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News Updates

Mark your calendar for the Homeport Regatta



The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs, Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, and the Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay invite you to join us for the 2015 Homeport Regatta.

For over 40 years this regatta has been turning boaters into racers by offering the opportunity to get into racing with an instructional seminar and a day of FUN racing at NO COST. The Homeport Regatta is tailored to the novice skipper, so, whether you are a new boat owner or have a crew member who deserves a chance at the helm, this is your opportunity to shine.

All participants can attend an instructional seminar on Thursday, April 30, where we will go over what to plan for the race and also discuss Santa Monica Bay’s “Chart 16.”

Then, come May 3, we’ll have our morning pre-race skippers’ meeting and then an exciting day of races. After the races, participants may join in the fun, food and trophy presentations at PMYC.

Remember: Everyone is welcome to participate — no fees, no yacht club membership requirement, and a new racer will find their name on the Darien Murray Memorial Trophy.

We will be posting the NOR and other information very soon. Check Homeport’s listing at www.regattanetwork.com. You can also get notifications via WSA’s Facebook Group.

“Let’s Get Started Clinic” – Sunday, March 29, 2015

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and WSA will host a free Start Clinic for novices and experienced sailors to improve their starting skills.

10:00 a.m. — Unique perspectives on starting rules and strategies will be presented in the SMWYC Clubhouse during an informative Chalk Talk. Mentors and crew will then be teamed up with skippers.

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Repeated start sequences near the SS mark outside the MdR detached breakwater. Rolling five-minute start sequences will be held on the water. Afterward, a recap will be held at SMWYC.

There is no charge and sailors new to racing are encouraged. Coffee and pastries will be offered in the morning; burgers and hot dogs are available at the bar in the afternoon. A live band will be playing in the bar area after the video recap of the day’s activities.

All are welcome and encouraged regardless of club affiliation. Sign up as a skipper with crew, a skipper needing crew, crew looking for a ride, or if you just want to come to hear the Chalk Talk. For more information contact: Lee Rhoads: 310-455-2958, email mrleer@verizon.net

Register online!

Marine VHF Radio and DSC Seminar at SMWYC February 25, 8 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to better utilize your VHF radio? Thinking of upgrading your radio with state of the art Digital Selective Calling?

Norm Perron will demonstrate and explore: Features of a VHF radio with Digital Selective Calling using MMSI numbers; Transmission of your GPS data to the Coast Guard and other boaters in an emergency; Selective calling of other boaters individually or as a group.

VISIT THIS LINK for information and contact SMWYC with questions. (Bring your fully charged DSC hand held radio if you have one. Be sure your MMSI number has been entered.)

Mariners Education Seminar Feb. 28 at CYC

What are the options for reducing copper levels in Marina del Rey waters and our precious marine environment?

What anti-fouling paints and hull coatings should you consider? When and how often should you clean your hull?

If these questions interest you, then you may want to attend this seminar at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, after a no-host 9:00 a.m. breakfast at California Yacht Club. Visit this link for more details.