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News Updates

June Meeting Speaker – Colby Smith

For the June meeting, Colby Smith will speak to WSA about the history of navigation and his experience as a volunteer for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s TopSail Youth Program. The TopSail Youth Program exposes at-risk and educationally challenged inner city youth to a world beyond their communities by teaching them to sail aboard the tall ships Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson, 110 foot twin brigantines. The Program provides an education and adventure experience that includes day sails and voyages.

Colby is a veteran of several Newport to Ensenada and Border Run races. Colby’s professional background includes Art Direction and Architectural Design. His longtime hobby in woodworking led him to create replicas of period navigational tools which he will bring to his presentation.

May Meeting Speaker – Bill McNeely

CruisingCatalina-McNeelyIn May, Bill McNeely will speak on sailing Catalina Island. Bill is a dynamic speaker, author of the standard Catalina Island cruising guide Cruising Catalina Island, and “star” of the DVD’s Cast Off for Catalina and Cast Off for Mexico. He will have you craving to sail all the islands, especially Catalina. In this talk, with dozens of photos and charts, he will visit the many anchorages in Catalina and suggest what to do when moorings are not available at Avalon or the Isthmus. Bill will also talk about cruising the five other less developed Channel Islands.
Books and DVDs will not be for sale at the meeting but you can order them using the links below. Check back if currently unavailable.
Cast Off for Catalina and Cast Off for Mexico DVDs are available on Amazon, at West Marine, and on Pay-Per-View at The Sailing Channel.
Amazon Links: Book, DVD.
The Sailing Channel links: Catalina, Ensenada.

April Meeting Speaker – Judy-Rae Karlson

Sea Gals LogoApril’s speaker will be Judy-Rae Karlsen, Program Director of the “Sea Gals” Women’s Sailing Program on the Catalina 37 fleet. Judy-Rae, who learned to sail in Chicago on Lake Michigan, has lived in Long Beach since 1999. She is an honorary member of LBYC and has served on the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Sailing Foundation for eight years. She received the Peggy Slater Award in 2014 for her outstanding contributions to the enhancement of women’s participation in sailing.
Judy-Rae has a series of dates planned for the 2016 Sea Gals Sailing Program. This is an opportunity to sail on the Long Beach Foundation’s Catalina 37’s. It is an event with all women sailors and all women coaches. These are non-competitive sailing events designed to introduce women to sailing as well as build confidence, increase knowledge and skills, in a safe and fun environment.
There are four tentative dates reserved on the Catalina 37 charter schedule for the LBSF Sea Gals Women’s Sailing program this year. Sunday, May 8, Saturday, June 11, Saturday, July 16, and Saturday, August 13. To learn more, email SeaGals.Sailing@gmail.com.

March Meeting Speaker – Dana Murray

HealTheBay    The speaker for this month’s meeting on March 8, is Dana Murray, Senior Coastal Policy Manager for Heal the Bay. Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making our coastal waters and watersheds in the greater L.A. area clean, healthy, and safe. They use research, education, community action, and advocacy to fulfill their mission.
Dana has been involved with Heal the Bay since 2003–as an aquarist intern, a coastal cleanup captain, and as a staff marine scientist. She will discuss the causes and consequences of ocean pollution, and what we all can do to make a difference.
Dana develops, executes, and manages advocacy and legislative campaigns related to coastal habitat and marine life protection, including marine protected area (MPA) implementation and research, coastal climate change adaptation, ocean wildlife conservation, sustainable fisheries management, reducing ocean intake impacts, and keeping oil drilling projects out of Santa Monica Bay.
A Southern California native, Dana has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Coastal Marine Resource Management from UCSB’s Bren School. Dana enjoys volunteering, traveling, diving and sailing.