California YC Hosts Yachting Dinner Feb. 23

Byline: The Log Staff

MARINA DEL REY — Staff commodore Bill Watkins and wife, Carol, will speak at California Yacht Club’s Feb. 23 Yachting Dinner, sharing tales of their recent adventures in the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador.

The presentation, starting at 6:15 p.m., is titled “Cruising in the Wake of Charles Darwin — Wonders of the Galapagos Islands.”

“There is nothing quite like cruising those pristine equatorial waters, some 700 miles off Ecuador,” Bill Watkins said. “It’s especially true when one is cruising in the wake of world-renowned explorer/naturalist Charles Darwin and beholding the same unique species of flora and fauna as did he.”

The stories are certain to include the group of California YC adventurers and friends who sailed aboard Galapagos Legend and beheld wondrous creations of nature, both above and below the waterline.

Wildlife the cruisers viewed included majestic black and red-clad winged frigates, curious booby birds displaying oversized blue-colored feet, elegant statuesque pink flamingos and marine iguanas assuming stoic poses while warming in the sun after a dive.

Frisky seals and sea lions liked to get up-close and personal with snorkeling visitors to their neighborhood. And the cruisers also marveled at the legendary collection of Galapagos tortoises — with head-of-family, 100-plus-year-old Lonesome George, the oldest surviving giant.

The dinner is open to the public at California YC. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (310) 823-4567. No-host cocktails will be served from 6:15-7 p.m., dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the presentation will start at 7:45 p.m.

California YC is located at 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. For more information, visit

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