In co-operation with the National Women’s Sailing Association


NOVEMBER 5-7, 2021

WOWZR learning experience includes:

Amazingly low participant to coach ratio.

Legendary desert weather—cool at sunrise, warming quickly—averages overnight low of 53° and afternoon high of 76°!

Park entry, step-aboard sailing on one design boats (Merit 25s and J24s), meals, race seminars, on-the-water coaching, regatta entry and more!
(Transportation and lodging are not included.)

Registration opens mid-August.

WOWZR tenative schedule:

October 1–September 17, 2021— registration

Friday, November 5
1700: Lake Pleasant welcome, orientation
1830: dinner, social networking

Saturday, November 6
0800–1145: breakfast, race seminars
1200–1250: lunch
1330–1700: on-the-water coaching, practice, race(s)
1800–2000 dinner, recap

Sunday, November 7
0700–0730: continental breakfast
0915: races begin / no starts after 1355
immediately followed by lunch and awards

Download NOR and SI.




Margaret Bonds Podlich

Margaret has spent most of her life, dealing with boating and water issues. In 2012 she was bestowed the NASBLA Award by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, for notable contributions to the betterment of boating. A 2014 honoree of the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year award, Margaret also worked to promote boating safety initiatives and participated on the prestigious U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Committee. She also served as president of BoatUS.

All along the way, Margaret campaigned her Laser sailboat in national championships, taking the top women’s radial trophy at the 2014 US Laser Masters Championships and the Atlantic Coast Championship. She was also a crewmember on the 2006/2007 US Sailing Team, campaigning the three-woman Yngling while vying for a slot in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Margaret has raced inshore sailboats, including Lasers, Snipes, J22s, and J24s at the national and international levels. She has skippered in five Rolex Women’s Keelboat International Regattas, finishing fifth in 2001.

Margaret lives in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, Steve, and her children, Sophie and Ben.


Capt. Fran Weber

Captain Fran Weber

Fran started sailing in college in 1973. She has been an active ASA instructor since 1989 (currently ASA 201,203,204,209 and 214 certified. She has been a Director of the Venice Boys and Girls club summer sailing program for 15 years and currently teaches sailing at Blue Pacific Boating. Fran has been an Instructor at the SCYA women’s sailing convention in Newport Beach for 16 years.

Her personal sailing history includes 20 years of day sails, cruising in the local waters, racing on her own 35 ft vessel and other vessels of friends. She has chartered boats in New Zealand, Croatia, San Juans, and the Caribbean.

Captain Fan is a recipient of the prestigious SCYA Peggy Slater award, holds her USCG OUPV Captain’s License. She sails out of Marina del Rey, CA


Wendy Larsen

Wendy Larsen has been sailing for almost 50 years, having learned in her early teens on Lake Erie and Hoover Reservoir in Ohio.

Over the years she has sailed many types of boats from a Sunfish to a Beneteau 42. She has cruised and/or raced out of ports in North America & the Caribbean from the Great Lakes and Antigua and along all three US coastlines.

Wendy began racing in 2003 with the Arizona Yacht Club on a J24. She and her husband, Dave built a Mini-Transat 650m and they sail it on Lake Pleasant. Wendy is certified by US Sailing as a Principle Race Officer and is an International Yacht Training Worldwide certified instructor. She is also an instructor/leader with Sea Scout Ship 3500, based in Phoenix.


Captain Emily Zugnoni

Emily grew up sailing on the estuary and San Francisco Bay on her grandfather’s Tartan 30, Lelo Too. In her twenties she turned her passion for sailing into a career by earning her Coast Guard Merchant Mariner  License, and instructing at the Alameda Community Sailing Center (ACSC) and Club Med in Florida.

Emily later inherited Lelo Too (and her crew!) and they continue to race on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary weekly. Emily is currently the Program Director at Alameda Community Sailing Center and an instructor at Club Nautique.


Linda Newland

Linda Newland maintains the fastest woman singlehand record between San Francisco/Japan. She has sailed and raced extensively on the West Coast, sailed the Singlehanded Transpac to Hawaii twice and is a two time veteran of the Los Angeles/Honolulu Transpac and the Pacific Cup. She has skippered numerous boat deliveries along the California coast, and from Hawaii to San Fransisco, taking sailing students on board for real life sailing experiences. in 1997, on her own, she skippered an all women’s crew in the Los Angeles/Honolulu Transpac, taking a second place division finish. With a 100-ton Coast Guard Merchant Mariner License, Linda teaches sailing and is a certified American Sailing Association instructor, teaching inshore and offshore sailing classes.

She is Past President of the National Women’s Sailing Association and belongs to the Cruising Club of America. She co-founded the ongoing Northern California Women’s Sailing Seminar in 1992.

Now living in Port Hadlock, Washington, Linda teaches a variety of boating classes to members and the public as a certified US Power Squadron instructor with a Senior Navigator rating.  Newland is Past Commander of the Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron and is a Past Squadron Education Officer and presently serves as Asst. Squadron Education Officer.

Linda champions women and girls to love, and become self-reliant, in sailing.



Deborah Ann Grimm, Ph.D.

Debby Grimm competes regularly in Lake Pontchartrain regattas, often skippering the family boat, Hot Chocolate a J30, or sailing Cayenne a J22 which she co-owns with three other ladies. Grimm has competed in the Sundance Cup, Rolex and US Women’s Championship match racing events, the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, J30 North Americans, Race to the Coast, Great Lake Race, Lake Pontchartrain Racing Circuit, Knost (both one-design and PHRF) and innumerable one-design and PHRF regattas.

Debby is a five-time GYA Women’s PHRF Champion, multiple winner of the Coco Seemann Regatta (one design keelboat women’s regatta) and multiple winner of both the Race for the Roses and Women’s Trilogy. Grimm is a member of Southern Yacht Club where she was honored as outstanding woman sailor in 2012, New Orleans Yacht Club where she was named female sailor of the year in 2001, Corinthian Sailing Association and she was a founding member of the Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association and has served on its board and as Commodore.

Debby is a research scientist at Tulane’s Coordinated Instrumentation Facility. She is married to Casey Grimm, and they have a 16-year-old daughter, Kaylor.


Debbie Huntsman

Huntsman began sailing as an adult and racing after fifty when she became helmsperson with an all women’s crew on Lake Pleasant. Since then, she raced regularly. In 2017 she crewed in the Pensacola a la Habana race on Southern a 42 Swan, finishing third overall and first in class. 

Huntsman has instructed for Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association, the National Women’s Sailing Association, Southern California Sailing Convention for Women, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the National Safe Boating Council, as well as several states. In 2010 she began presenting Learn About Sailing Things (L.A.S.T.), monthly programs in Phoenix. She introduced L.A.S.T. to Lake Pontchartrain in 2012. As president of the National Women’s Sailing Association she is working to help other women sailors and organizations to bring scheduled workshops, like the L.A.S.T., to their areas.


Dianna Andress

Dianna Andress started sailing in 2005 on Lake Pleasant in the Arizona desert after completing the ASA 101 class and bought a Catalina 25. Soon after she joined the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club and started cruising. She also crewed on various boats with the Arizona Yacht Club, soon discovering she wanted to be the one in charge. Andress acquired a Santana 20 and developed an all-woman crew. After that, she was hooked on racing!  Along with a group of sailing friends Andress charters a boat to a beautiful and exotic location every other year.


Overlooking Pleasant Harbor Marina

About Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant Regional park covers a total of over 23,000 acres (93 km²) of mountainous desert landscape, including the lake, and boasts a number of other recreational activities, such as mountain biking, camping, and hiking. The park also has an educational visitors’ center that provides information regarding the history of the lake, the construction of the Waddell Dam and the surrounding areas.