March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD), and American Sailing wants to salute women sailors worldwide. International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
American Sailing schools have been working to promote women in sailing throughout our history. Sailing is for everyone and we hope through our “Women on the Water” initiatives that we inspire more women to embrace the sailing lifestyle.
Get to know the stories behind some of American Sailing’s Women on the Water.
Twelve Steps to Becoming a Sailor
We all have dreams about sailing and the author of this piece, Yosh Han, outlines her twelve steps to living her life as a sailor.
An Interview with Jessica Watson
Reacquaint yourself with the story that captured the world’s attention when a teenager attempted to become the youngest sailor to sail non-stop around the globe.
Women on the Water in Seattle
Seattle Sailing Club has had an active women’s sailing program for over a decade. Their efforts promoting women in sailing have resulted in a significant increase of women among the ranks of the members at Seattle Sailing Club.
Women and Boat Ownership
Why don’t more women own boats? Take a look at a few ideas about women and boat ownership.
Sailing Gear By And For Women
Sømand was founded by Bay Area sailors Noelle Brewin and Laura Levy. They set out to challenge the perception of what a sailor should look like and create apparel that empowers women to feel confident, be comfortable, and perform their best while sailing.
Meet Some of American Sailing’s Captains
I feel most at peace on the water with a light breeze on my face and sun basking against my skin – Captain Rose Ann Points
One thing about sailing I love is the camaraderie. That is one reason I’m an avid racer. – Captain Margaret Pommert
Sailing takes me back like nothing else to the effortless joy of childhood play. – Captain Sara Burke
Sailing is not right or wrong, it’s a colorful journey with challenge and self-reliance. – Captain Genevieve Evans