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    Honored to be an invitee to the maiden launching of mini-MAGIC, on Monday I drove 3 hours south from CBC to Los Osos to find Craig and Vicky had their act together and had neatly loaded 6' MAGIC, keel, rig and sails, launching cart, sounding pole, waders, and mini-bottles of rum for the christening into the mini-van for an early, high tide, start Tues.

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    Tuesday dawned with perfect weather, clear with a light easterly, night drainage, offshore breeze, 2-5 knots. MAGIC was easily rigged in the parking lot at the kayak ramp at Morro Bay State Park. Masts were stepped, rigging turnbuckles snugged, keel attached, radio control adjustments checked, hatches snugged, and questions asked and answered to early riser passerbys.

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    At high tide, 8:30 a.m. Vicky did the honors of naming MAGIC and blessing her voyages with a dollop of rum. Craig in his waders wheeled MAGIC down the cinderblock ramp and into Morro Bay. We all held our breaths. With the necessary 28" of depth, Craig gently pushed MAGIC stern first off the cart and into her element...and she floated happily, exactly on her lines!

    I was already afloat in my kayak, nearby, acting as tug if necessary. MAGIC's sails filled in the gentle breeze and off she went with Craig at the controls. Cheers erupted from the small crowd. Soon MAGIC began to feel the 5-6 knots of breeze in the marina entrance channel, and off she schooned with Vicky in her yellow kayak/canoe WOODSTOCK and myself in PADDLIN' MADELINE in chase. With MAGIC's sails trimmed on a beam reach she left a clean wake and was making an honest 2.5 knots. Over the course of the next 45 minutes Craig put MAGIC through her paces, tacking, gybing, beating, reaching, and running. My only job as tug came when MAGIC noticeably slowed when heeled over. At first we thought maybe she was aground on the nearby mudflats. But no, plenty of water measured with the sounding pole, it was just a collection of eel grass on her keel, something easily removed by coming alongside, rolling up my sleeve, and reaching underwater a half dozen times.

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    Too soon, the land breeze went light, and the sea breeze was yet a half hour from building as the tide began to fall, revealing Morro Bay's ubiquitous mud flats. I kayaked out to visit an osprey on an abandoned ketch while MAGIC was hauled, unrigged, and taken home for slight adjustments to the steering and sheeting. It was so much fun that we turned to an hour later the next morning, Wednesday, and found a little more breeze that sent MAGIC off at 2.5-3 knots, happy as you please.

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    Good job, Magicians! If you want to see a fun, short tour of the 40 foot schooner MAGIC, which Craig designed and was their home for many years and 25,000 miles of voyaging, you should visit this wonderful video taken by her current owners in Maine.
    https://www.offcenterharbor.com/vide...Z5aBmGd.Q44w9k
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    Absolutely wonderful!!

    Ants

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    Default Our thanks!

    Sleddog:

    Thanks so much for joining us as well as lending your expertise and delightful humor to these couple of days!. As all know, a boat is never finished and this certainly applies to MAGIC in this, her smaller form. The pending list of "improvements, additions and corrections" has benefited from the questions, suggestions and observations of all who were present. My work will pleasantly continue as a result.

    For those who might question how Sleddog can be a tug in a very short kayak, the attached image shows him mightily striving to bring MAGIC back after the wind died.
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    Sleddog’s writeup said 28 inches of depth. The above water is very traditional. I presume the mahogany keel in the photo requires the depth, and certainly appreciates the sea grass removal.

    That model takes more depth of water to launch than all my watercraft, except one.

    Fabulous!!

    Ants

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntsUiga View Post
    That model takes more depth of water to launch than all my watercraft, except one.
    Fabulous!! Ants
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    Bodfish, CA. 93205. Pomegranate capitol of the world. Photo of CBC, Bodfish Station, compliments of Fleet Captain at Large, Ants Uiga.

    And here's CBC's Port Captain, Howard Spruit, on "BLACKIE."

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    If interested in a position at CBC, aka Capitola Boat Club and Maritime Museum, give us your field of interest. Positions open at the top.
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    Capitola's cliffs are world famous for their ancient fossils: whales and dolphins, walrus, snails, shells and rocks that are 50% fossil bits. So much so these fossil rocks and bones were used extensively to construct walls and paths throughout the Village.

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    The other day I had a call from a paleontologist friend and specialist in the history of our local cliffs. Would I assist in recovering a baleen whale jaw, 4.3 million years old, he'd discovered in recent rockfall, accessible only at minus low tide?

    There is no digging or collecting allowed from the cliffs. Not only to protect the cliffs, but as the cliffs are receding an average of a foot a year, the possibility of rockfall is a very real danger. However the beach is literally awash in fossil rocks and the whale jaw, if it could be recovered, would be going to the UC Berkeley Paleontology Museum to be cleaned, categorized and displayed.

    We set to work, and after about 30 minutes had freed the whale jaw, identified as the right, lower jaw, 4.3 million years old, from the Pliocene Epoch . The problem then was to carry or drag the 150 pound fossilized jawbone 200 yards down the beach to the truck.

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    Fortunately we had the right tools: an 8 foot iron bar, plenty of strong, yellow webbing, and several strong backs.

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    Visitors to CBC are always welcome, and if low tide I am happy to lead walks among the many fossils and imbedded whale bones along the beach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
    If interested in a position at CBC, aka Capitola Boat Club and Maritime Museum, give us your field of interest. Positions open at the top.
    Many years ago, working at a major corporation, it was suggested that my job title should have been, “Manager of Winds and Tides.” I’m good with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzler View Post
    Many years ago, working at a major corporation, it was suggested that my job title should have been, “Manager of Winds and Tides.” I’m good with that.
    Sled, made the comment below, about weirdos, and me having been DRAFTED to be CBC "port captain" I can attest to being in that category, and having a WIND manager is something I would have many words for, hoping to get a shift in my favor. And more often that not those words would be dark in color when the shifts went against my desires, so you are volunteering, come on in the waters might be COLD!

    "Hmmm. Chris Bertish recently left Half Moon Bay to be the first to wing foil to Hawaii. On Yellow Brick tracker, looks like Chris is headed for CBC instead. We'll feed him some Macapuno and get him underway. No weirdo too weird for the CBC docks."

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