This one day course, offered by BlueWater Cruising, is designed for women who are planning an offshore adventure or extended cruising. Both speakers were featured at the 2018 VIBS Women’s Day and received amazing feedback for their depth of knowledge. The event is being held in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, for more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
In the morning, Liza Copeland will present a seminar called ‘Voyaging Realities and Routines’ focusing on what it is really like to be at sea; covering sailing, weather, safety, health and more. Liza will finish with some open discussion about arriving in a foreign port, boat organization, and how to live with your partner/crew 24 hours a day for extended periods in close quarters! Liza and Andy Copeland did a 6 year circumnavigation with their three children, travelling 124,000 nautical miles to 114 countries. Liza is a best selling author of cruising books and is a well known presenter at major boat shows worldwide.
In the afternoon, Agathe Gaulin will lead an interactive discussion and small group work sessions to empower the participants to make the decisions THEY need to prepare for long-term cruising. This seminar helps women identify their areas of comfort and discomfort and to develop individual action plans to better prepare for the Great Adventure. Agathe is an experienced facilitator and consultant in organizational development, with a Master’s degree in Adult Education. She is also an ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore and sailing instructor, plus a BCA “Doner” on the Vic-Maui race and return.
The day started with an inspiring presentation from our keynote speaker, Pamela Bendall. Her travels, with her 14 metre sailboat Precious Metal, took her from Alaska to Mexico, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Ecuador, Cocos Islands, Central America and Panama. First of all, to leave the trappings of a successful corporate career to go sailing seems difficult for some of us to fathom. But then to hear her stories of travelling offshore, to unknown parts of the world as a solo female sailor really make you stop and think. In the afternoon, Pamela gave a presentation called “Our Ocean” that was also a real eye-opener. She has noticed, first-hand, the increase in garbage in our waters and is working diligently to encourage garbage collection and beach cleanups in the countries she visits.
Pamela has documented her travels and experiences in a really well written book called “What Was I Thinking? Adventures of a Woman Sailing Solo”. I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I was particularly taken by this quote, she says, “I essentially live a self-sufficient lifestyle. I make my own water and power, rely on solar panels and leave a very small carbon footprint on the planet. Other than the never-ending maintenance and repairs of my boat, life is simple. I have now, finally, discovered the art of living my dream.” Continue reading
Still looking for the perfect gift for the “women who boat” in your life? What about a ticket to Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show? An all day event on Sunday, January 21st that includes great guest speakers, a fashion show, breakfast + lunch + appies, a wine tasting and great prizes! Tickets can be purchased on the VIBS website
This has been four years in the making! I am so excited about this project! Pacific Yacht Systems has teamed up with Navis Insurance, Pacific Yachting Magazine and Western Marine to host Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show. Continue reading