WSA-OC The Whistle
June 2018
Chatting With The Commodore
Melanie Green,
WSA-OC Commodore
Hello Summertime!
It's June already? Can you believe it?! I'm really looking forward to long sunny days on the water with a warm breeze sailing away! Even though we live in a mild climate all year long, there's just something about June that puts an extra spring in my step. Maybe it's the longer days, concerts in the park on a balmy evening, or my beloved plumerias blooming away in the yard. Doug and I have spruced up the patio, bought a new grill and Lulu, our French bulldog, loves her new puppy pool to cool off in. We are totally ready for some fun this summer! 
We've had an incredible first half of the year at WSA-OC and our second half is equally as promising with enjoyable events planned both on and off the water. Be sure not to miss the global celebration of Summer Sailstice. We'll be celebrating on Saturday, June 23rd in Dana Point Harbor with a relaxing social sail and post sail happy hour (this event is currently full). Our event of the summer will be our Catalina Rendezvous July 27-29 in Two Harbors, joining up with Long Beach WSA for some island fun. It's going to be a weekend you won't want to miss! We will be dark in July and will resume our general meetings in August, but be sure to keep watch on our Members Only Facebook Group for some Pop Up Events i.e. casual get-togethers to keep the fun times rolling along this summer.
No matter what your summer plans are make it a safe and joyful one. To all our WSA-OC Dads, wishing you a Happy Father's Day!  I will leave you with some June trivia: The month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter. Juno was known as the patron of marriage and was responsible for the wellbeing of women. The Flower of June is the rose, which symbolizes love and beauty.

Sails Up!


Catalina Staycation & Three-Day Rendezvous
We're so excited to plan this weekend for our members! What a great little staycation getaway, Catalina Island in the summer! We hope you don't miss out on this sure to be fun event. What's even better is that we'll be meeting up with our sister organization, Long Beach WSA! We're still hammering out the fine details, but your weekend will look something like this: 
Friday, July 27th - Day 1
Meet your boat, at the designated port, and leave at your leisure with your WSA-OC boat crew. You'll arrive at Two Harbors/The Isthmus sometime on Friday and get a mooring WSA-OC will cover the cost. Friday evening will be celebrated with a raft up - you'll join WSA members from both chapters OC and LB - where we'll meet at a designated host boat for cocktails and appetizers! FYI, there will be a full moon on this night.
Saturday, July 28th - Day 2
Breakfast and lunch on your own. This will be a great time to mingle with LB WSA members, as well as our own. Bring your kayaks, paddleboards (check with your skipper to see if they can be accommodated) and snorkel gear. Let's spend and enjoy more time IN the water, instead of on top of it. Saturday night will be our burger barbecue on shore with both clubs.
Sunday, July 29th - Day 3
Breakfast on your own, wouldn't it be nice if we all met on shore for a final meal? Leave for home at your leisure.

OTW Event: Summer Sailstice

Join us for a day sail in Dana Point to celebrate the longest sailing day of the year, Summer Sailstice!  We'll meet in Dana Point Harbor in front of Harpoon Henry's on June 23rd at 11:00 a.m. for our group pictures and pick up our lunches. YES, WSA-OC will provide lunches for everyone on board! The event is full, but you can still sign up for Summer Sailstice wait list

Then we'll head off to our boat assignments to be on the water by noon. Our goal is enjoy every minute of the day, even the extra one we get on the longest day of the year! We should be back at the dock by 3:00 p.m. where everyone will help put away the boats and tidy up.

And what would any event be without having our traditional beverages and appetizers afterward? We'll meet at El Torito for an after sail Summer Sailstice celebration!

We still would love to have a couple more boats sign up to participate so we can accommodate more members for this fun event.  Email Event Chair Karen Pacella  if you want more information about how you can participate as a boat owner.

June Meeting:  Cruising SoCal & Pre-Sail Safety 
Our meeting began as it usually does, with our Happy Half Hour and a fun icebreaker that included M&M's. During this time we collected  gently worn clothing and accessories for the non-profit Working Wardrobes. Many of our members brought suits from their previous lives in the corporate world or items that no longer fit, etc. On behalf of all of you we collected almost 100 items that will be provided to help the less fortunate build their workforce wardrobe.
Working Wardrobes Donation
Cheryl Case, WSA-OC Membership Director and Working Wardrobes Career Center Staff Accountant, with our donation.

" At Working Wardrobes we do everything in our power to help men, women, young adults and veterans overcome difficult challenges, so they can achieve the dignity of work. Each donation means a man or woman will have their dignity restored; their confidence boosted; their outlook and opportunity to find work enhanced." 

Mark Hughston of Santana Sailing was our guest speaker and he took us on a very entertaining tour of the Channel Islands. Mark described the beauty and difficulty of sailing in these waters as we watched a gorgeous slideshow of his travels. He imparted the importance of having a pre-sail safety checklist and using it every time you go out on a boat. "Don't be complacent, that's when bad things happen." 

Mark was kind enough to share two of his checklists 'pre-cruise' and 'underway' along with his 'Santa Cruz Island cove chart' with us. He is also offering a 20% discount to WSA-OC members for any goods or services, including classes, at Santana Sailing use promo code 'WSA-OC' at checkout. 

OTW: Safety at Sea Increased Awareness
Our on the water events keep getting more fun. During our Safety at Sea event on May 19th we had our very own members, Chuck and Sue Hutchings, who are also members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, provide valuable safety skills and knowledge with their Safety at Sea presentation. 

The group gathered in Newport Beach and enjoyed coffee and rolls as Sue and Chuck provided some land based instruction; t hen it was off to the boats. Armed with lunch for everyone we practiced what we just learned. It was hard to believe this day was only $25 per member! The value was terrific. Chuck and Sue even came out on the water with us while we saved our life jackets during our man overboard drills! Check out the photo album.

Mark Your Calendars Now! Upcoming 2018 WSA-OC Events*
WSA-OC and affiliate events* have been tentatively planned for all of 2018. 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
June 23rd ~ ~ Summer Sailstice Day Sail  -  SOLD OUT , wait list only  
July 7th ~ ~ Seal Beach to Dana Point aboard Sugarlips 
July 15th ~ ~ OSeas Practice and  FINAL LEMWOD Tryout
July 15th ~ ~ Sea Gals 
July 21st ~ ~ DPYC Fall Series #1 aboard Sugarlips 
July 27th - 29th ~ ~ Catalina Weekend with LB WSA - SOLD OUT, wait list only  
August 4th & 5th ~ ~ Elizabeth Hospice Charity Regatta aboard  Sugarlips     
August 11th ~ ~ DPYC Fall Series #2 aboard  Sugarlips
August 19th ~ ~ Sea Gals
August 25th ~ ~ Full Moon Sail 
September 1st ~ ~ Long Beach to Dana Point aboard  Sugarlips    
September 9th ~ ~ Sea Gals (last one of the year) 
September 29th & 30th ~ ~ DPYC Fall Series #3, #4 and #5 aboard Sugarlips      
October 2nd ~ ~ NO GENERAL MEETING
October 6th ~ ~ Sail for the Blind & Visually Impaired
October 12th - 14th ~ ~ LEMWOD
November 3rd ~ ~ OTW Event
November 6th ~ ~ General Meeting: Weather to Sail or Weather to Wait and WSA-OC Election of 2019 Officers
December 4th ~ ~ Holiday Party
January 8th, 2019 ~ ~ General Meeting

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

Pop Up Events, Membership Has It's Privileges
Pop Up Event June 2018
L-R: Mike Arrajj, Mary Ellen Barlow, Karen Pacella, Kt Reiter, Cheryl Case, Tracy Gallucci, Melanie Green, Lisa Cullinane, Laura Swartz and Debbie Groutage at the Lazy Dog. 
On Thursday, June 14th we had our first ever Pop Up Event.  Members met for Happy Hour at the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Orange then walked over to the movie theater to watch the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film Adrift. 

The idea behind having Pop Up Events is to have our members get together for fun, stress-free socialization and nothing else. 

One of the people in the photo to the left was too chicken to  actually watch the movie. Who was it? And someone brought a date. See ... FUN!

Stay tuned to the Facebook group page as additional Pop Up Events will be taking place over the summer. This is the only place these events will be announced. Hope to see you there! 

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. 

Want to have more time aboard Shoreline YC Sailing Foundation's fleet of Cal 20's? Well, now you can. 

Every Tuesday beginning on May 1st and ending on August 28th SYC will be holding their Cal 20 Taco Tuesday Races. The requirements:
➾ Be ready to race
➾ Be on the dock at 5:00 p.m. SHARP
➾ $10 

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! Register now for one or all five 2018 events. All events will be held on Sundays from noon - 4:00 p.m. and will cost $50 per event. Click on the above link for additional information and to register. 

Sea Gals events will be held on the following dates:

July 15th
August 19th
September 9th
Welcome Aboard

We're still on a roll with new memberships.  Thanks to all of you for being wonderful   WSA-OC ambassadors. 

Welcome to our newest members:
Debbie Hart
Debra Ray
Pat Rojek
Happy Sailing!
Ship Store
Summer Stock Dwindling
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The Ship Store has some fabulous merchandise, for both women and men, available for purchase. Buy now, so you're outfitted for our next event or your walk around town!

The Ship Store is open 24/7. Our logo merch makes great gifts

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). Contact us for info.
OSeas Race Team

The OSeas will be having their 3rd and FINAL TRYOUT and practice on Sunday, July 15th. If you would like to be considered for the 2018 LEMWOD team this is your last chance.  The team will be finalized after this practice/tryout session.

The team has had two successful practices (May and June) and has already shown improvement. The goal is to field a solid team and come home with some hardware.

We hope to see a lot of participation from our membership. This is a great opportunity to showcase our advanced level sailors and racers. In order to be qualified to tryout for the team; we're looking for:

⛵️ 5+ years racing experience. 
⛵️ Previous experience on the Catalina 37s.
⛵️ Ability to perform more than one position on the boat.
⛵️ Ability to move about the boat quickly with good agility and balance.
⛵️ Ability to work as a team.
⛵️ Be a current WSA-OC member.
⛵️ Meet team financial obligations: boat charter costs, team shirts, etc. 

Please email us with any questions you may have.
We will not be having a July meeting


Have a happy and safe 4th of July
Next Meeting
Out next meeting will be in August:

⛵️ Tuesday, August 7th
⛵️ 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Social/Happy Hour
⛵️ 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. New Business/Announcements
⛵️ 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Knot Your Average Meeting 
Member News

⚓️ We will NOT be having a meeting in July due to Independence Day. See you all in August!

⚓️ Congratulations to Susie Campbell and crew for winning 1st Place Non-Spinn and All Women in the DWYC/DPYC Charity Regatta.

⚓️ Secretary Vallerie Gonzales recently attended the Windward Bound Sailing Camp for women at the Houston [Texas] Yacht Club. Read all about her experience.

⚓️ It's vacation season! Don't forget to take your WSA-OC burgee with you. Snap a photo with it and share it with us! 

⚓️ Are you enjoying our Member Monday features on Instagram and Facebook? We'd like it to continue these posts, but we're near the end of the Board of Directors and committee chairmen. So ... we need you to submit a mini bio along with two recent headshots one traditional and the other being silly for us to feature. Let your fellow WSA-OC members to get to know you. For mini bio inspiration refer to our previously published Member Monday posts.
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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

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Vallerie Gonzales at the Houston YC's Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women

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