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Friday, September 1, 2006 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 At "O-dark-thirty" (translate that to 6 a,m.), 92 individuals pushed off from Isthmus Beach aboard paddleboards, destination Manhattan Beach, some 32 miles away. Those paddle-boarders were on the Island to participate in the 31st annual Catalina Classic Pad- dleboard Race, organ- ized by the National Paddleboard Associa- tion. Paddling by hand- power only from the Island to Manhattan Beach, the intrepid ath- letes kneel and/or lie upon boards from 12- feet in length--the stock models--to 20 feet in length, in the unlimited class. Local Paddlem Three local life- guard/paramedics, Isth- mus Baywatch Capt. Kevin Mar- ble, and Isthmus relief Baywatch members Brian Lanich and Dustin Stevens represented Catalina Island in the marathon competi- tion, one of only two sanctioned marathort paddleboard races in existence; the other takes place in Hawaii. Unfortunately, seeming to happen nearly every year during this race, sea conditions once again made a brutally challenging test of endurance even more gru- eling as a result of the stiff west- erly winds and south swell that existed. By early morning, wind chop and lumpy seas were already developing, and by mid-channel, conditions were downright crum- my. Even so, the marathon contin- ued, but results of the race were not yet available. Doug Oudin Summer Winds Columnist Down Two Har- bors was once again a very busy and active place this week, although weekday visi- tation slowed by comparison dur- ing the past couple of weeks. Many people with commit- ments to the educational system have had their summer come to an end, having to return to school, or to their teaching jobs. As a result, those boaters that often spend much of the summer at the Island have returned to their respective .studies or livelihoods. In the Isthmus, on Saturday afternoon, the annual Arts and Crafts Fair took place, hosted by Two Harbors Enterprises. Numer- ous booths were setup in Isthmus Plaza for local and visiting artists to sell and display their creative works. Several resident artists partic- ipated, including; Paul Chvostal, who displayed and sold an impres- sive array of his talent-laden oil paintings, Kathi Preston made available her hand-crafted jewelry creations, Tamara Stockstell brought out her Island photogra- phy, Terry Montagna offered her custom designed T-shirt ensemble, and Cherry Cove summer resident boater Pat Graham exhibited her scenic water color paintings. Other artists and craftsmen from the mainland added their own creative talents to the fair, providing a broad variety of arts and crafts for purchase, or for Island visitors and residents to observe and appreciate. Lonely Isthmus On the boating scene, the Isthmus area did not quite reach full capacity by Friday for the first time in several weeks, but did by early Saturday. Gathering in the Isthmus for their annual Catalina visit were nearly 200 members of the 13th District Power Squadron, thanks in part to the help of Ken and Nancy Smith aboard the supply transport boat Par-XL-nce. Also in Two Harbors was a good turnout of members of San Pedro Yacht Club, gathering on Isthmus Beach for their annual Isthmus Rendezvous. Longtime SPYC member John Markulis aboard his 60-foot sportsfisber Puritan served as "the pack-mule" for the club, carrying food sup- plies, as well as all the band equip- ment for their evening entertain- ment on the beach. Busy Bay Emerald Bay was active over the weekend, although not filled completely. Enjoying the tantaliz- ingly crystal clear waters of Emer- aid was the Horizon Yacht Club, whose members represent an eclectic group from marinas throughout Southern California. Surprisingly quiet this week- end was Cat Harbor, which for the first time in several weeks, did not have any organized club or group outings. Whites Landing area hosted the annual Long Point Race Series Weekend, attracting members of Newport Harbor and BalboaYacht Club for a weekend of daytime sailboat racing and evening socializing. Their Saturday after- noon race from Long Po'mt to Ship Rock was particularly excit- ing, with a stiff westerly breeze providing excellent sailing condi- tions for the large fleet of boats participating. Unfortunately, in the Whites Landing area, the effects of a dis- sipating hurricane off the coast of Mexico generated the dreaded south swells that can make moor- ing and anchoring difficult in the coves in Whites Landing. 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