From tools to first-aid, a day of learning for women boaters

Women get a lesson in navigation at a previous seminar. Photo by Micki McNaughton

Women get a lesson in navigation at a previous seminar. Photo by Micki McNaughton

Women can learn about topics ranging from what tools they need onboard to first-aid basics at the 2014 South Sound Women’s Boating Seminar.

The fifth annual event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Olympia Yacht Club. The $35 registration fee includes all seminars, lunch, dinner and a chance to win raffle prizes including a captain’s licensing course, a boat survey and a set of Dreamspeaker cruising guides.

Seminar topics include:

  • One Last Look Before You Set Sail – Marine surveyor Lynne Reister will guide participants through a mini-survey to help them ensure their boats are ready to leave the dock.
  • First-Aid Basics for Boaters – Beth Cumberland, a registered nurse and nursing professor, will cover what first-aid gear to keep onboard and hands-on activities such as handling epi pens, dealing with shock and administering CPR.
  • Tips and Tricks for Cruising in Comfort – Author Wendy Hinman, who spent seven years with her husband cruising the Pacific Ocean, will share practical tips for being physically and emotionally prepared for voyaging.
  • There’s a Tool for That! – Alison Mazon, a marine surveyor, will demonstrate why some tools work better than others and talk about what to include in an onboard toolkit.
  • Effective Communication Onboard: What Are Yawl Talkin’ About? – Captain Sarah Pedersen, who teaches Maritime Cultural Studies at The Evergreen State College, will talk about the linguistic commonalities and differences on various types of vessels and strategies for strengthening crew communications.
  • Good Galley, O’Malley! – Micki McNaughton, past commodore of the South Sound Sailing Society, will share ideas for organizing your galley and provisioning according to boat space.
  • Sailing with Strangers – Crewing for other people opens a world of sailing opportunities. Mary Campbell, a boat owner who has sailed in Mexico, the South Pacific and Australasia, will share her experiences and lessons learned crewed on other people’s boats.

The day will also includes hands-on demonstrations on knot-tying, changing fuel filters, cooking underway and cruising with pets. The event wraps up with a barbecue on the clubhouse deck, overlooking Budd Inlet.

Proceeds from the raffle will help fund scholarships for the “Girls at the Helm” program aboard the historic schooner Adventuress. The four-day  voyage in the San Juan Islands teams girls with mentors to learn about sailing, leadership and the marine environment. Last year’s three scholarship recipients will be on hand at the seminar to share their experiences.

More information and registration are available here.

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