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Nancy Cox Women in Sailing Mini-Conference & Race

  • Sunday, October 23, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Lake Mead Marina, 490 Horsepower Cove, Boulder City NV
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We are few but we are mighty! Women sailors of Lake Mead, this is for you. A special day-long event for the women sailors of the Club and their new or seasoned recruits. Bring a friend or two! The event is open for all levels and for ages 12 years old to infinity. 

In the morning there will be 2 hands-on workshops and or demos and a special guest speaker sure to inspire. After lunch and boat assignments, we will head out on the water (weather permitting) for a practice sail and informal, friendly race. Yes, there is a trophy! Let's get a team on it for 2022. 

Sign up today, or if you're not ready to click that registration button yet, contact Naomi with your questions at (702) 720-6682.

Schedule of the day's events:

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8:45 am                             Check-in

9:00 am - 9:30 am           Champagne & Strawberries Breakfast / Introductions and Welcome

9:30 am – 10:15 am        Presentation: Trimming for Safety, Trimming for Comfort, trimming for Speed: Advanced Sail Trim

10:15 am - 10:30 am       Break (tech test for remote interview)

10:30 am – 11:15 am      Special Keynote Address: “Solo Transpac Then and Now: Future Predictions for Female Solo Sailors with Virtual Guests: Captain Linda Newland and Captain Margie Woods

11:15 am – 12:15 pm      Workshop: Going Up The Mast: Bosun Chair Tips & Safety

12:15 pm - 12:30pm       Race Flag Sequence Overview

12:30pm - 1:15pm          Lunch & Boat Assignments & Raffle

1:15 pm – 4:15 pm         Crew to Boats, to set up and head out for Race Start practice (weather permitting)

4:15pm – 5:00pm           Sunset Social Raft-Up

5:30 pm                            Return to Dock

Nancy Cox

Nancy was born in 1958 in Lansing Michigan. She lived in Las Vegas for 32 years and was an avid sailor participating in the many club events of the Lake Mead Sailing Club. She owned a Cal 29 named Soul Mate. Nancy continued to sail throughout her cancer treatments. A testament to her spirit, and I am guessing sense of humor and irony, in the announcement for her celebration of life, her LMSC friends wrote of Nancy: “Loved by everyone, trusted by most, cherished by all.” A memorial was placed on the top of Boulder Island to quote “create a place for her to watch over us each and every day as we sail.”

Captain Linda Newland

Linda holds the record as fastest woman, single-hand racer from San Francisco-to-Japan. She has sailed and raced extensively on the West Coast and is a two-time Transpac competitor as well as a Pacific Cup veteran. 

In the 1997 Transpac aboard her own boat, Linda skippered an all-women crew to place second in her vessel’s division.

Linda holds a 100-ton merchant marine license and is a certified American Sailing Association instructor. She has served as secretary for Recreational Boaters of Washington, which represents recreational boaters’ interests in Washington legislative and regulatory actions and is a past commander and now assistant squadron education officer of the Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron in Port Townsend, Washington. 

She is a long-standing board member of NWSA, having served as vice president, president and co-chair of the AdventureSail committee. 

Linda, among the many events and organizations she has created or participated in, is most honored for laying the foundation for Northern California’s Island Yacht Club Women’s Sailing Seminar, which is now in its 30th year!

Captain Margie Woods 

Woods is an artist, portrait photographer, and avid sailor. She holds her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and has worked extensively, both in private and group settings helping women to find their unique voices and strengths through the creative practice. She is a private sailing instructor and holds her USCG Captains license. She works as a salesperson for California Yacht Company  in Marina Del rey, and actively races in Santa Monica Bay with an all woman crew aboard her Hanse 37, Cassiopeia. She is active in her local sailing community, especially  passionate about volunteering her time as a coach at all of the local women's sailing events. Margie is an enthusiastic single handed sailor and was the only woman to compete in the 2016 Singlehanded Transpacific race from San Francisco to Hanalei, HI inspiring the creation of her short film “Journey back to Myself”.  Margie plans to race in the SHTP again in 2023! You can find her short film at  

Naomi Emmerson

Naomi inherited her love of sailing from her Dad learning on lasers on lakes in Quebec, Canada. Currently, her sailing playground is Lake Mead, Nevada where she races with the Nevada Yacht Club on various keelboats both as skipper and crew and has raced Hobie Waves with Hobie Fleet 51.  She is certified ASA instructor and a certified instructor for the United States Power Squadron. She also holds a Captain's Level V Certification from NauticEd. She is currently the Secretary of the National Women’s Sailing Association. She has skippered bareboat charters (with her husband as first mate) in the British Virgin Islands and Antigua/Barbuda.  She completed an Atlantic Passage from Norfolk to Bermuda on an Island Packet 40 with the Maryland School of Sailing. She holds fond memories of cruising many summers throughout the Gulf Islands (B.C) on a Hughes 31 with her family.  Naomi currently skippers a Catalina 27 and a Catalina 38 and has owned a Coronado 25 “Swingin’ Dixie” both on Lake Mead where she races with the Nevada Yacht Club.  She is the creator of the youtube channel The Desert Sailor from boatLUV featuring videos to help boaters find anchorages and coves on Lake Mead as well as ”how to videos” about fixing boats, sailing, racing and navigation. You can often find Naomi up a mast installing equipment or pretzelled in an engine compartment changing an impeller for her Lake mead boat friends. She is the creator and designer of a line of nautical themed jewelry and apparel at, an online experience to help inspire women on all waypoints of their voyage to gain confidence at the helm though resources, blogs, books and more.

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