On Boarding

By The Editors
July 2, 2013 9:00 am

The best things come in small packages.

It’s an idiom that has the virtue of being true — not for the man who’s hung like a lightswitch, but for sailboats. These sailboats.

Introducing Marina Del Rey’s Open Sailing, a boat workshop and sailing school whose entire fleet belongs to the Mini Transat class – AKA the smallest operable vessel sanctioned for open-sea racing.

OS is the domain of Jerome Sammarcelli, a former Santa Monica Yachtsman of the Year and the only man who can lay claim to a successful California-to-Hawaii voyage aboard a Mini Transat.

He and his team of ASA-certified instructors offer one-on-one lessons aboard the same “Pogo 2” that they build (and sell) in-house.

They’ll teach you everything you need to know — from trimming sails to rigging a spinnaker to reading the wind with gull-like precision.

And despite its modest stature, the Pogo 2 packs a serious punch: you’ll hit speeds up to 22 knots – the same you’d find on a 60-to-80 foot boat.

But don’t take our word for it. This Saturday, Jerome and four other world-class sailors will be competing in the Mini 650 Pacific Challenge, the first ever single-handed race from Los Angeles to Hawaii (i.e., 2,200 miles – alone).

That’s one way to deliver a small package overseas.


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