18th NWSA Women’s Sailing Conference
A day of workshops and on-the-water instruction
Corinthian Yacht Club — Marblehead, MA
Saturday, June 1, 2019
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17th Conference in 2018 was another success!
More than 100 women sailors, from amateur day sailors to experienced offshore cruisers arrived at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on Saturday June 2 to share their expertise and learn new skills at the 17th NWSA Women’s Sailing Conference. Participants, who came from 12 states, chose from 20 different classroom and on-water workshops.
|Photo credit: Pam Foley|
We had 2 Sonars loaned by the Corinthian and a Colgate 26 provided by Black Rock Sailing School, one of two Platinum Sponsors. BoatUS is the other Platinum Sponsor. The winds were up and down and gave us cause as to whether we would need to send out the CYC launch to retrieve them as the wind died down. However, the boats carry paddles and the women put them to good use. No one wanted to be late for lunch or miss that last minute push at the Silent Auction table! Our reefing session was held on a Sabre 42. The Dinghy Captain was a very strong favorite. We introduced that coaching situation last year. And this year, it had a waiting list. When you are cruising you need to get on land from the mooring. More independence! We had three dinghies for at our disposal.
On-land, the workshops ran the gamut from Sailing 101 and How to Toss a Line to Plotting Your Course and How to Prepare for Offshore and Extended Cruising as well as lighting off flares on the beach and learning to splice a line. For the more advanced, the Marine Electrical Wiring and Advanced Docking.
Our Speaker, Sheila McCurdy, was also awarded the BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award. Sheila has a tremendous amount of sailing experience at all levels and she is also very involved with promoting sailing for all as well as promoting opportunities for women. Sheila spent the entire day at the conference. Her presentation was “Sailing is a Metaphor for Everything”.
We had over 40 raffle items that we gave out in the morning welcome and at the end of the evening. We also had 23 silent auction items, many hotly contested. The buzz of excitement continued throughout the day. And now it is over and we all go back to our respective locations armed with renewed confidence, skills and new sailing connections. June 1, 2019, is the date for the the 18th NWSA Women’s Sailing Conference.
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Keynote Speaker Sheila McCurdy
“Sailing is a Metaphor for Everything”
Sheila is accomplished in all aspects of sailing and racing and is most noted for her work on US SAILING’s Safety at Sea Committee.
|8:30 – 9:00||Registration & continental breakfast|
|9:00 – 9:20||Welcome Orientation and raffle drawings|
|9:30 – 10:55||Workshops|
|12:30 – 1:30||Buffet Lunch & raffle drawings|
|1:45 – 3:10||Workshops|
|3:20 – 4:45||Workshops|
|5:00 – 6:00||Cash Bar – Mix and mingle with presenters and your new friends.|
|5:45||Silent Auction closes.
Auction high bidders are announced and names posted.
|6:15 – 8:15||Dinner and Evening Program|
|7:15||2018 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award Presentation – Sheila McCurdy|
|7:20||Keynote Speaker – Sheila McCurdy|
Advanced Docking (classroom) – Learn how and what forces affect a sailboat under power both while moving and stationary. After a brief review of basic docking techniques, you will learn about backing up a boat under power and a host of ways to use lines to keep the boat under control no matter what the wind is doing. Basic docking knowledge is pre-requisite.
Mary Goff FANTAIL ROOM 1:45 – 3:10 p.m.
Basic Docking (classroom) – This workshop assumes you know little to nothing about docking a sailboat. You will learn how to dock to port, how to dock to starboard (They are different!), how to tie-up a boat in a slip, a couple of ways to have lines help control the boat under power, and how to get out of the slip and stay in control.
Mary Goff FANTAIL ROOM 11:05 – 12:30 p.m.
Dinghy Captain: Driving, Reverse, Landing Etiquette – Are you comfortable zipping around a harbor or anchorage in your dinghy? Can you start and stop the motor as well as tie up to the big boat or a dock? The answer will be “yes!” if you sign up for this hands-on workshop. Learn tips for starting stubborn outboards too.
Pat Dieselman, Barbara Robertson, Sue Struss FLOAT and ON THE WATER (PFD required) 9:30 – 10:55 a.m.; 1:45 – 3:10 p.m.
Flares and Fire Extinguishers Demo – Learn how to use the required flares you are mandated to carry on your boat. Learn about the different types of flares and their uses. Demonstrations will be done with safe-handling tips. Registrant participation may be possible.
Linda Newland, Debbie Huntsman TROPHY ROOM, FOLLOWED BY ON THE BEACH 3:20 – 4:45 p.m.
How to Throw a Line – Learn techniques to heave a line with distance and accuracy and how to “make up a line” properly. Those who don’t know how or who throw like a girl are especially invited and will be amazed at their newly honed abilities.
Capt. Nancy Erley POOL DECK 9:30 – 10:55 a.m.
Knots to Know. – Learn basic knots that will keep your boat safe, tidy, and strong. Learn how to use cleats correctly on both floats and piers, as well as how not to use them. This is a fun and interactive workshop.
Susannah Winder, Susan Epstein MIDDLE PORCH 11:05 – 2:30 p.m., 3:20 – 4:45 p.m.
Marine Electrical Wiring – Learn how to use good electrical tools to make safe and secure wiring connections. Hands-on practice.
Beth Burlingame HARBOR ROOM 3:20 – 4:45 p.m.
Marine Electronics – Using her recent experience on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), Beth will discuss new products, useful apps and communication devices as well as how to build a network so your electronics communicate.
Beth Burlingame HARBOR ROOM 9:30 – 10:55 a.m.
Moving About in Fog – Before you get caught in the fog, learn how to develop awareness of your surroundings and learn the skills you need to get you and your boat back home safely.
Sue LaVoie FANTAIL ROOM 9:30 – 10:55 a.m.
Night Navigation – Learn how to navigate safely after dark. A technically rich talk covering many topics, such as time for eyes to adjust, hazards you know are there in daylight, but can’t see at night, lights on buoys, etc.
Capt. Nancy Erley HARBOR ROOM 11:05 – 12:30p.m.
Plot Your Course – This workshop is for women who already know how to read a chart and have the ability to find latitude/longitude. You will use the magnetic compass and examine direction, distance and time.
Sue LaVoie FANTAIL ROOM 3:20 – 4:45 p.m.
Preparing for Offshore and Extended Cruising – How can one turn a dream of taking off in to the sunset to warm turquoise waters in to a reality? Captain Linda will share how she and her husband progressed from weekend coastal cruising in New England, to living aboard in Boston, to gaining blue water experience and embarking on a nearly one-year extended cruise to the Caribbean. This session is packed with photos, data and discussion and will include aspects of planning, safety, life logistics, learnings and mistakes.
Capt. Linda Riera TROPHY ROOM 11:05 – 12:30 p.m.; 1:45 – 3:10 p.m.
Racing to Win – Rules and Tactics for Starting – Get an overview of the rules of racing, effective starting strategies, expected challenges at mark roundings, clean finishes, and when all else fails, the correct procedure for filing a protest. A focus will be on the rules of engagement and an overview of strategy through the entire race. Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, Let’s go racing!
Linda Codega CROWNINSHIELD ROOM 3:20 – 4:45 p.m.
Reefing: To reef or not to reef??? That is the question. – Learn how, why and when to consider reefing, for a sensible way to faster, smoother and safer sailing. Discussion on the different reefing systems and the pros and cons of each. This workshop begins with a half hour chalkboard talk at the ROUND PORCH and then proceeds to boats on the water.
Nancy Cook, Pat Oppenheimer ON-THE-WATER (PFD Required) 9:30 – 12:30 p.m., 1:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Sailboat as a Teacher – How to become a better sailor by listening to what your boat is telling you. Capt. Nancy Erley shares how her sailboat taught her to sail when the self-steering fell off in the Atlantic 3 years into the first circumnavigation. What you need to know so the boat can teach you the rest.
Capt. Nancy Erley HARBOR ROOM 1:45 – 3:10 p.m.
Sailing 101 – Learn the vocabulary of the boat, including parts of the boat, different crew positions, racing terms, and communication skills for sailing. Also included is an overview of the basics of racing and crew work on the boat. Join in the lively discussion to make your sailing experience fun. A great resource for newbies, and a refresher for more experienced sailors.
Linda Codega CROWNINSHIELD ROOM 11:05 – 12:30 p.m.
Splicing – In this hands-on session you will learn how to splice a 3-strand line. You will also see the difference in a 2-strand line and understand how the fid is used.
Susannah Winder CROWNINSHIELD ROOM 1:45 – 3:10 p.m.
Suddenly Singlehanded – In this seminar you will learn some basic skills needed to handle an emergency on board, such as your partner becoming incapacitated or falling overboard, leaving you, and only you, to manage the boat as well as handle all aspects of the emergency.
Linda Newland TROPHY ROOM 9:30 – 10:55 a.m.
Take the Helm – Sailing on a 23-foot Sonar or a Colgate 26, learn sail trim at the different points of sail and for maximum efficiency. Take the helm and feel how these affect your progress across the water. Develop your skill approaching a mooring. No engines on these boats.
Betsy Frawley Haggerty, Debbie Noble ON THE WATER (PFD required) 9:30 – 12:30, 1:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Using Spring Lines – Ever realize you are headed in an inconvenient direction at the dock once the water tank has been filled? Or, you may have found yourself hemmed in between two boats at the dock, or stuck fast there by a strong current. How do you get out and on your way without high anxiety or drama? This hands-on session at the float will show you how to reposition your boat safely with spring lines.
Capt. Nancy Erley FLOAT (PFD required) 3:20 – 4:45 p.m.
|9:30 a.m.||11:05 a.m.||1:45 p.m.||3:20 p.m.|
|Dinghy Captain*||Basic Docking (classroom)||Advanced Docking (classroom)||Flares & Fire Extinguishers|
|How to Throw a Line||Night Navigation||Dinghy Captain*||Knots to Know|
|Marine Electronics||Knots to Know||Preparing for Offshore & Extended Cruising||Marine Electrical Wiring|
|Moving About in Fog||Preparing for Offshore & Extended Cruising||Sailboat as Teacher||Plot Your Course|
|Suddenly Singlehanded||Sailing 101||Splicing||Racing to Win|
|Using Spring Lines*|
|9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||1:45 – 4:45 p.m.|
|Reefing: To reef or not to reef?*||Reefing: To reef or not to reef?*|
|Take the Helm*||Take the Helm*|
*PFD required. These courses are either at the float or on the water.
|Beth Burlingame – Fell in love with sailing at age 12 at a YMCA camp. Raced small boats before finding her comfort with the cruising lifestyle. Holds ABYC certifications in electrical, diesel, marine systems, and corrosion, and certification as a Marine Electronics Installer from the National Marine Electronics Association. She lives in Fairhaven, MA and aboard her 38’ power catamaran. Beth joined the Women’s Sailing Foundation board in 2013.|
|Linda Codega – A lifelong sailor who started racing at age 6, Linda has taught summer youth sailing classes, volunteered with her college team, and was a charter boat captain in the Caribbean. She races on a 37-foot Merritt with the Kingston Sailing Club, in NY.|
|Nancy Cook – Has engaged in some form of sailing and racing and other boating experiences most of her life, including sailing her Sabre 42 between the Chesapeake Bay and the coasts of MA and ME. She has managed a junior sailing program and has taught CCA’s program Suddenly Alone. She has captained boats in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Nancy holds a US Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and a European Certificate for Navigating in Mediterranean Waters Offshore.|
|Pat Dieselman – Co-chair of Corinthian Yacht Club race committee and a past race committee chair and commodore of Blue Water Sailing Club. An experienced PHRF racer and cruising sailor, Pat has organized women-only cruises and instructed GPS workshops at previous NWSA Women’s Sailing Conferences.|
|Susan Epstein – Sailing has been a part of Susan’s life since she learned to sail as a youngster. Owner of and competitor on a 210. She now enjoys cruising when possible with her husband. She has been involved for many years with US SAILING. Susan joined the Women’s Sailing Foundation board in 2001 and served as vice president from 2014 to 2016.|
|Capt. Nancy Erley – Captain of two all-women world circumnavigations and founder and instructor of Tethys Offshore, her sailing school for women in Port Townsend, WA. She holds a USCG 100-ton Master of Oceans license. A teacher and advocate for women in sailing, Nancy is a public speaker in global venues.|
|Mary Goff – Sailed as a young adult on an Islander 36, raised four children, has a USCG Captain’s license, Sailing Endorsement and is an ASA Instructor. After working for three years at the Narragansett Sailing School, Mary now owns it! She is passionate about empowering women to be confident and knowledgeable sailors.|
|Betsy Frawley Haggerty – Started sailing as a 13-year-old at the Corinthian Yacht Club and hasn’t stopped since. Betsy has cruised the East Coast from Newfoundland to the Caribbean, participated in offshore and round-the-buoys racing, and has been teaching sailing professionally since the late 1980s. A New York City resident, she is a USCG-licensed captain who now sails and teaches out of City Island in Western Long Island Sound.|
|Sue LaVoie – Sails from the Jubilee YC in Beverly, MA. She is past Commodore of Blue Water Sailing Club, and an experienced cruising sailor and instructor on sailing, safety and navigation for women.|
|Linda Newland – Racing exclusively on the west coast, Linda has raced the Singlehanded Transpac to Hawaii, skippered an all women crew in the LA-Honolulu Transpac and holds the Fastest Woman Singlehanded Record, SF-Japan. Linda has a 100-ton Merchant Marine License and is a certified American Sailing Association instructor. Linda currently serves as president of the Women’s Sailing Foundation.|
|Debbie Noble – Sailed and raced for a half-century, including time as a sailing instructor and college sailing team captain. Has owned and raced one-design sailboats in Marblehead, Newport, New York, and England. Currently lives in Marblehead, actively races in both fleet and team events. Debbie is a member of the Eastern Yacht Club Race Committee and Sailing Committee.|
|Katie Rodger – Grew up sailing in Marblehead at Pleon YC, racing Optis and 420s. Katie was on the Marblehead High School sailing team, and is now a sophomore on the Connecticut College varsity sailing team. Her team competed at the Nationals this May. This summer will be Katie’s third year as a certified sailing instructor with the CYC junior sailing program.|
|Pat Oppenheimer – Started sailing and racing small boats in Marblehead as a youngster. She competed in the US Women’s Championships, PHRF, Halifax and five Bermuda Races. She has made deliveries to the Caribbean and lived aboard her boat for four years, between New England and the Bahamas. She is a past commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association.|
|Linda Riera – A biotech clinical researcher by day and a sailor as much as possible. Linda owns a Tartan 4000, Argon, berthed in Boston, MA and Newport, RI. She has her 6 PACK license and owns a sailing charter business, All Hands Sailing Charters, LLC. Linda writes for various sailing publications, and keeps an active sailing blog and YouTube channel with her partner, Bob, at ArgonSailing.com.|
|Barbara Robertson – Started sailing with Community Sailing on the Charles River, in Boston. She joined NY Sailing Club when she moved to NY and purchased a Catalina 22. She now spends summers on a Freedom 36, Whimbrel, out of Belfast, ME. She and her significant other led the Blue Water Sailing Club Maine cruise one summer. Barbara has taught sailing for the Appalachian Mountain Club.|
|Sue Struss – Sailing out of Salem, Sue has been cruising the NE coast for 35+ years. Enjoys handling marine electronics especially during long passages. Provisioning and food storage details are a passion. Marine canvas repair is her latest interest. Sue is a member the Pelagic Sailing Club. Sue serves the board of Blue Water Sailing Club, New England Healing Sports Association, and the Manchester Harbor Boat Club.|
|Susannah Winder – Grew up cruising and racing locally. She discovered tall ship sailing aboard the Schooner Fame of Salem. Since graduating from Maine Maritime Academy with a dual degree in Marine Science and Vessel Operations, Susannah has sailed aboard vessels such as The Arctic Schooner Bowdoin on which she was the Student Chief Mate. Last summer she sailed aboard Gloucester’s Schooner Adventure.|
Questions? Contact Conference Co-Chair Joan Thayer at email@example.com or by phone at 781-631-2084. Or, contact
Conference Co-Chair Cheryl Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 405-613-8694.
Corinthian Yacht Club Policies: All in attendance must observe the standards and policies of the CYC. Dress is casual. Jeans are
permitted if they are not ripped, torn, faded, etc. Smoking and cell phone use are not allowed in the clubhouse or on the porch.
Parking is available on the side streets, not in the CYC lot unless you are an overnight guest or member.
CYC Navigation Coordinates: N 42 30.30 W 70 50.40 VHF: Channel 9.
Dinner at CYC – 6:15 p.m. (Please indicate any food allergies on your registration form.)
Garden salad w/balsamic vinaigrette, rolls and butter
Chicken roulade (chicken with spinach, mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, thyme jus), roasted potatoes, green beans, baby carrots
Vegetarian Entrée option: Cavatappi (tubular pasta) with sundried tomato pesto, spinach, roasted peppers, asparagus, vegetable
stock, shaved parmesan
Dessert: Strawberry short cake, macerated strawberries, fresh whipped cream
Dress: Dress for warmth. Layers are best. Spring in the northeast can be both sunny and chilly with winds off a cold ocean. Bring rain
gear as this is an all-weather event. Please wear non-scuff soled shoes or white-soled shoes appropriate for sailing.
PFDs are required for sessions on the float or sailing. All workshops requiring a PFD are marked with an asterisk (*) in the
registration materials. Bring a personal flotation device (PFD) if you are registered for one of those sessions.
Housing: There are a limited number of rooms at the Corinthian YC, phone: 781-631-0005. Identify yourself as a conference
attendee. Marblehead has lovely B&Bs, but they fill up quickly. Contact the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce at 781-631-2868 or
email@example.com, or http://www.marbleheadchamber.org to find overnight accommodations.
Driving Directions to Corinthian Yacht Club, 1 Nahant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
A car is the most convenient way to get to the yacht club.
From Boston and the South: Take Route 93N (South East Expressway) to Exit 20, I-90/Logan Airport. Merge onto I-90E/Mass Pike via
exit on the left toward Logan Airport. Do not exit for Logan. From Boston: Follow Route 1A North, through Revere and Lynn, toward
Swampscott. At rotary, go around to the left toward Swampscott. Go through Swampscott into Marblehead. Approximately 1.5
miles from the Marblehead line, take a right at the set of lights & four-way intersection onto Ocean Avenue. (See In Marblehead
From the North: Take Route 128 South to Exit 25A, Route 114 East – Marblehead, in Peabody. Follow 114 to the end in Marblehead.
At the fire station, take a right onto Ocean Avenue. (See In Marblehead directions)
From the West: Take Route 95 North until it combines with Route 128 North. Stay on Route 128 North toward Gloucester. In
Peabody, take Exit 25A, Route 114 East – Marblehead. Follow 114 into Marblehead. At the end of 114 at the fire station, take a right
onto Ocean Avenue. (See In Marblehead directions)
In Marblehead: Follow Ocean Avenue across the causeway. Marblehead Harbor will be on your left. At the end of the causeway,
bear left onto Harbor Avenue. At fork in road, bear left up hill, still on Harbor Ave. Pass the Eastern Yacht Club on left. At the rotary
at the top of the hill, bear left. Very shortly thereafter, take a left onto Corinthian Lane. Parking is available on any of the side
streets, not in the club parking lot unless you are an overnight guest or member. Thank you for your cooperation.
During the conference, the Women’s Sailing Foundation (WSF), a 501 (c) 3 organization, holds its annual fundraising. We have raffles throughout the day and a silent auction. Donations are provided by NWSA and WSF supporters and sponsors. Raffle and silent auctions proceeds benefit the Foundation’s AdventureSail® program and sailing program scholarships for young girls at risk. AdventureSail® events give underserved girls exposure to sailing’s challenges and rewards. The proceeds also fund educational programs for women through the National Women’s Sailing Association, such as this conference, the Diesel Engine Workshop and the Coastal Safety @ Sea course.
Be sure to bring along your checkbook or some cash! Raffle tickets cannot be charged to a credit card under Massachusetts law. American Express, MasterCard and VISA credit cards are accepted for NWSA merchandise, membership, auction items and so on…everything except raffle tickets.
We are grateful for the support of the following companies and individuals.
West Marine – Braintree | New England Ropes | Beverly-Marblehead Power & Sail Squadron | SPUR
Corinthian Yacht Club
1 Nahant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
From Boston and the South: Take Route 93N (South East Expressway) to Exit 20, I-90/Logan Airport. Merge onto I-90E/Mass Pike via exit on the left toward Logan Airport. Do not exit for Logan. From Boston: Follow Route 1A North, through Revere and Lynn, toward Swampscott. At rotary, go around to the left toward Swampscott. Go through Swampscott into Marblehead. Approximately 1.5 miles from the Marblehead line, take a right at the set of lights & four-way intersection onto Ocean Avenue. (See In Marblehead directions below)
From the North: Take Route 128 South to Exit 25A, Route 114 East – Marblehead, in Peabody. Follow 114 to the end in Marblehead. At the fire station, take a right onto Ocean Avenue. (See In Marblehead directions below)
From the West: Take Route 95 North until it combines with Route 128 North. Stay on Route 128 North toward Gloucester. In Peabody, take Exit 25A, Route 114 East – Marblehead. Follow 114 into Marblehead. At the end of 114 at the fire station, take a right onto Ocean Avenue. (See In Marblehead directions below)
In Marblehead: Follow Ocean Avenue across the causeway. Marblehead Harbor will be on your left. At the end of the causeway, bear left onto Harbor Avenue. At fork in road, bear left up hill, still on Harbor Ave. Pass the Eastern Yacht Club on left. At the rotary at the top of the hill, bear left. Very shortly thereafter, take a left onto Corinthian Lane.
Parking is available on any of the side streets, not in the club parking lot unless you are an overnight guest or member. Thank you for your cooperation.