March Meeting Speaker – Dana Murray

HealTheBay    The speaker for this month’s meeting on March 8, is Dana Murray, Senior Coastal Policy Manager for Heal the Bay. Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making our coastal waters and watersheds in the greater L.A. area clean, healthy, and safe. They use research, education, community action, and advocacy to fulfill their mission.
Dana has been involved with Heal the Bay since 2003–as an aquarist intern, a coastal cleanup captain, and as a staff marine scientist. She will discuss the causes and consequences of ocean pollution, and what we all can do to make a difference.
Dana develops, executes, and manages advocacy and legislative campaigns related to coastal habitat and marine life protection, including marine protected area (MPA) implementation and research, coastal climate change adaptation, ocean wildlife conservation, sustainable fisheries management, reducing ocean intake impacts, and keeping oil drilling projects out of Santa Monica Bay.
A Southern California native, Dana has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and her master’s degree in Environmental Science and Coastal Marine Resource Management from UCSB’s Bren School. Dana enjoys volunteering, traveling, diving and sailing.

February Meeting Speaker – Mike Leneman

El NinoAt the regular monthly members meeting on Tuesday, February 8, Mike Leneman will talk about the driving forces behind El Nino this winter and how that will affect weather conditions here in Southern California. As a Professor of Oceanography at UCLA who has been sailing in our local waters for decades, he will bring a unique perspective on El Nino and the affect it might have on our sailing community.

Mike was Director of Sailing at the University of California at Los Angeles in the 1970’s, and is the organizer and founder of the largest offshore multihull event on the West Coast, the Indian Summer Splash. Mike is also championship racer; a four time winner of the Newport to Ensenada Race and holder of the best multihull racing record of any sailor in Southern California. In the early seventies Mike raced Hobie Cats and worked for Hobie Cat of France for a summer (winning the French National Championships), but soon gravitated to offshore cruising/racing and has seen his share of offshore mishaps. In the 1980’s, on the Transpac race to Hawaii, for example, he was on a custom catamaran that broke apart at night. He was saved in a dramatic nighttime rescue.

Like the other pioneers of multihull construction, Mike learned his lessons along the way. In the early 80’s, while working with multihull designer and legend Craig Ashby, he built a 40 foot offshore racing cat, Minette. For many years Minette held the Santa Barbara to King Harbor race record and has won the Ensenada Race four times. He has also designed and built: two 32’ trailerable powercats, a 23’ trailerable powercat, a 20’ sailing/peddling catamaran, the L-7 trimarans (23 ft.), and various other small boats.
Always a go fast freak, he got involved with Corsair trimarans in 1990 at the request of the owner, John Walton, and became a dealer. In the mid-90’s he remodeled the F-31 to make it the fastest F-31 on the west coast. This proto-type then became the basis for the Corsair F-31R. He even designed the aluminum mast and rig for the production Corsair 31, as well as kayaks for local companies.
Presently, he is working on an 18 ft., 65 lb., car-toppable, fin drive, sailing trimaran with sliding akas.

Results for WOW/WAH 2015

WSA round logoIt was a spirited weekend of racing on Santa Monica Bay with fast starts and tight finishes. Here are the final results.

  • 2015 WOW Winner: Jessica Amen on All In

  • 2015 WAH Performance Winner: Helen Brierley on Mistral

  • 2015 WAH Cruising Winner: Fran Weber on My Time 3

Congratulations to all competitors and many thanks to our boat owners and our very generous sponsors.

All finishes at: (click on “Race Results” on that page).

WSA members at Long Beach Race Week

Numerous WSA members participated in the recent Long Beach Race Week regatta.

Trophy winners included Dave Angers in the J/80 fleet and Gary and Rosalie Green in the PHRF-RL-2 fleet. Congratulations!

2015 Homeport Regatta Results

homeport-IMG_1740-Atomic Monkey and Andiamao COVERMay 3 brought out enthusiastic sailors interested in becoming racers (and also big air and big waves!).

The conditions prevented more than one race from being run, but the sailing experiences and the post-race hospitality made it all worthwhile. Many thanks to the volunteers who came out to assist with Race Committee and those who volunteered their boats.

You can find the regatta results at this link.

Mark your calendar for the Homeport Regatta



The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs, Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, and the Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay invite you to join us for the 2015 Homeport Regatta.

For over 40 years this regatta has been turning boaters into racers by offering the opportunity to get into racing with an instructional seminar and a day of FUN racing at NO COST. The Homeport Regatta is tailored to the novice skipper, so, whether you are a new boat owner or have a crew member who deserves a chance at the helm, this is your opportunity to shine.

All participants can attend an instructional seminar on Thursday, April 30, where we will go over what to plan for the race and also discuss Santa Monica Bay’s “Chart 16.”

Then, come May 3, we’ll have our morning pre-race skippers’ meeting and then an exciting day of races. After the races, participants may join in the fun, food and trophy presentations at PMYC.

Remember: Everyone is welcome to participate — no fees, no yacht club membership requirement, and a new racer will find their name on the Darien Murray Memorial Trophy.

We will be posting the NOR and other information very soon. Check Homeport’s listing at You can also get notifications via WSA’s Facebook Group.

“Let’s Get Started Clinic” – Sunday, March 29, 2015

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and WSA will host a free Start Clinic for novices and experienced sailors to improve their starting skills.

10:00 a.m. — Unique perspectives on starting rules and strategies will be presented in the SMWYC Clubhouse during an informative Chalk Talk. Mentors and crew will then be teamed up with skippers.

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Repeated start sequences near the SS mark outside the MdR detached breakwater. Rolling five-minute start sequences will be held on the water. Afterward, a recap will be held at SMWYC.

There is no charge and sailors new to racing are encouraged. Coffee and pastries will be offered in the morning; burgers and hot dogs are available at the bar in the afternoon. A live band will be playing in the bar area after the video recap of the day’s activities.

All are welcome and encouraged regardless of club affiliation. Sign up as a skipper with crew, a skipper needing crew, crew looking for a ride, or if you just want to come to hear the Chalk Talk. For more information contact: Lee Rhoads: 310-455-2958, email

Register online!

Marine VHF Radio and DSC Seminar at SMWYC February 25, 8 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to better utilize your VHF radio? Thinking of upgrading your radio with state of the art Digital Selective Calling?

Norm Perron will demonstrate and explore: Features of a VHF radio with Digital Selective Calling using MMSI numbers; Transmission of your GPS data to the Coast Guard and other boaters in an emergency; Selective calling of other boaters individually or as a group.

VISIT THIS LINK for information and contact SMWYC with questions. (Bring your fully charged DSC hand held radio if you have one. Be sure your MMSI number has been entered.)