What’s Your Boating Dream? The NWWB Boat Show Panel Discussion

Below is information about the NWWB Panel Discussion on Women’s Day, if you would like it in a flyer format for posting at your marina, organizations, etc. to help us promote this event, please email nwwbviv@gmail.com, subject line – Send Flyer

Seattle Boat Show Women’s Day Event

Presented by

Northwest Women in Boating     

What’s Your Boating Dream?

Find inspiration from our panel of amazing women boaters who have enriched their lives and the lives of others in unique ways. Meet women who have taken the “next step” into blue water cruising, enjoying serious fishing, advancing young women’s education, making a career change, moving from first mate to captain. Boating can be a platform for learning a wide range of life skills.

Date: Women’s Day – Monday, Feb.1st  Time: 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm             Location: Stage 3 North Hall

                                       Format: Panel Member Presentations                                          Followed by Question and Answer Session

Free entrance to Seattle Boat Show

Women can go to www.seattleboatshow.com and print a certificate for free entrance to the boat show on Women’s Day, Mon. Feb. 1st)

Panel Members/Presenters:

Karen Wong

Karen is inspiring for not letting the challenges of a career and parenting stop her from offshore adventures.

She took a one-year sabbatical to go sailing in their Hans Christian with her husband and eight year old. They explored Mexico and the South Pacific. Back at work as an Anesthesiologist, Karen feels she’s a different person for having taken this amazing break.

Linda Polverari

Linda is inspiring with how she’s pursued a serious love of fishing while enjoying Northwest cruising.

NW boating adventures have taken Linda 1,000’s of nautical miles including racing NORPAC in Barkley Sound. Linda loves to share her passion for fishing and does it from a sailboat, downriggers and all!

Cynthia Faw

Cynthia is inspiring with her willingness to learn to take over all captaining duties onboard their Beneteau,   enabling her and her husband to continue enjoying Northwest cruising.

An artist who captures the beauty from their boat, she has planned and directed group voyages in the Salish Sea and on charter yachts in the Caribbean.

Margaret Pommert

Margaret is inspiring for taking her love of sailing to higher levels, instructing others. And, as an engineer, she combines engineering skills with sailing to interest girls in science, technology, engineering and math.

Margaret has boated in places as varied as Vanuatu and the Inside Passage.  Both a US Sailing and ASA certified instructor and USCG Master, she leads Seattle Sailing Women’s group.

Lisa Cole

Lisa is inspiring for making a huge career change to seriously follow her passion of sailing.

Lisa sailed casually for years, and in her 40’s learned to skipper her own boat. Leaving a successful corporate career to get her Captain’s license she co-founded   SheSails Seattle, a local company focused on women teaching women to sail.

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Treat Yourself to a Fun and Educational All-Day Class for Women at Boat Show University

Sailors and Powerboaters…NWWB members, Captains Margaret Pommert and Linda Lewis, are teaching a special new all-day class at Boat Show University this year. Make it a treat to yourself, or come with a friend. The cost is $100.  You’ll enjoy a fun day of learning, laughter, while meeting new women boater friends! Help Margaret and Linda get the word out to your boating organizations and women you know.

A Woman’s Perspective: 101 Practical Tips for Safe and Fun Cruising       Monday Feb. 1 from 9am to 4pm. (Boat show entrance is free)   Link to registration page

This class would appeal to women who skipper and to those who are ‘first mate’. They will cover topics most requested by women, including docking, avoiding seasickness, and what you need to know about marine engines and systems.

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Thank You! The Boat Show Volunteer Shifts Are Covered.

Hey Gals, your response to the Seattle Boat Show volunteering has been outstanding. You will be receiving, in the mail, your free tickets to give to friends or family and your parking pass/s. Now you can look froward to a lot of interesting activity directing boat show guests to where they want to go and enthusing them about the art of knots.

If you haven’t done the show before one of the benefits is a chance to get to know each other better. One of the pleasures of our meetings is spending a relaxed evening among like-minded women. Vivian and I developed a lifelong friendship after first meeting at a gathering of women boaters.

Check out our Boat Show Information Page which will be updated as we approach the show.

We look forward to seeing you next Monday at the meeting and/or during your shifts.

Thanks again,

Marilyn and Vivian

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The Boat Show Schedule of Available Shifts Should Be In Your Inbox, We Need You

Hi Gals,

Vivian, with help from Juli Talino, just sent out the latest version of the Boat Show volunteer schedule. If you didn’t receive it, check your spam file then request it from Vivian at nwwbviv@gmail.com. There are about 20 open slots needing you. We hope you’ll join us in this volunteer project. It’s fun, you receive two free tickets for friends or family and parking for the day you volunteer.

PLEASE  NOTE: DO NOT fill your name in on the schedule and assume you are scheduled, it’s not interactive. Please email nwwbviv@gmail.com and let Vivian know what slots you desire. Important: include your snail mail address for your tickets and parking pass/s and a cell phone in case we need to reach you the day of your shift.

If you’re volunteering and can make it, the NWWB meeting next Monday, Jan 18th, will provide lots of great information about the Seattle Boat Show and our jobs as volunteers. Don’t hesitate to sign up, though, even if you can’t make that meeting.

Thanks to those of you who’ve already signed up to volunteer for the Information Booth, Concierge and Knot A Boat Booth.

Vivian and Marilyn


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A Note About the Suddenly Singlehanding Video

As we hope you know, NWWB is made up of a wide range of boating gals. Some of you may be less likely and “less interested” in hauling “him” in.

Gotta keep a sense of humor here when your blog poster is trying to come up with inspired titles while in bed nursing a cold and thinking about past crisis on board with her “him”. ANYWAY….

Here’s another link to the video, it might help save a life someday:





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Can You Get Someone Back Onboard In a Crisis? A Video

Member, Margaret Pommert offered this informative video from the Seattle Sailing Club’s Women’s Program with the hope it might inspire other women to practice “for real” how they’d get their partner back on board in a “Suddenly Singlehanded” situation.


A reminder, Margaret is also involved teaching and inspiring young women in the 2016 STEM SAIL Program for young women  – January 14th thru June 2nd Thursday’s at 4pm`

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NWWB Volunteering Info for Seattle Boat Show

A Quick Overview of 2016 Seattle Boat Show Volunteering Positions and What You Receive

It’s that time – time to volunteer for a shift/s at the Seattle Boat Show starting on January 29th to February 6th. This is how we thank the NMTA for use of their facilities for our meetings. There are some exciting changes and we’re looking forward to a very fun show.

Here’s What We Need You To Do ASAP (Imp. note: you have to email Vivian with the shifts you desire, she is filling out the spreadsheet, it is not interactive.)

  • Make sure you received Vivian’s email containing the spreadsheet. (If you didn’t check spam then email nwwbviv@gmail.com and request it. We’ll get your email on the mailing list.
  • Download and save the spreadsheet to your computer.
  • Look it over and choose the shift or shifts you desire to volunteer. 
  • Email the following information to Vivian at nwwbviv@gmail.com but do not email back the spread sheet. Just let us know the dates and shifts you can staff and we’ll fill out the information on the spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet is not interactive.  Include your snail mail address so we can send you your free parking pass/passes and tickets. We will mail them at least a week before the show. Please enclose your cell phone number (in case we need to contact you the day of your shift).

And if at all possible…..

Attend the NWWB meeting on Jan 18th to get a preview of the Boat Show by NMTA President, George Harris and Kate Andersen, our Go-To Gal – Important Your questions will be answered and you will be given directions about what is happening when during the 2016 Seattle Boat Show

More Information and What You Receive

Yes – we will still get a parking pass for the shift you work but with a new twist. On Jan 30 and 31st parking will be in the Century Link parking garage and the rest of the shifts it will be over at the Safeco Field parking garage. At the end of the evening shift it would be preferable that we all meet and walk to the Safeco Field Parking Garage together.   Safety in numbers.

Yes – we will still get 2 free SBS tickets for each shift we work to use on another day or give to someone special.

Yes – we will be wearing red vests.

Yes – we will have 2 gals on each shift for the information booth and concierge on the mezzanine.

Yes – we will have Knot A Boat, but with BIG NEWS. Knot A Boat will be next to the information booth with one person working Knot A Boat. We asked for that spot the first year, but the sponsors of the info booth wanted to advertise there. This year we will all be together so we can jump in and help each other. It should really be fun!

We’ve posted more information on the Blog’s Boat Show Volunteer Information Page

A Big Thank You From Vivian, Marilyn and the NMTA!

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