SCYA's 31st Women's Boating Event

Captain Kathryn St. Amant
Director and Clinic Chair

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One of our new workshops will interest you if you have ever thought about chartering a larger catamaran but you have never handled one. Christine Pernin will have her catamaran at the clinic and offer a hands-on experience that will give you the heads up necessary to charter.

We have more on cruising: want to head to Mexico? Check out Sailing South to Mexico. Then learn how to make your galley sing with the workshop on the Joy of Cooking Onboard. OH… are you sure you can get where you want to go? If not, take Captain Mike’s two workshops; Safe Coastal Navigation and his Famous “Simple Celestial” workshop.

Safety is always a concern when we go out on the water. There are a selection of workshops covering topics that are key to coming home safe. Be prepared for Heavy Weather Sailing and for when there is No Doctor On Board. Safety and MOB is chock full of information on how to set up your boat for safety and how to bring a man overboard back on to the boat.

Sailing topics are covered for the beginner to the advanced sailor. Beginning Sailing and Intermediate Sailing provide hands-on experience with the coaches discussing topics you need to know to gain experience. You already know how to sail and have been thinking about racing? Try a beginning sailboat race or learn about offshore racing, the big overnighter. If you have not experienced racing overnight, or just an overnight sail, the Offshore Racing workshop will provide a level of confidence in what you should expect.

Anchoring, docking, and handling boats in small areas seems to be one area that many boaters are not proficient in. We have workshops for power and auxiliary sailboats that will cover just these skills.

Okay, now you are ready to go out on the water shorthanded, it is just you or you and your favorite sailing buddy heading out. At least you thought you were ready! Take the workshop on Confident Short Handed Sailing and then you will definitely be ready! This workshop will help anyone who is left “suddenly alone” as well.

If you have been trying to get involved with more boats, have more sailing friends, and achieve a higher level of boating knowledge, but feel kinda stuck, then you could take the workshop geared to helping you learn the pathways to build your boating contacts and grow your journey faster.

See the workshop descriptions below for more in depth information on each workshop. Many will be run twice, some are just in the morning or afternoon sessions. Make sure your choices equal six hours to get the most out of the day. Register early, we will sell out.




Aboard Kusunoki Laguna Catamaran 3 HRS
AM & PM Workshops
Christine Pernin Workshop Leader

All the experience we own will come into play when a person goes overboard. Learn and practice several Man Overboard maneuvers. You will see what it takes to get a wet “lifeless” person wearing foulies back on the vessel. The workshop will cover the important points for maintaining safety; how you should prepare and what you should be willing to do to stay safe when going out on a boat as a crew member, and what you must do if you are the skipper of your own vessel to keep the crew and the vessel safe. The information and techniques in this workshop can be for power and sail enthusiasts even though it will be presented on board a 37.5ft sailboat.


Aboard *** 3 HRS
AM & PM Workshops
Captain Fran Webber Workshop Leader

Boat Handling skills for Docking:
Gain confidence when you are maneuvering your auxiliary sailboat under motor in the basin. We will begin with hands on boat handling using buoys to simulate docking. Everyone will have the opportunity to actually dock on a side tie.


Aboard a ***  3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Captain Barbara Ross Workshop Leader

Onboard discussion and hands on practice will include:

Part 1: Prep and Check the Boat to Leave the Dock

  1. What to check every time
  2. Safety equipment to have on board
  3. Check for the weather conditions
  4. More
Part 2: Boat Handling and Hands-on Practice
  1. Leaving the dock
  2. Maneuvering in tight quarters
  3. Docking side tie
  4. Docking down wind
  5. Docking into the wind



Aboard WAI’LANI 
Captain Jane Thomas Workshop Leader
Aboard Zephyr
Jennifer Kitchen Workshop Leader

In this 3-hour on-the-water class, you’ll learn and practice the basics of sailing, including a few important knots and sailing terms, determining wind direction, “points of sail,” trimming the sails, tacking, gybing, steering the boat, and getting from point A to point B.  Our goal is to have lots of fun as you begin your learn-to-sail journey. This class is intended for those who have very limited or no previous sailing experience.


Aboard Rascal 
AM and PM Workshops
Monica Chaban Workshop Leader

INTERMEDIATE SAILING will give you an understanding of how to trim your sails for speed, safety and efficiency for the wind that your in. If you are a racer, properly trimmed sails will help you win the race. For a cruiser, you will arrive at your destination in the most efficient time. If the wind blows upwards of gale force you will survive it. ADD MORE AS WE HAVE A SAIL TRIM CLASS.


AM & PM Workshops
Workshop Leader:

Participants will learn the steps for anchoring with one anchor. They will experience the value of correct communication between the helm and the foredeck. What determines the proper anchor size for the boat and the holding ground will be discussed. We will focus on preparing the anchor, how to select the best anchorage, determining the proper length of anchor rode for the conditions, and actually setting the anchor. Every one on board will have the opportunity to practice anchoring and weighing the anchor.

Anchoring theories are the same for power and for sail enthusiasts.

stylized graphic of a sailboat


Aboard Martin 242s 3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Captain Karyn Jones Workshop Leader

Interested in finding out how a sailboat race is organized and how to compete in one? Beginning Racing will take you from the NOR (Notice of Race), to the SI’s (Sailing Instructions) and from the start line to the finish line. You’ll get an idea of what it takes to prepare for racing and how to get around the race course. Then, you’ll put your newly learned information to the test with an on the water practice race on board a Martin 242.

Michelle Kringden
Steven Moses

life jacket


Aboard *** 3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Captain Linda Lee Fromm


Aboard Cassiopeia 3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Margie Woods Workshop Leader

Ready to start sailing with fewer crew? Want to gain confidence in what you already know and what you need to work on to go to sea single handed or short crewed? Margie is an experienced single handed sailor with high value knowledge of what women need to know to sail alone or sail short handed safely. Sail on board her boat which is set up for the short handed and long distance adventure, you can learn what you need to do to your own boat for this type of sailing. This workshop will also give you the confidence to take over if you ever end up as the one in charge when the captain goes down.


Margie Woods – Aboard Cassiopeia
AM and PM Workshop

Ready to start sailiing with fewer crew? Want to gain confidence in what you already know and what you need to work on to go to sea single handed or short crewed? Margie is an experienced single handed sailor with high value knowledge of what women need to know to sail alone or sail short handed safely. Sail on board her boat which is set up for short handed and long distance adventures, you will experience what you will need to do to your own boat for this type of sailing. This workshop will also give you the confidence to take over if you ever end up as the one in charge when the captain goes down.

Sail Repair, torn sails


Clubhouse Workshop 3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Dr. Bria Anna White

A knot under construction


Clubhouse Workshop 3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Jerome Sammarcelli Workshop Leader

Jerome is a professional rigger, sailor, and racer. He will demonstrate splicing modern lines and construction of a soft shackle. Students will be working along with him for a hands on experience in marlinspike seamanship. Take home the shackle you made and the lines you splice. You may bring your own tools and line or purchase a tool and line kit. More information on this will be posted.


***** Workshop 3 HRS

*** Workshop Leader

“*** will cover the basics of safe coastal navigation in this three hour session. Learn:

  • What your chart plotter is REALLY telling you
  • Proper coastal voyage planning
  • Learn about your compass
  • Why a paper chart is essential to voyage planning
  • Plan times of departure and arrival
  • How to determine your vessel’s most probable position
  • How to fix the position of your vessel when possible, and how to keep a proper dead reckoning of the track of the vessel
  • how to record this information properly on a paper chart so the “off watch” can enjoy and celebrate the boat’s progress along the coast.


Land Based  3 HRS
AM Workshop
Captain Mike Blecher Workshop Leader

In three hours you will learn the basics — we will cover how celestial navigation works, but we won’t get bogged down in spherical trigonometry and other esoteric theory. You will learn what you need to know to find your position with enough precision to sail anywhere you are likely to go.

You will learn a step by step “WHAT TO DO” to find your Latitude and Longitude, using the sun, moon and stars.
When the GPS system fails (and even if it doesn’t), the techniques you will learn in this seminar will give you the navigational independence to safely complete a voyage—with or without GPS or other electronics.
“Simple Celestial” is especially designed for those wishing to venture offshore in yachts.


WORKSHOP #115 & #116
Two Parts –  3 HRS each
Part 1 Morning Session Land Based
Part 2 Afternoon Session on board Rascal 
Captain Lori Klaidman Workshop Leader

We never “plan” on being out there when the weather changes for the worse, but it seems that Mother Nature waits for no one. Gain the knowledge you need to remain in control when the heavy weather hits.

Workshop #115: In the morning session, a discussion on the Beaufort Scale and how to disseminate the breakdown of wind and waves, understand the barometer, learn what cloud formations mean, and other weather factors that determine what might be coming your way. Learn what you need to do on board to stay safe in heavy weather.

Workshop #116 In the afternoon session on board Rascal, see how jacklines work, learn what safety gear you should have, the different EPIRBS available, and why you should always file a float plan. Heavy weather strategies will be covered, including reefing, heaving to and lying ahull.

You may sign up for just the morning land based workshop, just the afternoon on the water workshop , or all day for both workshops (all day participants will be given priority).


Aboard Kusunoki – Laguna Catamaran  3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Captain Christine Pernin Workshop Leader

graphic of a clipboard with 3 boxes checked off on sheet


Aboard *** at the dock –  3 HRS
AM and PM Workshops
Thomas Lehtonen Workshop Leader

electrical wires to 2 connectors


Clubhouse Workshop 3 HRS
AM Workshp
Judy Fusco Workshop Leader

coming soon

AM and PM
** Workshop Leader

small sailboat graphic for sail trim


AM and PM Dock Workshop
** Workshop Leader

With the boat tied up at a dock, the learning platform is stable and provides immediate feedback. The reason for every tweak of the sail controls, and what results those controls have on the stability or speed of the boat will be readily apparent. Plenty of “AH-HA” moments will be experienced as the sailor witnesses how the boat behaves and the sails change shape when the controls are adjusted.

As the workshop progresses, the language of sail trim will become more familiar. The more you hear the words used by experienced sailors to describe the task at hand, or the parts and corners of the sail, modes of sail trim (trimming to go fast? slow? cruise?), the circle of wind (reaching? upwind? downwind? head to wind?), center of effort, keel lift, and telltales, etc. understanding will occur faster. This workshop is not just a lecture on sail trim, it is experiencing sail trim with a knowledgeable coach and seeing the immediate response.

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