Obituary: Marilyn Joyce (Mepham) Ghens

My loving mother, Marilyn Joyce Mepham Ghens, passed away after a long illness on Feb. 13, 2020 at Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara. I miss her so, her devotion to family, her love for animals and children, her sense of beauty. I treasure the memories of our times together.

A lifelong Catholic, Marilyn often attended mass at the Santa Barbara Mission. Born in 1940 in Long Beach, her family moved to Santa Barbara in 1951.

Her father, George Mepham (1906-2007), was a plumber who built a family home in Samarkand, where he lived with Marilyn's loving mother, Lucille (Panchiere) Mepham (1907-1993), a jazz pianist.

My Mom graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1958 where she was known for her love for the ocean, water skiing, and softball.

In college at San Jose State University, my Mom conceived me with classmate Warren Ghens. As chronicled in the book "The Girls Who Went Away," 80 percent of children of single mothers at that time were put up for adoption. At a maternity home, my Mom worked hard cleaning many a floor and swallowed her pride to make the case to keep me. My parents were briefly married. Mom lived most of her life in the family home with her parents; all three of them raised me.

Mom later graduated from UCSB in business economics and earned her law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law. Marilyn, an only child herself, stood by her own parents through their illnesses at the end of life. She was a loving woman.

I invite friends and family to join me for my Mom's graveside service at Santa Barbara Cemetery Association Mausoleum in the Pines on Thurs, Feb. 27, 11 a.m.

SBYC CHRF Spring #3 2020

Sail Log

Date

Feburary 23, 2020

Vessel Name/Type/Model

Escape J/70

Course/Sea Miles

H D5 St-Dp-Gt-Cp-Fin 4.89 nm

10.66 mi sailed

Notes

Who sailed or my position on the vessel

  1. Boat Owner/Skipper
    1. Me

  2. Crew
    1. Jenn

    2. Matt

    3. Issac

    4. Max

Weather

9 to 12 miles. SW

Sail Trace (Strava)

Video/Pictures

My Mother

My mother, Marilyn Ghens (maiden name: Mepham), passed away on February 13th this year. I am just going to keep this just a simple announcement.

I hope her pass associates and friends may reach out.

Mom, I miss you so much.

SCYA Midwinter Regatta 2020

Sail Log

Date

Feburary 16, 2020

Vessel Name/Type/Model

Sail 444

Laser Int full rig

Course/Sea Miles

I forgot to start my garmin on time for race 2 and 3. Distance a little short.

Miles sailed: 5.34 mi.

Notes

Fun day, little wind a first had to relearn how to sail/handle the boat.

Got a 3-4-1 (3rd overal). The first place was great because I had chased down a person who usually horizons me from behind and on the downwind leg.

Weather

Clear sky. Temp around 69. Wind from 6 to 13 mi.

Sail Trace (Strava)

Video/Pictures

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SBYC CHRF Spring #2 2020

Sail Log

Date

Feburary 9, 2020

Vessel Name/Type/Model

Escape J/70

Course/Sea Miles

H D7 St-Dp-Hp-Cp-Fin ....... 5.50 nm

10.2 mi sailed

Notes

Good Pressure. Fastes was 10.4 nm/hour

Who sailed or my position on the vessel

  1. Boat Owner/Skipper
    1. Me

  2. Crew
    1. Jenn

    2. Matt

    3. Sawyer

Weather

FZUS56 KLOX 091144
CWFLOX
Expires:202002091730;;251913

Coastal Waters Forecast
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
344 AM PST Sun Feb 9 2020

Point Piedras Blancas to San Mateo Point CA out 60 NM including the
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary


PZZ650-091730-
East Santa Barbara Channel from Pt. Conception to Pt. Mugu CA
including Santa Cruz Island-
344 AM PST Sun Feb 9 2020

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

.TODAY...E winds 10 to 15 kt, except becoming 15 to 25 kt from
Ventura to Point Mugu in the afternoon. Combined seas 4 to 6 ft
dominant period 12 seconds. Chance of rain in the morning, then
chance of showers.

Sail Trace (Strava)

Video/Pictures

SBYC Hot Rum Series 3/3 2020

Sail Log

Date

Feburary 8, 2020

Vessel Name/Type/Model

Escape J/70

Course/Sea Miles

D7 St-Dp-Gt-Bp-Xp-Dp-Fin 5.69 nm

Notes

Who sailed or my position on the vessel

  1. Boat Owner/Skipper
    1. Me

  2. Crew
    1. Jenn

    2. Ole

    3. Erik

Weather

FZUS56 KLOX 081034
CWFLOX
Expires:202002081800;;196545

Coastal Waters Forecast
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
234 AM PST Sat Feb 8 2020

Point Piedras Blancas to San Mateo Point CA out 60 NM including the
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary


PZZ650-081800-
East Santa Barbara Channel from Pt. Conception to Pt. Mugu CA
including Santa Cruz Island-
234 AM PST Sat Feb 8 2020

.TODAY...Winds variable 10 kt or less, becoming S 10 kt in the
afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 2 to 4 ft at 14 seconds.
Patchy dense fog with visibility 1 nm or less in the morning.

Sail Trace (Strava)

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SBYC CHRF Spring #1 2020

Sail Log

Date

January 26, 2020

Vessel Name/Type/Model

Escape J/70

Course/Sea Miles

H D4 R (S - B - H - D - F) 4.79 nm

Miles sailed: 8.05 mi

Notes

Got off the line. CHRF handicap was 518 (shit handicap). Still was able to take the lead by mark H. Held on to D. Got stuck in dead air and seaweed. Thought that 3 would pass. Only lost one place. Team did well.

Who sailed or my position on the vessel

  1. Boat Owner/Skipper
    1. Me

  2. Crew
    1. Jenn

    2. Max

    3. Vincent

    4. Sawyer

Weather

FZUS56 KLOX 261035
CWFLOX
Expires:202001261730;;537658

Coastal Waters Forecast
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
235 AM PST Sun Jan 26 2020

Point Piedras Blancas to San Mateo Point CA out 60 NM including the
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary


PZZ650-261730-
East Santa Barbara Channel from Pt. Conception to Pt. Mugu CA
including Santa Cruz Island-
235 AM PST Sun Jan 26 2020

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT...

.TODAY...N winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming W 15 to 25 kt with local
gusts to 30 kt in the afternoon. Strongest western portion. Combined
seas 5 to 7 ft dominant period 15 seconds. Patchy fog in the
morning.

Sail Trace (Strava)

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SBYC Hot Rum Series 2/3 2020

Sail Log

Date

January 25, 2020

Vessel Name/Type/Model

Escape J/70

Course/Sea Miles

Miles sailed (Statuted): 6.17

Course sailed:

K2R (Start,Bell Bouy, Gate, K, Finish) : 2.45 nm

Who sailed or my position on the vessel

  1. Boat Owner/Skipper
    1. Me

  2. Crew
    1. Jenn

    2. Max

    3. Ole

    4. Erik

Notes

Resonable start. Did not start fromt he weather mark. Sucked bad air to first mark. Sailed around cruise ship. Made up some time.

Weather

Wind was mild today.

FZUS56 KLOX 251102
CWFLOX
Expires:202001251730;;487670

Coastal Waters Forecast
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
302 AM PST Sat Jan 25 2020

Point Piedras Blancas to San Mateo Point CA out 60 NM including the
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary


PZZ650-251730-
East Santa Barbara Channel from Pt. Conception to Pt. Mugu CA
including Santa Cruz Island-
302 AM PST Sat Jan 25 2020

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM PST THIS MORNING...

.TODAY...Western portion, NW to N winds 15 to 25 kt in the morning.
Otherwise, E winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming SW 10 kt in the afternoon.
Combined seas 7 to 9 ft dominant period 16 seconds. Areas of dense
fog with visibility 1 nm or less in the morning.

Sail Trace (Strava)

Video/Pictures

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