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.)

Mariners Education Seminar Feb. 28 at CYC

What are the options for reducing copper levels in Marina del Rey waters and our precious marine environment?

What anti-fouling paints and hull coatings should you consider? When and how often should you clean your hull?

If these questions interest you, then you may want to attend this seminar at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, after a no-host 9:00 a.m. breakfast at California Yacht Club. Visit this link for more details.

Yachting photographer, Sharon Green, at CYC on January 29…

Photographer Sharon Green

Photographer Sharon Green

Join yachting enthusiasts on Thursday, January 29, at 6:15 p.m. for the California Yacht Club’s monthly presentation on boating interests. At this Yachting Dinner, acclaimed world-class yachting photographer Sharon Green will share highlights of her 30-year love affair with capturing up-close and personal a multitude of amazing yachts in fierce competition. Click here to display a PDF with more information.

WSA S/C Christina Tarantola to serve as ASMBYC Commodore in 2015

WSA BurgeeDear WSA Members,

Here’s proof that our club continues to grow and gain prominence in Santa Monica Bay.  I am proud to report that for the first time, in 2015, the Commodore of the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs will be serving under the WSA burgee. AMSBYC is an umbrella organization that addresses issues and causes common to all yacht clubs and boaters in Santa Monica Bay.

On January 11, WSA Communications Director and Staff Commodore Christina Tarantola will be installed as the Commodore of ASMBYC. This will be the first time that the Commodore’s club affiliation is WSA, although other members of WSA have served as ASMBYC Commodore in the past, most recently Kellie Fennessy (CYC) and Dana Hutton (SCCYC).

All WSA members are invited to attend this prestigious event: The ASMBYC Installation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will be held January 11 at California Yacht Club. Registration begins at 11:30 and the Luncheon begins at 12:15. Tickets are $45.
To RSVP, contact Kellie Fennessy at kelfen [at] I hope to see a strong WSA contingent at this installation.

Commodore Debbie Feinerman

WSA entry selected “Best Organization” in MdR’s 2014 Holiday Boat Parade

WSA's 2015 entry in the MdR Holiday Boat Parade - Winner: Best Club

Photo by Mike Yokotake

Thanks to the dedication of its members and the generosity of George Maronich, WSA’s decorations on George’s My Time 3 earned WSA the “Best Organization” award for 2014. The theme for the parade reflected the 50th anniversary of Marina del Rey Harbor and WSA’s decorations included a large, illuminated “Happy 50” and a lighted replica of the marina’s iconic lighthouse.

WSA extends its gratitude to George, Vice Commodore Debbie Feinerman, and all the WSA members who donated their time to bring it all together.

WSA of Santa Monica Bay’s 2014 Holiday Meeting

A festive evening with friends.

Mark your calendar for December 9th and our annual holidays event. Enjoy a deliciously catered Mediterranean Feast with your fellow members. We look forward to seeing you!

2014 Women’s One Design Regatta results

WSA's sailing team.

WSA’s sailing team.

This year’s Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design regatta was a great success.

Sailed under clear skies in good winds, the competition was intense and well-matched. First place went to the Southwestern Yacht Club’s team and WSA’s entry finished in fifth place, scoring two exciting “bullets” on the final day of racing. To learn more, read the November issue of “Gal’ Warnings” and visit the Regatta Network results page.