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Friday, March 27, 2009 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Page 5 Friday, March 20 heralded the first day of spring on Catalina Island. True to form, spring arrived mild and pleasant, with a light mhrine layer blanketing the Island in mist. The mild start to spring was not destined to last long as a blus- tery cold front blew down on the Island late Saturday night, dropping a few light showers and Slam- ming the Island with gale force winds. DOug Oudin Columnist Rough and tumble Those winds, developing windy weather occurred on boat attempting to leave its mooting on Sunday morn- ing. While drop- ping the mooring lines, a woman's hand became caught between the rail and the bow hawser when a strong wind gust caught the, boat broadside, trapping her hand between the taught line and the rail. Although her injury was not considered serious, she was transported to the mainland for medical attention. Two small skiffs broke loose early Sunday morning, created a few problems in and around the Isthmus, caused one injury and resulted in a couple of small boats going aground. At their strongest, wind gusts reached 40 mph, seas in the Catalina Channel built to 5 to 7 feet, and those boats that had enjoyed the Island on Friday and Saturday had a rough and tumble ride back home on Sunday morn- ing. The injury resulting from the from their moorings during the height of the winds, with one washing ashore on Isthmus Beach and the other going aground in Little Fisherman's Cove. Both were pulled free by the Isthmus Harbor Patrol with only minor damages occurring. Yachting news Among the turnout of Island visitors over the weekend were about a 50 members represent- ing Fourth of July Yacht Club, gathering together for their annual Cove Survey Weekend and Island Appreciation Cruise. Those mem- bers began the process of prepar- ing their Island facility for the coming season, assessing and evaluating the work that needs tO be done before the season begins in earnest. They also got together as a club on Saturday night for a delightful dinner at the Harbor Reef Restaurant. On Saturday afternoon Los Angles Yacht Club hosted their annual spring series saillJoat race from LA Harbor to Howlands Landing, with a return leg on Sunday. Eighteen boats participated in the race, with all struggling to complete the race on Saturday afternoon when winds were light and variable. Many did not fin- ish until well after dark, spend- ing more than eight hours on the water. It was a completely differ- ent story on Sunday. Sunday's return run may very well have produced record times. With a start time of noon, the winds were already gusting to near 40 knots when the fleet departed. Sailing under gale-force winds, on a downhill run, the race par- ticipants had all the wind they could ever want--and then some. Results were not yet available, but it is likely that all eighteen boats finished in near record times. Wrigley marine center It was another busy week at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center in Big Fisherman's Cove. E~ly in the week a group of 45 undergraduate students from Humboldt State University in northern California made the trek to Catalina Island to complete their dive-master scuba-training course. Those students spent an ardu- ous four days fulfilling the require- ments needed to obtain master dive certification. An annual event, the Humboldt program is one of many similar programs supported by the USC Marine Science Center throughout the year. Wish granted Over the weekend, the highly exalted Make a Wish Foundation brought one of its youngsters to Catalina Island to fulfill his wish of "seeing real pirates on a real island." Four year-old Isaac Martinez, a leukemia patient from San Diego, submitted his wish to the philanthropic non-profit Make a Wish Foundation earlier this year. After considering a variety of options, the foundation made contact with the University of Southern California and inquired if perhaps the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center could help fulfill the child's wish. Working with Katie Chvostal and others associated with the Wrigley Institute, young Isaac realized his dream when he and his family spent the weekend at "the Wrigley Marine Science Center and were entertained by six "real live pirates;" part of an acting team that visited the Island to help make the child's wish become reality. The entertain- ers took the youngster kayaking through "pirate caves." and into the Interior in search of buried treasure, where he found his very own treasure chest filled with "jewels" and valuable coins. The dedicated effort and heart- felt caring of all those involved helped to give one more child' the opportunity to see his wish come true. l0 Catalina Melee comments: I can't thank you enough for your outstanding article (by Catalina Islander editor Dennis Kaiser titled "Catalina Melee not one sided." Sometimes we have to make a stand. Tim Winslow, Avalon City Council member Outstanding. Great piece. Wayne G. Griffin, ACE President & CEO Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce An inaccurate opinion piece My name is Stephanie Petrillo and I recently had the pleasure of reading Mr. Kaiser's entertaining, albeit completely inaccurate edito- rial that you allowed to be printed in your newspaper. Although I admit that the news story that was aired about the attack on me and my friends the night of March 7 was also inaccurate and extreme, I had no control o,er what they edited in and out of my intorview with Mr. Kreigel. They took our story and ran with it without letting any of us know how they were going to portray things. Mr. Kaiser, on the other hand, had full control of how he would use the information he had obtained and chose to write a story that made him look like a child throwing a tantrum. You hurt my Island, now I'm gonna hurt you. His diarrhea of the mouth has left me sad for your newspaper. He makes a comment on how print is taking a huge backseat to TV news ... I am wondering if maybe it's because articles like his that are full of outright lies have people fed up? It was the Sheriff on duty the evening of the incident that informed us that the people who attacked us were gang members, not us making that assumption. He also let us know that they were from San Pedro, which is what we told Mr. Kreigel during our inter- view. We never imended for that to get turned around into a gang problem in Catalina. Like I said, we had no control over what he did to our story. The new not my out. let for any anger whatsoever and I did not contact them to come interview me, but vice versa. I also was not drunk, was not on my way to "yet another bar" and was not involved in a "bar fight." I" tried to break up wha~t'was going on, was yelling stop and no while trying to pull a 200-pound woman 0rr0rmy 3.p0una rricna and got the hell beat of me for it. That was going on while a 6-foot, 4-inchmale went chas- ing after my pregnant friend and decided to settle on punching another ! 00 pound girlfriend sev- eral times inthCbackfff he~ head. Please thank Mr. Kaiser for feeling sorry for my black eye. but it ilC lly $C reSUlt Or llCtltl trauma from being hit in the head See Letter, Page 9 4.or" Anniversary Celebra'l:ion ! Buy your tickets online at Also info and tickets at the Circus Ticket Office or call 877=GOTFUN1 (877-468=3861) . . DiseoumCouponsavailableatm DS ! ,L:S B co