WSA-OC The Whistle
June 2016
Chatting With The Commodore
Valerie Rhodes,   WSA-OC Commodore
I was inspired by WSA-OC member Lisa Cullinane's talk at our June meeting to write about the importance of a "boating community." (See more in June meeting recap story below.) Last year Lisa joined WSA-OC a week after buying her first boat and, over the past year, has become an integral part of our women's sailing community. Many others have done the same; Karen Pacella, as a brand new member, expressed a desire to see a WSA-OC race team. She was invited to head up the effort and we are now heading into season 2 of the WSA-OSeas racing calendar thanks to her. Member Susie Campbell shared her interest early last year in creating an event that would bring awareness to the condition of our oceans and, from that glimmer of an idea, the Ocean Awareness Challenge was born. One of our newest members, Denise Eldridge raised her hand and volunteered to be our WSA-OC club historian at her very first meeting last week.

The point is that the more you put into your community, the more you will get out of it. We have a rich and diverse membership of over 120 women and men who share a passion for sailing. I encourage each of you to make the most of this wonderful community by getting involved; come to a meeting, sign up for a committee, participate in a day sail or offer up your boat for one of our many events. Come to us with your own ideas for a meeting or an on-the-water event. We welcome you all into our shared boating community!   Happy sailing, Valerie

August General Meeting ***NEW VENUE***
We're switching things up a bit in August (no meeting in July) and will be holding our general meeting at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Newport Beach. August's meeting topic will be Endless Summer, Sailing Travel Adventures. Come join WSA-OC and Captain Holly Scott, of Mahalo Sailing, for a virtual vacation. Spend the evening unwinding and relaxing as we sail to exotic locations amidst tropical ocean breezes and azure blue seas finding paradise together. Holly will share tips on a variety of cruising destinations and valuable information about the various ways to plan a sailing vacation. If you know Holly, you know you're in for a treat as her presentations are always informative and a lot of fun!

BCYC will be having their Taco Tuesday buffet, which will be available to any WSA-OC member in attendance for our meeting at the cost of $13 per person. Beer and wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. 

Tuesday, August 2nd 
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mexican Buffet (optional)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Endless Summer, Sailing Travel Adventures
1601 Bayside Drive
Corona del Mar, 92630

Everyone is invited to attend and we encourage you to bring a friend who is interested in sailing. Parking is available in their lot or on the street. 

Here or There - We Want Your Opinion!
We are so proud to have WSA-OC members hailing from all over Southern California with people coming from San Diego County, the Inland Empire, LA County as well as throughout all of Orange County. It has always been our goal to get back to having meetings in both Newport Harbor and Dana Point Harbor. We'd like to survey our membership to see how many would prefer to keep our meetings primarily in Dana Point vs. alternating between Newport Harbor and Dana Point. 
Please click here if you'd prefer to keep meetings in Dana Point only.
Please click here if you'd prefer alternating meeting locations.

Dana Point Harbor
Newport Harbor

July On-The-Water Event:  Duffy Boat Scavenger Hunt
Don't be afraid to be seen on a Duffy Boat - as they say "a day on the water is a great day, regardless of conveyance." Join us for a fun few hours of boating around Newport Harbor with fellow WSA friends while enjoying a shared potluck lunch and adult beverages (non-alcoholic  as well). 

We'll also be practicing our GPS navigational skills with a fun Newport Harbor scavenger hunt aboard the Duffy boats. It might be best to do the scavenger hunt before the adult beverages! 

Saturday, July 23rd 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The cost of the event will be $25.

***This event requires pre-registration as well as a current WSA-OC membership.***

June Meeting Recap
WSA-OC member Lisa Cullinane delivered a fun and informative talk to a packed house on "Boat Buying for the Novice and Experienced Sailor." She shared her story of buying her first boat as a relatively inexperienced sailor and advocated "buying your second boat first!"
Throughout her talk, Lisa emphasized the importance of building a boating community to support you as a boat buyer and a boat owner. She identified WSA-OC as a key part of her community along with her boat broker, mechanic, fellow sailors and marina personnel. 

A few key takeaways from Lisa's advice to those who wish to buy a boat are to:
  • Know what kind of a boater you are (racer, day sailor, adrenaline junky or zen seeker)
  • What kind of a decision maker are you? Impulsive? Methodical? Puzzle solver?
  • Establish a boating community who can help you make a good boat-buying decision
  • Evaluate your fears and establish which are rational vs. irrational 
Saving the Blue Heart of the Earth
Hopefully you plan on attending the Ocean Awareness Challenge in September. As youknow it's going to be a weekend filled with entertainment and education. However, if you're unable to attend, but would like to assist in helping to heal the "Blue Heart of the Earth" you can do so in several different ways: 
  • Donate to the OAC scholarship fund to send an underprivileged student to the Mountain and Sea Adventures camp.
    • It costs $249 to send one child to the MSA camp for three days/two nights of programming, which is equivalent to the cost of two days admission at a local amusement park. 
      MSA touch tank
      A a small stingray in the MSA touch tank. Photo courtesy of Patsee Ober.
  • Donate goods or services that can be auctioned (monies raised will be used for camp scholarships).
  • Donate to the OAC event operations fund.
  • Promote the OAC event on your personal or business website, newsletter or social media channels.
  • Share the OAC Facebook posts.
  • Request flyers to be posted at your yacht club, business, etc. 
  • Request an OAC presentation for your organization.
Visit the OAC Make a Donation page for all of the donation options.  Contact OAC  if you would like to schedule a presentation, request flyers, run an article in your newsletter or would like information of how you can become involved. 

Learn more about the OAC , additional  information can be found via the drop-down menu under the OAC tab.

Mark Your Calendar's Now! Upcoming WSA-OC Events*
WSA-OC has events* planned through the end of 2016. For more information, view our  All Events page on the website, where you will be able to read more detail about each event as well as additional events that aren't listed below. As each event gets closer more details will be provided via the various WSA-OC online outlets. 
June 18th ~ ~ Sailstice Day Social Sail  (preregistration required) SOLD OUT
July 5th  ~ ~ No General Meeting
July 16th ~ ~ Sea Gals Event**
July 23rd ~ ~ Duffy Boat Scavenger Hunt (preregistration required)
August 13th ~ ~ Sea Gals Event**
September 6th ~ ~ No General Meeting
September 9th - 11th ~ ~ Ocean Awareness Challenge (preregistration required)
September 18th  ~ ~ OSeas: Long Beach Charity Race
October 14th - 16th ~ ~ OSeas: LEMWOD
October 15th ~ ~ Sail for the Visually Impaired w/ ALYC
November 12th ~ ~ Full Moon Night Social Sail (preregistration required)
December 6th ~ ~ Holiday Party (preregistration required)

Reminder: All of our activities and events, except our monthly general meetings or where stated otherwise, require you to be a WSA-OC member in good standing and also require paid in advance preregistration. That being said, if you're not a member we'd LOVE to have you. We have a lot of events planned through the end of 2016 and we hope you will  join us today so you won't miss out on the fun! 

*Subject to change
**Affiliate event

Race with the OSeas
Calling All OSeas

Now is the time to get out on the water and start practicing. Both the Long Beach Charity Regatta and LEMWOD will be here before you know it. We have several practice dates scheduled throughout the summer, leading up to the two regattas, in the fall. 

As we begin to identify this year's team, we'll be looking at the following:  
  • Do you have the physical ability to do back to back days of rigorous Windward Leeward races?
  • Are you attending practices?
  • Are you able to meet any financial requirements - approximately $150 - $200 per person
  • Are you a team player?
  • Do you have the needed skill level?
  • Participate in monthly team practices leading up to LEMWOD
  • Participate in both:
    •  Long Beach Charity Regatta - September 18th
    • LEMWOD - October 14th - 16th
For questions, information, or to register for practice sessions please email  Karen Pacella at

Photo of the Month

The Catalina Full Moon Social Sail group (minus photographer Stephen Ashley) overlooking Two Harbors.  Front Row: Kathleen Brown, Barbara Kelley, Wanda McCargar, Leaine Simmer, Mary Swann, Eileen Boylan, Brenda Highley, Jan Guyette and Heather Walsh. Back Row: Risa Scott, Gabi Schwaiger, Valerie Rhodes and Tracy Gallucci. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Brown.
Burgee Beat
Congratulations to Karen Pacella on the purchase of a Catalina 36 currently named Me'ander, but will be renamed.

Karen aboard her new boat, flying the WSA-OC burgee, natch, in Alamitos Bay.

Do you have your WSA-OC burgee? Do you have a trip planned? If so, we'd love to see photos of the WSA-OC burgee accompanying you in your travels, hopefully to exotic locales. Happy Travels ⛵️

Send photos with date and location details to
***NO July Meeting***
We will NOT be having a July 2016 general meeting. We will, however, be hosting our July Duffy Scavenger Hunt and reconvening in August (see left column for details). 

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Catalina Full Moon Social Sail Recap
Our 2nd annual social sail to Catalina Island began with rough seas and predicted bad weather. We had three boats setting sail from three different ports, Dana Point, Newport Beach and Long Beach, and wouldn't you know the wind was on everyone's nose, both ways, such a bummer, so sadly no sailing. 

Catalina May 2016
Leaine, Eileen and Wanda enjoying the sun and Catalina's ubiquitous Buffalo Milk drink. 

But all was not lost! The boats arrived to Fourth of July Cove amid calm seas and sunshine, which prevailed throughout the entire weekend. 

Take a look at the photos from the weekend that include scenes from the group hike(s), dinner, happy hour, beach barbecue and boat brunch. Already looking forward to next year's trip! 
Summer SAILstice
This event is currently SOLD OUT. However, we are taking names  to put on a  wait list

Join fellow members for a fun day sail to Newport Beach for lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe to celebrate Summer Sailstice! The WSA-OC is part of the official worldwide event.

This will be a wonderful way to to get to know fellow WSA-OC members!
WSA-OC Exclusive Offer for OAC
An anonymous donor is offering passage and sleeping accommodations to the Ocean Awareness Challenge aboard Cabernet Sky, a superbly equipped 2013 Beneteau 48 Oceanis cruising yacht, with three staterooms, two heads, expansive cockpit and modern design. WSA-OC members have the first opportunity to register before it opens to the public. Space is limited to six persons and one stateroom is already booked. 

This offer is a fundraiser for OAC, all proceeds raised will go directly to student scholarship fund. Read detailed instructions of how to sign-up for this incredible opportunity. 
This & That
New Ship Store Swag Coming Soon!
I n the very near future you will be able to purchase WSA-OC logo visors in either pink or white. 
Have you recently received a sailing award or trophy? Did you get a new boat? Do you have a sailing or marine photo? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, let us know. Don't be shy! Email us at: .


Sailing Classes
Training Opportunity
***New Summer Dates***

WSA-OC member Captain, Diane Berol is once again graciously inviting our members to take her sailing classes at no charge aboard her 40' Pacific Seacraft  Celtic Song.  The following is her schedule through August.

June 15th Basic Sailing
June 25th MOB
June 29th Reefing
July 10th Basic Sailing
July 13th MOB
July 16th Reefing
July 20th Basic Sailing
July 30th MOB
August 7th Basic Sailing
August 10th MOB

Requirements for participation: 
  • Text book: Sailing Fundamentals, by Gary Jobson
  • Sailing gloves
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Bring your own lunch
All classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

If you want to participate or would like more information, 
RSVP to Diane. Enrollment will be first come, first served.
Welcome Aboard
WSA-OC continues to grow, thanks to all of you for being WSA ambassadors.  Welcome to our newest members:
Denise Eldridge
Stan Flores
Carena Phillips

Happy Sailing!
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Valerie Rhodes

Vice Commodore
Kathleen Brown

Rear Commodore
Gabi Schwaiger

Wayne Wallace

Brenda Highley

Membership Director
Risa Scott

Director (Racing)
Karen Pacella

Director (Programs)
Melanie Green

Newsletter Editor
Tracy Gallucci

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Dana Point, CA 92629