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News Updates

October Meeting Speaker – Marilyn Cassedy

On October 11 our speaker will be Marilyn Cassedy who will be talking about her experience on the “Race to Alaska”, a 750 mile (no engine) regatta from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK.

Marilyn is a San Diego native who recently relocated to Los Angeles for work. She grew up sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club, and raced in high school at The Bishop’s School and in college at Hobart and William Smith in New York. Fleeing the cold, Marilyn did a Master’s degree in Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, which gave her the opportunity to travel the world excavating, studying, and conserving artifacts from ancient shipwrecks. More recently, Marilyn has been active in the Martin 242 fleet on the Santa Monica Bay, but she’s been fortunate to sail in a variety of other fleets, including a recent trip as part of the CYC team at the International Women’s Keelboat Championships in Rye, NY.

This summer has been a busy one as, in addition to a busy sailing schedule in Los Angeles, Marilyn also captained a team for the second annual Race to Alaska. The race covers 750 miles of coastal British Columbia up the inside passage from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK, and truly tested their team’s skills as sailors. Her talk will cover their motivation for doing the race, the process of preparing for the race in an engine-less daysailer, and what it was like to sail in an event where the tidal currents can run at more than 10 knots and wildlife encounters could range from orcas to grizzlies. She’ll also share her thoughts on the upcoming third edition of the race to take place in 2017 and what the ideal boat, crew and weather conditions might look like next time around.

September Meeting Speaker – Denise George

On September 13 our speaker will be Denise George from Denison Yacht Sales speaking on everything you need to know about buying or selling a boat.

Denise has been boating since she was 12, starting out on small runabouts and the family cabin cruiser on Lake St. Clair, Michigan. She relocated to MdR in the early 80s. In recent years, Denise has become an active sailboat racer both locally and internationally as well as the producer and builder of a 24′ club racer called a Martin 242. Today she is a leader in the boating community of Marina del Rey and enjoying every bit of her career as a yacht sales person.

Denise is a true equal opportunity boater: she loves all boats—small, big, power or sail—and prides herself on finding the right boat for her clients’ needs. Denise was recognized as the 2010 ASMBYC Yachtsman of the Year.

WOW/WAH This Weekend!

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There is still time to participate! Click here for more information.

The WOW/WAH organizers would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to the WOW/WAH raffle:

Body Energizers
C&O Trattoria
California Yacht Club
Charlotte Tarantola
Del Rey Yacht Club
Fresh Brothers Pizza
Massage Envy
NAOS Yachts
Overland Cafe
Tony P’s Dockside Grill
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
South Bay Yacht Racing Club
WSA of Santa Monica Bay

August Meeting Speaker – Greg Himes & Jen Huszcza

Our speakers will be Greg Himes and Jen Huszcza. Greg is an ASA certified sailing instructor and USCG certified captain. He is a charter captain and sailing instructor at Blue Pacific Boating in Marina del Rey. He has done five Baja Ha-Has and has cruised in Mexico for nine seasons.

Jen Huszcza has been a member of WSA since 2010. She is also an ASA certified instructor and an avid racer. She is especially proud to be a part of the WSA LEMWOD team which came in third overall in 2015, two days before she left for the Baja Ha-Ha with Greg on Scout.

The Baja Ha-Ha is an annual cruiser’s rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas that has been happening for over twenty years. This October, the 23rd annual Baja Ha-Ha will take off with over a hundred boats on October 30th including at least two from WSA.

Greg and Jen will talk about all things Baja Ha Ha from prepping your boat and choosing your crew to parties in Cabo and Mexican beer. They will take you step-by-step down the coast of the Baja Peninsula on overnight passages with brilliant sunsets and sunrises while also talking about safety, provisioning, watch schedules, and boat handling. They will show slides and answer questions.