Marina Sunday Sailing Club pairs aspiring sailors with skippers who need crew By Paul M.J. Suchecki With summer quickly approaching, one of the best ways to get out on the water — and one of the best boating bargains on the planet — is the Marina Sunday Sailing Club, which pairs aspiring crew members with skippers who need extra hands on deck. Although sailing experience is helpful, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn count for more. When I first joined this club, I had experience sailing small boats on lakes and a river but had only been at the helm...Read More
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A nod to East Coast tradition, the ceremonies endure as an exercise in camaraderie Why do yacht clubs in Marina del Rey stage Opening Day ceremonies even though members can sail year-round? The custom traces back to the practices of climatically challenged clubs on the East Coast, but in sunny Southern California it’s a chance for club members to deck themselves out in formal attire, have a few drinks, celebrate camaraderie and welcome prospective members. The marina’s yacht clubs celebrated Opening Day last Saturday and Sunday, encountering foggy conditions while boaters from Boston to New York were at home...Read More
Breast cancer survivors find support and renewed body confidence at monthly Champion Paddles in Marina del Rey By Paul M. J. Suchecki One Sunday each month, Dr. Tiffany B. Grunwald teams up with Pro SUP Shop at Mother’s Beach for Champion Paddle — a 90-minute group stand-up paddleboard session to support women who are battling breast cancer. A plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, Grunwald has been paddle-boarding at least twice a week for the past five years with several other women in what they call the Core Group. Two years ago, a member of the...Read More
Locals brave stormy seas with a Sunderland while setting sail for a piece of paradise By Paul M.J. Suchecki On Oct. 28, four intrepid sailors left Marina del Rey on a beautiful Beneteau 423 to join the 23rd Baja Ha Ha cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. The journey is about 750 nautical miles, but those aboard the De Vrijheid — owner/skipper Johan Feldbusch, his wife/first mate Barbara Baumann, Laurence Sunderland and Diane Hubner — didn’t stop there. They sailed around the tip of Baja California to La Paz, in the Sea of Cortez. In short,...Read More
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club celebrates its unique history as members look to the future By Paul M.J. Suchecki Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in Marina del Rey, celebrated its 75th anniversary on Oct. 16 in grand style, with a Concours d’Elegance-style car show, a chili cook-off and an unexpected history lesson about the club’s first commodore, Dr. Jack Taylor — the nation’s first unofficial Navy SEAL officer. The club honored Taylor’s service with a naval flag presenting ceremony capped off by all-female vocal group the Satin Dollz performing songs from the 1940s. As daylight...Read More
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