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July 25, 2020

 Banning House Lodge

Perched on a hill, overlooking both Isthmus and Catalina Harbors on Catalina’s west end, Banning House Lodge was built in the Craftsman style in 1910 by the Banning brothers, and served as their Island summer home.

Sons of General Phineas Banning, the Banning brothers purchased Catalina Island in 1892. William, Joseph and Hancock provided steamship transportation from the mainland to the Island, and in 1894 they created the Santa Catalina Island Company, developing activities and attractions to promote their new resort destination.

To get to their summer lodge in Two Harbors from Avalon, the brothers had to travel by stagecoach. The rugged journey took two days each way. The Bannings sold Catalina Island, making way for chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. to purchase the Santa Catalina Island Company (including the Island) in 1919.

Over the years, the Lodge served as the U.S. Coast Guard officer's quarters during WWII, as a private girls camp in the late 1950's, a hunting lodge, and as employee housing. Today, the Banning House is a twelve room bed and breakfast with a historic and warm feel and beautiful panoramic views of Two Harbors.

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Big Geiger

July 25, 2019


We anchored bow and stern as the sun rose a bit higher, and then laid down for a few hours of perfect rest.  And later that day we swam, snorkeled, and took a dinghy ride to explore Little Geiger, Emerald Bay, and Doctors’ cove.  Sunset was a Cabernet Sky and warm from a southern wind.

 
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Experience Redondo Beach Yacht Club

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Redondo Beach Yacht Club was chartered in 1961 and has been committed to excellence in all aspects ever since. Good manners and good behavior are two of the fundamental pillars that Redondo Beach Yacht Club stands by, and all members enjoy upholding these pillars as well. Experience what makes us so unique.

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The City of Redondo Beach has developed a transient vessel mooring infrastructure to attract recreational boaters and to provide a safe haven for those vessels caught in unfriendly boating conditions.  The mooring field will create safe mooring facilities for recreational transient boats with a minimum length of 26 feet and a maximum length of 60 feet. By promoting the availability of these mooring facilities, the City intends to increase recreational opportunities and realize related economic benefits.

There are three different sizes of moorings. The smallest moorings will accommodate vessels up to 40’ in length. The next size up will accommodate vessels up to 50’ in length, and the largest mooring will accommodate vessels no greater than 60’ in length. Vessels longer than 60’ may not be moored in the transient vessel mooring field.  Each mooring point in the mooring field is comprised of a two point securing system.  Instruction in the intended use of these mooring points, if necessary, is available through the Office of the Redondo Beach Marina.  In general, the moorings are available for use by vessels transiting the coast and which may be visiting, replenishing supplies, seeking refuge from inclement weather, or other activities associated with recreational use.

All moorings are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The maximum time allowed for mooring field usage is seven (7) days in a thirty (30) day period, by any vessel and by any owner or operator. Mooring fees are daily to weekly rates, established by official action of the Redondo Beach City Council and may be revised from time to time.  These rates are for each day’s use of the mooring, or any portion of a day after posted checkout times.  In general, rates are based on the size of the mooring occupied by the vessel.  Currently, daily mooring rates are as follows: 40' max: $24.00; 50' max: $30.00; 60' max: $36.00. 

Requests for mooring space may be made in advance by calling the Redondo Beach Marina at (310) 374-3481 during normal business hours or by calling (310) 345-5676 during weekends or by hailing ch.5 on VHF radio.  Vessel operators may also forward a reservation request electronically to the marina office @rbinfo.com. Moorings are not considered reserved until the appropriate fee has been paid.  Applicants in excess of capacity may be waitlisted.  The Office of the Redondo Beach Marina or its representatives is not responsible for ensuring available space.  Check-in is permitted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Moorings must be vacated no later than 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the permitted stay.