As North Eastern preps rang in Memorial Day with barbecues on the Vineyard, all of us SoCal dwellers hopped on our boats and jetted off to Catalina Island for the weekend. Many of the local yacht clubs have coves over at the island for their members to anchor/moor in. Balboa Yacht Club in particular hosts an “Opening Day” over Memorial Day Weekend each year, signifying the official opening of the cove for the season. While no wine mixers were attended, a fabulous time was enjoyed by all. My family was spread across 3 boats and had at our disposal 4 paddle boards, 3 coves, 2 jet skis, and endless sun. Saturday was spent hanging out between 2 coves (Moonstone and White’s); riding the jet skis, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, heading to shore to meet up with friends. Sunday we headed to Avalon, the town everyone knows Catalina for. We relaxed at the Tuna Club (the world’s oldest fishing club) for a while before hitting the bars and the Descanso Beach Club. We left Monday afternoon, making it home just in time for the BYC barbecue.
PS- Family friend Corinne, from Boardwalks and Boulevards, came with us. Check out her post about the trip here!
Having grown up on a harbor bordered by yacht clubs on every side, the rivalry between powerboats and sailboats has always been unavoidable. Most clubs even host annual “Power vs. Sail” tug-of-war tournaments on their Opening Days. On one hand, sailors consider themselves to be more “skilled” boaters; easily justifiable since sailing is more about the act of boating itself, with rigging and hoisting being the most important actions. Whereas, power boating is more focused on arriving at a destination.
Personally, after a few childhood years spent in summer sailing camp, I much prefer power boating. Coming from a family with a love for waterskiing and fishing, a sailboat seems to be an impractical choice. However, I could not have more respect for the sailing culture—knot tying, tacking upwind, making sure the boom doesn’t knock anyone out…
Whether it’s an FJ or a catch, a picnic boat or a sport fisher, everyone has their own preference. Which side do you identify with?