Annual event comes to Newport Beach in February 2017; early bird registration begins Dec. 10.
CORONA DEL MAR — The Southern California Yachting Association has scheduled the 28th Annual Women’s Sailing Convention on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
“The daylong, ladies-only series of shore- and boat-based workshops offer everyone from beginners to experts a welcoming environment to learn more about all topics sailing,” the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), which has been the event’s primary sponsor since its inception, said in a released statement.
“The Convention gives women an opportunity to meet other women sailors, discuss options for more racing, cruising and daysailing, and find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area as well as instructional programs available,” Convention Director Gail Hine said. “We have something meaningful for everyone.”
Attendees select a combination of workshops that best fit their interests and abilities. Course instructors are top women sailors from all over Southern California, many of who are U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains. Workshops include: Welcome Aboard for Beginners, Diesels, Going Up the Mast, Introduction to Power Boating, Race Tactics, Docking, Suddenly Singlehanded, Weather, Sail Trim, Basic Navigation, Electronic Navigation, Maintenance Mania, DIY Canvas Projects, How to Heave a Line, Nighttime Sailing and Navigation, Winch Workshop, Spinnaker Rigging and Offshore Cruising. Introduction to Sailing and Racing are taught aboard Harbor 20s.
To top off the event, the evening’s feature speaker will be Capt. Alison Oskinski, a USCG 100-ton licensed captain who has taught boat-handling skills, safety, navigation, as well as coastal piloting and charting at the event for many years. Also a boat-delivery captain, Oskinski takes groups day sailing, fishing, whale watching and on sunset and Channel Islands cruises. She is currently the principal-owner of Aquatic Consulting Services located in Avalon, California, which specializes in aquatic risk management and aquatic facility design, management and operation.
The “early bird” registration fee from December 10 to 31 is $200. The fee goes up to $215 on Jan. 1, 2017 and again increases to $230 on Jan. 29, 2017, Hine said.
The fee to the convention includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenirs and handouts.
Prepaid registration is required as space is limited to approximately 220 attendees. To obtain a reservation form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 951-677-8121. Bookings can be made online at womenssailingconvention.com.