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Pacific Northwest Ladies:
Prepare to attend the 15th annual Women's Boating Seminar in Seattle, February 18, 2012. This full day event enlists speakers such as Carol Hasse, from Port Townsend Sails, a Power speech by Marilyn Schoeman, Talks on Navigation and Anchoring by ISPA Instructors Carolyn Spragg and Judy Nasmith, and other interesting topics and speakers including talks on couples sailing, Alaska voyages and being at sea on a budget, and Medical Issues.
To attend email Judy at
or see the website at latitudesailingassoc.org/womens_sailing_seminar.htm and click the link to womens Seminar
ISPA will be partnering with GILL North America http://www.gill.com to offer our Sailors and Instructors some of the finest Sailing Gear in the World. If you have any special requests on items please let us know and we will price it for you.
Instructor Profile- Phil Foster
I am an ISPA Coastal Cruising Instructor, teaching courses in BC, the Caribbean and Europe. I am also the Education Director at the Sooke Adventure Tourism College, and before opening the college, I helped develop the BC Adventure Tourism training program. During my career in Adventure Tourism I enjoyed working in Europe and Canada in a variety of positions such as Director of Outdoor Adventure Centres, teaching at Universities as well as running adventure tourism businesses and consulting. I have been involved in many facets of the adventure tourism industry, from skiing, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving and mountaineering, to training mountain and sea rescue groups.
My consulting work and private clients and business interests in adventure tourism have taken me to such amazing places as the Outer Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland, Italy, the US and the Caribbean, as well as our own beautiful BC.
My favourite sailing is in our BC Gulf Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Next year I intend to run courses in the BVI’s again, and also Croatia. As for favourite boats, any sailboat that sails well!
I maintain my love for adventure by working with our students at the college, teaching Sailboat Cruising, Kayak Guiding, leading Adventure Groups and training guides. I really enjoy working in this industry because we have so much fun, and the people I get to work with are always interesting and exciting. Between the great people and the amazing environments in which we get to play, there isn’t a better way to spend my life. What can I say… I love what I do!”
Instructor Profile-- Barbara Reimer
My name is Barb Reimer, I have been an instructor for just over a year but have been sailing for more than 5 years now. I really enjoy sharing my love of sailing with people new to sailing. I teach at the Competent Crew/Day Skipper level to help the curious and the adventurer get their bearings. Our trips are everything a learning experience should be fun, sometimes challenging, but always very worth the time spent together.
My favorite ports are in the Gulf Islands, but it wouldn't take much to convince me to teach you in the British Virgin Islands, although the challenges there are more about which port to moor in than the complexities of anchoring in a tidal zone!
I specialize in teaching the women of the family how to sail without the distractions of their families. While it is always fun to learn with the whole family, I believe that the individual experience lends it self to a higher acquisition of skill, more confidence in ability, and wider experience - you get to try it all - docking, leaving the marina, anchoring, motoring, helming, all of it!
I have two sailboats of my own in Alberta - a San Juan 21 called Family that I picked up in Kansas a few years ago. We are finally finding our legs with it and one day will be able to come in better than last place in our races on Glenmore. I guess I will never race in the America's Cup! My other boat is a 25 foot O'day cruiser called Priority. She is a beautiful little boat for a small group to cruise for the weekend. We sail her on Ghost Lake and just enjoy messing about on her.
Take the time to try out sailing, after all it is just a stick, a string, and a sheet and people have been doing it for thousands of years.
Helping Landlubbers become safe Sailors and Pirates.