WSA-OC The Whistle
February 2018
Chatting With The Commodore
Melanie Green,
WSA-OC Commodore
Happy February Everyone! It feels like winter has sailed right past us with our current balmy weather and by the numerous boxes of Girl Scout cookies I just purchased. I know it's not quite spring yet but it sure makes you want to get out on the water and we are so blessed to live in Southern California to do just that while the rest of the county shovels off the white stuff!

I sit here the eve before Sailing Convention for Women and I am giddy ... and have a few butterflies. I have attended for several years and I suppose it makes me feel nostalgic. It reminds me of when I was a young girl going back to school after summer break. Oh the stirs of anticipation! Would I like my instructors, would I make new friends, would I like my classes? Would familiar faces be there to greet me? As a returning attendee to Convention I must laugh at my schoolgirl musings, and I find year after year the take away benefits are endless.

As I reflect more about it, I realize how lucky I am to be a part of WSA-OC. As adults it can seem we have fewer opportunities to make new friends and embark on new adventures. That's why having discovered WSA-OC four years ago is so priceless to me, it's due to the opportunities! Membership provides us the opportunity to expand our horizons and stretch our comfort zone in a safe and nurturing environment, to teach one another and it's also a way to give back to our community while making everlasting friends. I truly believe you get out of your membership what you put into it. I invite you to utilize your member benefits to the maximum and come out and join us for a social sail, share your sailing stories, attend one of our racing clinics and even lend a hand on a committee. We will all have a great time while we reap the rewards of learning, sharing and growing ... that's what it's all about!
Sails Up!


Spring Into Sailing
Come Sail Into Spring with Us

Calling all boat owners! We'll begin the evening with our second annual "WSA-OC Blessing of the Boats" followed by our program for the evening   Spring Into Sailing .

While much of the country is facing the icy cold of winter (we'll pretend we are too) we'll escape to tropical locations for the evening as boating, travel journalist and photographer, Zuzana Prochazka, shares her combined passions of seeing the world, sailing the seas, and sharing her experiences through words and photographs. It will be a night you won't want to miss. 

Zuzana was born in the Czech  Republic and has lived in four countries all before the age of 20. So her wanderlust began early and since then she has visited 40 countries (and counting) and has been to all seven continents. Zuzana is also an accomplished photographer and writer. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online outlets. She also has her USCG 100 Ton Master license. We are very excited to welcome her as our featured speaker at our March meeting. To learn more about Zuzana and her travels be sure to explore her website

Photo by Zuzana Prochazka, taken in Bora Bora

⛵️ Tuesday, March 6th
⛵️ 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Social/Happy Hour
⛵️ 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Blessing of the Boats, New Business & Announcements
⛵️ 7:45 - 9:00 p.m. Spring Into Sailing
24707 Dana Drive
Dana Point, 92629
⛵️ We will also have light refreshments, including beer and wine, available. A nominal donation of $3-$5 per person is requested to support the refreshment fund.
⛵️ Meetings are open to all members, their guests and any member of the public interested in learning more about the WSA-OC.

Social Sail Recap
We Went Sailing & Were On the Water Rich Together

Our first on-the-water event of 2018 is in the books and it was a resounding success. We completely filled six boats and had enough interest to fill six more. We also had several members and friends join us afterwards for happy hour in which we filled up Harpoon Henry's as well. 
Social Sail Feb 10, 2018
Captain Courageous, aka Wayne Wallace, who had Wind Dancer on her ear most of the day!
Our large contingency met up in Dana Point Harbor for some quick socialization prior to receiving individual boat assignments and choosing one of three sandwich options for lunch, provided by WSA-OC. 

The day may have been a bit overcast, but that didn't hold back the fun. We had sustained winds between 9 - 15 knots all day, which made for some rails in the water fun for some or a nice leisurely sail for others ... depending upon how aggressive your skipper was. However, since it was a social sail, none of the skippers put their crew to work by hoisting a spinnaker. 

Sadly, no whales were spotted, but the oceans friendliest occupants, dolphins, made several appearances. Word has it Mañana saw a very large pod of dolphins. Feel free to share your photos with us by posting to our private Facebook group page or by emailing us at

Through the generosity of our boat owners, we're able to put on some of the finest on-the-water events in SoCal! Thanks to our Social Sail boat owners - Susie Campbell, Lisa Cullinane, Stan & Toni Flores, Brenda Highley, Karen Pacella and Wayne Wallace - for donating your time and your boat for our event! Without you, our on-the-water events wouldn't be possible. Again, THANK YOU!

Registration is now open for our next on-the-water event Learn to Race/Skills Brush-up Clinic ... read on below for info about this great opportunity to get on the water!

Register Now for Learn to Race/Skills Brush-up Clinic
Ashley, Kraemer, Rhodes

Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to: Get out on the water more? Learn something new? Learn to race? Meet new people? Well, we can help! Join fellow WSA-OC members for a Learn To Race/Skills Brush-up Clinic aboard the fun Cal 20's in Long Beach. We'll start our day with a Race Rules Chalk Talk starting at 11:00 a.m. at Shoreline Yacht Club. 

At noon, we'll grab our sandwiches, provided by WSA-OC, and get the boats rigged and off the dock by 1:00 p.m. We'll have several practice starts and races.

This event is perfect if you're new to racing. Of course racing is a huge component, but sailing on the Cal 20's can help improve your sail trimming and help you have a better understanding of the wind. In addition to just being plain ol' fun sailing on the Cal 20's will certainly enhance your abilities aboard any size boat.

A pre-registration fee of $25 is required to reserve your spot. All WSA-OC on-the-water events are limited to current members only. Cancellations will be assessed a $5.00 fee to cover our credit card fees. Cancellations made within 48 hours of event cannot be refunded.

Learn To Race/Skills Brush-up Clinic Details:
⛵️ Sunday, March 25th
⛵️ 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
⛵️ $25 Per Person
      386 Shoreline Drive South
      Long Beach, CA 90802

Mark Your Calendars Now! Upcoming 2018 WSA-OC Events*
WSA-OC and affiliate events* have been tentatively planned for all of 2018. However, just the events for six months out are listed below. More events and details will be added as planning continues and as the events get closer.  For more information, view our  All Events  page on the website. There, you will be able to read more detail about upcoming events, as well as additional events that aren't listed below. As each event gets closer, more details will also be provided via the various WSA-OC online outlets. All of our on-the-water events are for WSA-OC members only, unless noted otherwise. Cancellations will be assessed a $5.00 fee to cover our credit card fees. Cancellations made within 48 hours of event cannot be refunded.  Questions? Email us at events@wsaoc
March 6th ~ ~ General Meeting Spring Into Sailing
March 10th ~ ~ DPYC Spring Series
March 24th ~ ~ DPYC Spring Series
April 3rd ~ ~ General Meeting
April 22nd ~ ~ Earth Day Event
May 1st ~ ~ General Meeting
May 13th ~ ~ Sea Gals
May 19th ~ ~  On-the-Water Event
June 9th ~ ~ DPYC Spring Series
June 5th ~ ~ General Meeting
June 10th ~ ~ Sea Gals
June 23rd ~ ~ Summer Sailstice Day Sail
July 15th ~ ~ Sea Gals
July 27th - 29th ~ ~ Catalina Weekend with LB WSA
August 7th ~ ~ General Meeting
August 19th ~ ~ Sea Gals
August 25th ~ ~ Full Moon Sail
*Subject to change 
 Black = meeting | Pink = on-the-water | Green = OSeas | Orange = affiliate event

Affiliate Organization Events & Member Announcements
The following are affiliate events that we have been invited to participate and attend. Please be sure to visit their websites or click on the hyperlinks to view additional information. Remember when attending affiliate events, you are doing so as a representative of WSA-OC. 

For those of you who need to brush-up on and/or fulfill your Safety at Sea Seminar requirement, you can attend one at Bahia Corinthian YC on Sunday, February 25th. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $75. 

This seminar is specifically designed for inland and coastal racers and cruisers, sailboats and powerboats and will cover safety gear, emergency communication and more. This seminar is US Sailing approved.

WSA-OC and LB WSA have made a reciprocal agreement to welcome members from each group to attend the others monthly meeting. There is no obligation to join the other organization. However, participation in club events is restricted to members only, unless otherwise specified. 

The LB WSA group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Seal Beach Yacht Club, in Long Beach. 

Sea Gals is back for 2018!  Mark your calendar for the following five spring and summer Sunday Sea Gal events:

May 13th
June 10th
July 15th
August 19th
September 9th

Registration is not yet open for 2018. For more information contact Judy Fusco Sea Gals Program Director

Once again Aventura Sailing Association is offering current WSA-OC members generous discounts for their classes and/or membership. Click on image below to expand.
Aventura 2018 Discounts
Aventura 2018 WSA-OC Discounts
Welcome Aboard

Wow, wow, wow! What a month it's been for new memberships. 

Thanks to all of you for being  WSA-OC ambassadors. Welcome to our newest members:
Maya Buckley
Anna Davison
Kathleen Ellis
Michael Gallucci
Stephanie Miller
Robin Nielson
Milisa Singletary
Darien Smith
Marti Smith
Happy Sailing!
Racing  Committee
OSeas: More than LEMWOD Team

The OSeas came about because the 2015 LEMWOD team needed a name and it was a fun play on our organization's name. However, the OSeas Race Team is more than a team assembled for LEMWOD. 

We will be racing all year in all sorts of races all over SoCal. Any WSA-OC member who races is considered a member of the OSeas. Because of this our Racing Committee Co-Chairs has a list of our members who are skilled racers. 

There have been several times when skippers have reached out to us looking for experienced crew. Thanks to the aforementioned list they are able to connect the two. Remember to check and/or post to our private Facebook group for race crew opportunities. 

Skippers are generally looking for experienced crew with a specific skill set. These are not learn to race situations. However, if you wish to learn we will have several opportunities throughout the year. In fact, we have one coming up in March, see: Learn to Race/Skills Brush-up Clinic
Next Up: April 2018
Next on the Schedule

⚓️ April Meeting
Tuesday the 3rd 7:00 p.m. at Aventura.
⚓️ Sunday the 22 is Earth Day and we will be having an on-the-water event
Ship Store
New Items Coming Soon

The Ship Store is planning to have some exciting new merchandise available for purchase at our March meeting. Stay tuned to Facebook and our website for photos and purchasing opportunities.

Add a WSA-OC Logo to Your Own Items

If you have personal [fabric] items that you would like to have the WSA-OC logo embroidered
on 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).

We will accept and distribute your personal items at our general meetings. Your items will be sent out on a quarterly basis.  The schedule is as follows: 

Mtg. Bring - Mtg. Receive
Jan/Feb - Mar
Apr/May - June
Jul/Aug - Sep
Oct/Nov - Dec
Member News

⚓️ Congratulations to Brenda Highley! She passed her captains test and is in the process of filing her paperwork with the Coast Guard to be issued her Coast Guard 100 Ton Master's license.

⚓️ Congratulations to Doug Green on his installation as the American Legion YC Commodore for 2018. By the way, Doug is the husband of Melanie, our commodore. Talk about a power couple! 

⚓️ Congratulations to Owen Provence on her installation as the Shoreline YC Commodore for 2018.

⚓️ Are you an Instagram user? Give us a follow, our username is @wsaoc
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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.
Since this Facebook Group was launched, about a year ago, it has gained a lot of traction and is very dynamic. 
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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, crew spots filled all thanks to the easy, open communication between
members. 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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2018 WSA-OC
Board of Directors

Melanie Green

Vice Commodore
Karen Pacella

Rear Commodore
Brenda Highley

Barbara Kelley

Vallerie Gonzales

Membership Director
Cheryl Case

Communications Director
Valerie Rhodes

Jr. Staff Commodore
Risa Scott

Newsletter Editor
Tracy Gallucci

Photo of the Month
10 February 2018 Photo by Valerie Rhodes
An exuberant Kathleen Brown at the helm of Wind Dancer during the Social Sail on February 10th. Photo by Valerie Rhodes

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