Registration begins this month for the Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) 19th Annual Women’s Sailing Convention, scheduled Saturday, February 2nd, at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

The event is open to all women interested in sailing, from novice/beginners to experts.

This year’s event maintains its multi-workshop format — attendees select a combination workshop in areas that best fit their interest and ability, such as “Welcome Aboard” (for beginners), “Dabble in Diesels,” “Going Up the Mast” and “Marine AC/DC Systems”;

“Basic Racing Rules,” “Tactics,” “Docking,” “Overboard Procedures,” “Suddenly Single-handed,” “Weather,” “Sail Trim,” “Basic Nav 101,” “Safety First Aboard,” “Provisioning/Galley Glory,” “Knots,” “Anchoring,” “Spinnaker Rigging and Offshore Cruising,” “Introduction to Sailing,” and “Advanced Sail Trim.”

All of the workshops are presented by top women sailors from all over Southern California, many of whom are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains, according to organizers.

“This event gives women an opportunity to meet many other women sailors, find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area, instructional programs available, and many other areas of interest for those who would like to do more — racing, cruising and day sailing,” said producer/director Gail Hine. “We’ll have something meaningful for everyone.

“For those who are already involved but desire more, we will offer some new areas of inspiration and instruction along with excellent networking opportunities.”

Prepaid registrations are required, as space is limited to 250. To obtain a reservation form, contact Gail Hine, SCYA Women’s Sailing Convention, 23863 Nutwood Way, Murrieta 92562, (951) 677-8121, hine@scya.org or www.scya.org (available after December 20th).

The convention fee includes workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenir and handouts.

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