August 2013 Meeting

Photo credit: Nora FeddalOn August 13th, we’ll hear about the rich history and tradition of the largest women’s sailing event on Santa Monica Bay — the Women on the Water / Women at the Helm Regatta.

For example, did you know that the Robert Wilson Silver Loving Cup Perpetual Trophy has been presented to the winner of Woman on the Water every year since 1980?

The evening’s multi-media presentation will be hosted by the 2013 ASMBYC Women’s Sailing Coordinator, Sasha Zaripov, and will include a panel of past winners, new skippers, past regatta chairs, as well as owners who have generously lent their boats out to women skippers. This year’s WOW regatta is August 24-25 and WSA is one of the regatta sponsors. We hope this presentation will inspire you to get involved as a racer, as part of the race committee, or in the after-racing hospitality activities.

July 2013 Meeting

bbq_Packed houseOur July 9th meeting is a WSA members only party to commemorate Independence Day with a barbecue and a variety of games. See you there!

June 2013 Meeting

On June 11, come hear Allie Blecher of the US Sailing team.

Allie learned to sail at CYC when she was only 8 and started racing at age 11. She won her first Sabot nationals at 12 and went on to the CFJ 420 and Laser Radial classes. She ended her junior sailing career with a 3rd place finish at Laser Radial Worlds in 2006. After earning the top honors in college sailing, she decided it was time to follow her dream to the Olympic Games. She qualified for the US Sailing Team and has since been training hard to improve at the sport she loves.


KatharineHalbingIMG_0224Katharine spent her childhood summers sailing the Long Island Sound off the coast of Connecticut with her family and is looking forward to re-connecting with the sport.


Elisabeth NewellElisabeth has been sailing since she was a  kid. She has owned and raced Stars on both coasts and done several Transatlantic passages and is looking forward to sailing with the “gals” of Santa Monica Bay.

May 2013 Meeting

On May 14, come hear from our “local live-aboards.”

Bari Belcher, Christine Perakis, Sue Purcell, and Simone Shocklee share their stories about how it is to live on their boats year round. They will discuss how they chose their boat, the pros and cons of summer and winter seasons, and what it takes to maintain them.

April 2013 Meeting

In April, UCLA Professor William Newman will speak on Climate Change.

Presently, humans introduce more than 32,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere each year; Americans are responsible (in per capita terms) for 20 tons per person. We will review how people have brought this about and the consensus among 97% of climate experts that global climate change is real and due to humans.

Dr. Newman is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and has worked on environmental issues around the globe. He has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and 3 books.



Cloyd Milton bought his first boat in 1982 and he has sailed most points between Santa Barbara and Ensenda. His current boat is a Catalina 310, “Mad Madeline,” that he bought new in 2000 and he and it have covered 14,900 miles.

See more about Cloyd in Skippers!



Moved to California in September, 2010, and says she is completely in love with the West/Best Coast. In Ohio, she sailed with friends on Lake Erie every summer. “There is just something so magical about sailing that I feel everyone should experience,” she says. She looks forward to meeting new people and becoming as involved with WSA as possible.