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Catch the Excitement

Fish are biting in Santa Monica Bay, so get out there and reel one in By Paul M. J. Suchecki Now that spawning season has ended and fishing restrictions have been lifted, it’s time for local boaters to dust off their rods and reels. “Fishing is great right now — especially for rockfish, red snapper and lingcod. One of our anglers pulled one in that topped 14 pounds. That’s a pretty good fish,” Marina del Rey Sportfishing owner Rick Oefinger remarked a few weeks ago. As the days lengthen and the waters warm, pelagic fish are now migrating north....

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Man Overboard

A Marina del Rey yacht club’s first black commodore resigns amid complaints of racism and assault, but security camera footage muddies the water By Joe Piasecki The Pacific Mariners Yacht Club will be without a commodore for this weekend’s Opening Day celebrations to kick off the boating season in Marina del Rey. Keith Mott, an LAPD sergeant who became PMYC’s first African-American commodore late last year, resigned from the club on Monday. He is accusing its governing board of tolerating a white former commodore’s use of a racial slur during a heated clubhouse confrontation on Jan. 21. According to...

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Sailing the Winds of Change

Keith Mott becomes the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club’s first African-American commodore By Paul M. J Suchecki Pacific Mariners Yacht Club made history last month by selecting its first African-American commodore, Keith Mott. An LAPD sergeant, Mott is only the second black yacht club commodore in Marina del Rey history and, as far as he knows, the only black man presently leading a yacht club the entire West Coast. PMYC has been around for 55 years and remains one of the few all-volunteer yacht clubs, meaning the club depends more than most on the enthusiasm and abilities of its members....

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Going Green on the Deep Blue Sea

Boaters are embracing solar panels and wind turbines for clean and convenient power By Paul M. J. Suchecki There is no longer a need for boaters to run an engine or a noisy external generator while at anchor simply to charge a battery. Solar panels or wind turbines can effectively keep marine radios, radar and lights functional. Since there are pros and cons to each, more boaters are incorporating both of them onto their vessels. The cost of solar panels continues to drop. With no moving parts, they typically last 25 years or more. It’s important to keep the...

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All Hands (Are Welcome) on Deck

Marina Sunday Sailing Club pairs aspiring sailors with skippers who need crew By Paul M.J. Suchecki With summer quickly approaching, one of the best ways to get out on the water — and one of the best boating bargains on the planet — is the Marina Sunday Sailing Club, which pairs aspiring crew members with skippers who need extra hands on deck. Although sailing experience is helpful, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn count for more. When I first joined this club, I had experience sailing small boats on lakes and a river but had only been at the helm...

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