By: Carl Kirnbauer
The year is, as usual, flying by. The Congressional Cup and the Long Beach Toyota Grand Prix are just two of the
highlights of April.
In ABM, the Catalina 37 race boats are already in their new slips in Basin 4. The 11 race boats, all bow out,
present quite an impressive display to passing boaters and the public. We anticipate that all the boatowners
scattered around in the Marinas will be in their new slips in Basin 4 by the end of April, barring any
difficulties with the driveway repaving or the shower re-roofing.
Looking ahead to Saturday May 12, the Long Beach Marinas Boat Owners Association is again sponsoring the
Panthers at Sea event. This is an entirely volunteer program. The Long Beach Unified School District does
not contribute any funds for this event. What makes this event possible each year is the very close support
from the Long Beach Singles Yacht Club, Seal Beach Yacht Club, Shoreline Yacht Club, the Long Beach Marine Bureau
as well as participation of the Long Beach Yacht Club Catalina 37 race boats and individual boat owners not
affiliated with a yacht club.
If you are new on the scene, Panthers at Sea is an outreach project wherein we, working closely with the Long
Beach Marine Bureau and the Long Beach Unified School District, provide some 80 students from Jordan High
School a highly memorable day at sea. Each student is encouraged to participate in the operation of the yachts
under the watchful eye of the Skipper and crew. Normally, 35 yachts are needed to accommodate the 80 Jordan High
This program has been credited by the faculty of Jordan High School in “setting a new course” for many of the
participating students as evidenced in heightened interest in Marine Biology and other sciences as an outgrowth
of the Panthers at Sea event. I know that we always appreciate and are gratified by the happy smiles and high fives
of the students at the end of each cruise.
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