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Take the Compass Navigation Challenge!


Watch KC row on the compass heading from the Santa Cruz Harbor Mouth to the Mile Buoy. See if you can row on a compass heading with accuracy. Comment to let me know about your navigation experience.





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Watch out for Marine Debris – A TREE!


Beth and KC out rowing to the SC Mile Buoy come across a floating tree. Navigation hazards such as this tree are common in the area between the Santa Cruz Harbor and the Mile Buoy. Make sure you look over your shoulder every 20 strokes to avoid dangerous floating hazards.  Watch this Video to see the TREE.


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Santa Cruz Harbor Mouth Shoaled


Each year the Santa Cruz Harbor Mouth is shoaled by tons of sand. This creates very shallow conditions and can be hazardous to boaters, especially human-powered boaters.  Here is live video of the Harbor at the end of December, 2012.


Santa Cruz Harbor Mouth filled with sand and currents

This sign is posted at the Launch Ramp

Rowers must take care not to row through the harbor mouth when waves are breaking  – even if the waves do not seem large. The area inside the Harbor Mouth also creates many opposing currents due to the backwash off the jetties combining with incoming swells. These currents can make controlling a rowing shell very difficult. Take care of yourself, take care of our precious Club Fleet. Don’t row out of the Harbor if you observe any waves breaking. Watch the mouth for several sets to determine if waves are breaking across the mouth. Know the swell conditions and the tides before you sign out a boat. Relax, row some laps, work on your technique inside the Harbor when the ocean is rough. KC



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Rowing Your Boat in a Sea of Change


When you set out onto the water in your rowing boat, you felt fresh and excited. The sun was rising with welcome to the inspiration of a new day. The sea was calm, reflecting fluffy clouds.

Copyright Karen Carlson

Your oars left perfect puddles. The trail of your boat was straight and true. You felt a wisp of chill on your cheek; a slight riffle on the water amused you. The tiny spout of harbor porpoise to starboard thrilled you and you followed along. Next, a sea otter and pup resting in a nest of kelp drew you to turn and hurry over for a better view.

Suddenly, a powerboat came roaring out straight at you, so you turned to move off his heading and avoid the wake. The wind shifted, quickened, and suddenly the breeze became a shivering cool. The hairs on your neck lifted. A few droplets of water dripped off your hair onto your nose.

Photo: Beth Gummere

You turn and see a huge wall of wet cloud overtaking you. A few moments later, you are engulfed in gray fog and you have lost your way back.

This scenario is the introduction to a series of navigation and safety blogs for you. Together we will explore a variety of tools and habits that will enhance your safety on the ocean. No matter how simple or sophisticated your tools, the key to successful navigation is VIGILENCE. You must consistently use your tools and be aware of your surroundings to enhance your safety in a sea of change.

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Santa Cruz Rowing Club Fun Row Results


Rowers having breakfast at a large picnic tableSunday everyone enjoyed a FUN ROW and breakfast at Aldos. The sun was shining, the water was flat calm, dolphins were abundant from Blacks Point to Lighthouse and beyond. Lots of birds were enjoying the bands of small fish. See you next time!Our event is up on YouTube…..Enjoy!!


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