Presented by the National Women’s Sailing Association at Sail Newport

The National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) is holding their 2023 National Women’s Sailing Conference on Saturday, June 3 from 8 am – 5 pm at the Sail Newport Marine Education and Recreation Center, located at 72 Fort Adams Drive in Newport, RI 02840.

The event welcomes women sailors of all levels and ages to workshops including the popular Take the Helm® track — an introduction to sailing for women. A fundraising Brunch will be held on Sunday, June 4 between 9am-11:30am at The Elks Lodge 141 Pelham St in Newport.

Programming includes a full day of classroom, dockside and on-the-water workshops taught by experienced female instructors and Captains from across the nation. Sailors can fine tune their sail trim skills, learn hands-on marine electrical, practice navigation using paper and electronic charts, learn when and how to execute a distress call or man-overboard maneuver, as well as participate in a sewing DIY workshop and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There will also be panel discussions covering topics for cruisers, racers, do-it-yourselfers and ocean sustainability advocates. These elements will be made available for participants from afar to participate in the Conference virtually.

A highlight of the event is the announcement and presentation of the 2023 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award recipient, co-sponsored by NWSA and BoatUS. This award recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing.

The official website for registering for the 2023 National Women’s Sailing Conference is Early-Bird NWSA Member registration opens April 1 and runs until April 16. Early-Bird Special is $200 for NWSA members. General Registration opens April 17 at $250. A Virtual Conference Pass is $65. Tickets for the Sunday Fundraiser Brunch are $25. For information on becoming an NWSA member, visit Direct any questions about registration to or 985-247-8919. ■