Category: On the Water

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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On the Water: Paddle Empowerment

Breast cancer survivors find support and renewed body confidence at monthly Champion Paddles in Marina del Rey By Paul M. J. Suchecki One Sunday each month, Dr. Tiffany B. Grunwald teams up with Pro SUP Shop at Mother’s Beach for Champion Paddle — a 90-minute group stand-up paddleboard session to support women who are battling breast cancer. A plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, Grunwald has been paddle-boarding at least twice a week for the past five years with several other women in what they call the Core Group. Two years ago, a member of the...

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On The Water: Baja Ha Ha is Serious Business

Locals brave stormy seas with a Sunderland while setting sail for a piece of paradise By Paul M.J. Suchecki On Oct. 28, four intrepid sailors left Marina del Rey on a beautiful Beneteau 423 to join the 23rd Baja Ha Ha cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. The journey is about 750 nautical miles, but those aboard the De Vrijheid — owner/skipper Johan Feldbusch, his wife/first mate Barbara Baumann, Laurence Sunderland and Diane Hubner — didn’t stop there. They sailed around the tip of Baja California to La Paz, in the Sea of Cortez. In short,...

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Fueling Olympic Ambitions

California Yacht Club fundraises toward an American comeback story at the 2016 Summer Games By Pat Reynolds An athlete’s journey to compete in the Olympics is a long and arduous one. Lately, it’s also been a bit of a dead end for American sailors. From the mid-1980s into the early ‘90s, the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team was a force to be reckoned with, racking up a combined 21 medals in ‘84, ‘88 and ’92. Then times got lean. They’ve won just 10 medals over the past two decades, and three years ago in London the U.S. team came up...

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