With the launch of a new voluntary program that asks cargo ship captains to slow down ship speeds in busy ports and ship lanes, it appears the concern that whales will continue to be struck and killed by boats is on the decrease as shipping companies sign on to the program.
With the question of whether bonfires will stay or be forced to leave local beaches, the issues has continued to gather steam as a new bonfire bill was introduced to the Senate Appropriations this summer.
Bring back the crossword puzzle
I started doing The Log's crossword puzzles in 2007 when I first started to learn how to sail at the San Diego Yacht Club. I looked forward to it every week and learned some sailing terms, too. I wouldn't look up the words on the internet but asked other yacht club members and sailors if they knew the answer, if I was stumped. Everyone knew of the crossword puzzle in The Log. Please bring it back. Your newspaper just isn't the same without it.
For several months now I’ve been talking to people about some proposed changes to our navigation aids – particularly some local buoys – and encouraging boaters to take an interest in, and speak out about, ideas being considered by both National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Coast Guard.
Honoring a heroic act
The city of Newport Beach and the local community lost a true hero Sunday, July 6, when Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson courageously entered the challenging and turbulent waters off Newport Beach to save a swimmer in distress.
I want to share an interesting boating experience I had recently in Catalina. When we arrived at our moored sailboat, I found our stereo system and sump pump for the aft shower and sink were not working.
After several years of hearing about the Back Bay Landing Project, it was not surprising to learn that an advocacy group was making a last minute attempt to stall the multimillion dollar project. But with so much support from stakeholders and the local Newport Beach community, it was not a shock that the attempt failed.
Stop wasting water
Thank you for the article explaining the importance of water rationing in the June 20 edition of The Log. It is very disappointing to know that not everyone is taking this drought seriously, and continuing to waste precious water.
Kudos to the Long Beach fire chief for making the sound decision to remove fire department lifeguard personnel from the marine fire suppression mission. This important step will pay dividends in the safety of the public, firefighters, and inadequately trained lifeguard members who were tasked with performing firefighting duties.
Goodbye to a master shipwright
I was saddened to hear of the passing of master shipwright Dennis Holland who passed away Monday, May 12 (The Log, May 23 edition). I followed the story of Dennis and Shawnee for the past few years when he and the vessel began to make headlines in local newspapers.
For six months now I’ve been explaining to people that paper charts are still available, but just not coming out of the Federal printing press. See the previous The Log article (May 9-22, 2014) for the details. Most all of my customers agree that paper charts are important, and that electronics are not always reliable for navigation.
Historical facts about beloved boats
I am sure many yachting enthusiasts enjoyed your article about Portola including me. As far as I am concerned, there is no finer, well-maintained yacht anywhere.
I’d like to think that my Mom was with me on Mother’s Day this year. Mariette passed away a short time ago, and I think of her every time I sail on the Dawn Treader III, a 34 foot O’Day sloop out of Dana Point, Calif.
Operation Clean Sweeps, marina and beach cleanups have been on several city calendars these past few months, as county and harbor officials stress to water users the importance of keeping beaches clean.
In the April 25-May 8 edition of The Log, the “Women takes giant New Zealand bluefin” (Page 26) story can to an abrupt end. The paragraph should read: With the existing women’s 6 kg line class record at 21.69 kg (47 pounds, 13 oz.), Pedlar’s fish is plenty big enough to qualify.