2013 has been a spectacular year. OCSC has prospered, more than fully recovering from the pains of the Great Recession. Even though it was slow to begin with we got to enjoy a great America’s Cup Summer creating the most…
One of the few things that appears to be on the ‘list’ for everyone I talk with is an African Safari. And, so it was for the 2012 OCSC Tanzania Safari we just recently completed. 16 OCSC friends and members struck out together to experience the wilds of Tanzania with our Partners, Blue Odyssey, Mango Safari and the Tanzanian outfitter, Nomad Safaris.
We traveled from Arusha, THE jumping off point for most Tanzanian Safaris, through Lake Manyara, an incredibly dense game park a short plane ride away. Then, to Serena Lodge on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, one of the largest calderas in the world; thence to the Serengeti Plains and five days in the bush, finishing our trip in mysterious Zanzibar on a beach overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The Greek Isles are one of the most popular chartering destinations in the world and OCSC has brought flotillas to the islands over 10 times. In September of 2011, seven boats filled with OCSC staff, members and friends cast off…
OCSC was spared any damage from the tsunami that ravaged Japan and severely damaged marinas in Hawaii as well as in several coastal California marinas. All our boats strained at their lines as a tsunami generated current of up to…
What is the “Sail Training Service and Support Award”?
The Sail Training Service and Support Award in honor of Virginia Long would honor individuals who, through their efforts, unselfishly assist and enable a sailing program or sailing instruction in a supportive role.
This award winner is liked, instantly, by everyone who meets him. Affable, creative, thoughtful, he’s been a force for OCSC in Training in a variety of ways.
I’ve been an active volunteer for US SAILING since the mid-1990s and have been a director of US SAILING as well as chair of both the Training Committee and the Commercial Sailing Schools committee. I just love it! I rub elbows with some of the best sailors in the world, from America’s Cup to Volvo Ocean Race veterans, as well as past and current sailing Olympians.
I’m back from OCSC’s first British Columbia Flotilla, refreshed and inspired. It is such beautiful and spectacular country, from the fiords to the glaciers to the waterfalls. AND we had great weather, with only one half day of light rain. We sailed from Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, across Georgia Straits to the mainland. There were a few days good for sailing, with winds from 5-15 knots and one day that one of our boats enjoyed with 15-20 knots and four-five foot seas. That said, we did do our British Columbia share of motoring and motor-sailing.