Sailing for Singles
If you’ve watched sailboats glide past the beach and have yearned to be on board to escape for a few hours, a weekend or more you’re in luck even if you don't own a boat.
If you’re a skipper and you don’t have your sailboat rigged for single-handed sailing, you can readily find eager, usually experienced crew.
How many singles try to meet others in bars? What do they share in common - that they drink? Now consider how compatible you could be if you get to know each other in a low-pressure, convivial atmosphere while sharing your love of the outdoors.
In 2017 Single Mariners is the only single sailing club in Marina del Rey, although the club welcomes anybody, attached or not, including couples, who love to sail. If you meet your soul mate here, you can stay. That’s what happened to our commodore, Alan Rock, and vice commodore, Melissa Barbur Rock.
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey is a fun, active singles club that matches boat owners and crew. If you’re crew, you can sail for practically nothing compared to owning a boat. If you’re a skipper, you can delegate most of the work for a more relaxing sail.
Single Mariners was founded in 1987. The club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM* for social hour followed by a light dinner and meeting. With its million-dollar view of the Marina del Rey boat basin, Pacific Mariners Yacht Club (PMYC) generously hosts the meetings at 13915 Panay Way Marina del Rey, California. Park in the club’s parking lot. The gatherings are an opportunity for skippers and crew to get to know each other and sign up for the day sails. There are no dues, just an admission fee per meeting of $7 cash only, exact change appreciated. We alternate between a Saturday sail after the month’s first meeting, and a Sunday sail after the third, although those days can change depending on the skipper’s availability and the weather. Most sails are followed by an on-deck wine and cheese pot luck. Occasionally, a sing-along will break out.
One of the best things about the club is that PMYC members often invite Single Mariners to the parent club’s events including Friday night dinners, holiday parties, opening day, the annual comedy night, and cruises to Catalina. PMYC is one of the most active and reasonably priced yacht clubs in the marina. It may be your next fun, social endeavor. It’s a course followed by many. Members love it.
For more information, email Commodore Alan Rock, a PMYC member.
Since you’ll be more likely to be invited back to sail the more you know about sailing, we’ve assemble a compendium of instructional resources to hone your sailing skills, both free instructional articles (supported by ads) and boating instructional DVDs which you can order. Note: Single Mariners is non-commercial and does not officially support these sites. These links are placed here for your convenience. All photos © Checkmate Pictures 2015. All rights reserved.
*Due to the holidays, there is no second meeting in December.
Commodore Alan Rock and Vice Commodore Melissa Barbur Rock welcome you.