13th Women's Sailing Conference - June 7, 2014 - Marblehead, MA

On June 7th, the Corinthian Yacht Club hosted the 13th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference.
The weather was almost perfect, gentle southwest breezes with lots of sun.  85 women attended.  Corinthian Yacht Club Commodore Ken Adam welcomed the group in the morning.  The 21 different workshops included on-land and on-the water sessions.  New this year was a track for women recently introduced or brand new to sailing.  At the other end of the spectrum was a hands-on sail repair workshop, presented by  Alex Pisarek of Doyle Sails,  and an advanced anchoring workshop  lead by circumnavigator Capt. Nancy Erley of Seattle, WA.  On the water, women practiced the crew overboard drill following  a demonstration at the float or had a chance to take the helm and understand better the art of trimming sails.  As the crew overboard, Laura Walsh-Rogalski braved the cold water  waiting to be rescued.  Women left with raised expectations of themselves and their sailing skills.
The date for next year is Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, women had many opportunities to take home a wide variety of products and services through the purchase of raffle tickets or bidding at the silent auction table.   All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction benefitted the Women’s Sailing Foundation, which funds its AdventureSail® program and scholarships for young girls at-risk. 

The conference was organized by the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA), a program of the Women’s Sailing Foundation, a 501 © (3) organization. The mission is to enhance the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing.
Leading the list of sponsors for the 13th year was the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.), the nation's oldest & largest association for recreational boaters. BoatU.S. provides service, savings & representation to over half a million members. 

Joan Thayer