Vivian and Marilyn Need An Idea From You…

The NWWB Women’s Day Panels at the January Boat Shows have offered powerful statements of what women can accomplish on the water. The speakers have been inspiring and the sharing of their on-the-water adventures and accomplishments have been much enjoyed. We are beginning to plan for the January 2018 panel and are asking for you to take a moment to think about who you would like to hear speak then share your idea/s with us.

We are seeking women who have done inspiring things on the water. From single handing to Alaska to taking over captaining in regional waters after a husband’s illness… from tackling the Mississippi in a small boat to circumnavigating… from avid fishing onboard a sailboat to competitive rowing… there are lots of gals out there on the water who could inspire us BUT WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT WHO THEY ARE.

We would really appreciate your ideas so give this some thought. We look forward to presenting another dynamic group of gals.

Email you ideas to  subject line: PANEL IDEA

Thank you


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NWWB Monday July 17th Potluck Onboard MV Lotus & The Locks Centennial Boat ParadeJuly 9th

NWWB Gals enjoying an evening on the Lotus in 2015

Hi Gals,

We’re hoping you can attend the potluck onboard the MV Lotus on Monday July 17th. Let us know -please RSVP at Thanks! Full information here


Note: Sunday July 9th, 2017 there will be a commeration of the historic Locks centennial with a boat parade that with a flotilla of historic vessels, starting in Salmon Bay and ending in Lake Union. Here’s a link to information.


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NWWB Meeting July 17th Spend An Evening in the Past Onboard the 1909 MV Lotus

NWWB Gals enjoying an evening on the Lotus in 2015

Hi Gals,

Important notes for this meeting: This will be a potluck dinner and there is a space limit of 28 so you must RSVP early to assure a spot. Also, as the Lotus Foundation was gracious in their willingness to host us onboard their amazing vessel for a pleasant evening, we are asking for a $10 donation for them if you plan to attend. We will collect donations that evening.  Our potluck onboard in 2015 was an idyllic evening, don’t miss this opportunity.  Thank you.

For this month’s meeting on Monday, July 17th  we will spend a relaxed evening immersed in maritime history onboard the 1909, 92′ MV Lotus moored at the bottom of Lake Union. (Yes, we are meeting on a boat a link to directions are below and on the MV Lotus website above.) We’ll socialize while staying at the dock. It’s a POTLUCK DINNER, so for this meeting we are asking everyone to bring a favorite main dish, salad or dessert to share and whatever you want to drink or wine to share. Plates, flatwear and glasses and coffee will be available, no need to bring. If you haven’t seen the renovations at the end of the Lake, this is your chance. Come earlier in the day and tour the Museum of History and Industry. (Here is a link to the presentation given to our group about MV Lotus).

The Lotus crew has a group of volunteers and they are actively seeking more. You’ll have a chance to see what that opportunity is if it sounds interesting to you. They do tours and events on the Lotus in costume, making it a true trip into the past. For those of you who rarely dip into the Edwardian era end of your closet, Christian Gruge will be our hosts for the evening. Christian’s family owned the Lotus for years* They encourage anyone who desires, to come in costume. (quasi Edwardian or Steam Punk were the ideas offered, Casual attire is fine, no costume required, but maybe you have a “hat from the past” that you never get a chance to wear. (* Lotus is now owned by the M. V. Lotus Foundation.)

You must RSVP asap at for this meeting as there is a space limit. If you have said you’re coming but your plans change please let us know as there may be a waiting list. Come and enjoy the evening.

Meeting Date: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm – till 9:00 pm or so

This is a potluck so please bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Bring what you want to drink or wine to share. We’ll have plates and flatwear and coffee available.

Location: Behind the Museum of History and Industry on Lake Street at the bottom of Lake Union (see picture above). 860 Terry Avenue North. Link to Google map (The Naval Army Reserve is now the Museum of History and Industry)

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Summer Boating With Dogs

I receive Southern Boating and Yachting Magazine in my inbox for free. It’s another source of good boating-related articles if you’re interested.

This months issue had an article on pet-related ideas for boaters that may be useful for many of you. Here’s a link





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NWWB Meeting Mon. June 19th Giving Back with Gratitude Sailing Northwest

Giving back to the community is enriching, allows you to gain a new perspective and truly makes the world a better place!  No matter how tough our lives may be, there are always those who are facing steeper challenges and this month’s program shows how our love for and knowledge of boating can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Gratitude Sailing Northwest, ( a Kirkland-based nonprofit organization, provides a healing respite for those under extreme stress from illness, incapacity and/or a major life event. The ‘nautical environment’, and specifically, “sailing,” has healing, transforming and refreshing properties according to “Sailing for Rehabilitation of Patients with Severe Mental Disorders” – US National Library of Medicine.  The objective of Gratitude Sailing Northwest is to offer various types of outings to promote the well-being of patients and caregivers by introducing them to the diverse aspects of sailing and the sea.

According to Stephen Lamson, founder of Gratitude Sailing NW, “We know Heeling is Healing, and we welcome your support to continue helping those suffering from an ongoing or once in a lifetime crisis that sailing can help. All monies raised fund our operations such as, moorage, insurance, fuel, food and soft drinks for the guests and any small routine repairs.  We do not charge for our services to the public.  We rely on funding by our donors, angels and organizational fundraisers like our recent auction at the Seattle Yacht Club.”

Stephen L. Lamson, President & Gratitude Sailing’s primary founder, grew up sailing, racing, and cruising all over the San Juan Islands. His passion for helping others through difficult situations is the driving force behind the organization. He chose the name “Gratitude” as a theme for the organization based on being thankful and appreciative regardless of circumstance. “When you can truly be thankful or grateful, and convey this to others or the world around you, amazing positive things begin to happen to a person. This is not new science but a practice too often ignored.”  Lamson is also a co-founder of the initial start-up of two other non-profits, namely Mama’s Hands, and the RMH Holiday Cruise, both of which are established 501 C3 organizations now in their 3rd decade of conducting business.  

James Nolan is English and has been in the leisure marine industry for over 30 years.  He is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and raced for New Zealand in the One Ton World Championships in 1974.  He started as a volunteer for Gratitude Sailing two years ago and currently serves as their Vice President.

Date: Monday, June 19th 2017

Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm or so (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 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)

Please RSVP to Vivian at or Marilyn at



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Women Are Role Models On The Water

June is here and boaters are returning more actively to Northwest waters. They can’t, though, be lumped… There are those who are in love with the rush of water close to the rail as they race past competitors. You can see them all over in Elliot Bay on Wednesday night races or on Lake Union in Tuesday night’s iconic Duck Dodge… There are boaters who enjoy the social life and more communal boating of yacht clubs. There are clubs in Seattle that appeal to all personalities from the more formal Seattle Yacht Club to those focused on more active racing like Corinthian Yacht Club… There are boaters who enjoy gunkholing; slowly checking out local waters and the towns on the edge, through weekends at Poulsbo enjoying “the bakery” or a trip to LaConner to experience the slough and the shops… There’s a small crowd who spend their days enjoying the personalities and unique activities of the dockside lifestyle where they’ve made their boats their homes… There are folks who spend many hours restoring classic boats of a bygone era sharing knowledge with like-minded friends and celebrating the Northwest’s historical love of boating at gatherings… There are boaters who revel in the sport of fishing, competing and just enjoying the seafood bounty available… There are boaters preparing charts and electronics for some serious regional adventures cruising up the Inside Passage to Alaska or discovering Vancouver Island with it’s opportunity to experience Northwest native culture and some Blue Water passages… And there are a few who are bringing a life-changing dream to fruition working hard at preparing their boats and boating skills for long-range cruising down the coast and beyond.

Wherever your boating activities fall within that diverse community we thank you for being a follower of Northwest Women in Boating and hope you will share about our organization with other women you meet out there as you journey up the dock or down the coast. Boating will offer you many things but, as we shared in our opening comments to those attending this year’s NWWB panel at the Seattle Boat Show, there is one thing we would like you to keep in mind.

“As a boater you can be a ROLE MODEL of a confident woman in a traditionally male dominated aspect of society. You can help promote equality. All aspects of boating have had reputations as bastions of male domination. I once submitted, to a boating magazine, an article about how chauvinism in boating could be a safety issue limiting a woman’s preparedness. It was titled, Who’s On The Helm? I got an unprecedented 3-page rejection letter from a male editor saying basically, ‘I loved your article, it’s really important info, some of my best friends are women BUT I can’t publish this because the men who mostly read my magazine might be upset.’ ”

As an engaged and informed woman boater, you are helping to change another aspect of society where treating women as second class and limiting their opportunities has been rampant. Boating can be an equalizer. BE STRONG, BE CONFIDENT and REACH OUT TO OTHER WOMAN. Even through boating you can be a revolutionary improving society for women.

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Penny Braden Paschall Has Suffered a Loss

Penny Braden Paschall has lost her husband, Ben. Penny is an original member and enthusiastic supporter of NWWB. She and Ben enjoyed cruising in their Skookum 53. Together since 1983 they enjoyed skiing, hiking, traveling, cruising, RVing, flying in their 1947 Republic SeaBee amphibious airplane, as well as regional cruising.

There will be a graveside service Thursday, June 8 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent at 10 AM, followed by a reception at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, 36005 SE Ridge St., Snoqualmie at 12-3 PM.

For Penny’s contact information email

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