SCYA's 31st Women's Boating Event

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Captain Kathryn St. Amant
SCYA WOMEN’S BOATING CLINIC
Director and Clinic Chair

If you have any questions, please call
310-486-2367
or send an email
Kathy@PiratesLife4me.com

SCYA WBE’s PHOTOGRAPHER

LISA BRONITT

Wow are we lucky! Lisa Bronitt has volunteered to be our photographer for the day! A woman who gives up her time to get out on the water and shoot sailing action. We feel very lucky to have her.

SEE HER WORK HERE >>>

LISA BRONITT PHOTOGRAPHY

WELCOME to “PERUSE & then CHOOSE”
Your Workshops

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For SCYA’s 100th Anniversary year, we have expanded our Women’s Boating Event to two days and increased the number of workshop offerings to provide you with many topics to choose from to gain more knowledge and experience.  Below are the workshop details. EXCITING NEWS: We are, for the first time, offering a full day event for girls aged 12-17 on match racing.

I will personally guarantee that every coach and mentor that will be here for you has been hand picked by me. Expect every workshop to provide a safe and calm platform for you to gain new skills and knowledge.

A full day of sailing and learning about the cruising life. What does it take to get off the dock, to cook, navigate, anchor, get home safely? This all day Saturday primer will cover every aspect, in small doses, as you plan & serve your lunch, sail to a destination in Santa Monica Bay while working on a local chart, and discussing topics relating to the life of a boater away from home and living on the water. Weather will dictate our anchoring spot.

After you get your feet wet on Saturday, you can choose more in depth workshops on cruising and safety at sea on Sunday.  OH… are you sure you can get where you want to go? If not, take Captain Mike’s 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 safely. Our new official US Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar and the in the pool experience is one workshop not to miss (you must enroll in Sunday workshops and add the $50 fee for this addition). You will get a discount from US Sailing to take their online Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar and get the certificate. Learn what it takes to be prepared for Heavy Weather Sailing, MOB, and short handed sailing in our workshops.

Sailing topics are covered from 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. If you already know how to sail and have been thinking about racing, try a beginning sailboat race in a Martin 242. If you have years of experience, you can find out how to become an ASA Certified Instructor or learn the ropes that will guide you to a USCG Captain’s License.

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.

See the workshop descriptions below for more in depth information on each workshop. Saturday’s are all day workshops, On Sunday, many will be run twice, some are just in the morning or afternoon sessions. Register early, we will sell out.

Since all coaches and mentors are volunteers, some workshops may change workshop leaders before our weekend event. Some of the curriculums are still being built and solidified as registration opens.

QUICK LOOK SCHEDULE

FRIDAY – secret
6PM: Invitation Only Coaches Dinner Party
 
SATURDAY – SMWYC:
8AM: Check-in begins
8AM – 9:30AM Continental Breakfast
9:30: Juniors & Women to their boats
12:00PM: Juniors in for lunch
4PM Workshops end
6PM: Cocktails
7PM: Dinner
SUNDAY – CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB
8AM: Check-in begins
8AM – 9AM: Continental Breakfast
9AM: Women to their workshops
12:00PM: All in for lunch on the patio
1:30PM: Women to their workshops
4:30PM: Workshops end
5PM: Patio Party: no host cocktails with Hors d’Oeuvres hosted by NAOS Yachts, Marina del Rey

SATURDAY ALL DAY WORKSHOPS

YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR WEEKEND
When registering, you may choose to come for both days or pick one day; Saturday or Sunday

See the Registration Form for more information

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THE CRUISING LIFE

Fleet of boats all day
Various Workshop Leaders

When you sign up for the full experience weekend you are automatically signed up for this workshop.

Get on board your boat for the day. Meet your crew, sail/power to our destination for the day. You will learn about anchoring, light navigation, weather, launching a dinghy, boarding, outboard motors, meal prep. and more about cruising. There will be time to have a swim and cocktail before heading back to the marina and our Saturday night’s dinner.

US SAILING

JUNIOR MATCH RACING

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club 9am – 4pm
Dockside and on the water
Steve Potter Workshop Leader
Continental Breakfast and Lunch included

Just for girls, 12-17 yeas of age, an all day match racing workshop with round robin racing all day on Santana 20s. Instruction on the rules and techniques for match racing will be integrated into the on the water experience as teams of three swap time on the dock and on boats. Learn the rules and go out to experience the one-on-one duel of strategy and tactics. Come away with knowledge and experience that can increase your chances of crossing the line first.

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

ALL SUNDAY WORKSHOPS ARE 3 HOURS IN DURATION

US SAILING

SAFETY AT SEA POOL EXPERIENCE

CYC POOL
AM ONLY
US Sailing’s Bruce Brown  Workshop Leader

SPECIAL SUNDAY Morning WORKSHOP
CALIFORNIA YACHT CLUB POOL

NOTE: This is NOT the full Safety at Sea Seminar. No certificate is available for taking this abbreviated workshop, it is the pool experience only. A certificate for the Safety at Sea Coastal Seminar may be earned using the discount link provided and completing the online course.

US SAILING IN THE WATER SAFETY AT SEA TRAINING – SUNDAY AM ONLY
This is the best way to learn, not when you are experiencing an emergency at sea. Jump in the pool to learn the techniques and gain the knowledge of how to work with a liferaft and your PFD in emergency situations. All of us think “this will never be me”. Unfortunately, it definitely could be for any one of us who venture out away from the dock. At lunch Rosalie Green will tell us all what it really feels like getting into a life raft from a sinking vessel in a storm. This workshop will put you miles ahead of someone who has never had the experience before

The pool experience will last about 40 minutes as we round robin the group. While you are waiting, you will spend time with a knowledgeable safety at sea expert who will provide safety demonstrations will be ready to answer your questions.

Here is what to expect and the topics that will be covered:

  • BRING: Life Jacket, foul weather gear (and boots), change of clothing, a towel to use drying off, and a large trash bag for wet clothes & FW Gear
  • Plan to wear what you normally wear while boating, understand…you WILL be going in the water!
  • Learn about life rafts: What they do – how they inflate – what to expect when the life raft is deployed – what type of gear is packed in a life raft
  • Get in the water, learn and use the techniques for survival in the water (to extend one’s ability to survive in the water) and why it is important
  • Experience boarding the life raft, getting the crew into the raft, boarding an injured person and feeling what life is like in the life raft
  • Gain the knowledge on how to right an overturned life raft

The cost of this workshop is extra. Pool workshop cost covers SCYA’s US Sailing expenses. This fee is paid directly to SCYA at the time of registration. You must be signed up for Sunday workshops to attend this seminar.

ONLINE COASTAL SAFETY AT SEA COURSE

ONLINE
Discount price for WBE attendees: $40
Paid directly to US Sailing

SPECIAL DISCOUNT

The first part of the official US Sailing’s official seminar is hosted online,  If you wish to achieve the Coastal Safety at Sea Certificate, US Sailing is offering a discount for our attendees.  IT IS HIGHTLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU COMPLETE THIS ONLINE COURSE BEFORE ARRIVING FOR THE POOL EXPERIENCE. You will have a much higher understanding of the techniques taught in the pool and safety at sea with this pre-study. Participants will receive a sign up link with a discount (normally $50) for the online course.

ABOUT THE COUIRSE FROM US SAILING:

The Online Coastal Safety at Sea Course designed to provide you with essential safety information that you can use immediately on the water. It is for anyone who sails, boats, cruises or races on both inland and coastal waters.  The topics covered will help you boat with more confidence knowing that you can address common safety concerns and communicate effectively with others in case of an emergency.

The five units include:

  • Giving Assistance
  • Personal Safety Gear
  • Crew Overboard
  • Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Communications

In the Pool Workshop
Scroll through a few images of a prior workshop. 

CLUBHOUSE WORKSHOPS

CAPTAIN MIKE’S FAMOUS “SIMPLE CELESTIAL”

Clubhouse Workshop
AM Workshop
Captain Mike Blecher Workshop Leader

Capt. Mike has developed a three hour celestial navigation course in which anyone who can add and subtract can acquire enough skill and knowledge to obtain a “fix” using only a sextant and tables. The course eliminates the usual esoteric science and theory, and instead focuses on “thinking like a navigator,” and boils everything down to simple, easy to understand concepts.

This is an essential tool for the safety of your vessel as well as your personal seagoing fulfillment and special enjoyment of sky gazing while offshore.

2 VHF radios, 1 handheld one mounted

DEMYSTIFY THE VHF DSC RADIO

Clubhouse Workshop
AM and PM Workshop
Norm Perron Workshop Leader

This seminar will be beneficial to not only boat owners, but also crew, as there are times crew need to communicate on the radio. Both handheld and fixed-mount radios will be emphasized. Some key elements that will be discussed are: how to make a Distress call and what happens when such a call is made; what is an MMSI number?: obtaining a MMSI number; determining if you need a domestic or International number; transmission of GPS data to the Coast Guard and other boaters; selective calling of Individual and Group calls; and discussion of sending and receiving positions of other vessels. A 1-page handout will be provided to summarize the presentation. All attendees that have a handheld DSC radio should have it fully charged and bring it, as live demos of many features will be conducted. Be sure to have your MMSI # entered if you have one, and you should store the MdR WSA Group number 0 972 972 97 in your radio.

electrical wires to 2 connectors

EASY ELECTRICAL - 12 VOLT BASICS

Clubhouse Workshop
AM and PM Workshop
Captain Judy Fusco Workshop Leader

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of DC electrical for boating applications. Learn about the variables involved in DC electrical work and learn how to calculate these variables using a basic equation. Learn about the different types of batteries and how to size your battery needs and how to choose the correct size wire for your application. Learn about the symbols used for variables and how to make wiring diagrams. Learn about the different tools required and get some practice using these tools to strip and crimp wires. You will use a multi-meter to measure the variables that were discussed.

A MUST for every boat owner

Sail Repair, torn sails

SAIL & FABRIC REPAIR

Clubhouse Workshop
AM and PM Workshops
Dr. Bria Anna White

This workshop includes hand stitching methods, sail patching and repair, and methods for correcting seaming flaws.

Agenda:

  • Overview of the most frequent repairs
  • Non-sew Repair Techniques
  • Handsewn Repair Techniques
  • Machine Repair Techniques
  • Discussion on when to repair vs. replace

There will be ripped sails just waiting for you to get your hands on and fix them up.

ASA instructor/ USCG Licensed Capt

SO YOU WANT TO BE A SAILING INSTRUCTOR/USCG CAPTAIN

Clubhouse Workshop 
AM Workshop – recommended for advanced sailors
Captain Wendy Sarnoff Workshop Leader, ASA Instructor Evaluator

You are a great sailor and you want to become an ASA instructor. How do you become a sailing instructor?
You have many hours on the water and you want to be a sea captain! Which of the various USCG license ratings should I work toward, OUPV or Masters? What are the differences? What are endorsements, and why do you want to add them to your license?

With this workshop, you will learn what resources are helpful to become an ASA Instructor or get your USCG Mariner’s Captain’s License. You will learn where you can you go for the proper education for each and build the paperwork necessary to achieve your license. Start your new path forward with information that will save you countless hours, learn from an accomplished ASA instructor and Captain. Come get the answers to all your questions, get the materials and resources to begin teaching sailing as a certified instructor or achieve your USCG Captain’s License.

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LINES - LINES - SPLICING - KNOTS

NEW – JUST ADDED

Clubhouse Workshop 
AM & PM Workshop
Jerome Sammarcelli Workshop Leader

If you are confused about all the lines on your boat – and I am not talking about the ones you pull while under way 😉 – this hands-on workshop is for you !!

First learn about the different types of line materials that are available, what their differences are and their function. With this knowledge you will be able to design your rigging plans utilizing the correct lines for each job. This workshop will also cover techniques to save your lines and have them last much longer.

By the time you walk out of the workshop, splicing will feel like a fun task, and not something looked upon as a mystery. As a bonus, Jerome will demonstrate how to make rope shackles and how to never forget.

Finally, Jerome will demonstrate his top 5 knots and what makes them essential.

Information on the splicing kit needed for this workshop will follow soon.

DOCKSIDE WORKSHOPS

Sail Repair, torn sails

MOB - OVERBOARD...NOW WHAT?

Dockside Workshop 3 HRS
PM Workshop
Captain Wendy Sarnoff

One of your crew goes overboard, now what do you do? This workshop, utilizing lift sling tackle, you will learn how to physically remove a person from the water. Teams will rotate and actually preform this man overboard procedure. There will be discussions on hypothermia and real life scenarios to enhance your new skills and to provide the knowledge you need to keep your crew safe at all times.

This workshop is in alignment with US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Standards

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BASIC BOAT MAINTENANCE & REPAIR

Dockside Aboard Glissade
AM and PM Workshops
Thomas Lehtonen Workshop Leader

Thomas, owner of Thomas Marine, will walk you through Glissade, an Irwin 54, and discuss what you should look for to keep your boat safe and comfortable.  He will share his list of tool must have’s, guide you around the diesel engine, demonstrate how to bleed the diesel, how to check rigging for dangerous chafing, check your thru hulls, maintain head stability, cover water, fuel tank and electrical systems safety. Get a grip on the task list to keep handy to keep your boat floating and safe with this workshop.

chart of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding countries with marks for stopping

CRUISING CRASH COURSE


Dockside onboard Rhiannon

AM Workshop
Stacy Sinclair Workshop Leader

Ever thought about taking a boat beyond the bay? What about beyond Catalina? Tour a cruising boat and get the feel for where and how to store equipment, spares, tools and provisions; learn what  boat modifications to make for double handing or sailing single handed; get many tips on how to live aboard comfortably and host current friends, and those to be, with mindfulness for your and your boat’s safety. Stacy will share what she has learned from world cruisers. Bring questions.

ON THE WATER WORKSHOPS

BEGINNING SAILING

Aboard WAI’LANI, Zephyr, Four Belles
AM and PM Workshops
Captain Jane Thomas Workshop Leader – 
Jennifer Kitchen Workshop Leader – Patti Eagan Coach
Dave Johnson (PM only)

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.

INTERMEDIATE SAILING

Aboard Rascal & Blue Star & NAOS Beneteau
AM and PM Workshops
Monica Chaban Workshop Leader – Karen Campbell & Coco Leigh Coachs
Rosalie Green – Workshop Leader – Keila Hine Coach
Cynthia Ross – Workshop Leader – Patti Day Coach

New boat added for more spaces: Filling up FAST

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.

A suggestion for those taking this workshop, our Sail Trim workshop would be a great workshop to compliment these 3 hours of instruction.

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BEGINNING SAILBOAT RACING

Aboard Martin 242s
AM and PM Workshops
Captain Karyn Jones – Workshop Leader
Coaches: Sunshine Jen & Steven Moses

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) to getting onboard, starting a race and going all the way to the finish line on board a hot one design boat, a Martin 242. You will get an idea of what it takes to be prepared to race and how to get around the race course. Each boat will have a very experienced sailboat racer to coach you. You will leave the workshop understanding how much fun it is to be competitive sailor.

small sailboat graphic for sail trim

SAIL TRIM & BALANCE

Dockside & Sailing Workshop with Capri 22s
AM and PM
Workshop Leader: Naomi Emmerson 
Workshop Leader: Captain Themis Glatman 

With the boat tied up at a dock the learning platform is stable and provides immediate feedback. See immediate results with every tweak of the sail controls, and learn  what those controls have on the stability or speed of the boat. 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. Gain expertise in the language of sails, get a handle on sail trim,  demystify the points of sail , center of effort, keel lift, and using telltales. Learn the difference between making the boat sail fast vs making it sail efficiently and safely. Then get in the boat and put the techniques into action. This workshop is experiencing sail trim with a knowledgeable coach and seeing what each adjustment does immediately.

ANCHORS AWEIGH & MOORING BALLS TOO

Aboard Harmony
AM & PM Workshops
Workshop Leader: Melody Kanschat
Coach – Barbara Morris

WSA Skipper Melody Kanschat and First Mate Barbara Morris look forward to showing you the ropes—(errr make that rode) in this fun interactive workshop.

They will cover various types of modern day ground tackle, finding the best spot to drop, determining scope and setting an anchor securely.  In the second half of the workshop they will cover types of moorings, picking up, bridling, dealing with the sandline, and more.   After a short chalk talk, participants will get hands on experience at the windlass, on the helm, taking a bearing and wiping off slime.

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

SAILBOATS IN CLOSE QUARTERS

Aboard ***
AM & PM Workshops
Workshop Leader: Susan Obermiller

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.

Boat Handling and Hands-on Practice
  1. Leaving the dock
  2. Maneuvering in tight quarters
  3. Docking side tie
  4. Docking according to the wind direction

POWERBOATS IN CLOSE QUARTERS

Aboard a ***
AM and PM Workshops
Captain David Ross Workshop Leader

Boat handling skills for turning in tight spaces and docking will be practiced in the main basin, such as turning in the length of the vessel, reverse, speed control, etc. You will begin with hands on boat handling using buoys to simulate docking and then actually docking along a side tie.

Onboard discussion and hands on practice will include:

Boat Handling skills and Hands-on Practice
  1. Leaving the dock
  2. Maneuvering in tight quarters
  3. Docking side tie
  4. Docking according to the wind direction
shooting a flare

SAFETY, DINGHY BASICS & CREW BEST PRACTICES

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

We will meet onboard the boat for a short safety briefing before leaving the dock. Once we are in the open waters, we will talk about safety while cruising, crew responsibilities, and using the radio for emergencies. We will practice recovering a person overboard using a flotation device. We will look at various life jackets and test them (Yes you will be able to jump in the water wearing a life jacket!), we will also shoot flares, and finally in the marina we will practice the “dance” of getting in and out of a dinghy.

NICE WHEN YOU LEFT? - SUDDENLY DANGEROUS? REMAIN IN CONTROL

Aboard Catamaran Meant to Be
AM and PM Workshops
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. This workshop will give you the knowledge necessary to stay safe on board in heavy weather.

Board a vessel and experience jacklines, learn what safety gear you should have, understand the different EPIRBS available, MOB AIS equipment, and why you should always file a float plan. Heavy weather on the water strategies will be covered, including reefing, heaving to and lying ahull.

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SUDDENLY ALONE & CONFIDENT SHORT HANDED SAILING

Aboard Cassiopeia
AM & PM
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.

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HORIZON CALLING


Aboard Rhiannon

PM Workshop
Stacy Sinclair Workshop Leader

Learn to sail a cruising boat that has a circumnavigation pedigree. You will gain insight on how the boat is set up for cruising and day sailing. You’ll be doing it all while sailing Rhiannon – including tips for hoisting and dropping sails without needing a lot of muscle, setting a course, trimming, maneuvering in tight quarters and more. Beginners and beyond welcome.

transpac

TRANSPAC DREAMS? MAKE THEM COME TRUE

Aboard Marie
AM and PM Workshops
Workshop Leader Captain Marie Rogers
Coach Carey Meredith

Ever thought about “doing” the Transpac race one day? Do you have the right crew skills to present to a skipper or to be the skipper? Want to find out? Captain Marie Rogers, a Transpac veteran will get you out on Marie, her Nelson Marek 55 and give you the lowdown on what it takes to be crew or the boat owner. Make your dream come true, know what to plan, how to practice, and be ready to sail to Hawaii!

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SPONSOR: Sunday hors d'oeuvres
Two boat charters

NAOS Yachts

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LISA BRONITT

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RICK HORNER

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ALAN'S ARTISAN SOAP
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