Vern is a first-generation Dane. Both his parents are from the old country. He grew up in East Chicago. He joined the Marines at age 17 and served 7 years. He served in 4 of the 5 major battles in Korea during the Korean War. After getting out of the Marines Vern put himself through college eventually earning his doctorate in education and becoming Dr. Vern Bendsen.
He has served as Commodore of the Solano Yacht Club in 2006, the Ben Ali Shrine Yacht Club in 1998 and the PICYA in 2004. He has dedicated his time to supporting the PICYA’s many programs including the PICYA Wheelchair Regatta for 17 years and ‘Make-A-Wish’ fundraisers from 1995 to 2010. He has also been instrumental as chair of the … (more)
Six skippers competed in the PCYA Annual Barusch/Castagna Predicted Log Championship on Santa Monica Bay on June 16-18. It was sponsored by the Pacific Coast Yachting Association, Hollywood Yacht Club, and Santa Monica Bay Power Fleet. The event was sanctioned by Southern California Cruiser Association and hosted by the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California.
Read the The Pennant – Summer 2016.
The 2015 Garrett Horder Trophy for most innovative juniors program was awarded to Huntington Beach Sailing Foundation, the youth foundation of Huntington Harbor Yacht Club, nominated by the Association of San Pedro Bay Yacht Clubs. The Horder Trophy was presented to the Foundation at the PCYA Annual Meeting on January 16, 2016.
The 2015 winner of the Charles A. Langlais Trophy for exceptional service to the sport of yachting was awarded to Robert Ehlers, nominated by the San Diego Cruiser Association. The Langlais Trophy will be presented to Mr. Ehlers at the opening day of his club, San Diego Yacht Club, on April 17, 2016.