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Chula Vista Marina Newsletter | Dec 2019 | San Diego Bay
* Marina Christmas Potluck - Saturday, December 21 *
News from the Dockmaster
The holidays are right around the corner, but the weather is still beautiful for boating! That is just one of the many reasons we love San Diego. You may have noticed some of your neighbors’ boats getting decorated for one of the most fun events in San Diego - The San Diego Parade of Lights ! This is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community. Continuing its longstanding San Diego tradition, the 48th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 8th and 15th . Participants of this year’s holiday boat parade will decorate their boats according to the theme of “Comic-Con on the Bay”. 
Our very own Dwight Everett and his 60’ Johnson motor yacht has won first place in his category for the last 3 years in a row. WOW!! Rumor has it, he has big plans for this year as well. I’m excited to see what he has in store for this event. If you are also interested in participating in this event, you can register your vessel at https://sdparadeoflights.org. The cost to register is $100, and that includes two reservations at the awards presentation dinner, which will be held at Tom Hams Lighthouse on Shelter Island. If you prefer to avoid the crowds on the water, you can view the event from shore. Once again, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade. Beginning at 5 p.m. each night, the parade starts at Shelter Island and proceeds to Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, the Pier at Cesar Chavez Park, and ends at the Ferry Landing in Coronado . The parade takes about an hour to pass any given point, and there are many comfortable waterfront viewpoints along the route.
As you may have noticed, the parking lot repaving project is now complete. Big thank you to all the tenants for being patient and moving their vehicles as needed. It is a difficult project but one we must do from time to time to keep our Marina looking as good as it does.
See you on the Docks!
Robert Zimmerman
Welcome to Our New Mariners
Kraig Hamilton and Catherine Calmoun  sailed in their nice 30’ Islander from Mission Bay;  Alex and Patricia Dominguez  purchased a very nice 30’ Bayliner that was here at CVM already;  Dakota Deluca  purchased his awesome 38’ Californian  West Coast Office  that was already here at the Marina;  Jim Niedermeyer  brought back his awesome 42 Meridian Yachts  Junipero  from cruising in Ensenada;  David and Emily Cuevas  sailed in their very nice 44’ Kelly Peterson  Serendipity  from Shelter Island Boat Yard;  Mark and Maricile Hocevar  brought in their new fishing boat, a 24’ Wellcraft that they have not named yet;  Newell and Kathy Wilson  are back with their nice 26’ Macgregor  Fast Sunday  from their home in Utah;  Oscar Gonzelez and Kathy Romero  purchased a 26’ Tollycraft that was here at the CVM already;  Adam and Andrew Gershfield-Hosmer  brought in their awesome 35’ Cabo  Island Spirit  from Oak Harbor Marina;  Adam Nordine  sailed in his nice 29’ Ericson  Hawkeyes  from a mooring in Mission Bay;  Kaytee Britton  sailed in her very clean 35’ Coronado  Sheer Nonsense  from Cabrillo Isle Marina;  Jessica Bollum  sailed in her awesome 42’ Hunter Legend  Tinkerbell  from Harbor Island West;  Craig Coleman  brought back his beautiful 43’ Hatteras  Sundance II  from Shelter Cove Marina;  Sunny Loreto  brought in his 60’ Pacemaker from Driscolls boat yard in Mission Bay;  Steven Bison  sailed in his very nice 30’ Catalina  Windy Spirit  from Marina Village;  Ryan Power  purchased a 25’ Coronado  For the Hull of It  that was here at CVM already;  Steve and Katherine Luce  brought in their very clean 42’ Bayliner  Pall  from Shoreline Marina in Long Beach. Welcome home!
Helpful Hints & Friendly Reminders
Winter Preparation
I know how easy it is to forget about preparing for winter when we live in this paradise called San Diego. But, as we do every year, we have a couple of good storms that will come our way. So, I recommend to take some time, and  
  • Inspect your docklines for any fraying and/or tearing. 
  • Check all bilge pumps to make sure you don’t accumulate any rainwater in the bilge. 
  • Take a walk around your slip and make sure there are no stored items that could be blown into the water.
  • And lastly, please make sure all your sails are secure.
Every year we have a couple rogue sails that get caught in the wind and turn out to be a real danger and a headache for the boat owner. In taking a few preventative steps, you will possibly save yourself time, frustation, and money. Of course, our friendly staff and security guards will assist in keeping an eye out for inclement weather to ensure your pride and joy is stored safely at the Chula Vista Marina. But even at that, you don’t want to get a call in the middle of the night, asking you to come down and secure your sails.
Upcoming Marina Events
Marina Christmas Potluck
Saturday, December 21 | 3 pm
The holidays can be a busy time, so let’s gather in the  Dolphins Patio Bar  area for the first ever  Marina Christmas Potluck .  We’ll provide the ham, and we ask that you bring a side dish to share (should serve 6-8 people).  We’ll have seasonal musical entertainment for your pleasure.  As always, we’ll have plates and other utensils and will arrange for some liquid libations if our ABC permits come in on time.  If not, we will at least have soft drinks and the like.
Open to all CVM tenants. Please  sign up  in the Marina Office  by 12/18 at 619-691-1860  or email us at  [email protected] .  If you wish to bring guests, there is a  $5 pp fee .  Please identify how many people will be in your party and specify what side dish(s) you will bring.   Please bring one side dish for every two people in your party
White Elephant Gift Exchange
Saturday, December 21 | 3 pm
Join us at the Christmas Potluck for a  White Elephant Gift Exchange . Bring a wrapped gift (max value $10) and join in the fun!
Are You Tired of Leftovers Yet? Luncheon
Saturday, December 28 | Noon
I know that after a few days of eating leftovers, I am over it! Come to the  Dolphins Patio Bar  and have some  homemade chili dogs .  It will be a good time to decompress after the holiday!
Book Club Luncheon
Monday, December 30 | Noon
With the year coming to a close, let’s switch things up a bit.   Bring a favorite book to swap with another member .  We can share our thoughts on the books we’ve read this year and discuss what books we want to read in 2020.  As always, please  bring an item to share for the lunch , which will be held in the  Mariners Lounge.
College Bowl Games
Wednesday, January 1
Had a late night enjoying the New Year’s festivities?  Let’s get together in the  Mariners Lounge  for the three big bowl games -  Citrus Bowl at 10 am Rose Bowl at 2 pm  and  Sugar Bowl at 5:45 pm.  We’ll have the TV on and some snacks to share, so come in and join in the fun and support your favorite team!
Upcoming San Diego Events
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Sundays, December 8 & 15
The  48th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights  will be on  Sundays, December 8th and 15th .  Enjoy the twinkling lights along the waters of the San Diego Bay as more than 100 private boats decorate with holiday lights.  There are great  viewing sites  available on dry land from  Shelter Island, Harbor Island, The Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Marina Park, Coronado’s Ferry Landing and Cesar Chavez Park . Please visit their website for more information: 
Marina Classes for December
Marina Classes are free to CVM tenants and members of CG Auxiliary and US Power Squadron. For all others there is a $10 fee. For more information call the Marina office at 619-691-1860 .
Friday Morning Classes On-going | 8:30 - 11:00 am 
Photoshop - Bring your laptop.
Boating Safety
Saturday, December 2 | 9 am-5 pm
There is a PowerPoint presentation and a test for the California Boater Card. This beginning boating class provides the knowledge needed to obtain a California Boater Card. This is a terrific class for new boat owners. Topics include all types of boats, trailering, navigation, boat handling, boating problems, safe boating, hunting, fishing and water skiing, and much more. This is an 8-hour class and the fee is $35 . There is limited seating so sign up early. The class is approved for CA Boater Card. Instructor Bill Anderson U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. ( 619) 922-0231 .
Weekend Navigator Course
Saturday-Sunday, December 16-17 | 9 am-3 pm each day 
The basic portion of the weekend navigator class is designed to teach the student the rudiments of navigation by using GPS, and to have the backup skills of navigation using charts, navigation plotting tools and dead reckoning. The intent is to provide the student with a solid foundation with emphasis on technique and not blind reliance on electronics. GPS will be mentioned and discussed as it relates to plotting waypoints etc. The advanced portion of the course covers the use of GPS and other electronic devices in more technical detail as well as some more sophisticated traditional navigation skills as backups.  This is a 2-day class from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, the fee is $50 for one person or $60 for a couple sharing materials . There is limited seating available so please contact instructor Bill Anderson to sign up  (619) 922-0231 .
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