Our speakers will be Greg Himes and Jen Huszcza. Greg is an ASA certified sailing instructor and USCG certified captain. He is a charter captain and sailing instructor at Blue Pacific Boating in Marina del Rey. He has done five Baja Ha-Has and has cruised in Mexico for nine seasons.
Jen Huszcza has been a member of WSA since 2010. She is also an ASA certified instructor and an avid racer. She is especially proud to be a part of the WSA LEMWOD team which came in third overall in 2015, two days before she left for the Baja Ha-Ha with Greg on Scout.
The Baja Ha-Ha is an annual cruiser’s rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas that has been happening for over twenty years. This October, the 23rd annual Baja Ha-Ha will take off with over a hundred boats on October 30th including at least two from WSA.
Greg and Jen will talk about all things Baja Ha Ha from prepping your boat and choosing your crew to parties in Cabo and Mexican beer. They will take you step-by-step down the coast of the Baja Peninsula on overnight passages with brilliant sunsets and sunrises while also talking about safety, provisioning, watch schedules, and boat handling. They will show slides and answer questions.
For the June meeting, Colby Smith will speak to WSA about the history of navigation and his experience as a volunteer for the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s TopSail Youth Program. The TopSail Youth Program exposes at-risk and educationally challenged inner city youth to a world beyond their communities by teaching them to sail aboard the tall ships Exy Johnson and Irving Johnson, 110 foot twin brigantines. The Program provides an education and adventure experience that includes day sails and voyages.
Colby is a veteran of several Newport to Ensenada and Border Run races. Colby’s professional background includes Art Direction and Architectural Design. His longtime hobby in woodworking led him to create replicas of period navigational tools which he will bring to his presentation.
In May, Bill McNeely will speak on sailing Catalina Island. Bill is a dynamic speaker, author of the standard Catalina Island cruising guide Cruising Catalina Island, and “star” of the DVD’s Cast Off for Catalina and Cast Off for Mexico. He will have you craving to sail all the islands, especially Catalina. In this talk, with dozens of photos and charts, he will visit the many anchorages in Catalina and suggest what to do when moorings are not available at Avalon or the Isthmus. Bill will also talk about cruising the five other less developed Channel Islands.
Books and DVDs will not be for sale at the meeting but you can order them using the links below. Check back if currently unavailable.
Cast Off for Catalina and Cast Off for Mexico DVDs are available on Amazon, at West Marine, and on Pay-Per-View at The Sailing Channel.
Amazon Links: Book, DVD.
The Sailing Channel links: Catalina, Ensenada.