Beginning and experienced women sailors can jump-start their sailing lives by heading to the National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) 19th Annual Women’s Sailing Conference slated for Saturday, June 6 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. The event, which features hands-on land- and water-based workshops and seminars, offers women a fantastic opportunity to learn or hone sailing skills, network with other female sailors from all over the United States, and gain the confidence necessary to become a valuable crew member or knowledgeable skipper.

Women of all sailing abilities are encouraged to attend. The conference, focusing this year on “going green through sustainability and seamanship,” begins with a continental breakfast and includes raffles and a silent auction throughout the day, then lunch with keynote speaker Rachael Miller, Executive Director and co-founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean. Participants wind down the day with cocktail hour and presentation of the 2020 BoatUS/NWSA Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award.


NWSA is proud to offer educational opportunities from some of the most experienced and exceptional sailing women in the U.S., including Beth Burlingame, an American Boat & Yacht Council Master Marine Tech. Workshops cover a range of topics from maintenance and safety to boat operation and sailing skills development. On the water, women can take the helm for the first time or improve their sail trim and boat-handling skills in a 23-foot Sonar.

Raffle ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will benefit the Women’s Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that funds the AdventureSail program for underserved girls ages 9 to 14 and provides scholarships for AdventureSail participants via community learn-to-sail programs. The Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship provides funds for teenage programs for underserved girls.

Conference registration includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, cocktail hour, workshops and a raffle ticket, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, contact Shirley Cassara at or visit ■

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