August 3, 2008 Grass Valley, CA
Host club: Gold CountryYacht Club
Coordinator: Tish Buti - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contributing sponsor: Sebago, Inc.

On August 3, the Gold Country Yacht Club (GCYC), in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, hosted the local Friendship Club for a day of sailing on Scotts Flat Lake. Tish Buti, GCYC Secretary, lead a hand-on session on the basic knots used around boats – the bowline, cleat knot, and square knot. As the girls were unfamiliar with boating of any kind, a few minutes was devoted to basic boat safety. It was important to let them know they were not going to sink if the boat tipped! The day was perfect with gentle and consistent winds, allowing “tiller time” for each girl. As the girls got more comfortable on the boats, they engaged in “Water Wars”, always a part of the activities for the day. They were scampering about the decks with water guns aimed and ready for any one daring to get close. The day concluded with a swim in the cove that is reachable only by boat, and a hot dog luncheon at the Clubhouse provided by GCYC. For about the past 10 years, the members of the Gold Country Yacht Club have enjoyed providing this day of distraction for these delightful young ladies.

Founded in 1995, The Friendship Club is a prevention program designed to reach at-risk girls before they engage in unhealthy behaviors. They teach the girls life skills, personal responsibility and the value of hard work through a year-around program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement. The mission of The Friendship Club is to integrate disadvantaged adolescent girls into the community, teach them important life skills and empower them to complete their education and lead responsible lives. For more information about The Friendship Club, please visit their website


July 8, 2008 Sag Harbor, NY
Host club: Breakwater Yacht Club
Event Chair: Charlene Kagel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Little Flower Childrens Services, Big Sisters, 
Girl's Inc.

June 14, 2008 Charlestown, MA

16 Big and Little Sisters pairs were treated to a morning of sailing at Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown, MA The weather sunny with a gentle south west breeze was just right for the novice sailors. The girls picked up their AdventureSail® t-shirts and headed to the Courageous counter to be outfitted with life jackets. The water traffic in Boston Harbor gave the girls an appreciation for keeping an eye to weather at all times while trying to steer the Rhodes 19.

When the girls returned to shore, the grill had been fired up and it wasn’t long before the lunch bell rang. Following lunch, the girls learned several knots and their practical application, like tying your shoes and jump rope.

Sponsor: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
Food & Beverage Sponsor: Stop & Shop
Contributor: Sebago, Inc.




January 2008. Darthea Hoss Collins, of Hingham, Massachusetts, joined the board of NWSA and also was elected Secretary, filling the position left by the death of Sue Corl last February. We are delighted to have Dar's enthusiasm for sailing and her extensive administrative experience.