AdventureSail® August 14, 2012, at Racine Yacht Club, Racine, WI


AdventureSail 2012 went off with a bang! Racine Yacht Club had 56 girls participate! More photos and a story to follow…


AdventureSail® July 7, 2012, at Breakwater Yacht Club, Sag Harbor, NY
Co-Chairs: Charlene Kagel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Cam Gleason (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Sponsors:  See end of article

Breakwater Yacht Club (BYC) in Sag Harbor, NY, hosted its 13th annual Adventuresail® Regatta for Girls Saturday July 7th. Under sunny skies and perfect wind conditions, over 27 local area girls ranging in age from 9-16 participated as crew on the BYC racing fleet boats for a race around the buoys, while learning the basics of sailboat racing.  A few of the girls even helmed the boat while others trimmed sails and assisted with hoisting the spinnakers!  After the race, everyone enjoyed lunch and received gift bags and trophies. Participating groups were I-Tri of East Hampton, Montauk and Springs School District and Big Brothers and Sisters of Long Island.

Attending the event was Val Cook, who assisted in coordinating the very first event thirteen years ago.  Val, former president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Sailing Foundation (WSF) and Donna Lipper, member of the National Women’s Sailing Association, also a program of WSF.  Donna has been representing WSF since 1999 and enjoying every year.  Val extended  thanks to Charlene, Cam and Mary Ann Eddy and the Breakwater Yacht Club for continuing to provide a memorable day for the girls.

Members of the BYC fleet and their boats included Witchli - Fred Stelle, Wave Equation - Bruce Dinsmore & Joan Worthing, Buckaroo - Bruce Tait , Roxanne - Wayne and Carol Morse, Skoot - Jim Vos, Swans Way - Chris DiSunno, and Wave Train - Richard Bockman.

Race Committee volunteers included Dave Betts, Nancy Neumann and Ray Pride.
Women Sailing Foundation also thanks the following sponsors: Bridgehampton National Bank; Apple Bank, Corcoran Realty, Emporium Hardware, Sag Harbor Variety, Tate’s Bake Shop, and The Wharf Shop.


AdventureSail® June 9, 2012 Courageous Sailng Center, Charlestown, MA
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Sponsor: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

The 16th AdventureSail® event, a program of the Women’s Sailing Foundation, was held Saturday, June 9th at the Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown. Eighteen pairs of girls from the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston were treated to a morning of sailing under sunny skies with gentle winds. Experienced women sailors volunteered to skipper the Rhodes 19’s, mentoring the girls and teaching them sailing basics.

Following lunch on the grill, co-chair Susan Epstein led a session of hands-on knot-tying. Marblehead’s Maureen McKinnon, Director of Development and Community Outreach at Courageous, shared her gold medal from the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China with the girls. Every girl had a chance to hold the medal, and more than a few couldn’t resist trying it on! Maureen explained that the design of Olympic/Paralympic medals reflects the host country’s culture. For the 2008 games, China incorporated various shades of jade, each shade reflecting the relative prestige of bronze, silver, and gold achievement. On Paralympic medals, inscriptions on the back are also in Braille, since some of the competitors are blind athletes.

Marblehead author Julie Hahnke, was the guest speaker. Thanks to the generous gift from a Marblehead sailing couple, Julie gave each of the girls an autographed copy of her book, The Grey Ghost. Julie also previewed her upcoming book, War Correspondent, a novel about the War of 1812, as told by an eleven-year-old girl (disguised as a boy) serving aboard USS Constitution. Julie and Maureen encouraged the girls to follow their dreams and to believe in themselves. Every facet of the day reinforced lessons of self-esteem, the pursuit of dreams, and never giving up. It was an inspirational message for all in attendance!

The staff at Courageous Sailing Center prepared the boats, gave the safety talk after the girls and big sisters were fitted out with pfds, were on hand to help when the boats returned and fired up the grill. Courageous is a wonderful partner in this event. Thanks to Boston Private Bank & Trust Company for its continued financial support so the girls would have the orange sherbert T-shirts and enjoy the barbecue.



 Oregon Women's Sailing Association


OWSA Partners with Girls Inc.
May 12 and July 21, 2012
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The Oregon Women Sailing Association (OWSA) brought AdventureSail® to Oregon again, only this time we did it twice – on May 12th & July 21st!  As in 2011, OWSA partnered with Girls Inc. of NW Oregon, a non-profit that helps young at-risk girls, to bring this exciting adventure to Portland. AdventureSail®, program of the Women’s Sailing Foundation, is a mentoring program for at-risk girls between the ages of 9 and 14. The program introduces basic sailing skills and boating safety, and incorporates life skills; such as leadership, responsibility, teamwork and environmental stewardship.
OWSA AdventureSail® is divided into three activities: Classroom, On-the-water and wrapping up with a Celebration Picnic.  On the day of each event, we were greeted with beautiful sunny skies and a steady breeze which continued throughout the day.

July 21, 2012 - The girls gathered with their OWSA Mentors @ the RCYC club house for an introduction to basic sailing, knot tying, safety & environmental stewardship. Following the classroom instruction, the young sailors headed out with their OWSA Mentors to meet their OWSA Skippers & Crew for an afternoon sail on the Columbia River.   The girls had the opportunity to experience and practice their new skills; such as, hoisting the main sail, bringing in a line and sharing time at the helm.  At the end of the day, all returned to shore for a Celebration  Picnic with family and friends, enjoying stories of adventure and success together.
This year we had 18 girls participate, and we were able to send three young sailors to ISC Junior Sailing Camp in August with scholarships provided by the Women’s Sailing Foundation.
We are grateful to all of the outstanding OWSA Mentors, Girls Inc. Chaperones, OWSA Skippers & Crew, and our fantastic boat owners, who made these two events a huge success. 
Photo credits to Dena Kent, May 12th and Doreen Wynja, July 21st