Fairwind Yacht Club
November 2020 - Editor: Murielle Hamilton - Vol. 48, No. 11

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The Commodores' Log

FYC Has A New Treasurer & Other News

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

Often discussed and a long time coming, on Wed 28 Oct 2020 Adrienne O'Donnell tendered her resignation as FYC Treasurer, and I have accepted it. FYC has been very fortunate to have Adrienne to volunteer for election and to serve as an Executive Board Member of the Club for most of the past decade. For the 2012-2013 season, she served as Club Vice Commodore, a position with duties now performed by the Membership Secretaries of both Harbors, and then as Treasurer since 1 Oct 2013. Adrienne has been a bulwark of competence and trust as Treasurer, perhaps the Club's most critical and sensitive position. All past and present FYC Members are grateful and thank Adrienne for her long and dedicated service.

Normally, the Executive Board would deliberate long and carefully to review new candidates, but in a relatively short amount of time on Fri 6 Nov, the Executive Board voted unanimously, under Bylaws Article XIX, to elevate FYC's Assistant Treasurer for Billing and Collections, Uta Buschor, to succeed Adrienne as Treasurer. This was possible due to the fact there are few Members of the Club who are better-suited to "hit the ground running" than Uta, serving as the Club's Assistant Treasurer since Sep 2014. Moreover, Uta is also a seawall of competence and trustworthiness. I don't know where she finds the time, but Uta was Boat Chief of Generosity from Jan 2016 to Mar 2019 and Chief of Calypso from Mar 2019 to now. She's been an FYC Level-1 Trainer since Aug 2017 and an FYC Level-2 ASA-Certified Instructor since Jun 2018. Let's all congratulate Uta, welcome her to the Executive Board, and make her life as easy as possible as our new Club Treasurer.

As you can see, for this Administration, we have the FYC Newsletter issued now on the eleventh of each month. This gives us more time to report on the month past and mitigates the time compression that results from increased tasks that always seem to occur on the last days of a month and the beginning of the next. Now is also a good time to say that the Executive hopes to have a Membership Meeting in early December. One thing we are considering is a motion to reduce the dues contribution to the Floating Fund from 20% to 15%. This was one of the last in a string of sound ideas from former Treasurer Adrienne O'Donnell in anticipation that costs may rise next spring in both CIH and MdR chapters. Finally, for now, there may be another change coming soon in the Club's Guideline Rules regarding the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the uptick in CoViD-19 infectious cases, and policy changes in LA and Ventura Counties.

Lenox Grasso
FYC Commodore
FYC MdR Port Captain

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 with RAND. Lenox is a USCG 100-Ton Master and now works at ASA (Certs 107-108, 201-206, 211-218).
CIH Port Captain's Report

CIH Port Captain's Report

by Scott Kelly, FYC CIH Port Captain

Before I begin a rundown of topics for CIH this coming year, I'd like to thank our previous CIH Port Committee who volunteered time and effort into keeping this port running as smoothly as possible. Thanks to Lynn Erickson, Oded Barlev, Hal Cohen and Mike Delaney for a job well done.

I'd like to thank our new CIH Port Committee Members for stepping up into leadership roles: Oded Barlev is returning as Membership Chair, Alan McGovern as Rear Commodore, and John Mudgett as Fleet Captain. After FYC Board approval, Abi Convery, our FYC Secretary, is rounding out the CIH Port Committee as a fully participating and voting member.

There are a number of items that we’re putting our attention to, and this is by no means exhaustive:

- we're reviewing current COVID restrictions as they pertain to CIH. We are committed to following all Federal, State, and Local guidelines as they currently exist, but we want to make sure that our FYC CIH restrictions are not more restrictive than what is mandated. This will be an ongoing effort---in the meantime please be sure to wear a mask while on the docks, parking lot, and public areas. Please follow our current FYC guidelines.

- Mistral, our entry-level large boat, has consumed a lot of energy from her Boat Chief and our great maintenance crew.  Mistral is up and running again, and we certainly hope that it remains that way. Thanks to everyone involved for a job well done.

- as mentioned, Mistral is our entry-level training boat for recently moved up large boat skippers. We have about half a dozen new large boat skippers who are in need of training and checkout and we want to prioritize your training. Please contact John Mudgett, our CIH Fleet Captain, to assist you in making that happen.

- while on the subject of training, I'd like to gauge the interest in ASA 104 certification training. Please email me your interest.

- do we need to replace or add boats to our fleet? Several members believe we do. The CIH Port Committee will be discussing this shortly and we may be setting up a Boat Selection Committee soon.

In case you're not aware there is a very detailed course of action necessary to purchase a boat by the Club. The procedure is detailed in our FYC Standing Rules in Section VI Procedure for Purchase of Additional or Replacement Boat(s). I would highly recommend that all our members review at least that section of the Standing Rules so that you're aware of all the steps that are required. It wouldn't be a bad idea to review the rest of the Standing Rules while you're at it, too!

That's it for the moment—I hope that you'll let me know what your thoughts are as they apply to CIH port or FYC in general. Please email me at cih.portcaptain@fairwind.org.

Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly has been a member of FYC since 2009, and has held positions including FYC Commodore, CIH Port Captain, CIH Fleet Captain, and CIH Cruise Chair. He holds ASA instructor certifications ASA 201, 203, 204, 205, 214, and 218. He earned his Boy Scout Sailing Merit Badge at Emerald Bay, Catalina at age 12, which means he's been sailing for a long time...and he's passionate about cruising and teaching.
The View From The Rear

Rear Commodore's Report, CIH

By Alan MacGovern, CIH Rear Commodore


A month into our new fiscal year has already passed, and a month of my sojourn as CIH Rear Commodore has gone by. There has been a lot accomplished in that month on on-going efforts from last year. Fortunately, Hal has not disappeared into the sunset, only into Moorpark, so he has helped me to start to get a handle on things as have the ARCs, Dennis Derley, Geoff Warner, and Tom Dotz. The time put in by Hal and these three and their dedication to our club is extraordinary. 

The highlights for the month are: 

- Sorella. A persistent problem of squealing from replacement PRM transmissions has been solved due to our transmission source, Harbor Marine in Everett, WA, who were incredibly cooperative in rebuilding our original Hurth transmission free of charge. This has been reinstalled and runs perfectly with nary a hint of a squeal. Geoff Warner and Dennis Derley were instrumental in getting these transmission swap outs completed, while Hal negotiated with the vendor. 

- Mistral is at long last back in service. She sports a shiny reconditioned engine, a new transmission, a new furler, rigging, both standing and running, and other necessary mast appurtenances. Once more, in her frisky French style, she is ready to bound over our local waters. Thanks go out to Mike Hallahan for spearheading this effort, and Mark LeFevre, Dennis Derley, Mackenzie Sullivan, and undoubtedly others for their help and support 

- Islandside has a nice new water heater thanks to Robert Hayes, Charlie Garcia, and Dennis and Geoff. 

- we lowered Driftwood’s mast last week to retrieve the main halyard which had let go. About 3 inches of the mast foot crumbled away into a pile of aluminum oxide, so now we are searching for a replacement mast that’s not too expensive. Probably serendipitous that the halyard let go before the mast tumbled down on someone’s head. This is a situation where the boat is so old, albeit well-used and loved, that selling it for a few $$ and getting a replacement boat may be more sensible than getting a new mast. 

- Angelsea: two winch problems were corrected this month, both due to the top screw-on cap coming loose. On a jib winch, the cap got cross-threaded and could not be screwed on. This was solved by the gentle application of a hacksaw to the grooves in the threads. On the main halyard winch, the plate backed off enough so that the little cogged keys that fit in grooves in the central shaft had come loose. Both issues are a reminder to make sure we do good routine winch maintenance. They are very expensive items and we don’t want to have to buy new ones.

Thanks to everyone for treating our precious boats with care, and thanks to the BCs, ABCs, and ARCs for their tireless work. 

Safe sailing,

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, MdRH

By Steven Fenster, MdRH Rear Commodore


Hello Fellow Fairwinders,

Here is your monthly update for the FYC Marina del Rey fleet.

1. Frequensea had an oil leak. That was repaired.
2. Calypso's fuel leak was also repaired; it also got new jib sheets.
3. Challenger has new lifelines and its title has been transferred. The boat is now on Schedulemaster.
4. Chaos'  title has cleared and the boat is now on Schedulemaster.
5. Kestrel's macerator and both fan belts have been replaced.
6. Osprey's macerator was replaced.
7. Generosity side stays were replaced.
8  All Capri 22s got new spreader boots.
9. A new mainsail has been ordered for Rambaley.
10. Seaweed got a new jib halyard and topping lift.
11. Seaweed and Tardis will be hauled out in November for repairs.

Please note: Two macerators had to be replaced because someone put disposable wipes into the head. Members need to remember that nothing goes down the head except items that pass through the human body and Marine-grade toilet paper.

 Just another slow month of repairs in Marina Del Rey. Hoping for warm weather and good winds,

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.
Improvements To FYC Website

New Videos & Guides On FYC Website

By Michael Mariani, FYC Web Team & Wojo ABC


The FYC Webteam continues to make updates to the new website, updating and adding new information weekly. In addition to numerous page updates, here are some of the highlights of our recent updates:

- Drew Baldwin created a new SeaTow Guide to help members understand how our new towing service works.

- Art Toye and Marc Levin created several new training videos for the Kayak and SUP pages. 

- We've added a new Quarterly ScheduleMaster Reports page.  Note: These videos appear as a single image on the webpage, there is a control in the upper right corner to browse the list of videos (see attached image).

- We continue to update pages, adding documents and videos, and know that the work is never done.

Thank you to Art Toye, MdR Fleet Captain for his numerous contributions to the website.  Thank you Drew Baldwin for volunteering to help organize boat documents on the website. We have many more updates planned and always welcome member contributions.

A huge thanks to Jonathon Rock and Robert Hays for their tireless work on the web team.  With them, we have created a super-responsive team, handling many requests within hours and sometimes minutes.  This is exactly what was envisioned when the web team was formed and they have made it a reality -- thank you again!


Michael Mariani
FYC Webteam & Wojo ABC

Michael Mariani joined FYC in 2014 with an ASA 101.  Thanks to the support of FYC member trainers, he has worked his way up to ASA 104 and is large-boat cruise-certified.  In addition to cruising our beautiful Channel Islands, he and his wife have cruised the Ionian Sea in Greece and the Sea Of Cortez.

Super Deal On Inflatable PFDs
Great FYC Deal On Inflatable PFDs

By Norm Perron, FYC Member

A few months ago, I bought and delivered 43 PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices) at a great price for FYC members through the West Marine Pro program. That same deal is still available. If you walked into a WM store, you would pay $230. With this deal, the price is $118 + tax and a small fee.

I have seen these up close and can attest they are excellent with the following features: automatically inflate once they get very wet; they can be manually inflated by pulling a lanyard or you can blow into a tube in case there is a problem with the CO2 cartridge; they have very strong D-rings to attach to a tether or halyard so you can be brought back into the boat; easily adjusted to adult chest sizes 30-52".

If you want more info, go to westmarine.com and paste in this SKU 18440032. I posted a picture below. Since the arming kit can only be used to inflate the PFD once, you may want to order an extra re-arming kit for $16.98, SKU 8846891. A similar red PFD is also available for $5 more, but I try to make all orders as much the same as possible.

One interesting question I got last time, is this good for a stand-up paddleboard? I would say NO unless you like to keep buying re-arm kits or are a much better SUP person than me <grin>. I will order and pay for these PFD's 7 days after you receive this newsletter, on Thursday, October 19, so please get back to me before that date at thecaptain101@gmail.com.  I will ask for reimbursement after I have ordered yours.

Norm Perron
FYC Member
Norm Perron joined FYC in 2004. He holds a General HAM license (KE6GAJ) and has sailed several boats he has owned for nearly 50 years. He was an active member of SMWYC serving as Cruise Chairman for several years as well as Port Captain. He is currently a member of Del Rey Yacht Club and has conducted several seminars, all relating to electronics on boats.
Sailing Techniques

More Trimming Tips   

Excellent upwind trimming tips (especially when short-handed) from Brian Thompson, a Vendee Globe skipper, and holder of 25 world records (click on link or on the picture below to see the video).

FYC Online Forum - Ideas Needed
Creating An Online Community

By Aaron Price, FYC MdRH Hobie/Coach Boats Chief

After our last general meeting on Zoom, it became apparent that there is a desperate need to create some kind of online forum for Fairwind.  This would be an optional forum for members to join but would provide some of the following benefits:

1. A forum to discuss ideas/amendments for future general meetings.  Several items were brought up that had merit but without discussing them in advance and refining them, they did not have a chance to pass.  This would be an ideal place to get input from members and spend time working through issues before meetings.

2. Share stories and knowledge with other members about boats, cruising, seamanship, etc.

3. Communicate with other members about training or organize other impromptu events

My request is to ask for a handful of technically savvy volunteers that want to determine what options are available and come together to evaluate those options and decide on the best platform and then present it to the club.  You can email me at aaron.colby.price@gmail.com to let me know your interest.

Thank you,

Aaron Price
FYC MdRH Hobie/Coach Boats Chief
Aaron Price started sailing in 2016 at the UCLA MAC and joined Fairwind in January 2018.  He is an avid outdoor adventurer, and when not sailing, he is likely climbing, paragliding, white water kayaking or something else a little extreme in the mountains.
Update On Hobie Cats Fleet

Hobie Wave Catamarans Updates

By Aaron Price, FYC MdRH Hobie/Coach Boats Chief

I've recently become the new Hobie boat chief and had a few items to share with the club about maintenance and tips for their usage.

A) I've created an online maintenance form for members to log any issues they are seeing with the Hobies here:


B) I've also created a document to explain how to get the tillers to work more effectively as they are often jammed and I've not heard anyone has a good understanding of how to get them to work better:


C) Next, I've noticed that a lot of the Hobies have not been put away properly which drastically adds to their maintenance issues. So please  note:

     1. Cotter pins should NOT be left in the water as they will quickly rust and become useless.  Please reattach them to the pin so they stay out of the water.

     2. No lines should be left in the water. They all need to be up on the boat.  Again, leaving lines in the water will cause faster wear.

     3. Hobies should all be hosed down after use to clean the hull and get saltwater off any of the metal bits.

I will also communicate this with the B&G members that more frequently use the boats.  If any members are down at that dock and notice boats needing a little tidy up, it will go a long way to keeping them running in tip-top shape if you can correct any issues you see.

D) Finally, I've added 2 paddles that can be used with the Hobies.  I would strongly advise all sailors to take a paddle out with them for two reasons:  

     1. If the wind dies, it's a great way to get the boat moving again.  Since the Hobie Wave is so light, it is almost as effective as paddling a paddleboard and will give sailors more confidence to head out in lighter winds.

     2. Tacking on the Hobies is hard. Even if you are an expert on these boats, it's easy to miss the occasional tack due to an unforeseen lull, wind shadow, or tacking in an emergency to avoid an obstacle.  In this case, the Hobies can be hard to get going again, especially in tight quarters, and could lead to fending off docked boats.  However, if a sailor has a paddle with them, a few quick strokes will help finish the tack and have them on their merry way without any fuss. Hopefully, this will help give less experienced sailors more confidence to take these boats out more regularly.

There will be new documentation for the Hobies in the main coach boat lockbox in the next few weeks that will include all these items and more as well as some training docs for trainers.


Aaron Price
FYC MdRH Hobie/Coach Boats BC

Aaron Price started sailing in 2016 at the UCLA MAC and joined Fairwind in January 2018.  He is an avid outdoor adventurer, and when not sailing, he is likely climbing, paragliding, white water kayaking or something else a little extreme in the mountains.
ASA 104 Cruise

Caught Between Passion & Pandemic

A Review Of Fairwind's Recent ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising Certification

By Tim Ford, FYC Member

On Friday, October 23rd, at 10:20 am, Marina Del Rey fell astern of Kestrel and Osprey as they raised their sails. Their 3-day voyage would be an ASA 104 Bareboat Cruising exam for their crews and represent the culmination of 33 days of training and planning. 

The beginning of any journey is imbued with an urge for freedom. For sailors, feelings of freedom surge as sailboats glide away from docks, then with brisk winds build to crescendo; at last betwixt the wind and waves we find serenity. However, on this voyage two caveats weighed down our euphoric feelings. The inherent specter of the Coronavirus and the requisite judgment that comes with an exam. These loomed large and left our freedom tank feeling half full, or 3/4 full at best (and what time does the “Freedom” refuel dock close nowadays?). 

The courage for Fairwind to attempt an ASA 104 certification had appeared in late September when the COVID19 infections appeared stable. Yet as we made 3.5 knots toward Buoy “2ES” the news app on my phone had this to say: 

“Thursday was the highest day for new infections since July 24th…The number of people hospitalized has increased by 33% since the beginning of October…an updated model…projects more than 140,000 Americans will likely die from the virus in the next three months.”
Above: Jonathan Morris and Markus Illko repair Kestrel's tangled mooring in Emerald Bay. Below left: On a calm morning Kestrel and Osprey motor past the Queen Mary while leaving the Port of Long Beach. Below right: Osprey at rest in Isthmus Cove as the sun sets. Photos by Tim Ford.
After reading news like that one couldn’t help but look at one’s shipmates and get a sticky petri dish itch, eventually it would be “lights out” and although we moved from the original 28’ boats to the much larger “socially spaced” 32’ers, it still made our evening time “cozy”. The pandemic was still very much with us, and it was getting worse. Would we have agreed to this cruising training if the headlines in September had been as dire as the headlines in October? I have no idea, and a sailboat isn’t a particular kind of time machine to help with that question. That night as we opened the hatches and portholes for maximum ventilation, I felt an unspoken thought existed between us; that the Pandemic could last for years, and did a safe balance exist between our old lives and this new one?

At 12:24 we rounded the “RB” buoy and entered King Harbor, took a quick tour, then set a course of 200ºM to “10 PV” buoy. I reminded myself of the steps we were taking to prevent infection in order to assuage my fears the news’ articles brought on. 

To stay safe we adopted a protocol, not unlike the one used by Hollywood, which included mask-wearing at the dock and during training; twice daily forehead temperature checks; regular hand washing and boat washing; and most importantly a COVID test just before the voyage. We all agreed and were encouraged by the instructors not to do anything reckless or stupid with our health in the weeks leading up to our cruise. These were easy words to say at the beginning, but as we bonded in training and begin to feel we were responsible not only for our own lives but also for our shipmates, it made it an easy deed to perform. The adversity brought us together, as has happened with sailors for thousands of years. 

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Tim Ford
FYC Member

Tim Ford grew up sailing in San Diego. As a teenager, he taught children sailing in Mission Bay. In college, he crewed on Chicago’s Tall Ship “Windy” in summers. He is a  sail trim nerd. He works as a Production Designer as his primary job, and Sailor as his secondary job. He’s ready to accept work in either field.

Fun Stuff

Sailing On A Soling


The Soling is a strong, heavy, and very fast international class open keelboat and was an Olympic class racing boat from the 1972 to the 2000 Olympics. FYC MdR has had one, Seaweed, for a long time. Recently a second one, Chaos, was added to the fleet, courtesy of Bob Green, an FYC member. He provided us with this fun video, shot and edited by his son on a GoPro. Click on this link or video thumbnail below to watch it. 

Guidelines, Links & Credits
Hello Fairwinders,

1) The basic Newsletter Submission Guidelines are as follows. Articles are meant to inform, to teach, to keep the membership abreast of current goings-on, to share something unusual done by one of our members which may be of interest to a segment of our membership, to cover a Club activity, or to amuse.

Please keep your articles to 500 words or less. The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month for the next month's issue. Whenever possible, please send photos or illustrations to go with your article, as well as a portrait photo of yourself and a 60-word mini-bio.

2) Al
l club cruises are suspended until further notice due to Covid-19.

If you have any questions or want to discuss an item directly with me, you can email me at murielle.hamilton@gmail.com. Thank you! 

Murielle Hamilton
FYC Editor
Murielle Hamilton grew up in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, where she graduated in Dead 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 loves to race.
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