Women’s Sailing Conference Slated June 3, 2017

MARBLEHEAD, Mass., April 26, 2017 – Lady sailors take note: the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) has announced the 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The event, which features hands-on land and water-based workshops and seminars, offers women a fantastic opportunity to learn or hone sailing skills, network with other women sailors from all over the United States and gain the confidence necessary to become a valuable crew member or knowledgeable skipper.

Lady sailors gather in Marblehead, Massachusetts on June 3 for the 16th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference.

“Women of all sailing abilities are encouraged to attend,” said NWSA President Linda Newland. “By sharing experiences, women leave with improved skills and knowledge that contribute to better days on the water. There is always something of interest for everyone.”

On the water, women can improve their sail trim skills or take the helm for their very first time in a Colgate 26 or Sonar sailboat. “Women always sign up for on-the-water courses first,” said Conference Committee Chair Joan Thayer. “We are fortunate to have the support of Black Rock Sailing School and Corinthian Yacht Clubs,” she added. Generous contributions from CYC, Black Rock and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) enable NWSA to meet the educational needs of women sailors and continue to provide one of the top women’s sailing conferences in the US.

New educational opportunities this year include training on rigging, reefing, navigating in fog, dingy skills, and weather. Back by popular demand are conference favorites such as Diesel Damsels, Suddenly Singlehanded, and Heaving-To Strategies for Heavy Weather, plus beginning necessities like Knots to Know and Rules of the Road. NWSA is proud to offer educational opportunities from some of the country’s most experienced and exceptional sailing women, including women’s sailing school owners Captain Nancy Erley of Seattle, Washington and Captain Sharon Renk-Greenlaw of Casco Bay, Maine as well as American Boat and Yacht Council Master Marine Tech Beth Burlingame and Captain Bonnie Schaeffer.

The event begins with a continental breakfast and includes raffles and a silent auction throughout the day. Participants wind down with cocktails, dinner, and address by keynote speaker Sally Barkow, two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, who will bring it all together and offer unique insights and experiences that can be applied to sailing and life. Also BoatUS and NWSA will present the 2017 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award to Linda Lindquist-Bishop, a trailblazer in the all-male world of offshore yacht racing and member of the all-female America3 team in the 1985 America’s Cup.

Raffle ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will benefit the Women’s Sailing Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization which funds the AdventureSail program for at-risk girls ages 9 to 14, and provides scholarships for AdventureSail participants via community learn-to-sail programs. In addition, the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship provides all-girl sailing opportunities for older, post-AdventureSail teenage girls. Added Newland, “This special scholarship was established in memory of our NWSA Board Member Sue Corl, who was constantly seeking out new and unique opportunities for girls.”

Conference registration includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, dinner, workshops and a raffle ticket. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis at womensailing.org. For additional information contact Chair Joan Thayer at joan_thayer@comcast.net.

The National Women’s Sailing Association is a program of the Women’s Sailing Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing.

Affordable On-Water Boating Courses April 29, 30

SARASOTA, Fla., April 24, 2017 – Want to learn the basics of boating, or have you considered buying a boat someday? The BoatUS Foundation and Freedom Boat Club of Sarasota will offer discounted on-water training courses April 29 and 30 at Marina Jack in Sarasota. The three-and-one-half-hour skills-building courses are affordably priced at $149 and limited to three students per vessel, ensuring each gets practice time behind the helm.
 
The high costs of training with a professional instructor aboard a charter vessel can preclude many from an on-water learning experience. The BoatUS Foundation and Freedom Boat Club course aims to make it more affordable, offering more Floridians the chance to try out recreational boating or to simply brush up on their skills prior to the peak summer boating season.
 
“Our classroom is a 21-foot powerboat,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez. Each student will get hands-on experience on steering, docking, close-quarters maneuvering, anchoring, approaching fuel docks, understanding the rules of the road and more.”
 
Courses start at 9:00AM, 9:30AM, 1:30PM and 2:00PM. Space is limited. To register go to: http://connect.boatus.org/site/Calendar?id=100081&view=Detail&s_src=email&s_subsrc=Freedom2

BoatUS Warns: Be Wary Of Phony Renewal Notices

From BoatUS Staff

April 6, 2017 – Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Consumer Protection Department is advising boaters with vessels having a US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to be wary of any letter arriving by US mail offering renewal. An increasing number of BoatUS members have complained that these letters direct them to websites that may be mistaken for the actual US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center located in Falling Waters, West Virginia, and appear to show a significant increase in the annual fee to renew US Coast Guard (USCG) documentation.

BoatUS advises that while the USCG does send official annual renewal notices by US mail, other notices being received by members are not from the USCG but rather third-party companies whose name or return addresses may appear similar to that of the official USCG Vessel Documentation Center. Members of the half-million boat owners group report the letters look like “real” USCG communications. Some examples members have forwarded to BoatUS do not have any disclaimers noting that they are not official USCG correspondence.

While third-party companies may legitimately provide services to assist with vessel documentation renewals, the USCG’s own renewal process is simple for most vessels and the price, $26, is often much lower than what third-party services may charge. To renew, go to the USCG National Documentation Center website at www.uscg.mil/nvdc and click on “instructions and forms.”

To be documented, a vessel must measure at least 5 net tons and, with the exception of certain oil-spill response vessels, owned by a US citizen. Boats about 27 feet in length or longer generally meet the weight requirement.

If boat owners wish to file a consumer complaint about this or any other boating-related advertisement or company, BoatUS welcomes boaters to visit http://my.boatus.com/consumer/dispute.asp and click on “send us a complaint” button.

BoatUS also advises boaters who may have received mail that they believe is misleading or deceptive may contact the US Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 or through its website https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

Enjoy Our 2017 Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Join us in celebrating mom on the Manatee River waterfront as we host a special Mother’s Day Brunch featuring an incredible buffet, carving stations and stunning water views. 

The Riverhouse Reef & Grill is the 2017 winner of the Bradenton Herald People’s Choice award for Best Sunday Brunch and for Best Waterfront Restaurant.  

Our Mother’s Day brunch will be hosted in the second-floor Riverfront Room.  

Seating times are 10am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm, while reservation space lasts.  

The cost is $34 for adults, $15 for children 6-12 and free for all children 5 & younger.  

CALL 941-729-0616 TO MAKE A RESERVATION OR EMAIL RESERVATIONS@RIVERHOUSEREEF.COM 

2017 Mother’s Day Brunch Menu:
  • Build Your Own Eggs Station
  • Seasoned Breakfast Potatoes
  • Fresh BlueberriesMulti-GrainPancakes
  • Hickory-Smoked Bacon & Sausage Links w/Maple Syrup
  • Riverhouse Island Time & Cesar Salad
  • Lobster Corn Chowder
  • Braised Short Ribs
  • Chicken Picatta
  • Pan-Seared Fresh Sea Bass w/Tropical Salsa
  • Roasted Garlic Mash Potatoes
  • Pan Sautéed Green Beans w/Red Bell Peppers
  • Baked Rolls w/Butter, Cream Cheese, & Assorted Jams
  • Fresh-Cut Seasonal Fruit
  • Assorted English Danishes & Mini Pastries
  • Assorted Cheesecakes & Sweet Dessert Bites
  • Prime Rib & Honey-Bourbon Glazed Bolo Ham Carving Station

This is NOT the official menu.  None of these menu items are guaranteed to be on the 2017 Mother’s Day Brunch menu.

Regatta Pointe Marina Wins “Best Marina” 2017 Award

For the fourth time in the past five years, Regatta Pointe Marina was named “Best Marina” by the readers of the Bradenton Herald in the annual People’s Choice Awards.  

Regatta Pointe Marina is one of more than a dozen marinas located in the Herald’s circulation area, including Bradenton, Palmetto, Parish, Anna Maria Island, North Sarasota and the surrounding areas.  Each year, readers are encouraged to vote on their preferred local businesses in categories such as food & entertainment, home maintenance and business services. Regatta Pointe Marina was named “Best Marina” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.  In 2016, our marina was the runner up. 

Regatta Pointe Marina is also home to Riverhouse Reef & Grill which won in the categories of “Best Waterfront Restaurant” and “Best Sunday Brunch” in each of the last two years.

We would like to thank everyone who voted for Regatta Pointe Marina and Riverhouse Reef & Grill, as well as all of the customers, clients and partnering businesses that make this the best marina in the Bradenton area!