Empowerment Through Sailing
Published on January 21st, 2016
A unique program happening on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont is working to alleviate the gender gap in sailing by providing a non-intimidating environment for girls and women.
According to recent research, 7 in 10 girls believe they aren’t good enough or don’t measure up in some way. Looks, performance in school, or relationships with friends and family members are all factors that can impact their level of confidence. Creating an accepting atmosphere for women of all ages to come together to build supportive relationships is something that the Community Sailing Center (CSC) sees as a crucial part in personal well-being.
Women in Wind (WIW), a signature program offered by the CSC in Burlington, VT, uses sailing as a medium to address these unique challenges facing Vermont girls and women. Through a variety of hands-on and interactive lessons, both on and off the water, the WIW instructors help participants gain back their confidence, preserve their curiosity, and work toward a feeling of accomplishment in a safe and welcoming setting.
Sailing isn’t just a sport; it can be a life-changing experience that builds confidence and leadership skills, and provides an opportunity for personal growth and reflection – all while enjoying one of Vermont’s most valued natural resources.