News Updates

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.

August Meeting Speaker – Karyn Jones

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.

Annual Summer Party @ PMYC

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 rsvp@wsasmb.org.

June Meeting Speaker – “Ash”

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?