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Learn new skills, refresh existing skills, and refine specialized skills.

WSA SMB clinics feature a combination of shoreside seminars and on the water sessions. We’ve developed  techniques that make the best use of your time. These on the water programs are great fun, and as a bonus, you’ll be a better sailor.
Basic Seamanship Clinics

Competence in seamanship is important for every sailor, no matter their experience. Basic seamanship encompasses a broad mix of skills. We'll cover basics of rigging a yacht, sail trim, weather, navigation, and safety.. all the skills necessary to be a safe, confident, happy and  proficient sailor.
Racing Clinics

Racing a sailboat is a complicated affair. Successful racing requires strategic planning, tactics, an understanding of the rules, and skilled crew. Starts can be chaotic. Upwind Strategy requires that you how to predict and then take advantage of changing winds and wind shifts. Downwind requires knowledge of reaching and running strategy and tactics. This includes strategies for in various wind, wind shift, and current scenarios
Cruising Clinics

Cruising is sailing and much more - navigation, night sailing, tides and currents, wind shifts, engine care, heads, dinghies, all these present challenges. Safety, knots, anchoring & docking, surprise squalls and storms, reefing, heaving-to..all of these topics are important to know when cruising. 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Clinics in the Area
How to sign up for a WSA-SMB clinic:

Visit the Events Calendar  on the website to see what is coming up, and to read about the specifics of the event. Through the calendar, you can register for the clinic you are interested in. Scheduled WSA SMB Clinics for 2024:
  • March 16 - Introduction to Sailing
  • July 20 - Racing Clinic


Registration Opens March 1, 2024

Historic New Orleans, Louisiana is the chosen sailing ground for the 2024 National Women’s Sailing Association Conference.

The event will be held at historic Southern Yacht Club (SYC) with support from Community Sailing New Orleans. A member of Gulf Yachting Association and established in 1849, SYC is the second oldest yacht club in the United States.

The facility overlooks Lake Pontchartrain, part of the largest estuary on the Gulf Coast. The lake, about 26 navigable miles wide, expands 24 miles from the north toward the City on the southern shore with stunning views of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – longest continuous span over water in the world. The Club underwent a considerable rebuild in 2009 after suffering damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 10034
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292