ALAMEDA -- The Island Yacht Club will hold its 22nd Annual Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar on Sept. 20-21, and is all about women teaching women how to sail.

This fun, relaxing, educational and inspiring weekend is the only one of its kind.

Top women sailors from the Pacific Coast volunteer their expertise to provide instruction in workshops that occur in the classroom and the water. Local sponsors donate exciting and valuable items for the seminar's lunchtime and cocktail hour raffle Sept. 20.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, participants select from a variety of "tracks." The "tracks" range from beginner, through boat ownership and offshore cruising. Women often return to advance their skills from basic sailing as beginners through troubleshooting and fixing engine problems.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, participants choose between a real sailboat race on the Oakland Estuary or a cruise on San Francisco Bay. Participants enrolled in two-day tracks continue their practice sessions on San Francisco Bay.

Registration is online at www.womenssailingseminar.com. Registration can be completed via PayPal or participants can download the forms and mail them to the club.

The discounted "early bird" registration fee is $225 (deadline Aug. 29, 2014) for both Saturday and Sunday, and includes continental breakfasts, lunches, no-host cocktail party, one raffle ticket, class materials in a binder, WSS visor, and a bag filled with goodies from sponsors. Registration is first-come, first-served. If space is available after Aug. 29, registration fees increase to $250 for both days.

Island Yacht Club is an all-volunteer nonprofit yacht club that welcomes all boating enthusiasts. Participants are entitled to an introductory membership special that runs during the Women's Sailing Seminar. IYC will waive its initiation fee, and the annual dues of $375 will cover membership through the end of 2015.

-- Nancy Hird, Island Yacht Club

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What: Island Yacht Club's 22nd Annual Northern California Women's Sailing Seminar
When: Sept. 20-21
Information: Island Yacht Club, 1853 Clement Ave., Alameda, CA 94501; 510-521-2980 or www.womenssailingseminar.com