|Coral Cay one of Huntington Harbors many treasurers.|
Friday, March 29, 2019
March 28, 2019, Huntington Beach Civic Center at 5:00 PM room B7 in a dark dungeons cave below city hall the city of Huntington Beach gave birth to the long-awaited Harbor Commission for Huntington Harbor.
City council members Erik Peterson and Lyn Semeta were present for greetings, introductions and a quick review of the recently added Municipal Code 2.65. IE: Duties and Responsibilities
Municipal Code 2.65. The Harbor Commission shall act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to the Huntington Beach Harbor, its beaches, facilities, and parks. The primary role of the Harbor Commission is to advise City Council concerning Waterway Safety, General Infrastructure (e.g. seawalls, pier headlines, bulkheads, etc.), Water Quality and Municipal Code Amendments. The Harbor Commission shall cooperate with other governmental agencies and civic groups in the advancement of the Huntington Harbor and recreational planning under the direction of the City Council. Harbor Commissioners may study, report and interpret the needs of the public to the City Council and may assist in securing financial support from the community for the Huntington Harbor, its beaches, parks and recreational needs. The Harbor Commission may review the annual budget as presented to the City Council and advise them on the current operational needs and long-range plans for capital improvement. In addition, the Harbor Commission shall advise the City Council on any other matters concerning the Huntington Harbor when so requested by the Council. The Harbor Commission may hold hearings on any matter concerning the commercial and recreational development of the Huntington Harbor; advise the City Council on proposed Huntington Harbor related improvements; make recommendations to City Council for adoption of regulations and programs necessary for the ongoing implementation of the goals, objectives, and policies of the Huntington Harbor; advise the City Council on implementation of dredging priorities; advise to City Council in all matters pertaining to the use, control, operation, promotion, and regulation of vessels and watercraft within the Huntington Harbor; finally, make recommendations to City Council concerning the acquisition, disposition, or repair of equipment, facilities, materials, and supplies relating the Huntington Harbor.
Your Harbor Commissioners are Interim Chairman Bill Larkin and Vice Chair Michael VanVoorhis who was elected as the commission’s first action item by the commission of Alfred Balitzer, Craig Schauppner, John Achs, Kimberley Milligan and Renee Hunter. The chairs are interim at this time to get into the city cycle of changing chairs for the different city commissions. City staff consisted of Community Services manager Chris Slama and Administrative Assistant Carrie Gonzales. In my opinion, the City Council and Staff selected the commission by life achievements all doing very well in the business world and living on the harbor’s waterfront. To me, it is the best place to start while the commissioners legacy will be earned by the tasks completed during their tenure.
My analogy of the first Huntington Beaches Harbor Commission meeting was like watching a basket full of one-month old puppies energetically jumping around and getting a feel for their new surroundings. The hard work of potty training and patience will be rubbed into their faces until they have earned the trust of today’s city council members or get elected onto the council themselves.
Two observations from the meeting chaff me the wrong way: One is that the meetings start at 5:00 PM in a small little dungeness room, which is very convenient for staff because their day ends at 5:00 and there is no lag time between the end of the day and the start of the meeting. My other objection is that the public is left feeling very out of place in this format of only being able to speak at the start of the meeting on only topics that are not on the agenda during Public Comment. To obtain better public interaction consideration should be given to changing the starting time to 6:30 PM and allowing public comment at the start of the meeting and at the end of every agenda topic before voting or receiving and filing an item. My ears did perk up when I heard, I think it was Kim Milligan, request an item be placed on further agendas which were adding lights to the channel markers around the harbor. Now that’s an indication of an active harbor user making strong observations which is very encouraging.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Monday, March 04, 2019
|2019 Harbor 20 Class Championships Gold Fleet Start Photo Courtesy of Don Logan|
By: Len Bose
Newport Beach CA 03/01/2019 to 03/03/2019 Harbor 20 Class Championships. The weather forecast painted a picture of calm before and after the arrival of a weather train named Atmospheric River ( aka Pineapple Express) due in early Saturday morning.
Thirty-four competitors entered the regatta yet thirty decided to confront the forecasted weather conditions and showed up on the starting line for Fridays qualification day. The first day of the Class Championships the participants were seated and split into four divisions then sailed in six races to determine who would sail in Gold and Silver Fleets. The brightness and warmth of sun kept the participant's foul weather jackets below deck and sunglasses on throughout the day. The wind stayed consistently out of the west at about 7-9 knots with a good ebb tide flowing most of the day. The seated favorites all won their divisions Team Menninger, Team Wiese, Team Bissell, and Team Buckingham. Please note that the top three teams where all couples which is something that the Harbor 20 fleet encourages and promotes. A number of teams took a quantum leap forward by sailing better than normal. I would think that everyone would agree that Team Bose sailing “Only Child”, Father-son team Cole & Karl Pomeroy aboard “A Salt & Battery”, McDonald seated in “ 12” and Scruggs sailing “Summer Wind” were all sailing consistently better than our norm.
The race course was managed expectedly well with emphasis given to sail 20+ minute races with no blending of the divisions on the course. This added to more lag time between races yet I found it much more pleasurable on the course with the chances of fewer entanglements with other competitors. Confrontations between competitors where solved by getting clear of all other boats and completing one full 360 circle, which is one tack and one gybe. Unfortunately there is always that one competitor that wants that pickle dish more than sailing to the Corinthian spirit and yet “What are you going to do?” The fleet as a whole has made leaps and bounds to understanding the rules better and clearing any infractions. Which has lead to a much more enjoyable experience in one-design short course sailing.
As expected the Pineapple Express showed up on time and delivered, as expected, a constant downpour and wind gusts touching 25 knots. Add in the ebbing tide and the location of the starting line, next to Harbor Island, lead to all of us getting bounced around quite a bit. Like I wrote above the class takes pride in the number of couples that sail together. Yet as I looked over the race course I thought do I really need to put my wife in such uncomfortable circumstances with such extreme conditions? By the end of race one three teams had enough and called it a day, many more teams questioned why should we do this to ourselves with many other teams rotating out crew members to meet the conditions before the day even started. I questioned was this good for the class? Team Bose did come very close to throwing in the towel on Saturday before leaving the dock. I kept thinking, I had achieved my first goal of qualifying for A fleet, do we really need to punish our selves in these conditions? We pushed on and at the end of the day we both were glad we did. In hindsight, I am glad we sailed, yet the class should note that these boats and competitors were at their limits.
That night, at the Dinner Party, the quotes kept pouring in, no pun. “ I have not sailed in the rain since the ’90s and now I remember why.” “ Oh, my skipper owes me, owes me big.”, “ We don’t get to sail in these conditions very often, I’m glad we did.” The unique part of the event was the participants from Annapolis, Santa Barbara, and South Carolina attending. Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs new clubhouse is absolutely perfect with a blend of tradition and modernization. Good times as always, with my friends and I capped off the evening by stepping outside and ordering our Ubers at the same time and having a $ 20 bet on which driver would arrive first.
|From Annapolis Margaret Podlich (Left) & Madeleine Carty|
Sunday the clouds lifted and we had a southwesterly breeze of 8-11 knots, I don’t recall taking my jacket off and on so many times during the day. In Silver fleet Jay Swigart sailing “Holy Sheet” held on to his lead from Saturday with Brad Dwan aboard “Joint Venture” placing 3rd and Kathryn Reed sailing “Wood in it be Nice” finishing in 2nd place. In A fleet to no one's surprise it came down to the last two races between Perry & Brain Bissel aboard “Bluebird” and Bill Menninger/Peter Stemler sailing “Dart”. Team Menninger placed their names on the trophy with everyone feeling the effects of sailing in a three-day regatta with as many as 16 races.
Don Logan goes the extra mile for the sport and the fleet by taking his time and money to produce the Ariel coverage of the Harbor 20 Class Championships. His final edited draft will be spectacular as always. I will have more photos posted soon.