Chula Vista Marina Newsletter | Oct 2017 | San Diego Bay
*Check out the Marine Gear Swap Meet - Oct 7th*
Welcome to our New Mariners
Let's welcome our new tenants!
Robert Bokmuller and his family came in on their 23 Hurricane; Ryan Wilkins sailed in from Newport on his Cal 27 named Mellow Yellow; David Huey sailed down the bay on his 50-ft Maple Leaf named Wild Hare; Brian Schoenberger sailed in on his Ericson 38 named VT Prosim; Karl Lasky came in on his 30-ft Islander; Richard Long came in on his 36-ft Uniflite named Theophilus; Gary & Sherri Oman came in on their 27 Formula named Water Colors; David Baum powered in on his 23 Maxum; Evan Halpern came in on his 40-ft Regal Commodore; Eric Cornelius and Riana Potgieter sailed in on their 42 Tyana named Nysa; Irwin Studenberg & Judy White came in from Florida on their Gemini 3000 named Speck; Larry Forbes sailed in on his 40-ft Formosa Ketch named Mary Arlene; James & Kristianne Riddle sailed in on their Kelly Peterson 46 named Indra; Terry Raven sailed in on his 49-ft Beneteau named Sweptaway; Jacob Clement came in on his brand new 25-ft Sea Fox Commander; Darin Chadwick sailed down the bay on his 30-ft Laguna named Eclipse; John Zerwekh sailed in on his Cal 25; Erika Duron & Jacob Yeagle sailed in on their electric; Newport 28; Wade Gasser & Krisann Despain came down the bay on their awesome 42-ft Carver named Easy Peazy; Kip & Judy Hansen came in with their home-built 25-ft Powder Puffer; Scott & Maya Lowry sailed in on their Hunter 36; Robert Lussier & Erin Gray sailed in from Oregon on their 44-ft Hylas named SV Simplify; Kenneth & Jeanette Stromgren sailed in from Washington on their 47-ft Norseman named Anna; Troy Underwood sailed down the bay on his amazing 56-ft Moody named Yvonne Louise; and Peter McCampbell also came down from Washington on his amazing 58-ft Nordhavn named Tenacious.
In the meantime see you on the docks,
A special thanks goes out to Terry O'Shea, who was one of our new tenants who sailed in from Portland, Oregon, on his Hans Christian 37 named Carol Marie
. You need to see what he wrote about us on the Hans Christian Blog
to read about his adventure sailing in from Oregon and the positive experience since pulling into Chula Vista Marina in early June. It's as nice as any advertising we have put out - so thank you again, Terry.
Our other honorable mention and big thanks goes out to Tommy and Barbara Chavez. Their son, Todd, gave them an American Flag that flew over his air station in Kabul, Afghanistan. They donated the American Flag to us, and it's now flying proudly above our clock tower. So thank you for sharing that with us - we all hope your son is doing fine and safe.
October is an exciting time to be in the Marina as it switches out of summer mode and into cruising season mode, which has been condensed down to the last Monday in September when the Baja Ha Ha heads south to La Paz. At this time we are lucky to get some amazing boats with truly amazing people. I am sure you have heard the phrase "make a plan and work the plan." These boaters have really followed through with this basic rule. It can't be easy to have all your ducks in a row, where you can downsize from a house and get it all to fit on a boat. In many cases these guys are winding down their careers and telling the kids they don't have a room for them anymore. However, if they want to come and crew on the boat, they are all welcome to come along for a trip of a lifetime! Then there's the preparation to get their vessel ready so that it can cross any ocean (hopefully having auto helm so that the boat can steer itself). Of course the real trick for the guys is to keep their wives happy. I find this all quite extraordinarily thrilling! I will probably never be able to accomplish a trip like that, but the next best thing is to have the chance to chat with some of these folks - they are all an inspiration for boating. !
Mike Sullivan, Dockmaster
Fall Marine Gear Swap Meet
Saturday, October 7 | 7 am to 1 pm
One space is free
for all Marina tenants who would like to get rid of some old and possibly bring in some new items. Spaces are only $15 for non-tenants and $30 for new items
. We will be seeing the Sunbrella Man
with his nice selection of Sunbrella Material. The Rope Man
will be here with his nice supply of line. And, we always have tons of good deals and lots of good used equipment. The Taco Man
will be here with his awesome street tacos, and Scott Wentworth and Joe Hurtado will be performing with their Rubber Band
for your listening pleasure.
If you still need a space, stop by the office or call 619-691-1860.
The Big Left Turn
Saturday, October 28 | 9:30 to 11:00 am
Certainly seems like every year Chula Vista Marina gets its fair share of cruisers from the Northwest heading South. This year we will be having a special presentation - Saturday October 28, 9:30 to 11:00 am by Curtis and Julie Denmark, who will be sailing down from Seattle on their Tayana 48 named Manna. They offered to give us a presentation on making the big left turn - sailing from Seattle to San Diego. Topics will include preparation of the boat and supplies, choosing the correct weather window, routing along the way and their actual experience on the trip. You won't want to miss this firsthand experience on cruising! We are so fortunate to have these special presentations given by our cruisers in the middle of their boating dream - sharing their adventures firsthand with us. We want to let them know that we are here to support them and that's for sure!
Columbus Day Weekend
Saturday, October 7 | 2 to 5 pm
Beat the heat with tropical music as we celebrate Columbus Day around the pool . Bring your chairs or sit with your feet in the water as we listen to sounds of the islands with the beautiful steel drums while sipping on a cool refreshing drink. Steel Drums of San Diego with Pat Burke is known throughout San Diego as the Best Ever. We'll be serving $1 margaritas.
Operation Clean Sweep
This was my first experience cleaning the bottom of our Marina. Very interesting - we did have a few of our tenants that volunteered to help out, and we would like to thank Everett Williams, Cloyd & Linda Radefeld, and our new tenant Larry Forbes. A special thanks to our regular divers that came to help support the Marina: David Loera, and Ludio Rodrigues and his friend. We also had three more divers from Phoenix Underwater Technologies and some shoreside helpers as well. A big thank you to all our volunteers! Surprisingly, most of the things we brought up from the bottom were things that blew off the boats or docks. Very happy "not to see any engines, washing machines or refrigerators." We did find a sink and countertop - that was interesting.
I am sure we will be doing Operation Clean Sweep again, so we hope more will come out and help as you know, the more the merrier. A lot of work but a lot of fun and what a great cause.
A Special Thank you goes out to John Ziowkowski
who is our hero of the week. He not only saw something suspicious, but also followed some guy walking a chained bike out of the marina. John followed him all the way to Marina View Park and then notified Harbor Police.
The guy was arrested, and another tenant's bike was saved. It is so important for all of us to keep an eye out for each other. Don't let a stranger follow you into the restrooms or gates. If you see something that does not look right, call security immediately at 619-254-6489
. Thanks, John, for your help in saving another's property!
What a great ending for the guy on the curb.
Marina Classes for October
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
8:30-11:00 am | Marina Room
September 9, 15, 20 & 27
Bring your own laptop. Instructor: Don Johnson
WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES
7-9 pm | Marina Room
September 6 - October 18
Small Engine Repair
This is a 7-week ongoing class continuing from September. Drop in any time you like - Don Johnson Instructor.
SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES
9:30-11:00 am | Marina Room
No classes due to Swap Meet
Sat, October 14
Introduction to Ham Radio
For all our cruisers getting ready to head South, this is a do not miss session. Ham Radio communications is used worldwide with capabilities for both short and long range communications. Useful for boaters who cruise to faraway ports and want to communicate economically over long distances. Instructor Mark Williams
Sat, October 21
About Boater Safety
This beginner boating class provides the knowledge needed to obtain a California Boaters Card. This is a terific class for new boat owners. Topics include type of boats, trailering, navigation, boat handling and more. Course Cost $35 - Instructor Bill Anderson, U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary. Course approved for California Boater Card. Call 619-922-0231.
Sat, October 28Making the Big Left Turn - Sailing from Seattle to San Diego
Join Curtis and Julie Denmark for a presentation on their trip to San Diego from Seattle. They will discuss the preparation, weather, and routing along with the actual experience from their adventure. This will be something you won't want to miss!