National Women’s Sailing Association Conference  announces the 2024 Conference Keynote Speaker

pictured above: Gail Hine aboard her boat Hummer.  READ ABOUT GAIL and her invaluable contribution to Women in Sailing on our blog


New Orleans Yacht Club Wednesday Night Sailing season opening night fireworks over Southern Yacht Club

Ahoy! I hope you are enjoying the spring. Here’s a glittering view of Southern Yacht Club (SYC) under the fireworks celebrating the opening night of New Orleans Yacht Club Wednesday night racing. The fireworks were sponsored by Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, also a sponsor for the National Women’s Sailing Association Conference. SYC will be the primary venue for the Conference on June 8 presented by Allstate Sugar Bowl. You can pick from on-the-water, classroom seminars and workshops all taught by women. Cap the day of learning off with a sailor’s silent auction, raffle fundraiser and social hour to benefit girl’s scholarships and AdventureSail® program. We will provide breakfast, lunch and appetizers to sustain you during the exciting and full day.

Sunday, June 9 is a network brunch at New Orleans Yacht Club. Everyone – including guys — are invited. Hear about Going the Distance from two notable women distance racers; Haley Lhamon, R2AK Sail Like a Girl skipper and Beth Berry, skipper of KYRIE.

The goal of AdventureSail is to allow girls who would not likely have the opportunity to go sailing to experience our wonderful sport. We then have scholarships available for these girls to enroll in a formal sailing camp. We also offer the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship for an advanced sailor to fund a program to expand her experience and skills — Applications are due on April 15.

Help us spread the word about these opportunities. Let’s go Sailing!


Women gather to socialize afert workshops at Gail Hine presents Sailing Convention for Women in 2018

Women’s sailing advocate, Gail Hine to deliver keynote at National Conference

Conference model designer to be honored 
June 8 in New Orleans at Southern Yacht Club

NWSA is honored to present Gail Hine as the keynote speaker on June 8 at the Southern Yacht Club for the 2024 National Women’s Sailing Association’s Conference presented by Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Gail Hine’s Sailing Convention for Women model has been used by other women’s sailing organizations throughout the country. Over eight thousand women attended her conventions alone. Her stellar model always included well considered on-the-water, dockside and classroom sessions of what women sailors wanted to learn.

The Convention gave aspiring women instructors opportunities to collaborate, learn and instruct women sailors in a supportive environment. Perhaps most importantly, through Hine’s efforts, women sailors have given back to the sport while connecting with like-minded collaborators. Lasting friendships formed. Gail Hine’s commitment to the value of women teaching women spread across the country, first to Marblehead, Milwaukee and Alameda. But none could match the Sailing Convention for Women bringing an average of 256 women sailors together, year after year, for over three decades. None could surpass Gail Hine’s attention to detail, creativity and consistent quality. In universal deference to Gail none were called a convention. There has been only one Sailing Convention for Women.

As a means to thank Hine, who left a wake for women’s organizations to follow, and to continue the legacy of this incredible woman sailor, the National Women’s Sailing Association has established the Gail Hine Scholarship for Women. Details will be announced on June 8.

Read The Full Post About Gail Hine


Donate to support NWSA’s annual
fundraiser following the Conference

Donated products and experiences will be on display at the silent auction and raffle to benefit NWSA Scholarships and AdventureSail®.

5:00–7:00 pm

New Orleans Conference

Southern Yacht Club

All conference registrants are invited.

To donate items for this fundraiser, contact

Donors will be listed on the NWSA website

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before midnight (Eastern) on April 15! The Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship is offered annually to provide financial aid in broadening girls and young women’s sailing experiences.

The opportunities to which the scholarship may be applied include, but are not limited to, enrolment in: • An advanced sailing program • a racing program • a tall ship or live-aboard experience • a marine or maritime-related program

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Meet Colleen Imerman,
the April 2024 NWSA Member of the Month

Growing up in Michigan, Colleen Imerman’s parents would take her family on overnight sailing adventures on Lake St. Clair, the Great Lakes, and even the Florida Keys. As a 10 year-old, she received her first formal instruction and certification for dinghy sailing. Then, in high school her father gave her a Sunfish. Her love for sailing expanded and grew. Even after college, grad school, marriage, and a move to Colorado to start a family, Colleen continued to sail her Sunfish when she visited Michigan. During graduate school, Imerman tried sailboat racing for the first time in Cowes Week on a Victory. Loving that experience, she continues to seek sailboat racing opportunities.

Colleen attended WOWazR! — Women on Water Arizona Regatta in November 2023. It was her first NWSA event. She had a good time and wrote, “I met so many incredible and accomplished women sailors from various sailing and racing backgrounds. I learned a great deal, had so much fun, and look forward to another NWSA event.”

Colleen wrote, “In the last year, I raced in the SoCal300. I am currently part of a J/22 sailboat share program and take any opportunity to race as crew. As far as cruising sailboats, my husband and I have sailed catamarans with his mom in the BVI and the Abacos in the Bahamas. For over a decade, my children and I have cruised and sailed the Great Lakes with their uncle and cousins. Making sailing and cruising memories with my family has been one of the biggest joys for me as a parent. Learning to race sailboats, including offshore racing has been one a personal joy. So, I guess you could say, I really like to sail!”  read more


Say Yes To girls! Host a 2024 AdventureSail®

Share Sailing with young women ages 9-14 for the rich experience and empowerment of sailing by hosting an AdventureSail Day. Choose Saturday, August 10, or host an AdventureSail any time of the year.


Featured NWSA She Sailor Sea Story

Listen to the REPLAY of our last She Sailor Sea Story

NWSA She Sailor Sea Story guest storyteller Emily Zugnoni

Emily Zugnoni grew up sailing in San Francisco Bay on her grandfather’s Tartan 30Lelo Too. She inherited Lelo Too and the crew! They continue to race on the Oakland-Alameda Estuary weekly.