CORONA DEL MAR, December 2016 – Where do women sailors go to learn? The Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) will hold its 28th Annual Women’s Sailing Convention on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. The daylong, ladies-only series of shore-and-boat-based workshops offer beginners to experts a welcoming environment to learn more about all topics sailing. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has been the event’s primary sponsor since its inception.
Attendees select a combination workshops in areas that best fits their interest and ability, and top women sailors from all over Southern California, many of whom are USCG Licensed Captains, present 30 topics. 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 Nav (new), Maintenance Mania, DIY Canvas Projects, How to Heave a Line, Nighttime Sailing & Navigation, Winch Workshop, Spinnaker Rigging, Offshore Cruising, and Introduction to Sailing, and In-harbor Races in Harbor20s.
To top off the event in the evening, our 2017 speaker will be Capt. Alison Oskinski, USCG 100-ton Licensed Captain, Alison has taught boat handling skills, safety, navigation, coastal piloting & charting at this Convention for many years. She does boat deliveries, takes groups on day sails, sunset, fishing, whale watching and Channel Islands cruises. Osinski's experience in the field of aquatics includes past employment as: a lifeguard, swim instructor, swim coach, crew coach, pool manager, pool service technician, marine institute aquatic specialist, park & recreation supervisor, and university professor – prior to starting her consulting firm in 1982. Dr. Alison Osinski is currently the principal-owner of Aquatic Consulting Services, located in Avalon, California (Santa Catalina Island), specializing in aquatic risk management, and aquatic facility design, management, and operation. She is involved in aquatics, swimming pool/waterpark design, aquatic risk management, and provides litigation support.
According to the event’s director Gail Hine, “The Convention gives women an opportunity to meet other women sailors, discuss options for more racing, cruising and day sailing, find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area as well as instructional programs available. We have something meaningful for everyone. Attendees have reported that the convention was one of their most rewarding boating experiences and best-organized event they have ever attended.”
The convention fee of $215.00 includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenir's and handouts. Prepaid-registrations are required as space is limited to approximately 220. To obtain a reservation form, email Gail@scya.org or call 951-677-8121. Bookings can be made online at www.womenssailingconvention.com.