Celebrating female Olympic role models

Published on March 5th, 2024

The fourth edition of Steering the Course, World Sailing’s global women’s sailing festival, will take on a special focus in this Olympic year by celebrating the pathway many of the sport’s role models have taken to the Olympic Games, whether in coaching, officiating, or sports administration.

Two festivals will take place in 2024:
• May 17-26
• September 27-October 6

With Gender Equality Month under way and International Women’s Day just around the corner, Member National Authorities (MNAs), sailing clubs, Class Associations, and volunteers are encouraged to organize even more taster sessions, Learn to Sail courses for female sailors of all ages, Women’s Race Days, inspirational talks from female role models in the sport, and a special eSailing Challenge, among other activities.

To add events to the 2024 Steering the Course calendar, click here.

Shortly, World Sailing will release the 2024 Festival guide with more information on suggested events you can host, how to engage with World Sailing on social media during the festivals, and information on support for marketing.

“The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be the first to achieve gender parity in terms of the numbers of male and female athletes, and two of the three chief roles in sailing this summer will be held by female officials,” noted Fiona Kidd, World Sailing’s Head of International Development.

“As the sport continues to grow and become more popular and diverse, we are keen to show the possibilities available for women.

“Olympic sailing has provided a number of brilliant female role models – on and off the water – and, whether taking the first step within the sport or building on past experience, Steering the Course aims to encourage more women into sailing and provide opportunities to get the qualifications needed to grow the sport and advance sailing around the world.”

To out more about this year’s Steering the Course, click here.

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