Women Who Sail Australia: Gathering on the Bay 2024

WWSA participants on the Gathering On the Bay 2024
10 Apr 24

Women Who Sail Australia (WWSA) has held the Gathering on the Bay 2024 from the 5th to the 7th of April 2024 at the Nelson Bay Golf Club, Port Stephens, NSW. The three-day event was a great opportunity for like-minded women to come together and share their love for sailing. Participants enjoyed various presentations, workshops, seminars, and social events. The topics covered included diesel engine maintenance, deck hardware, turtle rescue and citizen science, weather knowledge, mental health awareness, and much more.

Keynote speakers for the event included renowned solo circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates, sailing instructor Annette Hesselmens, and Lisa Blair, who circumnavigated Antarctica and Australia. Other notable speakers at the event included Annika Thomson, Mel Yeomans, Lia Pereira, Sheenagh Neill, Michele Ableson, Sue Freeman, Sonia Robinson, Viki Moore, and Lily Barlow. The event also featured a dinner with Kay Cottee on Saturday, a sunset dinner cruise on Sunday, April 7th, and a ferry ride with breakfast at Tea Gardens on April 8th.

What is WWSA?

Women Who Sail Australia is a group of women from all walks of life who share a passion for boats and the sailing life. The group was founded by Shelley Wright, editor of SisterShip Magazine, in January 2014 and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

As keen sailors and proud sponsors of the Gathering on the Bay event for years, Thwaites Marine would like to invite all women who love sailing and boating to join the Women Who Sail Australia (WWSA) group on Facebook, which has over 6,500 members!

Thwaites Marine sponsors WWSA and their yearly gathering by giving away Batela Raincoats and shirts. Designed in the Basque Country, Europe, these great quality rain jackets come at an affordable price. They are light, comfortable, and 100% waterproof. Their design is playful and nautical. They are perfect for every season! The outer layer is plastic, inner layer is soft cotton. Get your Batela Raincoat now at Thwaites Marine, the official Batela dealer in Australia.

To know more about the 2024 WWSA Gathering on the Bay and future events, please visit the official Women Who Sail Australia website or their official Facebook page.

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