Planning for Women’s Sailing Conference
Published on February 13th, 2019
Beginning and experienced woman sailors can jump-start their sailing lives at the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) 18th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference on June 1 in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
The 2019 event, to be held at the Corinthian Yacht Club, features hands-on land- and water-based workshops and seminars, offers women an opportunity to learn or hone sailing skills, network with other women sailors from all over the United States, and gain the confidence necessary to become a valuable crew member or knowledgeable skipper.
“Women of all sailing abilities are encouraged to attend,” said event Chair Joan Thayer. “By sharing experiences, women leave with improved skills and knowledge that contribute to better days on the water. There is something of interest for everyone in the 20 different workshops.”
Financial support from major supporters, including Black Rock Sailing School and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), enable NWSA to meet the educational needs of women sailors and continue to provide one of the top women’s sailing conferences in the nation.
On the water, women can take the helm for the first time or improve their sail trim and boat-handling skills in a Sonar 23-foot keelboat. “Learning on these one-design boats is easier to understand than on big boats. It’s an instant reaction to your action,” added Thayer.
New workshops this year include Experiencing Your Ability to Swim, Wearing Foul Weather Gear, Suddenly Alone, How to Use the VHF for Clear Communications, What You Need to Know to Campaign Your Boat, Avoiding Mayhems and Missteps, What Do You REALLY Need in Your Medical Kit for First Aid?, and Boating Skills Virtual Trainer.
Repeat conference workshops include Anchoring, Diesel Engine Maintenance, Hands-On Flare and Fire Extinguisher Demonstrations, Racing Basics, Sailing 101 and 102, Knots, How to Read a Navigational Chart, Plot Your Course, and Basic to Advanced On-the-Water Sailing.