Chula Vista Marina Newsletter | March 2017 | San Diego
*Check out our Boating Classes for March*
See you on the docks,
This has been a wet and wild winter as we push through the calander and work our way into Spring. On a serious note, El Nino or El Nina popped up again January 20th. The day started with the wind blowing about 30 to 40 mph, and the rain coming down in buckets sideways all morning. The real excitement started after lunch with a wind gust up to 60 mph. When we got a wind blast like that, it caused about six roller furrler jibs to let loose, all at the same time. For our non-sailors this is scary stuff as they usually let loose because something isn't working correctly.
This is dangerous for the sail and for the good samaritans trying to get them rolled back in while the wind is blowing 40 miles per hour. Lucky for us this time, it was early afternoon and we had a chance to recuit a few good hands that were really helpful as we went around the Marina to tidy up. I have a few names of tenants that stepped up and really helped out. If I miss anyone I am sincerely sorry about that, but a big "thank you" to everyone who helped out. One is our new Captain of the Schooner Lady Amber F1-99 Arran Flanagan, Michael Appio B1-14, Travis Johnson K1-05, William Lynn C2-24 and Becca Murnane. We can't tell you how much we appreciated your help, thank you again!
Just a side note: We were all wrestling with trying to take down the entire jib on a big sailboat on A dock, the wind was howling, pouring rain (we were completely soaked) when our Captain Aaron Flanagan (the skipper from Lady Amber) turned to me and said, "This is what it sounds like when your sailing around Cape Horn." He mentioned he had sailed around the Cape three times.
This is serious so please check your dock lines or replace them if they are old and tattered. Check your cleates - if they're loose, just call the office and we can replace them for you. And be sure to check your electrical connections on the boat and on the dock box, and secure awnings and tarps. This is still winter and and tamer San Diego weather is on its way soon...I hope.
Mike Sullivan, Dockmaster
Welcome to our New Mariners
Josh Garrett sailed in on his Catalina 22; Barry George is the proud owner of a 32-ft Choy Lee; Scott Langston and family is back with his neat little 26-ft East Porter that looks like a Maine Lobster Boat, named SS Jordfish; Bruce Branson is back with his 18-ft Hobie tri-sailor which is also electric-powered; Melanie Holahan came down the Bay with her 36-ft Uniflight named Lov-it; Eckhardt Koppen bought the 30-ft Aqua sport named Pacific Thunder; Michael & Cynthia Salvucci sailed in on their beautiful 35-ft Island Packet named Zephyr; Brian and Cydney Paskey sailed down the Bay on their new West Sail 42 named Halia. Welcome to Chula Vista Marina!
Marina Classes for March
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 ONGOING
Bring your own laptop. Instructor: Don Johnson
WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES
Weds, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Air masses & fronts, atmosphere of earth, cloud reading, fog, forecast, haze, microbursts, heat from the sun, pressure changes, storms, wind, isobars, precipitation, halo phenomena & haze. Learn everything you wanted to know about the weather and how to read the signs, how to read the forecast and find the best weather windows. Instructor Don Johnson
SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES
9 am - 3 pm each day
Fee $50/$55 for couples sharing materials - limited seating so sign up now. Navagation has changed since the old days, but it doesn't hurt to learn the old ways when the electronics go out. Knowing how to navigate the traditional way with dividers, parallel rulers, and a compass could make the difference between surival and a catastrophe disaster. The fee includes Coast Guard Hand Book, and charts. Presented by Instructor Bill Anderson U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary 114. For more information call 619-922-0231.
Sat, March 11
Electric to Electronics
Lots to talk about here. Mark Burrows from Mark's Marine Electric will cover the basics, discuss power for starting, AC & DC current, how to generate it, how to store it along with protecting the boat and equipment, wiring, distribution and the circuit breaker panel.
This will be a condensed class of the Wednesday evening classes that run through March. Excellent overview on how to read the signs and how to look for and find the best weather windows. Instructor Don Johnson.
Sat March 25
Suddenly in Command
Presented by Flotilla 114, Presented by Bill Anderson. Misfortunes occur in seconds, and you have the rest of your life to be grateful that you knew what to do because you were prepared. Don't miss this session - this is for crew, and all second and third mates, and your chance to learn what to do when accidents and misfortunes happen.
The Gossip Board
February Concert on the Green.
We had another fun concert for our February 18th Tribute Concert in our Sunset Pavilion. We were wowed by the very best of the Rat Pack, good fun and great sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong & Tony Bennett, just to name a few names. Danny Jacobson is certainly one talented Music Legend! Good fun had by all!
Sailing in the Boat Basin
RV guests out sailing on our nice afternoon breeze. Bruce Branson on his 18-ft Hobie, and Harold Von Bergen on his 8-ft Sabot.
And the Winner is...
Our most efficient Bird Repeller in the Marina, Solar Powered. The boat on E Dock was the target of our osprey. This Bird Repeller was found on Amazon - it's 9 pounds, and sells for $48. It's working pretty well, has only been on the boat for a couple of weeks.
Junipero just passed through the Panama Canal
Remember these fellows Jim Niedermeyer and Captain Tom Kemp, on their rather ambitious adventure on Jim's Meridian 408? We have been following them on www.Vessel Finder.com, plus we're getting updates from Ardith and Amber Kemp on a regular basis. They made it to Panama and passed through the Canal and are holding up waiting for some hurricaines to pass through before they head to Key West in Florida. It's been fun to follow along!
Dock Carts, Dock Carts, Where Are They??
Yes, we need help here, can you please return the dock carts after you use them? After they leave Gate 2 (the Gate up by the Galley), they seem to all end up at Gate 1 near the RV Resort. So if you're headed back toward the parking lot, take a cart with you for the next person. This picture is a watercolor from one of our previous tenants, Bonnie Crockett, of our security officer, Dave Cope, taking six dock carts back to Gate 2.
Upcoming Fun Stuff
ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER
Saturday, March 18
Irish Music, Corned Beef and Cabbage with no host bar at 5:30 pm in the Poolside Room
(minimal charge). Just stop by or call the Marina office at 619-691-1860,
and we'll take your reservation. Reservations must be made by 3/14/17.
EASTER WEEK AND SPRING BREAK
April 8 - 16
TALL SHIP BILL OF RIGHTS | APRIL IN PARIS ART SHOW
Lots of activities held at the Tall Ship Bill of Rights all week. The finale will be on Sunday, April 23, with their April in Paris Art Show (an all-day event sponsored by the South Bayfront Artists) with complimentary wine, cheese and crackers.
MARINE GEAR SWAP MEET
Saturday, May 6 | 7 am - Noon
Get the best deals at Chula Vista Marina for our Spring Marine Gear Swap Meet. There are hundreds of vendors, and thousands of good deals; shop the Sunbrella man, the rope & line man, and the tool & hat man. You will always find anchors, fishing and survivor gear. Bring your fire extinguisher and have it re-charged on site.
Music, tamales and tacos will be the order of the day. One space is available to all CVM tenants at no charge. All others: Used items $15 and new vendors $30. For additional information call 619-691-1860.
Other Important Dates for Your Calendar
SCHOONER CUP CHARITY REGATTA
Saturday, April 1
Sponsored by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and Hosted by Silver Gate Yacht Club.
All proceeds will go to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society, a non-profit whose mission is to help Navy and Marine families. The most beautiful ships from our past will be sailing. Now you can be part of this great event and race on the Schooner Bill of Rights berthed right here adjacent to our marina. A full day of sailing - bring your camera - you will be racing other amazing Schooners. Call for more information - 619-500-2419.
Sat-Sun, April 15-16
On the Bay between Coronado & Seaport Village
Coming back to San Diego, for the first time since 2009 - make a day out of it!
AMERICA'S CUP QUALIFIERS
May 26 - June 17
Top Challengers will meet Defending Champion, Oracle Team USA, beginning June 17, 2017.