Convention open to all women interested in sailing

Published on January 6th, 2015

The Southern California Yachting Association, will hold its 26th Annual Women’s Sailing Convention on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar. Primary sponsor is BoatU.S. This event is open to all women interested in sailing from novice / beginner to expert.

The event maintains its multi-workshop format: Attendees select a combination workshops in areas that best fits their interest and ability, such as: Welcome Aboard (for beginners), Diesels, Going Up the Mast, Introduction to Racing, Tactics, Docking, Overboard Procedures, Suddenly Singlehanded Interactive, Weather, Sail Trim, Basic Navigation, Maintenance Mania, DIY Canvas Projects, How to Heave a Line, Nighttime Sailing & Navigation, Hassel-Free Heads, Spinnaker Rigging, Offshore Cruising, and Introduction to Sailing. The WSC Race Starts (BCYC) will be held in Harbor 20’s. All 30 of the workshops are presented by top women sailors from all over Southern California, many of whom are USCG Licensed Captains.

To top off the event in the evening, the organizing committee has selected the 2015 speaker to be Sharon Green of Santa Barbara – one of the world’s top yacht racing photographers. For more than 30 years she has captured the pinnacle of the sport in venues around the globe for the Ultimate Sailing Calendar, international publications, and on assignment for high-level campaigns and exclusive clientele. Sharon will review the highlights of “30 Years of Ultimate Sailing,” including her experience photographing eight America’s Cup campaigns.

According to producer/director Gail Hine, “This event gives women an opportunity to meet many other women sailors, find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area, instructional programs available, and many other areas of interest for those who would like to do more — racing, cruising and day sailing. We have something meaningful for everyone. For those who are already involved but desire more, we will offer some new areas of inspiration and instruction along with excellent networking opportunities.” Attendees have reported that this convention was one of their most rewarding boating experiences and the very best-organized event they have ever attended. It’s a sell-out every year. Rain will not cancel or diminish this event.

To obtain a reservation form (prepaid-registrations are required as space is limited to approximately 250), write Gail Hine, SCYA Women’s Sailing Convention, 23414 Mt. Ashland Ct., Murrieta CA 92562; 951-677-8121); email: Gail@scya.org or on the web at www.womenssailingconvention.com (available after 12/10/13). The convention fee of $200.00 includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenirs and handouts for online registrations at www.womenssailingconvention.com

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