SCYA's 31st Women's Boating Event
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Captain 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 both on Lake Pleasant, Lake Pontchartrain and along the Gulf Coast. In 2017 she crewed in the Pensacola a la Habana race finishing third overall and first in class. Recently moving up to a big boat, she has been honing her doublehanding skills on her 37′ sloop, NOW.
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, National Safe Boating Council, as well as several states. When she turned 60 she became a Small Boat US Sailing instructor.
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 and recently suggested the program to the Jackson Park Yacht Club in Chicago. As president of the National Women’s Sailing Association she is working to help other women sailors and organizations nationwide to bring scheduled workshops to their areas and encourage more women to become sailing instructors and obtain their captain’s licenses.
She is currently working towards becoming a Safety at Sea moderator for US Sailing.
The Misadventure of Green Dragon 2 in the Sea of Cortez January 1 & 2, 2020
During Sunday’s lunch at CYC, Rosalie will share in, 30 minutes, the story of the loss of Green Dragon during a storm in 2020. Here is a tidbit from Rosalie:
We left La Paz at 4:00pm New Years eve with flat calm seas and a beautiful sunset headed for Mazatlán 200 nautical miles away. We were hoping for, and expecting, a mellow trip based on the weather report. By daybreak we had cloudy skies, scattered showers, increasing short period seas, and hours of us pounding into them. Little did we know a horrifying nightmare would unfold about 5:00pm, 80 nautical miles from Mazatlán, as our boat began taking on water. You will hear about the steps taken to alleviate the water intake, the mayday broadcast, the long wait for help, our rescue, and lessons learned.
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As the SCYA’s Women’s Boating Event chair, I can’t wait to say hello to you in person on September 18th. With the fun changes in our format this year, we get to experience two excellent Marina del Rey Yacht Clubs as they host us on Saturday and Sunday. We will present two speakers, at Saturday’s dinner Captain Debbie Huntsman will provide an entertaining and information hour. Then on Sunday during lunch, Rosalie Green will tell us a very informative tale about the loss of her boat in the Sea of Cortez. Both are excellent speakers and will bring to you value added skills and knowledge.
The new weekend format along with Saturday dinner, will allow more time for networking with your many new boating friends and catching up with those you have met in the past. Our event brings together women from all over Southern California. Your coaches are the best of the best and they have prepared their workshops so that you can take your new skills back to your boat, or when you are crew, and utilize them immediately.
Please take your time and study the wonderful collection of workshops, many new topics have been added and your favorites are back.
You may contact me through the Event’s Contact form on this page.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We will be following State of California, Los Angeles County, City, and CDC Guidelines. Due to the close nature of this type of event, some boat owners and clubs may require vaccination proof. LA City is requiring out of state visitors over the age of 16 to submit a Traveler Form before entering the city (before flying in): Los Angeles Traveler Health Form (lacity.org)
The year is 2021 and SCYA is celebrating a Century of Service. Congratulations to SCYA. And to think… you have the opportunity to share in their year long appreciation for all our yacht club members who have made SCYA the strong advocate for Southern California boating and sailing they are today. In SCYA’s mission statement are the words CELEBRATE & EDUCATE. The Women’s Boating Event definitely fits! We are celebrating getting back together during a full weekend of education. Besides SCYA celebrating a Century of Service, we are also celebrating 30 women’s boating educational conferences and clinics in the record books. Be part of the thirty-first event! Past attendees: you asked for more! You will notice that there are many changes with NEW WORKSHOPS and an extended weekend this year, with selections for beginning to advanced boaters. (You are WELCOME!)
- The Women’s Boating Clinic had a name change to reflect the new format and expanded offerings for SCYA’s premiere women’s educational “event”. The word “event” fits with the expanded time frame and offerings SCYA will be presenting. It is now known as the SCYA WOMEN’S BOATING EVENT.
- The event will be held over two days. There is so much happening, we will be splitting our days between California Yacht Club and Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club.
- We have a special program for juniors, 9 -17. A full day workshop of Match Racing. Teams of three will swap boats all day long and learn the techniques, rules and skills for match racing while sailing Santana 20s.
- Saturday’s workshop has a special format, with networking a huge focus. The workshop and all the day’s events will be held out of Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. After a continental breakfast at the club, all will head out for a full day on the water workshop geared toward The Cruising Life. The group will head out in a caravan to a destination, by power or sail, chosen depending upon the weather. The day’s skills will include coastal piloting, anchoring, cruise meal planning, dinghy handling, swimming, and kicking back
- Our Networking evening begins with a no-host-bar cocktail hour and then a sit-down dinner at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. A very special guest speaker will entertain the guests. Live music in the bar afterwards will complete the evening.
- We are so pleased to announce our partnership with US Sailing to provide you the opportunity to take the pool experience section of the Safety at Sea Seminar on Sunday morning. We also have a discount set up for our participants to take the online course and receive your Coastal Safety at Sea Certificate.
Sunday, all at California Yacht Club, will look familiar, starting the day with a continental breakfast, lunch at the club, with Clubhouse, dockside, and on the water workshops happening all day long. The event will end with a no-host bar and the hors d’oeuvres sponsored by NAOS YACHTS.
COST OF EVENT
You may choose how to set up your weekend. You may come just one day or both days. You may also choose not to attend the lunch, dinner, and two cocktail parties. US Sailing’s Safety at Sea pool experience is over workshop fees to cover their costs.
NO CANCELLATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME
|COMPLETE EVENT – 2 Full Days (not including Safety at Sea)||$380|
|Full day includes continental breakfast, cocktail hour, and sit down dinner||$210||Full day includes continental breakfast, lunch, choice of workshops (excluding Safety at Sea), cocktail / Hors d’œuvres after party||$190|
|Workshop Only: full day of boating workshops||$150||Workshops Only: choice of AM and PM workshops||$150|
|SATURDAY JUNIOR MATCH RACING WORKSHOP||$5||US Sailing Safety at Sea Pool Experience||$50|
|Dinner & Cocktail party only||$70||After Event party only||$25|
THERE ARE A FEW AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT
2021 SCYA’s 31st Women’s Boating Event
Pique Polo Shirt
Port Authority 100% 6.2 oz
Polyester Pique, flat knit collar
Women’s Sizes XS – XXXXL $36-$38
Embroidered 2021 SCYA’s 31st Women’s Boating Event Hats
100% Cotton Twill, unstructured low profile, metal clip closure – $24