Women at the Helm
by Kurt Hoehne

The Pacific Northwest has a proud tradition of women "being at the helm." All woman racing crews have participated in all of the areas major events including the Vic-Maui race. The Seattle Women's Sailing Association and Tacoma Women's Sailing Association have both been successful getting women on board and on the helm. As any sailor worth his or her salt knows, gender doesn't matter in the least regarding how vital a crew member they are.

This past Saturday, Seattle's Sloop Tavern Yacht Club added to that tradition with the inaugural Women at the Helm regatta. Thirty-five boats participated, and by the looks of Jan Anderson's photos, both women and men had a great time.



















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And here are Jan's thoughts on the regatta: What a terrific event! 35 boats braved the ornery medical challenges the world is facing, and essentially said, "Enough is enough! We haven't had enough sailing!" And, of course, it took women to effectively present this compelling argument, hence this new event, "Women at the Helm", or with so darned many competitors from the Seattle area, it could have even been dubbed "SWATH" ( Seattle Women At The Helm). Well, the massive fleet cut a wide swath across the Central Puget Sound, with plenty o'sunshine, give and take breeze, smiles all around, and clearly tons to be thankful for. It was an absolute blessing to share this day on the water with so many friends - keep charging, gang!

The rest of Jan's pix. LINKY