October, 2019
Chatting With The Commodore
2019 WSA-OC Commodore
 Karen Pacella
As our year begins to wind down, and summer winds turn into cool fall evenings, it's time for reflection and gratitude. This year with WSA-OC has been one of the busiest I could have ever imagined. Your Board of Directors worked tirelessly to provide a full agenda filled with activities, meetings and education designed to encompass everyone one of our members. This year lived up to the word - MORE.

We have MORE members than we've ever had. We had MORE events and even the introduction of an educational series this year. We did MORE in the way of philanthropy and hosted our first ever - AdventureSail ® for Girls . We even had MORE General Meetings in 2019 - and our General Meetings saw MORE geographic expansion, with our meetings now happening both in Dana Point AND Newport Beach! Even our annual Catalina Trip hosted MORE days on the water!
A huge shout out and big congratulations to adding MORE boat owners to the group! With all that said, we still have MORE to do - our Brunch on Board event and Holiday Party are both just around the corner and will be here before you know it. 

As your Commodore and Board Member, I can't begin to share the feeling of camaraderie, and sense of belonging that comes along with 'working behind the scenes'. It's now time to look at 2020 and challenge more members to step up to do MORE. We'll be voting on key roles and positions at our upcoming November meeting - I'd love to see YOUR name on the slate! Committee Chairs and Members are still needed in very important areas and are a wonderful way to 'dip your toe into the water'. 

My hope is that each and every member this year enjoyed our organization a bit MORE and that we have an influx of interest in continuing the great work your Board has continued to grow upon. We truly want you and your MORE mentality! Come sail with us!

Wishing you fair winds and following seas,

November General Meeting & Board Election:
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
Newport Beach Yacht Club
Margie Woods
Margie Woods
Journey Back To Myself

Join us at our November meeting and annual election where we will screen a short film about one woman's solo journey across the Pacific Ocean aboard her 34' sailboat, Haunani.
A viewing of the film followed by Q&A with Margie Woods, who competed in the Single Handed Transpac (SHTP) from San Francisco to Honolulu single-handed in 2016 in a 34ft sailboat!  She was the only woman competitor out of 23 entries that year.
⛵️ Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
⛵️ 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Social/Happy Hour (come at 6pm if you wish to eat dinner)
⛵️ 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. New Business, Announcements & Board Elections
⛵️ 7:45 - 9:00 p.m. Journey Back To Myself film and Q&A
⛵️ Newport Beach Yacht Club, 1099 Bayside Dr., Newport Beach
⛵️ All-you-can-eat Taco Bar ($28) & full will be available from NBYC
⛵️ Bring cash for our 50/50 raffle
⛵️ Complimentary (gratuity-only) Valet parking available
⛵️ Meetings are open to all members, their guests and any member of the public interested in learning more about WSA-OC.
WSA-OC Board Election for 2020
It's time to select next year's leaders! Here is the proposed Slate of Officers for 2020.  As always we look to have additional nominations and will accept nominations from the floor at our November 5th meeting. 

Commodore - Lisa Cullinane
Vice Commodore - KT Reiter
Rear Commodore - Shelley Furse
Treasurer - Barbara Kelley
Secretary - OPEN
Membership Director - Vallerie Gonzalez
Director at Large - Tammy Rones
Junior Staff Commodore - Karen Pacella

If you're not sure about stepping into a role on the Board, consider a committee position (ideally with a friend!) We need help in many areas, especially in the communications area; website, newsletter & social media.   
We meet once a month in the board room at NBYC for our Board of Director's meetings, have dinner and discuss our activities, plans and goals.
If you have an interest, please reach out to any of us on the board so we can see where you might be able to contribute.
First Ever WSA-OC Double-Header Event*
Dockside Clinic & Brunch-on-Board
Get To Know a Boat with Historical Relevance! (make-up of last month's event)

This Dockside Clinic was originally scheduled last month with lunch included. This time we are scheduling it prior to Brunch on Board so we have reduced the price to $15. Sign-ups now open.

We designed this clinic for newer members but there is lots if information that more senior members will appreciate as well. Senior members are encouraged to come so they can share their experiences as well.

Meet in front of Harpoon Henrys at 8 am. If you are late, go to Dock I slip 10 Sails Lady. This will end just before the Brunch on Board so you can do both events back to back.

This is a limited space event. Cancellations will be assessed a $5.00 fee to cover our credit card fees. Cancellations made within 48 hours of event cannot be refunded.
*Dockside Clinic and Brunch on Board are two separate sign-ups. It is not mandatory to attend both.
Brunch-On-Board (Final On-the-Water Event of the Year)
Please join your fellow sea mates as we head out of Dana Point Harbor on November 2nd for our final event of the year, Brunch-on-Board. Come enjoy brunch, beverages and celebrate friendships made throughout our 40th year! Sign up here.

We'll meet outside of Harpoon Henry's at 10:30 am, take some fun pictures, get our boat assignments, and head for water around 11:00 am. We'll sail, eat, drink, laugh and be back at the docks around 3 pm. Who knows, we may even see a dolphin or whale!

Bring a water bottle, and anything yummy you'd like to share - we've got brunch covered. Since this event is in November, you'll probably want a jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a camera to snap happy photos.

This is a popular members-only event and generally heavily attended. Cancellations will be assessed a $5.00 fee to cover our credit card fees. Cancellations made within 48 hours of event cannot be refunded.

*Dockside Clinic and Brunch on Board are two separate sign-ups. It is not mandatory to attend both.
Oseas Race Team Updates

This Weekend!! WSA-OC Will Have TWO Teams Competing in the 2019 LEMWOD Regatta!
The 2019  Linda Elias Memorial One Design (LEMWOD) will be held this weekend in Long Beach Harbor. The following WSA-OC members will be competing in the prestigious all-women Linda Elias Memorial One Design (LEMWOD) Regatta as part of the 2019 OSeas team:
Catalina 37 Team
Judy Fusco
Deb Kraemer
Pat Rojek
Karen Pacella
Darlene Smith
Laura McCaleb
April McMillian
Valerie Rhodes
Jennifer Hite
Brenda Highley
Tracy Gallucci
Cal20 Team
Vallerie Gonzales
Deb Ray
Suzie Mulcaire

Another Race Practice/Regatta Opportunity

Tumbleweed Sailing, located at Lake Pleasant near Phoenix AZ, is hosting an all
women race workshop and regatta starting Nov. 1st thru 3rd. WSA-OC members are invited to participate! Information in flyer below.
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 events@wsaoc.org
October 12th-13th  ~ ~ LEMWOD Regatta
October 19th  ~ ~ Affiliate Event: Sail for Visually Impaired (SVI)
October 20th  ~ ~ Affiliate Event: Anchors Away Youth Sailing (AAYS)
November 2nd ~ ~ Dockside Clinic
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:
Julie Hoegi
Lori Lacy
Membership Renewal
Early Bird Special Pricing!
Early Bird special

Your membership is important to us and we have much more value, education and fun in planned for the new year.  For 2020, our membership rates remain the same with no increase.  

If you want to save money, renew now using our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL for only $60 for the entire year (Jan to Dec 2020)
Annual WSA-OC Holiday Party!!
Holiday party
WSA-OC's annual holiday party will will be Tuesday evening, December 3rd at Aventura, Dana Point. Our party theme will coincide with the Dana Point Harbor holiday theme which is Harbor-Tiki Holiday.   

Stay tuned for more details!!
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.
WSA-OC Website
website screenshot Have you visited our WSA-OC website lately?  It's loaded with great information about our 40-year history, our Mission, and upcoming events & volunteer opportunities. Big thanks to our web-designer/master/queen Kathleen Brown who's been working on our website for five years!
Ship Store
The Ship Store is open 24/7. Our logo merchandise makes great gifts

Special Sales Event!!
All shirts on sale right now in Ship Store!


⚓️ 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!

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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.

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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 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!
Raft up
Good times with the ladies of WSA-OC and LB-WSA  (and Bob) at the Summer Raft-up

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