featured photo by Curtis Christensen  — New Orleans Sailing

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Happy New Year!

NWSA is looking forward to a good year. Planning for our upcoming 2024 conference is well underway. Please make plans to join us in New Orleans on June 8th. There will be activities for everyone and for every skill level.

This is the time of year sailing calendars are set. With our members in mind, we are building a nationwide calendar to highlight women’s sailing events. Send us information about your events. We are happy to help your organization promote it. Women sailors from coast to coast can refer to the NWSA calendar year round and choose to attend your events!

Several NWSA board members will be at the US Sailing National Sailing Programs Symposium from January 31 – February 3 in Savannah, GA. Find us there! It would be geat to see NWSA friends and members in person.

Let’s go Sailing!



Honor an inspirational sailor today

Through the Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award, NWSA and BoatUS aim to highlight achievements and leadership of women in sailing, inspiring future generations to push boundaries and excel on the water. Help us to recognise those who have made a difference.

From trailblazers in professional racing to dedicated educators and advocates, the recipients have played a pivotal role in fostering inclusivity and encouraging women to embrace all aspects of sailing with confidence

Since 1999 NWSA/BoatUS Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award has been a beacon of recognition for those in the U.S. who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting women’s participation in sailing.

Nominate your sailing hero for this prestigious award before February 1


Meet Kris Self; Newest NWSA Director

Kris Self, New Women's Sailing Foundation director on her boat at the dock

Kris has been sailing since the early 1980s, when she moved to Florida. She mostly sails in Gulf waters near St. Pete Beach but has made a couple of trips to Captiva Island, the Dry Tortugas and the Tobago cays in the Grenadines. Kris bought her first boat, a 1981 Navigator named Capella, about nine years ago. She is now the owner of a 41’ Gulfstar.

Over the years, Kris has made it a personal mission to get more women into sailing with a focus on working with women who want to become boat owners or women who sail with their husbands. Kris has taken her ladies-first mentality to the Internet, launching a Facebook group Women Who Sail Tampa Bay for aspiring female sailors in the Tampa Bay region. The site has over 1,300 members. Women Who Sail Tampa Bay hosts various activities throughout the year like How to use Aqua Maps, Outboard Engine Maintenance and Cooking on a Boat, as well as many social gatherings.

Kris Self is the founder and owner of Island Computer Consulting in St. Pete Beach. A “technology concierge,” Self, is a former Apple systems engineer and specializes in high-end home automation, entertainment and video surveillance systems. She also works with small businesses. Setting up communication and navigation  systems for cars and boats and then training owners how to  operate them effectively is another area of expertise.


Jan 31–Feb 2 meet your board members. Visit our table at the National Saling Programs Symposium! Thursday afternoon attend Art of Staff Training and Navigating Learning Differences with WSF director, Jodi Weinbecker. Saturday catch WSF director Marie Rogers moderating Diverse Ways to Add Diversity. Find us at the Savannah Yacht Club happy hour on Friday. Hope to see ya’ll in Savannah! Follow NWSA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nationalwomenssailingassociation to learn more.


She Sailor Sea Story episode, THE LIGHT

RSVP for March 15, 2024  We’ll send you a reminder!

She Sailor Sea Story on January 19



On Line Expo episode aired June 7, 2020Young Laura Howell in the cockpit of a sailboat
She Sailor Sea Story Uncharted Waters, Part 2 with guest host Charlotte Kaufman.Featured storyteller Laura Howell, from the 2020 NWSA On Line Expo — OLÉ, tells a story taking us on a journey of a strained relationship, acceptance and love with the common thread of the sea.

Laura’s father lived a life connected to the sea through work in the Coast Guard, then as an Alaskan fisherman, yet he struggled to understand Laura’s choice to live her life aboard a small sailboat while raising her young daughter alone.

Call for Instructors! National Women's Sailing Association Conference, June 8, 2024 in New Orleans

National Women’s Sailing Association Conference is June 8 in New Orleans at Southern Yacht Club with support from Community Sailing New Orleans. NWSA is seeking the expertise of talented women instructors and presenters, like you, to teach other women sailors eager to gain knowledge and skills. Every year the generous sharing of our volunteer instructors, coaches and presenters helps continue the legacy of women instructors sharing sailing with women sailors.  CLICK HERE TO APPLY


Apply Now for 2024 Sailing Scholarships

Girls who attended an AdventureSail in 2023 are eligible to receive a Learn to Sail Youth Scholarship. The scholarship for up to $500 can be applied to any recognized sailing program. AdventureSail participants must apply for the scholarship within one year of their participation.

Any girl 14-19 years old may apply for the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship. Applications for the Sue Corl scholarship are accepted beginning February 1 through April 15, 2024.

Select a school / program. Ask for a letter of recommendation. Write an essay. Apply.  Learn More

Say Yes! Host an AdventureSail® in 2024 Girls helping to rig a boat for an AdventureSail in Boston.

Designed to spark the next generation of female sailors, AdventureSail has been introducing underserved girls to sailing for two decades. Invite young women and girls to join us on the water.

Share sailing. Host an AdventureSail in 2024. Show young women ages 9-14 the rich experience and empowerment of sailing.



Share Sailing in 2024!

We will help you spread the word.
Please send us your women serving sailing events with dates, times and contact. We will include them in our calendar. We will feature select events, including seminars, conferences, regattas and races in upcoming issues of Take the Helm. Please respond early for the best exposure.



Check out events coming soon!

Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA

Girls’ Boat Project

January 10–March 27, 2024, Wednesdays at 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Women Who Sail Tampa Bay @ St. Pete Power and Sailboat Show

Cruising Panel Discussion

January 20th, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Tips on Buying and Owning

January 21st, 2024 at noon

2024 Riverport Women’s Sailing Conference in Kingston, NY
Keynote Dinner with Captain Nitzan Levy Friday, March 22, 2024 at 6:00 pm
Conference on Saturday, March 23, 2024 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. We are primarilary funded by your membership to serve our mission to enrich the lives of women and girls through education and access to sailing. Please join us for an annual fee of $45, or three years for $100. Help us Share Sailing!



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