Category: Marina Nautical News

Like ‘Jaws,’ only different

 SharkBoat Capt. Chris Wade heads from Marina del Rey to Costa Rica on a mission to combat pirate fishing When I walked into the main salon of the aging 73-foot steel research vessel parked at the fuel dock in Marina del Rey, a weathered, square-jawed man with shoulder-length blond hair greeted me with a heartfelt handshake. Marine biologist Chris Wade first offered me a beer, and then we proceeded to sit down and talk about the passion he has dedicated his life to: SharkBoat (, an organization devoted to protecting sharks and, in turn, fisheries that sharks rely on...

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The trouble with Mariners Village

Redevelopment plans would increase public recreational access to Marina del Rey but also displace seabirds and forever alter a unique harbor landscape By Pat Reynolds When I take friends out sailing, on our way out to the ocean we inevitably pass a beautiful little stretch of real estate on the north side of the main channel that consistently begs the question: “What’s that place?” “It’s Mariners Village,” I reply. “An apartment complex.” “Nice,” they always say. “It is,” I confirm. Mariners Village is nice. It’s 23 acres of beautifully landscaped property complete with old trees and a private waterfront...

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Rough waters ahead for boat launch relocation plan

Boaters, residents expected to speak out Wednesday on controversial Marina del Rey redevelopment proposal By Pat Reynolds Through the years I’ve seen some pretty testy local meetings happen in Marina del Rey. Pleading, scoffing, yelling and general theatrics have occurred in many a public testimony in these parts, and I expect there will be all of that and more at an upcoming Small Craft Harbor Commission meeting to discuss future plans for Marina del Rey — particularly surrounding the possible relocation of the public boat launch ramp on Fiji Way. As part of its ongoing “Visioning” process for the...

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Collaboration bolsters Regatta for Hope

By Pat Reynolds Also this weekend, the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and the Del Rey Yacht Club have teamed up to help raise money for City of Hope, the prominent Southern California cancer research and treatment center. Year after year, SMWYC has been running the annual Crab Feast and Regatta for Hope events and have now facilitated donations of well over $250,000 for the charity. They are consistently breaking their own fundraising records, and this year will very likely be the same story. By partnering with the larger Del Rey Yacht Club, the two clubs together can draw from...

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Local boater sets a course for Washington

Brent Roske, who lives on an uncommon boat in Marina del Rey harbor, is running an unconventional campaign for Congress By Pat Reynolds As I make my way along the sidewalk with the boats of Marina del Rey’s D Basin on my left, I spy my destination along the seawall: a bearded man of about 40 sits reading a paper in a lawn chair on the foredeck of a 45-foot sailboat. Attached to the lifelines is a political banner that reads “Roske for Congress.” The vessel is a Samson ferro cement boat from the 1970s, and I’ve always been...

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