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Linda Newland the 2022 BoatUS / NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award honoree

Nearly four decades ago, Linda Newland, a greenhorn sailor, found herself alone on a sailboat with a sorry lack of nautical know-how. She became determined not to have the humbling event define her sailing. Now with thousands of Pacific Ocean sailing miles under her keel and extensive cruising in the Pacific Northwest, Newland made that lonely day on the water a turning point on her a journey to competency, racing, record-setting and leadership among women sailors.

Along with a newly formed crew of women sailor friends, Newland began to organize events to hone and share her newfound skills with other women sailors. In doing so, she laid the foundation for Northern California’s Island Yacht Club (IYC) Women’s Sailing Seminar, now in its 30th year, a testament to its popularity and demand. Today, Newland is honored with the 2022 Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) / National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award.


Join an online party to honor, the 2022 BoatUS / NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award honoree Linda Newland.

This She Sailor Sea Story episode — RUMB LINE —  features a new generation of women single-handed sailor story tellers, Sarah Scott and Margie Woods. Previous BoatUS / NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award recipients will likely have stories related to the 2022 honoree’s notable achievements.

RSVP is required to attend.  Reserve your spot.

SCHEDULE AN International Safety at Sea FOR WOMEN

NWSA will help your club organize a US Sailing sanctioned International Safety at Sea program for women (and couples). We are committed to continuing to aide women in gaining high-level seamanship, learning safety skills by presenting the excellent offshore safety course. While doing this we are fostering female presenters and moderators for the program.

If your club or women’s organization would like to host a Safety at Sea program with a focus on women or sailing couples contact us.

Photo by Jim Orchard.
Many thanks to sponsor Alexander Ryan / Lalizas for the new demo life raft seen above. We are greatful have this important piece of training equiipment for Safety at Sea training.


Diversity Toolkit — with Maire Rogers

On February 10, 2022 at the National Sailing Programs Symposium, in cooperation with US Sailing, WSF board member Capt. Marie Rogers presented “A Diversity Toolkit: Let’s All Go Sailing”. In this presentation, Rogers investigates reasons sailing became a sport fostering exclusivity rather than inclusivity and how that can be changed. Setting an equity goal is not enough. It will not magically happen without a plan and a lot of work.

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

Planning Your AdventureSail®

August 13, 2022 is AdventureSail Day — any date is great for girls to experience a fabulous day of sailing

NWSA redesigned the delivery of our long-standing AdventureSail® program with the goal of taking hundreds, and eventually thousands, of girls sailing each year. Cooperating with USA Sailing, Tall Ships America and many women’s sailing groups across the nation, we are introducing more under-served girls to the sport. Well-established hosts continue to enjoy successful sails for girls — and a new hosts are being added to increase the number of girls introduced to the magic and empowerment of sailing. Apply to host your own local AdventureSail®!

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