OCSC Community Service

Tom Judt, OCSC Member, Volunteers for Rebuilding Together Oakland

Tom Judt, OCSC Member, Volunteers for Rebuilding Together Oakland

OCSC Sailing is happy to support it’s long time club member Tom Judt who will share his experiences of volunteering with Rebuilding Together Oakland (formerly Christmas in April);  and invites OCSC members to join him this year by volunteering in support of this great cause.

Presentation: Thursday April 9th, 7:00-8:00pm at OCSC
Volunteer Weekend days: April 18th & 19th

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Get people “Buzzing” about your product, service or company…

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Learn how to generate “Buzz” around your product or service from the experts that have landed OCSC publicity in National Geographic, LAN Magazine, The Wall St. Journal, and the New York Times. Many businesses are struggling to attract customers with reduced marketing dollars. Even companies that have kept their marketing budgets intact are finding it increasingly difficult to meet their sales objectives since consumers are buying less and not responding to traditional advertising.

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Get ready for OCSC’s Machu Picchu Adventure with a Hiking Seminar

Poles for Mobility - Free Clinics

Poles for Mobility - Free Clinics

OCSC members and friends are going to Macchu Picchu twice this year.  This adventure in Peru involves a moderate amount of physical endurance and high altitude hiking.  To prepare for the trips, OCSC regularly has hikes around Mount Tamalpais or other Bay Area locations.  Whether your going on the Machu Picchu Adventure or just hiking around the Berkeley hills, there are some tips and strategies that may help you.  Jayah Faye Paley, the author of the Award-Winning DVD’s “POLES for Hiking, Trekking & Walking” and “POLES for Balance & Mobility” will be conducting seminars on hiking and using poles to increase comfort and endurance. She will bring top quality poles so participants will have a chance to practice techniques and experience the benefits of an “extra pair of legs”. This interactive clinic is for everyone – hikers, trekkers, walkers and people with balance issues.Techniques developed by Paley show how to avoid hand strain and convert effort into an upper body/core workout. Come learn about the equipment, how to adjust poles correctly and efficiently, prevent common mistakes, and how to achieve optimum benefit from hiking poles.

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The Strangest Yacht Club in the World is…

The Clubhouse at the Lake Eyre Yacht Club

The Clubhouse at the Lake Eyre Yacht Club

They sail on pink oil, they fly from every corner of the world for the opportunity, they sail only catamarans, and they’re delighted if they only get a sail every couple of years.

According to a recent article in Sail World, the Lake Eyre Yacht Club is the strangest in the world. They have around 50 paying members from all over the world, sometimes go years without workable sailing conditions, and can attract up to 100 boats for a regatta.

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Stan Starkey, OCSC Instructor, explores Costa Rica

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Stan Starkey, OCSC Instructor, aboard Camelot

Stan Starkey, OCSC Instructor, has been on the OCSC team since 1989. Stan is currently living his dream of traveling and sailing all around the world. His latest adventures have taken him to Costa Rica and beyond. Here is the excerpt from the update he just sent us.

On New Years Eve Mary and I headed to Costa Rica for a little sailing with Neil and Jackie aboard Camelot. We also did some inland travel in the mountains and ziplining through the rain forest. After a short three weeks Mary returning to California to help Arnold spend the states money wisely and I returned to Camelot for more sailing adventures.

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Cancer Survivor and Author, Maria Judge, Book Signing at OCSC

Maria Judge signs a copy of A Cup of Comfort

Maria Judge signs a copy of A Cup of Comfort

Maria Judge is a writer, story teller, educator, cancer survivor and long-time friend of Rich Jepsen, CEO of OCSC.  She will be speaking and signing books at the club on Sunday, March 15th at 4pm.  Her story I Went and Washed That Hair Right Offa my Head is included in the new collection A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors; Inspiring Stories of Courage and Triumph.

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Voyage of the Plastiki

A computer rendering of what the Plastiki will look like

A computer rendering of what the Plastiki will look like

We have been following the voyage of the Plastiki since we first learned of their trip in this National Geographic Article.  The premise of the Plastiki is to build a boat out of recycled plastic bottles and sail it across the ocean to bring attention to the incredible amount of waste that is accumulating in the worlds oceans.  We have stopped by Pier 31 every few weeks to check on the progress of the fateful ship.  In the beginning, it was very difficult to see how they would make it all come together.

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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 5: Quindao to Rio de Janeiro

Called “the Everest of sailing”, the Volvo Ocean Race is a 37,000 mile sailboat race with stops at 11 ports around the world taking the competitors 9 months to complete.

Here’s a little sample of what this race is all about:

The 2008-2009 race began in October 2008 out of Alicante Spain, and will finish in St. Petersburg, Russia in June of 2009. Out of the 8 teams that started the race only one has dropped out, two are down for repairs for this leg and the 5 remaining are currently sailing near Fiji in the South Pacific on their way to Rio de Janeiro.

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