Byline: The Log Staff
NEWPORT BEACH — Corona del Mar resident Karen Winnett has been named commodore of Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for 2012.
A member of Bahia Corinthian YC since 1999, Winnett grew up in Long Beach and learned to sail as a young girl. Her father, Bill Nicolai, was commodore of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in 1978.
“Growing up on the water and boating were wonderful experiences,” Winnett said.
“I’m very pleased to now be the commodore of the friendliest yacht club in Newport Harbor,” she added. “Being the BCYC commodore is both an honor and joy for me, because the club holds such a special place in my heart.”
Winnett owns Impetuous, a Riviera 36-foot sportfisher; and Watter Toy, an 18-foot Duffy electric boat. She will be taking the gavel from current Commodore Ted O’Connor.
Winnett said she plans to focus her efforts on the club’s preparations for the 2013 Junior Women’s Double-handed Regatta — hosting of which was awarded to Bahia Corinthian YC by US Sailing. The event will bring 40 teams of young women racers from across the U.S. to compete in Newport Harbor.
Winnett holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in finance from California State University, Long Beach and a juris doctorate from the University of Southern California. She has been an attorney since graduation from law school and is a partner at K&L Gates LLP, practicing at the firm’s Orange County office.