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West Marine Presents Bitter End’s Women on the Water Week 2006

For the past eight years, famous women sailing pros have met
and held the annual Women on the Water Sailing Week where participants take
lessons from some of the world’s top sailors.

This
year’s event was led by West Marine’s Pam Wall, a regular visitor
to Bitter End, and five-time instructor. Best known for her
‘round-the-world cruising adventures, Pam is often seen at boat shows
advising people on where and how to cruise offshore. Her slide presentations
are excellent. The pro women sailors organize and run the activities with a
great “one on one” approach. Each day starts with a fitness program
that can be done ashore or afloat, and is followed by a short lecture or
“chalk-talk.” Water sports director Gordon Over was most pleased
with this year’s clinic.

“It
was another fun filled week of sailing at Bitter End featuring the 8th
annual Women on the Water Sailing Week. World Cruiser Pam Wall, US Sailing
President Janet Baxter and Team One Newport principle Martha Parker took a
group of 12 women through a variety of clinics, sailing adventures and one on
one instruction. Special events included a small engine seminar presented by
Eric Klockars of Soundings
Magazine
; a “How To” GPS session presented by Bitter
End’s John Glynn; a special daysail aboard the visiting 48 foot Leopard Catamaran
Jet Stream, and a special slide show of
Pam Wall’s sail around the globe with her husband and two young children.

Of
course, there was plenty of classroom instruction covering the finer points of
boat handling and sail trim. The goal was to give the ladies confidence in
their own sailing abilities. Based on the results demonstrated at the end of
the week, it was a huge success. Bitter End looks forward to hosting another Women
on the Water Program next year. Keep your eye on the BEYC.Com website for more
information.”

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