Sea Sounds - Vol 2 Issue 3

SMWYC

COMMODORE'S

PG 2

REPORT

COMMODORE'S

VICE

PG 3

REPORT

SOUNDS

SEA

PG 8

CURRENTS

NEW

SMWYC

PG 9

MEMBERS

BUSINESS

MEMBERS

PG 11

CORNER

VOL 2 • ISSUE 03 • NOVEMBER 2019

SEA SOUNDS

SANTA MONICA WINDJAMMERS YACHT CLUB

I N T H I S I S S U E

WINNER! WINNER!

SAILING REPORT PG 4

RACING REPORT PG 5

CASINO NIGHT PG 6

SMWYC SUMMER PG 10

We were truly all winners at this year's SMWYC Casino Night hosted by

the Women of SMWYC! If you were unable to make it, you missed a

fabulous party for a good cause. For those in attendance, we have some

great pictures from the festivities in the center spread that are sure to take

you back to the festivities! And if you want even more, check out our

website for tons of additional pictures from the event.

We would like to extend our gratitude to all our generous sponsors,

without whom Casino Night would not have happened. We would also like

to thank all our members and non-members alike who came out in droves,

bid in our silent auction and supported our goal to raise funds for our

Junior Program and Club repairs.

You all made this event very special indeed and it is one we are sure to

never to forget! Thank you!

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THE VICE COMMODORE'S REPORT

Race

Transpac

Wendy Sarnoff

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Facts: Trans Pacific Sailboat Race, from Los Angeles to Oahu, Hawaii. 10.5 days. Average

speed, 15 kts cir.2,600 nm. Vessel, Modified Farr 55, now Farr 58. Carbon Fiber Rig and standing

Rigging, Kauri Wood interior, cir. 30 tons, not including the manifest. Sails, #1, #3, Storm Jib, Storm

Trisail (main), 3 Masthead Aysm Kites, 3 fractional Kites (Spinnakers), 10 Crew. Watches; 4 hours

on, 6 hours off with rotating watches on the return. 14th to cross the line. 850 total racers, 26 of which were women.

Questions: Why sail Transpac? Why are you doing this? Are you excited, scared, worried, prepared, ready? Nine guys and

you’re the only woman? What about your health? What are you going to take with you, eat, wear? How will you….

I had no answers to these questions. Many crew members on “Amazing Grace” had done Transpac, I had not. Suffice to say, a

race and return of that dimension changes your perspective on sailing. I reflected prior to leaving, “more water”. It might seem

humorous, but it really is just more water, more wind, more waves, more watches and more boat.

The Race: The sunsets, the pitch dark sky, where the stars seem to close in on you, the moon shining like the sun, the water,

deep cerulean blue like I’ve never seen, the ungodly heat and daytime sun, inescapable, grueling. It is a set of experiences without

words. As we passed Diamondhead I cannot express the all-consuming sense of completion. The escort boat greeted us at the

finish, piping “Amazing Grace” at us as we passed Waikiki Yacht Club. The welcome at the slip in the middle of the night, smiles,

full glasses and leis was surreal. Their warmth was incredible! There is no thank you large enough for our reception!

Reality: The boat needs, because we had to make the return trip

home, 7 pages of notes, check lists, and more check lists, West

Marine, and West Marine again, and repairs. Re-provisioning,

cleaning and working in the oppressive heat. We tried leaving but

the ever present weather delayed us. The return trip home is all

about the weather, grib files, the "Pacific High”, and hurricane

season. It is easy to say our 10 day stay was not without its

challenges.

The Return: 2669 Nautical Miles and 5 crew members. We had 6

but lost 1 in the wait for hurricanes to pass. The trash for 700 miles,

containers, fenders, wrappers, it’s real! The “Pacific High”, just

motoring through heat and flat glass, nothing. A USGC radio call on

channel 16, from 280 miles out off San Luis Obispo, broke the

otherwise deafening silence. Then Channel Islands, where I learned to sail as a child, and we were home.

What I Learned: Training is essential! Train for all that you do not expect. Learn everyone else’s position. Study the weather, the

boat, the electronics, the systems and know where things are in the dark! Prove yourself, sometimes to you. Fresh water and ice

are a blessing. You need very little, but sometimes a little thing is a really big deal! Help others, without having to be asked. Adapt

because there's is no way off; you're committed! The sanctity of a smile can make all the difference.

I have a new word now, “gladder”. I’m glad I went, I’m gladder I’m back. The day of our return I went to Dinah’s restaurant and I

was served Ice water; in a glass! I craved Fried Chicken...oh, what we take for granted in all that we have! Then saw the movie

“Maiden”, met Tracy Edwards, visited the boat and I get it! Transpac, 26 women out of 850 people. 2 women received awards,

both were for navigation. How much has changed? There is still so much to do, to be.

I did a delivery to San Francisco 2 weeks ago. Point Conception was clear and flat. We only made it as far as Monterey, 30+

knots of wind on the nose 15+ foot seas. We had to pull in. After Transpac, it seemed like an energetic Catalina crossing. Do I still

love sailing, absolutely! However, in answer to those questions, my perspective on it has changed forever. For the good!

“With faith, honour and courage, anything is possible.” HM King Hussein I.

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CASINO NIGHT

At last count, we raffled over 33 baskets, in various themes, such as boating, doggie, beauty, auto, foodie, etc, as well as a

money hat that was proudly worn by various ladies throughout the evening. Another big draw of the evening was the silent auction.

As mentioned, this was the culmination of all the efforts put forth by our

volunteers in getting prizes worthy of bids to bring in additional funds. Great

prizes were had for very affordable amounts, but the biggest prize of the

event was the one donated by our members Greg and Andrea Hannley, on

behalf of Soba, who made their 100+ foot yacht “Simpatica” available for a

party of 30, bringing in the most money at $2,000.00. A big thanks to them

indeed! We would also like to thank our FBO who had the whole place in

high spirits mixing up cocktails, providing good food and fantastic service.

Indeed, this was the best event in our calendar to date, and to those that

were not there, you really missed the event of the year. The final tally has not

been calculated but gross receipts indicate that we have raised over

12,000.00! Our Junior Sailing Program received their percentage of the gross

Greg Hannley and crew

receipts and the remainder will go toward the much needed remodeling of our clubhouse and restrooms. That said, we are still in

need of additional funds, as even this amount will not be enough to accomplish all our goals. If you feel so inclined, or weren’t able

to make the event but would still like to contribute, we would greatly appreciate donations of any amount and will be most grateful.

You may contact our front office to make your donation. With your help, and the success of this fundraiser, we hope to all enjoy the

upcoming Club renovations and improvements very soon! Please enjoy the photos here to relive the fun we had at our SMWYC

Casino Night Fundraiser and visit our website for even more pics from this awesome event!

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Photo by Tom Walker


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MONTH DAY DATE EVENT

SMWYC CALENDAR

Keep an eye out for emails each week for details and updates.

OCTOBER Thursday 31 Trivia Night - Halloween Edition - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

NOVEMBER Friday 01 Live Music - TBA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Saturday 02 SMWYC General Meeting and Awards - 6pm-8pm Regatta Room

Thursday 07 Trivia Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 08 Live Music - Rhythm DNA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Saturday 09 Intro to Paddleboarding - 10am-11:30am SMWYC Lobby

Group Sail - 1pm-4pm SMWYC Lobby

Sunday 10 Live Music - Westside Band - 4pm-7pm Bar/Restaurant

Thusday 14 Triva Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 15 Live Music - TBA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Saturday 16 Open House - 1pm-4pm

Thursday 21 Trivia Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 22 Live Music - Noral Twins - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Saturday 23 SMWYC Annual Elections - 6:30pm Regatta Room

Sunday 24

Live Music - Westside Band - 4pm-7pm Bar/Restaurant

Thursday 28 Thanksgiving Day - Club Closed in Observance of the Holiday

Friday 29 Club Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving Holiday

DECEMBER Thursday 05 Trivai Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

JANUARY

Friday 06 Live Music - TBA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Saturday 07 SMWYC Christmas Party & Installation Dinner - 6pm-8pm Regatta Room

Sunday 08 Live Music - Westside Band - 4pm-7pm Bar/Restaurant

Thursday 12

Trivia Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 13 Live Music - Rhythm DNA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Saturday 14 Intro to Paddleboaring - 10am-11:30am SMWYC Lobby

Group Sail - 1pm-4pm SMWYC Lobby

Holiday Boat Parade - 7pm-9pm Marina

Thursday 19 Trivia Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 20 Live Music - TBA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Saturday 21 Open House - 1pm-4pm

Sunday 22

Tuesday 24

Live Music - Westside Band - 4pm-7pm Bar/Restaurant

Christmas Eve - Club Closed in Observance of the Holiday

Wednesday 25 Christmas Day - Club Closed in Observance of the Holiday

Thursday 26 Trivia Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 27 Live Music - Noral Twins - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Tueaday 31

Wednesday 01

New Year's Eve

New Year's Day

Thursday 02 Trivia Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 03 Live Music - TBA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Thursday 09 Trivia Night - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 10

Saturday 11

Live Music - TBA - 4pm-7pm Bar/Restaurant

Intro to Paddleboaring - 10am-11:30am SMWYC Lobby

Group Sail - 1pm-4pm SMWYC Lobby

Sunday 12 Live Music - TBA - 4pm-7pm Bar/Restaurant

Friday 17 Live Music - TBA - 7pm-9pm Bar/Restaurant

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