NWWB Meeting Monday, March 16th: M V Lotus Celebrating the Edwardian Age. An Historical Journey and Opportunities To Be A Part of Seattle’s Maritime History

Seattle is home to some amazing pieces of maritime history. Christian Gruye and long-time NWWB member, Lynn Reister, will offer a program about M V Lotus. Built in 1909 on the Seattle Waterfront, prior to the building and opening of the Locks, Seattle has been her home ever since. Commissioned by Maurice McMicken, an attorney and part owner of the Seattle PI, she carried his family and friends as far north as Alaska. (Link to the boat’s history http://www.mvlotus.org/information.html).

Christian’s innovative Mother purchased her and initially used this unique vessel as a floating lodge on Lake Union for the World’s Fair. The Gruye family continued to own the vessel over the years and it has nearly always been in the loving hands of women. Christian is looking forward to sharing her memories from childhood onboard.

MV LOTUS, now recognized as a National Historical Place, is moored at the Historical Ships Dock on South Lake Union. Well into her next 100 Years the vessel is open to the public for tours 1-4, Thursdays thru Saturdays. Christian is working to strengthen the Steward and Docent programs and has creative plans to make people’s experiences (Weddings, Meetings, Women’s Weekends, Overnight Experiences) enhanced by crew in “Period Re-enactment” costuming.

Enjoy the tale of this floating treasure and learn of creative opportunities for becoming a part of the adventures she offers volunteers. (For more information: http://www.mvlotus.com/

Meeting Date: Monday, March 16, 2015

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed even at this meeting  but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

Location: Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233.

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Feb. 16th 2015 Meeting: Becoming a Better Resource For Women Who Want Learn To Boat or Buy A Boat

We want to thank all who participated in our Boat Show Volunteer Project. We observed you having a lot of fun, getting to know each other better and really reaching out to the boating community.

Our meeting next Monday, February 16, will be an active one. It will take something we observed at the Boat Show to the next level. Vivian and Marilyn are eager to get your feedback; to hear what you have to say about something important to our mission of helping women become safer and better boaters.

There are women out there who want to learn to boat and who want to buy boats, some are single, others have partners but want to learn on their own. Since boating is still largely a male dominated activity, are people in the industry such as boat brokers, boat builders and those who teach boating aware of the unique needs of women who boat or who want to? We asked, are the needs of this emerging group of boaters and boat buyers being overlooked?

Northwest Women in Boating is getting more widely known as a source of valuable knowledge and support for women who boat or who want to. We’d like to get your observations:

  • What resources are needed to help empower women seeking a boat or boating experience?
  • What do you think women want in a boat and in boat training? Do they know what to ask?
  • How can we as a group more effectively empower the women out there who want to boat?
  • How can we reach them better?
  • And, what are your needs and wants as a woman who has or wants a boat, or who just loves being on the water?

The women who are drawn to our meetings have unique perspectives and lots of knowledge on the subject of the needs of women boaters. Let’s spend a relaxed evening sharing.

Meeting Date: Monday, February 16, 2015. RSVP is appreciated at nwwbviv@gmail.com

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed even at this meeting  but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. RSVP  Contact nwwbviv@gmail.com with questions

(Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY) RSVP

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NWWB Boat Show Panel 5pm to 7 Monday, Inspiring You To Break Through To The Next Level

We present here the 2015 Northwest Women in Boating Seattle Boat Show Panel. Six inspiring women who’ve lived their dreams on the water. They will speak to questions we often wonder about such as “What inspired them?”, “How they found the courage?”, “What it took to accomplish what they did?”, and “How it changed their lives?”. You’ll hear from them in the first hour starting at 5pm and be able to ask questions the second hour.

Remember it’s Women’s Day, print this certificate and bring it and you get in free:  http://www.seattleboatshow.com/downloads/SBS15_WomensDay_SO.pdf

Anne Cox single-handed her 29’ Ranger Tug up the Inside Passage to Sitka, Alaska and back in the summer of 2014.

Anne Cox

For years, Anne was an enthusiastic kayaker and long-time outdoor enthusiast and activist. She was appointed by Governor Booth Gardner to the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation and to the Washington State Parks Commission. Desiring more long-range on-the-water experience, In 2002 she bought a 22’ C-Dory, by 2013 she’d moved up to a 29’ Ranger Tug on which she currently lives aboard. Though still fairly new to powerboating, last summer, at age 68, Anne, single-handed her tug up the Inside Passage to Sitka, Alaska and back. Anne recently presented to Northwest Women in Boating and we were impressed with her candid revelations about mistakes she made and how she learned from them. She made the trip of a lifetime. She enjoyed her triumphs and is glad she didn’t listen to those who cautioned, “You shouldn’t try it alone.”

Marsha Cutting, although physically challenged, solo sailed the Great Lakes traversing over 75 locks in her Pearson 26.

Marsha Cutting

Marsha Cutting is a practicing psychologist and recently gave, Northwest Women In Boating an inspiring presentation, Lake Champlain to Lake Michigan: “No More than 5 Locks a Day. Though physical challenged,Marsha has not let it stop her from adventures on the water. She single-handed her Pearson 26 on a 15,400 mile trip through more than 75 locks and the Big Chute Marine Railway. She made the trip during the summer of 2012, making the acquaintance of loopers, locals, & locktenders along the way. You can catch Marsha’s Seattle Boat Show Presentation Single Handed Sailing on Monday at 1:15pm

Jennifer Hahn kayaked solo from Ketchikan, Alaska to Washington state. She is author of an award-winning book about her journey, Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through The Inside Passage.

Jennifer Hahn

Jennifer founded and later sold Elakah Expeditions a sea kayaking adventure company. She is an adjunct professor at Western Washington University and guides Inside Passage trips on two classic wood vessels: MV Sea Wolf and MV Catalyst. Jennifer Hahn life’s embraces the three W’s: Water, Wilderness and Writing. She began her small boat on-the-water experiences in a sea kayak built for her out of scraps from other kayaks. A month-long trip on the Inside Passage, with four men, aboard a homemade 19-foot sailboat, convinced her to return, alone. Over two springs and summers, Jennifer solo kayaked from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Washington. Her first book “Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through The Inside Passage” won the Barbara Savage “Miles From Nowhere” award for adventure narrative. Jennifer divides her time between teaching, writing and guiding wilderness adventure and wild food foraging trips.

Sisters Katie and Elizabeth McPhail traveled over 6000 miles in 84 days onboard a 16’ Duroboat. They circumnavigated the Eastern 1/3 of the US and parts of SE Canada.

Elizabeth and Katie McPhail

Katie and Elizabeth are both taking time for this panel from a job that is almost 24-7 at the moment. Katie is the Director of the Seattle Boat Show, and Elizabeth works in boat sales at Seattle Boat Co, and is working the booth here at the Show.

Following a route known to many as America’s Great Loop, Katie and Elizabeth, traveled over 6,000 miles in 84 days in a 16’ boat. They circumnavigated the Eastern 1/3 of the US and parts of SE Canada. It’s a dream trip for many people most of whom travel in much bigger boats and take up to a year or more.

The purpose of the trip was a post college, once in a lifetime adventure – a spin on the classic American road trip.  They wanted to see the country, test their boating skills, help promote Duroboat and prove that big adventure is possible for regular folks (even young girls) on a budget, using an affordable small boat.  What they didn’t expect was the overwhelming support of the perfect strangers they met along the way.

Kat Russell just returned from the South Seas after four years cruising.

Kat Russell

Kat Russell recently returned from a four-year cruise with her husband through the Pacific aboard their Peterson 44, Island Bound. They logged more than 20,000 blue water miles traveling from Alaska to Mexico and Mexico to French Polynesia, then on through the Cook Islands, American Samoa, Tonga and finally ending with 18-months cruising through beautiful Fiji. Kat has been a part of Northwest Women in Boating since she was a beginning boater just dreaming of Blue Water cruising. She recently presented at Northwest Women in Boating and is a wealth of valuable information on what the cruising books don’t tell you. She riveted us with a tale of sitting out a Category IV cyclone in Fiji. You can catch Kat’s Boat Show Presentation: Blue Water Sailing in the Modern World: Myths, Misconceptions and Technology, on Monday at 3:15pm and on Tuesday at 3:15pm

 

 

 

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Important Info For Everybody About the Boat Show (and two slots left to fill)

Hi Gals,

For those of you who haven’t yet volunteered or would like another shift for the Seattle Boat Show, Vivian has two slots still open. If you can help they come with parking for the day and two extra tickets you can give to friends or family. Thanks in advance if you can help. Here are the dates and times

10:30am to 3:30pm Monday the 26th Knot-A-Boat Booth

4:30pm to 8:00pm Saturday the 31st Knot-A-Boat Booth

Below is some important information about BOAT SHOW PROMOTIONS. The NMTA is eager to encourage folks to participate in some very great promotions. Let’s help get the word out.  Please Note a change in policy this year though: Exhibitors & SBS workers cannot enter Seattle Boat Show promotions. Yes, we know, alas.

Welcome to the 2015 BIG Seattle Boat Show! With over 430 boating businesses displaying nearly 1000 boats, three acres of boating accessories, and 225 free boat-ing and fishing seminars, this year’s show is poised and ready to be one of the best yet. We have been working hard to make sure that the show meets your expectations and our number one goal is to ensure that each exhibitor has a great experience before, after, and during the show. If, for any reason, we can help throughout the show, please contact the show office at (206) 381-8000.

Welcome Aboard!
Show Information
Days, Location, Hours:
January 23 – February 1, 2015*
CenturyLink Field Event Center
Mon-Thu: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 1/25: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 2/1: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.*
Chandler’s Cove – South Lake Union
Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1/25: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 2/1: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.*
*Now that the Seahawks will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1, the Seattle Boat Show will end at 8pm Saturday, Jan. 31

Ticket Prices:
Adults – $12
Youth (11 to 17) – $5
Kids 10 and younger – Free
5-Day BIG Pass – $24
After 5 p.m. Mon – Thur – $8
Parking:
Parking (North Lot & Garage) – $13/day
Parking (After 5 p.m. Mon – Thu.) – $5

Promotions & Features
Uncorked (1/23) and Sail & Ales (1/30) – NMTA’s two signature Friday night events featuring an assortment of local wines and craft beers. Fridays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Seahawks Season Tickets (Daily) – Guests can enter to win a pair of 2015 Seattle Seahawks season tickets with the option to purchase playoff tickets following the 2015 season. Enter to win daily at the BoatUS Display, West Hall Booth 78

SUPer Joust 2015 (Daily) – Standup Paddleboard Jousting Tournament throughout the show culminating with SUPer Joust Saturday on January 31st at 7pm. Grand Prize is a cruise for two in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés. Available all days except Fridays

Women’s Day (1/26) – Women can attend for free by printing the voucher from SeattleBoatShow.com. The event includes special seminars related to women boaters, and a special women’s-only reception from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Boaters Lounge.

Boatless in Seattle (M-Th after 5 p.m.) – People that don’t own a boat can see the show for free M-Th after 5. Note: “Boatless” attendees will be wearing red wristbands.

Free Seminars (Daily) – Over 225 free boating and fishing seminars across six stages.
Boat Show University (Daily) – 27 advanced education classes ($39 per session, $149 for select all day courses, $139 for any four Boat Show University sessions).

#iwantaboat – Post a picture with a boat to Twitter, Instagram, or Google+ using the hashtag #iwantaboat to win a one year membership with Seattle Boat Share. #boatshowselfie – Post a boat show selfie to Seattle Boat Show Facebook and win a $100 gift card each day of the show.

Kids Aqua Zone (Daily) – A variety of different activities for kids in the East Hall including toy boat building, aqua paddlers, gutter regatta, plankton races, and a scaven-ger hunt with a prize. View full-schedule at seattleboatshow.com (And, Knot-A-Boat is nearby as a hands-on opportunity.)

Job Fair (1/26) – The first ever Seattle Boat Show Job Fair featuring more than 20 businesses with over 100 full-time positions available. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Concourse Level

Boaters Lounge (Daily) – The Boaters Lounge (Concourse Level) is a great place to relax, socialize, and eat, with quick food options and a full bar available for purchase.

Wireless Internet: Wi-Fi is available at no charge to exhibi-tors during the show. Wi-Fi Network: Stadium Public WiFi  Once selected, enter: Accept

Coffee:
Coffee is available for purchase every day beginning 30 minutes prior to show opening at the Starbucks carts on Concourse Level and at the North Hall entrance.
Exhibitor Party (1/27) –

We’re throwing you a party! Join us following the close of the show on 1/27 in the Verizon Lounge (Club Level). Free drinks, food and entertain-ment – plus booth awards – will be given away. Sponsored by Global Marine Insurance

Exporting Seminar (1/29, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Seminar Room # 2) – Do you export your goods or services or are you planning to? Learn to identify foreign markets, locate agents and distributors, qualify foreign buyers, international payment methods, risk miti-gation, and more. Free to all exhibitors. Contact Lisa Smith at lisa@nmta.net to RSVP.
Just For You!

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‘Midwife Orca’ May Have Assisted In Recent Birth In J-pod

Orca experts say it is possible that one or more orcas acted as midwives during the birth of a calf last week.  Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research confirmed the birth of the calf in the J-pod of the endangered southern resident orcas.

Link to the story:  http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/01/01/orca-mother-mystery/21169167/

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Jan. 19th 2015 Meeting: Whys, Whats and Hows of the Seattle International Boat Show

We all love the Seattle Boat Show, it’s an experience, not just an event…and you are (or can be) part of the action.

If you are volunteering for the 2015 Seattle Boat Show or thinking about volunteering this meeting is very important. But, if you are just planning to attend the show and want to learn how to really enjoy it, don’t miss this evening. Boat Show staff will be there to share about the biggest Boat Show on the West Coast. Vivian will have a Power Point Presentation on the Whys, Whats and Hows of the work we will do as volunteers.

We’ll have fun, a lively discussion, look forward to your ideas and feedback. This will get us jazzed and prepared for our up-front roles at this great event.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying a relaxed evening.

Meeting Date: Monday, January 19th 2015

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so

Hors d oeuvres, snacks, wine, etc. are welcomed even at this meeting  but not required. We enjoy socializing after the presentation.

Location: 1900 N Northlake Way, #233 Seattle, WA 98103

We meet at the Northwest Marine Trade Association conference room, 1900 N. Northlake Way, #233. Park at Fisheries Supply and go into the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply and up the stairs, turn right and we are the furthest door on the left.

(Located in the courtyard beside Fisheries Supply – UP THE STAIRS AND DOWN THE WALKWAY)

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We Need Your Help With Our Once-A-Year Seattle Boat Show Volunteer Effort

Hi Gals,

We need you.

Volunteers are still needed for a shift/s at the Seattle Boat Show. This, once-a-year, volunteer effort keeps Northwest Women in Boating alive. It allows us to continue, without dues or other requirements from you, to offer the great programs and the comfortable location of the meetings. The NMTA let’s us use that great room without charge; our Boat Show volunteering is pay back to them.

To sign up, please email Vivian ASAP at nwwbiv@gmail.com, she will send you the schedule showing shifts that still need filling. Each shift is approximately 5-hours in length.

If you’ve stepped up to the Boat Show volunteer in past years we appreciate that. If you haven’t volunteered before and love boating you’ll be where the action is and learn how fun it is – and, you get 2 free tickets and a parking pass for each shift you work.

(We like to keep it to the gals who’ve been involved with or have kept in touch with NWWB through our mailing list or blog. You are boaters, though, if you know a boating gal who hasn’t been involved but who, you feel, would enjoy this process, please let us know and let them know and we’ll make a connection with them.)

This is the help we need:

Information Booth
Interact with people, answer questions (mostly basic), computer available to help search more specific questions. Offer warm enthusiasm and guidance to enhance people’s enjoyment of the show. You’ll learn so much about the Boat Show and about maritime resources in the Northwest. You’ll enjoy sharing time with the other NWWB members on your shift who are boating enthusiasts.

Concierge
Upstairs on weekends, greeting people entering the show, helping them on their way toward what they are looking for. Answering basic questions, helping them off to a great start for their Boat Show experience. Sometimes walking the floor, looking for people with questions or needing direction. You’ll put a positive, helpful face on the Boat Show. You’ll enjoy sharing time with other NWWB members who are boating enthusiasts.

Knot-A-Boat Booth
Helping and encouraging people to enjoy this unique interactive experience for knot tying. (You don’t have to know how to tie the knots – but it’s a great chance to practice.) People can stop; have some fun with the visual knot tying instructions. You can engage the most aloof guy walking by with “Ok, can you tie a bowline behind your back?” gets them every time. Parents begin showing their children their knot tying skills. You’ll learn interesting stuff from knot enthusiasts. You’ll enjoy sharing time with other NWWB members who are boating enthusiasts.

Please request the schedule from Vivian ASAP by emailing (nwwbiv@gmail.com) look it over and pick a time/s. You’ll see many of the people sign up for more than one shift because it’s fun. And, remember, you get 2 free tickets and a parking pass for each shift you work.

Thanks to all you that have signed up and looking forward to hearing from many more of you.

AND – could you do us a favor – have you been getting our emails? If not, could you check your SPAM folder as we send out more information via email than on the blog. Tell your spam folder we are “ok to receive”. Thanks

Marilyn and Vivian

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