Extending Your Range

The 12th annual Women’s Sailing Conference presented by the National Women’s Sailing Association took place at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts on a sunny Saturday, June 1. At breakfast and lunch meetings, participants swapped stories and resources. Then they dug in at several hands-on sessions.

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Captain Sharon Renk-Greenlaw explains the vital components of a Westerbeke diesel at a session about engine maintenance.Elaine Lembo

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Dockside at the Corinthian Yacht Club, cruiser Pat Marshall demonstrates crew overboard recovery.Elaine Lembo

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Diana Weidenbacker, sailing coach at the University of New Hampshire and Rolex racing champ, shows how to tie a stopper knot.Elaine Lembo

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A workshop participant practices tying the slip knot.Elaine Lembo

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Writer and veteran cruiser Betsy Morris chats with women about provisioning, health care, and other aspects of life aboard.Elaine Lembo

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Garet Wohl, experienced offshore skipper and navigator, explains how electronic devices such as GPS, radar, weather forecasting services, and the Automatic Identification System (AIS) can augment the use of paper charts for passagemaking.Elaine Lembo

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Coached by Captain Nancy Erley, women practice heaving lines toward a target on the beach.Elaine Lembo

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Participants practice the basics of chart plotting to determine the course to their chosen destination.Elaine Lembo