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...Read More
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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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
A nod to East Coast tradition, the ceremonies endure as an exercise in camaraderie Why do yacht clubs in Marina del Rey stage Opening Day ceremonies even though members can sail year-round? The custom traces back to the practices of climatically challenged clubs on the East Coast, but in sunny Southern California it’s a chance for club members to deck themselves out in formal attire, have a few drinks, celebrate camaraderie and welcome prospective members. The marina’s yacht clubs celebrated Opening Day last Saturday and Sunday, encountering foggy conditions while boaters from Boston to New York were at home...Read More
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