THE third annual Women Who Sail event was held at Broughtons at the Bay 6-8 April 2018 in the lead up to Sail Port Stephens.
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Women sailors from around Australia, New Zealand and the United States attended the gathering that was open to all women interested in boating.
Guest speakers this year included solo Antarctic circumnavigator and world record holder Lisa Blair; well-known sailing bloggers Viki Moore (NZ) and Amy Alton (USA) and sailing personality Nic Douglass.
The founder of Women Who Sail, Charlotte Kaufman from the United States discussed her family’s dramatic rescue at sea, which caused an international media firestorm about sailing and parenting.
The event had interesting sessions including yoga for yachties, diesel maintenance, coastal navigation, marine debris, splicing, a South Seas forum, provisioning, marine insurance, weather, and the launch of SisterShip Magazine for women on the water.
The presentations and workshops were for women only, but Marine Rescue Port Stephens also ran a training and refresher day male partners.
Paul and Frances Tudor-Stack from Eyeglass Assist were the guest speakers at the dinner function where they shared their experience of sailing with a purpose, including voyages to Indonesia and the South China Sea, and their latest project for Eyeglass Assist to the Solomon Islands this year.
Optional events included sailing lessons at Soldiers Point Marina, a day long sea safety and survival course, and a sunset dinner cruise.
Many of the women attending the event are staying on in Port Stephens to take part in the Sail Port Stephens regatta.
Carmen Holden of Soldiers Point Marina who were event sponsors told News Of The Area, “Women Who Sail Australia events are open to all women who sail or are interested in sailing, it’s a great opportunity for women to engage with others who participate in the same sport.”
For more information about Women Who Sail email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Marian SAMPSON