It's official! The R "2" Buoy near Pier J has been designated as mark #27, for those times when the wind is out of the west. You will find it at 33 44.48 N 118 10.62 W. Be sure to update your club's charts!
Monday, February 20, 2012
US POWER SQUADRON PRESENTS
Basic Weather and Forecasting Seminar
Boating is fun... We’ll show you how!®
At Shoreline Yacht Club on April 17, 2012, 7:00 until 9:15 PM
Contact Marion Seaman at 310-632-4748 or via email
Costs will be $10.00 for attendance. Purchase Seminar Materials for $20.00 donation.
Come to the Yacht Club early and purchase your Taco Tuesday Dinner at 6:00 PM before the Seminar.
ShorelineYacht Club and Alamitos Sail and Power Squadron are presenting a 9-week SEAMANSHIP course beginning Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM. The yacht club is located at 386 Shoreline Drive South, Long Beach, CA 90802.
This Seamanship course is a natural next step in building confidence for safe and enjoyable boating on the water. It extends your knowledge and skills in handling and maneuvering a vessel either power or sail. This course provides a better understanding of how boats behave under various conditions, including close quarters and open water operations. Knowledge and skills are increased in the areas of anchoring, emergencies, rules of the road and marlinspike/basic knots.
An on-the-water component, at date and time to be arranged, enhances the learning experience.
Fee at the door is $95.00.
To reserve your place in this class, send your check or money order payable to:
Shoreline Yacht Club
Attention Marion Seaman
386 Shoreline Drive South
Long Beach, CA 90802.
For additional information contact Marion Seaman at 310-632-4748 or email:
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The new website has officially been launched! Here's a brief summary of some of the new features:
- New web address - www.aspbyc.org
- View it from your smart phone!
- New race calendar using Google Calendar
- New form for reporting a problem with a race mark
- More new features and improvements are in the works!
Monday, February 6, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed to eliminate the Department of Boating & Waterways (Cal Boating) and transfer its functions to the Department of Parks and Recreation -- putting an end to a self-supporting, independent agency that has a 54-year successful track record of enhancing boating access, boating facilities, boating law enforcement and boating education statewide.
“The Department of Boating and Waterways is critical to the future of boating in California,” explained the California Yacht Brokers Association in a recent statement. “It funds launch ramp construction, loans for marina construction, construction of boating safety centers, boating safety and law enforcement programs, abandoned vessel removal, public outreach programs and even weed control in boating areas."
The boater advocacy group Recreational Boaters of California has issued a “Call to Arms” for all boaters statewide to write the governor and California legislators, urging them to support Cal Boating and oppose any plan to eliminate this important agency.
To contact Gov. Brown via email, visit govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail.phpand insert your comments in the boxes provide
To contact your California Senate representative, visit senate.ca.gov. At the bottom of the home page is a link labeled “Find My Senator,” where you can search based on your home address.
To contact your California Assembly representative, visit assembly.ca.gov. At the bottom of the home page is a link labeled “Find my Representative,” where you can search based on your home address.
Make YOUR voice heard by sending an email NOW, to ensure that the governor and California legislators act to represent the needs and wants of boaters. Use this letter as a starting point for your own composition, or simply “cut and paste” it into your own separate emails to your state senator, your state assembly representative and the governor. Remember to include your full name, address and city of residency at the end of the email.
Dear _____________<Your Legislator's Name>
I am writing to express my strong opposition to Gov. Brown’s recent proposal to eliminate the Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating). Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Cal Boating is completely self-funded by boaters’ dollars. Cal Boating does not rely on the state’s General Fund to pay for its many crucial construction projects, programs, staff or operating expenses. Eliminating the department would not help with the state’s financial problems.
2. Cal Boating’s efforts are dedicated to promoting boating, and are critical to ensuring the future economic health of California. Recreational boating is an economic powerhouse, contributing approximately $16.5 billion to the gross state product, which represents about 1.2 percent of the state’s economy, and generates about $1.6 billion in state and local taxes. There are more than 8,500 recreational boating-related businesses. Recreational boating also creates more than 284,000 direct and indirect jobs.
3. Cal Boating is the primary funding source for boating infrastructure construction. Each year, Cal Boating provides millions of dollars in the form of grants and loans for private enterprises and public agencies for boating infrastructure projects. Without the availability of these grants and loans, boating infrastructure improvements and repairs would be severely hampered, along with the much-needed jobs these projects create.
4. Cal Boating’s loans for boating projects are consistently paid back with interest. These loans generate approximately $20 million dollars in revenue each year for Cal Boating, through the repayment of principal and interest. Cal Boating actually makes money for the state.
5. Cal Boating safety programs save lives. Cal Boating has an aggressive safety outreach program, including direct financial support for law enforcement in high-boating traffic areas, that is critical to saving lives on the water.
In short, the Department of Boating and Waterways does an excellent job that has many direct and indirect financial and other benefits to the state -- all without one penny of support required from the General Fund.
A decision to eliminate the department would have a serious adverse affect on California’s economy and the safe enjoyment of boating statewide. Please keep boating strong by saving the California Department of Boating and Waterways.