Women’s Intro to Racing Wrap Up
Class 0 - the Women's Intro to Racing Class was out racing on Thursday nights this June. Twenty women signed up to either learn how to race or take their skills up a level. Everyone had sailing experience so the focus was 100% on racing. We started with four teams but due to life ended with three. Every week we covered one aspect of racing - basics of racing (crew positions, weather and boat set up), starts, mark roundings, lay lines and tactics with the final week being a typical week night of racing with two races. We had a mix of boats from BRAVO ZULU (Beneteau 40.7) to AQUAVIT (International Folk Boat) and a couple of J-Boats HERE & NOW (J-29) and RECKLESS (J-80)
Each team was pretty consistent for the series. Everyone got to try out every crew position. Big Thank You’s to the skippers and coaches for supporting this program and volunteering their boats, time and expertise: Denny Vaughn, Serhad Atakturk, Steve Cochran and Jammie Moore on BRAVO ZULU (Team Gold), John Sezer on RECKLESS (Team Blue), Garey Harr and Katie Steiger on HERE & NOW owned by Pat Denney (Team Black) and Dave Sinson and Jennifer Olagaril on AQUAVIT (Team Red). A special shout out to Igor Klevak our Thursday PRO and his team on Race Committee (Brad Greene, Ann Cronin and Calvin Schnorbus) who set up and ran races for this additional class on top of their normal Thursday Night Races.
Final results were:
- 1st Place Team Black
- 2nd Place (tie) Team Blue & Team Gold
Women’s Intro to Sailing Wrap Up
Twenty-five women gathered at CYC on Thursday evenings in June to take the Women’s Intro to Sailing Class. We covered things like basic knots, how to get on and off the boat, appropriate sailing gear, points of sail, man overboard and other basics. Everyone got to work each station on the boat - helm, trim, main, etc. We had some great support from our members who volunteered their boats for the women to learn to sail: Mike Taft volunteered his Jeanneau 35.2 KAMOON all four weeks with Meredith Gracia and Suzette Connolly as coaches; Big thank you to Jeff Bythe with his Catalina 36 MATA HARI, Al Johnson with his Quest 30 CHARLOTTE, Philippe Lindheimer with his Sabre 386 SKANA II, Melissa Davies with her San Juan 24 MISS MAYHEM and Charles Hill with his Wauquiez 40s DIFFERENT DRUMMER for donating their time, expertise and boats for one to two weeks. Our Vice Commodore Lisel Mordhorst was an amazing coach and without her support and participation there would be no way we could have pulled this off.
Personal Note from the Organizer / Coordinator Melissa Davies (MISS MAYHEM San Juan 24)
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community and honor the women who taught and encouraged me two years ago when I first got interested in sailing. I feel fortunate to have facilitated almost 50 women who got to experience great boats with fun and accomplished skippers and coaches. I have high hopes for the women who participated in both course – R2AK, Volvo Ocean Race, cruising around the world, sailing in the PNW. These courses are 100% volunteer driven. Please consider volunteering at CYC to help us continue to put on other events like this in the future.