News Updates

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.