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National Women’s Sailing Association holds annual conference

Women sailors took to the water and classroom on Saturday in Marblehead for the National Women’s Sailing Association’s 17 Annual Women’s Sailing Conference.

Women sailors took to the water and classroom on Saturday in Marblehead for the National Women’s Sailing Association’s 17 Annual Women’s Sailing Conference.

More than 100 women sailors gathered at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., on June 2 for the annual Women’s Sailing Conference. Participants came from 12 states and participated in 20 different classroom and on-water workshops.

Now in its 17 year, the conference was designed to meet the needs of women sailors who want to learn more, said event co-organizer Joan Thayer in a statement. “Women are taking a much more active role in running the whole boat, which includes transportation from your anchored boat to shore when you are cruising. One of our first workshops to completely fill up was Dinghy Captain.”

The day’s keynote speaker was offshore sailor, racer and first female commodore of the Cruising Club of America, Capt. Sheila McCurdy. On-water instruction took place aboard Colgate 26 and Sonar sailboats provided by Black Rock Sailing School of Boston and the Corinthian Yacht Club. Major supporters of the event included Boat Owners Association of the United States and Black Rock Sailing School.

All proceeds from the event’s silent auction and the sale of raffle tickets went to support the Women’s Sailing Foundation AdventureSail program and NWSA’s educational workshops for adult women sailors. AdventureSail introduces underserved girls aged 9 to 14 to sailing and lifelong skills.

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