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Spotlight on opportunities for women

Published on May 17th, 2022

After launching the inaugural Steering the Course initiative in 2021, the global women’s sailing festival returns again in 2022 with two sessions:

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

Preparations are underway as 23 national sailing associations, Member National Authorities (MNAs), Yacht Clubs, and sailing teams put the finishing touches for events designed to highlight the opportunities for women and girls in sailing and encourage pathways into coaching and race management.

“Seeing so many female sailors, coaches and officials come together to demonstrate the opportunities in sailing around the world is inspiring,” said Catherine Duncan, Training & Development Executive at World Sailing.

“Last year we saw so many women take their first steps in the sport and return for more, thanks to the mentors at sailing clubs, regattas and the virtual forums organized as part of Steering the Course.

“This year we hope to go further and inspire even more women to try sailing for the first time, return to the sport, or pursue a new direction within sailing. There are so many opportunities available and Steering the Course is a great way to shine the spotlight on just a few while improving access to the sport for women around the world.”

Adds World Sailing CEO David Graham, “World Sailing is firmly committed to creating opportunities for women and girls to get into sailing, increasing participation and showing the full range of possibilities within the sport.

“Whether as a hobby or as a pathway to elite level as a sailor or coach, Steering the Course has already shown that there is huge interest in the sport at every level. This year we aim to build on an incredible debut in 2021 and encourage future generations of sailors and sailing enthusiasts to take to the water and see where the sport will take them.”

To get involved, click here.
For full details of planned activities, click here.

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