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Friday, September 1, 2000 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 9 t It was another "grand" time at Two Harbors on the last weekend before Labor Day, thanks in part to the ongoing fabulous summer weather, thanks in part to the Grand Banks Rendezvous and thanks in part to a continuing resurgence in boating activities all around the Island. On the grand scale of power boating, about 40 stately Grand Banks trawlers turned out to par- ticipate in the annual Grand Banks Rendezvous hosted and sponsored by Start Miller Yachts and the Buettner brothers, John and Brad. The rendezvous was a lively affair that ivcluded a variety of entertaining activities for all par- ticipants. Rendezvous fun Another distinctly different group of about 40 power boats also gathered in the Isthmus area to showcase their models; the Two Harbors Sea Ray Ren- dezvous hosted by Newport Boats. The Sea Ray owners and their guests also participated in a vari- ety of activities and entertain- ments while reveling in the sun- shine and warm water that con- tinues to make the summer of 2000 one of the finest in recent memory. In the Whites Landing area, Balboa Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club joined threes for a weekend of sailing competi- tion and interactive club festivi- ties. Beginning with a sailboat race from Newport Beach to Long Point on Friday, the two clubs then raced from Long Point--around Ship Rock--and back on Saturday, then finished up with a return race to Newport on Sunday. In between, the two clubs got together at their respective Whites Landing and Moonstone Cove sites for some old fash- ioned fellowship and good cheer. Clambake cuisine Catalina Harbor was also a happening place over the week- end as /mother of the Newport Beach area yacht clubs, Bahia Corinthian, traveled to Cat for its ~nnual Clambake Cruise. BCYC club manager Ron Banazak helped cobrdinate the culinary event, which featured a truckload of delectable seafood and other table delights shipped from the mainland through Aval- on in a refrigerated truck, then driven across the Island by our own GM/VP John Phelps. In addition to the BCYC group, Cat Harbor also had Cali- fornia Yacht Club, whose club cup runneth over, during their Champagne Cup predicted log race and ensuing party. Last week a hearty group of rowers made the 20-mile row to the mainland from the Isthmus. This week a larger group of about 60 board paddlers made an even more arduous and challeng- ing 32 mile ocean board paddle from the Isthmus to Manhattan Beach, using only their hands for propulsion ! Hosted by Body Glove, along with a large number of other sponsors, the Paddleboard Race was a fund raising event for the Hoag Cancer Center in Newport Beach. Catalina Marineros, the boat- ing support group tbr the Catali- na Island Conservancy, held its annual Board of Directors lun- cheon at the Harbor Reef Restau- rant on Saturday afternoon. Marinero President Stan Bunker presided over the meet- ing, praising the accomplish- ments of this year's Ma.rinero contributiong to the Conservan@ and promising a goal of improv- ing on those achievements during the remainder of 2000 and next year. Seaplane service Two Harbors introduced the return of one of its historical modes of transportation to and from the Island this weekend, with the resurrection of seaplane service into Two Harbors. Pacific Seaplanes Inc. now offers travel to and from Long Beach Harbor and Orange Coun- ty Airport. They also offer private char- ters, and around-the-Island aerial tours, where visitors can experi- ence the panoramic splendor of seeing the entire Catalina coast- line from the air, a breathtaking trip around the Island that can be made in less than an hour! Two Harbors Art Festival on Saturday afternoon showcased several local artists and a variety of guest works, including a dis- play of Catalina Pottery. Seven tables were available and visitors walked away with a pleasing variety of art works and collectibles. HARRISON I-OR.I) MICHI~:'I IA'I I~t:EH:Iq.(I( Important No Scooters, Skateboards or Rollerblades allowed in Avalon Theatre SHOWS NIGHTLY 7P.M. & 9P.M. Burning? Your "view from my window" (The Catalina Islander, August 11) was beautifully written and hopefully will be much more effective than my attached September of 1999 letter of my meeting with the city manager last September. I would really like to know what (if anything) city govern- ment has done in the last five years to shut down the burning. To: members City Council and City Manager Re: readiness of dump to cease burning by end of 1999 Certainly polluted water would be an immediate and significant concern of the City Council. So should polluted air. A public health department investigation and adverse publici- ty are obviously best avoided. Many citizens are asking "will the dump be ready to cease burn- ing by December '99? Letters to the Editor policy The Catalina Islander welcomes letters to the editor represent- ing all viewpoints on issues pertaining to the Island. Views expressed do not represent the view of The Catalina Islander or its staff. All letters must include name, address and phone number for verification purposes. Letters which do not include the above infor- mation will not be considered for publication. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published. Anonymous letters will not be accepted, although names may be with held from publication. Send no copies please, letters should be the exclusive property of The Catalina Islander We reserve the right to edit letters for space, grammar and legal requirements. Send letters to: The Catalina Islander, P.O. Box 428, Avalon Ca, 90704; e-mail; or fax, 510-2882. 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