October Meeting Speaker – Marilyn Cassedy

racetoalaska-photoOn October 11 our speaker will be Marilyn Cassedy who captained a team for the second annual “Race to Alaska”.

The (no engine) regatta covers 750 miles of coastal British Columbia up the inside passage from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK, and truly tested their team’s skills as sailors. Marilyn’s talk will cover their motivation for doing the race, the process of preparing for the race in an engine-less daysailer, and what it was like to sail in an event where the tidal currents can run at more than 10 knots and wildlife encounters could range from orcas to grizzlies. She’ll also share her thoughts on the upcoming third edition of the race to take place in 2017 and what the ideal boat, crew and weather conditions might look like next time around.

Marilyn is a San Diego native who recently relocated to Los Angeles for work. She grew up sailing at the San Diego Yacht Club, and raced in high school at The Bishop’s School and in college at Hobart and William Smith in New York. Fleeing the cold, Marilyn did a Master’s degree in Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, which gave her the opportunity to travel the world excavating, studying, and conserving artifacts from ancient shipwrecks. More recently, Marilyn has been active in the Martin 242 fleet on the Santa Monica Bay, but she’s been fortunate to sail in a variety of other fleets, including a recent trip as part of the CYC team at the International Women’s Keelboat Championships in Rye, New York.