crafted by a group of
dedicated racers from South Bay Yacht Racing
Club in partnership with Del Rey Yacht Club.
Amazingly, this is a free event for the 50 folks
enrolled. The days program, described on www.
sbyrc.org/club/IntroYachtRacing, will provide
a solid foundation to support the future crews
Introducing people to sailing is routine work for
yacht racers, for, like most competitive sports,
a constant infusion of new players is required
to replace those who eventually move out of
competition. Successful racing campaigns invest
in fnding and training those replacements.
Effective recruiting and training contribute
greatly to racing success.
So, where are such people found, and how are
they trained?
When I started racing nearly forty years ago,
crew were drawn from social and work networks,
which were nothing like Facebook or Linkedin
are nowadays. Friends and co-workers would be
invited out for a day sail, ideally on a clear warm
day with six to ten knots of wind. A tempting
picnic basket and a generous supply of cold
beverages would help win the hearts and minds
of these prospects. Those who demonstrated
some aptitude and affnity would be invited
back, sometimes for a practice with the other
racing crew or even on an uncomplicated minor
But things have changed since then. Finding time
to practice is diffcult for a crew with varied job
and family responsibilities, and bringing fresh
newbies along on for their frst sail on an actual
race produces pressures that impede learning.
There is so much to explain to the newbie, yet
there is so much to do racing the boat that many
important subjects are never broached. It can
take many races before the neophyte can draw
his Big Picture template into which he can
array his newly acquired skills.
As the frst speaker, Ill describe what a yacht
race is from the skippers point of view, for
understanding the skippers focus as the race
progresses will help cue the newbie as to when
questions and explanations are appropriate
and when they are not. By starting with a
visualization of the entire race, we should have
a structure to support and organize whats to
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Several other speakers
will discuss different view
points to help round out a
general understanding of
who does what, and when
and why.
The brainstorming
architects of IYR-12
produced a towering
wish-list of items for the
speakers to cover, and
selecting from that list is
the task at hand. Given
the narrow time slot of a
freshly assembled groups
attention span, what topics
do we prioritize?
Safety is surely at the top
of the hierarchy, so we
have made it into a theme woven throughout
the lecture, the discussions, the practical dock
work and the water work that follow the
seminar section. The classic MOB recovery
drills are excellent for making important safety
concerns and procedures a top priority, while
demonstrating how the crew maneuvers the
Understanding the activities of tacking, jibing,
and the rest requires a bit of sailing theory to
understand, but how do you teach just a bit of
sailing theory in a limited time?
It surely starts with the sailboats, which are
beautiful by any measure. Sailing into the wind
seems to be a marvelous magic trick, as the
boats steal power from that wind and use it to
make the boat go.
The physicists mind studies the vectors and
calculates the forces Bernoulli described for us
as fuids fow over foils and air bends through
the sail plan. The engineer understands the
energy that provides propulsion. The sailmaker
can see the wind and the orderly march of the
air molecules in their laminar fow across the
surface of the sail. The helmsman can manage
the delicate balance between the boats buoyant
righting moment and the heeling force of the
wind, keeping the power of the sails aimed in
the desired direction. But how much of this do
you explain at frst to the novice sailor before
eyes glaze over from information overload?
This is as delicate a balance as the helmsman
working the rudder to keep that head-stay at the
perfect angle to the horizon.
These pages have told many stories about the
fellowship that comes from the teamwork,
communication and shared goals a racing crew
enjoys - infusing our applicants with those
values will be another theme we will weave
throughout the program.
With our fne array of
experienced mentors,
skippers, speakers and
facilitators we hope to
demonstrate those values
as newbies progress
through enough practical
skills to fnally crew their
boats in an actual circuit
of the Sundown Series
race course.
And then after the
onboard water work and
practice race, and after the
crews have debriefed in
the cockpits about their
sail, all will return to hear
where to next? How
should these folks present
themselves to prospective skippers and crew
chiefs? Where do they fnd them? How should
they dress? What should they bring? And, most
importantly, how do they fnd the portals to our
sport? How do they hook up to the network and
fnd a regular crew berth?
In many important ways the work of this
program is like a debutantes fnishing school,
teaching the manners and rituals required to
successfully navigate their coming out parties
and fnd their future match-ups.
In our single days session, we cannot hope to
train, drill and produce certifed prime crew
ready for market. But we can be certain that
many, if not most, who go through this IYR-12
will be prepared to fnd their way to become the
top notch crew of tomorrow.
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Beneteau First 30
construction. According to Forbes Magazine
he has only a high school education and is the
richest man in the U.S. As a boater, I look
at Attessa and am astonished at what has been
accomplished and on such a grand scale. But
as a human, I cant help but look at this vessel
and wonder if any one person should really be
spending nearly a quarter of a billion dollars on
something so incredibly garish.
Its been reported that reconstructing and
reftting mega-yachts is Mr. Johnsons passion.
While the 77-year old still checks in regularly
with the leaders of his company, he now spends
time enjoying the process of constructing
and then cruising large-scale power-yachts. I
understand that all things are relative I have
a boat I love thats worth about $3,500 which,
when doing the math, I actually spend far greater
percentage of my annual income on mine then
does Washington, but its the actual amounts
that get to me.
Washington has spent a quarter of a billion
dollars on a boat (not his frst). Im sure hes a
hard working guy, obviously a great businessman
and probably a lot of fun to talk politics with,
but thats the kind of money that can institute
real change.
Lets put it this way: For the price of Attessa,
Washington could have instead bought a 10-
million dollar yacht very lovely, I assure you,
maybe even something with a freplace and
then bought abouteight new schools. He could
have produced health care for the destitute or
any number of game changing choices. I guess
I cant imagine that degree of self-indulgence
its not my way.
Dont get me wrong Id get the 10-million
dollar boat, but a quarter billion? Then you have
to get a diver and hes gonna get you for a few
Hey, Elisio, did you change the zincs?
No, Ill do that next week Pat.
Thats what you said last week
Im sure to Mr. Washington the Attessa is a
great place to sprawl but also a testament and
symbol to a lifetime of hard work. And who am
I to judge what others should do with their hard-
earned money? I will anyway.
This vessel looms over wherever it is and
screams guess how much? and Im owned
by a person with lots and lots of money! Some
are charmed by this, some fnd it somehow fun
and entertaining, but I fnd it perplexing.
Johnson writes a check for nearly a half a
million dollars to fll up the 157,000 and some
odd gallons of fuel Attessa holds. The constant
maintenance and crew must cost millions
and millions a year. Does it help the marine
economy? Absolutely. Does it create trickle-
down technological advancement for us all? Im
sure. But what scientifc study or humanitarian
need could that money be used for? If Im
Washington, do I want to be the guy with
multiple marble staircases in my super duper
giant boat or the guy that funded a study that
forwarded ocular transplant technology so little
blind kids can have a life of sight - forever.
But hey, it can go 6,000 miles on a tank of gas
and did I mention it has a bitchin helicopter on
the back?
We saw this months Boat of the Month at the start of the Pacifc Singlehanded Sailing Associations Bishop Rock Race. Naos Yachts cofounder
Charles-Etienne Devanneaux was at the helm of a very handsome Beneteau First 30, which Sailing magazine said will perhaps set the state for a
whole new kind of production racer-cruiser.
Its defnitely an eye-catching boat no surprise considering Juan Kouyoumdjian is responsible for the design. Juan K is at the absolute forefront of
modern sailboat design. His infuence is massive on all the major stages Volvo Ocean Race, Americas Cup, Open 60s and now in the production
world with Beneteau.
The hard-chined performance cruising First 30 has gotten great reviews with many saying that it truly satisfes in both aspects. Fast and smart from a
sailing perspective with more than apt cruising amenities and space. Ask Charles hell tell ya.
Naos Yachts is at 13555 Fiji Way in Marina del Rey.
Photo Pat Reynolds
continued from page 2
2012 The Mariner - Issue 109 23
Ken Englert has been an FCC licensed Marine
Electronics Technician for 46 years and is
the owner of Maritime Communications, Inc.
in Marina del Rey. He is a fve-time award
winner from Boating Writers International.
Check out Kens monthly articles in BOATING
What exactly can AIS (Automatic
Identifcation System) provide for boaters?
Englert: AIS can give you the power and ability
to instantly know what other boats are doing
and even predict their movements. It provides
vital navigation information of nearby boats and
ships including: their name and radio call sign,
their length, beam and draft, its exact position,
speed, and heading, its rate of turn and even the
vessels closet point and time of approach to
your boat. You may also learn the crafts port of
origin, its destination and in some cases the type
of cargo it may be carrying including hazardous
materials. Information as a navigator you need
to know.
Is it more for commercial boats or is it for
recreational boats as well?
Englert: Most commercial vessels are required
by law to have and use AIS to broadcast their
identity, position and real time navigation
information so all craft can clearly see what AIS
vessel is doing. More and more recreational
pleasure craft are adding AIS to take advantage
of the many safety and navigation benefts
it has to offer. AIS places a small triangular
shaped icon right on your chart plotter screen
that indicates the exact position of any vessel
broadcasting an AIS signal. This is of particular
importance when it comes to keeping on eye
out for large commercial vessels which can be
quite threatening to smaller pleasure craft. With
the information AIS presents, you can enjoy the
advantage of being able to indentify and call a
boat or ship by name on your VHF and exchange
navigational information with the vessels
captain. One of the most important features AIS
offers is that with a transponder (an AIS set that
not only receives but transmits AIS signals as
well) can broadcast information about your boat
and by doing so your boat will appear as large as
a tanker to all other vessels in the area.
So it defnitely provides another level of
Englert: It is interesting that like VHF, AIS
radio signals can be received even though you
may not actually be able to see the vessel. When
approaching a harbor entrance, for example, you
will often be able to see boat and ship traffc
coming and going inside the harbor before you
approach the harbors entrance. This provides
you a tremendous boating safety and navigation
advantage. In this sense AIS serves as a kind of
radar that can see around corners.
Is it a major process to implement the
Englert: Adding AIS to your boat may be
simpler than you think. Here are several ways
you can start using AIS now.
AIS Add - On Modules:
You may not realize it but you may already
have most of the equipment that you need to
enjoy AIS right now on your boat. Most recent
multifunction GPS/chart plotter displays,
including those of Furuno, Garmin, Lowrance,
Raymarine, Simrad, Si-Tex and Standard
Horizon will accept plug in AIS modules.
An added beneft of adding such a plug in
module accessory is that this black box gets
hidden out of sight and you dont have to be
concerned about additional mounting space at
the helm.
AIS can also be conveniently displayed on
your computer using compatible navigation
software whether or not you are displaying
AIS information on another display or not (the
output of one AIS unit can be read on multiple
displays throughout the boat).
Stand Alone AIS Sets:
The Si-Tex AIS Radar, Simrad A150, and Vesper
AIS WatchMate 850 are several models that have
there own display and operate independently of
other equipment. Individual stand alone give
you a constant view of the boat traffc in your
area without having to switch screens. These
models will also interface to other navigation
displays or a computer to place AIS targets on
other on board displays as well.
Receive Only AIS:
If you only wish to monitor the movements of
ships and other boats around you an AIS set
that receives only will give you the same view
of near by marine traffc as an AIS transponder
does but without the beneft of being able to
broadcast information about your boat to all
other craft and as a result not be seen on chart
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Dear Mookie,
Theres been all this talk in the news about
bullying in schools, I havent thought to much
of it until my teenage daughter came home
in tears the other day - a victim of bullying.
Were a bit distraught and not sure how to
handle it all. What do you think?
Dad of a sad girl
Dear dad of sad,
We dogs know both sides of the bully coin.
Theres been times when I was literally
running for my life and other times when I
was the intimidator.
I remember a time when I had a puppy lying
on his back begging me for mercy. It was so
so very awesome. I was standing over him
in total control while he trembled in fear.
Is anything better than that? Wait - your
daughter is the victim - is that the bad one?
I get victim and victor confused. Anyway, I
hope shes the one that beats up the weak!
Hope that helps!
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