by Georgia Martin
This Women on the Water Training Cruise aboard Fantasea, was taught by instructor, Vilma M. Baez, to five fantastic beginning women sailors: Dana Coggan, Ellen Lewis, Georgia Martin, Judy Taylor, and Fran Young. Commodore Dave Chappell and skipper Jim Openshaw were the only male crew members.
A morning of on-board instruction at the dock, covered such topics as: sailing basics, boat nomenclature, sail parts and lines, line handling, sail handling, boat systems, safety on board, navigational aids, navigational charts, common daylight rules of the road, knots and other related topics.
An afternoon of sailing and on-the-water training covered topics such as: wind and its effects on the boat, points of sail, sail trim, tacking, jibing, Crew Member Overboard (COB) recovery, and basic rules of the road. Sufficient time to practice allowed each student ample opportunity to become proficient at performing each training maneuver in 3-4 knot winds.
The training day was uneventful until we headed home. Near the mouth of Mill Creek, emergency recovery was provided by our crew to a man and a woman who had fallen into Mill Creek while attempting to board their sailboat from their dock. WOW! Please see details of this recovery in a subsequent article.
All in all, it was a great course and we women learned a lot under stress free conditions. I highly recommend the course to all our lady sailors.
-Thank you Jim, Vilma, and Dave.