by Des Ryan
The unseen and often unacknowledged force operating behind almost every yacht that goes to sea is the Coast Guard. You may never see coast guard officers unless you have a problem, but at the back of your mind you know they're simply a radio call away.
California Yacht Club in action
So it's great to hear them being acknowledged, their heroic acts, money raising activities for volunteers, or, as the California Yacht Club has done, when they are invited to speak and talk about the services that keep us all as safe as possible.
So boaters who are anywhere in range of Marina del Rey in Los Angeles are invited to learn more about the federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of sailors on the water by attending California Yacht Club’s yachting luncheon, on Jan 27.
The presentation, 'U.S. Coast Guard — At the Ready for Our Safety and Protection,' will offer firsthand information from Lt. Charles Paris, commanding officer for the Coast Guard cutter Halibut. The vessel, based at Marina del Rey, will also be present during the luncheon.
Guests can enjoy a hot lunch while learning more about the Coast Guard from Lt. Paris. He will discuss events that have taken place during his time commanding the cutter Halibut and will offer advice to boaters on how to prevent accidents, both dockside and at sea.
Attendees will also learn more about the Coast Guard’s many duties, including oil and chemical spill response, search and rescue operations, homeland security functions and much more. After the presentation, all attendees are welcome to tour the cutter Halibut at the club’s guest dock.
This is a model for what yacht clubs around the world could do to acknowledge the role that coast guards play in our safety, and increase the knowledge of sailors about their activities.
If you ARE within range, the presentation will begin at noon Jan. 27 at California Yacht Club. To make reservations, call (310) 823-456
Letter from Reader:
Sender: Joanne Sandstrom
Message: In 1978, we were sailing up the Red Sea. There really wasn't any way to send mail home from Sudan or Yemen, and ham radio signals weren't cooperating, so my mother in Southern California hadn't heard from us in a while. Worried, she called the Long Beach Coast Guard office. Those on duty did tell her that they couldn't go look for us, but they assured her that 'no news is good news' and that they'd call her immediately if they heard anything from or about _Anduril._ She slept better thereafter.