Welcome to the National Women’s Sailing Association!  We invite you to explore the many events, programs and scholarships we offer for women sailors of all levels, ages and interests. Enjoy!

Tumbleweed Sailing Women on the Water Arizona Regatta

Lake Pleasant, AZ, presented by Tumbleweed Sailing in
co-operation with National Women’s Sailing Association

WOWaZr NOV. 3–5, 2023

Regatta & learning experience includes: Amazingly low participant to coach ratio with some of the most talented women sailor/coaches in the nation. Legendary desert weather—cool at sunrise, warming quickly—averages overnight low of 53° and afternoon high of 76°!

Registration fee includes: Lake Pleasant Park entrance fees; bunkhouse lodging at the Desert Outdoor Center from Friday, November 3 departing Sunday, November 5; Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday continental breakfast and lunch; all seminars; use of boats; on the water coaching; event shirt and awards. (Transportation off site is not included.)

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

Nominate a hero today!

Who welcomed you aboard? Do you know a person who dedicated years of time and skill to enhance the sport of sailing for women? Perhaps they created access to the sport for women through their leadership actions. Then served as a leadership role model, advocating more women to show the way to the helm.

Thank your sailing hero with your nomination for the Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award, co-sponsored by NWSA and BoatUS .

Credit: Matthew Cohen Photography

NWSA Women’s Sailing Conference June 3, 2023 Sail Newport Newport, RI Credit: Matthew Cohen Photography

The 2024 National Women’s Sailing Association Conference will be in New Orleans!

Lake Pontchartrain is truely a sailors’ playground. It’s a delightful shallow bowl of brakish water where sailors are often served an exhilarating ride…and then there’s always the food, the jazz, the history and the welcoming hospitality ashore.

Mark your calendars for June 8, 2024 read more

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

2023 AdventureSail®

On August 12, AdventureSail Day, underserved girls in sailing grounds across the country got a chance to take the helm and give sailing a try at the same time become elegible for a Learn To Sail Youth Scholarship. For highlights from the participating organizations

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NWSA DIRECTOR, Marie Rogers — Good Trouble Skipper

We wish WSF / NWSA director Marie Rogers and her crew on Good Trouble a safe and speedy crossing for the TransPac. On June 29 the crew of Good Trouble, an Alan Andrews-designed 56-foot sailboat, will hear the starting gun for this year’s Transpac 2,200-mile romp to Hawaii.

Skipper Marie Rogers, who is black, is believed to be the only female skipper in the 60-boat fleet. It’s a distinction giving her pride for the role modeling opportunity. Yet she laments of the lack of diversity in the West Coast’s premiere biennial yacht race.

Roger’s role as a strong advocate for opening the yachting world to people underrepresented in the sport attracted the attention of a financial benefactor. The benefactor proposed to create a foundation to introduce more women and people of color to the highest echelon of yacht racing. A Southern California and Transpac racing veteran himself, he had seen firsthand the lack of diversity in offshore racing events. He was saddened, Rogers recalled, and wanted to bring change.  read more 

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

Photo by Jim Orchard.

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.

She Sailor Sea Story telling about the making of Sailing Committment, Around the World with Bill Pinkney. The children's book is beautifully illustrated by Pam Rice.

Sailing commitment

She Sailor Sea Story recorded Monday February 27 2023

Listen to the replay of our evening with author Captain Bill Pinkney and illustrator Pamela Rice and sign-up for our newsletter to find out when our next She Sailor Sea Story Event will be.

Contact us: email:  wsf@womensailing.org   phone: (985) 247-8919