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  1. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Written by Tank Sears.

    Sunday, July 17th 2011

    The first RDP Catalina trip is in full effect!

    Itinerary as follows:

    Sunday morning, those that are boating over shall meet at the Huntington Beach launch ramp at 10:00 am sharp. If anyone prefers to launch from Newport, Long Beach or elsewhere and wishes to join the group for the crossing, meet at the entrance of the Huntington Beach Harbor entrance, no later than 10:30 am. The group shall cross the open ocean and arrive at Avalon Harbor, Catalina. Arrival should be somewhere around 11:30 or so (depending on delays).

    Upon arrival, use your VHF radio to hale the harbor master on channel 12 or call via cell phone 310-510-0535. Mooring spots are issued first come, first serve. July is the busy season, however there should be ample room. If you are planning on spending the night, be sure to inform the Harbor
    Master once he arrives. If there is insufficient room inside Avalon Bay, you may be required to moor outside at Descanso Bay (just off of the famous Catalina Casino). Once issued a mooring can, and secured, telephone the water taxi at 310-510-0409.

    If there is absolutely no mooring around the Avalon area, we can moor at Two harbors and take the ferry from Two Harbors to Avalon (Catalina Ferries offers ferry rides from Avalon to Two Harbors and back. They charge $22 one way, $19.50 for seniors and $17 for kids. Call 310-305-7250.) I don?t foresee problems but as they say; Victory loves preparation!

    More info on mooring here: http://www.cityofavalon.com/filestorage/2542/2566/2572/Brochure_July_2008.pdf

    Once on island, our group will make their way to the infamous Descanso Beach Club. Just past the Casino, it's a small beach area with swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Lounging is also a favorite "activity." With a drink menu posted on a palm tree, a waitress will gladly bring you your
    favorite cocktail which may include the famous ?buffalo milks? or the "Descanso Destroyer" (heavy on the rum, especially the 151 floater, $7) out to a spot on the beach, the place is straight out of a Caribbean outpost. There are bands most Sundays which attracts big crowds. It?s an easy enough walk, but there?s also taxi carts that will assist you over.

    After enjoying the good company of like-minded individuals while sipping copious amounts of libations and snacking on tasty treats for a few hours, those of you that choose to return to the mainland must depart before the seas kick up and the sun sets low on the horizon. For those of
    us staying, say farewell to your fellow RDP?rs that couldn?t commit to the overnighter. Be sure to explain to them that they will for sure be missing one epic adventure! After saying our good-byes, those that are staying the night should make their way to their hotel of choice, to check in, freshen up and prepare for dinner.

    The group dinner will be held at Armstrong?s Seafood restaurant http://
    www.armstrongseafood.com/ at 6:30 pm

    After dinner, the RDP group can stumble over to the infamous Luau Larry's http:// www.luaularrys.com/ where the persistent punishment of our livers will continue!

    We shall enjoy each other?s company into the wee hours of the night and hopefully find our way back to our hotels in one piece.

    Monday morning, be sure to grab a quick bite to eat and saddle up. It is usually wise to head back to the mainland before noon to avoid the winds and swell that routinely kick up in the late afternoon.

    Hotel recommendations:

    http://www.catalinahotels.com/Catalina_Hotels/catalina_hotels.htm

    On-island transportation (if you want to rent a golf cart or bike)

    Cartopia Golf Cart Rental 310-510-2493Catalina Auto and Bike Rentals 310-510-0111Island
    Rentals 310-510-1456

    If you do not wish to boat over, you have two options?.

    Option 1) (which I happen to personally love) is the Island Express Helicopter service. Be advised,
    scheduling is specific so plan your day!
    http://www.islandexpress.com/

    Option 2) one of the various ferries across such as the Catalina Express
    http://www.catalinaexpress.com/ports.php

    Catalina Tours

    http://www.catalinatours.net/?
    event=calendar.selectDate&offerId=1704&fastFwd=1&submit=Add+to+cart

    Catalina Flyer

    http://www.catalinaflyer.info/

    Again, I would not recommend missing the beginning to what will surely be an annual event.

    Hope to see everyone there!
     
  2. Chestah Cheetah

    Chestah Cheetah Extra Medium

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    Coun't me out of that date. I wouldn't be able to come down there until after August. Bummer!
     
  3. Furniture 4 Me

    Furniture 4 Me Well-Known Member

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    Most likely i will have the 17 over there, but good god 10:30 depart time, ill be at least 3 beers deep and trolling for dinner each way.
    sounds like a good time.
     
  4. milkmoney

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    i think it would be easier to ride my sea-doo over then try to catch a ride..but then all my stuff will be soaked with salt water..:thumbsdown,so lets see i will fly from vegas over then catch the helicopter..:thumbsup
     
  5. Tank

    Tank Well-Known Member

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    It will certainly be a great time! Rumor has it there will be plenty of boats running across. Weather you plan on bringing a boat or just riding the farry or helicopter over, you should plan on making it. Put some names to faces and enjoy the environment - Sun soked beaches, water front bars, good food and good people!

    Just a reminder, the Catalina Ski Race is the day before so if you please, you can make a whole weekend out of it. Grab a hotel in Long Beach after the ski race and run over to Catalina Sunday. Good times.
     
  6. 2CHILL

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    Pics of people/boats attending?
     
  7. DaBank

    DaBank Well-Known Member

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    Who knows someone at Island Express Helicopter that might be able to get a RDP hook up on flights? Frank
     
  8. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    I haven't really taken names / boats yet, but these are who I'm pretty sure is going so far.

    Strut Marine - 47 Outerlimits
    38 Donzi
    36 Cigarette

    Schiada - 43 Schiada
    32 Schiada?

    OCMerrill - 39 Ocean Cat
    Insert your name here..

    I would expect this list to grow pretty quickly here pretty soon as a lot of people are already talking about it..

    RD
     
  9. sergeantmike

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    "Who knows someone at Island Express Helicopter that might be able to get a RDP hook up on flights? Frank"

    I got that... used to share ramp space with them. Turbine helicopters run at a flat rate, but if they are light on pax, might be able to talk John Moore in to an RDP rate.
     
  10. stephenkatsea

    stephenkatsea Well-Known Member

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    Rowing thru the moorings at Avalon in a Zodiac, with cocktail in hand, as the sun goes down, town chimes sounding, "swim step hopping" among the other moored yachts, is one of our most favorite experiences in this world. Big boats do best. Be Safe . . . It is an unforgetable experience. Enjoy !
     
  11. steamin rice

    steamin rice No Bad Days....

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    This should be a fun trip. I'm not bringing my boat for the ski race this year, otherwise I'd see if I could make this one. I know a lot of the race participants like to go to the island the day after the race, so it should be fun.

    Be sure to stop by the Marlin Club for drinks. Great place with cheap drinks a a good bartender if he's still there.
     
  12. ChiliPepperGarage

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    :drunk
     
  13. ChiliPepperGarage

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    Is there no Rum Run this year?
     
  14. scout57

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    River Rats to the Island.... i love it......
     
  15. Tank

    Tank Well-Known Member

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    Al, for you it's late since you rise at 6 am...For the rest of us, it's EARLY!!!;)
     
  16. OCMerrill

    OCMerrill All in...

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    I should be good to go on this but unless you guys dont go over at 30 mph (LOL) I will just labor behind.

    I am going to be out to watch the races on Saturday so I am not sure if I just go ahead or meet up with all you guys in Huntington Harbor.
     
  17. 2CHILL

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    Team Ragamuffin
    24 Pantera - Lil Muffin
    32 Skater - Ragamuffin
     
  18. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Pretty sure the Lavey Boys are coming out in the 39. Talked to Ray about it over the weekend, and he said they'd most likely be there. :)

    RD
     
  19. HavasuHank

    HavasuHank "B" team gardener

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    lets see ... catalina run ... the day before my birthday ... already have the weekend off from work ... a babysitter is available ...

    :hmm
     
  20. RaceTec

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    I probably wont have the Chris Craft (Junk!) running by then, so my old lady and I will probably fly or flyer it over and meet you guys at the Marlin bar!!! Good times last year for the race!!! :champagne::party2:
     
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    Lil Muffin will be pulling a skier in the race and Ragamuffin will be in the Rum Run...
     
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  22. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Are they going to have a rum run this year? I keep hearing varying stories..

    Not sure how that will affect us leaving the harbor to head to the island.

    RD
     
  23. KROOZIN

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    90% sure I'm in with HH and AZJD and Unleashed :drunk
    Probably be in the Midnight... :D
     

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    RiverDave In it to win it

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    I love the midnight express!! :D

    RD
     
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    I'm there for the weekend at LB for the ski races with WW. The Helo ride doesn't look bad but I doubt i'll go to Catalina.
     
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    thats what i want my boat to grow up to be.
     
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    AZJD Lynch's River Mob

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    I'M IN! I'm looking at her right now and she is saying..... "COME DRIVE ME THIS WEEKEND!" :D
     
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    the midnights for sale nice boat....
     
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    Count me and the wifey In....I'll bring my man thong for Kroozin!

    Deano
     
  30. ChiliPepperGarage

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    6? Shit dude, I'm in the office by 6, up at 4:30. :D

    I'm going to post this on the SCOPE site and see if anyone else wants to run.
     
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    AZJD Lynch's River Mob

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    Bring that mesh one from Cat Walk!!
     
  32. WET-N-WILD LIGHTNING

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  33. ChiliPepperGarage

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    Are we losing interest already?

    Any more takers on this?
     
  34. Tank

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    Come on Al, you know most around here has an attention span as long as their d!cks!!:eek::eek::D:D
     
  35. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Absolutely not losing interest. I just haven't been near a computer to sticky the thread, and with baby etc.. Haven't had a chance to get pics etc..

    RD
     
  36. ChiliPepperGarage

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    Okay, Dave. I guess we'll give you a pass!

    Just hope everyone is still up for the run.
     
  37. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Everyone is more then up for it.. :) My phone has been blowing up about it, but I've been crazy busy.. I'm back on it next week though!

    RD
     
  38. mjc

    mjc Nosy Neighbor

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    I started looking into hotels to stay at out there, anybody have any recommendation's? who's good?
     
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    Tank Well-Known Member

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    It the freakin catalina wine mixer! Of course Everyones pumped!!!:champagne::champagne:
     
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    If my wife and I go it looks like we will have the smallest boat, 23' open bow. I have never made the trip before and don't want to hold up the big boats. Should I just take the ferry or the heli over or will there be some slower going boats like mine?
     
  41. RiverDave

    RiverDave In it to win it

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    Kind of hard to say.. I know we will be on a big boat but o doubt we will be running that hard.. And f we see dolphins or whales we stop. Lol

    RD
     
  42. LaveyOne

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    I would suggest monitoring the offshore swell reports and then make a gametime decision. If you do decide to cross, try to buddy up with someone and keep an eye on each other.

    We had a 21' Lavey join us one year for our Fun Run... They did great!

    http://www.weather.gov/
     
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    I'll wait to see how it goes.

    The last time I put in the ocean HH and KROOZIN said I could follow them to LB. I knew HH had a big boat and didn't want to slow him down but he said they were taking a fishing boat so it would not be a problem. Well that fishing boat was a bit more than I expected. I instantly had boat envy when I saw KROOZINS fishing boat....a Midnight Express with three big ass outboards hanging off the back. NICE!
     
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    We used to run our 24' Baja over all the time from marina del Rey and long beach. Like laveyone said, Just check what the swells will be like for the day and you'll be fine. It always seems when you get a big group of boats going over they spread out... Some run fast, some run slow but 99% of the time people don't wait. But even if some don't wait, you'll be fine. Just get the heading for Avalon and keep her on course!:D;)
     
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    Tank Well-Known Member

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    Where do I buy my official shirt?

    1st Annual
    River Dave's Place
    Catalina Wine Mixer!!
     
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    Seems like a late start....

    Isn't the water typically better in the early AM?

    I seem to remember the swell getting pretty big eveytime I have headed back.
     
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    If the water's going to get ugly, it usually will be after noon. If it's calm at 8 it'll be calm at 11 9 times out of 10 but after noon, if the wind starts to whip, it gets bumpy. There's times when I"ve gone over in glass at 10 and couldn't come home at 2 because the 6' swell and wind chop. Bottom line, if you're going to "day trip", I would watch the weather report very close and if it hints of being rough, I'd take the catalina flyer, get a ride with someone or get the helicopter over. Otherwise, just spend the night.
     
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    What he said...
    The smallest I have taken over was a 21' Center console fisher type deal and that did ok but we got a little wet on the way back ;)
    My dad used to take his boats to Avalon all the time. He has more crossings in a 15' (I think it was a Glaspar??) than I do in all my boats put together. Hell the largest vessel he ever owned was a 17' Glaspar and that went over several times.
    NOTE: there was more than one occasion where a day trip turned into an overnighter when he decided it was too damn big to come home.
     

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