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21st Annual Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar

Interested in learning how to sail? This is sounds like a pretty good deal for 2 days of classes, and it's in the warmer East Bay.  One person from the North Bay Sailing Meetup group has also RSVP'd.

And, for those interested in racing, on Sunday you can pick the "Racing Track", which would be very good for wanna-be racers.  Remember, being racing crew on someone else's boat s a great way to build up free boat time.   Racing skippers usually always need crew!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR the 21st Annual Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar

This promises to be a fun, relaxing, educational and inspiring weekend.  Be a lucky winner at the exciting raffle which includes valuable and useful sailing prizes!

Island Yacht Club’s Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar was created and founded in 1993 by Mary Quigley and Linda Newland after they attended a women’s sailing seminar down south. They thought, “We need a seminar in Northern California, too!” – where women could learn about sailing from other women.

Online Registration is available NOW! CLICK HERE to open our online registration site in a new browser window. (But we recommend looking at the Class Descriptions page, or downloading our printable PDF information sheet first; you’ll want to look at the class offerings and decide what to sign up for before you go to the registration page.)

Your tuition fee of only $220 covers two full days including our Saturday workshops, continental breakfasts, lunches, one raffle ticket, class handouts, WSS visor, a bag filled with goodies from our sponsors – plus Sunday sailing! Additional donations are gladly accepted and will help us put on this seminar every year. Registration is first-come, first served.

WSS is made possible by the generous donations of instructors, boat owners and sponsors. Each participant’s printed program will include details about our contributors, sponsors and volunteers, to whom we extend a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU!


Island Yacht Club is an unpretentious, all-volunteer nonprofit yacht club that welcomes all boating enthusiasts!  Ask about our introductory membership special that runs during the Women’s Sailing Seminar! IYC will waive the usual initiation fee. Also, your annual dues of just $375 will cover your membership all the way through the end of 2014!

Have a great weekend and…  “Capture the Power!”

Saturday Schedule of Events

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome! Keynote Speaker
9:15 am – 12:30 pm Classes (descriptions next page)
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Raffle
1:45 – 5:00 pm Classes (descriptions next page)
5:00 – 6:15 pm Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres & raffle

Sunday schedule on following page.

Yoga for Sailors with Julie Lucchesi of Bow Yoga (first thing in the morning; exact time TBA)

Continental breakfast

EITHER Cruising out to the Bay, OR Racing on the Estuary (lunch on boats provided for both activities)

For more information don’t hesitate to contact: [masked]Read about the Tracks options below on this page.
Check the Class Descriptions

Beginner Track:  Our always-popular track that starts with “This is a sailboat” and moves on from there.  If you’ve never set foot on a boat, if you have only gone along for the ride, or even if you’ve done a little sailing but not really understood what’s going on, this is for you.  Classes include Boat Speak, Basic Sailing (Classroom) and Basic Sailing (On the Water).

Intermediate Track:  NEW.  Sharpen your overall skills.  Review of terms, procedures, safety and equipment; Boat Rigging and Knots, Practice maneuvers (On the Water), Practice sail trim in different conditions (On the Water).

Sail Trim:  NEW.  Advanced Sail Trim (Classroom), Sail Shaping (Dockside), Shaping the Headsail thru Tacks and Jibes (On the Water), Fine Tuning Underway (On the Water).

Spinnaker Track: While winds are low in the morning hours, learn details of theory and practice to get the most out of the big sail. At the dock, practice packing the spinnaker, rigging the boat, setting and dousing the spinnaker and learn to jibe. As the winds rise in the afternoon, practice safely sailing and trimming the spinnaker on the water. Practice sets, jibes, and douses.

Racing Track:  NEW.  Intro to Racing (Classroom), Rules & Start Sequence (Classroom), Crew Positions (On the Water), Race Practice (On the Water).  (We recommend doing the RACING option on Sunday if you select this track.)

Navigation Track: NEW.  Navigation 1 & 2 (Classroom), Navigation Scavenger Hunt (On the Water).

Ocean Cruising Track:  NEW.  Anchoring/Mooring (On the Water), Communications (Classroom), Weather (Classroom), Marine Electronics & Mechanical Problem-solving (Dockside).

Custom Classes for 2013:

If you don’t sign up for a track, we’ve got special-interest classes planned for you.  (You can also enroll for some of the Track classes.)  More information on all that is on the Course Descriptions page.

Sunday Fun

On Sunday, you have two great choices:

RACING: You’ll attend a mandatory Skippers’ Meeting in the morning, and then divide up into teams and head out on the Estuary in a fleet of Santana 22 sailboats.  The day will be run as a regatta with one race following another, and a grand awards ceremony at the end of the day.

CRUISING:  Heat out the Estuary to San Francisco Bay for an extended cruise on a larger boat.  How far you go depends on the winds and currents, but we’ve had Sunday cruises make it all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge!  Take an active role and test your skills, or just relax and enjoy the ride.

Women’s Sailing Seminar Registration Details:

We really think our Women’s Sailing Seminar is the best deal around. $195 Early Bird Special thru Friday September 13. $220 after that.  Your registration includes Saturday classes, Sunday choice of racing or cruising, course materials, two continental breakfasts, two lunches, Saturday and Sunday no-host cocktail parties.  (Our Saturday raffle is legendary, with lots of great prizes!  One raffle ticket is included with your registration.)

(Please note that you may bring your men friends to the cocktail parties; our own male members whom you will see doing volunteer support work throughout the weekend, along with male owners of boats generously loaned us for the weekend, are invited to these as well.)

Online Registration is available now, and you can pay with a credit card through PayPal. To register by mail, CLICK to download and complete this form.

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