Global women’s sailing festival returns

Published on March 2nd, 2022

World Sailing is aiming to break records this year with Steering the Course – the global women’s sailing festival – after its successful debut year in 2021.

Aimed at providing opportunities for women and girls to get into sailing and encourage pathways into coaching and race management, Steering the Course reached major milestones with events staged in 27 countries.

St Kitts and Nevis – one of seven Caribbean country hosts – became a flagship event when the Minister for Health and Gender Affairs Honorable Hazel Brandy-Williams opened its two-day Steering the Course festival encouraging women and girls to discover their ‘marine backyard’ dressed ready for the water.

Australia ran its first National SheSails Leadership Conference, while Iceland chose to spotlight the launch of its first all-female crew to circumnavigate the island as part of Steering the Course.

“We saw regattas, windsurfing, kitesurfing and e-sailing events, as well as virtual forums with female Olympians and sailing industry role models – and we saw many ‘try sailing’ days, which have now transformed into regular sailing classes thanks to popular demand,” said Catherine Duncan, Training & Development Executive at World Sailing. “This is exactly why World Sailing launched Steering the Course!”

“Creating opportunities for women and girls to get into sailing – and throwing the spotlight on the incredibly diverse career opportunities in this sport – are key to participation now and to future generation sailors and sailing enthusiasts,” said David Graham, CEO of World Sailing. “We’re all set to make Steering the Course even bigger and better in 2022!”

World Sailing is inviting all sailing organizations around the world to sign up to Steering the Course 2022 for a total of 20 days of activities across two festivals:

• Northern Hemisphere, May 20-29
• Southern Hemisphere, September 30-October 9

To sign up for Steering the Course 2022, click here.

World Sailing is providing support to organizations running Steering the Course 2022 events with resources ranging from session plans, to banner and T-shirt designs and social media promotion.

Steering the Course was launched in 2021 with support from the IOC Development Fund. In 2022, World Sailing will be self-funding this initiative as part of its global strategy to increase the participation of women and girls in sailing and related activities.

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