WOW/WAH This Weekend!

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The WOW/WAH organizers would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to the WOW/WAH raffle:

Body Energizers
C&O Trattoria
California Yacht Club
Charlotte Tarantola
Del Rey Yacht Club
Fresh Brothers Pizza
Massage Envy
NAOS Yachts
Overland Cafe
Tony P’s Dockside Grill
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
South Bay Yacht Racing Club
WSA of Santa Monica Bay

August Meeting Speaker – Greg Himes & Jen Huszcza

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.

June Meeting Speaker – Colby Smith

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.

May Meeting Speaker – Bill McNeely

CruisingCatalina-McNeelyIn 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.

April Meeting Speaker – Judy-Rae Karlson

Sea Gals LogoApril’s speaker will be Judy-Rae Karlsen, Program Director of the “Sea Gals” Women’s Sailing Program on the Catalina 37 fleet. Judy-Rae, who learned to sail in Chicago on Lake Michigan, has lived in Long Beach since 1999. She is an honorary member of LBYC and has served on the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Sailing Foundation for eight years. She received the Peggy Slater Award in 2014 for her outstanding contributions to the enhancement of women’s participation in sailing.
Judy-Rae has a series of dates planned for the 2016 Sea Gals Sailing Program. This is an opportunity to sail on the Long Beach Foundation’s Catalina 37’s. It is an event with all women sailors and all women coaches. These are non-competitive sailing events designed to introduce women to sailing as well as build confidence, increase knowledge and skills, in a safe and fun environment.
There are four tentative dates reserved on the Catalina 37 charter schedule for the LBSF Sea Gals Women’s Sailing program this year. Sunday, May 8, Saturday, June 11, Saturday, July 16, and Saturday, August 13. To learn more, email SeaGals.Sailing@gmail.com.

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: http://www.regattanetwork.com (click on “Race Results” on that page).