Sea Scout are earning quite the reputation

August 19, 2002


When you read about local sailing champions, what comes to most

people's minds is which yacht club the sailors hail from. Now you

will have to include the Sea Scouts, who earned a reputation as

national champions. Members of Newport Sea Base's Sea Scout Ship 711

have just earned two national sailing championships at Chicago's

Columbia Yacht Club from Aug. 4 to 9.


An unselfish volunteer adult leader, Mike Steward, who himself has

taken very little credit for his Sea Scout Ship 711 accomplishments,

has for years taught numerous boys seamanship, self respect and the

Sea Scout's duty to our country. I know he must be on cloud nine as

two of his Sea Scout sailors, Tom Hartmann and Trevor Gurley, have

won both the 2002 William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup and the

Boat/U.S. Sea Scout Cup while competing on Lake Michigan.

Both scouts earned the national championship titles competing with

Sea Scouts from across the U.S. and three other nations. An

interesting note is that this is the first Boat U.S. competition

sailed since the beginning of World War II, to help commemorate the

90th anniversary of the Sea Scouts. Newport's ship 711 took first and Dana Point's ship 939 sailors Nathan Prather and Brandon Ferrigno

took third place. It's exciting news, so keep an eye on the scouts,

both boy and girls, as they become known as competitors in sailing


As I write this column, I am watching the Pacific sea conditions

for a yacht delivery by Mitch Keeler, who is a San Diego captain who

I work very closely in this business. Keeler is leaving the dock

today to bring a McKinna down from Sausalito to Newport Harbor. At

the same time, I am planning a delivery of a Navigator that I will

skipper from Newport to Alameda next month.

Mother Nature has a sense of humor. The buoys are reporting that

the swells at Point Conception are 3.6 feet at 13 seconds with steady

atmospheric pressure. This is the perfect -- and almost unheard of --

conditions that skippers pray for going uphill to round the point,

however, this is a downhill delivery with seas on the quarter. I know

that when I leave the dock to head up north that Point Conception

will be as nasty as usual, making my crewmember and I question why we

are punishing ourselves again. At least the yacht I will take up

north has stabilizers to take out some of the roll but that

sacrifices at least a knot of speed.

Tip of the week is to check your boat's anodes and inspect your

boat's metal parts for signs of electrolysis. Do you know where and

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