In co-operation with the National Women’s Sailing Association

 

NOVEMBER 1-3, 2019
LAKE PLEASANT, AZ

WOWZR learning experience includes:

Amazingly low participant to coach ratio.

Legendary desert weather—cool at sunrise, warming quickly—averages overnight low of 53° and afternoon high of 76°!

Park entry, step-aboard sailing on one design boats (Merit 25s and J24s), meals, race seminars, on-the-water coaching, regatta entry and more!
(Transportation and lodging are not included.)

Registration opens August 1, 2019
Just $275.00

Registration October 1–27, 2019
$295.00
Note: No refunds after September 30, 2019

WOWZR schedule:

August 1–Oct. 27, 2019 — registration

Friday, November 1
1700: Lake Pleasant welcome, orientation
1830: dinner, social networking

Saturday, November 2
0800–1145: breakfast, race seminars
1200–1250: lunch
1330–1700: on-the-water coaching, practice, race(s)
1800–2000 dinner, recap

Sunday, November 3
0700–0730: continental breakfast
0915: races begin / no starts after 1355
immediately followed by lunch and awards

Download NOR and SI.

 

 

COACHES

 

Deborah Ann Grimm, Ph.D.

Debby Grimm competes regularly in Lake Pontchartrain regattas, often skippering the family boat, Hot Chocolate a J30, or sailing Cayenne a J22 which she co-owns with three other ladies. Grimm has competed in the Sundance Cup, Rolex and US Women’s Championship match racing events, the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, J30 North Americans, Race to the Coast, Great Lake Race, Lake Pontchartrain Racing Circuit, Knost (both one-design and PHRF) and innumerable one-design and PHRF regattas.

Debby is a five-time GYA Women’s PHRF Champion, multiple winner of the Coco Seemann Regatta (one design keelboat women’s regatta) and multiple winner of both the Race for the Roses and Women’s Trilogy. Grimm is a member of Southern Yacht Club where she was honored as outstanding woman sailor in 2012, New Orleans Yacht Club where she was named female sailor of the year in 2001, Corinthian Sailing Association and she was a founding member of the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association and has served on its board and as Commodore.

Debby is a research scientist at Tulane’s Coordinated Instrumentation Facility. She is married to Casey Grimm, and they have a 16-year-old daughter, Kaylor.


 

Kim Adam

Kim Adam is a life-long sailor who started racing dinghies at the age of 7. She has over 40 years of experience on both the east and west coast in one-design and PHRF racing, race management, and cruising including a Trans-Atlantic crossing. She has participated in several National Championships, US Women’s Championships, and collegiate sailing (University of Rhode Island). 

Kim enjoys teaching and mentored other sailors interested in the sport. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and races her Laser and Snipe in Longmont, Colorado on Union Reservoir at the Union Sailing Club.


 

Wendy Larsen

Wendy Larsen has been sailing for almost 50 years, having learned in her early teens on Lake Erie and Hoover Reservoir in Ohio.

Over the years she has sailed many types of boats from a Sunfish to a Beneteau 42. She has cruised and/or raced out of ports in North America & the Caribbean from the Great Lakes and Antigua and along all three US coastlines.

Wendy began racing in 2003 with the Arizona Yacht Club on a J24. She and her husband, Dave built a Mini-Transat 650m and they sail it on Lake Pleasant. Wendy is certified by US Sailing as a Principle Race Officer and is an International Yacht Training Worldwide certified instructor. She is also an instructor/leader with Sea Scout Ship 3500, based in Phoenix.


 

Lynn Buchanan

Lynn Buchanan began sailing in 1985 in Central California. Since then Lynn owned and skippered various keel and small boats. Buchanan raced and crewed in San Francisco Bay, San Diego Bay, Lake Tahoe, Clear Lake, Folsom Lake, Whiskeytown Lake, Lake Yosemite, the Delta tributaries in California, and Lake Pleasant and Tempe Towne Lake, AZ. She’s cruised to Catalina Island, and trailer-sailed in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. 

Over two decades ago Buchanan developed the Gold Country Yacht Club Education/Sailing Program for junior and adult dinghy sailing at Scotts Flat Lake, CA. A US Sailing Keel Boat Instructor she splits her seasons teaching as “snowbird” in at Lake Pleasant, AZ in the cooler months and leaves for sailing at Scotts Flat Lake after it warms there.


 

Linda Newland

Linda Newland maintains the fastest woman singlehand record between San Francisco/Japan. She has sailed and raced extensively on the West Coast, sailed the Singlehanded Transpac to Hawaii twice and is a two time veteran of the Los Angeles/Honolulu Transpac and the Pacific Cup. She has skippered numerous boat deliveries along the California coast, and from Hawaii to San Fransisco, taking sailing students on board for real life sailing experiences. in 1997, on her own, she skippered an all women’s crew in the Los Angeles/Honolulu Transpac, taking a second place division finish. With a 100-ton Coast Guard Merchant Mariner License, Linda teaches sailing and is a certified American Sailing Association instructor, teaching inshore and offshore sailing classes.

She is Past President of the National Women’s Sailing Association and belongs to the Cruising Club of America. She co-founded the ongoing Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar in 1992.

Now living in Port Hadlock, Washington, Linda teaches a variety of boating classes to members and the public as a certified US Power Squadron instructor with a Senior Navigator rating.  Newland is Past Commander of the Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron and is a Past Squadron Education Officer and presently serves as Asst. Squadron Education Officer.

Linda champions women and girls to love, and become self-reliant, in sailing.


 

Emily Zugnoni

Emily grew up sailing on the estuary and San Francisco Bay on her grandfather’s Tartan 30, Lelo Too. In her twenties she turned her passion for sailing into a career by earning her Coast Guard Merchant Mariner  License, and instructing at the Alameda Community Sailing Center (ACSC) and Club Med in Florida.

Emily later inherited Lelo Too (and her crew!) and they continue to race on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary weekly. Emily is currently the Program Director at Alameda Community Sailing Center and an instructor at Club Nautique.


 

Terri Manok

Terri Manok has been sailing competitively for over 20 years in multiple positions from skipper, helmsman and tactitian, to bow and all positions in between.  She enjoys sailing with all female crew and has coached beginning and intermediate female sailors for the past 10 years with the Sea Gals program in Long Beach, California, as well as a sailing coach for the annual Sailing Convention for Women in Newport Beach, California. Terri is the Southern California Yachting Association’s 2018 Peggy Slater Award honoree.

 

 

 

 


 

Dianna Andress

Dianna Andress started sailing in 2005 on Lake Pleasant in the Arizona desert after completing the ASA 101 class and bought a Catalina 25. Soon after she joined the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club and started cruising. She also crewed on various boats with the Arizona Yacht Club, soon discovering she wanted to be the one in charge. Andress acquired a Santana 20 and developed an all-woman crew. After that, she was hooked on racing!  Along with a group of sailing friends Andress charters a boat to a beautiful and exotic location every other year.


 

Margaret Bonds Podlich

Margaret has spent most of her life, dealing with boating and water issues. In 2012 she was bestowed the NASBLA Award by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, for notable contributions to the betterment of boating. A 2014 honoree of the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year award, Margaret also worked to promote boating safety initiatives and participated on the prestigious U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Committee. She also served as president of BoatUS.

All along the way, Margaret campaigned her Laser sailboat in national championships, taking the top women’s radial trophy at the 2014 US Laser Masters Championships and the Atlantic Coast Championship. She was also a crewmember on the 2006/2007 US Sailing Team, campaigning the three-woman Yngling while vying for a slot in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Margaret has raced inshore sailboats, including Lasers, Snipes, J22s, and J24s at the national and international levels. She has skippered in five Rolex Women’s Keelboat International Regattas, finishing fifth in 2001.

Margaret lives in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, Steve, and her children, Sophie and Ben.


 

Denise Eldredge

Denise Eldredge is a member of the Dana Point Yacht Club (DPYC), Woman’s Ocean Racing Association (WORSA) and Woman’s Sailing Association of Orange County, CA (WSA-OC). Denise owns, sails and races a Soveral-33 and a J-24. She enjoys mentoring, Instructing and coaching at DPYC, the Southern California Sailing Convention for Women presented by Gail Hine and serves as the LEMWOD, WSA-OC Race Chair.

Denise has participated in numerous local and long-distance races including: the Adams Cup, U.S. Women’s Sailing Championship, Women’s One Design (LEMWOD) in Long Beach, CA., the Regatta Las Marietas de Femenil in Puerto Vallarta (an all female one design race on Banderas Bay), Newport Beach to Ensenada and the Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas coastal races. 


 

Debbie Huntsman

Huntsman began sailing as an adult and racing after fifty when she became helmsperson with an all women’s crew on Lake Pleasant. Since then, she raced regularly. In 2017 she crewed in the Pensacola a la Habana race on Southern a 42 Swan, finishing third overall and first in class. 

Huntsman has instructed for Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association, the National Women’s Sailing Association, Southern California Sailing Convention for Women, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the National Safe Boating Council, as well as several states. In 2010 she began presenting Learn About Sailing Things (L.A.S.T.), monthly programs in Phoenix. She introduced L.A.S.T. to Lake Pontchartrain in 2012. As president of the National Women’s Sailing Association she is working to help other women sailors and organizations to bring scheduled workshops, like the L.A.S.T., to their areas.


 


Overlooking Pleasant Harbor Marina

About Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant Regional park covers a total of over 23,000 acres (93 km²) of mountainous desert landscape, including the lake, and boasts a number of other recreational activities, such as mountain biking, camping, and hiking. The park also has an educational visitors’ center that provides information regarding the history of the lake, the construction of the Waddell Dam and the surrounding areas.