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AVALON, Calif. – Once again, October weekends kept us busy. The first weekend, Avalon was host to the Offshore Rendezvous, the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club and several sailboats that competed in the Long Beach Yacht Club Race. The second weekend brought boaters who attended Jazz Trax. The third weekend also brought boaters over for Jazz Trax and we had several boats in for a long weekend with the Dana West Yacht Club. Finally, the last weekend of the month brought the Hyatt Mission Bay Marina trip with about a dozen boats.
The yacht club cruises brought almost eighty boats to Avalon in October. In addition, the weather was beautiful with some down right HOT days thrown in, which always brings additional boaters to the island for a little relief and a lot of fun!
All EMT-trained Harbor Patrol Officers, along with Baywatch and both Fire Departments, participated in a two day Continuing Education course to maintain their certifications. Each year the trainers set up real life scenarios for which our local emergency responders could be called out. This year one scenario was a buffalo goring and the other was a sucking chest wound and full arrest.
In addition to the Carnival Cruise Line ships, we also had visits from the Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam on 10/4, the Celebrity Infinity on 10/7 and the Star Princess on 10/12.
October 2017 stats are as follows:
People aboard boats: 5,668
Vessels Moored: 1,417
Vessels Anchored: 126
Moorings Sold / Transferred: 0/0
Citations Issued / Discharges: 3/2
Total Cruise Ship Passengers: 30,502
Average Temp – High: 74
Average Temp – Low: 62
Average Sea Temp: 67
Rain (.01, .10, .01): 0
Rain Days: 0
Weather Warnings: 7
The City’s end float has been sent to dry dock for the season and winter mooring rates are now in effect.
REMINDER: With Winter approaching, vessel operators are reminded to monitor weather and sea conditions to insure that their vessels are safely secured for the relevant conditions. This may include, but is not limited to, additional lines, chaffing gear or other precautions as appropriate. Operators are ultimately responsible for their vessels and passengers, especially if their vessel breaks free and becomes a hazard to navigation and/or life.
Avalon is situated on the easterly portion of Catalina Island, 22 miles south/southwest of the Los Angeles Harbor breakwater. Avalon is a little over 2 2/3 square miles in size. The island itself is 76 square miles in area, 85% of which is in a conservancy area to be maintained in its natural state in perpetuity. The picturesque and leisurely seaport village of Avalon has a permanent population of around 3,500, with an annual visitor count of close to one million. The Island’s primary industry is tourism.
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