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Friday, July :14, 2006 1he CATALINA ISLANDk'R Page 3 I There is something new for boaters weren't making the trip. boaters who like to frequent the So, Ritts andField created the film waters around Catalina. Cast Off for Catalina to encourage "Cast Off For Catalina" is a mainland boaters to make the voy- video journey through the world age. of navigating-the Island's water- The "Cast Off for Catalina" ways. DVD is a 56-minute main presen- The video puts the viewer in tation. the crow's nest as it presents key There is an additional 63 information in a palatable format minutes of bonus materials, that includes an easy listening nar- including extensive, interviews ration over a cleanly-edited visual with Catalina experts and officials experience. Viewers are taken on a like Ann M. Muscat, president cruise along the sights and loca- and CEO of the Catalina Island tions of Catalina that can only be Conservancy; Stacey Otte, direc- seen from a boat. tor of the Catalina Island Muse- Television producers Mark urn; Brian Bray, Avalon Harbor Ritts and Ted Field, who share a Master; and Bill McNeely, author love for Catalina Island -- and of Cruising Catalina. The video's sailing to it-- couldn't understand tasteful, clear photos help make why more Southern California the watching it enjoyable as well Incoming Lions President Denny Honse, left, and outgoing Lions President Dave Howell exchange congratulations and best wishes at the Lions Club Installation Dinner held July 12 at the Catalina Island Country Club. as informative. The music that also accompanies the images adds to the program but is easy on the ears. "Cast Off For Catalina" offers information that could help boaters explore Catalina by sea. Key landmarks are shown along with detailed descriptions of what can be seen amid the Island's var- ious coves, harbors and spots that are ideal for small anchorages. For'those interested in the protocol of mooring at Avalon Bay, the area's harbormaster is interviewed and discusses the var- ious amenities and boat-tourist services that are generally avail- able. The video even takes a ttirn onto the land for some views of native wildlife as well as some of the Island's best-kept secret anchorages. While the experience is rich with information, its creators maintain that "the DVD is not a sailor's guide per se" They main- tain that while boaters will proba- bly get the most practical value out of watching the video, it can be enjoyed by regular tourists who make the trip to Catalina by way of a cross-channel ferry. It is geared toward those who would wish to be on the water, shown from onboard a center cockpit split rig. Plus, some of the videography and map animations The Cast Off for Catalina DVD and cover seen above. by Jack Joy are helpful in giving a mainland, it's on the shelves at West feel for "getting there." Marine stores from Santa Barbara Additional inputs from Billto San Diego and Amazon.com. McNeely, author of Cruising The Catalina Yacht Anchor- Catalina Island, help paintthe pic- age in Marina del Rey purchased ture of this ripe overnight sailing several t6 include as a value-added destination, premium with new boats, and Currently, "Cast Off For other area yacht clubs, sailing Catalina" can be bought at the clubs and charter outfits are also Catalina Island Museum. On the stocking them. Denny Honsey is the Avalon Eric Berkheimer--secretary. Lions Club's incoming president. Oley Olsen--tail twister. He was congratulated at the club's Keriny Engel--~lion tamer. installation dinner on Wednesday John Regalardo---membership by outgoing Lions President Dave chair. Howell. The event was held at the Honsey also received the Lion Catalina Island Country Club. of the Year plaque. Sixty members and guests Eddie Keyes, past .district gov- attended the event and were daz- ernor, did his usual outstanding zled bythe riveting 17th Annual job as installing officer. Final Ron Doutt Treasurer'sRose Ellen Gardener presented Report. the Conservancy Lifetime Mere- Never before have debitsandbership Award to Jack Goslin. credits been so interesting and Goslin was unable to attend due to entertaining, health reasons and his award was Other members sworn in graciously accepted by Brad include: Foote. Dave Thompson, Pat Troy, and Special thanks to Brynne, Bill Engel-vice presidents one, Brady and the entire Country Club two, and three, staff for a wonderful evening and Mel Dinkle---treasurer. fantastic meal. Chuck LiddeU