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!
A superb 2022 AdventureSail®
AdventureSail programming served many happy girls so far this year. Racine and Boston’s Courageous Sailing Center, both long-standing program hosts, kicked off the East Coast sailing season fun by hosting 41 girls. Later, in the first two weeks of August alone, 100 girls attended an AdventureSail programs in locations around the nation. Mattituck Yacht Club, NY held their second annual AdventureSail. Girls who participated, visited Oakcliff Sailing Center, chatted with Dawn Riley, climbed aboard Maiden! Then later had a small-boat sailing experience too. Wow!
SAVE THE DATE! June 3, 2023
NWSA has been crafting the 2023 National Women’s Sailing Conference in Newport, Rhode Island. We are excited about returning to the Atlantic Coast! And you’ll love the conference venue, which is seeped in nautical tradition and history.
The Sail Newport’s Marine Education and Recreation Center, where the conference will be held, has a spectacular view from the covered decks. Located on the water in Fort Adams State Park. Conference participants will enjoy vistas of Newport Harbor, Brenton Cove and downtown Newport from this unique location.
Watch for updates on our website and social media.
Celebrating the 2022 BoatUS / NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award honoree: Linda Newland
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.
REPLAY Episode: ADVENTURES
Watch the She Sailor Sea Story Aug. 26, 2022 Episode — ADVENTURES — REPLAY featuring a new generation of young women sailors including NWSA’s 2022 recipient of the Sue Corl Scholarship, a Learn to Sail Scholarship recipient and her BFF who was sent to sailing camp on a local scholarship. These girls commence a sailing journey and share stories of the challenges they faced and the opportunities for their futures that sailing can bring.
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 grateful have this important piece of training equipment for Safety at Sea training.
Diversity Tool-Kit: Marie Rogers presents
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.
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