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BEYC's Women on the Water Week - October 20-27

The 15th annual week for women at the Bitter End Yacht Club offers hands-on instruction hosted by a group of pros:  Martha Parker, Betsy Alison, and Pam Wall. Sailing instruction covers all aspects of skippering, sail trimming, sail changing, crewing and teamwork, as well as overboard recovery techniques, sailing smart, downwind sailing and racing.

Martha Parker is considered among the best female crew to ever roam the foredeck of a racing sailboat. To be a foredeck crew, one has to be light, very strong, and have the reflexes and balance of a cat. Martha has done foredeck on winning IOR 50-footer programs, Swan 45 programs, IMS and IRC race boats, Swan 44 programs, and just about everything in between. No stranger to the Caribbean circuit, Martha regularly does foredeck on the Swan 44, Crescendo, which has 2005 and 2006 wins at BVI Spring Regatta, St. Thomas' Rolex Regatta, and St. Maarten's Heineken under its belt. As a day job, Martha is the owner/operator of Team One Newport, a leading retailer of high-performance sailing clothing/gear.

Pam Wall has been a frequent cruising visitor to the Bitter End, regaling the resort’s guests with stories of faraway lands, and cruising exploits. Her profound knowledge of offshore sailing and enthusiasm for it are infectious. Pam and her husband and two children spent seven years circumnavigating the world and later spent a year sailing across the Atlantic. Her presentations of these experiences are informational, awe-inspiring, and a hit with all who have seen them. Pam has worked for West Marine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 1992, when she completed her world cruise, except for one year she and her family took to once more cruise together on their sailing adventure across the Atlantic.

Betsy Alison is the greatest female sailor that has walked the planet. From Newport, RI, she’s the only five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, is a two-time Yngling World Champion, three-time U.S. Women’s National Sailing champion, three-time U.S. Women’s single-handed champion, and was selected twice by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the U.S. Amateur Athlete in Sailing, among countless titles. On top of maintaining her own racing acumen and competing, U.S. Sailing has hired Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.) as the full-time coach of the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team. She has been working with athletes of the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team for several years, accompanying the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team to the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games.

Sponsors include Vineyard Vine, West Marine, Team One, and others not finalized at press time.  The Bitter End Yacht Club will be teaming up with local and American organizations that focus on women's health and welfare and medical research, and10% of the proceeds from the week will go toward helping these organizations.

For more information:, or call the BEYC Reservations Office: 800-872-2392, 312-506-6205.

Information courtesy of Bitter End Yacht Club

Women on the Water Week Schedule:

October 20
Arrivals and Welcome Harbor Cruise (Get to Know the Instructors and fellow participants)

October 21
AM: Skills Assessment & Laser Racing
PM: Skills Assessment & Hunter Racing

October 22
AM: WOW 101 With Pam Wall (Basics)
PM: On the Water with Pam;
WOW 201A Boat handling with Betsy Alison and Martha Parker aboard IC 24s; Around the World With Pam Wall (slide show)

October 23
WOW 102 With Pam Wall (AM and PM--sail with confidence with Pam);
WOW 201B Tame the Spinnaker with Betsy and Martha (AM);
Bluewater Sailing on Express 37 (PM);
Sailing Gear for Women at Sea (showcase), with Team One Newport's Martha Parker.

October 24
Optional Anegada Trip and Twilight Racing, or private tutorials; Betsy Alison on 'Sailing's Glass Ceiling.'

October 25
IC 24 Regatta (for the racers), WOW 202 (intermediate/advanced Cruising Clinics) With Pam Wall

October 26
IC 24 Regatta (for the racers), WOW 202 (intermediate/advanced Cruising Clinics) With Pam Wall

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