Annual Squadron Awards for 2017-2018
The 2018-2019 Bridge for Santa Barbara Sail and Power Squadron is announced
The SBSPS Audit Committee – Bill Goodale, Tom Koch and Pernilla Halstrom – completed their audit of our financial records for 2017 during January. They found that the journal and bank statements were in order thus approving our records for the year.
We started our latest “America’s Boating Course” class (ABC) on February 20 with 18 students. This class focuses on boating basics and safety and runs for five weeks, meeting once per week for two hours, culminating in a final exam. The class is being taught by our experienced team of teachers.
Vessel Safety Stickers have arrived. I have eight stickers so if you want to get one let me know. It is a good thing to do. We make sure your flares are up-to- date, your safety equipment is in good working order, and your boat is sea- worthy. It is free and takes about an hour.
Many people consider nineteen days at sea to be a lot. And it can be, or not, depending on the voyage and how it is remembered. I’ve been fortunate that most of my Pacific crossings have been, as I recall, overall, fun. Of course, as I was once told by someone, it helps a lot to have a really poor memory.
Always check local weather conditions before departure. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water. TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information but there are other good sources for local weather forecasts.
Even without live bait in the bait receiver there were quite a few calico and sand bass caught off of Santa Barbara at shallow structure spots. Surf fishers found good perching from Hope Ranch down to the Rincon and groundfish from shore between Goleta and Gaviota.
In their 11,111.1 mile “Trailer Odyssey” late last year, SBSPS members Duane Felender and Janis Johnson continued to find themselves attracted to water activities and views in coastal towns, on rivers and more!