WSA-OC The Whistle
September 2016
Chatting With The Commodore
Valerie Rhodes,   
 WSA-OC Commodore
I'd no sooner unpacked my gear from our wonderful Ocean Awareness Challenge weekend, than the phone calls and emails were soon filling up my inbox regarding the Sail for The Visually Impaired, the upcoming LEMWOD Regatta, our October meeting, the November moonlight sail...and....just around the corner, our November WSA-OC Board elections and our annual Holiday party!!! 

I have to honestly say, as I look towards the end of my second year serving as Commodore, I don't know when I've ever put in so many hours for something that produces such tangible, rewarding results. My experience over the past couple of years has opened the door to wonderful new friendships, many new sailing opportunities and social activities, competitive racing and rewarding public service. As we begin the process of recruiting and electing our 2017 board, I can assure you, it's a fun and incredibly rewarding gig to serve on the WSA-OC board with so many other committed, enthusiastic ocean-loving sailors. Please drop me a note if you are interested in serving and want to learn more about the opportunities available. You'll be glad you did!

It's Been Awhile, See You at Our October Meeting
We have a really fun program planned for our October general meeting. It is entitled 
Nauti Game Show Fun Night!  Program planner extraordinaire, Melanie Green, will divide us into teams to compete for prizes big and small, mostly small, but hey, a small prize is better than no prize. Right?

Our nauti(cal) skills and knowledge will be  put  to the test. Everyone needs to study up, if they want to win, because we have some incredibly knowledgeable members. There is  sure to be lots of fun and laughter. A lot of laughter, as we have some members with a seriously  nauti sense of humor!   

The September meeting will also include an update on our many community service efforts including an OAC recap, a Sail For the Visually Impaired presentation and an introduction to Laura's House, our new community partner.

Tuesday, October 4th
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Happy Half Hour
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. New Business and Announcements 
7:45 - 9:00 p.m.
Nauti Game Show Fun Night!
24707 Dana Drive
Dana Point, 92629

OAC: An Inspiring and Fun Weekend
By Kathleen Brown, OAC Steering Committee

Amazing! Fantastic! Awesome! These are just some of the adjectives that attendees used to describe the inaugural Ocean Awareness Challenge event weekend. Beautiful Emerald Bay, Catalina Island, this year 's  event location, gave participants a first-hand look at our earth ' s valuable resource and lifeblood: the ocean. The event ' s goals of increasing awareness of the ocean ' s health and challenging participants to make changes in their lives to positively affect the ocean ' s health were enthusiastically embraced by those in attendance.  

Photo credit: Robin Froman Photography

Over 100 adults and children experienced a three-day action-packed weekend of fun, learning and challenges for change. Presentations by Dr. Geoff Shester, Oceana ' s California Program Director; Dr. Wendy Marshall, Discovery Cube ' s Ocean Quest - Newport Beach  Director of Education; Dave Rudie, Catalina Offshore Products 
Founder & CEO and Tony Budrovich, Catalina Island Conservancy ' s President & COO provided insightful information about the state of the ocean in each of their areas of expertise and recommended ways in which we can make a difference.   Hands-on activities brought the concepts to life, such as snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and a tour of the aquarium touch tank. The learning came full circle when the group watched an exclusive showing of the award-winning MacGillivray Freeman Films  Humpback Whales  documentary under the stars with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. The Happy Hour unsparingly provided by Black Magic Rum and live music led the way to an evening of celebration and dancing.  All of this encouraged participants to make personal challenges, statements and commitments about  protecting and creating  positive changes to help make a difference in the health of the ocean.
OAC founder Susie Campbell, addressing all of the OAC participants. Photo credit: Robin Froman Photography
A passionate, all volunteer group from our very own WSA-OC spent the last 1-1/2 years planning all aspects of this event. Most importantly, the finance committee is busy finalizing the numbers as significant funds were raised for a newly created OAC Scholarship fund for under-served youth to attend the Mountain & Sea Adventure Camp, the very camp at which we held our event. This scholarship fund is an important component of the event; recognizing that our youth are key to ensuring the future health of the ocean.

Participants were so excited about all they learned, the presenters very generously promised to provide links for our website for further information.  Look for that information on the WSA-OC website in the coming weeks.

Be a Part of Our Roots, Support Sail for the Visually Impaired
By Wayne Wallace, SVI Coordinator

For 20+ years this WSA-OC (formerly WORSA) sponsored event has been providing a wonderful day sail experience in Newport Harbor for the visually impaired. Hosted by the American Legion Yacht Club in Newport Beach the event relies entirely upon dozens of volunteers, numerous organizations and boat owners to make it possible. Awareness of this event within the visually impaired community continues to grow and this year participant attendance is expected to be high. The need for volunteers will increase as well so please mark on your calendars the October 15 th date to remind yourself of the opportunity to volunteer and help. 

While considerable resources are required the most immediate need is to identify volunteers to assist. WSA-OC is responsible for providing volunteers to escort guests from buses to registration desks as well as to the boats. Volunteers are also needed for registration and sign-in of volunteers and guests and assisting with the care of seeing eye dogs. In addition, any WSA-OC boat owners and skippers that wish to participate in the actual sail are welcome. Forms and documents for volunteers and guests are now available on the WSA-OC web site.

Volunteers will be required to sign the 'Medical Emergency Release' and should review the event schedule, courtesy rules and the sign-up document. There will be a raffle as well so if you are able to donate items please let us know.
If you know you can help, please visit the WSA-OC web site and review the forms. You may email the completed form to Wayne Wallace or just email Wayne your interest in volunteering and the forms may be completed at a later date.

Sailing Classes & Channel Islands Trip

Are you looking to hone your sailing skills? If so, you're in luck. We have two fantastic opportunities to offer you, thanks to two of our members. As our Commodore stated above, membership in WSA-OC can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. It is because of members like Diane Berol and Diane Wenzel of Westwind Sailing that WSA-OC continues to grow and flourish. Without women like them offering their expertise and encouragement, WSA-OC wouldn't be the organization it is today that the WORSA founders envisioned all those years ago. Many thanks to the Diane's!

Opportunity #1   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. 
Opportunity #2 WSA-OC member and owner of Westwind Sailing, Diane Wenzel is offering an all-women's sailing course series at a reduced rate. 

Race with the OSeas, We're More than LEMWOD
By Karen Pacella, Race Director

Opportunities for racing and learning continue to come to us at WSA-OC! Here are some events worth looking into a bit further:
    • October 22 - 23, 2016
    • Sponsored by US Sailing and hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, this seminar is open to race officers of all skill levels to refresh and increase their knowledge of such topics as organizing an event, writing the notice of
      race and sailing instructions, race committee equipment, race committee preparations, setting the starting line, setting the course, starting, finishing and scoring. Judges and Umpires wanting to see how the other half lives are welcome.
Special shout outs: to WSA-OC member Terri Manok on a successful Women for Women event this at Oceanside Yacht Club. M ember Susan Carle sailed in the Women on the Water race earlier this month with our friends at WSA-Santa Monica Bay. Congrats Susan, I know you had a blast!
LEMWOD and the OSeas :
If you are racing with the OSeas this year for LEMWOD please be certain to check your email regularly - we'll see an increase in communication and want to be certain to not miss any details.
I'd like to invite each LEMWOD participant to join me in thanking WSA-OC for generously granting a scholarship to apply for much our upcoming costs for this 'LEMWOD Season'. As we know only too well, sailing isn't an inexpensive activity. Our Board of Directors has a dedicated fund reduce our personal investment as LEMWOD participants by nearly 50%! Thank you again for the Board's generosity.  
As always - I look forward to seeing you all on the water! 

Mark Your Calendars 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. 
October 14th - 16th ~ ~ OSeas: LEMWOD
October 15th ~ ~ Sail for the Visually Impaired  with ALYC
November 12th ~ ~ Full Moon Night Social Sail (pre-registration required)
December 6th ~ ~ Holiday Party (pre-registration required)
February 4th ~ ~ Women's Sailing Convention (registration opens December 10th)

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

Photo of the Month

Presenter Geoff Shester at OAC. Photo credit Rose Hawke
Early Bird Membership Deals for 2017
Beginning today and running through December 6th (our monthly meeting/Holiday party) we are offering early bird membership deals for 2017. 

We have great deals for both current and new members:
Be sure to renew/sign up before December 6th, after the 6th the prices will increase!  You will also have the opportunity to purchase your reduced cost membership at our October, November and December monthly meetings; credit cards, checks and cash all accepted.
Ship Store
New Merchandise

We have a new item in the store, a 27 ounce silver 
stainless steel Klean Kanteen eco-friendly reusable water bottle. The bottle features both the WSA-OC and OAC logos; one on each side. It is very economically priced at $20. 

All other Ship Store items can be purchased  here
Board of Directors
Elections in November
Don't Miss this Very Important Meeting

The WSA-OC BoD will be up for election during our November 1st general meeting. If you are interested in running for a position on the Board or would like more information about what each position entails, please contact our current Commodore, Valerie Rhodes.  
November Nighttime Full Moon Social Sail
Mark Your Calendars Now

Our next on-the-water event will be Saturday, November 12th. We will be hosting a Full Moon Nighttime Social Sail. 

This full moon will not only be a 'Super Moon,' but it will be nearer to Earth than it's been since January of 1948. This will be the biggest and brightest full moon you will see in a while. We will head out to sea in the evening for this beautiful sight and enjoy the  camaraderie of our WSA-OC family. If you want to ensure your spot, for this special occurrence, sign-up now for only $25

November Full Moon Social Sail In Need of Boats

We need boats to ensure this event can take place. Email  Gabi Schwaiger if you would be willing to share your boat for this event.
Tee Off For Dogs
Just in Time for SVI ...

T ee Off For Dogs at DPYC

Click on image above for more information about this fun Casino Night taking place at DPYC to raise funds for guide dogs for the visually impaired.
This & That
In the News

KNX 1070 Newsradio featured an interview with OAC planners Susie Campbell and Valerie Rhodes which aired throughout the weekend of the OAC. What great publicly for WSA-OC and OAC!!

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: .
November Meeting
Galley Provisioning & 
Recipe Swap

We will have a presentation about provisioning your galley for single day and multi-day trips. Some of the topics covered will be: creative menu planning, packing and cooking tips.  Hopefully these pointers will take the guesswork out of preparing for time aboard the boat and  make entertaining out on the water fun and easy! 

If you don't want your galley to look like this, don't miss our November meeting!

There will also be a receipe swap. So please bring along multiple copies of your favorite maritime eats and drinks. Don't forget about the drinks.

Tuesday, November 1st at
Aventura Sailing Association
WSA-OC Holiday Party Save the Date
It's never too early to begin planing for a party! Put December 6th in your calendar!

Welcome Aboard
WSA-OC continues to grow, thanks to all of you for being WSA ambassadors.  Welcome to our newest member:
Sheri Cavanaugh
Jane Dunn
Gail Palmer

Happy Sailing!
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Board of Directors

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