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Sailing Convention for Women Is the Place to Learn

Fun, welcoming environment for boosting sailing skills

"Going Up the Mast" is just one workshop at the Sailing Convention for Women on Feb. 2 at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California.(credit: Owen Provence)
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CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., Oct. 16, 2018 – The Sailing Convention for Women presented by Gail Hine will be held on Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar. Sponsored by BoatUS, the daylong event is a series of 33 workshops for ladies-only, and include shore- and-boat-based sessions that offer beginners to experts a welcoming environment to learn more about all things sailing.

“This is where women sailors go to learn,” said Convention Creator/Director Gail Hine. “The Convention gives women an opportunity to meet other women sailors, discuss options for more cruising and daysailing, find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area as well as instructional programs available. We have something meaningful for everyone,” she added.

Attendees select a combination of workshops in areas that best fit their interests and abilities. Course instructors are top women sailors, many of whom are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains. Workshops include Welcome Aboard for Beginners, Diesels, Going Up the Mast, Docking, Suddenly Singlehanded, Weather, Sail Trim, Basic Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Electrical Systems, DIY Canvas Projects, How to Heave a Line, Nighttime Navigation, Winch Workshop, Spinnaker Rigging, Offshore Cruising, Emergency Equipment & Life Raft Demo, and Introduction to Sailing.

To top off the event, dinner’s featured speaker is Melody Kanschat, a sailor with 40 years of sailing experience beginning in the Midwest on small boats and now in California aboard her C&C 40, Harmony. Throughout those four decades, Melody has applied the lessons she learned as a female skipper to her professional career in public radio, in art museums as president of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and as executive director of the Getty Leadership Institute. Kanschat will talk about the styles and characteristics of women leaders and those pivotal moments when both skippers and crew embrace their leadership. She also will share tips for women sailors in exerting their own leadership to be happy and productive members of any sailing crew.

The convention registration fee of $200 (early bird price) includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenirs and handouts. Prepaid registrations are required as space is limited to approximately 250 attendees. To obtain a reservation form, email gail@sailingconventionforwomen.com or call 951-677-8121. Bookings can be made online at SailingConventionforWomen.com beginning Dec. 10, 2018.

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