Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda is gearing up its annual Women on the Water Week, expected to draw female sailing enthusiasts from around the globe October 25 to November 1. The annual event, developed to empower women and improve their sailing skills, offers a week of hands-on instruction, inspirational guest speakers and stimulating shore side activities.
The pros providing the instruction and coaching are five-time “Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year” and coach of the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team Betsy Alison; Martha Parker, one of the world’s best foredeck crew and owner of Team One Newport, a high-performance sailing clothing and gear retailer; and acclaimed sailor Pam Wall, best known for her seven-year, around-the-world cruise as well as her profound knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for offshore sailing.
“The greatest thing about Bitter End Yacht Club’s Women on the Water Week is the feeling of complete accomplishment the women have when they participate,” said event spokeswoman Pam Wall. “The novice becomes the knowledgeable, the skilled become experts, the frightened become confident, and the women all become best of friends.”
The week’s instruction covers all aspects of confident skippering and crewing, with specialized classes in boat handling, sail trimming, bluewater sailing, and racing techniques. Sailors of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in the week, which includes daily workshops, private tutorials, cruising clinics, and regattas. Additional activities include a “Welcome Harbor Cruise,” a motivational lesson on breaking “Sailing’s Glass Ceiling,” a sailing fashion showcase, and a celebratory awards dinner on the final evening.
Proceeds from Women on the Water Week, sponsored by Vineyard Vines, West Marine and Team One Newport, will go to local and U.S. organizations that focus on women’s health and welfare.
For more information or to make reservations, call 800-872-2392 or visit www.beyc.com.
Announcement submitted by Bitter End Yacht Club