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November Meeting Speaker – Charles-Etienne Devanneaux

Our speaker this month will be Charles-Etienne Devanneaux, winner of ASMBYC’s 2016 Sportsman of the Year Award. He is a renowned international sailor and racer who has sailed his entire life and raced ever since his father taught him how to hold a tiller and trim a sheet. As a kid, he began collecting Beneteau brochures as new models were released. He sold his first Beneteau sailboat at the age of 18 and was hooked.

“Charly” loves to optimize his sailboats and talk about sailing and what he’s learned in his many experiences. And there are many: First place in the 2011 Newport-Cabo race and second in that year’s Transpac, sailing a Beneteau First 40; first place in the double-handed division of the 2012 Pacific Cup (San Francisco to Hawaii) aboard a Beneteau First 30; third in his class at the 2012 ARC (Canaries to the Caribbean) and first in the class to finish without using the engine on a Lagoon 400; second in the 2017 Pacific Cup’s North Sails Doublehanded division, sailing most of the race with only GPS and compass, and no auto-pilot.

Charles-Etienne graduated from the Executive Program at UCLA Anderson School in 2009 after many years as an international manager in a leading marine engine company company. In 2009, he founded Naos Yachts and was awarded the Beneteau and Lagoon territories in Southern California.

October Meeting Speakers – Melody Kanschat & Hans Kosten

Junior Staff Commodore Melody Kanschat and WSA member Hans Kosten will be speaking at the WSA’s October General Meeting. Melody skippered Harmony and Hans skippered New Moon in 2016’s Baja HaHa rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. They will be discussing their preparations, provisioning, crew assembly and adventures associated with the HaHa.

September Meeting Speaker – Gina Dartt

Our speaker for September is Gina Dartt. Gina is the Development Manager for Membership and Annual Giving at the Catalina Island Conservancy. Previously, Gina worked at the Los Angeles Zoo for more than 10 years where she built a strong connection and appreciation for conservation of plants and wildlife that she continues to apply to her current role with the Conservancy. She is thrilled to be a dedicated part of the Conservancy team, with a long-standing appreciation for the beauty and ecological diversity that is unique to Catalina Island. Gina grew up sailing to the Island as a child and ran the Catalina Island Marathon as an adult, with many adventures in-between, and many still to come.
The mission of the Catalina Island Conservancy is to be a responsible steward of our lands through a balance of conservation, education, and recreation. Catalina is home to more than 60 plant, animal, and insect species found nowhere else in the world. Come learn about some of these, plus the Catalina Island Fox and a heard of American bison. Find out what it takes to keep these special animals safe, as well as recreation opportunities on the Island.

August Meeting Speaker – Karyn Jones

WSA’s own skipper and Staff Commodore Karyn Jones will be the presenter at the August general meeting. Karyn has been a member of WSA since 1999 and has been racing on the Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design (LEMWOD) WSA sponsored team since 2001. She started on the foredeck, and has been skippering a team of 10 to 14 women since 2010. Karyn will talk about the history of the race and her experiences over these past years representing WSA both as crew and skipper on the Catalina 37s in LBYC’s LEMWOD.

Annual Summer Party @ PMYC

WSA members and a guest are welcome to join WSASMB for our Annual Summer Party and BBQ on Tuesday, July 11 starting at 6:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club at 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey.
There will be lots of food fun and festivities including games and prizes.
Please RSVP by Monday, July 10 by emailing rsvp@wsasmb.org.

June Meeting Speaker – “Ash”

June’s meeting speaker is our own Elbert “Ash” Ashbaugh. Ash has taught sailing professionally for over 25 years in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the South Pacific as well as the United States. He is currently managing the education and school programs for a worldwide sailing education company.
Ash’s presentation will take a fun look at sailing history and what it has meant to “learn to sail.” It will include a quick view of the current international social and economic trends effecting sailing and sailing education. There will also be demonstrations of the latest media/classroom tools, on-line modules and social sailing applications, and the latest integration of education and game theories. Are you playing? Or learning? Or both?

May Meeting Speaker – Margie Woods

Margie Woods will be speaking at our May General Meeting. In 2016, Margie was the only woman on the Single-handed Transpac which she accomplished aboard her Catalina 34 Haunani. She will share about her emotional and physical experience, along with her ten months of preparation and planning prior to the race. Although she had sailed her whole life and was an experienced single-hander, she had no offshore or overnight sailing experience. Her father, who had taught her to sail, had done many crossings, but Margie had not accompanied him, so the Transpac seemed like a great way to finally make the crossing, having the support of the other sailors and race organizers.

Margie is planning to do the race again in 2018 and is recruiting other women to join her with the hope of having a record number of women participate in the race. Afterwards, she plans to make a documentary feature about these women and the woman who came before them, and explore why there aren’t more women taking part in these sailing challenges. She will also share what she has learned about boat prep, maintenance and rigging through the process.

Be sure to join us for what promises to be a fun, informative and challenging presentation.

April Meeting Speaker – Captain Tom Griffin

Our speaker for April is Captain Tom Griffin, owner of Pacific Northwest Boating School, will share with us the beauty of cruising/bare boat chartering in the Pacific Northwest, specifically North Puget Sound and the San Juan islands.
Tom boated in Southern California for 35 years but when he and his wife took their first bare boat charter in 2003 they were amazed at the how entirely different it was from Southern California cruising. After a few more charter cruises, they moved permanently to Anacortes, WA. Now they want to pass on to us what to know and what is different about boating in “The Samish Sea”, as Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca were designated in 2010.
Tom’s will provide the guidance, recommended planning and suggested cruising routes for a safe, fun and diverse boating experience. Of note, we will discover just how close and accessible these beautiful islands are from the mainland. We will also learn about a variety of other available activities while anchoring in inlets, exploring marine state parks or staying at island marinas. Most importantly, Tom will point out some of the key differences a skipper from Southern California must be aware of when boating the San Juan islands.

March Meeting – Marina del Rey Historical Society

Who doesn’t like historical photos of the place from which we all sail? That’s Marina del Rey, of course. For the March meeting our friends from the Marina del Rey Historical Society will talk about the rich history of the harbor and bring us up to date on all the happenings of the Society. We will hear from not one, not two but three representatives of this awesome group. Willie Hjorth will introduce Rikki Barker who will walk us through how MdR got started. Howard Wenger will also be there to answer questions. The best part will be that everyone who attends the March meeting will get a free book of great old photos of MdR—A Photographic Collection, 1998.