The Women’s Sailing Foundation supported nine AdventureSail events for 170 girls ages nine through 14 this year — so far. The national program is a cooperative sponsorship between WSA and local sailing venues, such as yacht clubs and community sailing centers. The aim is to give young girls, who would not otherwise have an opportunity, a day sailing and learning about the sport.
This year we welcomed two new programs, Bristol Yacht Club in Rhode Island and Channel Islands Women’s Sailing Association in Oxnard, California. They join existing programs at Newport, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; Alameda, California; Kingston, New York; Racine, Wisconsin; Women’s Sailing Association — Orange County, California and Mattituck Yacht Club, New York.
Each event is conducted for what works well for the location. Some involve cruising boats, one design boats or dinghies that can accommodate an instructor and a few girls. In all cases, girls experience the joy of sailing in a supportive and safe environment. They touch upon skills that will last a lifetime. The self-confidence and esteem the girls display at the end of the day cannot be understated.
The Foundation and NWSA is grateful for volunteer coordinators’ and crews’ efforts. Their time and expertise make AdventureSail Day special. Join us to continue to expand venues to offer this amazing opportunity to more and more girls each year. Thank you!