Margaret Pommert Teaching Affordable Classes For Recreational Boaters at the Seattle Maritime Academy

If you haven’t signed up for our meeting at the Seattle Maritime Academy Mon. Sept. 18th at 6pm there is room left but you must RSVP to   Here’s a link to program info

On the subject of the Seattle Maritime Academy, member Margaret Pommert will be teaching two affordable classes there this fall for recreational mariners. She is also working with the folks at the academy to develop some “women-only” classes.

Note from Margaret:

“I’m working with Sarah Scherer, the new Director/Associate Dean, to get some women-only courses going there too. So it would be great if she could hear some encouragement for the idea while you’re there.”

Info on Margaret’s classes, and sign up here:

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Sept. 18th 6pm to 8pm NWWB Meeting: Seattle Maritime Academy Bridge & Engine Room Simulator Demos and Much More

Note: Sept. meeting only time change 6pm to 8pm – you’ll be glad if you’ve kept our meeting night open, don’t miss this interactive on-site program and PLEASE RSVP limited to 35.  Snacks great but no wine this time. Directions to the program location are below.

NWWB Meeting Mon. Sept. 18th 6pm to 8pm: Seattle Maritime Academy

Join us at the Seattle Maritime Academy to hear Director Sarah Scherer as she shares her maritime background and presents her vision and goals for the SMA. After Sarah’s presentation, you’ll be treated to a Bridge and Engine Room simulator experience and tours of the facility not to be missed!


Because of the proximity to the Pacific Ocean and other water resources, the maritime industry has a rich history in the Northwest. The demand for mariners has steadily increased and updated training facilities have become necessary.  The Washington State Legislature recently allocated $20 million to design and build a new Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) building as a hands-on professional/technical maritime center for training and education. The new building boasts seven lab spaces including an engine room simulator, a bridge simulator, an 18-station simulation computer lab, a hydraulics and refrigeration lab, and a diesel lab with full machine shop with specially designed ventilation that will allow for students to work on and run the diesel engines inside the building. The new facility also boasts a student computer lab with 20 computers. The increase in capacity allows the school to increase enrollment in the two certificate programs to 22 students each as per USCG standards.

The Seattle Maritime Academy prepares men and women for successful careers in passenger transportation, fishing and seafood processing, international trade, military operations and other maritime sub-sectors. At the Seattle Maritime Academy, students…

Gain knowledge and insights from experienced faculty—all of whom are active or retired merchant mariners.

Get practice on simulators and other equipment used on vessels in a safe environment.

Engage in an at-sea internship to get real-world experience and acquire the required sea time for your U.S. Coast Guard upgrade.

Train in the only program of its kind serving Washington and Alaska that is fully accredited by the U.S. Coast Guard.


Sarah Scherer has been at the helm of the Seattle Maritime Academy as its Director since February 2016.  Sarah’s maritime career started in 1989 as a Cadet at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) which is also the Texas Maritime Academy. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Sciences and an Unlimited Tonnage Third Mates License from the US Coast Guard, she enjoyed working in various parts of the Maritime Community. Her sailing endeavors included work on supply boats, tugs, landing crafts, high speed catamarans, seismic and fisheries research vessels from the South Pacific Ocean to the Bering Sea. One of her shoreside adventures included being the Assistant Scientific Support Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Oceania with NOAA HAZMAT providing scientific support during Oil or Hazardous Material Spill Incidents to the USCG or US EPA. Her introduction to commercial shoreside operations began with Foss Maritime Company in the Health & Safety Department.  In Dec 2007, she earned a Master’s Degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in Leadership and Organizational Development. She continued her career as a Regulatory Training Manager for Crowley Maritime Corporation on the Gulf and East Coasts. Sarah stepped away from the maritime industry for a couple of years doing leadership and organizational development. She moved back to Seattle and into the fishing industry as a Safety Manager for Coastal Villages Region Fund.

Date: Monday, September 18th 2017

Time: 6:00pm – till 8:00 pm (Sept. only)

Location: Seattle Maritime Academy 4455 Shilshole Avenue NW, Seattle WA 98107

(In Ballard west of Fred Meyer and South of Trader Joe’s Here’s  a link to Google Maps 

Please RSVP to Vivian at or Marilyn at

Snacks will be appreciated but no wine for this meeting.

Upcoming Programs of Northwest Women in Boating

October 16th, 2017
Jennifer Ott, assistant director of and an environmental historian, will speak on the pubication Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal.

November 20th, 2017
Have you seen the colorful Dragon Boats on the water? The gals from Club Sake will talk to us about all aspects of Dragon Boating from personal experiences to the historical.


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August 21st NWWB Meeting: A Social Evening at Harbour Village Marina – Plus, Upcoming Program List

Hi Gals,

(at the bottom of this post are three upcoming programs and dates, so you can get them on your calendars)

It’s August and the weather has been great so we are having an informal ‘relax and chat’ event at Vivian Strolis’ marina at the top of Lake Washington. (The picture above was our last social evening there). Many enjoy this group for the opportunity to connect with and get to know other like-minded women.

…We all have boating issues and conundrums, other women boaters may have answers.

…We have boating tales to tell that other women who boat will find interesting.

…We have advice to share to benefit this group.

If you follow us but haven’t made a meeting, this is a fun way to get to know some great gals.

This evening will give us more of an opportunity to introduce ourselves and our boating backgrounds or plans for boating futures. So, bring a tale to tell or questions to ask or advice to offer. It will be fun to hear from everyone. Come out to relax and chat.

Vivian will bring line and instructions if you’d like to do some knot tying. (not that I’ve used it, but I loved learning to tie a flying bowline while working Knot-A-Boat at the boat show and, besides the useful knots, if Pat Park’s there she has a trick knot that’s a kick.)

Please bring a savory or sweet snack/hors d oeuvre or wine/other beverage to share.  We will have glasses, plates, flatwear. and napkins.

Date and time: Monday, August 21st 7pm

Bring a savory or sweet snack, hors d oeuvre or something to drink to share.

Location address:

Harbour Village Marina
6155 NE 175th St,
Kenmore, WA 98028

Parking information:

Parking is available at the Marina – you may park in the lot that says “No Marina Parking”, but not next to the office building.  You may also park in the marina parking lot in the back where the boat trailers are.  Both of those options should offer enough parking, but there is also parking out on the street.

Upcoming Programs of Northwest Women in Boating

September 18th, 2017
We are working on an opportunity to experience boating simulators hands-on. This will be really interesting and educational. We’ll let you know if this is a go, don’t miss it.

October 16th, 2017
Jennifer Ott, assistant director of and an environmental historian, will speak on the pubication Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal.

November 20th, 2017
Have you seen the colorful Dragon Boats on the water? The gals from Club Sake will talk to us about all aspects of Dragon Boating from personal experiences to the historical.



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Cindy Faw’s Memorial For Her Husband, Ed, is Sunday Aug. 6th

Ed’s Celebration of Life will take place the afternoon of Sunday, August 6th at their Seattle marina on Elliot Bay. Those attending will gather from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to share memories, and to view images and memorabilia from Ed’s life and work. Light refreshments will be served.

The physical address for the SYC building at the Elliot Bay Marina is 2601 West Marina Place, Seattle, WA 98199. Cab and Uber drivers would probably appreciate being told “it’s just next to Palisade and Maggie Bluff’s” (it’s the stand-alone building directly to the East with the blue awning).

If driving, please use the central parking lot signed for  “restaurant parking” only. Additional parking is available on the street; portions of the large parking lot signed for marina residents are not available for outside use, and it would be a shame to have anyone get a ticket (the rules are strictly enforced).

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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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