Seattle sailor Sarah Scott is "...using my platform as a Black woman sailor to connect with other Black women who want to get into sailing, but who might feel excluded by the fact that sailing seems so white." She shares her story in this article in BoatUS:
Our first female marine pilot, and one of the youngest, and she's a mom! Her job is to board large ships entering or leaving Puget Sound, and guide their captains to ensure safe passage through our waters.
Check out this great video of them doing their 2nd Race to Alaska in 2019, and 2 weeks before they'd not even met each other! They won in 2018! The first mono-hull to do so. Oh, and an all woman crew. https://saillikeagirl.us/
The oldest woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world. The first woman to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world from North America. The oldest PERSON to sail solo nonstop unassisted around the world. Track to the right shows her going around Cape Horn!
The Pink Boat Regatta began with a sailor, daughter, and scientist wanting to do more. Ashley Bell had recently fallen in love with sailing when she learned her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer - for the second time. Open to men and women! Races in Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma in 2019. Since it's inception, the Pink Boat Regatta has raised $464,000 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
What one woman can do:
What is Knot A Boat?
It is a 8’ BY 8’ bow of a fiberglass boat outfitted as a knot-tying station. It offers a 3 dimensional opportunity to learn and practice tying the many knots that we as boaters need to or should use to make our boating lives safer and easier but which we are often out of practice with or have never learned.
Where did the idea for Knot A Boat come from?
It came from the creative imagination of the co-director/creator of Northwest Women in Boating, Vivian Strolis, who needed a hands-on three dimensional way of making knot tying stick. It took the focus of Northwest Women in Boating on helping improve boating skills for greater safety. It took the supportive community of boat-loving gals to adopt a unique idea.
Where did Knot A Boat come from?
It came from ‘the depths of the Puget Sound’. Yep, creative Vivian asked herself, “Where can we get a boat and someone to cut the end off for us? It turned out that the Derelict Vessel Removal Program were the perfect source. These are the folks who drag up derelict, sunken boats from the depths and gather other abandoned boats from around the Sound. They were so thrilled that someone actually wanted to take one of the boats off their hands, or at least part of one, that they did the actual cutting off of the bow to Vivian’s specifications.
Adventuress is a century-old National Historic Landmark tall ship. Sound Experience is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Washington State, USA.
"Our most popular program - where STEM science, the Salish Sea, and maritime history come alive - is back for 2022 and has been adapted to provide a Covid-responsible experience! Join us for 5 days of overnight programs for girls in grades 7-12. The girls participate directly in every aspect of sailing the ship, from hauling lines to learning about navigation and STEAM principles. Through these activities, they’ll learn the significance of teamwork, how to take responsibility for their own actions, and the pride of accomplishment. Sailing and learning together as the ships company, the girls will develop confidence as leaders, sailors and advocates for the future of the Salish Sea. " 48 North article: https://48north.com/instructional/girls-at-the-helm-inspires-aboard-schooner-adventuress/
What a Woman Can Do. Tracy Edwards, the woman who became a skipper on the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. See the great documentary "Maiden"!
1 week in the San Juan Islands, Fall 2019
Isla Coyote, MX
San Juan Islands
Seattle Sailing Women's Group
Seattle Sailing Women's Group
When a pod of Orca interrupt your women's race team practice, nobody minds!
Thank you for sponsoring the Seattle Sailing Club Women's Program for over a decade, and for sponsoring 3 winning all-women PinkBoat Regatta teams, supporting the Seattle Corinthian YC Women's Intro to Racing program, and so much more!
Northwest Maritime Center in partnership with Team Sail Like a Girl put on this 6 week program for intermediate and advanced women sailors to hone their buoy racing skills on TSLaG's Megles 32. Scholarships were given to women who could otherwise not afford to participate.
What a Woman Can do: Founding Organizer and President Laura Wilbur was inspired by a girl she knew announcing "I don't do math!"
Laura created after school and summer programs for middle-school aged girls, staffed by volunteers. Held in partnership with local organizations such as the Center for Wooden Boats, Sail Sand Point, Virginia V. Check out some of the cool things they did!