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Cruising Seminar: Women & Boating Session 3

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Introduction to Cruising for Women:

A 3-session presentation by Women on Water (WOW)

Speaker: Sunshine Wilde

Panel: Liza Ireland, Larisa Fry, Heather Sloat, Lisa Lipsett, Jenny Coghlan

Dates: Three Wednesdays: March 13, April 3, and April 17

Venue: SISC Clubhouse 7-9 PM

Questions or to register? Contact communications@saltspringsailing.ca

About this “Women Club Members Only” event:

Would you know what to do if you found yourself in trouble on a boat?  Being prepared with some key knowledge and skills not only makes sailing more enjoyable, it keeps us safe on the water. Being a ‘qualified passenger’ also gives the Skipper a sense of support, a chance to take care of other duties on the boat or have a relaxing break. Join Sunshine Wilde and members of the Salt Spring Island Sailing Club Women on Water (WOW) group for 3 instructional evenings for women Club members only.


• Safe sailing-what do you know?

• An overview of basic mechanics for sailors

• An overview of basic safety equipment

• Checklists

• Starting the engine

• Using the VHF radio

• Man overboard procedures

• How to get home safely

About the Speaker:

Sunshine Wilde is a passionate sailor with decades of experience including five years offshore. She was a certified instructor with the International Power and Sail Academy. She has seen many previously fearful women grow to love boating as they become more competent. Her boat Heartbeat is the third boat she has maintained and skippered on her own.

About the Panel:

Liza Ireland learned to sail a dinghy as a child and took a CYA Coastal Cruising course in 1980.  36 years later she decided to realize her dream and bought Gargoyle, a 36’ wooden ketch. With not much experience in larger boats, she learned how to be a skipper with a little mentorship, taking a few courses, and mainly jumping in and learning by doing.

Lisa Lipsett began dinghy sailing her early twenties and then returned to this love in her 40’s, first with a partner then on her own through being mentored mostly by other women! She enjoys sailing on the Salish Sea on her Catalina 30 Phoenix and loves sharing the joy of sailing with other women. She holds Advanced Sail Canada credentials.

Heather Sloat’s passion for sailing began in childhood, racing Flying Junior dinghies. Her first sailboat, a Sabot, was the perfect getaway boat for exploring anchorages while cruising the family’s Alberg 30. A few decades later, upon moving back to the west coast, she was finally able to start learning more about sailing. She raced and cruised locally and internationally, and crewed on offshore passages. She loves sailing with women, supporting each other, sharing the joys, the challenges, and the great camaraderie. Heather’s current boat is Windspiel, a Bavaria 31.

Larisa Fry has race experience on Sharks, J- 24 and 35, and her own C & C 35 MK II. She  competed in world events in both J and Shark class boats and was Ontario South Shore Champion. She has been race chair, and PHRF measurer for Dalhousie Yacht Club (forgive her, she did not choose to be from Ontario). When asked what is so great about boats? Her simple reply is “boats cannot tell age or sex- they level the playing field.”

Jenny Coghlan has 35 years of sailing experience including a circumnavigation in the 1980s from BC and a slow sail from Cape Town to BC via the tip of South America, New Zealand, Japan and Alaska. BC is still one of her favourite cruising grounds.


April 17
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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