TheSailingChannel co-produces "Adventures in Sailing" with public tv station, WPBT2, Miami. The half-hour series presents classic and critically acclaimed films that capture the magic and adventure of sailing. The series originally test aired on WLIW21 NY Public TV as "Sailing Channel Theater" during summer 2009, reaching nearly 200,000 viewers.
In Episode 105, show host Tory Salvia introduces extended excerpts from a popular video about a well-known southern California cruising destination. "Cast Off for Catalina," produced by Ted Field and Mark Ritts, takes us on a sail from Marina del Rey in Los Angeles out 30-miles to Catalina Island. Along the way, we learn about making proper preparations for sea and planning a safe voyage to the island. Throughout the show, we get tips on how to make the most of our visit from Bill McNeely, author of the authoritative book, Cruising Catalina Island.
On arrival at the island's main port of Avalon, we get personal instructions from the Harbor Master on how to properly secure a vessel to a Catalina-style mooring, then we take a tour of the quaint resort town. Departing Avalon, we circumnavigate the island, learning the pros and cons of available anchorages along the way. We stop for shore leave at Two Harbors, the other popular island locale, get an underwater tour of the famous kelp beds and marine life, then complete our Catalina circumnavigation with a return to Avalon.
Visit TheSailingChannel.TV/cast_off to purchase the unabridged 56-minute version of the film and many other high quality sailing videos.