2024 National Women's Sailing Conference

presented by allstate sugar bowl

Workshops

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

Saturday, June 8, 2024

8:30a-9:30a       Registrant Check-in & breakfast
9:30a-12:20a     On-The-Water Session 1 (2 hrs 40 min)
9:30a-10:40a     On Land Session 1 (70 minutes)
11:00a-12:10p    On Land Session 2 (70 minutes)

12:30p-1:50p    LUNCHEON – BoatUS/NWSA LIWS Award Announcement and Presentation

2:00p-4:50p       On-The-Water Session 2 (2 hrs 40 min)
2:00p-3:10p       On Land Session 3 (70 minutes)
3:30p-4:40p       On Land Session 4 (70 minutes)

5:00p – 7:00p    Sharing Sailing Social and Fundraiser

Southern Yacht Club
105 N Roadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 288-4200

Community Sailing New Orleans
101 N Roadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 233-3292

  1. Browse the many topics being offered below
  2. Take note of the level (Beginner or Intermediate / Advanced & All Levels)
  3. Register
  4. Check your email for the link to select your workshops.

Note: Workshops do have participant limitations. Register early and select your workshops as soon as you receive your confirmation via email of your registration payment.  Sessions are open to ALL registrants. The Levels are there as a guide.

Additionally, in order to allow as many people to be able to participate in on-the-water sessions, registrants are limited to ONE on-the-water session, morning or afternoon. On-the-water sessions are divided into levels of experience and competency.

REGISTRATION

8:30am – 9:30 am

 

Welcome Breakfast

Welcome Breakfast

East Dining Room

8:30am – 9:30am (1hr)

Get the day started with a breakfast with new sailing friends. Time to familiarize yourself with the lay of he land., introduce yourself to your fellow conference attendees.

ON THE WATER (MORNING)

9:30am – 12:20pm (2 hrs 40 minutes)

 

Take The Helm

Take The Helm

ON-THE-WATER - Beginner

9:30am – 12:20pm (2 hrs 40 min)
On The Water Morning Session

Basic knots, how sails work, points of sail, parts of the boat, sail and control lines, balancing, raising/lowering sails, departing/approaching dock, steering, tacking, gybing, trimming, safety and overboard recovery, communication, situational awareness, and basic rules of the road

Intermediate Sail Trim

Intermediate Sail Trim

ON-THE-WATER - Intermediate

9:30am – 12:20pm (2 hrs 40 min)
with Ellie McCulloch

For those familiar with sailing try out the asymmetrical spinnaker on a J80. At dock will demonstrate packing, rigging the chute, sprit pole. sail to hoist, gybe, and douse. During sailing we will focus on the basics of main, jib and asymmetrical spinnaker sail trim. The J80 sport boat is known for its spritely sailing and female-friendly operation. You will come away with a new appreciation of the ease of sailing this boat!

Advanced Sail Trim

Advanced Sail Trim

ON-THE-WATER - Advanced

9:30am – 12:20pm (2 hrs 40 min)
with Louise Bienvenu

For sailors wanting more advanced training on the asymmetrical spinnaker on a J80 – this one is for you. Get out on the water learn more advanced sail trim on the Main, Jib and Spinnaker. Take the J80 sport boat through it’s paces and see what it can do! Learn from the Top Female Skipper on the Gulf Coast!

Docking Do's & Don'ts

Docking Do's & Don'ts

ON-THE-WATER - Intermediate

9:30am – 12:20pm (2 hrs 40 min)
with Capt. Naomi Emmerson

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Crew Positions

Crew Positions

ON-THE-WATER - Intermediate / Advanced

9:30am – 12:20pm (2 hrs 40 min)
with Capt. Erica Trejo

From skipper to foredeck, you will learn each crew position to fly a symmetrical spinnaker. Practice verbal and hand signal communications. 5 Person Crew Positions and their roles: Bow, Mast, Pit, Trimmer, Skipper. Basic racing rules. Additional roles of navigator, tactician and spinnaker packer.

SESSION I

9:30am – 10:40am (70 minutes)

 

Race Committee & Protests

Race Committee & Protests

Intermediate / Advanced

9:30am – 10:40am (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Donna Sue Marks

Learn how to get involved in Race Committee and how to prepare, file and attend a protest. One of the best ways to learn more about sailboat racing is by getting involved with the Race Committee! This seminar will review RC duties and how you can help. It will also cover the sailing racer’s biggest fear- PROTESTING. An overview of the Right to Protest, Requirements and the Protest Hearing Process to help ease your protest anxiety.

Charting Knowledge

Charting Knowledge

All Levels

9:30am – 10:40am (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Pat Dieselman and Capt. Sue LaVoie

How to read a nautical paper chart. Symbols, colors, depths, bottom, compass rose and headings, aids to navigation, and scale. Rules of the Road and tides awareness. Same knowledge needed to read electronic charts. Introduction demonstration to plotting a course, waypoints and calculating speed, course and time for ETA.

Diesel Engine Maintenance

Diesel Engine Maintenance

All Levels

9:30am – 10:40am (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Laurie Wood

Learn about the maintenance and care of a diesel engine. Preventative maintenance, common issues, and troubleshooting. Checking and changing oil information, cooling system, air intake system, fuel and oil quality.

Including Everyone In Sailing

Including Everyone In Sailing

All Levels

9:30am – 10:40am (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Capt. Marie Rogers and Capt. Jodi Weinbecker

Inspire girls and women of all ages, races, and backgrounds to try sailing and to keep sailing for a lifetime. Marie and Jodi have both been involved in creating inclusion and diversity in the sport from youth through adults. How to… Set an example, invite others to join, rebrand the sport as open to everyone, break down the barriers to joining clubs, give opportunities to youth in sailing and celebrate the success of girls, women, and diversity.

Knots, Terms, Keep Sailing

Knots, Terms, Keep Sailing

Beginner

9:30am – 10:40am (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Mennette Burns

Knots, Terms, Resources to get started and keep sailing. Where to find boating access, rent or buy a boat. Available sailing certifications, requirements, what a Captain’s License can do for you. How to connect with other sailors. AND MORE!

Building Crew Competency

Building Crew Competency

All Levels

9:30am – 10:40am (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Capt. Lisa Goodwin

Technical, mental, physical, and emotion proficiencies discussed. Necessity of honest self-assessment. Theory vs Practice. Learning Resources and Opportunities. The importance of Mentorship. The Benefits of Continued Study and Learning. Whether you are crew who is new to offshore sailing, experienced but wanting to fill in some knowledge gaps, or a skipper who is mentoring skill development for his team, there will be some takeaways for everyone.

SESSION II

11:00am – 12:10pm (70 minutes)

 

Sewing Canvas & Sail Repair

Sewing Canvas & Sail Repair

All Levels

11:00am – 12:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Denise Avellina

Hand sewing techniques for rigging, replacing lines and emergency sail repair, whipping bitter ends, seizing two lines together, basic splicing. Sail repair techniques and sewing canvas with sewing machine.

Fiberglass Care

Fiberglass Care

All Levels

11:00am – 12:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Monica Morgan

Got a dirty chalky boat? Learn the trick of the trade from a master. Review of products, to clean, refinish, wax and polish. Techniques and procedures to bring back your boats shine and how to protect it from further sun, chemical and water damage.

Cruising Tips & Tricks

Cruising Tips & Tricks

All Levels

11:00am – 12:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Kris Self

Cruise planning, provisioning, boat maintenance, what to look for, what has been done, what needs to be done, crew safety, crew comfort, weather resources and preparing for weather. Questions about the boat and crew before you board, crew briefing. Matching boat to cruising area, crew size and weather expected. Safety resources, first aid, shade, water, adequate rest. Fun required.

BOAT SYSTEMS AND ELECTRICAL

BOAT SYSTEMS AND ELECTRICAL

All Levels

11:00am – 12:10pm (70 minutes) in Classroom
with Guenevere Rae

How boat systems work. Electrical (from fuse box to device), diesel engine connections, fuel (from fill valve to exhaust), water (pumps, valves, pipes). Inspecting and troubleshooting. Determine electrical needs. Converting DC-AC/AC-DC, inverters, alternators, batteries (lead acid to lithium) house and starting. Hands-on: basic wire stripping, terminal attachment, heat shrink, circuit breaker and fuse types, how to test for volts and resistance

Lifesling Recovery of a C.O.B

Lifesling Recovery of a C.O.B

All Levels

11:00am – 12:10pm (70 minutes) in Classroom
with Capt. Debbie Huntsman

Will cover prevention and stress how practice-makes-perfect to mark and to return to a crew in the water. We will specifically cover the Lifesling. Learn a tested method where even a 100lb crew can lift a 250lb injured big fella back on deck — without assistance. This recovery has been successfully tested for COB recovery, while alone. For women who doublehand, this is a MUST know skill.

Luncheon & Award Presentation

Luncheon & Award Presentation

East Dining Room

12:30pm – 1:50pm (1hr 20 min.)

BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award

ON THE WATER (AFTERNOON)

2:00pm – 4:40pm (2 hrs 40 minutes)

 

Advanced Sail Trim

Advanced Sail Trim

ON-THE-WATER - Advanced

2:00pm – 4:40pm (2 hrs  40 min) 
with Ellie McCulloch and Capt. Marcia Baker

For those familiar with sailing try out the asymmetrical spinnaker on a J80. At dock will demonstrate packing, rigging the chute, sprit pole. sail to hoist, gybe, and douse. During sailing we will focus on the basics of main, jib and asymmetrical spinnaker sail trim. The J80 sport boat is known for its spritely sailing and female-friendly operation. You will come away with a new appreciation of the ease of sailing this boat and asymmetrical spinnaker.

Crew Positions

Crew Positions

ON-THE-WATER - Intermediate / Advanced

2:00pm – 4:40pm (2 hrs  40 min) 
with Capt. Erica Trejo and Elise Read

No spinnaker pole! Sailed on a J/80. Intermediate or advanced sailors with some racing experience. Here is your chance to learn from the best! Teamwork and Crew work is essential on an asymmetrical racing boat. Learn the crew positions (bow, trimmer, skipper, tactician) – the expectations – and have a chance to practice doing each position!

Crew Positions

Crew Positions

ON-THE-WATER - All

2:00pm – 4:40pm (2 hrs  40 min) 
with Capt. Naomi Emmerson

Have you ever sky-ed a halyard or needed to install an antenna? If you are not afraid of heights and want to DIY we will go over equipment, help, lines and gear to ensure safety aloft. We will work as a team (cranking, lookout, communication) to get a few in the bosuns chair and raised just aloft of the boom. Tying secure knots, hoisting equipment, proper handling of tools while aloft.

SESSION III

2:00pm – 3:10pm (70 minutes)

 

Racing Strategy & Tactics

Racing Strategy & Tactics

Intermedate / Advanced

2:00pm – 3:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Hayley Lhamon

What is the difference between strategy and tactics and how can they help you have a successful race? We’ll discuss solid strategies for predeparture, prestart, start, and around the racecourse. While talking tactics, we’ll review basic racing rules so that you can minimize distraction and spend more time following your game plan!

Sewing Canvas & Sail Repair

Sewing Canvas & Sail Repair

All Levels

2:00pm – 3:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Denise Avellina

Hand sewing techniques for rigging, replacing lines and emergency sail repair, whipping bitter ends, seizing two lines together, basic splicing. Sail repair techniques and sewing canvas with sewing machine.

Fiberglass Repair

Fiberglass Repair

All Levels

2:00pm – 3:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Monica Morgan

How to decide if DIY repair is possible How to approach different size repairs in different places of hull or deck. What to use – epoxy, vinylester, polyester resins? Materials and conditions needed for best results and strength. Finish techniques including color matching and wet sanding techniques.

Cruising The Gulf Coast

Cruising The Gulf Coast

All Levels

2:00pm – 3:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Patti Jane Golden

Sailing the Northern Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Carrabelle, Florida: The waters and weather patterns, the anchorages and harbors, the races and regattas, the hidden gems, especially the chain of barrier islands from Mississippi to Florida with their state and national parks, historic sites, abundant wildlife, and white sandy beaches..

Sailing In Heavy Weather

Sailing In Heavy Weather

Intermediate / Advanced

2:00pm – 3:10pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Capt. Lisa Goodwin

What is heavy weather (HW) and how to prepare for it, stay in control, and sail safely. Risk Assessment and Mitigating Risks; The Importance of Practice and Equipment Shake Down; Crew Resources; Effective Communication, Observation; Good Watch Keeping Habits; High Winds vs. Big Seas; Creating HW Plan. A bridge/captain’s approach to HW mngmnt. We will touch on reefing, storm sails and other HW tools.

SESSION IV

3:30pm – 4:40pm (70 minutes)

 

Electronics and Comms

Electronics and Comms

All Levels

3:30pm – 4:40pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Capt. Beth Berry

Electronic options for getting weather, navigating, tracking and communications for near coastal and offshore. GPS, AIS, VHF, EPIRB/PLB, Phone Apps, Navionics, Saavy Naavy, Aquamap, iNavX, Starlink, Iridium Go, SPOT, and others!.

Charting Knowledge

Charting Knowledge

All Levels

3:30pm – 4:40pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Pat Dieselman and Capt. Sue LaVoie

How to read a nautical paper chart. Symbols, colors, depths, bottom, compass rose and headings, aids to navigation, and scale. Rules of the Road and tides awareness. Same knowledge needed to read electronic charts. Introduction demonstration to plotting a course, waypoints and calculating speed, course and time for ETA.

Diesel Engine Maintenance

Diesel Engine Maintenance

All Levels

3:30pm – 4:40pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Laurie Wood

Learn about the maintenance and care of a diesel engine. Preventative maintenance, common issues, and troubleshooting. Checking and changing oil information, cooling system, air intake system, fuel and oil quality.

Knots, Terms, Keep Sailing

Knots, Terms, Keep Sailing

Beginner

3:30pm – 4:40pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Mennette Burns

Knots, Terms, Resources to get started and keep sailing. Where to find boating access, rent or buy a boat. Available sailing certifications, requirements, what a Captain’s License can do for you. How to connect with other sailors. AND MORE!

Stowage For Cruising

Stowage For Cruising

All Levels

3:30pm – 4:40pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Patti Jane Golden

Being able to immediately locate tools, medicines, spare parts and emergency items is a matter of safety. This dockside class will address: Stowing all necessary items in a logical, appropriate, and accessible location so that they can be found in a hurry. Creating visual aids and helpful references. Provisioning do’s and don’ts. Proper use of topside compartments. Patti Jane Golden will show how she does it on her 40-foot sailboat.

Avoid Mayhem, Minimize Mishaps!

Avoid Mayhem, Minimize Mishaps!

All Levels

3:30pm – 4:40pm (70 minutes) In Classroom
with Capt. Debbie Huntsman

Avoid Mayhem and Mishaps — S#$% happens, but with a few fundamental practices and prevention planning the stuff can stay small, or better yet, be avoided. Learn practical safety hacks and mayhem avoidance skills..

Sharing Sailing Social & Fundraiser

Sharing Sailing Social & Fundraiser

East Dining Room

5:00pm – 7:00pm (2 hrs)

Gather for some snacks and a beverage to share your sailing stories from the day’s events with newly formed friendships. Help raise funds for our AdventureSail program by taking part in our fabulous raffle.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

8:15a - 9:20a
9:30a - 10:50a
11:00a - 12:20p
12:30p - 1:50p
2:00p - 3:20p
3:30p - 4:50p
5:00p - 7:00p
TULLIS ROOM
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
BALDWIN
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
EAST DECK
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
EAST DINING RM
BREAKFAST
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRCTOR
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
GRILL
DOCK BOAT 1
DOCK BOAT 2

Levels are indicated as a guide. All sessions are open to all registrants.

ON THE WATER SESSIONS

8:15a - 9:20a
9:30a - 12:20p
12:30p - 1:50p
2:00p - 4:50p
5:00p - 7:00p
BOAT 1
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
BOAT 2
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
BOAT 3
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
BOAT 4
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
BOAT 5
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
BOAT 1
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY
BOAT 1
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
LUNCH
WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR
PARTY

Registrants may choose only ONE on-the-water session.

WORKSHOPS

A full day of workshops on land and on-the-water from beginner to advanced levels. Registration includes breakfast & lunch, with a post conference “Sharing Sailing Social”.

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INSTRUCTORS

All workshops are lead by women sailors and experts in their field. Captains and certified instructors as well as coaches and circumnavigators

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VENUE

Lake Pontchartrain is our sailing arena. Southern Yacht Club is our host with support from Community Sailing New Orleans.

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Thank You To Our 2024 Conference Sponsors

Our Title Sponsor

Admiral Sponsors
Captain Sponsors
Skipper Sponsors
Crew Sponsors
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