Here's the date you've been waiting for -- The 2018 Midwest Women's Sailing Conference will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Our full schedule of classes and presenters will be available in mid-December. If you're on our email list, you'll receive a notice with the link. If you're not already on the list, sign up! Or watch the website and our Facebook page for notice. Registration will open in mid-January.
Just a reminder that the Denis Sullivan leaves the dock at 10 a.m. today. Looking forward to seeing our women sailors and their guests on board!
We are working hard to make everything perfect for Saturday. Well, everything but the weather anyhow.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature has had a very unpredictable week and forecasts have changed dramatically several times. Right now Sailflow tells us that it will be cold and breezy, possibly raining. As most attendees are outside for at least a small portion of the day… prepare for everything! Dockside classes will be held to the best of our ability. Unfortunately, those gusts of winds in the 30 mph range will likely mean that we will not be able to use demo boats.
But back to the things we CAN promise you – you’ll learn a ton, and meet amazing women sailors, and have a fantastic time!
Welcome to our newest sponsor, Sunology mineral sunscreen! Made with natural moringa oil (from the seeds of fast-growing Himalayan trees), Sunology provides UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection without chemical active ingredients. Produced without parabens or perfumes, Sunology is Leaping Bunny certified 100% cruelty-free. This year's Conference attendees will each get a sample to try out for themselves.
Pam Wall, circumnavigating sailor and 2014 MWSC keynote speaker, sure does get around! In the next month alone, you can find her:
Help us welcome our new sponsor -- Bainbridge International. Bainbridge is a global supplier of technical marine fabrics and accessories including wovens, laminates, batten systems, sail hardware, and more. Check out their website and be sure to let them know that you appreciate their support of the Midwest Women's Sailing Conference.
Come visit us this Saturday at Yachtapalooza, Crowley’s Yacht Yard annual party in Chicago. The event is free and family friendly.
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The 2017 Midwest Women's Sailing Conference is officially full! We are taking names for the waiting list. If you'd like to attend but just haven't gotten your form and check in the mail, do it now. In past years, a couple attendees have had to cancel and we've been able to accommodate at least some of our wait list folks. (If we don't get you in, we'll return your check of course.)
Thanks to everyone who registered. We can't wait to see our returning participants and to meet our new friends in May!!
This is it! Your last chance to register for the 2016 Midwest Women's Sailing Conference is now. Your last chance to be part of a day filled with great presenters on interesting topics; a ton of useful education; fun and functional sailing products for sale; and rooms full of other women who are passionate about your sport! Register now. There are fewer than 10 spots still open. Don't get left behind on the docks.
Spring and the Midwest Women's Sailing Conference are both still a ways off. In the meantime there is plenty of opportunity for learning and FUN:
February 11: Milwaukee Community Sailing Center - Sailor's Carnival. Free potluck and great for all ages. Activities include a scavenger hunt, water balloon toss, knot tying contests, trivia, and more. Call (414) 277-9094 or email for more details.
Various Dates: North U - Rules and Tactics Seminar. February 11 in Wazata, MN; March 4 in Chicago, IL; March 5 in Milwaukee, WI; April 29 in Bouyne City, MI. For more information, visit the website.
February 12: Monroe Station Yacht Club Chicago - Rules and Tactics Seminar. David Dellenbaugh will speak about changes in the RRS for 2017-2020 and then have a discussion about tactics in fleet racing. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $75 per person Call the CYC front desk to reserve at (312) 861-7777.
March 11: Columbia Yacht Club Chicago - US Sailing Safety at Sea. This is a one-day course which complies with US Sailing Safety at Sea requirements. Moderator is Brian Adams. Contact Kurt Thomsen at (312) 465-3514 or visit the website.
March 25: Crowley's Yacht Yard Chicago - Yachtapalooza. Classes, vendors, food, music, flea market, and more! Visit the website.