The 17th Annual
Women's Boating Seminar
48 Degrees North,
Northwest Yachting, West Marine,
Helly Hansen, Windworks Sailing Club, YachtsOffered.com,
Fisheries Supply, North American
CSR Boatyard, Seaview Boatyard, Port Ludlow Marina, Puget
Marine Sanitation, Northwest Boat Travel
Northwest Yacht Rigging, Pt. Townsend Sails
Seattle Sailing Club and Sail Northwest
Date of Event:
February 22, 2014
9:00am - 5:15pm
North Seattle Community
9600 College Way North
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
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
Comments from past events:
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"
"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
www.imibala.com. 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
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.
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
Things I wish I had known before we took off that we learned along the
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) www.privateboatinginstruction.com
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
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.
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.
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. www.xpresssyoga.com
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.
Surprises - Nancy
has successfully completed two circumnavigations and shares her
knowledge from a
wealth of personal mishaps and positive experiences.
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
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
10:00 am Cape
Horn or Bust - Reanne Douglass
10:00 am 10:15 am Break
11:45 am Inside
Passage Dreaming - Linda Lewis
Sailboat Racing - Christa Bassett Ross
12:30 pm Lunch
pm Top Ten
Surprises - Nancy Erley
Locking Through - Victoria Shepard
1:45 pm 2:45
Panning Using Tides and Currents- Ace Spragg
Tips and Tricks For Offshore Voyaging - Wendy Hinman
4:00 pm Knots and
Terminology - Judy Nasmith
Yoga on Board -
Boating Products that Work- Shari Stoican
Closing - Door Prizes
$95.00 per person includes refreshments, lunch and drawings for
Space is limited.
Participants must pre-register and pre-pay.
From I-5 take
Northgate Way exit and head west to Meridian.
Turn Left (south) at
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