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WOWazr! (Women on Water Zonie Regatta!)

September 26, 2023 by jarndt

WHO: Tumbleweed Sailing (Lake Pleasant, Arizona) & National Women’s Sailing Association

WHAT: WOWazr! (Women on the Water Zonie Regatta) presented by Tumbleweed Sailing November 3-5, 2023 at the Maricopa County Desert Outdoor Center
( near Pleasant Harbor Marina located north of Phoenix, Arizona. Tumbleweed Sailing offers identically prepared Catalina 25 Fin Keel boats available for unlimited annual use for a fraction of what it would cost to own, dock, insure and maintain your own boat.

The National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) promotes and coordinates sailing opportunities, education and events designed for women and taught by women sailors across the nation.

Summer Sailstice Ambassador Gail Turlock
Summer Sailstice Ambassador Gail Turlock is one of many highly qualified coaches. 

NWSA and Tumbleweed Sailing are collaborating to conduct the second WOWazr!, a weekend step-aboard event designed to encourage women to become better sailors while learning about rules and issues associated with sailboat racing and regattas — to answer questions, provide on-board coaching and improve seamanship and boat handling skills.

WHERE:  Lake Pleasant, Arizona

WHEN: Launching Friday afternoon at 5:00 pm, November 3rd, WOWazr! participants will meet and greet a group of amazing coaches and immediately begin learning.
Seminars and discussions will follow a social hour and dinner, ending with a review of the sailing instructions, notice of race, coach’s expectations and safety brief for the event.

Saturday, November 4th will begin with breakfast at the lake and a morning of seminars ranging from the basics to advanced sailboat racing building each participant’s skill level. Sail and boat trim, tactics, racing rules and other topics will fill the morning. The afternoon will be for fun and hands-on familiarization and practice aboard the sailboats. Learning under the skilled guidance of nationally known women coaches will build both confidence and competence.
Sailors will dock their boats, board transport to the Desert Outdoors Center for dinner and a social mixer. A review of the day’s activity and practice will be featured along with candid commentary, praise and tips for improvement from the coaches.

Sunday, November 5th is racing! The first practice start is scheduled for 9:00 am, conditions allowing, as we try to get three (or more) full practice races in. At the conclusion of the regatta, racers will return their boats to their slip. Shuttles will transport sailors to the Desert Outdoor Center for an awards presentation.

Detailed information and participant registration is available on the National Women’s Sailing Association website at

For more information contact Capt. Debbie Huntsman by email at