Copy


Fairwind Yacht Club

September 2022 - Editor: Patricia Nazario - Vol. 51 No. 09


IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE (Click the link below to go directly to the article.)

 


Photo by John Roussel ©2022
 If this doesn't display properly, 
view it  here in your browser.

The Commodore's Log

Bylaws Article X Commodore's Annual Report

 by Lenox C. Grasso, FYC Commodore, Port Captain MdR 
 
Lenox Grasso is the FYC Commodore and MdRH Port Captain. He joined FYC MdRH in 2010 after many years of sailing the Eastern Seaboard, Great Lakes, Bahamas, Caribbean, to Cuba, Panama, Bermuda, and Spain. Educated at Yale and Harvard, Lenox worked in federal defense and in expert systems with IBM, Naval Intelligence, NY Hospital, and at Harvard University. Lenox is a USCG 100-Ton Master and now works at ASA (Certs 107-108, 200-206, 211-218).
Port Captain's Report CIH
A Recap of Major Highlights

by Scott Kelly, Port Captain CIH
FYC boat at Prisoners Harbor in Santa Cruz Island. (Photo by Stu Meisner)
FYC CIH Port Captain Newsletter Article Jun 11, 2022 Revision A
I hope everyone is having a great beginning of summer. The weather has been great and I’m excited for another great summer of sailing. Hope you all are, too.

Topic 1:
The FYC CIH Boat Selection Committee (BSC) will present their report for our Phase 2 of boat purchasing effort, adding another large boat to the CIH fleet, at the upcoming June 30th General Membership meeting. The BSC will present the results of the recent Phase 2 Club-wide survey, and will review the justification for the purchase of an additional large boat to the General Membership.

Following the BSC report there will be a membership vote on this initiative. Please plan on attending the meeting via Zoom and participating in this extremely important meeting.

Topic 2:
The FYC CIH Boat Selection Committee is actively pursuing the purchase of two Catalina 30 MK IIIs, following the approval from the General Membership at last quarter’s meeting of the Phase 1 initiative.

The Catalina 30 MK III is a later model Catalina 30 with a swim platform on the transom. This feature is favored by the membership because of its ease of entering the boat after swimming or by dinghy. The Catalina-brand is favored by most members as indicated in the Phase 1 survey.

There is no mandated time frame on the purchase of these new mid-size boats. We are replacing two mid-size boats and will have full use of them until they are replaced.

The BSC is looking for the best Catalina 30 MKIIIs in both condition and price. We are not going to cut corners or settle for a boat that will not satisfy the FYC members for the sake of expediency.

 “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

Topic 3:
The BoatUS new member subscriptions with FYC discount has been a great success. I anticipate receiving a new link from BoatUS for FYC BoatUS renewing members shortly. If you are a renewing BoatUS subscriber please contact me before your membership renewal period expires.

Topic 4:
FYC Channel Islands Harbor will be a hosting the first in person FYC General Membership meeting and BBQ since the shutdown in the beginning of 2020. The date for this event is Saturday September 24th at Seabridge Clubhouse in Oxnard.

With the busy summer schedules at both CIH and MdR, this date is one of only two dates that would work through September. You can pen this one on your calendar---this date will not be postponed!

Seabridge Clubhouse is a great venue and we’re looking very much forward to the date. More details as the date approaches.

Topic 5:
Our next FYC CIH Club Cruise is scheduled for July 8-10. There was an announcement that was sent out earlier this week and if you’d like to participate, please send in your request as soon as possible. We have four more CIH Club cruises scheduled between August and November, please send in your request after you receive my announcement of the cruise about a month before the scheduled date.
 
Topic 6:
Our next CIH Work Day is scheduled for Sunday, June 19th from 9 AM to Noon. Although it is Father’s Day, we’re hoping that the best thing that us fathers can think of to do that morning is mess around boats, then head home to join family and the BBQ. If you can’t join us, please have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Thanks,
Scott Kelly
FYC CIH Port Captain and Cruise Chair
Scott Kelly has been a member of Fairwind CIH since 2009. He was on the Board of Directors as Fleet Captain 2011-2012, Port Captain 2016-2017, and Commodore 2016-2017. Currently CIH Cruise Chair. He is an ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214, and 218 Instructor. He is also certified as Master Scuba Diver, surfs, and is happiest on, in, or under the water.
Fleet Captain's Report CIH

Training Highlights and Boat Systems Training Video

by Bill Mattson, Fleet Captain CIH
Camp David, Anacapa Yacht Club Wet Wednesday Racing. (Photo by Bill Mattson, Orca Aerial, LLC)

CIH August Performance/Highlights:

• 45 training/instructing occurrences
• 178 training hours

Here are the folks who were a part of another great month of training in CIH:

  • Philip Barbaro
  • Daniel Beck
  • Robert Chatenever
  • Lauren Copus
  • Michael Crist
  • Michael Delaney
  • Robert Denise
  • Tom Dotz
  • Michael Hallahan
  • Lee Manning
  • Eric Morrow
  • John Rochford
  • Dan Romey
  • Sasha Tsapin
  • Marilyn Usher

 
Boat Systems Overview Videos
 
The following boat systems training videos are now available:
 
Sorella: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQHyo7GemTc
Fairwind Mark III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arcZtNlxdzw
Angelsea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0YKbObtZ00

After years of chartering boats in Santa Barbara, Bill heard about Fairwind from a friend, attended an open house in the summer of 2016, and quickly joined after learning that he could get two years of repeated boat use for the same price that I had recently paid for a charter for a long weekend, plus enjoy the fellowship of FYC members!
View From the Rear
Rear Commodore Report: September 2022
 
When I took office last year as MdR Rear Commodore, I laid out three areas of focus to guide my plan for our fleet assets:
  • Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Comfort
Much of this years work was focused on the first two items, including a professional survey and repairs of the standing rigging for each boat in the MdR Fleet, the establishment and appointment of two new Boat Chiefs positions to better maintain our paddle craft and inflatable dinghies, the  acquisition and evaluation of an electric outboard motor for one of our Small Boats and the purchase two beautiful new tandem kayaks to store under our newly built roof on the paddle craft trailer. 
 
As the high season winds down, I have two updates on the latter “comfort” end of my plan:
 
Monthly Professional Cleaning of the Cruising Boats
 
The large and medium boats take a beating during the high season. The summer is when we invite guests aboard to experience the pure joy of sailing, make memories on overnight cruises to Catalina with our friends and family, and catch the sunset at the end of a lovely daysail out on the sea.











































Moldy pillows ready to be thrown out during the professional deep cleaning on Mariah.
(Photo by Drew Baldwin)


As a result, even when members do a good job cleaning up after themselves, the boats do accumulate dirt and grime. And since the Boat Chiefs’ and Assistants’ priority is safety and maintenance, cleaning is often the last item on a long list of the hard work that they do to keep our boats running.
 
I received approval from the Harbor Committee to authorize semi-annual professional deep cleaning of the cruising boats followed by monthly regular cleaning of the interior. And now they sparkle! Cleanings take place on Monday mornings (our lightest day for boat reservations)—you can check on Schedule Master to see which boats will be cleaned each week.
 
Custom Frosted Fairwind Cups
 
So we can all toast to the conclusion of a wonderful summer, I purchased custom frosted cups for all the boats in the MdR fleet.
 

The frosted cups feature the classic Fairwind logo—ready for your on-the-water photos!
 
Now we can enjoy taking a little more pride in our club and perhaps enjoy a well deserved drink after nailing that docking back at the slip.
 
Thank you,
Drew Baldwin
Rear Commodore MdR
mdr.rearcommodore@fairwind.org
 
Drew Baldwin is the Rear Commodore for FYC MdR, and serves on both the FYC MdR Harbor Committee and the Fairwind Board. He's an ASA Instructor, a USCG Vessel Examiner, and a certified Dockwalker for the California Coastal Commission. He got his California Boater Card, and so should you (now required if you're under 45).
Elections

About the FYC Candidates

by Ken Murray, Election Committee Chair
Fellow members,

We have an election approaching, which starts Sept 21-27, for our Fairwind Board of Directors (executive committee), and both Harbor Committees.

I believe that this will be one of the most important elections in our history. The diversity of candidates includes some very different philosophies, that will affect how the Club is for many years. For the first time in our Club history, we have SIX contested positions... whereas in the past we have never had more than TWO!

The most important thing for your Club is to VOTE! We have often had a terrible turnout, less than 1/3 of the members.

Please read the candidate statements. Just click the name and you'll link directly to their statement. Get a sense of their personalities, particularly members who are contesting a position. If you don't know people running, ask around. Most are well known throughout FYC. Here are the Nominees:

Club Wide:
Commodore
Lenox Grasso
Marc Levine

Secretary
Michael Povar

Treasurer
Uta Buschor

Specific by Harbor:
MdR
Port Captain
Lenox Grasso
Bennett Sampson

Fleet Captain
Ping Alldredge

Rear Commodore
Drew Baldwin
Stephen Fenster

Membership Secretary
Sharlen Campbell-Clements
Bruce Gale

CIH
Port Captain
Michael Hallahan
Scott Kelly

Fleet Captain
Michael Crist

Rear Commodore
Michael Hallahan
Michael Delaney

Membership Secretary
Oded Barlev

All of the information, including timelines and candidate statements altogether on one page, are on the FYC website at: election page.

 
Ken Murray joined Fairwind in 2005, serving as Secretary, Fleet Captain, Fleet Surgeon, and Commodore.  Until 3 years ago, when an illness knocked him down, he was an instructor for all boats in the fleet, and all the usual ASA levels.
Passing the Baton

Working With Your New Fleet Captain

by Bill Mattson, Fleet Captain CIH
Sweet Deal on a day sail. (Photo by Bill Mattson, Orca Aerial, LLC)
 
As I near the end of my term, I reflect on my experience of serving on the Fairwind Yacht Club Executive Board, and the entirely new perspective on the organization that it has provided me.  Admittedly, there were times of frustration, but those times have been easily overshadowed by the rewarding experience of helping progress the skills of individual members.   And that process has allowed me to make many new friends along the way.  As I grabbed the torch from former Fleet Captain John Mudgett a year ago, I distinctly remember him telling me, “You’re going to have fun with this.” 
 
He was right.
 
I have also developed an even greater appreciation for the contributions to the club made by members of the board, trainers and instructors, the boat chiefs and their assistants, and some of the more active members of the club who work to repair and maintain our boats. What particularly impresses me is the occasional “all-hands-on-deck” approach to fixing something on a boat to save a fellow member’s upcoming cruise.  It reflects a genuine concern for the welfare of other members, and gives me a great feeling every time I see it.
 
Your new Fleet Captain will be in place on October 1, and will be getting acquainted with the tasks of the position, as well as the administrative functions of Schedule Master and the ASA Affiliate Website.  And while the Fleet Captain is available to answer member questions on training, members can take some of the load off the new guy or gal by being familiar with the Standing Rules as well as the club’s training requirements detailed on the Fairwind Yacht Club Website. New members without an ASA 101 Certification (typically sponsored members) should complete their ASA 101 written exam before any on-the-water training.  While exams can be taken by scheduling a session with an instructor, they can more be easily scheduled during the morning of our monthly work day.  A familiarity with the Standing Rules and Training Requirements will allow members to only ask for training that they are qualified to receive, and avoid intervention by the Fleet Captain.  And while the Fleet Captain is authorized to make exceptions for members with prior extensive experience, I have avoided doing so during my term as it effectively has folks jumping the line of progression to larger boats.  I joined the club as an ASA Instructor having skippered various boats on cruises, including a Catalina 50 to San Miguel Island. Still, I put my hours in on the Catalina 22s like everyone else.  Your new Fleet Captain may have a different view, but I urge members to avoid putting the decision burden and liability on him/her by asking for exceptions.
 
As Fleet Captain, the question I received the most is: “How do I get training?”
 
For the most part, members are responsible for setting up their own training by contacting instructors and trainers, using the contact information on the Trainer / Instructor list for their respective harbors.  The list is available on the General Training page on the Fairwind Website.  Also, I have a “hot list” of Instructors/Trainers which is a short list of those who are the most active at a given time.  I can provide it upon request to folks who find it challenging to schedule training, and the new Fleet Captain may elect to do the same.
 
One of the easiest ways to get training is to schedule it with your Fleet Captain for an upcoming workday. Written exams are administered in the morning, and on-the-water training is available in the afternoons, typically at 1pm after lunch.  Workdays provide an excellent opportunity for training, as you can spend the morning working on the boat you plan to train on, getting familiar with it prior to sailing on it in the afternoon.
 
Finally, make sure to view the Boat Systems Overview video for the boat you plan to train on.  My goal is to have a video on every model boat at Channel Islands Harbor prior to the end of my term, and they will be available on the Fairwind Yacht Club Youtube channel, with links on the Boat Information page of the Fairwind Yacht Club website.
 
I want to sincerely thank all of those who assisted me in my duties, as well as the members who always expressed courtesy and patience during my work to accommodate them.  It has been very rewarding to serve you all, and I hope to do so again further down the road when time permits.
After years of chartering boats in Santa Barbara, I heard about Fairwind from a friend, attended an open house in the summer of 2016, and quickly joined after learning that I could get two years of repeated boat use for the same price that I had recently paid for a charter for a long weekend, plus enjoy the fellowship of FYC members!
Boat Selection Update

Survey Update

by Lenox Grasso, Chair Boat Selection Committee MdR
FYC boat at sea. (Photo by Stu Meisner)
Lenox Grasso is the FYC Commodore and MdRH Port Captain. He joined FYC MdRH in 2010 after many years of sailing the Eastern Seaboard, Great Lakes, Bahamas, Caribbean, to Cuba, Panama, Bermuda, and Spain. Educated at Yale and Harvard, Lenox worked in federal defense and in expert systems with IBM, Naval Intelligence, NY Hospital, and at Harvard University. Lenox is a USCG 100-Ton Master and now works at ASA (Certs 107-108, 200-206, 211-218).
Fairwind Volunteers

Boys & Girls Clubs Program Summer/Fall Update

by Michelle Ching, Youth Programs, MdR
Fairwind Yacht Club member Alexander "Sandy" McLeod on ABC-7 news preparing Fast and Fun participants for sailing. (Courtesy ABC-7 News)
This summer 1,673 students from across LA county got out on the water with the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) Fast and Fun Sailing Program.  Fairwind volunteers and BGC staff offered Hobie sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding instruction to elementary, middle, and high school students.  For many students it was their first time handling watercraft, and for others their first time visiting a beach. 


Fairwind Yacht Club began its work with BGC in 2001, when BGC purchased the Hobie Waves that are currently docked at G2600. For the last 20+ years, Fairwind has been in charge of maintaining the Hobies and coach boats for BGC. Many thanks to Aaron Price, Hobie Boat Chief, for overhauling the fleet in preparation for the summer.

Fairwind members volunteered for shifts, Monday-Friday, from late June to early August, at Marina del Rey's Mothers Beach. On July 26, 2022, ABC-7 News aired a story about the program, "Local Boys and Girls Club hosts over 30 kids from Watts for a day of sailing.”

Special thanks to all our members who signed up for beach duty: Jim Alexander, Uta Buschor, John CramerFrancesca Corrado, Nigel DonnellyFergus Faye, Francis Hawkings, Sandy McLeod, Mark Salkin, Fran Weber, and Richard Windebank.  

Fran and Richard also played a critical role in organizing this year's program. They kindly guided me and Kate Bradbury (co-coordinator for the FYC/BGC programs) by introducing us to club administrators, passing down FYC/BGC history, and recommending best practices.  

Kate and I are currently organizing the fall After-School Sailing Program:

When: Tuesdays, 3-5pm, Sep 20 - Nov 8, 2022
Ready boats by 3pm, return to dock just before 5pm 

Where/What: FYC MdR/Capri 22's and Frequensea

Who: 2-4 BGC members, 1 skipper + 1 crew per boat 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email fairwindbgc@gmail.com. Thank you!
Michelle Ching joined FYC in February 2022, and coordinates Fairwind volunteers for the Boys & Girls Clubs programs. She grew up sailing on San Francisco Bay and enjoys sail boat racing.  Michelle recently completed the Maritime First Aid course organized through Fairwind, and appreciates the many opportunities the club provides for developing sailing and seamanship skills.
Useful Tips

How to Plan a Docking

by Art Toye, Large Boat Member MdR
Boat along the waterway at a Boca Raton, Florida dock during sunset. (Photo by Kim Seng,
CreativeCommons.org)
One of the weakest points for skippers is how to plan for a docking or launching on medium or large boat. It’s no problem to “wing it” when you are docking at the fuel dock/pump out station or slip that you’ve been to a hundred times. But when you’re in new location, it will be easier to have a plan. If it's helpful, this is the docking lesson plan I share in my trainings.

I ask my students to memorize A, B, C: 
A. Assess.   B. Boat.  C. Crew
 
A - Assess:  Assess the dock, wind, tide, and other conditions. Is the dock safe? Is there room? Where is the wind coming from? Is there current? Hi or low tide? Is there help like at the fuel dock?  I usually drive by at least once to survey the dock space or mooring field.
 
B - Boat:  Are the dock lines set up? Do you have fenders? Are they at the right height? If you are getting fuel or doing a pump, are you on the correct side?
 
C - Crew: Did you discuss with your crew as what you expect them to do? Did you assign jobs and instruct them to only listen to the skipper, (Not helper or dock people).

I watch a lot of skippers just “wing it” when they dock and yell at their crew as they come it. To execute item C you need to have a plan. Most of the time they will dock successfully with no harm, no foul. But, when you are at a new dock, different winds and inexperienced crew, things may not be so easy. The choice is yours to plan your launch and docking or “wing it”.
Art Toye is a past Fairwind Fleet Captain. Learned to sail at UCLA Aquatic Centre and taught advanced sailing and catamarans there since 1984.  He has Asa 201,203,204,214 and USYRU dinghy certifications.
Save the Date

FYC 55/15 Anniversary BBQ!

by Scott Kelly, Port Captain & Cruise Chair CIH
Anacapa lighthouse. (Photo by Stu Meisner)

Hi Fairwinders,

A reminder to all members that FYC CIH will be hosting the FYC 55/15 Potluck & BBQ at Seabridge Clubhouse on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 2 PM to 6 PM.

This Potluck and BBQ is the first held since 2019. We will be commemorating fifty-five years since the founding of Fairwind Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, and fifteen years since the founding of Fairwind Yacht Club in Channel Islands Harbor.

We’ve had great turnouts for our previous BBQs at Seabridge Clubhouse. You’re invited to bring your potluck contribution and we will have grills available for barbecuing.

Please bring your family (including the kids!) and friends to our celebration.

Remember, we're looking for images to showcase and plan to have a dedicated room for all of us to enjoy these magnificent moments! Here's how to get involved:

  • Gather up your best, "National Geographic" images captured from any voyage on a Fairwind sailboat, ie: sunsets, sunrises, and/or marine animals.  Every image has a story and we want to see yours!
  • Print out your stunning photo and bring it to the party.  We prefer a 8x10 printed photo, but any size would be okay. Also, please write a brief synopsis of the special moment you captured. For example, what trip you were on and where  you shot the photo.


If you'd like to be part of the image showcase, please RSVP directly to:
Michael Povar
FYC Secretary
michaelpovar@gmail.com

If you’d like to help set up or break down, please contact Ev Anderson:
evelynanderson27@yahoo.com
Cell: 805.252.0719 

Click here for a map to the party.

Thank you,
Scott Kelly
CIH Port Captain & Cruise Chair

Scott Kelly has been a member of Fairwind CIH since 2009. He was on the Board of Directors as Fleet Captain 2011-2012, Port Captain 2016-2017, and Commodore 2016-2017. Currently CIH Cruise Chair. He is an ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 214, and 218 Instructor. He is also certified as Master Scuba Diver, surfs, and is happiest on, in, or under the water.
Boating News

California Boater Card

by Patricia Nazario, FYC Newsletter Editor
 
In California, each year a new age group is added to boaters who are required to have a valid card. For 2021, the law requires everyone 40 years old or younger to have a card. By 2025, everybody on the water will be required to have one. Once issued, the card remains valid for life.
 
Take the BoatUS Foundation's free online course.
Apply for your boater's card.
Patricia Nazario is the FYC Newsletter Editor. She discovered sailing in the summer of 2018 and joined FYC in 2020. Educated at UCLA and Columbia University in NYC, Patricia is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Patricia began her career as a reporter on local TV news and on National Public Radio (NPR). She learned Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has traveled across most of Central/South America and parts of Europe. Patricia holds ASA 101, 103 and 201 certifications.
Get Involved!

Training, Volunteer Sign-Up, Credits, and Guidelines

by Patricia Nazario, FYC Newsletter Editor

MdR Harbor Orientation:

FYC Level-2 ASA Instructor Alex Van Name put together this 10-page document to help people find their way around MdR.  


Volunteer Spreadsheet:

FYC Level-2 ASA Instructor Alex Van Name created this sign-up sheet where members can post their skills and availability, so that others may reach out when there's a match. This resource will remain an active part of our monthly newsletter. 


Join The Newsletter Editorial Team:

If you'd like to write, research, and/or take/edit pictures, now's the time to put your fabulous talents to work for our amazing club. The FYC Editorial Team is expanding and looking to tap our creative members to contribute to the monthly newsletter. For more info, please contact Newsletter Editor Patricia Nazario at newsletter@fairwind.org.


Newsletter Submission Guidelines:

Our newsletter is a safe space for our community to share ideas, thoughts, information, and experiences. The content we generate is intended to inform, inspire and encourage us, all, to become better sailors, and better dial into the lifestyle we so enjoy. Articles should be topical, teach lessons/skills, or keep members up to date on current events. If you've had an amusing experience, or have done something unusual related to sailing, we'd love to share it! Here's how it works.
 
1) We publish the second Saturday of the month to coincide with FYC Open House
2) Longer articles may be split into sequential parts for brevity.
3) The submission deadline is the end of the month (for the following month's issue).
4) Accompany your story/article with photos/illustrations.
5) Include a 125x125 self-portrait and a 60-word mini-bio.

Please submit story ideas and only your original photos for the header and/or the Fairwind Feature Photo section at fyc.newsletter.123@gmail.com. 

Questions
 and/or comments can go there, too. 

Thank you!
Patricia Nazario
FYC Newsletter Editor
Patricia Nazario is the FYC Newsletter Editor. She discovered sailing in the summer of 2018 and joined FYC in 2020. Educated at UCLA and Columbia University in NYC, Patricia is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Patricia began her career as a reporter on local TV news and on National Public Radio (NPR). She learned Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has traveled across most of Central/South America and parts of Europe. Patricia holds ASA 101, 103 and 201 certifications.
Share Share
Forward Forward
view this email in your browser






This email was sent to jonrock6212@gmail.com
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Newsletter · PO Box 12684 · Fairwind Yacht Club · Marina del Rey, CA 90295-3684 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp