Wednesday 5 April 2017

Star studded Women Who Sail - Australia Gathering on the Bay.

March 31 - April 2, 2017
Karen was one of a great line up of speakers at the recent Women Who Sail-Australia Gathering on the Bay. Held at Port Stevens, the event attracted over 100 women from all over Australia. A very impressive line up of inspirational women presenters spoke over the weekend headlined by cruising royalty in the form of Lin Pardy from New Zealand. The well known author of many books on various aspects of cruising has been sailing the world's oceans for almost fifty years and was extremely forthcoming with advice and encouragement right across the weekend. The emotional presentation by Sailing with Disabilities' Kristi Foster was also a real standout. The treasure trove of great tips and extremely useful information provided by all the speakers made it an invaluable weekend for all the ladies present. Rob and other male partners did get to attend the dinners on Friday and Saturday nights to join in the fun.
The event was supported by a number of generous sponsors including Deckee and Pantaenius Insurance. A big thank you to all.
Lin Pardey speaking on Storm Tactics at the WWSA Gathering on the Bay.
There was also plenty of opportunities for socialising
Karen's address, "Provisioning and Passage Food" was based on the information found in her e-book "Our Galley, Provision Your Boat in 6 Steps". Her presentation was very well received by the audience as were two tables of example snacks and dishes she had prepared for the attendees to sample. 

Karen speaking on Provisioning & Passage Food with a table full of tasty samples for her listeners

"All you need to know about Provisioning" is the first of four in a series of ebooks  Karen has published with more planned to be added soon. From the age of ten, Karen helped her family to provision their charter boat and has refined her skills provisioning a range of boats we have sailed extended passages on with crews varying from 2 to 7. Whether you are coastal cruising for the weekend or sailing off over the horizon for months, this book provides plenty of tips and ideas for stress free provisioning.


Here's some great feedback posted on our Facebook from Carolanne Clement who downloaded the ebook after seeing Karen's presentation. Thanks for the lovely words Carolanne.

"Having downloaded 'Our Galley - Provisioning' I'd like to say it is truly a valuable asset for anyone embarking on cruising mode. My husband and I have recently retired and will soon be taking delivery of our new Jeanneau so I was extremely interested in checking out Karen's book in the hope it would have some good guidance. It hasn't disappointed. I have been used to catering for short periods on our racer/cruiser for the last 20+ years so I understand many aspects of running a galley.

I enjoy cooking and often invent new recipes so it takes a bit to impress me but I can vouch for Karen's know-how and recipes. I understand Karen's entire life has been spent on boats so she is well qualified to give advice that can only come from many years of experience and wisdom. I am so pleased I've discovered this gem prior to setting up our new boat. Thank you Karen."

CLICK HERE  to order or see more about Karen's range of ebooks in the 'Our Galley' series.


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  1. It certainly was a wonderful weekend. You've captured it beautifully with your pictures. Thanks for a great talk - fascinating and very useful.

  2. Thanks Jackie. It was so good to meet you and so many more of the WWSA group. It was all great fun and over too soon.


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