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!

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 .

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

SAVE THE DATE! June 3, 2023

We are excited about returning to the Atlantic Coast for our 2023 Women’s Sailing Conference to be in historic Newport, Rhode Island! The venue? Sail Newport’s Marine Education and Recreation Center located in Fort Adams State Park. Come sail with us in waters steeped in nautical tradition and history. We are about to launch the Conference website, so sign-up to our newsletter to get the most up to date alerts about who will be presenting, teaching and going to the event.

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

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!

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

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. 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.

Linda Newland is honored with the 2022 Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award.

CRUISE episode of the She Sailor Sea Story, featuring Rebecca Sterling and Jeannie Zortman


Watch the She Sailor Sea Story Nov 7, 2022 Episode — CRUISE — REPLAY  featuring Jeannie Zortman and Rebecca Stirling

She Sailor Sea Story March 25 2022

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.

Thank you to our sponsors

US sailing logo
Dig Down Media
SAILRITE, Est. 1969

Contact us: email:  [email protected]   phone: (985) 247-8919