Bitter End Yacht Club and National Women's Sailing Association Add New Dimension to Women's Sailing Week

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Betsy Alison

The Bitter End Yacht Club announced it is partnering with the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) to bring the prestigious Take The Helm program to the resort during its seventh annual Women’s Sailing Week, Dec. 5-12, 1998.

As part of the Take The Helm program, Bitter End guests can learn all aspects of skippering, sail trimming, sail changing, crewing, navigating, teamwork, performance sailing and cruising. Instruction is led by some of the world’s most distinguished women sailors, including Betsy Alison, four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and current ISAFWomen’s World Sailing Championship gold medallist; Martha MacKenchnie, renowned big-boat racer; Patti Moore, co-owner of the women’s sailing school Sea Sense; and Michelle Boggs, operations manager for Offshore Sailing School.

"This program is designed to accommodate women who have never sailed before as well as improve the skills of life-long sailors," said Doris Colgate, president of the Women's Sailing Foundation & NWSA. "This is an ideal vacation for anyone who wants to build confidence and competence in their boat handling skills."

Each year, Bitter End hosts Women's Sailing Week, which combines hands-on instruction from some of the world's top female sailors with shoreside activities for a one-of-a-kind vacation. Sailing instruction is provided on the Bitter End Yacht Club's fleet of watercraft. In addition, Sandy Hayes, a fitness expert and personal trainer for several prominent female sailors, will lead a customized fitness program during the week.

Located on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, the Bitter End is a mecca for newlyweds, sailors, adventure travelers, divers and families. Family-owned and operated for over 25 years, Bitter End Yacht Club features 95 accommodations, from Beachfront and Commodore Club villas to live aboard Freedom 30 yachts.

For more information or to make reservations, please call The Bitter End Yacht Club at (800) 872-2392.

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