In my early 20s I learned a life-long lesson about myself: I needed to live near water. Having moved to California from Memphis, Tennessee, when I was 10, I discovered the ocean. The pictures and movies I had seen did not do it justice. My goal became to live near the ocean, reaching it in my third decade of life.

During that decade I learned another lesson about myself after sailing to and from Catalina several times: I get seasick. I tried all of the pills and patches repeatedly and after 20 years of boating, I informed my husband I would meet him anyplace in the world and get the condo ready as he sailed to me. For anyone who has experienced seasickness, you might identify with my thinking – I wanted to die, afraid I wouldn’t.

It may seem incongruent that your rear commodore admits to this, after all, this is a yacht club! However, several years ago I discovered a device that helps me, a “relief band” that I use on planes, trains, buses, boats and am able once again, to get back on the water.

BCYC provides me the opportunity to be very near the water and sometimes on it. I am grateful upon entering the club as a member and feel fortunate to be part of the many committees that create opportunities for me, the latest being (at the time of writing) the Cinco de Mayo Poker Run and Fiesta for the Fight, fundraisers for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Thank you, Las Commodoras, for organizing a fun and memorable day and evening! Specific thanks to Las Commodoras President, Leslie Kazarian, co-chairs Gail Cyprus and Secretary Rhonda Tolar, and their numerous helpers.

I look forward to many opportunities in the near future at BCYC to get my “water fix”!

Rear Commodore, Ginny Lombardi