Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Notes From The Dog Pound

Bert Creighton
MMSD Volunteer Crew

On the Fore, On the Main, On The Mizzen...

Are your families, friends and co-workers asking you if you are excited about sailing HMS Surprise? AYE is my answer! It's great to see the support everyone has for our voyage north. I can't wait to meet the crews and LA FOS visitors at the end of this week. I am ready to take photographs of sails and sailors to share with everyone. There's been a lot of hours put into our trip preparation and we'll soon throw off our lines and head to sea.

I know some of us have been offshore before, and some have not. I put together a few thoughts to share with you to help make our sailing, meeting other crews and participation in LA's Festival of Sail a success.

LA Festival of Sail (FOS) Crew Reception
Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. August 15, 2008 
Attire - clean blue jeans and museum shirts/crew shirts

Master and Commander Movie
Saturday, August 16, 2008       
8:00 p.m. – “Master & Commander” Movie Showing
Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro
The Warner Grand Theatre is located at 478 West 6th Street in historic downtown San Pedro.  It is a short walk up 6th Street from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum area. Movie price is $5.
Additional movies are listed here: http://www.lafestivalofsail.info/Event%20Schedule

LAMI Website

LAMI FOS Website

What To Bring Aboard Surprise
Red flashlights, not white lights (I found one at REI for a reasonable price, bc)
Climbing harness, personal rig (spike, knife, multi-tool...)
Warm gear for the night transit, Dockside clothes (leave the tar behind)
Towel, soap, shampoo (Showers at LA will be about a ½ mile from the ship)
A few personal drinks (no alcohol), snacks
Camera (extra batteries, battery charger)
Cell phone (charger)
Hats, sun screen, sun glasses (cleaner for glasses or contacts)
Ginger gum or candy (good for a rolling sea. I found some at Trader Joe's, bc)
Pins or small items for other crews
Optional items - hardtack, salted cod

We're putting away our maintenance roles for a short time, and taking on the role of MMSD ambassadors. I'll see you all onboard,

“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea”
Isak Dinesen
pseudonym of Baroness Karen Blixen. Danish Writer (Out of Africa), 1885-1962