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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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75 Years and Still Going Strong

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club celebrates its unique history as members look to the future By Paul M.J. Suchecki Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in Marina del Rey, celebrated its 75th anniversary on Oct. 16 in grand style, with a Concours d’Elegance-style car show, a chili cook-off and an unexpected history lesson about the club’s first commodore, Dr. Jack Taylor — the nation’s first unofficial Navy SEAL officer. The club honored Taylor’s service with a naval flag presenting ceremony capped off by all-female vocal group the Satin Dollz performing songs from the 1940s. As daylight...

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Destination: Catalina

Now’s the best time to cruise to the lesser-visited Isthmus Cove By Paul M. J. Suchecki Santa Catalina Island is a marvelous getaway for Southern California boaters. Catalina is just 22 miles from the mainland (a distance about a mile greater than the width of the English Channel), yet it’s a world away from L.A.’s smog, freeway traffic and heat. “I’ve been to islands in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Caribbean. Catalina is great, offering the island lifestyle just off our coast,” local sailor Carolisa Pomerantz said. Catalina is eight miles across at its widest, but one alluring destination is...

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on the water: Fairwind Yacht Club Turns 50

Volunteer-run cooperative allows lower-cost access to sailing By Paul M. J. Suchecki October marks the 50th anniversary of Fairwind Yacht Club, an all-volunteer nonprofit sailing cooperative based in Marina del Rey and Channel Islands Harbor. Sailing enthusiasts founded the club to get out on the water without the high cost of boat ownership. True to that mission, the club offers its members year-round access to more than 30 sailboats, and from the start members can enjoy day sails and cruises to Catalina and the Channel Islands. “Fairwind is a beautiful thing because it allows poor people like me to...

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On the Water: Sunday Drivers Make Bad Sailors

Learn the ropes from U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers — 10 classes cost just $80 By Paul M. J. Suchecki There are few more disconcerting sights from a boat than to have a vessel head straight toward you with no sign of veering off. I once faced that situation while sailing south out of the marina. Another sloop on port tack didn’t seem to care that soon we would collide head on. I swerved and yelled “Starboard!” at the top of my lungs. The other skipper didn’t alter course by a single compass point, giving me a wave and...

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