Fairwind Yacht Club

March 2021 - Editor: Murielle Hamilton - Vol. 49, No. 03


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Commodore's Log (2 min.)
The View From The Rear: RC Report  (2 min.)
•  There Will Be A Racing Season This Year! (1 min.)
Remembering Halli Kristjansson (2 min.)
Channel Island Access Update  (2 min.)
• Farewell From The Editor  (1 min.)


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The Commodores' Log

FYC Updates

By Lenox C. Grasso, FYC Commodore, FYC Port Captain MdRH

Hello Fairwinders. As we know, Bylaws Article XVI requires us to have a Membership Meeting at least once each fiscal quarter. For the second fiscal quarter, that meeting will occur at 1800 Wed 31 Mar 2021 on Zoom. The agenda will be forthcoming on or before Sun 21 Mar. Several things are happening behind the scenes that I will briefly touch on here. The CIH Port Committee is engaged in negotiations over matters with Seabridge Marina in Oxnard. The MdR Harbor Committee's Thu 11 Feb meeting with Director Gary Jones, Susana Espinosa, and Michael Blenk of Beaches and Harbors went promisingly well. On Thu 11 Mar, I also made a brief follow-up presentation of FYC at the Special Night Meeting of the SCHC Small Craft Harbor Commission on Zoom. If the LA County Board of Supervisors does vote to approve the extension of FYC's slip subsidy, it would change in nature from a grant by a developer to a partial waiver by Beaches and Harbors of LA County.

Next, after 28 superb editions of the FYC Newsletter, Murielle Hamilton is stepping away as the Editor. After the FYC website, the Newsletter is the next most important face and communication tool of Fairwind Yacht Club. It is in the Club's best interest if both the appearance and content of the Newsletter casts the Club in the best possible light and is informative to Members. Month after month for over two years, Murielle has accomplished exactly that in the same tradition as did her predecessor, long-time Editor Kenneth Hoover, whom Murielle succeeded in Dec 2018. Any Member interested in stepping into the role of Editor is encouraged to apply. This volunteer position reports directly to the Commodore and is an excellent opportunity to fulfill one's volunteer obligations to the Club in an autonomous and work-from-home format.

Last, about the pandemic. The good news is that about 2.1 million inoculations are now administered each day in the United States and over 17% of the population has received at least one dosage. The bad news is that a slight uptick in confirmed cases in the waning days of February has stoked concern that the large decline in cases since the peak in mid-January may be in a stall that could taper off at a level that is still dangerously high. Concern about the prevalence of the B.1.1.7 mutation variant - first detected in the U.K. - now accounts for over 10% of U.S. cases and is 50% more transmissible. Suffice it to say that now is not yet the time to lower one's guard against Covid-19. I ask all members to remain vigilant and continue to exercise precautions, particularly as restrictions begin to be lifted.

Understanding how Covid-19 works continues to evolve, but four basic tenets have been in place for some time now: how close you approach an infected person, how long you are near that person, whether that person expels viral droplets on you or into the air around you or onto surfaces near you, and how often you touch your face before washing your hands. Please continue to help reduce the risk to you and to others by doing these six things:

(1) Stay at least one full fathom (6 feet) from people outside your household.
(2) Wear a mask when outside your home to protect others from your germs and you from theirs.
(3) Wash your hands often and always after touching an object or surface outside your home.
(4) Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose unless you washed your hands recently and thoroughly.
(5) Follow Harbor-specific guidelines: fairwind.org > FYC Covid-19 Notices (bottom) > CIH Rules | MdR Rules.
(6) Get vaccinated as soon as it is "your turn", not only for yourself but to help achieve herd immunity.

Lenox C. Grasso
FYC Commodore, FYC Pt Captain MdRH

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, 201-206, 211-218).
The View From The Rear

Rear Commodore's Report, CIH

By Alan MacGovern, CIH Rear Commodore

It’s traditional for the rear commodore to provide details each month of the work that’s been done on the fleet during the month gone by. This has the danger of becoming a boring litany of information that few other than boat chiefs care about. I do think it’s appropriate to note major things and if a boat or boats is out of service for more than a day or two. It’s also, I think, appropriate to inform the members of any new hardware or systems that they need to become familiar with, or to be particularly attentive to. In that spirit, my report on the boats shall be short. As of this writing, all boats at CIH are in service. Sorella did have an issue with the failure of a shroud attachment to the deck due to what is called “crevice corrosion” but this is now fixed. We have in hand a brand new Aqualift to be installed in a week or so on Sorella but this is not preventing use. Wojo has a nice new outboard, a Honda 4hp, a departure from our usual purchase of Tohatsu. Angelsea has a repaired aqualift, a new bilge pump and seems to be doing well.

One area that I will begin to report on that might be of interest is how we are doing on the maintenance budget. As most members know by now 80% of Club income goes to the operating fund and 20% to the floating fund. The operating fund logically enough pays for operating expenses made up mostly of slip fees, insurance, taxes, miscellaneous expenses, and maintenance. The floating fund takes care of buying new boats when we need them, but I don’t think that’s why it’s called the “floating” fund! 

After all the other operating costs are taken care of, the monthly budget for maintenance is a little less than $5,000, so this is the budget that I have to keep the fleet afloat and in good operating condition. If it wasn’t for the amazing contributions of our members we would never be able to do this and fees would have to be significantly higher. So thanks to all the volunteers that give of their time to disassemble engines, rewire systems, assemble and remount masts, sand and varnish woodwork, repair worn canvas, maintain our outboards, unclog macerators, replace aqualifts, and countless other tasks.

For this fiscal year to date, our maintenance bill has averaged $4800 per month so we are just sticking to our budget. No promises that we will achieve this for the whole year but we’ll do our best. There is always the ongoing question: when should we stop fixing old boats but instead replace them with newer more reliable ones? Answering this is beyond my pay grade, so for now, I’ll just concentrate on fixing the old ones.

Safe sailing and remember:
“Leave the boat better than you found it”

Alan MacGovern
FYC CIH Rear Commodore

Born and raised in Ireland, Alan MacGovern began sailing dinghies as a teenager. He was an active member of Dublin University's sailing team, and after emigrating to Massachusetts in 1966, began racing a Sunfish with the Cochituate YC. After moving to California he joined FYC in 2010 and moved up to larger craft. Alan is a retired aerospace engineer and lives with his wife in Thousand Oaks.
Rear Commodore's Report, MDR

By Stephen Fenster, MDR Rear Commodore

Hello, fellow Fairwinders,

When I walk the docks (almost daily), I am surprised by the way the docks are being left.

1. Dock lines are not coiled up.
2. Power cords are not plugged in.
3. Power lines lay in the water, particularly with the Capri 22s.
4. Dock boxes and boats are not locked up.
5. Water hoses are not coiled up, instead just left on the dock.
6. Battery switches are left on at the control panel.
7. The A/C power is not turned on at the dock.

As members, we need to leave the boats in the condition that says to the public that we are proud of our boats and our docks. It's also a minimum courtesy to the next user.

On another subject, I continue to find problems with the A/C power cords. When returning from sailing, please do the following:

1. Plug the cord into the boat connector and the power outlet on the dock and TURN THE CORD COUNTER-CLOCKWISE until the cord locks in. You must do this at both ends.
2. Turn the power off at the dock for 5 seconds and then turn the power back on.
3. Check the green light at the dock to see if it's on. If the red light is on, you didn't plug in the power cord correctly.

Please pay attention to these items.

Hoping that everyone remain safe and healthy,

Stephen Fenster
FYC MdR Rear Commodore

Stephen Fenster is the Rear Commodore for FYC MDR. He holds a BA in Education and has spent his professional life in the marine and automotive aftermarket. He serves on the Fairwind Board, the Harbor Committee, and the Boat Selection Committee, and is responsible for all outboards. He has been married for 39 years and has one child. 
Racing News


Racing Season 2021-2022

By Murielle Hamiton, FYC Editor

The big news is that we are having a racing season this year! Unfortunately, I don't have a schedule of races for Channel Islands Harbor, but here goes for Marina del Rey.

First, here's the California Yacht Club schedule. They will begin Wednesday Before-Sunset races in May and continue into the regular Sunset series, crowned with the invitation-only King Of The Hill race at the end of the season. They will also be hosting the J/70 World Championship from August 7 - August 15, 2021.

On Tuesdays, I hear that our own Mike McKinsey will be hosting unofficial Tuesday races, meaning they won't be sponsored by PMYC. The first race is taking place on March 16 and for more details, please contact him. This is an ideal opportunity for beginning racers to get experience  - and thank you Mike for doing this!

See you on the water :)

Murielle Hamilton
FYC Editor

Murielle Hamilton grew up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, where she graduated in Ancient Languages and Poli Sci. She has spent most of her life in music (working for Prince, the Rolling Stones, and others, later composing film scores and ballet music) and in fashion, with her own line sold at Barney's, Nordstrom's, Anthropologie, etc.  She joined FYC in 2018, has ASAs 101-103-105, and likes to race.
In Memoriam
FYC Remembers Halli Kristjansson

By John Goebel, FYC Member


March 25, 1961 ~ Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (age 59)
Haraldur (Halli) Kristjansson, of Los Angeles, California, originally from Kópavogur, Iceland, passed away peacefully in his home.  His friend and former wife, Henia was by his side.  He was 59 years old.
Halli was born on Saturday, March 25, 1961 in Kópavogur, Iceland to Kristján Erlendur Kristjánsson and Erla Hjartardóttir.  Halli had two boys, both living in Iceland, and was later united in marriage to Henrietta (Henia) Flynn.
Halli relocated to Los Angeles from Iceland to attend Columbia Film School; Los Angeles became his second home.  Halli was an avid sailing racer, cruiser and day-sailor since childhood in Kópavogur with Ýmir, the local sailing club.  For the last 10 plus years of his life, he was an active member of the SoCal sailing community and a proud member of the Fairwind Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey.  He loved taking his friends on sails, from whale watching to seeing the fireworks over the bay on the Fourth of July.  He delighted in sharing his love and knowledge of the sea.  He did not hesitate at the opportunity to “rope” in friends and business associates into joining along on a day on the water with him.  One member of his Marina del Rey yacht club vividly recalls accepting his offer six years ago - “Let’s sail out to the Redondo Deepsea Canyon to see if we can spot any migrating whales!”.   

Halli had a big heart and an adventurous spirit and lived his life to the fullest.
In Iceland, Halli worked in broadcasting. Through his film school education in the United States, he became a Location Manager for TV and Film and later worked in Translation for a number of post-production houses, subtitling dialogue of American motion pictures for Icelandic release. In the past decade, he had his own business as a translator, but his passion was writing. He was a screenwriter and was developing a series based on the history of the Vikings. He was a long-time resident of The Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. 
Halli was an active and beloved member of Alcoholics Anonymous and Nicotine Anonymous, a deeply felt presence in this community.  He was of service to many people throughout the years; the 12 step programs were an important part of his life, as well as his strong meditation practice.  He loved getting a group of friends together to go to Joshua Tree retreats.  He was a lively and dynamic personality, amiable, funny, and fiercely intelligent.  He loved politics and was a great conversationalist, as he was interesting, opinionated, and informed.  He was a wonderful addition to any gathering.  He loved to travel, he loved food, and most of all, he loved ice cream, a rarely-missed addition to his nights out on the town. He doted on his mother and was a loyal and caring son to the end. He loved his children and was so excited when he became a grandfather.
Halli leaves behind to cherish his memory his two sons, Kristján Haraldsson and Davíd Örn Kristínarson; brother, Kristján Ragnar Kristjánsson; mother, Erla Hjartardóttir; and his friend and former wife, Henrietta (Henia) Flynn. He is further survived by his three grandchildren, Kristjàn Dór Clarke, Bjartmar Logo Clarke, and Benedikt Björn Davídsson as well as other relatives and friends. Halli was preceded in death by his father, Kristján Erlendur Kristjánsson; his brother, Sveinbjorn Kristjánsson (Bjössi); and sister, Sigrún Kristjandottir. 
Halli’s family memorial will be held in Iceland. Halli’s US memorial with burial at sea will be held this Spring, sailing out of Marina del Rey, California.  Time and location of both in-person and virtual memorial is to be determined.
A special note of gratitude goes to Halli’s friend, Henia, for being by his side during the last moments of his life, as well as his close friends: Bettina Martin, Erik Diener, Carey Campbell, Bill Wheelock, John Dentino, and John Allen.
To send sympathies to the family:
c/o Henrietta (Henia) Flynn
6918 N Olcott Ave
Chicago IL 60631
(213) 458-0392‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Edited by John Goebel
Written by John Goebel, Ron Sasiela, Henia Flynn, Carey Campbell & Hlynur Guðjónsson
John Goebel, along with Jotham Schwartz, was instrumental in transitioning Fairwind IT services onto cloud platforms including the transition to Schedule Master. After many years of boating the freshwater lakes of the Midwest, including the Bay of Green Bay, he joined FYC MdR in 2011 upon relocating to Los Angeles from Wisconsin.  Educated at the University of Wisconsin, with a BS in Computer Science,  John works in IT.  He lives with his wife, Mariana, in Playa del Rey
Access To Channel Islands
Landing At Channel Islands National Park

By Michael Delaney, FYC Staff Commodore
A brief update for the landing options on the islands of Channel Islands National Park (CHIS).  Check the NPS website for current status:  www.nps.gov/chis.

Santa Cruz Island:  Scorpion Ranch has reopened after a year of construction on the new pier; photo attached.  Sailors can drop off or pick-up crew on the new pier from a dinghy.  Use the ladder at the front of the pier as the main ramp is only for Island Packers and NPS use.  There is no dinghy dock so it is not possible to tie up to the pier.  It is, however, easy to pull a dinghy or kayak up on the beach east of the new pier.  There have not been any changes at Prisoners Harbor but the dinghy dock is removed in the winter months.  The dinghy dock should be back in the water for the summer cruising season.  Landing at Smuggler’s Cove or Yellowbanks can be very tricky and only attempted when the seas a flat.  Landing on Nature Conservancy property is by permit only.  Fortunately, CIH has once again procured Landing Permits for the seven cruising boats.  All skipper and crew going ashore must fill out the Release form (waiver), prior to the cruise, which is available on the Members Documents section of the Fairwind website just below the Float Plan.  The Release form must be filled out annually.
Photo Courtesy Of Michael Delaney
Santa Rosa Island:  Bechers Bay pier can be used to drop-off or pick-up crew from a dinghy.  Dinghies can not be tied up on the pier. As there are sandy beaches on both sides of the pier, a dinghy or kayaks can easily be brought ashore. Landings are not allowed on either side of Sandy Point and at Skunk Point in the spring and summer; consult your chart for details.

Anacapa Island:  The dock at Landing Cove is scheduled to be replaced in the fall of 2021. Again, skippers can pick-up or drop off crew from a dinghy but it is not permitted to tie up the dinghy on the dock.

San Miguel Island:  There is no pier at Cuyler Harbor, so a beach landing is required. Landings are not allowed on either side of Point Bennett; consult your chart for details.

Santa Barbara Island:  The pier is presently closed due to damage. Landings can only be made on rocks adjacent to the pier. There are no locations to tie up a dinghy or bring it ashore.

Michael Delaney
FYC Staff Commodore
Michael Delaney joined Fairwind CIH in 2007.  He is an ASA Instructor and frequently involved with boat maintenance.  He was on the Board of Directors as Treasurer 2008 – 2013, Commodore 2014 – 2015, Jr. Staff Commodore 2016.  He currently volunteers with Channel Island National Park and is a member of the Naturalist Corp.
Hello dear Fairwinders,

After almost 2 1/2 years as Editor of the Fairwind Newsletter, I must regretfully step away. It's been a wonderfully gratifying opportunity to contribute to our great club and I look forward to seeing it evolve and grow.

We put together 28 issues, to which many of you contributed, and for this, I thank you. Without you, this newsletter would have been a skimpy, hollow little thing and I am full of gratitude. You made my life much easier and I really enjoyed reading your submissions every month.

I'll see you on the docks or on the water, and by all means, feel free to stay in touch. You can always reach me at murielle.hamilton@gmail.com.

Thanks again so much for a wonderful ride and I am excited to see the fresh take the next editor will no doubt bring to this endeavor. Until then, a loving farewell to all of you.

Murielle Hamilton
FYC Editor
Murielle Hamilton grew up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, where she graduated in Ancient Languages and Poli Sci. She has spent most of her life in music (working for Prince, the Rolling Stones, and others, later composing film scores and ballet music) and in fashion, with her own line sold at Barney's, Nordstrom's, Anthropologie, etc.  She joined FYC in 2018, has ASAs 101-103-105, and likes to race.
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