Tall Ship Cannon Battles Scheduled in Bodega Bay

Both-boats-parallel-e1355691228803-281x300The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit Bodega Bay April 13-18, 2016 and offer walk-on tours, educational programs, and cannon battles from Spud Point Marina, 1818 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay. The ships are currently on a seven-month tour of California ports. Both ships are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels. Here’s their public schedule in Bodega Bay.

4/13: Arrive late afternoon / early evening
4/14-15: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation
4/16-17: 9 a.m. to noon, Battle Sail, $39-$75
4/16-17: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation
4/18: Ships closed to the public

Three-hour Battle Sails are recreations of a typical 18th-century naval skirmish between two tall ships. The vessels fire a real cannon with real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests are encouraged to verbally taunt their adversaries and assist with ship operations, such as raising a sail. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. Purchase tickets online or by calling 800-200-5239.

A 15 percent discount is available for online purchases of four or more Battle Sail tickets. The discount is applied instantly at the time of purchase. The discount is not available for telephone orders or walk-up purchases at the ships. A telephone order fee may apply.

Commercial Crab Fishing Boat Overloading


Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous industries in the world. According to U. S. Bureau of Labor statistics, in 2014, commercial fishing was the second most dangerous occupation in the country with over 80 fatalities per 100,000 workers.* Crab fishing is without-a-doubt the most dangerous sub-category of the commercial fishing industry, and the 2016 California Dungeness crab season could be one of the most dangerous yet. Every year, crab fishermen all along the West Coast are seriously injured or worse, die trying to bring these delicious creatures affectionately known as “Dungies” to our dinner table. The good news is that injuries and deaths are largely avoidable if fishermen fully understand the dangers of overloading their vessels with traps and catch.
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Nearly every commercial crab fishing accident involves an overloading or vessel stability causal factor. It usually goes something like this: The boat leaves the harbor with too many crab traps on deck so that the sheer weight of the traps causes the boat to ride dangerously low in the water. This leads to vessel instability, meaning that it is very susceptible to flooding and tipping over or capsizing. The problem is exacerbated when the boat is in rough seas and/or strong winds. When the crew is on the fishing grounds and putting traps in the water, or when they are being retrieved, the vessel leans to the point of no return and flips over. The fishermen are thrown into the frigid water with little or no warning. Some of them immediately slip beneath the surface as they succumb to a physiological response known as Cold Water Shock Syndrome. Others struggle to stay afloat as they fight against the effects of hypothermia. No one had time to put on a lifejacket or an immersion suit and no one could get to the radio to call for help. They can only hope that another boat is nearby and saw what happened or that their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) will automatically alert the Coast Guard that they are in distress.

This “hypothetical” scenario plays out a few times each year along the West Coast. It actually occurred last February about six miles off the coast of San Francisco, except that the crew was able to radio for help just prior to going into the water, and no one was injured or died.
The crew was exceptionally lucky that they survived to fish another day.

The 2016 California Dungeness crab fishing season could potentially be more dangerous than previous seasons due to a couple of unique factors. The first factor is that the season has been delayed due to high levels of domoic acid found within the crabs. Once fisheries management authorities determine that the crab are safe to catch, crab fishermen will be anxious to get out there, “soak some traps”, and make some money. These fishermen will be trying to put as many traps in the water as they can as quickly as possible. That means they will be stacking as many traps on the boat as possible, per trip, which creates unstable vessels.

The second factor is the a-typical weather and sea conditions brought about by El Nino. The off- shore sea conditions have been unusually rough this winter and may remain that way throughout the crab season. There are a lot of fishermen that have not fished in conditions this rough before and may, through lack of experience, choose to go out in conditions that exceed their or their boat’s capabilities. This combination of a “sense of urgency”, a desire to maximize efficiency by carrying a maximum load of traps, and potential rough sea conditions, are the perfect ingredients for a loss of stability-type accident.

If you are a commercial crab fisherman, please take the time to thoroughly understand your vessel’s stability limitations, and to not exceed those limits. It’s important to remember that losing your boat and crew is not worth a few extra crab pots. If you are unsure about the ins-and-outs of vessel stability, contact your local Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner for help – it’s a free service! Our Examiners have a lot of experience and have outstanding, free educational materials that might just save your life and the life of your crew.

Article by Lieutenant Commander Jon Lane, U. S. Coast Guard
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*U. S. Bureau of Labor 2014 Census of Occupational Injuries: http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/cfoi_rates_2014hb.pdf. The national occupational fatality rate is 3.3 deaths per 100,000 workers; logging is the most dangerous occupation with 110 deaths per 100,000 workers.
About the Author: Lieutenant Commander Jon Lane is the Chief of the Marine Casualty Investigations Division at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. He was a helicopter rescue swimmer for 15 years and rescued numerous commercial fishermen before becoming an investigator. Since then he has investigated commercial fishing vessel accidents in Alaska, Washington, and Northern California for the last 10 years.

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival – April 9 & 10 2016

Welcome to the home of the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. Since 1973, this event has celebrated our local fisherman and it’s when salmon season is kicked off with a blessing of the fleet. The Festival is packed with events for people of all ages: craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment and more.

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/43rd-annual-bodega-bay-fishermans-festival-saturday-and-sunday-april-9-10-2016-tickets-21226570243

The Fisherman’s Festival is an all-volunteer event and proceeds from the Festival benefit Bodega Bay Area community services.

Fish jumping through peace symbol

Julianne Sooley www.julieswatercolors.com


Saturday April 9 & 
Sunday, April 10
10 am – 5 pm

Westside Park, Bodega Bay

Admission $12
2-day pass $20
Seniors $10 • Kids under 12 are free

LIVE MUSIC • ENTERTAINMENT
WINE TASTING • BEER BOOTH
LOCAL CUISINE FOOD BOOTHS
ART SHOW • CRAFTS FAIR
EXHIBITS • RAFFLE PRIZES
CHILDREN’S EVENTS

~ Well-behaved and Leashed Pets Welcome
~ Free Parking  ~ Handicap Accessible

Visit the Information Booth for details & updates

ONGOING ACTIVITIES, DEMONSTRATIONS, ETC.

Kid Zone • Touch Tank Tide Pool • Informational Nonprofit Booths
CHP and Sonoma County Sheriff helicopter landings • US Coast Guard rescue demos in the harbor

Westside Park is operated by Sonoma County Regional Parks. Sonoma County Board of Supervisors grant sponsor.
The Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival is a 501 (c) (3) California nonprofit charitable organization.
All proceeds from the Festival benefit Bodega Bay Area community services.

Hitchcock Film Fest – March 12th

FilFestJoin us on Saturday, March 12th in Bodega Bay, original filming location for The Birds!

Two movies will be shown:  The Birds & North by Northwest.  Two of Hitchcock’s best movies.  Fun begins at 3:30 pm for an introduction by Dan Sneed, Hitchcock Expert Enthusiast, then watch The Birds.  At 7:00, North by Northwest.

Spend the day enjoying our beautiful Bodega Bay, then sit back, relax and enjoy some classics!

Award Winning Spud Point Clam Chowder will be available purchase along with Candy, Popcorn, Wine & Beer!

Get your picture taken with Alfred! Dress up as Tippie or Alfred too!

TICKETS: http://bodegabay.brownpapertickets.com/

POLENTA AND BEEF STEW DINNER SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27TH 2016


POLENTA AND BEEF STEW DINNER
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27TH 2016
MCCAUGHEY HALL DOWNTOWN BODEGA 17184 BODEGA HWY
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TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR. ADULTS $15 CHILDS $8
CREAMY POLENTA TOPPED WITH BEEF STEW AND SPRINGHILL CHEESE SERVED WITH SALAD AND A ROLL. DESERTS, BEER, WINE, WATER AND SODA FOR SALE.
BVFD CLOTHING ALSO BEING SOLD. AND 50/50 RAFFLE
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE.
WWW.BODEGAFIRE.ORG

13th Annual Chowder Day Results

BodegaBayHomePage2-7-161 – Spud Point Crab Company
2 – Fishetarian
3 – Blue Water Bistr

Struggling Bodega Bay Crab Fishermen Get Boost From Community With Grocery Gift Cards

empty_potsCommunity members in Bodega banded together to help provide struggling crab fishermen with necessities as thousands of crab traps sit idle after the department of public health banned fishing for the popular crustaceans.

“It’s just devastating right now, very devastating. It’s a great gesture,” Bodega Fisherman Tony Anello said.

People in the community were worried about their fishermen, so some residents pooled their money to buy 100 Safeway gift cards for those needing food.  The cards were worth $100 each.

The complete story can be found HERE.

Cleaning up the Bodega Bay coast

cleanbeachesInteresting article in the Press Democrat about Keary and Sally Sorenson and their efforts to clean Sonoma Coast beaches.

“There are pristine beaches in Santa Cruz and Southern California” Keary explained, but “the beaches around here are deposition beaches.”

Coastal deposition occurs in areas where the sea drops or deposits material. This can include sand, sediment and debris.

These beaches are the area between the lowest tide level and the point reached by the storm waves in the highest tides. Every beach is different, but they are usually made up of material deposited on a wave-cut platform. Keary explained these south-facing beaches are littered with garbage and for years, government agencies believed the main source of this trash was ships.”

“Keary and Sally did some research, and they now believe that 85 percent of the beach trash is from storm drains.

Sally and Keary took the trash they collected home with them and began cataloging and classifying the plastic by colors and by shapes.”

The complete story story in The Press Democrat can be found HERE.

Jenner a perfect spot to spy bald eagles

BaldEagleA pair of bald eagles whose hunting expeditions at the mouth of the Russian River have entertained tourists and local visitors over the past several years have turned the coastal hamlet of Jenner into a popular stopping point for bird-lovers, as if the scenery and seals weren’t enough of a draw.

The raptors’ admirers include a devoted group that has monitored them for the past few years and has documented their activities photographically. The birds even have their own Facebook page with a growing base of fans, many of them stunned to learn of such an accessible way to witness a species once threatened with extinction.

There’s nothing quite like seeing these majestic creatures as they soar over the river estuary in search of prey or dive suddenly toward the water, flying out again with breakfast or dinner in tow.

The complete story in the Press Democrat can be found HERE.

13th Annual Chowder Day Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chowder

Tickets are $10 and go on sale at 10AM on the day of the event and ticket sales end at 3:00PM.  Buy one $10 ticket and sample chowder from all the competitors.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and chowder will be served until 3:00PM or until all the chowder is sold.

The ticket price of $10 includes one 2 ounce taste from each competitor.

Photo by mswine

 

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