from Faith Seekings
On June 25th, I had the pleasure of participating in the first annual Women on the Water (WOW) Regatta. Representing the National Yacht Club was Defiant, owned by Merilee Wright, and her crew of five fantastic NYC women sailors – Faith (me), Ola, Lorrie, Karin and Wendy. What a lot of fun!
Unlike women’s night at the NYC, this regatta was strictly women only on the boats. There were six boats (from as far as Fifty Point Yacht Club near Grimsby) and 33 women participating. For many of the skippers and crew it was their first time racing, but everyone did great!
Hosted by the Island Yacht Club, the skippers meeting was bubbling with excitement and followed by a photo of the innaugural group of racers.
Due to unstable weather the course was set in the Eastern end of the Inner Harbour. A tug boat turned cruiser helped guard the race course and take photos, while the committee boat and crew came from Lakeshore Yacht Club, Mimico Crusing Club and Port Credit Yacht Club. With only one freighter delaying the second race, we had three clear start races with winds 8 to 15 knots and six very competitive boats.
Later, we headed back to IYC who hosted a delicious BBQ and awards banquet, with great draw prizes generously donated by Mason’s Chandlery. I’m happy to announce that Defiant came in second after ‘Uncorked’ from FPYC. Third was Latis from ABYC. Celebrity racer Diane Reid came back in time from her Bermuda race to crew on Eau Natural and speak at the first annual WOW Regatta.
It was a great start to what we hope will become a regular annual regatta. Here’s to getting more NYC women-run boats and crew out next year! Make sure you watch for the announcement and sign up!
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WOW was founded in 2008 by Lori Mason to teach women basic safety seminar and has grown from there. On-the-water events provide women with a hands-on opportunity to hone their skills. To date, WOW has successfully held over 15 seminars and 6 on-the-water boating events and this year adding a WOW Weekend and Regatta. As of now, over 400 women have participated in a WOW event. Learn more here. < http://wowwomenonwater.wordpress.com/ >