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Page 2 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, July 22, 2005 Barries go the Mole While fishing for bass on Tuesday at the mole, Brian Matsumoto, a retired two-year resident from the Buena Vista condos, hooked a couple of logs (barracuda) during the evening bite. The 35-inch and 36-Inch barracuda hit a Crocodile lure on 15 pound test line during an extreme high tide. Sunday afternoon graced us with a steady 10-12 knot westerly breeze while twenty of the fastest and most glamorous yachts on the racing circuit headed for the west end. They then veered slightly west as they began the 43rd edi- tion of the prestigious 2,225 nau- tical mile Transpacific Sailboat Race to Oahu, Hawaii. Off the tip of the Island, at the approximate 25 mile mark, Roy Disney's sleek and beautiful 86- foot Pvewacket held a slight lead over l andall Pittman's 90-foot Genuine Risk and Hasso Platner's Gh)rv. and Doug DuVos' 86- foot Windquest cleared the west end tip closer than the others, but on a slightly different tack. Several dozen spectator boats from Catalina coves lay in wait off the tip of the Island to watch the fastest boats in the 75-boat Transpac fleet sail past the Island's tip. With a wide range of colorful hulls and massive sails, the lead Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Address: p.o. Box 428 Office: 615A Crescent Ave. Avalon, California 90704 Telephone: (310) 510-0,500 Fax: (310) 510-2882 emaih Dan Teekenoff Publisher~Editor Do.g Oudi. Staff Writer/Two Harbors The Catalina Islander Volume: 93 Issue: 29 Issue Date: July 22, 2005 (USPS 093-140) Acceptalwe under 39C, ER. :H~t Peri(xlicals t~rstage paid at A~aton. CA ~)704 amt ~alwr additional offices, Adjudication [~,r~ No. 3775thq. I)ate of Adjudication: (k't. 4, 19:M. Ex,~:t Narm~ d Newsp~a,r as shown in the |'etiti(m for Adjudieatiqm: The Catalina Islm~ler. Published weekly at 615A Crescent Avenue, Avahm. CA ~X)70$. 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Several of the viewing boats were there to cheer on local favorite Merlin, the 68-foot ULDB sloop owned by Patricia Steele with local sailors Rick Ruppert and Gary Miltimore serving as crew and navigator. It is expected that the fleet will arrive in Oahu around July 25, celebrating the 100 year anniver- sary of the race (see side story on page 1). YACHT CLUB RANTS While the winds on Sunday afternoon were relatively light, Catalina boaters encountered vastly different sea conditions later in the week. Initiating on Monday morning, west/southwest winds gusting to about 22 knots and westerly swells ranging from three to five feet, made for uncomfortable channel condi- tions. Added to the lumpy sea condi- tions was a persistent marine layer accompanied by isolated patches of thick, bone-chilling fog. As a result, boating activities were relatively light most of the week, but increased considerably on Friday as the seas moderated. In the Two Harbors area, the Seal Beach Yacht Club, led by their gregarious cruise chairman and Rear Commodore Hank Walker aboard his new power boat Sea Walker, moored their fleet. About 45 boats participated in the SBYC cruise, with many of those boats crossing the channel on Thursday-when the seas were perhaps their grumpiest. Not to be deflated by a bumpy ride over, the SBYC members quickly shook off their salty slickers and went about having a fun-filled weekend while utilizing the west corner picnic area of Isthmus Beach. NEW FISH POND CRUISE Around the corner in Fourth of July Cove, Fourth of July Yacht Club held their annual New Fish in the Pond Cruise, welcoming new and prospective members to the club. Led by Cruise Coordina- tor Steve and Sara Leavitt aboard their power boat Fire Escape, the FJYC weekend also included an afternoon "Fizz Off." The "Fizz Off" is a competi- tion where members mix and serve their most creative cocktails for fellow members and guests. Word from the club was that many of the New Fish, as well as many of broodstock members, left the "Fizz Off" slightly pick- led. In nearby Cherry Cove, the staff of Camp Cherry Valley host- ed the annual "Dinner in the Grove" party for members and guests of Cherry Cove Yacht Club. Reigning Commodore Scott Bice and his charming wife Bar- bara co-hosted the dinner, attend- ed by close to 100 CCYC mem- bers. At Ballast Point in Catalina Harbor, California Yacht Club held their annual Fish Fry Cruise. It attracted about two dozen seafood afficionados intent on savoring the delectable offerings prepared by chefs from their mainland club in Marina del Rey. Rounding out the cruising agenda were about ten boats in the Isthmus from Horizon Yacht Club gathering together to enjoy the friendship and companionship of fellow HYC members. Doug Oudin is the harbor- master at Two Harbors.