Latitude 38 Magazine
To those familiar with the varied attractions of Santa Cruz Island the Channel Islands chain, it’s a mystery why more sailors who transit the coast don’t linger there for a stint of exploration and relaxation. Perhaps that’s why Marc and Monica Hersch recently created their new DVD, “Around Santa Cruz Island”, which gives an overview of the 21-mile long island’s geography, history, and shoreside attractions, plus info on 15 prime anchorages. The film is enhanced by informative interviews by Brian Fagen and other Channel Islands experts such as the Park Service and Nature Conservancy staffers. A scene selection feature lets you jump ahead to specific anchorages while other features provide useful planning information and even a bit of Chumash Indian folklore. (Lat38 recommends both the island and the DVD to Baja Ha-ha’ers.)
Gloria Carrol, Island Packers
We love this DVD! We keep it running here at the Island Packers gift shop for our customrs. It’s about time somebody did a DVD featuring our island and you did a great job. Thanks!
Barry Norcross, Rawson 30
Thanks for sending down the DVD. It brought back memories of the many wonderful times I have visited Santa Cruz Island. I think your choice of anchorages was perfect, both for the first time visitor and those of us who have made the trip before. I have been around the island, but not all on the same voyage. I’m glad you showed Willows. It was the first anchorage I used on my first trip way back when. The sailors in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Channel Islands have a wonderful resource in their front yard. It’s a bit of a haul from Los Angeles, but a late night passage gets you there around noon. Plenty of time to set the hook, have a swim, lunch and a nap. That’s the high life on Santa Cruz. Years ago I had the privilege and honor to be invited to lunch at Dr. Stanton’s ranch. It was a setting right out of the eighteenth century. It was almost spooky how the modern world didn’t intrude in the doctor’s life. I rather envied him. The video has made me think that an October visit to SC might be in order.
We decided to purchase your DVD about cruising Santa Cruz Island. The first night, my family and I watched the DVD and all that I can say is, “it was great!” Everyone enjoyed it, but my wife who has only done limited sailing loved it. Her first words were, let`s watch it again, which we did. Secondly, she said “let`s get Marc and go there. Now I want to take lessons too.” I`ve never seen my wife so excited about going sailing. She`s already planning on signing up for a two day basic course. You`ve done a superb job of putting together a very interesting “how to/what to do” chronology on Santa Cruz Island. My hearty congratulations on a job well done.
Dave and Nancy Dias, C37 “Eowyn”
When we first viewed your DVD at our yacht club, we both loved it. Then we bought a copy and watched it at home and it was even better. We can’t wait to get our Eowyn” down there for week or two. Thanks!
Dave and Nancy Dias, C37 “Eowyn:
Professor Troy Myers
I grade papers for a living, or for a third of my living or so, and lapse into critical mode quickly. As I watched “Around Santa Cruz Island” I was trying to nitpick every little thing. But you know, the information was good, the organization was good, the shots were great, the voice over excellent. It’s a great product and an excellent idea for future products. Let’s see more!
Chris Tucker, Sailtime Channel Islands
“This video is great for many reasons, not the least of which is, that it is about a local treasure we have here in Southern California. Just 25 miles away from the morass known as greater Los Angeles, lies a wilderness island like no other in this country and perhaps, the planet. I also like the video because – for me at least – its told in a folksy, friendly way yet has some excellent footage of our closest cruising grounds.!”
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