2023 Sailing Convention for Women
Published on February 27th, 2023
The 33rd annual Sailing Convention for Women in on April 1 in Corona del Mar, CA. The 2023 convention features an all-day series of on-the-water instruction and shore-based workshops, from beginners to the very experienced women sailors.
Held at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, the day begins at 8 am and runs until 8 pm, starting with breakfast and morning instruction and workshops. After a buffet lunch, the afternoon continues with learning opportunities and wraps up with happy hour.
The evening will complete the day with dinner while attendees socialize, vie for raffle prizes, and hear from a guest speaker sharing stories of inspiration and passion for sailing.
Workshops include Suddenly Singlehanded, Steer with the Sails, Intro to AIS, Avoid Mistakes & Mayhem, Prepare for Passage Making, Catamaran Cruising, Welcome Aboard, Nighttime Navigation, Weather, Race/Crew to Hawaii, Basic Navigation, Docking, three levels of on-the-water sailing instruction, and many more.
“The Convention gives women an opportunity to meet other women sailors, discuss options for cruising, racing and recreational sailing, and find out about women’s sailing organizations in their area, as well as instructional programs available,” described by founder and producer, Gail Hine.
This year’s guest speaker at the dinner program is Capt. Marie Rogers — Marie was the second woman in 118 years, the second black person, and the first black woman to serve as commodore at the historic Los Angeles Yacht Club. In 2019 she stood alone on the west coast, and most of the nation, as a black woman at the helm of a major club.
She raced the 50th Transpac along with 72 other monohulls and six multihulls. Marie also participates close to home on her J/29 Rush Street, and does coastal racing on Marie, a Nelson Marek 55 she shares with Bill, her husband. Marie is eager to share sailing. Teaching sailing isn’t a “job’ for Marie, it is a calling.