Show organizers cater to women boaters

ORANGE, Calif. – The Southern California Marine Association (SCMA) will host its first ever “Women on the Water” (WOW) Day during the 37th Annual International Sail & Power Boat Show at the Long Beach Convention Center and Shoreline Village, the association reported in a statement yesterday.

On Friday, October 6, there will be a series of special demonstrations, interactive activities and seminars led by women in the marine industry to encourage more of their peers to discover boating. The focus is on educating and empowering women to get into boating on their own. Women’s boating organizations from around the country will be on-site, the association added.

Organizations scheduled to participate include the Long Beach and Los Angeles Women’s Sailing Association (, the National Women’s Sailing Association (, and the Women’s Ocean Racing Sailing Association (

Other perks and programs include free admission on WOW Day for all women. Nordstrom’s Spa representatives will provide tips for taking care of skin exposed to outdoor weather conditions while boating. Magma Barbeque will teach special techniques for gourmet cooking on a boat or yacht. Orange Coast College School of Seamanship will highlight their women-only and couples courses and international crews. And women boaters will provide in-water power and sail boating demonstrations for captaining.

“The SCMA recognizes that women are a vital segment of the sport of boating,” said Suzanne O’Rourke, a yacht broker for Blue Moon Yachts, as well as SCMA member and boat show committee member overseeing the WOW Day. “We have seen a trend of more women getting into boating on their own, and the SCMA is embracing this trend.”

WOW Day will also feature four boating seminars taught by women just for women and couples including:

  • Getting into Boating and Gaining Experience on the Water: Educating women on existing and local area programs to help them get acquainted with boating.
  • Couples Boating: Directed towards couples and men to help them learn how to make boating more fun as an activity.
  • Fun & Safety on the Water: Focusing on how to have a fun and safe experience, whether on your own, with a group of friends, or with family, kids and pets.
  • How to buy a boat: To be taught by Suzanne O’Rourke, a female yacht broker, sharing what women need to know about buying a boat.
  • The four-day International Sail & Power Boat Show, showing a range of more than 500 boats both inside the Long Beach Convention Center as well as in the water, is being produced by the SCMA and presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California.

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