August Brings Adventure

AdventureSail® programming has already begun serving happy girls this summer. On August 12, AdventureSail Day will bring a discovery of sailing to the majority of girls through the program this year. Girls Coast to Coast will get a chance to take the helm. Then if they love it — as we believe most will — they are eligible to apply for a Learn To Sail Youth Scholarship. We hope more girls than ever apply and enter the sport.

We understand the importance of providing opportunities for sailing early. And we know barriers preventing all young women and girls from learning the sport must be overcome. A Learn to Sail Scholarship, of up to $500 per girl, can be applied to any recognized sailing program. This opens a door to  girls wishing to learn and adopt the sport.  

For information or to make a donation visit the AdventureSail and Learn to Sail Youth Scholarship pages.

It’s been a very hot summer, but I hope many of you are finding some relief on the water. AdventureSail® programs are kicking off around the nation. The program’s goal is to get young ladies on the water who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience sailing. I know I got hooked on sailing via Girl Scout camp when I was 12. Maybe one of our participants will fall in love with sailing. Each AdventureSail participant can apply for a Learn to Sail Scholarship that would cover up to $500 of a recognized sailing camp experience for next season – limited number awarded. As we head into fall, check out our She Sailor Sea Story on Ocean Racing. It’s a great chance to hear from women who have been there, done that. Then in November, NWSA is partnering with Tumbleweed Sailing for a weekend long racing clinic. There should be something for everyone.

In July, my boat, Hot Chocolate raced in the 43rd annual Bikini Regatta at Navy Yacht Club in Pensacola. It’s always a challenge to race somewhere other than your home waters. We managed to win the spin fleet. I was in Chicago the Saturday of the start of the Chicago-Mackinac race and really enjoyed a little time on the water and walking the docks. It made me want to adhere to my motto — “Let’s go Sailing”!

Meet Linda Cook

Linda Cook joined the Women’s Sailing Foundation / NWSA board as treasurer in July, 2023. We are very happy to have Linda!

Linda retired in 2016 from a career in finance and accounting consultancy to have more time to enjoy many outdoor activities. In addition to sailing Linda enjoys her time camping, hiking and kayaking.

She sails her Catalina 250 Rudder Chaos on Lake Pleasant, near Phoenix, AZ. Sometimes she sails single-handed, sometimes with friends and once in awhile with her dogs. Her rescue dogs, Hutch and Popeye, are reportedly good company but lousy crew.

Linda used to trailer her boat to sail other places. Now she keeps her boat conveniently in mast-up storage close to home.


November 3–5, 2023 on Lake Pleasant, Arizona

Early bird registration now open!

Presented by Tumbleweed Sailing in co-operation with National Women’s Sailing Association WOWaZr! — REGATTA & LEARNING EXPERIENCE includes:

  • Amazingly low student 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°
  • Dormitory housing at the Desert Outdoor Center overlooking the Lake from Friday, November 3 departing the morning of Sunday, November 5
  • Friday dinner; all Saturday meals; Sunday continental breakfast and lunch
  • all seminar
  • use of boats to race
  • on the water coaching
  • WOWaZr! event shirt and awards.

Register early. Space is limited to ensure an optimal learning experience.

RSVP now for the SHE SAILOR SEA STORYOCEAN RACES episode. Hear authentic stories from women who have used the sea for high speed adventures. Q&A followed by happy hour Zoom net chatter.

Also accepting applications to storytell for upcoming OPEN MIC episode.


Mahoney attends Brooke Gonzalez Clinic

2023 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship recipient, Maya Mahoney attended Brooke Gonzalez clinic in Newport, RI. June 16–18. Here’s Maya’s report.

“I am immensely grateful for the financial support provided by the Association, which enabled me to attend the Brooke E Gonzalez Clinic.The experience not only enriched my passion for sailing but provided me with the opportunity to learn from a diverse array of coaches — each with their unique sailing experiences. Being immersed in an environment teeming with sailing knowledge has undeniably enhanced my love for the sport and expanded my understanding of the possibilities within the sailing world. Your (donor’s) generosity has made this experience possible. I firmly believe that it has played a pivotal role in my growth as a sailor. Throughout the clinic, I was profoundly reminded of the significance for being a positive member of the sailing community. The presence of numerous coaches who exuded positivity and eagerness to share their knowledge served as a powerful reminder of the values of teamwork and camaraderie in competitive sports like sailing. Embracing the fact that each person sails differently, the clinic exposed me to a plethora of suggestions from various coaches. This has helped me realize the importance of personalizing different tactics and techniques, using the knowledge bestowed upon me to craft my own sailing style.

I deeply appreciate of the Sue Corl Scholarship’s support that made it possible. The clinic sharpened my sailing skills and reignited my passion for the sport”

Sail Newport’s annual Brooke Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic is dedicated to the memory of Brooke Emmens Gonzalez. In 2001, Sail Newport and the Gonzalez family launched the clinic in her memory. The Clinic is a three-day program of lectures and on-the-water drills with a reputation for the highest quality coaching and guest speakers.

The Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship is supported entirely by donations through NWSA.

Get the latest information for this year’s Island Yacht Club event! 

Sept 8th-10th, 2023 in Alemeda, California

Friday Night 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday 7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Sunday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm.

With a focus on delivering high-quality women’s sailing classes and training, Women’s Sailing Seminar is Northern California’s most popular and enduring annual women’s community sailing event. Taught by Women, for Women™

NWSA Conference in New Orleans 2024

Save the weekend of June 8, 2024 for the National Women’s Sailing Association Conference
Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, LA is truly a sailors’ playground. It’s a delightful shallow bowl of brackish water covering an area of 630 square miles where sailors are often served an exhilarating ride. And ashore there’s the bonus of legendary food, live jazz and the welcoming hospitality.


US Sailing, J/Boats, Narragansett Sailing School, Barton Marine US, Vida Rose Coaching Services, Tumbleweed Sailing, Spinsheet, American Sailing Association,, Sailing & Boating LLC, Matthew Cohen Photography, Sailing Convention for Women, Sailing Channel with Lin Pardey

North U, Sailrite, NauticEd, Offshore Sailing School, Mustang Survival, Forespar, Somand, Blue Water Sailing