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Conference website is LIVE!

National Women’s Sailing Conference website is LIVE for browsing. Check back — session updates are still being made for the June 3 event at Sail Newport in Rhode Island. Early bird member registration begins April 1.

Spotlight on Sheila McCurdy

If you were to Google Sheila McCurdy, you would scroll through volumes about her sailing life and accomplishments. Words like icon, award, and legend are seen in the many headlines. She has decades of notable sailing accomplishments, and still she is generous. She has offered to share her vast experience, knowledge and teaching skills with women participating in the National Women’s Sailing Conference on June 3.

Read more about Captain McCurdy here.

Thank you Captain Sheila McCurdy.

More on the conference

Recognizing Black History Month
Monday evening, February 27 the She Sailor Sea Story and Happy Hour will feature Captain Pinkney reading passages from his young readers' book, "Sailing Commitment, Around the World with Captain Bill Pinkney." Pamela C. Rice, the illustrator of the book, will share a few of her fabulous illustrations.

It looks like a fun happy hour too!

Registration is required


Enhanced sailing experience or program for a teenage girl

NWSA is extremely proud of the 2022 Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship recipient Stephanie Roney. She has been awarded yet another scholarship from Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club for the spring. Additionally, the Oakcliff summer ‘23 scholarship program in Oyster Bay, NY, has advanced Stephanie to the live interview phase.

The Women’s Sailing Foundation offers the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship for an enhanced sailing experience or program for a teenage girl. This special scholarship is for girls ages 14-19 with a financial need to broaden their sailing experiences. The opportunities which the scholarship may be applied to include, but are not limited to, enrollment in: 
• An advanced sailing program 
• A racing program 
 A tall ship or live-aboard experience 
 A marine or maritime-related program

The successful recipient will receive up to $500 in scholarship funds payable to her program fee. Direct questions to

Apply until March 15

Apply to Host


We will help you partner with a local community organization to take underserved girls ages 9 to 14 sailing! Opportunities to host form will be available March 1. Complete the online questionnaire
soon regarding your intent to host on AdventureSail Day this year.

Host an AdventureSail®

Girl Recognized with Hanson Rescue Medal

US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee awarded a Hanson Rescue Medal and a citation to Alex Fisher, a 13 year-old sailor. Fisher saved the life of her shipmate, who had fallen overboard during a race in 2021. The rescue took place when she was only 12. Alex was crewing for an older male skipper who suffered a life-threatening medical issue resulting in him capsizing their small boat. Alex towed her skipper to shore, swimming while protecting his airway. (He was not wearing a life jacket). When the skipper was safely in the hands of an emergency medical team, she re-rigged their boat and sailed back to the Mission Bay Yacht Club unassisted.

Ms. Fisher distinguished herself as a sailor and as a credit to her family, yacht club and sailing in general. This young woman no doubt has a bright future before her. US Sailing recognized Fisher on Friday, February 16, at the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs' monthly meeting with the Rescue Medal.

Our work is made possible through your financial support

Please consider a donation to help us with the expense of creating programs for 2023. The Women’s Sailing Foundation is a 501 3-c charitable organization. Direct your donation to the Women’s Sailing Foundation, AdventureSail or the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship fund. Thank you!

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