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WOW! 2017

June Lazenby

February 2nd, 2017

How often do you get the chance to turn a boat over in very rough seas with no consequences? That is one of the possible experiences offered at the Women On Water (WOW) 2017, to be held on Saturday, April 8, at Camosun College in Victoria.

It has been a while since the last WOW event in 2013, and we remember how much fun we had networking with so many other women. So it is time we did it again.

We have taken to heart some of the comments you provided at the end of the 2013 day to improve this event. You wanted sessions longer than one hour. We therefore made them 1.5 hours each and reduced the number of topics.

Why just women?

Well, there are a number of men who buy boats and think their spouses or significant others will be happy to jump aboard. They little realize how intimidated women can be when thrown into something new. A day networking with women who have lots of experience, can impart confidence and enthusiasm for boating when they see how exciting, easy, and fun it can be.

I went to visit the Navigation Simulation Lab in its new building at Camosun College. Talk about skookum! There is now room for 20 persons at a time rather than 12 and the program is so improved. We thought that you might want to try anchoring this time and maybe some docking. I chose an 18-metre motor boat, but you could choose maybe a Super tanker or a BC Ferry. I started off with nice sunshiny weather to figure out the program and then we decided to try it in very rough weather. I managed to turn the boat over, going across the fetch badly, and the program showed us underwater. What a great way to try something out virtually and see what effect weather patterns can have. In the blink of an eye, I could be upright again, try again with no blizzard and rough seas. Whew – wouldn’t that be nice to achieve in the real world, especially for we cruising folk who are really into fair weather sailing and tend to avoid rough seas when possible.

We can accommodate up to 60 persons in the Navigation Simulation lab in three sessions throughout the day and it will be first come, first served. There is an extra cost to this part of the program as before. For more details on the whole day and to register, visit our website.


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  1. Avatar Margie Storrier says:

    If we still had our boat I’d be there! The Navigation Simulation Lab sounds amazing! What a wonderful tool! Get out there Girls!