Nominate Your Sailing Heroine

NWSA is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award, co-sponsored by BoatUS. Please fill out the nomination form below.

Leadership in Womens Sailing Nomination

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The Leadership in Women’ s Sailing Award, co-sponsored by NWSA and BoatU.S.®, the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters, began in 1990. The award is given annually to honor an individual who has a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing.


Award recipients

Please visit our recipients archive page HERE

1999   Bernadette Bernon 2011   Dawn Santamaria
2000   Betsy Alison 2012   Elaine Dickinson
2002   Gail Hine 2015   Sally Helme
2003   Dawn Riley 2016   Kathie Ohmer-Arnold
2004   Doris Colgate 2017   Linda Lindquist-Bishop
2005   Cory Sertl 2018   Sheila McCurdy
2006   Nancy Erley 2019   Pat Dieselman
2007   Janet Baxter 2020   Margaret Pommert

2008   Patricia Seidenspinner

2009   Maureen McKinnon-Tucker

2021  Marie Rogers

2022  Linda Newland