Star calendar June 2017

Star calendar June 2017

1 Jun     The first-quarter moon lies between magnitude 1.4 Regulus, 2 fist-widths to the right, and magnitude -2.2 Jupiter, 2½ fist-widths to the lower left.

2 Jun     Tonight Jupiter is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left.

3 Jun     The moon passes less than 1 finger-width to Jupiter’s upper left tonight. The bright star 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left is magnitude 1.0 Spica.

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Star calendar May 2017

Star calendar May 2017

1 May     High in the west at dusk, Procyon is 1 fist-width to the waxing crescent moon’s lower left. Pollux is 1 fist-width to the upper right. Dimmer magnitude 1.93 Castor is 2 finger-widths to the right of Pollux.

3 May     Magnitude 1.4 Regulus is only 2 finger-widths to the left of the first-quarter moon at dusk.

7 May     The waxing gibbous moon is 1 finger-width to the lower left of magnitude -1.4 Jupiter. Magnitude 0.98 Spica is 4 finger-widths below the moon.

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life jacket wear is crucial to boating safety

Always wear your life jacket on the water

A life jacket is your best insurance for going overboard

By Anthony Pozun

Steve Denniston, I and three other non-experienced adult sailors were aboard Capt. Ken Graf’s boat at a mooring in Northport, New York. The mainsail was up, luffing violently, and the boom was moving. Steve went forward to release the mooring lines, but the boat was sailing back and forth, making it difficult. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

Ken engaged the engine to push the boat forward to make it easier to release the lines. Despite the boat’s violent motion, Steve managed to release the lines. As he returned to the cockpit, the boat jibbed violently downwind; the boom swung across, striking him in the head and throwing him into the water.

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Refurbishing trailer bunks

Refurbishing trailer bunks

Discover how to replace the worn carpeting on your trailer bunks

By Dave Osmolski

As simple as boat trailers seem, they are fraught with problems. If it isn’t the lights, it’s the wiring; if the lights work, the wheel bearings need replacing, or tire belts have given up the ghost and are ready to separate in the first 40 miles of your vacation trip. If it isn’t one of these things, it’s probably the carpeting on the trailer bunks.

Trailer bunks are the pieces of wood fastened to your trailer that your boat hull rests on. The wood is usually covered with special carpeting that won’t mar the hull’s gel coat but allows the boat to slide on and off with the proper degree of friction.

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Star Calendar April 2017

Star calendar April 2017

1 Apr     High in the west at dusk, Orion is to the lower left of the waxing crescent moon. Magnitude 0.5 Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width to the left while magnitude 0.85 Aldebaran is almost 1 fist-width to the lower right. Mercury, at its greatest elongation, 19 degrees east of the sun, sets more than 1½ hours after the sun and can be seen low in the west at evening twilight.

2 Apr     Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width below the moon at dusk.

3 Apr     High in the south at sunset, magnitude 0.46 Procyon is 1 fist-width to the first-quarter moon’s lower left. Magnitude 1.22 Pollux is the same distance to the upper left. The bright star 3½ fist-widths below the moon is magnitude -1.09 Sirius, the Dog Star.

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P/C J. Brockway Clark, JN

Known for his love of God, country, family and all things in water and wood, Frederick John VanVechten Brockway Clark died Feb. 11, 2017. His friends and family knew Brockway as a larger than life character, not just because of his lanky 6’ 2” frame. He was born May 5, 1930 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the third of four children of Helen and Charles Amory Clark II. The family moved to San Diego in 1936 and built their own home in midtown overlooking Lindbergh Field.

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Lt Raymond S. Sullivan, P

Raymond SullivanRay Sullivan and his twin sister, Shirley, joined the family in Miami in 1928. He passed into his heavenly home on Feb. 12 while in the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, Forrest and Ruth Sullivan, his twin Shirley Logue, his brother Eugene, and his daughter Karen. He is survived by Marnie Sullivan, his loving wife of 40 years; his daughter Jill Sullivan (Dan Reichert) of Charlotte, North Carolina; and his grandson Daniel Schueppert of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ray obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where he played the alto saxophone in the band. He was a lifelong Gators fan. After graduating from Emory Dental School in 1954, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis in Tacoma during the Korean Conflict. He joked that he fought the Battle of Puget Sound. He and his first wife Jacqueline returned to Miami in 1956 where Ray began his superlative dental practice of 40 years. Ray’s professional life was a testament to his generosity and his desire to help others. He donated his time and skill to all of the children at the Baptist Children’s Home in Miami for over 30 years. He also donated dental care one day a month at the Miami-Dade County dental clinic for many years and participated in several medical/dental mission trips to Anguilla, Guatemala and Nicaragua. He was a member of several dental societies and served as president of the Kiwanis Club of South Miami. He was also a member of Arcturus, the Key West think-tank while he and Marnie lived in the Florida Keys. He and Marnie also enjoyed membership in the Key West and Sebastian Inlet Sail & Power squadrons.

Throughout his life Ray made and kept many friends, some of whom he had known since they were “in diapers together.” He was a caring soul who touched so many in his lifetime with his friendship, love, support and generosity. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body and was a fun guy to be around. We are all richer to have shared our time with him.

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March 2017 star calendar

Star calendar March 2017

1 Mar     Low in the west at dusk, magnitude -4.2 Venus is 1½ fist-widths to the thin waxing crescent moon’s lower right. Magnitude 1.3 Mars is 2 finger-widths to the right.

3 Mar     The moon is at perigee, 369,000 kilometers away.

4 Mar     Magnitude 0.85 Aldebaran is ½ finger-width to the moon’s upper left high in the south at dusk. Later this evening the moon passes within 0.2 degrees of Aldebaran.

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P/C Thomas L. Cantrell, JN

Thomas CantrellP/C Thomas Leo Cantrell, JN, of Alamitos Sail & Power Squadron, passed away at his home in Anaheim, California, on Oct. 2, 2016. He was 89. He went through chemotherapy for colon cancer like a trooper then died of a heart attack. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, graduated from high school in 1945 and joined the navy. He married Irene McDonnell on Oct. 3, 1948, and in 1957 he moved his family of four from Woburn, Massachusetts, to Anaheim, California. He was active in the United States Power Squadrons for many years, obtained his Captain’s License in 1996 and was a past commander. He loved being on the water and had his own boat for years. He used his expertise to help a friend take his boat down the Intracoastal Waterway from Maryland to Florida, and it was the best time of his life. He will be truly missed.

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