August, 2019
Chatting With The Commodore
Karen Pacella, WSA-OC Commodore
I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and wet Labor Day weekend! Luckily, the majority of us are in Sunny California and can still wear white! How lucky we are to be able to get out on the water nearly the entire year! It's sad to think so many of our sailing partners across the country will start 'winterizing' their vessels in just a few short weeks. In fact, WSA-OC still has so many more on-the-water events to take us nearly through the end of the year! 

By now, I hope you have our last Dockside Clinic on your calendar for September 14th. Our Raft Up at Island White on September 21st, and our last Social Sail of the year in November! Oh, so you say you'd like more to do in October?? If you HURRY, you can still get a Cal 20 race team together in time for LEMWOD! Or just come out and cheer on your fellow racers as they compete in this year's event - October 12th and 13th.

Still want more to do??? Okay then, be sure to get on our WSA-OC Facebook Page and post that you're either 'looking' for crew or 'available' to crew!  Our group is nothing, if not SOCIAL!

This is the time of year we start doing a serious search for volunteers! If you've had fun, made new friends and want more from WSA-OC, we ask you to GET INVOLVED! There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and it takes a village to make it all come together. Wherever your passion may lie, we have a job for you!  

We need help with On-The-Water events, Philanthropy and Community Service events, Communication (Social Media, Newsletter and more), Ship Store, Hospitality, Board of Director positions, Secretary, Treasurer .... you name it, we need you!  Call me directly or reach out to any of the Board of Directors!

I'll see you all on September 10th at the Newport Beach Yacht Club for our next General Meeting!

See you on the water,

 - Karen
September General Meeting: Tuesday, September 10th
WSA-OC member boats - Onde Amo (L-Upper) and Macondo (R-Upper) and Traveller (lower)

Join us for our September meeting at the Newport Beach Yacht Club where we'll hear from TransPac participants -- Onde Amo, Traveller and Macondo

⛵️ Tuesday, September 10th (THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH) 
⛵️ 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Social/Happy Hour 
⛵️ 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.  New Business & Announcements  
⛵️ 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. TransPac Participants 
⛵️ Location TBD
⛵️ Beer and wine available for purchase
⛵️ Bring cash for our 50/50 raffle
⛵️ Meetings are open to all members, their guests and any member of the public interested in learning more about WSA-OC.

WSA-OC Community Service
WSA-OC First Annual  Girls AdventureSail® 
A Huge Success!

Laura will be providing 1-2 paragraph wrap-up and photo(s) provided by Kathleen

Adventure Sail
Adventure Sail®
WSA-OC Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

We currently have Scholarship/Grant Funds available. Apply or recommend a participant today!!!  The mission of WSA-OC allows women of all stripes and at-risk youth expanded access to sailing-related activities and educational opportunities related to protecting our marine environment. Head to our website to learn more.  Applications can be downloaded and emailed to Laura McCaleb , Community Service Chair. 
Exciting News for the WSA-OSeas!
We've Been Invited!!
LEMWOD Competitors

The 2019  Linda Elias Memorial One Design (LEMWOD), to be held October 12th/13th will be an invitational for the first time. Only skippers invited by LBYC will be eligible to enter. The WSA-OSeas just received word that they are one of the teams honored with an invitation to participate in this year's LEMWOD Regatta! 

This year's  LEMWOD also marks the second year of expanded opportunities for the intermediate and advanced racer with the Cal 20 fleet provided by the SYC Sailing Foundation. Sign-ups are open now! Cal 20 teams. S end completed entry form to Race Chair Denise Eldredge and she will submit it.  The team must all be members of WSA-OC.   Instructions are in the NORs (attached for your reference).  WSA-OC will pay $250.00 towards the Entry Fee for the first 3 teams that enter. (All members of team must be WSA-OC current members.) If you have already entered, please forward your entry form to Denise.
Standard Entry (received by August 16, 2019) - $135
Late Entry (received after August 16, 2019) - $150 
Notice of Race (NOR) and Entry Forms can be found here.
Catalina Weekend Rendezvous Was A Big Hit!
In case you were wondering what the trip was all about, here's what you missed. Commodores Welcome, Hike to Sea Glass Beach, BYOBlow-up, Progressive Appetizers, Dancing, more Hiking, Laughter, Fun, New Friendships and Sailing! 

Thank you to  Tracey Brown of WSA/Long Beach Women's Sailing Assn for her advice and guidance regarding this awesome event! 

One of the favorites of the entire weekend was the progressive appetizer/beverage tour, including True Blue (Long Beach) teaching us a Scottish song, sharing a little scotch whiskey and providing us with some excellent appetizers! True Blue received an honorable mention with 20 total points.  Decorations were over the top on Sognatorre's Fiesta-themed boat and came in 2nd with a total of 21 points.  Sails Lady won both "best beverage" (blue lagoon's complete with fish), and "best costumes" including a lobster, queen crab, octopussy, dolphin and woman-'o-war and came in 1st with a total of 23 points! 

We also had a poker run, wherein each boat collected cards by attending Friday and Saturday events.  This proved to be more difficult than initially thought, as many were to "happy" to recall what happened to their cards and/or could not read the numbers on them.  Let the record show, there was no four-of-a-kind with 9's hand, as I had the last 9 in my hand. The winner with 2 pair (4's/K's - Ace high) was Indra!  Congratulations to all our winners!  

Waiting a year for the next one is far too long.  So..... I am currently looking for boats for our next event (Raft Up) on September 21 st  at Island White, which is one of the oil islands off of Long Beach.  Help me make this event just as successful by donating the use of your vessel. Skippers/Captains will be able to hand select their First Mate!     Sign ups will begin in a few weeks so stay tuned!  Just a plug, but if you'd also like to donate your vessel for our last OTW event of the year on November 2 nd  (Brunch on Board), I'll be happy to take your information for that as well!

KT Reiter, WSA-OC Rear Commodore
September On-The-Water Events
Saturday, September 14th (10am-12pm)
Dockside Clinic #6

Get To Know a Sailboat; Lingo & Historical Significance
Learn about a modern-day sailboats and how sailing terminology relates back to the Tall Ships Era.   This clinic is good for all levels of sailors! Even if you know what the part is called, do you know why it is called that or how it got its name?

Lunch is included for ONLY $25!!!
Go to our Members Only Facebook page to sign up!
Meet in front of Harpoon Henry's at Dana Point Marina!

Instructor: Judy Fusco   WSA-OC Member
Historically relevant contributions by Dee Carroll, WSA-OC Member  and Ocean      Institute Volunteer


Saturday, September 21st (10am-12pm)
Raft Up @ Island White in Long Beach Harbor

We will be joined by our LBWSA Sailing Sisters to share 
in food, fun and relaxation!


Go to our Members Only Facebook page to sign up or sign up at the General Meeting!

Affiliate Organization Events
WSA-OC Members Welcome

Registration is open for last Sea Gals event this season. This Sunday, September 8th from noon - 4:00 p.m.  More info can be found by clicking link above.  Register NOW!

WSA-OC members invited to Aventura every Thursday to take advantage of our Social Member status! 

Come by beginning at 5:00 p.m. for Thirsty Thursdays members-only food and drink specials. There will be different specials and informational topics every week.

Mark Your Calendars Now!
Upcoming 2019 WSA-OC Events*
The following is an up-to-date list of WSA-OC and affiliate events* that we have planned for the remainder of 2019. As each event gets closer, more details will also be provided via the WSA-OC social media accounts - Facebook and Instagram.  For more information, view our  All Events  page on the website.

All of our on-the-water events are for WSA-OC members only, unless otherwise noted. Cancellations will be assessed a $5.00 fee to cover our credit card fees. No-shows or cancellations made within 48 hours of event cannot be refunded. 

Questions? Email us at
September 8th ~ ~ Affiliate Event - Sea Gals  
September 10th ~ ~ General Meeting 
September 14th ~ ~ Dockside Clinic
September 21st ~ ~ Raft Up - Island White, Long Beach Harbor
September 22nd  ~ ~ OSeas/LEMWOD Practice
September 29th ~ ~ OSeas/LEMWOD Practice
October 1st ~ ~ General Meeting
October 6th ~ ~ OSeas/LEMWOD Practice
October 12th/13th ~ ~ LEMWOD
October 26th ~ ~ Dana Point Harbor Clean-up With Ocean Institute
November 2nd ~ ~ Brunch-On-Board
November 5th ~ ~ General Meeting & Board Election
December 3rd ~ ~ Holiday Party

*Subject to change 
 Black = meeting | Pink = on-the-water | Green = OSeas | Orange = affiliate event | Purple = community service

New Members

Without our members continued support, WSA-OC would not be the Club we are today. Thanks to all of you for joining WSA-OC and believing in us and our mission.

Welcome aboard to our newest members:
Lisa Doliva
Kathleen Sulliven
Sheri Zoratti
Mardi Rowson
Suzanne Burk
Judith DeShaies
Darrell Park
Estela Tejidor
Cathy Lee-Saxton
Maureen Vild
Laura Conrod

Membership Deal!
Membership Special
Half-Year Membership Fee
If you've been waiting for the right time to join WSA-OC, NOW is the time. We have just rolled out a mid-year membership for new and returning members of only $50 for the remainder of the year!

New members will be eligible to participate our summer raft-up, holiday party, and all of our remaining on-the-water events and membership meetings. The second half of the year is guaranteed to be even more fun that the first half!
Ship Store
The Ship Store is open 24/7. Our logo merch makes great gifts

Special 40th Anniversary swag has arrived in the WSA-OC Ship Store. Available now on our website.
⛵️  40th Anniversary Caps
⛵️  Hooded Wind Jackets
Mesh Jerseys
⛵️  Fleece Vests
⛵️  Anorak Jacket
⛵️ Short and  Long Sleeve Shirts

Pink 40th Anniversary. Hat
Order online now to guarantee your purchase before it sells out!  Buy now , so you're outfitted for our next event or your walk around town!

Add a WSA-OC Logo to Your Own Items

If you have personal [fabric] items on which you would like to have the WSA-OC logo, we can do that for you! The cost will depend upon number of items received, but will be between $10 -$15 per item , which is the cost of application. For an additional $10, you can have your item personalized i.e. name, boat name, etc. (one line only). Contact us for info.

⚓️ We Want Your Text - We will be sending members text messages from the number 474747. To ensure that you receive these messages, make sure your phone doesn't have a 'Short Code Block', which will preclude you from receiving text messages from us. Also, make sure we have your current mobile number. Email us if you have any questions or if you did not receive a text message from us reminding you of our previous General Meeting.

Text the keyword wsaoc to 474747, if you'd like to be added to our text list to receive updates.

⚓️ Newsflash! - Do you have some news you'd like to share? Like a new boat or a boat for sale. Perhaps you just got your Captain's license. Email us, so we can spread the news! Don't be shy. Let us know!

Great News!
WIth the election of a new Board of Directors at the American Legion Post 291, the American Legion Yacht Club (ALYC) is back in business and all reciprocals and guest privileges are once again being honored. ALYC has graciously extended guest privileges to all current WSA-OC members.

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One of the perks of WSA-OC membership is accessing the exclusive  content that can be found on our private, members-only Facebook group page. The page is very dynamic with a lot of member interaction.

Click on photo to link to group.

Any group member can start a post, add photos, comment, etc. It is a forum for both official WSA-OC announcements and informal content. Friends have literally been made and crew spots filled, all thanks to the easy, open communication between M embers. As we've said before, "The more you put into this group [WSA-OC], the more you'll get out of it!"
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2019 WSA-OC
Board of Directors

Karen Pacella

Vice Commodore
Lisa Cullinane

Rear Commodore
Kt Reiter

Barbara Kelley

Laura McCaleb

Director at Large: Communications
Valerie Burchfield Rhodes

Director at Large: Membership
Vallerie Gonzales

Jr. Staff Commodore
Melanie Green

Newsletter Editor
Valerie Burchfield Rhodes
Where's Our Burgee/Swag Been??
We hope you're proudly flying your WSA-OC Burgee and wearing your member swag wherever your travels take you. 
Submit your favorite travel photo with your WSA-OC burgee or garb and we'll feature it in an upcoming issue of The Whistle!
TransPac Burgee Exchange
During the recent TransPac week in Honolulu, WSA-OC members conducted a formal burgee exchange with Waikiki Yacht Club Commodore, Hideki Hayashi.  Like other yacht clubs without a strong female contingent of boat owners, members of WYC were awed by our club's support of our women members competing in TransPac.

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