One hundred members of the Fairwind Yacht Club gathered Sunday, October 24th, at Casa Escobar restaurant in Marina del Rey to honor community partners and volunteers.

Congresswoman Jane Harman was honored and recognized the club for its “outstanding job of providing access to sailing for all kinds of people, especially inner city children.”

“I hope that one of these kids will be a future member of Congress,” Harman said.

“Sailing is the kind of leadership training that our kids need,” the congresswoman said.

Fairwind’s Junior Sailing program benefits members of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

The program received an award from US Sailing as the “Best New Sailing Program of 2004.”

Fairwind also honored four other community members:

n Sheriff’s Capt. Sam Dacus, station commander of the Marina del Sheriff’s Station.

The sheriff’s department provides two keelboats, slips for the sails and assistance in running the yacht club Junior Sailing program for at risk children;

n Willie Hjorth of Mare Co. Sails, for support of the Junior Sailing program and for repairing Fairwind sails since the club was founded 37 years ago;

n Patricia Younis of the Bridge Group, who as Boys & Girls Club of Venice vice president, has gathered support for the yacht club Junior Sailing program; and

n Jeff Jannausch of West Marine for donating safety equipment and replacement hardware for the children’s program.

At the brunch, Fairwind installed officers for the next year:

Dave Lumian, commodore;

Mike Fuller, vice commodore;

Peter Gonzales, rear commodore;

Joan Gilmore, fleet captain;

Robert Baron, treasurer;

Stephen Smith, secretary; and

Warren Smith, past commodore.

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