Marblehead, MA, to Host 2016 Women’s Sailing Conference

Marblehead, Photo/BoatingLocal.
Marblehead, Photo/New England Boating.

The 15th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference, organized by the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA), will take place Saturday, June 4, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. Through hands-on workshops, seminars and on-the-water experiences, participants will learn or hone sailing skills, and network with other women sailors from all areas of the country.

“Women of all sailing abilities are encouraged to attend,” said NWSA President Linda Newland. “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.”

The day begins with a continental breakfast and winds down with a cocktail hour and dinner with featured speaker Donna Lange, currently on her second solo circumnavigation. The day offers many opportunities for women to pick up a Wednesday night race berth or make a new friend for an afternoon sail.

A range of workshops includes the popular, hands-on Diesel Damsels, Suddenly Singlehanded and Preparing for Heavy Weather at Sea. Others run the gamut from Rules of the Road to Knots to Know. New workshops include Demystifying NMEA Networks, Fresh Water Systems, Ten Things I wish I Knew Before I Went Offshore, the “Miss” Adventures of S/V Etoile, Sail Care, Personalizing your Boat, and Culinary Food and Provisioning. Also included is a workshop on running races and basic race strategies. The Crew Overboard workshop starts with a retrieval demonstration at the float and then participants take out boats and practice the drill on the water.

Workshop leaders are experienced in their field. Some own sailing schools for women, such as Capt. Nancy Erley of Seattle, WA; and Capt. Sharon Renk-Greenlaw of Casco Bay, ME.  Beth Burlingame, American Boat and Yacht Council Master Marine Tech, leads workshops on Marine Electronics and Marine Electrical Wiring Basics. Capt. Bonnie Schaeffer will present a workshop on the fresh water system.

On the water, women can improve their sail trim skills or take the helm for the first time in a Colgate 26 or a Sonar. Black Rock Sailing School is providing two Colgate 26s this year. Two Sonars are provided by the Boston and Corinthian Yacht Clubs.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available in the spring at For more or for additional information, contact Chair Joan Thayer at