News Updates

April Meeting Speaker – Captain Tom Griffin

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.

March Meeting – Marina del Rey Historical Society

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.

February Meeting Speaker – Jeannea Jordan WSASMB Cruise Chair

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.

January Meeting Speaker – Stacy Waite

Sailor Beware—It’s Just a Three-Hour Tour!

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.