The 17th Annual
 Women's Boating Seminar 

Sponsored by:

 48 Degrees North,  Northwest Yachting, West Marine,

Helly Hansen, Windworks Sailing Club,,

Fisheries Supply, North American Survival Systems,

CSR Boatyard, Seaview Boatyard, Port Ludlow Marina, Puget

 Sound Sails, Gill, Starpath Navigation, Quickline USA,

Marine Sanitation, Northwest Boat Travel

Northwest Yacht Rigging, Pt. Townsend Sails

Seattle Sailing Club and Sail Northwest





Date of Event:    February 22, 2014

Time:                    9:00am - 5:15pm

New  Location:  North Seattle Community College

                               9600 College Way North

                               Room LB1141

                               Seattle, Washington





The Seattle Women's Boating Seminar, now in its 17th year, is specifically for women interested in boating, both power and sail.  The group of speakers/instructors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and encouraging women to have the confidence of taking the helm.

Join fellow women interested in boating for a high energy day that is both fun and educational.   This is a unique event that cannot easily be explained in words and is enjoyed by women from all over including neighboring Canada.  Treat yourself to a truly rewarding day, you will be so glad you did.

Thanks to all our sponsors who have generously donated items for our door prize drawing at the end of the day. 

Comments from past events:

"I must admit I attended the seminar on Saturday with a bit of trepidation - after all, I am new to boating and, with my husband, share an unusual craft...a 60 foot tug.  I was impressed with the quality of the sessions, with the balance achieved between sail and power boating, and with the genuine, welcoming feel of the event.  Thank you so much - I certainly will come next year, with friends in tow!"

"Repeat attendee - love the program"

"Super stuff"

"Attended last year and loved it"

"Thank you for this wonderful event"

"Really delighted with this opportunity.  Now 73, I have sailed solo in Puget Sound and Gulf Islands for the last 20 years.  I have so much to learn and much to share - and I love learning!"

"I am brining my daughter this time, I know she will enjoy it and the enthusiasm /confidence building that I have enjoyed from previous sessions"

"I wasn't able to attend last year and am excited to be able to come again this year.  Thank you all for this wonderful program!"



We donated $600 of the 2013 event including a fund raising raffle to The Felicity Ann Project.

Another good cause/charity that has benefited from the Women's Boating Seminar in the past is Imibala.  During my visit to South Africa in 2006 I found out about Imibala from an old high school friend of mine.  Her artist mother Donna Downie has been actively involved with this organization for some time.  This group of volunteers donates 100% of the money they receive to help children go to school.  The future for most South African children is very bleak as a result of aids and high unemployment.  Being able to go to school is an honor for these children and as a result we are brightening a few children's lives.  If you would like more information about the program  This event will has sponsored 21 children over the past several years for a minimal cost of $100 per child per school year.  If you have children or grand children you can let them choose a child to sponsor on line and possibly make a new friend in the process.

This seminar is presented by Judy Nasmith founder of Latitude Sailing Association, specializing in women's sailing education.






2014 Women's Boating Seminar



The programs include lectures, slides, video presentation, hands-on experience.  Questions and interaction between instructors and participants is encouraged.


Locking Through - Guidelines and procedures for locking through the Hiram M. Chittenden locks.  What  equipment is required onboard your boat, bridge and traffic signals, hazards and priorities.



Victoria Shepard




Cape Horn or Bust - Adventure Survival


Reanne Hemingway-Douglass author of Cape Horn: One Man's Dream, One Woman's Nightmare a classic of survival literature.  An excerpt from Cape Horn, which has been published in French and Italian, appears in McGraw Hill's anthology of survival sea stories, Treacherous Waters.  Over the past 30 years, her articles on cycling, cruising, and women's issues have appeared in numerous outdoor magazines.  In the 1980s, she ed the first women's bicycling team across Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America.  She and her husband Don went on to write the "Exploring Series" of cruising guides covering North Puget Sound to SE Alaska. 




Tips and Tricks for Offshore Voyaging - Things I wish I had known before we took off that we learned along the way.


Wendy Hinman is the author of "Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-Year Odyssey", about the 7 year sea adventure she took with her husband aboard a 31' cutter.  After paying off their mortgage before they turned 40, Wendy and Garth set sail on a voyage that took them to 19 countries and covered 34,000 miles.  Wendy turned her stories into a successful adventure book that is garnering rave reviews.  She shares her insights on living in a small space, setting goals and turning them into reality with a sense of humor while facing "character-building" opportunities.







Inside Passage Dreaming - What's Holding You Back?

 For most boaters, the top holding-back issues are time, money, and concerns about the storied "Gates":the big-water passages and BC's tidal narrows.  Linda will lay out some time frames for trips and explore the ways you can cruise the Inside Passage even if you don't own a boat, including what skills you need to do this passage and how to build them.  She will provide local-knowledge resources for the Inside Passage and important tips to help you get through "the Gates".  There will be information about the weather, finding food, water and fuel, as well as dealing with boat repairs.  Linda's goal is to help you believe it is possible to finish the dreaming and start the doing.
 Capt. Linda Lewis, Ph.D., holds a USCG 100 Ton Master's license, and has been teaching navigation for 12 years.  She has logged 25,000 miles cruising the Inside Passage. Linda teaches boat handling on board your boat (docking, anchoring, radar etc)                                      




Sailboat Racing - How it improves your sailing abilities by learning to sail efficiently and in all conditions.

Christa Bassett Ross grew up doing casual sailing trips with her family all over Puget Sound.  She started racing 10 years ago and went from a neophyte racer to confident and capable boat owner.  She logs around 700 hours on the water each year competing in various local races, and traveling with her boat and others.  Christa will share some of her racing experiences from early on choosing boats to sail, some PHRF racing basics, al the way through running a program, refitting and projecting on her own boat, as well as experiences helping prepare other programs for offshore events.



Terminology And Hands-on Knot Tying

Judy Nasmith is a past Hobie 16 Womenís National Champion.  She is a Seattle Yacht broker at Swiftsure Yachts and enjoys cruising in the Northwest with her husband Paul and pup Bailey on their Nordic 44.  Judy is a certified ISPA (International Sail and Power Assoc) instructor and offers sailing instruction to women in Seattle and the San Juan  Islands.  She was awarded the 2012 "Louise B. Condon Women's Leadership Award" for her inspiration, leadership and dedication to the advancement of women in recreational boating in the State of Washington.



Trip Planning Using Tides and Currents  The fastest way from point A to Point B is playing tides and currents. 

Carolyn "Ace" Spragg grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. She taught sailing on small boats as a summer camp Waterfront Direcgtor for 20 years. Ace moved to the Puget Sound in 2000, and has since become a liveaboard, sailing instructor and skipper of a successful offshore voyage to Hawaii and back with all-women crews.
She holds a USCG 50 ton Near Coastal Captainís License, and ISPA , US Sailing and US Maritime Academy Instructor certifications. She enjoys her dream job as the Waterfront Programs Manager for the Northwest Maritime Center and Wooden Boat Foundation.



Fitness Afloat -  Maintain a sound mind and body anytime anywhere through mindful meditation and movement and a healthy lifestyle.  Learn holistic strategies to help restore balance and navigate safely through life's storms and squalls.


Sherry Corsiglia, enjoys leading presentations on life/work balance and teaching yoga and yoga therapy when she is not working as a Portfolio Project Manager.  Her classes embody the fluid balance of exertion and release through relaxed meditative mindful movement designed to help reduce stress and relieve tension that remains in the body after physically or mentally challenging day. She is an outdoor enthusiast who is currently preparing for a sailing adventure with her husband in the near future.



 Top Ten Surprises  - Nancy has successfully completed two circumnavigations and shares her knowledge from a wealth of personal mishaps and positive experiences.


Nancy Erley, captain of two world circumnavigations aboard her Orca 38 sailboat, Tethys.  In 2006 Nancy was presented with the Leadership in Women's Sailing Award for her record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing.  She holds her USCG 50 ton Master of Oceans and 100 ton Master Near Coastal licenses, is an Instructor Evaluator for International Sail and Power Assoc, a HAM radio operator and advanced scuba diver.  Founder of Tethys Offshore, sailing for women, Nancy offers onboard sailing courses for women on board Tethys.


Boat Products That Work - Take the mystery out of trying to decide on which product to buy.

Shari Stoican, who has sold retail products in the Marine Industry for years will share information about best products for the particular job based on what the pro's are using in their boat maintenance.




Schedule of Events 2014


9:00 am      10:00 am          Cape Horn or Bust -  Reanne Douglass

10:00 am     10:15 am         Break


10:15 am    11:45 am        Inside Passage Dreaming - Linda Lewis

                            OR          Sailboat Racing -  Christa Bassett Ross


11:45 am    12:30 pm        Lunch


12:30 pm      1:30 pm        Top Ten Surprises - Nancy Erley

                              OR        Locking Through - Victoria Shepard


1:45 pm     2:45  pm          Trip Panning Using Tides and Currents- Ace Spragg

                              OR         Tips and Tricks For Offshore Voyaging - Wendy Hinman


3:00 pm      4:00 pm         Knots and Terminology - Judy Nasmith

                              OR        Yoga on Board -    Sherry Corsiglia


4:00 pm     5:00 pm           Boating Products that Work- Shari Stoican


5:00 pm     5:15pm            Closing - Door Prizes

Cost:  $95.00 per person includes refreshments,  lunch and drawings for valuable prizes.

Space is limited.  Participants must pre-register and pre-pay.


Driving Directions

From I-5 take Northgate Way exit and head west to Meridian.

Turn Left (south) at Meridian.

Turn left into College parking lot at 97th.

Library building is in front of you.

Seminar room #LB1141 (Concert Hall) is to the right of Library.

Free Parking on Saturdays.


 Women's Boating Seminar 

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Check Mail to:  Latitude Sailing,

                  5266 SW Jacobsen Rd,

                  Seatte, WA 98116

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This seminar is presented by Judy Nasmith founder of Latitude Sailing Association, specializing in women's boating education.