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Friday, July 14, 2006 11m CATALINA ISLANDBIt Page 5 July and August are always the busiest two months of the year on the Island, and TwO Harbors nearly always fills all its moorings to capacity by Saturday afternoon, ff not earlier during those two months. This past weekend, however, did not even come close to filling- nothing happening, there was. Many boaters are now in "vacation mode;' staying on the Island for extended visits, a week, a month, and even a few for the entire sum- mer. In addition, there were two yacht clubs- well make that .three since two of them combined for one cruise; the annual Santa up, with approximately , 60 moorings still vacant in the Isthmus area on Saturday night. More than likely the lighter than usual boater turnout was due to the lingering after effects of the long Fourth of July weekend last week. Most visiting boaters stayed over until at least Tuesday morning, and many boats - stayed until Wednesday. That, cou- pled with an unusually quiet yacht club or organized group turnout resulted in one of the quietest July weekends in memory. That's not to say there was Monica Wind- jammer/Arizona Yacht Club San Diego Return Cruise. Deug Oudln Columnist Yacht Club Cmhm On that par- ticular club event; SMWJYC participates in the annual Mari- na Del Rey to San Diego sail- boat race that takes place on Fourth of July Weekend each year. After the race is over, some of the boats take a slow, leisurely cruise back up the coast with stops in several locales and marinas. The group also makes the return trip via Two Harbors. Santa Monica Windjammers is then joined by a flotilla from Arizona Yacht Club, and the two clubs join together for a weekend of fun and games Isthmus style. Included in their schedule is a friendly competition on the beach that includes dinghy sailing races, horseshoes, and other beach events with the loser of the com- petition taking home the perpetual losers trophy. Whining that trophy is under- standably not what they are trying to do. But it's all in good fun, and it's a tradition that has gained in participation and appreciation over the years. On Saturday afternoon, Long Beach Yacht Club hosted the sec- ond of four regularly scheduled Catalina sailboat racing events, the Los Angeles Harbor to Ship Rock race on Saturday and the return leg on Sunday. About 40 boats participated in the race, with several classes of boats involved. Moderate breezes in the early stages of the race turned into a strong "Isthmus fan" as the boats neared the Island, with the bright blue-hulled sailing machine, Medicine Man, obvious- ly finding the right wind direction as it apparently finished at least a full half-hour ahead of any of the rest of the racing fleet. Similar wind conditions developed early Sunday morning, and by the time the race started, the fan was blowing a steady 20 knots, undoubtedly setting the stage for a fast return run back to the mainland. Results of the race were not available. Camping Island Style Camping on Catalina is also on the upswing, with increasing numbers of both group and indi- vidual family campouts packing all of the West End campgrounds on the weekends and remaining busy throughout the week. In the Little Fisherman's Campground, camp ranger~ are being kept busy keeping up with the gear-hauls and stocking fire- wood and other supplies. The Catalina Safari bus system is tak- ing increasing numbers of campers to the sites at both Little Harbor and Blackjack Camp- grounds. r Also impacting the camp- grounds is the summer program of Mountain and Sea Adventures, the Isthmus based group that offers outdoor adventures to school-age youngsters. At Big Fisherman's Cove, the staff of the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center has been busy with the first of four Family Camps. Those camps are five day outings offered by the University Of Southern California to staff and alumni, and the opportunity to bring the entire family to the Island for a few days of Island activities, on both land and on the sea. Unlucky Baby Bird One of the Isthmus Harbor Patrol crew, John Farrell, brought what was thought to be a young baby eagle into the Harbor Office on Saturday afternoon, obviously mortally injured but still showing some signs of life after it was car- ried into the office in a towel. The Catalina Island Conser- vancy was called immediately, but the bird died shortly after it was brought in. Wrapped as it was in the towel -- after being plucked from the water in Isthmus Cove where seagulls were diving and attacking it -- the bird had the markings of a young bald eagle. However, upon inspection by the Conserwincy, it was identified as a red-tail hawk, not art eagle. It is not known how the bird ended up in the water outside of the last mooring row in the cove, but the Conservancy commented that once that type of bird of prey ends up in the ocean their chances of survival are remote at best. Doug Oudin is the harbormaster at Two Harbors. 41 On July 12, 2006 the Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICo) installed six new Washingtonia Robusta Mexican Fan palm trees at Casino Point. The new palms trees replace the nine palms that had graced the landscape at Casino Point since 1934. Lack of water and a high salt content in the soil over time caused the original trees to die. SCICo contracted with Richie- Bray, Inc. and Landscape West for the design and landscaping of this project. Deborah Richie-Bray of Richie-Bray, Inc. stated "It took seven months to find six perfect, New palm trees seen this week in Avalon. straiglit ~p~." The trees were located in Indic, California. The palms are 30 feet high and can grow to be 100 feet tall. Carl Fjoslien of Landscape West said, "The Washingtonia Robusta palm grows approximate- ly'one foot per year and are the best palm for exposure near the ocean" The palms cost approximately $35 per foot plus the delivery and installation cost. The installation of the palms and a irrigation system is the sec- ond phase of the SCICo improve- ment plan for Casino Point. Phase one included installation of a new flag pole in late May. Phase three of the project will include the addition of ground cover and a two-and-a-half foot tall picket fence to surround the flag pole and palm trees. SCICo wishes to express their grati- tude to the individu- als and businesses that have been involved in the cul- mination of months of planning, prepara- tion and execution of the overall project - Billy Delbert, Johnny Mandaro, Jesus Tovar, Rudy Hernan- dez, Alfredo Tamayo, Tim Conner, Vince Viernes, Jordahl Construction and crew, Accent Flags and Flagpoles and Airlift Construction, Richie-Bray, Inc and Landscape West. - OPEX TO THIS PUIIL| -- JazzTrax Presents Every Thursday 7-10pm July 6th thru Sept 7th 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $2 7 per person $ 3 2 with champagne $16.95 children under 12 RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED, CALL: (310) 510-7404. ~1 roll |