A women’s sailing group is hoping to gain momentum this year after a re-branding effort following a three-year hiatus.
The Dana Point Women’s Ocean Racing Sailing Association, which relaunched in January, is now going to be called the Women’s Sailing Association – Orange County, or WSA-OC.
“WORSA has been a well-regarded name in the Southern California sailing community for many years, but we wanted a name that reflected our broader mission of coaching and supporting women sailors of all stripes – racers, cruisers, day-sailors as well as novice sailors,” Commodore Valerie Rhodes said.
Rhodes said membership has expanded since the group’s relaunch, with newcomers to the sport signing up for courses as well as experienced sailors who have traveled the world as licensed captains.
“It makes for a fun and interesting challenge to come up with programs and on-the-water events that meet the needs of our diverse membership,” Rhodes said. “The common theme, though, is that we all share a passion for the water, for sailing and for learning more about our sport.”
A gathering on June 2 will present information on a proposed WSA-OC racing team as well as a “Welcome Aboard” presentation to introduce new sailors to the basics of sailing.
Other activities include day sails, cruises to Santa Catalina Island and a sail for the visually impaired. Members are eligible to participate in reciprocal yacht club races.
Don’t let the name fool you, Women’s Sailing Association – Orange County membership is open to both women and men. The public is invited to attend the next meeting at 7 p.m. June 2 at Aventura Sailing Association in Dana Point Harbor.
More Information: wsaoc.org
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