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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Our February speaker will be none other than Jeannea Jordan, our beloved Cruise Chair. Perhaps you were wondering what amazing cruises WSA sponsored in 2016. We have just the ticket for you. With pictures and amazing stories that only she can tell properly, Jeannea will share the highlights from our 2016 cruises. Better yet, she will tell us about the cruises for 2017. It’s February and the cruising season is already upon us. Use this entertaining presentation to plan your cruising calendars for the coming year.
Our January speaker will kick off the year with a presentation focused on safety while on sailing trips. Whether it is a day sail (the infamous “three-hour tour”) or a weeklong cruise, WSA member Stacy Waite will provide tips on how to stay safe. Besides the opportunities for sailing excursions with WSA, our members take advantage of opportunities to sail with Meetup groups, friends and others who they may not know so well. She will relate her recent personal experience with a day sail that was supposed to last about three hours out of Channel Islands Harbor that turned into a 15+ hour nightmare that ended up involving both the Coast Guard and Vessel Assist. Stacy will go over the many components to a safe sailing trip including personal safety gear that you should always bring with you.
Stacy Waite has bicoastal sailing experience that includes both racing and cruising. She is currently the crew chief on a 40’ Tartan and a 55’ Beneteau sailing out of MDR. Stacy is also a Master Scuba Diver with more than 800 dives around the world.
Come one, come all! The annual Marina del Rey boat parade is Saturday, December 10.
Please help us create another award winning float by signing up to help decorate and ride on the float. This year’s theme is “An Animated Holiday”. No special skills are required, just a willingness to laugh, paint, wire tie and have fun with your fellow WSA members and friends. Sign up for one or all of the following by emailing our Vice Commodore Jana Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate which days you want to participate.
Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am till ? – Decorating at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 am till 5:00 p.m. – Boat decorating (location to be announced)
Saturday, December 10 from 5:00 p.m. till the end of the parade – Ride on the boat, dance, wave, sing and more. There will be limited space, so priority goes to those who have helped decorate.
Saturday, December 10 after the parade – Tear down decorations and clean up the boat and lift a glass to our victory!