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Womens Sailing Association - Orange County

 PO BOX 937
[P] (714) 328-5248
[F] --
[email protected]
Valerie Rhodes
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Organization DBA WSA-OC
Former Names Women's Ocean Racing Sailing Association (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0752664 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Women's Sailing Association - Orange County is dedicated to enriching the lives of women through expanded access to sailing related activities and educational opportunities. WSA-OC is committed to preserving and protecting our oceans and contributing to our local community through on-the-water philanthropic activities.

Mission Statement

Women's Sailing Association - Orange County is dedicated to enriching the lives of women through expanded access to sailing related activities and educational opportunities. WSA-OC is committed to preserving and protecting our oceans and contributing to our local community through on-the-water philanthropic activities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $12,733.00
Projected Revenue $19,866.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

Women's Sailing Association - Orange County is dedicated to enriching the lives of women through expanded access to sailing related activities and educational opportunities. WSA-OC is committed to preserving and protecting our oceans and contributing to our local community through on-the-water philanthropic activities.

Background Statement

WSA-OC started in 1979 as a vehicle for local Newport Beach and Dana Point women to participate more actively in the sport of sailboat racing. Named the ‘Women’s Ocean Racing Series’, it all began at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Dick Bluel (who had a daughter interested in racing) and Marcia Last gave a helping hand to launch the series for women racers to encourage women to race big boats rather than dinghies.

It also inaugurated a response to a challenge from Dana Point Yacht Club’s ‘Dana Belles Race’, the only race for women in the area at the time. One boat from BCYC, after competing in the Dana Belles race, raved about the excitement and spirited competition of that first event, sparking more interest by many other gals at BCYC.

Soon after, the ‘WORS’ (subsequently named WORSA Regatta) began with seven local yacht clubs running races and supporting women in a series of PHRF events. They were Bahia Corinthian, Balboa, Capistrano Bay, Dana Point, Newport Harbor, South Shore and Voyagers Yacht Clubs. The Association of Orange Coast Yacht Clubs (AOCYC) donated a WORSA Overall Perpetual Trophy.

From 1979 through 1988, women in Dana Point and Newport Beach harbors raced in six series of races over three weekends from May through September. The first year 18 boats turned out for the series which had a non-spinnaker and spinnaker class, with most participants in the non-spinnaker class. However, some members were more proficient and triumphantly competed with spinnakers and inspired the non-spinnaker class. As the years passed, women have become much more experienced, and many top sailors have emerged. Today you see all-women crews competing in the Angleman Series, Hibachi’s, Sunkist and even the Transpac and Ensenada Races. “You’ve come a long way … WORSA!”

In 1990, WORSA, Women’s Ocean Racing Sailing Association, was recognized as an active, voting member of AOCYC, the Association of Orange County Yacht Clubs In 1998, WORSA legally attained its non-profit corporation status 501(C)(3) in addition to becoming an interim member of Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA). In February 2000, WORSA moved up to Associate status in SCYA.

Recently, in March 2015, WORSA membership voted to change their name to WSA-OC, Women’s Sailing Association – Orange County, to better reflect the organization’s desire to serve our members and community. The organization is expanding the mission of the group to support women sailors of all stripes; racers, cruisers, day-sailors, and novices. They are also committed to supporting the local community through programs that introduce at-risk youth to sailing and providing education about protecting the marine environment.

WSA-OC has grown from a casual group of women who raced in the summer to a recognized co-ed organization with over 100 members in Orange County, California and the surrounding area. The group’s calendar is filled with meetings and educational opportunities both onshore and offshore. WSA-OC’s membership provides a paramount leadership role in management and facilitation of the SCYA Women’s Sailing Convention, held at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club every February.

We publish a monthly newsletter, “The Whistle”, to get the word out on women-in-sailing area activities.

Impact Statement

Our organization's key accomplishments from 2016 include:
» Monthly meetings on sailing related topics
» Day Sails, On the Water Training, & Social Sails
» Sail for the Visually Impaired
» Support for Olive Crest’s Anchor’s Away Youth Sailing Program
» Participation in the SCYA Women’s Sailing Convention 
» Successful execution of inaugural Ocean Awareness Challenge which brought 150 participants to Catalina Island for a weekend of education and experiences related to ocean ecology.  Funds in excess of $40,000 were raised to provide scholarships to underserved elementary school students to attend marine science camp. 
Goals for 2017 include improving upon the events from last year with an expanded focus on:
-Growing our membership base
-Developing new and innovative programs to support women interested in sailing 
-Continuing and expanding our philanthropic efforts in our sailing and ocean community 

Needs Statement

-Financial support for our women's racing program
-Development of scholarship program for youth interested in sailing
-Continued work on ocean conservation efforts 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations may be made via P.O. Box or online. Volunteer opportunities can be found throughout the year via our website or Facebook page             

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
While our focus is on Orange County, California, we serve members from throughout the Southern California region including Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.

Organization Categories

  1. Recreation & Sports - Swimming, Water Recreation
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations - Philanthropy/Charity/ Voluntarism Promotion (General)



Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sponsored by WSA-OC and hosted by American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach this program over the last 10 years has allowed  hundreds of visually impaired individuals to experience the wonders of the ocean and sailing. The program is 100% volunteers who contribute time, resources and of course their sailing vessels.
Budget  $3,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Boating
Population Served People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  The number of participants and volunteers increases 10-15% year over year. In addition many additional business and organizations are providing resources, and public awareness of this program and it's goals. 
Program Long-Term Success  The goal of the program is to help the visually impaired experience interaction with other people and the ocean that they otherwise would not have. In addition it intended to help educate the volunteers on the needs of the visually impaired and create an awareness. Ultimately the program's success will help the visually impaired to intergrate into society as more confident and proactive citizens.
Program Success Monitored By  participation growth
Examples of Program Success  Continued annual growth of 10-15% of the number of participants.


CEO/Executive Director Valerie Rhodes
CEO Term Start 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience       

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
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Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
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Plans & Policies

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Organization has Strategic Plan? --
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Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
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Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

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CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
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Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


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Foundation Comments



Board Chair Valerie Rhodes
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term 2015 - 2016
Board Co-Chair Kathleen Brown
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term 2015 - 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Brenda Highley -- Voting
Karen Pacella -- Voting
Gabi Schwaiger -- Voting
Risa Scott -- Voting
Wayne Wallace -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Membership
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Volunteer


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $19,866.00
Projected Expenses $12,733.00
Form 990s

2016 WSA-OC 990

2015 WSA-OC 990

2014 WSA-OC 990

Audit Documents


IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $19,866 $2,372 $2,194
Total Expenses $12,734 $3,657 $2,586

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,700 -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $2,197 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $9,579 $1,280 $800
Special Events $5,426 $1,092 $1,394
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $964 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $5,785 $2,024 $666
Administration Expense $4,076 $614 $687
Fundraising Expense $2,873 $1,019 $1,239
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.56 0.65 0.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses 45% 55% 26%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 31% 93% 89%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $14,661 $7,529 $8,814
Current Assets $14,661 $7,529 $8,814
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $6,428 $3,139 $3,510
Total Net Assets $8,233 $4,391 $5,304

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.28 2.40 2.51

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.