WSA-OC The Whistle
June 2015
Chatting With The Commodore
Valerie Rhodes, 
 WSA-OC Commodore

Since I first set out in search of a local women's sailing organization last year, I have spent much time on the effort which has evolved into today's WSA-OC. Sometimes, truth be told, a bit too much time, and then...I have a weekend like this last one where I got to be out on the water enjoying sunshine, steady winds and new friends in the DWYC Charity Regatta. 

The experiences I've had over the past few months meeting new people and learning from some of the best local sailors in Orange County, would not be possible if not for WSA-OC. The last few days reminded me why many of us are working so hard to make WSA-OC thrive. It is my sincere hope that my experience is shared by every member of this group. Like with most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. If you want to meet other members and expand your sailing opportunities, get involved; join a committee, let us know your secret talents, suggest an idea for a program. As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome.


June General Meeting Recap
Judy-Rae's diagram of a Catalina-37.
The June meeting
had something for everyone. For the racers Judy-Rae Karlsen, WSA-OC member and Program Director for Sea Gals, gave a  presentation about the Long Beach Sailing Foundation 's fleet of the only 11 identical Catalina-37's in the world.  Judy-Rae encouraged WSA-OC racers to participate October's   Linda Elias Memorial Women's One-Design (LEMWOD) Challenge, where 11 t eams with all-women crews compete in windward-leeward races over 3-days in Long Beach. 

For the new(er) sailors, WSA-OC members Vicki Sweet and Monique Vigeant gave a "Welcome Aboard" presentation. Their informative and funny presentation  covered how to be a helpful crew member, personal safety, what to wear, what to have in your sail bag, seasickness, sailboat vocabulary and  basic  knots. According to Vicki and Monique, the three most important rules of boating are:
Vicki looks on as Monique discusses the parts of a sailboat
  1. Keep water out of the boat
  2. Keep people on the boat
  3. Don't hit anything hard

The Physics of Sailing Explained was recommended as a great resource.


What's Next?
Just in time for our inaugural WSA Catalina sail in July, Marc Hughston will be the featured speaker at our July 7th  courtesy Marc Hughston general meeting. His topic: Anchoring At Catalina: No Moorings? No Problem!


If you have ever worried about whether moorings would be available at Catalina and wondered about your options, this presentation is for you.  Don't let the availability of moorings impact your cruising plans!  Marc will cover the best anchorages at Catalina including anchoring techniques for narrow coves, sloping anchorages, and in strong winds that are effective at Catalina, the Northern Channel Islands, and around the world. 

Courtesy of Marc Hughston.   Anchoring at Catalina guidebook cover image.
Click photo to enlarge


Join us and bring a friend on July 7th at 7:00 p.m. for the WSA-OC general meeting at Aventura Sailing Association,  24707 Dana Drive in Dana Point.


Upcoming Events
WSA-OC has several events* planned through the end of 2015.  Of course you can always look at our online Calendar of Events. As each event gets closer more details will be provided via the various WSA-OC online outlets. 
June 14th ~ ~ Social Sail to The Cannery   E vent Full
July 7th ~ ~ General Meeting featuring information about anchoring at Catalina from Marc Hughston (see above)
July 30th - August 3rd ~ ~ Sail to Catalina with  LB WSA
August ~ ~ No General Meeting
August 16th ~ ~ One-Design Mini Regatta with other WSA groups
September 1st ~ ~ General Meeting
October ~ ~ No General Meeting
October 16th - 18th ~ ~ LEMWOD Challenge
October 17th ~ ~ Sail for the Visually Impaired

*Subject to change
This & That

WSA-OC is looking for members to serve on the following committees:





Drop us a note at if you'd like to meet some new people and help WSA-OC thrive!

WSA-OC is in the process of getting the Ship's Store up and running. We hope to have WSA-OC logo merchandise available by this holiday season.

We are looking at offering club burgees, hats, t-shirts and fleece wear but welcome input on what you'd like. Email with your suggestions.

Aventura has invited WSA-OC members to attend their Casino Royale fundraiser for Anchor's Away Youth Sailing on  Saturday night, June 13th (7-9pm) 

Win a skippered charter aboard Cabernet Sky a 48' Beneteau, try your hand at Blackjack, enjoy drinks & appetizers with friends.

Putting the boat away - Photo credit: Cindy Simmons

Campbell's Sloop  is on a winning roll! The all-women's crew took 1st Place All-Women and were the 1st Catalina to finish the  2015 Around Catalina  regatta. 

Kathleen Brown, Jan Guyette, Teryl Campbell, Captain Susie Campbell, and Valerie Rhodes (Pandora Nash-Karner not pictured) holding their trophies. 

Cindy Wynne and her  Sol Mate  crew including WSA-OC members, are also on a winning roll as they finished 3rd Place overall in PHRF class in the DWYC Charity Regatta.  
Kathy Boyd, Vicki Sweet & Cindy Wynne

M embership Has It's Privileges!

Give yourselves a pat on the back! In less than six months since the WSA-OC relaunch and rename, we've grown to close to 100 members!
If you're thinking of joining now's the time ....there may even be something special for our 100th member! 
Quick Links
Feeling Racy?
Click on image above for taste of LEMWOD action

WSA-OC is hoping to field a race team to compete in the 2015 LEMWOD Challenge. Since there are only 11 all-women teams able to participate WSA-OC needs to act quickly to ensure our team is entered.  In order to compete, the team needs to have at least nine, but not more than 11 crew members. 

Currently, we are compiling a list of people who are interested in participating. Email us with what (if any) position you are interested in or if you are interested in serving as Boat Boss.

WSA-OC In The News

Sometimes the star of a commercial isn't the product or the actors, but a BOAT and a LOCATION. Check out one of our own local celebrity boats and coastlines.
Watch it here!  Look familiar? 
Welcome Aboard
WSA-OC continues to grow, thanks to all of you for being WSA ambassadors. Welcome to our newest members: Desiree DeLiser, Jennifer Johns, Carol Moffa, Tamra Taylor, Judy Stamm and Lina Shi. Happy Sailing!
Go Slow! Have Fun!
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WSA-OC member and Turtle Rally co-founder, Bill McNamara is inviting all WSA members to participate in  the 2015 Turtle Rally June 26th-28th. The "rally" is designed to introduce novice racers to the sport in a fun, non-competitive manner. 

Rally participants "start" from Huntington Beach pier and "finish" at Two Harbors in Catalina with a happy hour celebration at the historic Isthmus Yacht Club. 

Sailors of all abilities are welcome. Sail numbers not required.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Valerie Rhodes

Vice Commodore
Gabi Schwaiger

Wayne Wallace

Brenda Highley

Membership Director
Shannon Harshman

Kathleen Brown

Bonnie Gibson

Newsletter Editor
Tracy Gallucci

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Dana Point, CA 92629