Women’s Sailing Conference returns in June

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Sailors from around the country will gather next month for the Women’s Sailing Conference in Marblehead, Mass.

Sailors from around the country will gather next month for the Women’s Sailing Conference in Marblehead, Mass.

The National Women’s Sailing Association will hold its 16th annual Women’s Sailing Conference on June 3 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.

Organizers said the event will feature hands-on land- and water-based workshops and seminars. It also offers women the opportunity to learn or hone sailing skills and network with other female sailors from all over the United States.

“Women of all sailing abilities are encouraged to attend,” association president Linda Newland said in a statement. “By sharing experiences, women leave with improved skills and knowledge that contribute to better days on the water. There is always something of interest for everyone.”

On the water, women will be able to work on their sail trim skills or take the helm for the first time in a Colgate 26 or Sonar sailboat.

“Women always sign up for the on-the-water courses first,” conference chairwoman Joan Thayer said. “We are fortunate to have the support of Black Rock Sailing School and Corinthian Yacht Clubs.”

Organizers said contributions from CYC, Black Rock and BoatUS enable the NWSA to meet the educational needs of female sailors and continue to provide one of the top women’s sailing conferences in the country.

New educational opportunities this year include training on rigging, reefing, navigating in fog, dinghy skills and weather. Seminar leaders for this year include Capt. Nancy Erley of Seattle; Capt. Sharon Renk-Greenlaw of Casco Bay, Maine; American Boat and Yacht Council master marine technician Beth Burlingame; and Capt. Bonnie Schaeffer.

The keynote speaker is two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow. BoatUs and the NWSA will present the 2017 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award to Linda Lindquist-Bishop, a member of the all-female America3 team in the 1985 America’s Cup.

Proceeds from the event’s raffle ticket sales and silent auction proceeds benefit the Women’s Sailing Foundation, which funds the AdventureSail program for at-risk girls ages 9 to 14.

Additionally, the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship provides all-girl sailing opportunities for older post-AdventureSail teenage girls.

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