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Sign Up for the 2018 Spring Cruise on the Spirit of Dana Point over President’s Weekend


Here is the latest info on the cruise:
We are encouraging the other Southern California Sea Scout Units to join us.  We will be offering the berths on the Spirit of Dana Point that are available after January 21 to all Sea Scouts in the region.  Mariners are welcome to cruise on the Irving Johnson if they wish.  Mariners should contact me to arrange this.

The Spirit of Dana Point will be reserved for Mariners first and other Sea Scouts after January 21.  The itinerary is as follows.  Board at 1800.  Depart when ready for sea as soon after boarding as possible.  Motor to Long Beach and anchor.  Depart at 0600, travel through Main Channel to public docks next to the Iowa and dock.  Join other Sea Scouts for a private tour of the Iowa.  Visit the San Pedro Sea Base for the new Sea Scout Ship 1942 and take part in getting acquainted activities.  Depart in the afternoon for Isthmus, Catalina and anchor.  On Sunday morning, depart for the Cabrillo Beach Cove (Little Gibraltar) and rendezvous with the Irving Johnson.  Activities in the water and ashore with a dinner barbecue ashore for all.  Early Monday departure for home.  Cost is $150 per person.  Sign up on GIVSUM.
The Irving Johnson will be available for San Pedro Ship 1942 Sea Scouts and others.  There should be plenty of berths for other Sea Scouts.  The itinerary is as follows.  Arrive at the San Pedro Sea Base during the day for a tour of the Iowa and join other activities with Sea Scouts from other Ships.  Board the tall ship Irving Johnson after 1600.  Overnight at the dock than leave for Cabrillo Cove early on Sunday morning.  Rendezvous with the Spirit of Dana Point and join in the activities in the water and ashore with a dinner barbecue ashore for all.  Early Monday departure for home.  Cost is $175 + $10 landing fee per person.
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We Need Additional Adult Volunteer Help

Mariner Adults:
There are two parts of our program that need additional adult help.  Please help me find adults that might be willing to participate in one of these activities.
Mariner Juniors
Ruth Fassett is the Director of this activity.  She has adults that step forward on a temporary or part time basis.  This of course is a big help.  Yet more is needed.  Ruth needs a team of adults interested in working with youth that are aged twelve and thirteen years.  Please help us put this team together.
The format itself has been standardized. The Wednesday night 1 1/2 hour meetings are utilized to teach rigging of boats, rules of the road, knots, cruise preparation of the large vessels, setting of sails on the large vessels and use of dinghies.  The Saturday 3 hour classes are utilized to teach sailing and the safe handling of vessels of all sizes.  The curriculum is progressive from basic sailing in small vessels to the operation of ocean going craft.  In addition, there are extra events such as a regatta and barbecue, overnight cruise and three hour sail on the Spirit of Dana Point.  The instructors for the classes are Mariner youths.  The classes themselves are integrated with Mariner youths.  In this manner it is intended that Mariner Junior youths become acquainted with Mariner youths to facilitate a desire on the part of Mariner Junior youths to become Mariners when they reach the appropriate age.
Swabby Maintenance
I am the director of this program.  I need adults who on occasion are willing to spend time with two to six youths while the youths perform maintenance work on the Mariner equipment.  The youths for the most part have no skills.  The adults willing to participate in this program must be able to resist doing any work themselves.  Simple projects may take months.  The intent is that the youth do the work and by so doing learn the skills needed to clean boats or varnish bright work or paint without making a total mess.  The swabby maintenance is done between 9:00 and 12:00 am on Saturday mornings.
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Tecate Community Outreach Opportunity Saturday January 27th

On Saturday 27th January, there is the opportunity to travel to Tecate with Mariners and Club Dust to volunteer in the construction of a small home and meet the local people.

The last trip was a good day, and provided the opportunity to experience the circumstances of another community less than 80 miles from our back door.
Please consider signing up.
For those of you who will be experiencing the wonders of college apps in the next few years, involving yourself in meaningful voluntary work will be what makes you stand out from the crowd. If not this, then look for opportunities involve yourself in something that interests you and gives back to others.
You can check out Club Dust here http://www.clubdust.org/ If this is out of your comfort zone, they also collect bicycles to distribute as incentive to stay in school, and donations to help pay for some of the very real needs experienced in this area.

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Mrs. Maranto

Join Us In Building A Home For A Poor Family on Saturday January 27

Skippers and Mates:
The Mariners provide a number of opportunities for members to reach out to the community.  One of these opportunities involves traveling across the border to Mexico.  The Mariners join with Club Dust, travel to Tecate, Mexico and help build a home in one day for a poor family.  In addition Mariners collect bicycles to donate to the deserving youth of the village.  This is a very transformative day for the participants.
We will be doing this in a few weeks on Saturday, January 27.  Sign up is now open in GIVSUM.  The numbers are limited.  We are inviting other Sea Scouts to join us in this incredibly rewarding endeavor.

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Great day for our DPYC Mariners Sailors at Mission Bay Yacht Club

Great day on the water for our DPYC High School sailors at SoCal 3 held at Mission Bay Yacht Club this past weekend!

Out of 37 boats in their class, Lily Maranto and Christopher Mullen (pictured leading a race and with their trophies) finished 4th overall, Riley Lenthall 8th, Hannah Carter and Teagan Howard 10th, Connor Presley and Ian Sysyn 12th, Jackie Mullen and Talia Miller 15th.

Click here for some great pictures!




Welcome to Mariners 936!

Thank you for your interest in joining the Mariners 936 Sea Scout group. Here is a quick overview to help familiarize you with our program, and to direct you to resources where you can find up to date information on the history of our Mariners ship as well as details about upcoming events.

Our schedule:

Mariners has a Fall and Spring season. Fall runs from September – November and Spring runs from February – April. During our season we have meetings every Wednesday evening and typically have regularly scheduled Saturday activities. Our Wednesday evening program runs as follows:

6:30pm: Arrival and Announcements

7:00-8:00pm: Meet with team to practice on competition skills

8:00-9:00pm: Rank Advancement instruction


Each season culminates in a weekend long competition with other Sea Scouts from California. This is a highly anticipated event by our youth and something for which they train all season. In the fall we attend the Southwestern Rendezvous event in Camp Pendleton and in the spring we attend the Ancient Mariner Regatta (AMR) in Alameda ( San Francisco).  Lifelong friendships and memories are formed at Rendezvous and AMR.

Rank Advancement:

There are four ranks which can be earned within Sea Scouts; Apprentice, Ordinary, Able and Quarter Master. Quarter Master is the Sea Scout equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout rank and is a very prestigious accomplishment. The timetable to achieve each rank is roughly as follows:

Apprentice: One full Season

Ordinary: Two full Seasons

Able: Three full seasons

Quarter Master: Varies


All new recruits enter the program with the title of “Pogey”. This refers to their position as a first season Mariner regardless of age upon entry into program. The “Pogey” title is held until after attendance of first competition.

Elected officers and teams:

Sea Scouts is a youth run organization with the Mariner youth electing their leadership. Each season elections are held on the first meeting of the season when a Bosun and Bosun Mates are elected. The Bosun serves as the president of the ship and leads the Bosun’s team and the Bosuns Mates lead additional teams. The Bosun is also responsible for appointing additional youth leaders. The elected and appointed leaders are referred to as the “Quarter Deck.” The teams will work together to prepare to compete at AMR and Rendezvous.

Sailing & recreational trips:

In addition to competition and rank advancement, we work on building hands-on sailing skills through formal instruction, open sailing days and racing events. We have an extensive fleet of vessels available including 14’ Lasers, collegiate 420‘s, large cruising sailboats and kayaks. We also have access to the 118 ft. Tall Ship, “Spirit of Dana Point” and a 9 day cruise is offered each summer aboard this ship. During this trip and other weekend trips to Catalina and the Channel Islands, our kids take responsibility for preparing meal plans, creating and running a watch schedule, navigating and steering the ship. All activities take place under the watchful eye of US Coast Guard licensed marine officers and trained adult advisers.


Most Saturday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm there is supervised boat maintenance activities where youth can earn credit , at $15/hour, for performing routine maintenance on our Mariners vessels. Swabbie credit can be applied towards season dues and/or competition or cruise fees. Check website or Facebook page for current scheduled activities.

And Finally:

Through a combination of leadership training, practical classroom learning, competition events, team building, sailing, racing and meeting new friends, our Mariners youth develop a wide range of maritime skills and memories which will last a lifetime.

We hope this helps provide a brief overview of our program. As always, please use our website and Facebook page as a resource or email us at info@mariners936.com