Steering the Course global women’s sailing festival gets underway in the Southern Hemisphere
More nations are expected to host events in the coming weeks as countries unite to promote women’s sailing across all classes from dinghies to keelboats and windsurfing to kiteboarding.
Australian Sailing is hosting the inaugural National SheSails Leadership Conference to be held on Wednesday 6 October via Microsoft Teams. The Webinar is open to Australian Sailing members and non-members by registering here.
Sailing clubs in Chinese Taipei will be holding taster sessions in Optimist and Keelboat classes while Have a Go sessions are organised in Greece now that COVID restrictions have eased and allow greater participation.
Yacht Club Uruguayo is hosting five days of activities beginning with a launch event featuring a Q&A with four female sailors from the national team. There will also be a webinar on ‘The role of he family in support of the female sailor’, a workshop on female coaches held in conjunction with the organisation ‘Mujeres al Timón’ (Women at the Helm), and sessions for girls aged 8-15 to bring a friend and sail on an Optimist boat together, females over 16 to spend a day with the coaches or have a sailing lesson in a Hunter 160 or J/24.
Alongside physical events, the fast-growing eSailing platform will also allow many more people engage with the sport virtually.
The Steering the Course eSailing Offshore Challenge starts on 1 October for a virtual race from Sydney to Fiji. Almost 8000 skippers have signed up and, for the first time at an eSailing event, there will be more female skippers than male.
A Leading Women in Sailing Panel discussion will be held on Monday 4 October. It will be streamed live on YouTube as Megan Kensington, World Sailing Race Official from New Zealand, and Samoan head coach and President of the Samoa Sailing Association, Raema von Reiche, discuss their careers, how the pathway helped them and offer expert advice on how to get started in the sport.
Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson OBE will host a World Sailing Trust Discussion panel on ‘Equity & Inclusion in Sailing’ on Thursday 7 October, a continuation of the panel held in May.
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