“The coaches were all great — very helpful and made an effort to talk and get to know everyone — whether on their crew or not. I left the clinic really happy with what I came away with and am looking forward to further involvement with NWSA. Thanks so much!” — anonymous
“Such an amazing event and so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of it!” — CW
Coaches and participants agree, WOWaZr! was fun. There were wild burros, a magnificent view of the Lake from the venue, nice warm weather, variable wind conditions, and generous volunteers to support the attendees with boats, food and shuttle services.
Highlights included the keynote speech from five time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Betsy Alison. Out on the water, Betsy sailed with a nice group, even doing a demo of gybing the pole. One particularly gleefully participant commented, “I just sailed with a world champion, and it was awesome!”. The Saturday night speaker, Gail Turlock, shared her amazing stories of her Macinac Races on Lake Michigan. She is heading to break her Dad’s (Gene McCarthy) record!
Every coach was impressive. Beginners felt safe and happy as they learned about racing and stretched their sailing experiences.
You can visit the event’s archive page with photos and more by clicking HERE
Thanks to all the WOWazR! volunteers for helping us share sailing: planners, web designers, cooks, servers and dishwashers, dock hands, swag bag makers, drivers, boat launchers, ride share organizers, committee boat and safety boat crews. It took a huge amount of work, done by a lot of unpaid workers. Local sailors did a lot to keep the price of the event down.
Thank you to Tumbleweed for the boats and footing the bill for WOWazR! Tumbleweed donated one complimentary registration, which was part of the event’s raffle. The funds raised will go towards our scholarship programs.
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WOWazR was presented by Tumbleweed Sailing in co-operation with National Women’s Sailing Association
It was held NOVEMBER 3–5, 2023 on Lake Pleasant, AZ
WOWaZ Regatta & learning experience includes:
* all classroom workshops and seminars
* racing on boats with a team and a coach
* race fees
* Lake Pleasant Park entrance fees
* 2 nights shared lodging at the Desert Outdoor Center from Friday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 5
* Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch (6 meals)
* WOWaZr! event shirt
* awards ceremony and prizes