Attendance low, but spirits were high for the 16th Annual Women on the Water (WOW) Regatta!

While we would have to check with WOW founder Dawn Durand to be certain, we think this may have been the first time we had a long distance race instead of buoy racing for the WOW regatta, held this past Saturday, July 27th. In the race around Eliza Island, Michele Bodtke and crew on Spartan finished 3rd, Megan Link and crew on Etchells 552 placed second, and Cathy Holland on Blackfoot took 1st. Congratulations to everyone!

We want to thank the indefatigable Tim Mumford for supporting the regatta in many ways – rounding up the awesome raffle items, cooking a delicious carne asada taco meal (assisted by the
wonderful Shaun Thompson) for the afterparty, and sponsoring! For those who expressed
interest in the beautiful canvas sailbags that were given to skippers, those were
courtesy Squalicum Marine. Thanks also to Ray Poorman for providing a committee
boat start, and Mick Corcoran for planning, making last minute SI changes, and
being all-around awesome, and Carol Young for doing a fab printing job for our posters.

Volunteering for WOW this year, we had Troy and Cori Curran, volunteer bartenders
Joe Carpenter and the Tibbes, Tierney Owens, Michele Bodtke, Tim Mumford and
Mick Corcoran.

One last shout-out to our sponsors this year as well:

  • San Juan Cable
  • Squalicum Marine
  • Top to Bottom
  • Harbor Moon Salon
  • Hi Tech Auto
  • Web Locker
  • Silver Reef Casino
  • LFS
  • TD Curran
  • PSI (Jeff Vernon)
  • Studio Galactica

Cathy Holland and Megan Link had some great ideas for increasing women’s
participation in sailing AND in the WOW event for next year, which we hope to implement. If you’re interested in being a part of the discussion, email SallyPoorman at

Lastly, the WOW tshirts were a hit, but we have leftovers. We’ve had orders already from women in Seattle and Canada, and we’re selling the extras online at – if you’re a BYC member you can either have it shipped, or have it dropped off at the club (options during checkout) so if you want a shirt, grab one before they’re gone. We have women’s styles, and unisex for the guys.

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support, encouragement, great ideas forthe future, and help in the past.

Sally Poorman

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