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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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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