Although Cueva Valdez was the intended destination with plans to explore Painted Cave, the swell drove Scott Burns and his three crewmembers on S/V Benchmark to Lady’s. Steve Young, soloing on S/V Quiddity, also left on Friday, but not until early afternoon so enjoyed 15 – 25 knots of wind the whole trip and didn’t go below 6 kts at all – very exhilarating! He’d planned to join S/V Benchmark at Cueva Valdez but missed them as they headed for Lady’s. S/V Libertad received the message that S/V Benchmark had anchored at Lady’s so when we (me and a fellow Rotarian) left on Saturday morning we knew we were headed for Lady’s with some trepidation because I had had a bad experience there once before.
Getting folks out to the islands can be a bit daunting considering the preparation required (all boat systems functioning reliably, provisioning, comfort with bow and stern anchoring, dinghy and outboard operational, etc.). But a day sail is much more palatable for many, so we’ve scheduled a few of these to get those sails shaken out and engines cranked over for a larger number of members.
Greetings fellow squadron members, I do hope spring is being good to you. As your assistant to the treasurer, in charge of ships stores, I want to let you know we have a few of the “ambassador jackets” (see pictures) to sell. The Commander has asked me to sell them to members at half of the original cost, so they are a steal at $ 43.00. I have a limited selection of sizes so please contact me ASAP if you are interested.
Our Piloting class began on June 26 with John Profant instructing a class of eight students. We expect 2 or 3 more that were unable to attend the first session. The course provides the basic skills needed to plan and safely navigate a voyage using traditional (dead reckoning) and modern (GPS) methods. The class runs through August 21.
For those interested in having their vessel inspected contact me for an appointment. We make sure your flares are up to date, your safety equipment is in good working order and that your boat is sea worthy. It is free and takes about an hour. Those who do pass the examination will get a sticker to place on the left side of the boat that lets the Coast Guard know that it is not necessary to board and perform a Vessel Safety Check.
My contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org, or (805) 455-9173.
I’ve a few items for this month’s Safety Tip(s):
This past May I discussed a Carbon Monoxide event that occurred on our sailboat in this column. Interestingly there is an excellent article on CO Poisoning in the Summer issue of our USPS Ensign Magazine. As members you should be receiving this magazine via email and/or snail mail. Check it out as it covers symptoms and treatment while stressing the true danger of CO Poisoning. It’s titled Carbon Monoxide Poisoning by Gino C. Bottino, MD.
I believe that anglers are taking much greater care when releasing fish not destined for the dinner table. As a community, we have learned to care about our fisheries resources and so we need to focus on learning the lesson that safely releasing a fish to grow and thrive requires careful handling and an understanding of the special needs of individual fish species based upon their anatomies.
Wow! What a busy May we are having. The squadron had so much going on that most of this message will be spent thanking all the members who stepped up to conduct or participate in an event.
Don’t blink or another month will go by that is chock full of squadron activities. Don’t miss our June 7th meeting with Mike Pyzel discussing heavy weather experiences and techniques for survival.
I love the Fourth of July with all the fireworks, particularly viewing them from our boat at the Harbor, but there’s nothing like setting off your own fireworks, which of course we’re not allowed to do anymore in most parts of California. So the flare shoot, in which we set off our own “fireworks,” is not only an extremely important safety event, but is exciting because it appeals to my love of being in charge of my own pyrotechnics, like when I was a kid.
The Ventura Squadron is visiting Santa Barbara Harbor Friday June 15 and has invited us to join them for a get together aboard Mariposa at 1730 hours. Please bring your favorite beverages and they will supply all the eats. For those venturing out on the cruise to Cueva Valdez that weekend, we will raise a glass to fair winds and calm anchorages for you!