Sailing Convention for Women

Published on December 10th, 2018

The Sailing Convention for Women presented by Gail Hine will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. The daylong, ladies-only series of shore-and-boat-based workshops offer beginners to experts a welcoming environment to learn more about all topics sailing.

“The Convention gives women an opportunity to meet other women sailors, discuss options for more cruising and day sailing, find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area as well as instructional programs available,” said Convention creator/director Gail Hine. “We have something meaningful for everyone.”

Attendees select a combination of workshops in areas that best fits their interest and ability. Course instructors are top women sailors from all over Southern California and outside California, many of whom are USCG Licensed Captains.

Workshops include: Welcome Aboard for beginners, Diesels, Going Up the Mast, Docking, Suddenly Singlehanded, Weather, Sail Trim, Basic Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Electrical Systems, DIY Canvas Projects, How to Heave a Line, Nighttime Navigation, Winch Workshop, Spinnaker Rigging, Offshore Cruising, Emergency Equipment & Life Raft Demo, and Introduction to Sailing.

To top off the event, our featured speaker at dinner is Melody Kanschat, a sailor with 40 years of sailing experience beginning in the Midwest on small boats and now in California aboard her C&C40 Harmony.

Throughout those 40 years, Melody applied the lessons she learned as a female skipper to her professional career in public radio, and in art museums as President of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and as Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Institute.

She will talk about the styles and characteristics of women leaders, those pivotal moments when both skippers and crew embrace their leadership, and she will share tips for women sailors in exerting their own leadership to be happy and productive members of any sailing crew.

The convention registration fee of $200.00 (early bird) includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenirs and handouts. Prepaid-registrations are required as space is limited to approximately 250. To obtain a reservation form, email gail@sailingconventionforwomen or call 951-677-8121. Early bird registrations can also be made online at as of December 10, 2018.

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