- Aug 2, 2020
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- Ludington, Michigan, United States
- Here for:
- Dating, Friendship, Crew
- About Me:
I am bi-coastal, so to speak, between the Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean. From my home in Ludington, MI, I hope to get out more on the Great Lakes. I love to sing, dance, read, play games, hike, bike, fitness train, stretch, perform yoga, kayak, paddle board, whitewater raft, arrange flowers, explore the world, speak French, try new foods, attend plays, movies, eat popcorn, and mess around on the beach and in the water.
Having been a Corsair Yacht Club member for 14 plus years, (with the membership requirement of sharing an affinity for Catalina Island 27-ish miles off the coast of Long Beach, California) I look back with gratitude. A couple years prior to membership, I hiked with my Corsair Club sponsor who talked about the activities and board meetings she'd prepare. I was enamored by the notion of getting into such a Club to get some family time on our boat at a time when my spouse was working so hard and taking little time off for pleasure.
Although I didn't belong to clubs growing up in The Great Lakes, I had a strong sense of adventure with plenty of exposure to water play and boating. As a teen, I went yachting and “Whalering” over to Canada. Over my lifetime, my family took a car ferry over to visit my Grandmother and Grandfather Balliet on Harsen's Island where she owned a boat livery.
My Grandmother was a strong model of a woman who could hunt, fish, garden, can her vegetables and fruits, and feed us well when we came to play on and around the island. My Grandma brought my Dad and his sister into the world during difficult times of The Great Depression and her first husband suffered from alcoholism, so much so that I only heard stories and didn't meet him. Her second husband was a gentle, quiet soul, changed Grandma's name from Zemko to Balliet. My Dad retained the name Zemko while he was living with a foster mother who wanted to adopt him during Grandma's hard times. Dad eventually ended up back with his Mom and his sister, my Aunt Nancy.
Grandpa would loan us his boat to travel from the back canal out onto the channel where wind and waves picked up, but we'd stop intermittently at other little islands surrounding Harsen’s. I was taken in by the French influence, having been so close to Canada. Even the local bar on Harsen's was named "Sans Souci" meaning without worries. My grandparents were well known there and had some photo memories shellacked onto the tables there and that bar still remains! My grandfather was a carpenter that built my Aunt Agnes' home next to his own home he built for himself and Grandma and their multiple hunting beagles they raised. He built many A-Frame homes on Harsen's (the original tiny houses that are so popular today). I adored the scent of wood shavings and always think of Grandpa when I capture that scent whether in Michigan or California, where I moved in 1977 to meet my higher education aspirations.
In addition to my grandparents influence on my life, my Dad and Aunt Nancy had a particularly strong effect on my interest in Higher Education. I dreamed of attending UCLA after learning I would be supported as a single mother while meeting my educational aspirations.
Ultimately, in addition to the benefits of their Sailing Club that also took me to Catalina, I ended up with three education degrees from UCLA. I now have nearly 20 years of teaching Kinesiology while administrating/advocating for Student Equity through the State of California. During the time of studying, I reared two children with Jacques and later brought two more into our family. We loved attending their sporting games and performances over the years, as well as the occasional jaunts to Catalina.
One of those jaunts was influenced by my Corsair sponsor whose boys were in Boy Scouts with my son. She convinced me to participate as a leader in a week-long High Adventure experience with the Troops at Emerald Bay on Catalina Island one year. I successfully performed EVERY activity with the older high school boys, making it a remarkably memorable experience, including getting hit in the nose by a flying fish while kayaking at night!
I have fond memories of Catalina Island, including the elegant nights at the Commodore's Balls and Conservancy Balls; dancing the night away with Corsair friends, the cemetery, the museum, the many, many hikes, snorkeling, scuba diving, dinghying, and kayaking, as well as mooring at Emerald Bay. Going to Catalina as a mountainous and salty version of Harsen's, has graced me with carrying on my family legacy of islands, water, exploration, and boating.
- Sailing Experience:
Thirty years of "First Mate" experiences out of Long Beach to Catalina Island.
Currently own a 26' Nordic Tug in Newport Dunes Marina, Newport Beach, CA
- Sailing Qualifications:
UCLA Sailing Club 1979-81
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club 1990-present
Sailed 1960s Catalina, 1940s Atkins Yawl, 1980s 38' Irwin, Sabot, Hobie Catamaran
Corsair Yacht Club 2015-present
US Balboa Boat Squadron 2018-present
Nordic Tug 26' in Newport Beach, CA
Bennington Pontoon in Ludington, MI
- Nautical Miles Logged:
- Home and family
- Marital status:
- Have Children:
- Yes - flown the nest
- Kinesiology Professor/Student Equity Advocate
- Body type:
- 5'4" - 5'7" (161 - 170cm)
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