MARINA DEL REY – The boating public is invited to attend California Yacht Club’s yachting luncheon, “Restoring the Emerald,” on Thursday, Aug. 28.
Alec Milstein and David Scheinfarb of the Challenges Foundation, will provide a multi-media presentation on restoring the 1942 vintage 64-foot Yawl.
The Emerald was built entirely by hand in Oakland, Calif., and had a long history of cruising the waters of California and beyond. After passing through hands of several owners, Emerald sank off the Redondo Beach breakwater in May of 1963 when an ocean swell pushed the boat into the rocks. The vessel sunk 60 feet within four minutes and remained underwater until being hauled out by Bob and Bill Meistrel, founders of Body Glove. The vessel was owned by several parties before ultimately being donated to the Challenges Foundation, which uses the boat to take U.S. veterans, senior citizens and local children out on the water.
Scheinfarb, who serves as president of the foundation, explained that the presentation will include history on Emerald and its restoration; information about the vessel’s current operation and how people can help the organization maintain the boat.
Guests will have a chance to board the boat after the presentation.
The luncheon is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. with happy hour at noon and a buffet luncheon at 12:20 p.m. The $18.50 fee includes the luncheon, tax, service and parking. Reserve your spot by calling (310) 823-4567.