Vivian Strolis Has Suffered A Loss

Vivian lost her husband, Roland Strolis, suddenly, on Saturday, April 1st,  due to an unexpected medical condition. She is doing well, but is putting life back together as must happen after a sudden loss.

Vivian has been tireless in building and sustaining this organization and plans to continue on with her support of the inspirational, educational, and social platform that NorthWest Women in Boating has become. So many of us enjoy her enthusiasm, intelligence and genuine interest in all of the gals of our group.

If you would like to reach out, personally, to Vivian, email me, Marilyn Michael, at for her contact information.

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South Sound Women’s Boating Seminar May 20th

Tickets are still available for the South Sound Women’s Boating Seminar on Saturday, May 20th at the Olympia Yacht Club!

The theme this year is ‘Chart Your Own Course.’  Presentations by experienced women captains will include:

  • Understanding Weather on the Water with Capt. Karen Sullivan
  • Finding Yourself on the Water: Navigation Essentials with Capt. Mary Campbell
  • Docking Your Boat with Capt. Ace Spragg
  • Keeping the Lights On: Boat 12V Systems with Capt. Allison Mazon
  •  Panel discussion of Favorite Cruising Locations 

Our popular Hands-On Fair will offer more opportunities to explore charting, boat circuitry, galley provisioning, knot tying, canvas repair and more.

The seminar welcomes power boaters as well as sailors.  The novice can build a solid foundation; while more experienced boaters can deepen their knowledge and strengthen essential skills. Past participants report that they gained critical information and techniques to feel safer and more confident on the water.

We’re also proud to support the next generation of women boaters through a raffle to fund scholarships for “Girls at the Helm” aboard the historic schooner Adventuress. Raffle prizes include baskets of boating gear, professional survey and maintenance services, and captain’s license instruction.

Register now for the seminar at – “South Sound Women’s Boating Seminar.” Early registration is $45 by April 30, $50 after April 30.  Includes parking and lunch!

Register separately for three optional opportunities to practice on May 21

  • Docking your own boat with Capt. Ace Spragg: $50.  Ace will meet you (and your crew, male or female) at the dock for a 75-minute session on your own boat, practicing docking in real life. Sessions will be scheduled at 9:30, 11:00, 13:00, 14:30, and 16:00
  • Anchoring your own boat with Capt. Mary Campbell: $50.  Mary will meet you (and your crew, male or female) at the dock for a 90-minute session on your own boat, practicing anchoring in real life. Sessions will be scheduled at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00.
  • Introduction to sailing with Capt. Mary Fitzgerald: $55.  Bring your bag lunch and your windbreaker for a day on the water on a keelboat. You’ll learn the basics of raising and trimming sails as you glide across Budd Inlet. 09:00 – 15:00.

Register for these three practicum events at -“2017 South Sound Women’s Boating Practicum”

Questions? Contact

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Fishery Support Vessel Has All Female Crew

On a door of the F/V Kamilar is a sticker with pink script: “Girls fish too.”

And in the case of this boat, it is girls only.

Vessel owner Brannon Finney is captaining the tender for the Sitka sac roe herring fishery with her all-female crew – something that’s rare for the fast and frenzied commercial fishery.

Finney’s rotating crew is comprised of cousin Kelsey Kubik of Sitka, Bettina Nichols of Astoria, Ore., Sandra Coats of Ketchikan and Annea Martinsen of Petersburg. They are packing for Petersburg’s Icicle Seafoods.

Here’s a link to this interesting article about some impressive ‘gals on the water’.

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Bring laptop or tablet to Monday’s meeting for a hands-on experience.

We hope you won’t miss the program on Monday the 20th. Boating is an ongoing stimulus for learning. The weather can be the wild card when you’re on the water. There are some great free resources online for becoming more weather savvy.

Monday’s presenter, Brian Heckman, will be teaching you about valuable weather resources and trainings available online. Please, if  you can, bring a laptop or tablet. There is WIFI in the conference room and you can be hands-on with this program – the easiest way to learn. If you don’t have such, come anyway, we can double up on devices.



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NWWB Meeting Mar. 20th Exploring Weather Topics Most Important to Mariners – Interactive!

Exploring Weather Topics Most Important to Mariners: an Interactive, Computer-based Introduction to COMET MetEd by Brian Heckman

This will be an interactive seminar using your tablets and laptops. Brian will explain how MetEd offers free online training and take us through a short tour. Next, using your tablet or laptop we will explore training topic lists organized around marine meteorology, oceanography, charting, and navigation. Feel free to bring laptops and tablets to access this free training!  (Smart phones work too but their small keyboards are harder to use.)

MetEd is a free collection of hundreds of geoscience training resources. The COMET® Program was established in 1989 by UCAR and NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) to promote a better understanding of mesoscale meteorology (relating to meteorological phenomena of medium size, usually classified as those which have a horizontal extent of between 5 and 100 kilometres) among weather forecasters and to maximize the benefits of new weather technologies during the NWS’s modernization program. The COMET mission has expanded, and today COMET uses innovative methods to disseminate and enhance scientific knowledge in the environmental sciences, particularly meteorology, but also including diverse areas such as oceanography, hydrology, space weather and emergency management.

Brian Heckman was a United States Air Force pilot flying WC-130’s from Guam conducting typhoon reconnaissance. He worked for NOAA’s Satellite Service and National Weather Service for 14 years. In 1988 went to the National Center for Atmospheric Research to help form the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training Program (COMET). He has taught meteorology and educational technology at the US Air Force Academy, Metropolitan State University and University of Colorado. His sailing experience includes numerous courses in the British Virgin Islands, US Navy offerings, Steve Colgate instruction; Moorings charters in the BVI for over 20 years and he is a member of the Seattle Sailing Club and The Center for Wooden Boats. Brian also held a very well received MetEd class at the Seattle Boat Show this year.

Join us for this interesting and informational interactive event that promises to provide you with some valuable resources and learning opportunities!

Date: Monday, March 20, 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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Northwest Women in Boating Congratulates Two Women in Boating from the Coast Guard

The 13th Coast Guard District chose two female Pacific Northwest-based Coast Guard petty officers as persons of the year honors.

Petty Officer 1st Class Tara Dodd, a culinary specialist assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Swordfish  was chosen as the 2016 active-duty enlisted person of the year, and Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole Cimino, a reserve gunner’s mate assigned to the Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313, was chosen as reserve enlisted person of the year.

For the full story…

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Navigation Course with Capt. Linda Lewis Starts March 14th


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