How to keep your crew and yourself safe while out on the water By Paul M. J. Suchecki By now most of us think we know how to beat the novel coronavirus: wear a mask, keep at least six feet away from others and wash our hands frequently, but is it feasible to do this on a watercraft? The beaches may be closed this Fourth of July holiday weekend, but if you’re lucky enough to have access to a boat and follow the rules responsibly, you can still get out on the water. According to LA County officials, the...Read More
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LA County beaches reopen with restrictions after nearly seven-week shutdown By Paul M. J. Suchecki The Venice Skate Park may still be buried under sand, but Wednesday, May 13, marked the reopening of LA County beaches since they were shut to the public in late March. Although the LA Mayor’s office remains tightlipped on the opening of the city-controlled Venice boardwalk, pier and recreation area, the Los Angeles County Department of Beach & Harbors announced Monday via tweet that it would reopen access to surf and sand on LA County beaches. That includes county-operated Will Rogers, Marina “Mother’s” Beach,...Read More
Enjoy the ocean breeze, but put that face mask on tight Story and Photos by Paul M. J. Suchecki The Argonaut recently received an email from Summer Kjenstad, a Vista del Mar skipper, complaining that he was scared that most people on the marina promenade were not employing face masks or social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He was also worried that with beaches closed, more people were taking their seaside walks through the marina. In 40 years of sailing out of Marina del Rey, I have yet to hear anybody say, “Let’s take a postprandial stroll...Read More
When the government shutdown suspended Coast Guard paychecks and the Halibut disappeared, a Marina del Rey boater rose to the occasion By Paul M. J. Suchecki Nearly 42,000 U.S. Coast Guard members dedicated to protecting mariners, the maritime environment and our nation’s nautical borders served without pay during the longest government shutdown in history, ironically due to a political impasse over border security. Because it falls under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard was the only branch of the military that wasn’t being paid during the shutdown. During those 35 days,...Read More
The Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade continues an intimate community tradition By Paul M. J. Suchecki As the sun set over its canals on Sunday, Dec. 9, Venice hosted its own holiday boat parade – a simpler but more intimate affair that was as much fun as its bigger sibling parade held in Marina del Rey the night before. The colorful event was founded 37 years ago, back when the canals were run down and the idea that a canal-side home could sell for $1 million per bedroom was preposterous, yet the parade still holds its grassroots Venetian charm....Read More
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