January 13, 2004
John Balzar ("Grasping for Air," Jan. 6) expresses some wonderment at sailboat racing's appeal. As a teenager in the 1930s, racing Snowbirds and Flatties, I was attracted to H.A. Calahan's book "Learning to Race." For him, the appeal of racing is a striving for perfection, the search to duplicate the perfection experienced by each of us in that early flight of the stork, beneath those great wings. Nicely put. I have to take Balzar to task for using "knots per hour." "Knots," by itself, is nautical miles per hour.
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April 4, 1987
My wife and I found Redondo Beach crowded with young people on their spring break when we went for a walk along the shore on Sunday. As we walked we saw a sailboat get into trouble when the wind and surf drove it aground onto the sand offshore. Los Angeles County lifeguards immediately swam out and took two young girls (about 8 years old) off the boat and then tried to push the boat (about 35 feet long) and her skipper off the sandy bottom. At this point, about 25 young men and one young woman went out to assist.
August 3, 1987
A Coast Guard cutter rendezvoused Sunday with a sailboat found adrift eight days ago in the South Pacific and confirmed there is a body aboard that probably is that of Garden Grove attorney Manning Eldridge, skipper of the long-overdue boat. It probably will be Friday or later before positive identification is made, U. S. Coast Guard spokesman Scott A. Hartvigsen said in Honolulu. Eldridge, 41, had sailed in the yacht, Marara, from Tahiti on a voyage to Hawaii seven months ago.
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December 10, 1986 |
Two men, including one from Newport Beach, told Tuesday of surviving a series of six violent storms that battered their sailboat and left it drifting helplessly for almost a week before they were rescued. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Dan Waldschmidt said the two told the Coast Guard how the storms blew out the boat's sails and snapped its mainmast. Waldschmidt spoke after the battered sailboat was towed by a Coast Guard cutter to a Honolulu dock. Laurence F.
March 18, 1986 |
A woman who fell from her sailboat at night without a life preserver treaded water for 2 1/2 hours in choppy Atlantic Ocean waters before a cruise ship rescued her, her husband said Monday. Rachael Pope, her husband, Robert, their two children and three friends were on the Popes' 37-foot sailboat Saturday night when they encountered the 1,000-foot supertanker Chevron South America bearing down on them about 60 miles northeast of Miami, Pope said.
January 17, 1991
Is there a difference between a bowline and a bow line? Yes, one is a knot and the other is not. These are two of the nautical terms to be demonstrated in a 14-week course on sailing and seamanship. The class, which is geared toward recreational boating, is offered by Flotilla 15-2 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Wilson High School cafeteria, 10th and Ximeno streets. The class, starting Feb. 4, will meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
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August 24, 1993
The "other side of the coin" is my response to Ian Shoales' "Two Cents' Worth . . . " commentary (Aug. 15). As a Depression-era child, I came to respect the cent. I even collected them by date. Today a complete set of circulated Lincoln cents would cost about $500 in average used condition. A choice, uncirculated set would run in the tens of thousands. As far as a cent doing much in the grocery or restaurant, yes, it has little or no value. But to generations of kids who grew up checking each one for a "keeper," the cent (or "penny" as most people call it)
April 16, 1989 |
Helicopters from the carrier Theodore Roosevelt rescued 15 Britons from four yachts foundering in rough seas off Corsica. The U.S. 6th Fleet said the 35-foot Harlequin called for help before dawn Thursday when its captain fell and broke his leg as the sailboat struggled in 30-foot seas and 70-knot winds. Three other sailboats sent distress calls by sunrise. Capt. Dayton W. Ritt, the Roosevelt's commanding officer, said helicopters took off from the nuclear-powered carrier at first light.
February 12, 1987 |
It's a good thing Kay and Howard Kirkwood are still in love after 28 years of marriage. For the next several years they're going to be seeing a lot of each other. A whole lot. The Kirkwoods, along with their cat, Stacy, left Cabrillo Marina in San Pedro this week on a sailing cruise to Mexico, French Polynesia and parts unknown. "We hope we can leave this rat race forever," Kay Kirkwood said, adding that they don't consider it an unrealistic goal.