November 2013 Meeting

Jeannea JordanAt our November meeting, Jeannea Jordan and some of her crew will talk about the cruises she organized throughout the year.

Their presentation will include a slide show of the places they explored, including several days in San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, Santa Barbara Island, Catalina Island, and Santa Cruz Island.

View of Catalina Island taken during an October cruise

And check out the November newsletter for more WSA information!

Wayne Brandow Memorial Issue of “Gal’ Warnings”

Wayne Brandow

Wayne Brandow 1944-2013

In the past months, WSA has suffered the loss of two much-admired members, Bob Falisey and Wayne Brandow. Please follow this link to view the memorial issue dedicated to Wayne.

Wayne’s many friends offered us their thoughts and photographs, which allowed the editors to prepare this memorial issue of WSA’s newsletter. Wayne’s ashes were scattered upon the Santa Monica Bay waters he knew so well on October 27th. Following that, several sailboats participated in a day-sail in his memory and a memorial service was held later in the day at Santa Monica Windjammers YC. He will be missed.

Bob Falisey Memorial Issue of “Gal’ Warnings”

Bob Falisey 1945-2013

Bob Falisey 1945-2013

Last month, longtime WSA member Bob Falisey succumbed to cancer. Bob’s wife, Coco, is a staff commodore and they met on a WSA cruise in 2001. Together, they acted as WSA’s Fleet Captain and Cruise Chair in 2009-2010.

Coco and Bob’s many friends kindly offered their thoughts and photographs, which allowed us to prepare this memorial issue of WSA’s newsletter.

You can find the issue at this link:

On September 28th, Bob’s ashes will be buried at sea, following by a Celebration of Life starting at 12:30pm at Santa Monica Windjammers YC. If you wish to participate in either event, please RSVP to

2013 WOW/WAH Regatta Results and Photos

Photo by Jonathan Ibasco

Photo by Jonathan Ibasco

The 2013 WOW/WAH Regatta was a great weekend of sailing and camaraderie during and after the races. Thanks to all who participated and to our race committee volunteers.

You can see the results and view the photo galleries at this link.

October 2013 Meeting

A Day at the Beach — Hear it first-hand from LA County Lifeguards

At our October 8 meeting, LA County Lifeguards will share stories of working on the beaches and in the boats along our coast. We will learn what it’s like to patrol our waters and what kinds of emergencies they respond to. In addition to learning more about what they do and how they do it, we will also learn what kind of training and skills are required to be a Lifeguard.

2013 California Coastal Clean-up Day Sept. 21

“Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. [Use the preceding link to get the information you need to participate in or sponsor this event!]  In 2012, over 65,000 volunteers removed almost 770,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s fabulous coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet!”

September 2013 Meeting

“Neon Flying Fish and Moon Rainbows”

On September 10, our speakers will be Transpac participant Maverick’s crewmembers, John Staff and Michelle Shanks, who will take some of the mystery out of offshore racing. They will address boat preparation, navigation, sail trim, what to wear, key personal gear, sleeping, and provisioning/cooking, while telling the story of Maverick’s just completed race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.