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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Happy New Year! And welcome to the January 2020 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have exciting articles, covering everything from New Years Resolutions, Sailing Navigation Secrets, and our delightful January recipe for Chicken Pho.

Marina News
Happy New Year! The marina office will be closed of January 1st, 2020 in observance of New Year's Day.

Holiday Celebration Thank you to all who came out to Sun Harbor Marina's Holiday Potluck and Celebration! We had a great time exchanging stories, treats, hot chocolate, and prepping for the parade of lights with you all. A very happy holidays to everyone as the season concludes - and warm wishes to everyone in the coming year!

Thank you everyone for being a wonderful community of conscientious boaters! We appreciate everything you do and we're looking forward to a fun and eventful 2020!

Special Dates in January
January 1st       New Year's Day (Office Closed)
January 2nd       Buffet Day
January 7th       Tempura Day
January 8th       Earth's Rotation Day
January 11th     Puddle & Splash a Friends Day
January 14th     International Kite Day
January 19th     Popcorn Day
January 20th     Penguin Awareness Day
January 21st     Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 25th     Opposite Day
January 27th     Chocolate Cake Day

Marina Event
Saturday January 19th: The Value of Salvage Insurance, are you covered? Jared Stubbs will be here from Sea Tow at 1:30pm to talk about their insurance programs and a special discounted pricing offer for Sun Harbor Marina Tenants. Come and join us.

Clean Marina Minute - Port of San Diego Green Business Network Award
Sun Harbor Marina was honored to receive an award at the Port's 2019 Green Business Network Sustainable Achievement Award Ceremony this past week. The Port of San Diego has recognized six tenant businesses for their commitment to sustainable operations and the environmental protection of San Diego Bay. The tenants are members of the Port's Green Business Network and were honored at the Port's 2019 Green Business Network Sustainable Achievement Award Ceremony held December 4, 2019.

Sun Harbor received recognition for completing the GEEC program through the Port of San Diego. Through this program,15 lessons were delivered, 186 employees participated and nearly 2,000 energy-saving actions were taken between Sun Harbor Marina and three other Green Business Network members.

"The Port of San Diego appreciates the dedication these six tenants have displayed in their efforts to keeping San Diego Bay and its surrounding lands healthy," said Garry Bonelli, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. "Practicing sustainability in their day-to-day operations is helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the Port's areas, resulting in a healthier environment for all."

Launched in 2010, the Port's Green Business Network is a voluntary sustainability program open to Port tenants and subtenants. It provides free education and resources, as well as hands-on support to these businesses to help them improve sustainability practices. Currently, more than 80 tenants are participating in the program.

Laura's Blog - New Year Resolutions vs Appreciating Where I am and Excited for More
- By Laura Brownwood

First off . . . In addition, I love the numbers of this year ~ 2020. I love the freshness of a new year; the feeling that so many possibilities lie wide open ahead. Statistics are not in favor of NY Resolutions so let me suggest something that will have a positive effect on You.

If you don't have a journal, get/start one. Sit down outside or by a window. Let page one for the new year be a List of Appreciation. If you are in a good place, do a list of 25 things. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are not in a good place then just start with three.

Take a deep breath, look around at nature's beauty and start with # 1. Set your intention to keep focused on good things and go inside to feel things in your life you appreciate.

The health benefits of expressing gratitude are many, and some might surprise you. Scholars, spiritual leaders, and scientist throughout history have deliberated on the benefits of gratitude. More recently, the scientifically-validated benefits of gratitude are better understood. Numerous studies are demonstrating how gratitude journaling can increase one's happiness. They even show that inflammation in one's body can decrease. Each study offers insights into how a person can improve their overall health and well-being.

So . . . start the new year on a positive note, and I hope you enjoy writing your list and reveling in the afterglow of doing so.

Laura Brownwood
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999

Captain John's Skipper Tips - Sailing Navigation Secrets - Set Your Course for "Flashers" After Dark
You hadn't planned to be out after the sun's upper limb kissed the western horizon and dipped down out of sight. But here you are. And you still have another four miles to the dredged channel. Dozens of buoys surround you; some lighted, but most are unlighted. What simple navigation technique will help you find your way home?

Magenta circular disks or flare-shaped symbols indicate a lighted aid to navigation. Vertical letters (circled in red to the left) signify fixed aids. Slanted letters (circled in red to the right) tell you the aid floats, which means it may bob up and down or lean over in a strong tidal current.
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Marina Recipes - PHO (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)
Nurse your New Year's Eve hangover and ease into healthy eating with this Vietnamese chicken noodle soup. We won't make you jump straight to salad.

The Vietnamese chicken-and-noodle soup called pho is all about the layers of flavor in the rich-tasting broth. The technique here also produces meat that's supremely tender and tasty.
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Best Regards,
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff

Sunroad's Boat Show - Bigger and Better Than Ever
Eleven years ago, the National Marine Merchants Association (NMMA) decided to skip a year of its long running San Diego winter boat show.

There were many reasons for that decision at the time. The NMMA show was split between two venues - the San Diego Convention Center, and the San Diego Marriott Marina. The trailerable boats and marine services exhibits were at the Convention Center and the bigger in-water boats and yachts were at the Marriott, a considerable stroll away.

Add in the economic downturn at the time; the fact that the Marriott was less than enthusiastic about disrupting their boating tenants once a year; and decreasing traffic through the on land exhibits at the Convention Center due to a preference for show visitors to just see the boats at the Marriott, the decision to reevaluate the show was understandable.

At that time, enter Jim Behun, who saw an opportunity. Previously with the NMMA Show, Jim became the new Marina Manager at the Sunroad Resort Marina on San Diego's Harbor Drive. He saw in Sunroad the ideal location for a boat show - a large marina; space for on-land exhibits immediately adjacent to the gangways to the boats; easy access through ample low cost parking and shuttle opportunities; on-site restaurants; and one of the best views of the San Diego skyline and the bay in town.

The rest, as they say, is history. Jim convinced the Sunroad Group to sponsor the show, and now in its tenth year, it is rated as the top Southern California Boat Show by many brokers and marine services companies.

Behun says the secret to the success of the show is its goal to be a "boat show for boaters and boat people". The show welcomes the general public that would like to know more about boats, but the real focus is to highlight vessels, products, and services for boat people.

The show is expanding again this year with the addition of more floating docks to moor several more larger vessels. In addition to the boats and yachts there will also be more marine and marine electronics vendors showcasing the latest nautical products and services.

The San Diego Sunroad Boat Show runs from Thursday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 26th. For tickets and complete information visit their website at www.bigbayboatshow.com.

  • Go on board and see a wide variety of new & pre-cruised Sailboats and Motor Yachts at the In-Water Display
  • Dozens of Marine Vendors with the Latest Nautical Products & Services

  • Delicious Food and Drink onsite and next door at Island Prime, Costa Terra and

    Special Boating Instruction and Seminars

Boat Show Hours:
Thursday  Jan. 23rd   12:00pm - –6:00pm
Friday      Jan. 24th    12:00pm - –6:00pm
Saturday  Jan. 25th    10:00am –- 6:00pm
Sunday    Jan. 26th    10:00am –- 6:00pm

Adults - $15
Children 12 & under, free.
Active Military, EMTs, Police and Fire personnel are free on Thursday, January 23rd and Friday, January 24th with ID.

Still Looking for that Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Boater?
It's hard to know what to buy for a boater so BlueSkyNews scoured the internet for a few out-of-the-box ideas for you - like the iBobber for your favorite fisherman and more

iBobber is an ultra-light portable fish finder that can be cast long distances. Whether in fresh water or the ocean, cast out to map the water bed down to 135ft, mark fish, and save GPS locations and you'll catch more and larger fish every time. Use iBobber's fishfinder feature to locate fish and warn you when schools of fish gather under docks and piers. If you would like notification when they're biting, use the fish alarm to wake you up to reel them in!

Rite in the Rain Notebook:
Getting your log book soaked is not a good thing. All the data of your coords, weather-conditions, gas-usage at sea, ruined. The Rite in the Rain Notebook is made up of 50 water-proof pages. Ideal for rough conditions like rain, mud, and grease. Watch it all bead off the paper.

Anchor Turner:

A must have for all boat owners! The anchor turner helps your anchor twist around so it parks correctly into the bow roller every time. No more turning by hand! Constructed of solid 316L stainless steel and combined with an exclusive swivel connector, the Anchor Turner Kit is invaluable for any boater who has had to struggle with retrieving a stubborn anchor by hand.

The Leatherman Tool Bracelet:
It may not be a fashion statement, but it might just save your bacon in a pinch. The Leatherman tool bracelet is a whole "toolbox on your wrist" that includes the following:

Pozi-Driv #2, Safety Cutter
11mm Box Wrench
30 Torx Dive, Pozi-Driv #1
7mm Box Wrench
Safety Cutter
Bottle Opener
Oxygen Tank Wrench
Carbide Glass Breaker
1/4" Screwdriver, 5/16" Screwdriver,
1/8" Screwdriver, 8mm Box Wrench
10mm Box Wrench, 3/8" Box Wrench

Funny Ha-Ha Boat Names
When it comes to naming boats there's no shortage of clever and (groan) corny contenders. Here are some we found that we'll "float" your way.

Sand Witch"


"She Got the Boat"

How about these names....

What's up, dock?
Dock and Roll
Fish and Chicks
Knot too shabby
Knot for sail
My Legasea
Twist of bait
Knot for sail

Yachta Yachta Yachta
Knot on my watch
Knotty or nice
Pier pressure
Your jokes are keeling me
Kiss my mast
Weapon of mast destruction
Feeling nauti?

Sea Story 3 - Anchoring at the Soggy Dollar
- By Kells Christian

Our last family charter was a Helia 44 Quatuor catamaran in the British Virgin Islands. It was a bare boat charter with my wife, one child and another couple with two children. All the children were adults but only my wife and I were experienced boaters.

I was a licensed master (captain) when I met my wife, Hunter, and she has always filled the traditional role of support. She has taken sailing courses and has become much more skilled but boating is an occasional hobby for her and her stated favorite part is waking up to coffee aboard. She leaves (delegates) the planning to me.

The week long BVI charter began with a different harbor every night, including two spots near Peter Island (Willy T's), Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Cane Garden Bay. With two nights left, Hunter made her will known and we decided to stay put for the last two nights on Jost Van Dyke. While the distances sailed were short, we were moving, and either picking up moorings or anchoring every afternoon. She wanted less activity, less stress and more relaxation.

We sailed past Foxy's restaurant and a harbor with mooring balls and negotiated a narrow, poorly marked passage through a reef and into a small anchorage near the Soggy Dollar Bar. There were a dozen boats in the small anchorage and it took several attempts to set the anchor, but it stuck and captain and mate joined the crew in enjoying the local culture, including the Painkiller (rum cocktail).

The next morning the "sea story" began. Almost all the other boats had left the anchorage, only a few remained. I was swimming around with a mask and noticed the tip of our anchor barely under the edge of a rock, had we anchored here or dragged and luckily snagged? Late in the afternoon I decided to set the anchor more firmly. By this time in the trip the crew knew their anchoring duties and we tried a couple times the normal way, the anchor did not set.

The anchoring challenge included a very short space between the beach, some of which had rocks and the reef. I decided to attempt an advanced anchoring technique and asked Hunter to physically set the anchor while I backed down the boat. "You want me to do what?" she questioned but, ever the trooper, she got in, grabbed the anchor and repeatedly attempted to make it penetrate the hard packed bottom while I operated the boat in short, quick bursts or reverse. She began to tire and soon I was trying to stick the anchor through the concrete f%$#$ing bottom.

I failed. I failed again and again and she was not comfortable accelerating in reverse right up to the edge of the reef. Our daughter was positioned on the stern, watching the reef and reporting our position. After numerous, futile attempts, the boat was relatively close to a large rock on the shore and my wife yelled "We're going to go aground!"

In my calmest most reaffirming voice I said, "No we're not honey, I will come drive." As I approached the stern I encouraged my daughter to tell her mom not to back up and chop up her dad, I was a bit dramatic.

I took the helm again and continued the attempts to set the anchor. The sun was setting and the now mutinous crew was discussing the stress free mooring ball options. The moorings were a half hour away and were likely full by now, so the weary, tired and water logged captain tried again, this time with very specific knowledge of the bottom. Finally, we felt the vessel jar to a stop in reverse and knew the anchor had set. "Painkiller please."

Kells Christian has been an accredited Marine Surveyor since 1990. His expertise extends to both recreational and commercial vessels. You can
e-mail your marine surveyor questions to kells@themarinesurveyors.com or Click Here to visit his web site.

Christian Marine Surveyors

Sea Story 1 - CUBAR - San Diego Yacht Club's Power Boat Rally
- By Captain H. G. "Rags" Laragione
They're over for this year, but there are two great cruiser's rallys in November that go from San Diego to Baja Mexico - The Baja Ha-Ha, sponsored by Latitude 38; and CUBAR, sponsored by the San Diego Yacht Club.

The Baja Ha-Ha rally is for sail boaters and CUBAR is for power boaters.

I was a CUBAR guest crew member this year on Lahaina Sailor, the lead boat, and I highly recommend this kind of adventure for any cruiser or sailor who wants to learn about serious winter cruising in the safety of numbers and a well organized itinerary.

Roughly a thousand mile journey, the 2019 CUBAR escorted 24 enthusiastic boaters from San Diego to La Paz with stops along the way in Ensenada, Turtle Bay, Santa Maria, Magdalena Bay then around the tip of Baja to San Jose del Cabo up the entrance to Sea of Cortez to Muertos, Ending at La Paz.

You could feel the excitement as we all got underway at 11:00 at night. All tested with our required common text and radio communications and GPS Garmin In-Reach system so we (and also those back at home if they also had the system) could see where everybody was at any time.

The display on each boat also allowed us to see other navigational information about our group including the boat names, course and speed, and the CPA (Closest point of approach - it's always nice not to run into each other!).

I cannot tell a lie, but for myself and many others, the fishing was definitely a highlight of the trip. As we headed southward the catch became more amazing - tuna, dorado, bluefin, wahoo - you name it - everybody had a seafood feast more than once.

How to check in with the Mexican authorities; where to get fuel; having a doctor and mechanic along for comfort; where to stay on shore; etc. - these were just a few other benefits of the trip.

And oh! - did I mention the parties and excursions and scuba diving and camaraderie? My compliments to the CUBAR organizing committee. Here's a link to see a short video of me swimming with the whale sharks at La Paz.

Well done! They're already talking about the next CUBAR in 2021, so if you're interested in knowing more, check it out!

Captain Laragione is the previous owner of The Maritime Institute which offered USCG approved courses for mariners.

He is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"
Sea Story 2 - You Gotta' Know When to Go and When to Stow
- By Commodore Vincent Pica

For many years I was a navigator/tactician in a sailboat racing crew out of Pt. Washington here on Long Island and out of Newport, RI.

One Thursday night in June 1983, the captain of our crew and the boat's owner (Martin Boorstein, S/V Isis) called me to say that a boat was racing down to Bermuda and was in need of a helmsman and a navigator. "They get underway on Saturday. Wanna go? I know the skipper?"

In one New York second, I said, "Yeessssssss!!!!!" This column is about that decision.

Safety at Sea Starts at the Dock: Before I go on with the story, I should point out that back then whenever we ever left the dock running a maritime observation mission for the US Coast Guard, we always ran through an extensive 60-line-item check-list –which includes in its extensiveness a weather report and the state of the medical kit.

But when I showed up at the dock that fateful Saturday in June 1983, I remember looking at the hull and thinking to myself, "how 'beamy!', I hope we don't run into any foul weather or we'll be pushed around like a sausage on a plate!"

Everyone else was so busy getting ready and so excited about the passage that I didn't notice that we didn't run through the check list that was SOP on any other boat that I ever was on. The next thing I know, I'm below at the nav-station, laying in a course.

Within 2 days, we had sailed into Hurricane Alberta, about 300nm east of Cape Hatteras, VA. After a rogue wave hit us going back through the storm and sent me sailing like a catapult ball (nearly opening up the side of my head), we realized that the medical kit was woefully deficient. So, a little duct tape and a lot of scotch (most of it into the cut), I was back at the nav station in about 4 hours (after recuperating.)

Knowing that the US Navy puts to sea in a hurricane, I tried raising them on our VHF radio (yes, no single-side band radio either which, when you are 600 miles out, is the only thing that can reach anywhere in the world), I was lucky enough to raise them.

"We need some advice." - "Where are you out of?" - "New York." - "Come about and let the storm blow you home. That's where it's going. You boys don't sound like you're ready for another 300nm to Bermuda."

So, I yelled to my skipper and now the helmsman, "ready about, helmsman. We're going home."

The moral of the story? We should never have left the dock.

Commodore Pica is District Directorate Chief; Strategy & Innovation; First Coast Guard District, Southern Region USCGAux. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain.

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