Learning how to sail can be an empowering experience for women. It can build confidence and self-reliance, as well as provide a sense of accomplishment and pride in learning a new skill.
One of the things I am most passionate about in the sport of sailing is finding ways to make it more approachable, available and inclusive for women. As a boat-owning skipper for the past 15 years, I have actively supported women to become part of my crew so they can learn to sail.
Why? Well, there are many reasons, not the least of which is because I think women can do anything they put their minds to! Aside from experiencing the absolute joy of sailing, there are many benefits for women who learn to sail.
Finally, I believe it’s extremely important for women sailing spouses to understand how to sail for safety. What if you’re out for a sail with your spouse/partner and they have a medical emergency? What if they fall overboard? Would you know what to do? Learning how to sail will enable you to handle the boat in case of an emergency situation where your spouse/partner is unable to do so.
Overall, empowering women in sailing involves creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, providing training and leadership opportunities, and promoting role models and advocacy. By doing so, women can feel empowered to participate and succeed in sailing.
Bareboat Charter Master Level V
Greater Toronto Area