SCYA's 31st Women's Boating Event

The SCYA Women’s Boating Event presents the top coaches in the Southern California area. Each one will bring their skills, knowledge and experience into the workshops. Here are short boating biographies on the coaches you will see on the water and in the classroom.

WORKSHOP LEADERS/COACHES

CAPTAIN JANE THOMAS

WORKSHOP LEADER: Beginning Sailing

I learned to sail in Lake Huron in junior college, and moved aboard a boat in northern California in 1980My husband and I cruised in Mexico for 3 years in the late 1980s, returned to build a bigger boat (from a bare hull), and moved to Oxnard in 2003.  Now, I am retired from a career in clinical research and we spend most of our time aboard our (nearly-finished) 55’ 3-masted schooner in Channel Islands Harbor.

About 14 years ago I was drafted to skipper an all-women crew for a lady-driver race at my home yacht club.  I was hooked and have skippered an all-women racing team ever since.  In addition to local racing around Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors, I have participated in the LEMWOD Regatta every year since 2011.

I hold a USCG Captain’s License, 50GRT Master, Inland; 50GRT Mate, Near Coastal; with Sailing and Assistance Towing Endorsements

Captain Jane sails out of Channel Islands

CAPTAIN KARYN JONES

WORKSHOP LEADER: Beginning Sailboat Racing – Lead Coach

Karyn’s career in racing began in 1998 when an invitation to sail to Catalina Island turned out to be a DRYC’s Berger Series Race. After that she was hooked and scheduled most of her weekdays and weekends with different teams in an effort to race as much as possible. She began one design racing in the J-24 class in 2002, which lead her from San Francisco to San Diego the California Road Series. This lead her to match racing from 2003 – today.

While competing at the 24 foot level she was also invited to sail PHRF on a Farr 39.5 ML team for several years, and then moved on  to join and compete with many mid-sized One Design racing teams. Over the years, she’s raced on a large number of  boats from 11- 70 feet, both locally and offshore.  She is currently on a match racing team that allows her to compete in both National and International One Design events and sails her C-15 in the local dinghy regattas. 

Captain Karyn Jones holds her USCG OUPV Captains License

Captain Karyn sails out of Marina del Rey

CAPTAIN JEANNEA JORDAN

OFF TO HER HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. WE WILL MISS HER..

Captain Jeannea Jordan started sailing 20 years ago. She owns and cruises a Catalina 30. She is a member of WSA-SMB and is a skipper in the day-sail/cruise program. She has raced her boat Checkkers in MDR and in the WOW/WAH, cruised Catalina, the Channel Islands and the coastal ports down to Ensenada, MX, bare boat skippered in Belise, Granada, BVI’s and Tahiti.   “If I can share the experience with other women who love being on the water, it doesn’t get any better than that.” Captain Jordan holds her USCG OUPV Captain’s License.

Jeannea sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

CAPTAIN MIKE BLECHER

WORKSHOP LEADER: Captain Mike’s Famous “Simple Celestial”

CYC Staff Commodore, Captain Mike Blecher is a highly experienced professional navigator. He is a lifelong yachtsman. The captain and his sextant have navigated all over the planet. Captain Mike sails out of Marina del Rey, CA 

CAPTAIN MARIE ROGERS

WORKSHOP LEADER:

SCYA Director, LAYC Staff Commodore Marie Rogers, started sailing 34 years ago, she has been racing for 23 years. As an ASA Sailing Instructor the Commodore ran beginning and other sailing classes out of LAYC. Captain Rogers completed the the 2019 Transpac, and holds a 50 Ton USCG Captain’s License.

Captain Marie is the 2020 recipient of the prestigious SCYA Peggy Slater Award. She sails out of Cabrillo Beach, CA

CAPTAIN BARBARA ROSS

WORKSHOP LEADER: Powerboats In Close Quarters

Captain Barbara Ross says, “I can teach anything on the water but brain surgery.” She has been doing this for 42 years.

Captain Ross has held her 100 ton USCG Captain’s License since 1993

Barbara sails out of ***

Dr. BRIA ANNA WHITE

WORKSHOP LEADER: Sail and Fabric Repair
Clubhouse workshop

Dr. White sails out of Marina del Rey

BOBBIE & DON LEHMAN

WORKSHOP LEADER: #110 Cruising South to Mexico
#111 The Joy of Cooking Aboard

25 years ago Bobbi gave Don a gift of sailing lesson to get it out of his system, it didn’t work. Bobbi went from fear of the ocean to an accomplish sailor and co-captain of their Ericson 38′ sailboat “Sea Dancer”. With their boat docked in Channel Islands Harbor, they have extensively sailed The Channel Islands as far north as San Miguel and as far South as Catalina. In 2014 they sailed their boat to Mexico and into the Sea of Cortez. They spent three years in Mexico sailing as far north to San Carlos and south to Zihuatanejo. In April, 2017 they sailed their boat back home to continue sailing the Channel Islands.

The Lehman’s sail out of Channel Islands

CAPTAIN LORI KLAIDMAN

WORKSHOP LEADER: Heavy Weather Sailing

Growing up on an old, large Monk ocean cruiser, Lori Klaidman began life on the water with her parents and four siblings in Southern California. Her family cruised different and various areas, opening up the world as an experience. As a teenager, Lori became a champion Hobie Cat racer, being the first woman skipper to compete in a world championship. Eventually she graduated to cruising catamarans, such as the Hirondelle 23, which she would single hand daily in and out of Marina Del Rey during different weather conditions. A few years later she purchased another popular English-designed catamaran; an Iroquois 32 which she sailed in the North Bay of San Francisco, before sailing it down to Marina Del Rey, visiting the islands off of our California coast. More recently she purchased her first blue water catamaran, a Privilege 39, which she delivered from Quebec City (on the East Coast), through the Panama Canal, and back up the Pacific side to her native Marina del Rey, California. After winding down from a career as a Research Scientist, Lori is now an ASA certified sailing instructor and has obtained her  100 Ton USCG Captain’s license. Lori can often be seen on weekends either single-handing, entertaining crowds of “land people” to the fun of sailing in the Santa Monica Bay or pursuing her love of introducing sailing to others.

Captain Klaidman will be bringing her 40′ catamaran, MEANT TO BE to the Event, is 40 X 21”.  MEANT TO BE has been around the world two time and around North America with Lori.
Lori sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

CAPTAIN FRAN WEBER

WORKSHOP LEADER: Sailboats In Close Quarters
 
Captain Fran Weber started sailing in college in 1973. She has been an active ASA instructor since 1989 (currently ASA 201,203,204,209 and 214 certified. She has been a Director of the Venice Boys and Girls club summer sailing program for 15 years and currently teaches sailing at Blue Pacific Boating. Fran has been an Instructor at the SCYA women’s sailing convention in Newport Beach for 16 years.
 
Her personal sailing history includes 22 years of day sails, cruising in the local waters, raced on her own 35 ft vessel and other vessels of friends. She has chartered boats in New Zealand, Croatia, San Juans, and the Caribbean.
Captain Fran is a recipient of the prestigious SCYA Peggy Slater award.

Captain Weber holds her USCG OUPV  Captain’s License and sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

MARGIE WOODS

WORKSHOP LEADER: Confident Short Handed Sailing and Suddenly Alone

I am a writer, artist, schemer, dreamer, portrait photographer, aspiring filmmaker and yes, an obsessed sailor! Sailing soothes my soul and brings me the greatest solace I have ever known. I have been sailing most of my life, and am always pushing myself to do and learn more on the water. I am an ASA (American Sailing Association) instructor, A Staff Commodore of Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association (a great club that puts on single and double handed races in Southern California), and I completed the 2016 Singlehanded Transpac. I am planning to sail to Hawaii solo again. I also have an all woman racing team on my boat, Cassiopeia, and am passionate about getting more women out on the water!

Ms. Woods will be bringing her Hanse’ 39, Cassiopeia. Margie sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

CHRISTINE PERNIN

WORKSHOP LEADER: Safety, Dinghy Basics & Crew Best Practices
 
Christine grew up in Provence and started sailing when she was around 10 years old, after her parents bought a small sailboat. They upgraded to a slightly bigger boat and continued to spend as much time as possible sailing between Hyeres and Porquerolles island. Christine loved being at the helm and going fast with the wind!
 
She then took a long hiatus from sailing when she moved to China where she raised two daughters. Christine returned to live in Los Angeles in August 2018 and moved aboard a 42’ Lagoon catamaran after having reconnected with sailing through friends and realized that she had not lost her sea legs!
 
Her daughters are living with her on the boat and they often sail to Catalina island together.

Christine sails out of Marina del Rey and is a Women’s Boating Event Team Member

STACY SINCLAIR

WORKSHOP LEADER: 

Stacy began sailing in the mid-1990s by buying a Kelly Peterson 44, S/V Rhiannon, and becoming a live-aboard in Marina del Rey.  In 2009, she crewed her first race, Marina del Rey to Puerta Vallarta. After doing the Baja Bash, she started doing boat deliveries with friends, accumulating over 15,000 blue water miles and becoming an avid racer, currently on Wolfhound, an 11-meter Ron Holland design.  Four summers ago, Wolfhound was invited to the 11-Meter worlds in Sweden and Norway and won 2nd. Stacy is still living aboard Rhiannon, still learning about her, and racing.

Stacy sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

JUDY FUSCO

WORKSHOP LEADER: Easy Electrical – 12 Volt Basics and

Judy began sailing in the late 90’s when she took her first Lido 14 class at OCC.  After moving up to the Shields and then taking a trip on the Alaska Eagle, she decided it was time to purchase her own sailboat.  That sailboat is a Catalina 30 that she continues to sail out of Long Beach.   In addition to sailing “Takulli” she also enjoys the maintenance aspect of owning a sailboat and she enjoys sharing that knowledge with other women sailors.  Judy is very involved with the LB Women’s Sailing Association, Sea Gals and Shoreline Yacht Club and she also enjoys racing on the Cal20’s from SYC and the Catalina 37’s from the LBSF.

Judy sails out of Alamitos Bay

MONICA CHABAN

WORKSHOP LEADER: 
Intermediate Sailing AM & PM – Rascal

Monica became interested in sailing when she moved to Los Angeles from Massachusetts. Not knowing much about sailing, but being an avid white water rafter and canoer, she took sailing lessons at California Sailing Academy. Not long afterward, she bought her first boat, Fender Bender. During this time, she joined SCCYC  and began racing on other peoples boats. Several years later she sold Fender Bender and then partnered in a Martin 242, Predator, and got into one-design racing. After selling Predator, she now partners in the boat Rascal, a Hunter 37.5, racing and cruising it in MDR. She is a Staff Commodore of SCCYC, and a current a member of WSA. Monica has been sailing and racing for 40 years, with countless number of  trophies under her belt. Most recently, Monica has been hanging out at Rascal’s mooring L11 in the Isthmus harbor.

Monica sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

THOMAS LEHTONIN

WORKSHOP LEADER: Boat Maintenance & Repair

Thomas sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

ROSALIE DAVIS GREEN

WORKSHOP LEADER: Intermediate Sailing
Luncheon Speaker

Rosalie has been avidly sailing since she moved to Southern Cal in the late 70s. Rosalie loves the variety of sailing southern Cal offers: racing, day sails and cruising. She was the 2018 SCYA Women’s Boating clinic Chair. She is a past Commodore of WSASMB 1999, currently a member of WSASMB and LBWSA. She skippered in the MdR WOW/WAH regatta several times and also raced LEMWOD. She bare boat chartered in Tonga, BVI, and Tahiti. She has made offshore passages from Puerto Rico to Jamaica. Rosalie served as a volunteer instructor for several years for after school sailing and sailing summer camp for the Boys and Girls Club of Venice teaching on Hobie 16s and Capri 22s.  She obtained ASA instructor certification 201 and 210. Rosalie enjoys sharing her boat with other women on club day sails and cruises and encouraging them to take charge of their own boating skills development.

Rosalie sails out of Long Beach, CA

MELODY KANSCHAT

WORKSHOP LEADER: 

Melody sails out of Marina del Rey, CA

ON THE WATER COACHES

CARRIE E. PETERS

Race Clinic Skipper
Capri 22

LISA LEWIS

Coach
Sail in Close Quarters: Docking
Yoda

MIRIAM SMITH

Coach: Beginning Sailing AM
Rascal

Intermediate Sailing PM
Chekkers

SUE THOTZ

Coach
AM & PM Beginning Sailing
Esprit

ALLIE TSAI

Coach
AM Intermediate Sailing
Chekkers

KELLIE M. HARDICK

Race Clinic Skipper
Capri 22

PATTI DAY

Coach:
AM Beginning Sailing
Rascal

PM Heavy Weather
Rascal

KAREN PACELLA

Coach: Beginning Sailing
WAI’LANI

TINA CLAPS

Coach: AM Offshore Racing 
Marie
PM Heavy Weather
Rascal

MONICA CHABAN

Workshop Leader: Beginning Sailing AM
Rascal
Skipper: Heavy Weather Sailing PM
Rascal

THEMIS GLATMAN

Coach: Anchoring
Green Dragon

CAREY MEREDITH

Coach: Offshore Racing
Marie

PATTI EAGAN

Coach

JANA DAVIS

Coach: Confident Short Handed Sailing
Cassiopeia

KIMBERLY LEVERN

Coach: Larger Catamaran Sailing

MICHELLE KRINGEN

Coach

MELODY KANSCHAT

Coach: 

JENNIFER KITCHEN

Coach: Beginning Sailing

Dr. DEBBY JUSTER

Coach: 

STEVEN MOSES

Coach: Beginning Racing – M242

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