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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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On the Water: See Life at Full Sail

Sunset Series brings the excitement of racing closer to shore By Paul M. J. Suchecki Every Wednesday evening in late spring and summer, Marina del Rey’s main channel offers a splendid sight: dozens of sailboats with jib and main sails flying wing on wing, like birds returning home at day’s end. This is the Sunset Series, now in its 52nd year, hosted by California Yacht Club. Most regattas end in the bay, so the excitement of the finish happens far out of view of landlubbers. Sunset Series races end at either the Cal Yacht Club guest dock or Burton...

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Water, Water Everywhere …

Desalination isn’t the simple drought solution it might appear to be By Paul M.J. Suchecki In the middle of an historic drought, one can’t help but notice there’s more water due west of Los Angeles than anyone could dream to drain. For the foreseeable future, however, we may be able to boat and swim to our hearts’ content, but we’ll hardly be able to drink a drop of it. Without the water imported from increasingly dry Northern California and the Colorado River, L.A.’s regional drinking water resources could only sustain a population of about 500,000 people, according to the...

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Guest Opinion: Where’s our flag?

The Stars and Stripes have disappeared from the marina breakwater but may return in 2015 By Paul M. J. Suchecki On recent sailing trips out of Marina del Rey harbor I’ve been looking in vain for a familiar sight that had become a welcome reference point for years: the American flag that once stood tall on the breakwater has been missing in action. Even if the flag had become frayed, I thought, that was no reason to remove it permanently. I was reminded of an old seafaring poem: “Ay, tear her tattered ensign down / Long has it waved...

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