Our friends at the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) are holding their 21st Annual Women’s Sailing Conference at the Houston Yacht Club in La Porte, Texas on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 21 from 8 am – 5 pm. The event welcomes all women sailors of all levels and ages. 

 

 

The program begins on Friday evening with a munch & mingle where attendees will have the opportunity to meet their instructors and hear keynote speaker Commanding Officer Nicole Rodriguez. Saturday’s programming includes a full day of on-the-water sailing workshops taught by female Captains and in-person and live online broadcast workshops for hands-on and virtual learning. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Alongside this year’s conference, NWSA is offering the sought-after International Safety at Sea Course for those sailors interested in getting certification for offshore racing or for feeling more confident before setting off on an ocean passage. The [email protected] program is open to women and men and is associated with US Sailing and is independent of the Sailing Conference in regards to programming and cost. 

The Sailing Conference cost is $250 for in-person workshops and $85 for virtual workshops. There is a 10% discount for NWSA members and for groups of 6 or more attending together. The Safety at Sea Program is $350. Safety at Sea hands-on only re-certification is $285. All passes can be purchased at nwsa.quvent.com. For additional information, call (985) 247-8919 or email conference@womensailing.org. 

Since its foundation in 1990 by Doris Colgate, the National Women’s Sailing Association, a program of the Women’s Sailing Foundation, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit organization) has had the mission of providing education, programming and support for women sailors of all ages. The organization seeks to help women find community and mentorship among their peers, as well as create leadership and education opportunities. The organization has been offering youth sailing scholarships and the AdventureSail® Day, a program aimed at disadvantaged young girls, since its inception. NWSA finds financial support through membership and donor gifts. The membership now reaches beyond the USA with members in Australia, the UK, Canada and elsewhere. To learn more, log onto womensailing.org. ■

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