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2017 South Sound Women's Boating Practicum
Downtown Olympia at Percival Landing (Olympia, WA, USA)
Olympia, WA
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2017 South Sound Women's Boating Practicum

DOCKING your own boat w/ Captain Ace Spragg - $50 per 75 minute session
Ace Spragg will meet you and your crew at Percival Public Dock, in downtown Olympia, for an intensive 75-minute session on your own boat, practicing docking in real life. Sign up for one of the sessions at 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00

ANCHORING your own boat w/ Captain Mary Campbell - $50 per 90 minutes session
Mary Campbell will meet you and your crew at Percival Public Dock, in downtown Olympia, for an intensive 90-minute session on your own boat, practicing anchoring in real life. Sign up for one of the sessions at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, or 4:00.

INTRODUCTION TO SAILING w/ Captain Mary Fitzgerald - $55 per full-day session (9:00-3:00)
Bring your lunch and your windbreaker. This is truly an introduction to basic sailing skills.  We'll begin the day with a short classroom talk to familiarize students with sailing terms and basic information. Then we'll go out on a keelboat to practice sailing for a few hours. You'll get a chance to act as crew and helmswoman, learning the basics of raising and trimming sails as you glide across Budd Inlet. All students will be required to sign a waiver and advise us of any medical issues. (limited to 12 participants).


ACE SPRAGG grew up on Chesapeake Bay, messing about in boats. She built her first raft at age 8, and has spent more than 30 years teaching on the water. She taught swimming, sailing, canoeing, and waterskiing at summer camps back East, where she  was the Waterfront Director and Program Director for 15 years. After moving to the Pacific Norhwest in 2000, she started teaching sailing and cruising skills and currently serves as Program Director at the Northwest Maritime Center.

MARY CAMPBELL came to sailing later in life, but has has been making up for lost time. Her first sailboat was a 35' aluminum junk-rigged schooner she cruised all over Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. In 2007 she circumnavigated Vancouver Island. In 2008 she sailed to Glacier Bay, Alaska, and single-handed the boat back to Washington state. Mary spent the winter of 2011-2012 crossing the Sea of Cortes and sailing along the coast of Mexico. In the summer of 2012 she sailed with two other women from Honolulu to Darwin, Australia. Fall 2013 she delivered a 41' Beneteau from Malaysia to Australia with another person. Mary has sailed her Cascade 36, 'Sonrisa', to Desolation Sound, Barkley Sound, Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands), and currently has her boat in Alaska.

MARY FITZGERALD is a certified US Sailing Small Boat instructor. She's taught using many types of boats - from 8' El Toros to 26' Solings. She currently teaches introductory sailing classes, especially for women, and is an active member of the South Sound Women's Sailing Group. Mary received her Masters Merchant Marine License in 2009. She's cruised extensively in Northwest waters, and owns and maintains her own Newport 30, 'Clara McDougal', named for her grandmother.



Downtown Olympia at Percival Landing (Olympia, WA, USA) (View)
Percival Landing Public Dock
Olympia, WA 98501
United States

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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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