OCSC goes to Tanzania!

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.

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OCSC’s Larry Ledgerwood wins Sail Training and Support Award

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.

Rich Jepsen presents the award to Larry Ledgerwood

As the Training Committee Chair, Rich Jepsen presented the award to Larry at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Resort in Florida.

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.

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CEO’s Update

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.

Rich Jepsen, CEO OCSC Sailing with Hart Kelley, Training Committee and Small Boat National Faculty, and Jim Muldoon, past US SAILING president and head of Government Relations

Rich Jepsen, CEO OCSC Sailing with Hart Kelley, Training Committee and Small Boat National Faculty, and Jim Muldoon, past US SAILING president and head of Government Relations

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Stories and Pictures from the British Columbia Flotilla!

The BC Flotilla Crew!

The BC Flotilla Crew!

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.

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