Boat Show Univ. Class for women: “A Woman’s Perspective: 101 Tips for Safe & Fun Cruising”

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Members Linda Lewis and Margaret Pommert are your instructors for this popular class at Boat Show University.

Join other women to learn about: trip planning; diesel engines; tides & currents; Life Sling recovery; radar; electronic navigation; VHF radio; weather monitoring

To read about the course, click here:
http://www.seattleboatshow.com/boat-show-university.html

To register for the course, click here

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NWWB Meeting –LOCATION CHANGE– For Jan. 16th Meeting Spiff Up Your Knot Tying Skills and Bring Your Creativity.

 Hi Gals,

LOCATION CHANGE FOR JUST THIS MEETING because of MLK Day…Beckie Garvey has arranged for us to meet at the Queen City Yacht Club 2608 Boyer Ave. E. From University Bridge (go east) or Montlake Bridge (go west) take Boyer. It’s likely on-street parking as the gate to the Yacht Club parking lot may not be open.

Important Boat Show Volunteering Info (Meeting info below that)

Remember we really need you to volunteer asap for the Knot A Boat booth at the Seattle Boat Show. To receive a spreadsheet for signing up for the Knot A Boat Booth send an email to NWWBVIV@gmail.com. For volunteering or for requesting a spread sheet try to use the subject line: Volunteering at Boat Show.

If you are volunteering for Knot a Boat booth we will have your tickets at the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting, you MUST SEND an SASE to Vivian Strolis, 13002 NE 101st Place, Kirkland, WA 98033 to receive your Boat Show tickets.  You will need one to get into the show and a second one to use however.

The January meeting of NWWB at the Queen City Yacht Club will be a fun and relaxed gathering to prepare for the Knot A Boat booth at the boat show if you are volunteering or, if you’re aren’t, it’s an opportunity to learn about our Knot A Boat project and spiff up your knot tying skills in a fun atmosphere. It’s all about ‘hands on” and we’ll have the line there for practice.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to chat with you about the future of NWWB. We would like a chance to chat about ideas or desires you may have. We would love to see a group of you form an informal committee to brainstorm and set up our speaker schedule for 2017. We’ve had fun doing it and it hasn’t taken much work. We need help, though, to expand our ideas for presenters or programs. We know that there is a lot of creativity among you. It would be a fun way to help provide inspiration and skills to the gals of our organization. Providing an atmosphere of inspiration and skill building for women has been important to us and, we feel, this will be especially important given the denigration many women are feeling in the current political atmosphere.

It’s an important meeting for those of you volunteering to pick up your boat show tickets. Try hard to make the meeting. If you really can’t but will be volunteering please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Vivian Strolis, 13002 NE 101st Place, Kirkland, WA 98033 and we’ll send back the tickets. You will need one to get into the show and a second one to use however.

Meeting Date and Time: Monday, January 16th  7 pm to 9 pm. (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)

Location: For just this meeting we will be meeting at the Queen City Yacht Club 2608 Boyer Ave. E. from Montlake Bridge go west on Boyer, from University Bridge go east on Boyer. On street parking. There will be a sign on the door to enter.

 It’s a great help to us if you would consider subscribing to the blog for all the information about this groups activities. Also, we appreciate it when you share the link with women boating friends: www.nwwb.wordpress.com/

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NWWB Meeting Mon. Jan. 16th Spiff Up Your Knot Tying Skills and Bring Your Creativity.

Hi Gals,

Remember we need you to volunteer for the Knot A Boat booth at the Seattle Boat Show. If you know you will be, this meeting is an important one. You should have received the spreadsheet and notice about signing up by now, if not, please contact us at nwwbviv@gmail.com. For volunteering or for requesting a spread sheet try to use the subject line: Volunteering at Boat Show.

The January meeting of NWWB will be a fun and relaxed gathering to prepare for the Knot A Boat booth at the boat show if you are volunteering or, if you’re aren’t, it’s an opportunity to learn about our Knot A Boat project and spiff up your knot tying skills in a fun atmosphere. It’s all about ‘hands on” and we’ll have the line there for practice.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity to chat with you about the future of NWWB. We would like a chance to chat about ideas or desires you may have. We would love to see a group of you form an informal committee to brainstorm and set up our speaker schedule for 2017. We’ve had fun doing it and it hasn’t taken much work. We need help, though, to expand our ideas for presenters or programs. We know that there is a lot of creativity among you. It would be a fun way to help provide inspiration and skills to the gals of our organization. Providing an atmosphere of inspiration and skill building for women has been important to us and, we feel, this will be especially important given the denigration many women are feeling in the current political atmosphere.

It’s an important meeting for those of you volunteering to pick up your boat show tickets. Try hard to make the meeting. If you really can’t, but will be volunteering, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Vivian Strolis, 13002 NE 101st Place, Kirkland, WA 98033 and we’ll send back the tickets. You will need one to get into the show and a second one to use however.

Meeting Date and Time: Monday January 16  7 pm to 9 pm. (Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.)

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103. We meet in the conference room of the Northwest Marine Trade Association. (Link to more detailed information.)

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Volunteering for NWWB Knot A Boat Booth Seattle Boat Show

Time To Volunteer For The Seattle Boat Show

It’s Seattle Boat Show time. You’ve been great in the past stepping up to volunteer. This year we need you to staff the Knot A Boat booth. It will be located, like last year, right next to the Information Booth. It’s a whole lot of fun, you don’t have to be a knot whiz and we’ll very much appreciate your help. If you already know you want to do it, please get your name in and desired shift as soon as possible as people are already calling to sign up for slots. Please email nwwbviv@gmail.com to request a spreadsheet enabling you to choose a shift or shifts. Beckie Garvie is our new point person organizing the volunteering this year. Once you request a spreadsheet and pick a shift or shifts, let her know asap on gmail at nwwbviv@gmail.com or give her a call at (206) 979-1870, especially if you’d like a particular day/shift. 

We won’t be staffing the Information Booth this year. We’ve appreciated your kind willingness to volunteer in past years. That has been NWWB’s way of  ‘paying back’ the NMTA for use of their conference room for our meetings. But, things change. Many of us enjoyed doing that but policies evolve. We will still be holding meetings in the NMTA conference room.

New Members of the Knot A Boat Team

We would like to welcome and thank Beckie Garvie and Juli Tallino to active involvement on the Knot A Boat Team. Beckie will be the gal you will interact with about volunteering to staff the Knot A Boat Booth. Juli has done some spiffing up of our little “vessel”.  And a thanks to Waypoint Marine Group for providing a new home for Knot A Boat in their dry storage facility.

Important New Information About Volunteering

As a volunteer for the Knot A Boat Booth you will receive 2 tickets to the boat show – one you will need to use the day of your shift to get in. The second one you can use at another time or give to a special person in your life. You will enter through regular entrances rather than going through the office, as in past years. There are no parking passes this year so we are urging you to check with the partner on your shift to see if  carpooling is an option to share the cost of parking or take a bus or park down near the boats afloat and ride the shuttle to the Boat Show. It’s the best we can do.

Participate in a Knot Tying Northwest Marine Trade Assoc. Sponsored Boat Show Event

Guinness World Record – Largest Knot Tying Lesson Be part of history at the Seattle Boat Show and help set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Knot Tying Lesson. Come to the show on Sunday, January 29th at 9:30 a.m. (West Entrance) and help us set the record. Participants will learn three different knots from certified master sailing instructor, Lisa Vizzini owner of Port Townsend Rigging, in the bleachers of CenturyLink Field stadium. The first 500 world record participants will receive a free Seattle Boat Show hat and free admission to the Show on Sunday, January 29th.

Vivian, Marilyn, Beckie and Juli

 

 

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State of the Whales

Many of us have an active interest in the health of our marine environment and its inhabitants. This article from the regional news blog, Crosscut, was informative about the state of the whale population, specifically the Southern Resident killer whales, it begins…

This time last year, everyone was celebrating what seemed like a step toward recovery for the endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW), which make their home around the San Juan Islands. After a low in 2014 of just 78 individuals, the birth of eight new calves in 12 months looked like great news for this dwindling population. The last of the newborns, named J54, was first seen on December 1, 2015, and brought the population up to 85.

Not since 1977 (one year after the Orca Survey study began) had so many calves been born in a 12-month period. It was no surprise that 2015 was referred to as a “baby boom” and many were hopeful that this signaled a population on the rise.

Unfortunately, what was cause for celebration at the end of 2015 turned to cause for alarm by the fall of 2016. Not long after the birth of J54, his mother, an orca named J28 or “Polaris,” began showing signs of poor body condition. By July, she was clearly emaciated and by mid-October she was gone. Not long after J28 was last seen, her infant calf was seen in extremely poor health, barely breathing, being carried on the head of his older sister. Without milk to sustain him, J54 did not have a chance at survival.

To read more: Link to Article

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to all of you gals who love boats and boating! Thank you for your support and enjoyment of NWWB in 2016. Possibly you are joining us in sighing after an intense year. Amidst all that was irritating us, stressing us and challenging us, there were enjoyable evenings of relaxing at NWWB meetings and putting our minds on the subject we all enjoy boats and boating. (See some pictures above and a list of our varied 2016 programs below.)

We love your support, the impressive turn-outs at meetings and the enthusiasm you’ve shown for NWWB. Vivian and I continue to live by our creed; if it isn’t fun, we won’t do it. With the wonderful meeting room made available by the Northwest Marine Trade Association, we still find it fun to arrange the programs we brought to you. We want to thank all our presenters and those of you who kept us in mind and helped us to find these inspirational and talented folks.

We want to wish you a happy and boating-filled New Year. Boating shapes all of our lives in interesting and varied ways. Vivian does regional cruising and co-captains their powerboat. I am a long-time liveaboard and have reveled in what I consider a lifestyle rather than just a place to live. Sometimes we need to stop and ponder our lives. How do we spend our days, how do we feel about our lives, what do we enjoy , and how are our lives are changed by how and where we spend our time? I’ve written about the boating lifestyle for many years and recently was published in The Tiny House Blog. It’s an article offering a tale and my feelings about how the liveaboard lifestyle can be life-changing. You may enjoy it, here’s a link from the Tiny House Blog: Drawn to the Liveaboard Lifestyle.

Whatever you enjoy, we wish for you to spend as much time as you can in the New Year surrounded by positive people and engaged in challenging and enjoyable experiences. And, we look forward to seeing you at future NWWB meetings.

Marilyn Michael and Vivian Strolis

2016 Programs offered by Northwest Women in Boating:

In December, Elsie Hulsizer, a long-time supporter of NWWB and a board member of the Center for Wooden Boats, arranged for us to meet at the Center for Wooden Boats where we enjoyed a potluck and learned about the impressive programs and the new facility for CWB in 2017.

In November, Peter Schrappen who’s an activist and lobbyist for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, brought us up to speed on Boating issues we should care about and marine training programs.

In October, Mary Campbell took us along on her cruise through Alaska impressing us with her beautiful photography and creativity in arranging crew members to join her.

In September, Reanne Hemmingway-Douglass impressed us with her boating and writing achievements from surviving a pitch pole off Cape Horn to providing you with the Douglass cruising guides she’s a boating woman to be admired. (Hear her this year as part of our Boat Show Panel)

In August Long-time NWWB supporter, Lynn Reister, brought us a super fun evening of Knot Tying instruction. The evening had us sitting cross-legged on the floor laughing and remembering the macramé years as we learned splice a line.

In July Vivian Strolis hosted us for an enjoyable BBQ at Harbour Village Marina. Linda Lewis, aided by other gals, actually demonstrated the LifeSling.

In June Member Wanda Cashman Gave us an interesting presentation about her transition to life on the water as her family made the move to a Classic wooden boat and she embarked on the wood working program at Seattle Central Comm. College. (That program helped us with Knot-A-Boat, refinishing the interior.)

In May long-time supporter of NWWB, Nancy Erley, joined us. As always she was interesting and inspiring offering Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Cruising and so much more always giving us perspectives her world cruising has brought to her life.

In April Member Margaret Pommert caused us to think about, and hopefully better prepare for, a potential Wo/man overboard with: Could you get someone back on the boat, a program about using the LifeSling.

In March we welcomed back the informative program offered by Bill and Karen Haimes of Island Marine Instrument Company – All About the Compass on your boat

February Christine Rodgers Took us on her voyage through French Polynesia onboard Convergence. We are lucky to enjoy impressive boating adventures around the world.

In January we were busy with the Boat Show offering a great panel of five inspirational women: Karen Wong Blue Water Cruiser, Cynthia Faw taking over captaining duties after years of boating, Margaret Pommert teaching and inspiring young women in the sciences through boats and boating, Linda Polverari impressive fisherwoman with downriggers on her sailboat and Lisa Cole who made a major life change to teach sailing.

 

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NWWB Meeting Dec. 12th from 7 to 9pm A Potluck And Program At Center for Wooden Boats

A COUPLE IMPORTANT NOTES: this is the 2nd monday, not the third (just for this month) . Also, we need an RSVP for this meeting and, as they aren’t charging us for use of this nice facility, we plan to “pass the hat” to make a donation to their programs.

Come and share a potluck meal in the Center for Wooden Boats’ classic boathouse and enjoy a view of Lake Union’s Christmas lights from 7pm to 9pm.

Elsie Hulsizer, a member of NWWB and of the Board of Trustees for the Center for Wooden Boats, has arranged for us to meet in CWB’s boathouse gallery in South Lake Union. She will tell us what CWB has been doing and what that big wooden building going up next to MOHAI is all about.

The Center for Wooden Boats at the bottom of Lake Union is a maritime museum where history becomes something you can touch, build, row and sail.

CWB is more than wooden boats. Its motto is, “We change lives one boat at a time.” It offers a boat livery and free public sails. It teaches adult and family sailing and adult maritime skills. Its youth programs include sailing and boat building camps, skills classes including STEAM Sailing for Girls!, a jobs skills training program, out-of-school youth program for groups, and field trips.

Located in the heart of Seattle’s booming South Lake Union tech corridor, CWB is positioned to serve as an urban oasis and a gathering place for the areas new residents and employees.

Come learn more about CWB on December 12 from 7pm to 9pm.

Although parking can be scarce in South Lake Union, you will find some on-street parking on Valley Street and along Westlake Ave N. to the north, some public parking in the lot next to the Streetcar stop at Valley St. and Terry Ave N.. Or check https://seattleparking.spplus.com/seattle-south-lake-union-parking.html to find nearby pay lots.

If it’s a dry night there is some free parking at 1177 Fairview Ave. N in the marina lot facing the street across the street from the Silver Cloud Hotel which is about a 3 block walk to the CWB.

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