Few sports are as relaxing as sailing, When sails are trimmed and a boat leaps across the waves powered by wind alone, I feel that being at the helm is bending the myriad forces of nature to my will. The ocean is awesome in the truest sense of the word. It teaches respect, but also builds confidence.
For several years I’ve been a member of Single Mariners, a Marina del Rey sailing club that pairs boat owners with eager crew. I started as a skipper, but after the recession forced me to sell my boat, I continued to sail as crew.
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey was founded in 1987. The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM for cocktails followed by a delicious dinner by that master of Italian cuisine, Nilou Kashfi. The meetings are at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club at 13915 Panay Way hosted by fleet Captain Alan Gornick. Meetings are an opportunity for skippers and crew to get to know each other and sign up for the cruises that take place on Saturday after the first meeting of the month, and on Sunday after the second meeting. Dinner is a bargain at $7. Most drinks cost $4.
When it’s time to sail, as Commodore Rick Beauchemin puts it “We vote on whether we’ll sail north or south. Afterwards we share a picnic on the water,” a pot luck of good food, wine, and stimulating conversation.
While most of North America is hunkering down for winter, in Southern California the sailing season is year long. In fact one winter I spent Saturday sailing with skipper Evan Sandler, noticed that there was a deep snow on Mt. Baldy, so I spent Sunday on the slopes.
If you’ve always wanted to sail, drop by. If you’re a skipper who needs crew, this is the place to find it.
Don't forget to watch the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," now also available with other anti-aging DVDs on ReverseAging.TV. Photo of Sarah, Paul, and Michiko by Nilou Kashfi; photos of Rick and sunset by Paul Suchecki. Anti-Aging Diary c. 2013 Checkmate Pictures - Paul M. J. Suchecki - webmaster