Nominations Open

What do Doris Colgate, Nancy Erley, Dawn Riley and Gail Hine have in common? They are all recipients of the BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award. If you know a person who has championed women’s sailing in the US, nominate them!

Windy City hosts NWSA Conference

Sharing Sailing was not only the theme for the 21st annual National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) Conference on September 11th, it was the purpose of the event.

Held at the predominantly African American Jackson Park Yacht Club in Chicago it was a picture perfect day for learning sailing skills and gaining practical nautical knowledge. Workshops, ranged from beginner to advanced, were shared by all women instructors. Half-day, on-the-water courses included; Welcome Aboard, Jib and Spinnaker Trim and Docking. Land-based workshops included; training on basic diesel maintenance, prevention of sailing mishaps, marlinspike and navigation. Panel discussions — which were also presented on-line and recorded — included strategies for women entering and growing in sailing, sailing green and clean and how to choose the right boat. 

Lunch time at the conference
Crowley's Yacht Yard Lakeside
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AdventureSail® Day partners with US Sailing + Tall Ships America

August 14, 2021 — NWSA has redesigned the delivery of our long-standing AdventureSail program. Cooperating with US Sailing, Tall Ships America and others, we are working to introduce more underserved girls to sailing. We have had both well established hosts and new hosts enjoy successful sails for girls this summer — and a few are scheduled soon. Look for AdventureSail photos and stories in the October issue of the NWSA newsletter, Take the Helm.

Apply to host a local AdventureSail Day on August 13 in 2022. Let’s continue the work to increase the number of girls we introduce to the magic and joys of sailing.