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Women’s Sailing Conference returns in June

The 14th annual Women's Sailing Conference will be held June 6 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass.

The 14th annual Women's Sailing Conference will be held June 6 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass., organized by the National Women’s Sailing Association.

Through a combination of hands-on workshops, seminars and on-the-water experiences, the conference seeks to teach and hone sailing skills and enable participants to network with other female sailors. Contributing sponsors include BoatUS and the New England-based Black Rock Sailing School.

The gathering begins with a continental breakfast and winds down with a post-conference cocktail hour, where women may pick up a Wednesday night race berth or meet a new pal for an afternoon sail.

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

Sally Helme, publisher of Cruising World and Sailing World magazines, will receive the 2015 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award during the lunch hour.

“Sally has been quietly and effectively supporting women in all aspects of sailing throughout her life,” Newland said. “She is a behind-the-scenes promoter. We are pleased to recognize her commitment to women in sailing with this award.”

On the water, women can improve their sail trim skills or take the helm for their very first time in a Colgate 26 or a Sonar. New this year are seminars on living aboard full time, basic inshore safety and how and why women make awesome race committee members.

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