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.
We're excited to announce our newest conference sponsor -- Pantaenius Yacht Insurance. With almost 80,000 clients and over 100 years in business, Pantaenius is the leading yacht insurance provider worldwide. Welcome aboard and thank you for your support!
Holy moly, we've already filled half the spots for our 2017 Conference! If you're thinking about coming, it's time to act. Download and complete the registration form and send it in with your payment. Registrations will be accepted in the order they're received. The Conference has filled up every year and we have every expectation it will do the same this year. Make sure you're part of the 2017 event.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Midwest Women’s Sailing Conference. See the full schedule including the addition of Dinner and a Sail. Extend the fantastic Conference vibe by joining us for dinner the night before and/or a ride on the Denis Sullivan on Sunday.
Download your registration form. Complete the form and drop it in the mail along with your check. Registrations will be processed first-come, first-served based on the postmark date. The conference has filled to capacity every year -- register early to ensure your spot!
And make sure to visit us at the Strictly Sail Show in Chicago from January 11-15. Stop in at booth S2319 to chat or to register for the conference in person.
Our 2017 brochure and schedule are now live on the website. Peruse the Conference classes and learn about the presenters. Registration will open on January 10th, but it's never too early to start planning your day!
We're tickled to tell you that Sheila McCurdy will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Midwest Women’s Sailing Conference! Sheila has sailed over 100,000 miles offshore including a passage from the Galapagos to the Marquesas, the 2015 Transatlantic Race, and 17 Newport Bermuda Races—skippering to 2nd place in class and 4th overall in 2016.
Sheila’s onshore resume is just as full. She is a trustee of the Mystic Seaport Museum, serves on the board of her local yacht club, writes and lectures on sailing education, runs Safety at Sea Seminars and certifies instructors for US Sailing, and is a past commodore of the Cruising Club of America. She also holds a USCG 100-ton Master license and a master’s degree in marine affairs.
If there's anyone who has a thing or two to share about the joys and challenges of sailing, it's Sheila McCurdy! Don't miss this opportunity to hear her stories.
Watch for more info
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 on January 11th. And make sure to visit us at the Strictly Sail Show in Chicago, booth #S2805.
Pam Wall, our 2014 keynote speaker, will be presenting two seminars at the Newport International Boat Show:
“Outfitting for Blue Water Cruising”Saturday, September 17th, 2016: 12:30pm – 4:00pm ($75)
This 3- plus hour workshop will give you a large insight into all her important information on what a well found, safe, efficient, and comfortable cruising boat should have aboard. Pam explains necessary equipment to have aboard like the right ground tackle, the downwind pole set up, awnings for sun protection, solar panels, heavy weather sailing, and comfort and practical ideas for below deck as well as on deck.
“Cruising the Bahamas”
Sunday, September 18th, 2016: 12:30pm – 4:00pm ($75)
These close by islands offer a cruising ground unmatched in the entire world! Join Pam in her enthusiasm and great knowledge of this magnificent cruising area. You will get to understand crossing the Gulfstream, weather patterns for all year, great routes to sail, all the many favorite anchorages she loves and why she likes them, anchoring techniques, essentials to take with you, and so much more.
Register now on the show website!
Check out the photos from our 2016 Midwest Women's Sailing Conference, now posted on our gallery! And make sure to save Saturday, May 20th for our 2017 Conference. Registration will open in January.
Just two more days until the conference, and we want to make sure you have the latest scoop! So here are some things it's helpful to know...
We can't wait to meet you -- or see you again! -- this weekend. As you're driving toward Milwaukee's lakefront you'll find that our longest season, road construction, is well underway. Things can get a little complicated so we've made two maps that you might find helpful: how to get to our three venues, and where to get on and off the freeway. Between that, your trusty GPS, and a sailor's innate sense of direction (ahem) we're sure you'll arrive safely!