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Master Mariners newsletter The Shellback August 2012

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  • The Shellback, August 2012, Pg. 1

    Since 1867 August, 2012 Norm Harris, Editor; Ariane Paul, Assisted

    2012 Chicken Ship Regatta Sept. 1st3rd

    Labor Day weekend is just around the corner which means it's time to start preparing for the 2012 annual Chicken Ship Regatta up the Petaluma River!

    For those of you planning to head up on Saturday: Vessels should try to stay close together while heading up the River to minimize bridge openings at D Street. Radio contact will be monitored on Ch. 72. Trophies will be awarded as deemed necessary by the Committee. Remember to write a CHICKEN LIMERICK on your trip up the River because the loudest groan will be awarded.

    Saturday: The Petaluma Yacht Club,, has been kind enough to let us use their clubhouse and BBQ. Don't forget to pull out your chicken garb and strut your stuff because best costume will be also be awarded during the festivities. Bar opens at 1700, potluck is at 1800.

    On Sunday: There will be the Blind-Folded Dinghy Dash in the Petaluma River turning basin somewhere around 1500 with dockside potluck to follow.

    What to bring: * Your best chicken attire * A chicken or sailing limerick * An item for the bilge dive contest on Sat. night * A dinghy if you have one * A side dish for Saturday night, MMBA will BBQ chicken & or sausages * Some yummy grub for Sundays dockside potluck * A Chicken Ship Perpetual Trophy that you won last year and never returned * Your musical instruments & performance talents

    To schedule a 'D' Street Bridge Opening: Bridge Operator Contact Info: VHF Ch. 9

    Visit the City of Petaluma Website to Schedule a "Bridge Opening" Online 6:00 am to 6:00 pm a minimum of 4 hours notice is required for opening 6:00 pm to 6:00 am a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for opening

    City of Petaluma Phone Numbers: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, call (707) 778-4474 Monday through Thursday, 5:00 pm to 7:30 am, Friday all day, Weekends, or Holidays, call (707) 778-4372

    Please RSVP if you plan on attending by land or sea. Linda Kibler, 510-919-3947,

    Weekend Tides @ Golden Gate Bridge

    Sat 9/1 H 0022 6.0 L 0622 0.4 H 1305 5.7 L 1846 1.2 Sun 9/2 H 0107 5.6 L 0658 0.8 H 1335 5.7 L 1928 1.0

    Weekend Currents @ Golden Gate Bridge

    Slack Max Curr Slack Max Curr Slack Max Curr Slack Max Curr Sat 9/1 0214 0508 4.3E 0849 1144 3.8F 1446 1730 3.9E 2106 2359 3.6F Sun 9/2 0301 0547 4.0E 0926 1217 3.5F 1520 1807 4.0E 2148

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    From the Quarterdeck As our season of events begins to slow I always think of all the help we get with each activity from members. The Regatta could not happen without assistance from Encinal and Sausalito Yacht Clubs. Sausalito provides the committee boat and crew to help Dick Wrenn keep all those starts and finishes in order with proper times. An unsung hero is Chris Newell. He keeps his computer tracking vessels and their times so that we can get the awards to the proper boats and print their times and finishing order. Encinal Yacht Club provides the great facilities and meals for our after- race celebration and the remainder of our weekend of visiting friends in that wonderful raft-up. Bill Belmont as Race Chairman makes sure we all get our invitations and race packets in a timely manner. Terry Klaus makes arrangements for our luncheon at St. Francis Yacht Club and logistics at Encinal. There are so many more unnamed helpers. Thank you all many times over. We could not have such a great time without your assistance. The Boat Show at Corinthian Yacht Club provides yet another spectacular weekend. Again Terry and Bill have worked long hours to coordinate activities and a wonderful dinner for all involved. The Staff is fun and most helpful. It is always great to have chefs welcome us back with smiles and gourmet food. The judges for the show give up hours to decide winners. These are difficult decisions as there are beautiful boats on display for attendees. The staff at Corinthian works many long hours to make room for our show moving boats both in and out of their slips. Karleen Harris made and distributed a current member list. Again, many more people help us with this weekend. Thank you all again.

    Linda Kibler has helped streamline the T-shirt sales and storage. Ariane Paul keeps making our web page more beautiful with each update. Norm Harris keeps our Shellback current and is always improving its design. Richard Gillette will be coordinating our off shore cruise to Drakes Bay. Yum, oysters for all. Linda is going to be heading up our Chicken Ship trip to Petaluma. If you have not boated to this city I suggest you make an effort to attend. There will be fun and games, a great meal, a relaxed weekend to explore and just hang out.

    A final thanks goes to Steve Kibler. He has just been elected to be a Director. We all enjoy the events of the year and Steve will put his fine touch to making yet another event most enjoyable. Thank you for making this commitment. I have not forgotten the other board members. You all work diligently behind every event and we surely would not have such a great organization without you.

    Patty Henderson, Commodore


    Heritage Day at China Camp Sat. Aug. 11, 2012, 11:30 am 4:00 pm China Camp State Park will be celebrating Heritage Day this year on Saturday, August 11, from 11:30 AM until 4:00 PM. There will be a potluck BBQ on the beach after the days festivities. At this time no word of water taxi, so bring a dinghy or buddy-boat with someone. By car, park outside the gate as it gets locked at night. It is a particularly important year for this celebration, because there is no longer the threat of closure and we know now that the park will remain open. This year's event will feature musical and dance performances, calligraphy and origami, and educational displays. There will be arts and crafts for sale, with 20% of the proceeds going to help Friends of China Camp. The Grace Quan, a replica Chinese junk, will be docked offshore and the Alma, a historic scow schooner, will arrive during the day.

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    ALMA in the 2012 MMBA Regatta, Ariane Paul

    Alma & Grace Quan at China Camp

    Additional participants and activities include: Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dancers Redwood Empire; Chinese Folk Dancers; Folk Music with Stephen Chen and Wei Ping Qu Hu; Calligraphy and Origami for Children and Adults; Local Art for Sale; Guided Village Tours with a Ranger; SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve; Marin History Museum; California State Park Archaeology Lab; China Camp State Park.

    Friends of China Camp was successful in raising $250,000 to keep the China Camp park open another year. It will be an ongoing effort of volunteers and donors to keep the park open. Please go to the links below for additional information.

    Friends of China Camp Heritage Day:

    PDF flyer:

    Friends of China Camp on Facebook:

    China Camp State Park info:


    2012 Master Mariners Regatta Re-cap

    This years regatta has come and gone, but was a fine one. I opted to help out with the Race Committee rather than sail and spent the day on MERCURY along with Dick Wrenn, Chris Newell, and Jeff Zarwell with great support from Sausalito Yacht Clubs Race Committee crew. We had a few snafus here and there, and truly appreciate the affected skippers for their patience and working with us as we dealt with corrections as best as we could. As with most other clubs, we are volunteers and are not perfect. That being said, our members and crews had a great day and enjoyed a fun awards party and dinner at the Encinal Yacht Club afterwards. There were several vessels that were DNS for whatever reason, and a couple that had to fall out as DNF. As I was asked to write the coverage for Latitude 38s July issue, I will not re-hash the entire event, but will instead point you to a copy of the article at this link:

    Per the quote from our Commodore Patty Henderson in the article, she says the regatta is an excellent excuse for having your boat ready for the sailing season. There are very nice people involved in our organization and its an honor to be around a group of people that are keeping these boats in fine sailing form and dont find each other crazy for doing so.

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    We would not be able to pull this event off without the support of so many people and groups. Besides Jeff and the Sausalito Yacht Club, Master Mariners is honored to have the support of many local companies as Regatta Sponsors and lists them on our website. The Encinal Yacht Club and its officers and staff did a great job hosting us, as did the St. Francis Yacht Club during the Sponsors/Skippers luncheon. Thank you to Staff Commodore Terry Klaus for helping with the arrangements at St. Francis YC and Encinal YC; Caleb and Barbi Whitbeck for our wonderful clothing; Bill Belmont for handing the Regatta; Steve Hutchinson for handling Sponsorship; and Mariahs Eyes for photos of the Sponsors/Skippers Luncheon. Below are results and photo links.

    Ariane Paul, Jr. Staff Commodore


    BIRDS: 1) Curlew, William Claussen; 2) Skylark, James Josephs; 3) Grey Goose, Dennis Brewer

    BEARS: 1