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2014 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awardees Announced

Stephanie Roble and Terry Hutchinson received their awards at the February 26, 2015 ceremony at New York Yacht Club Read more 


Women’s VOR Team SCA Wins Abu Dhabi In-Port Race

January 2, 2015 - As the sun begins to set over Abu Dhabi, Team SCA’s Sam Davies is one happy woman. A little bit sweaty, maybe. A lot smiley, definitely. And with good reason too. After all, her boat has just stormed to victory in this afternoon’s in-port race, finishing nearly one and a half minutes in front of their nearest competitor, and some would say, sailing - almost - the perfect race. Read more 


BoatUS President Margaret Podlich Named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year
Margaret Bonds Podlich, president of BoatUS, was named 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry by Marine Retailers Association of America and Boating Industry magazine. Read more 


Joan Thayer, NWSA, Inducted Into Marblehead Yacht Racing Hall of Fame Honored as Advocate for Women’s Sailing
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Joan Thayer Bio 


Volvo Ocean Race 2014 - 2015
Follow 7 teams around the world, including one all women team, SCA.
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How to follow the race


2016 Summer Olympic Games
These games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5-21, 2016. Information about sailing trials coming November 2014: Read more.
The official website for these Olympics is http://www.rio2016.com  


Paige Railey: Where It All Began
July 1, 2014 - Open to sailors aged 19 and under, the 2014 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship takes place in Tavira, Portugal on July 12-19. Sixty-two nations intend to compete amid the 8 events.  American Paige Railey, now fully focused on an Olympic medal at the 2016 Games, competed at four ISAF Youth Worlds between 2001-2005, a time when the Laser Radial class produced a generation of top female sailors that have gone on to dominate the fleet and ranking list for almost a decade. Read more


World #2 Anna Kjellberg is Women's World Match Race Champion

Anna Kjellberg June 2014 - Olympic sailor and World #2 Anna Kjellberg (SWE) was crowned 2014 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion June 8. Together with her crew – Karin Almquist, Vanja Lundberg and Annika Carlunger. Read more




March is Women’s History Month

Logo for Women's History MonthSeveral national museums and organizations join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. Read more here www.womenshistorymonth.gov and on the National Women’s History Museum website: www.nwhm.org


March 8 is International Women’s Day

Logo for International Women's DayAnnually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more. Visit www.internationalwomensday.com  for more.


Timothea "Timmy" Larr Inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame

Team SCAOctober 2013 - Three-time U.S. Women’s Sailing Champion “Timmy” Larr (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) is the second woman, to be inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. A naval architect, her pioneering contributions in standardizing the sail training program in the U.S. was the catalyst for similar programs for judges and race committee officials. She established the National Junior Sailing Symposium, and assisted in the formulation of the Small Boat and Keelboat Certification Systems, as well as the new Powerboat Program. She also co-authored or contributed to the textbooks and instructor manuals used in the Certification Systems. Her efforts in maintaining high quality standards for sail training have earned the programs the respect of the US Coast Guard, USPS and NASBLA. These systems have helped thousands of people of all ages to learn to race, cruise, teach and coach, always with safety a paramount consideration. She was awarded the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, for outstanding contribution to the sport, by US Sailing in 1992.  Read More


The Volvo Ocean Race will feature an all-female team for the first time since 2001-02 (Video)

Team SCAThe team, which will sail with an international crew, are the first to announce an entry for what will be the 12th edition of the race, starting from Alicante in the second half of 2014.

Currently seven crew have been selected to join Team SCA. It is anticipated that the full complement of the crew will be selected by the end of 2013. There is an ongoing selection and training process, which is run by our team of coaches from the training base at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote. There is an ongoing selection programme that will continue to trial some of the world’s top female sailors from across all areas of the sport. It is anticipated that the main part of the crew will be selected by the end of the autumn 2013.


24th Annual SCYA Women's Sailing Convention February 2, 2013

The Southern California Yachting Association, held its 24th Annual Women’s Sailing Convention on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar, CA.

BoatUS was proud to sponsor this full day event with a multi-workshop format. Attendees selected a combination workshops in areas that best fits their interest and ability from beginner to expert. All of the workshops were presented by top women sailors, many USCG Licensed Captains.

The evening keynote speaker was two time America’s Cup veteran and two time Volvo Ocean Race, world-class sailor Katie Pettibone. She provided training in Arabian Peninsula, where the Omani government was promoting the Sail Arabia race to begin training local crews (including women) to participate in world sailing events. Katie was also among an international crew on Farr 30’s sailing through the Straits of Hormuz.

This convention is known for its networking opportunities and a positive rewarding boating experience. Information at www.scya.org and www.WomensSailingConvention.com. The fee included workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenirs and handouts. Read More


Elaine Dickinson Awarded 2012 Leadership In Women's Sailing Award June 2, 2012

Elaine Dickinson was honored with the Annual National Women’s Sailing Association/BoatUS 2012 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award at the 11th Women’s Sailing Conference held in Marblehead MA and hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club. This award is given to an individual who had built up a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing. Dickinson learned to sail at age 25 by taking an Outward Bound course and immersed herself in the world of boating, both personally and professionally. Read More


2012 Women’s Sailing Conference in Massachusetts — June 2, 2012

BoatUS sponsored the annual National Women’s Sailing Association's Women's Sailing Conference. The Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts, hosted a day full of workshops and networking. The participants enjoyed the keynote speaker, Teresa Carey, a US Coast Guard licensed captain, writer and educator. Read more about her on her website http://teresacarey.com, and her blog titled: Sailing Simplicity and the Pursuit of Happiness at http://www.sailingsimplicity.com.


Anne Tunnicliffe (USA) and Team Maclaren win 2011 Santa Maria Cup

Annapolis, MD – October 1, 2011 - Anna Tunnicliffe (Team Maclaren - USA- Ranked #1) took four exciting flights to win the 21st Santa Maria Cup Women's International Match Racing Championoship today. Second place went to Julie Bossard (France) and third place to Becca Dellenbaugh (USA). There were consistently strong winds on this final day of the Championship accompanied by choppy water. In the third flight of the final, Elodie Fauve of Team Bossard fell overboard and quickly recovered but with the strong winds it meant a chilling finish. Team Ferris-Choat (Canada) finished fourth, Team Baylis (USA) was fifth, Team Lehtinen (Finland) was sixth, Team Ruhlman (USA) was seventh and Team Silve (Argentina) was eighth. Read More


Life Is Sweet On The Podium

Life Is Sweet On The PodiumAug/Sept 2010, BoatUS Magazine - They happen all the time, those kitchen-counter conversations between friends planning what they might do together, if life didn’t get in the way. But most of those chats over coffee don’t lead to a podium place at one of the biggest sailing races on the international calendar, or a shot at the Olympics. Read More


Female Skipper Minds the Sea - December 2009

PHILADELPHIA - December 2nd, 2009 - Capt. Meredith Austin is the first female commander of the U.S. Coast Guard of the Delaware Bay based in Philadelphia.Capt. Austin, on the job since June, is responsible for everything that happens on water between Harrisburg and 200 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, from the Shark River near Asbury Park to Cape May, N.J., and all of Delaware. Read More


Susan Epstein Receives US SAILING C.R.E.W. Award - October 2009

US SAILING board of directors member and long-time volunteer Susan Epstein (Sharon, Mass.) was presented with US SAILING's C.R.E.W. Award at the Annual General Meeting in League City, Texas in October. Only through clear expectations, mutual respect, and a commitment to collaboration can US SAILING volunteers and staff achieve peak performance in all efforts. US SAILING's C.R.E.W. Award recognizes a person annually with a "can do" attitude, collaborative spirit, and winning personality. Susan is also on the board of National Women's Sailing Association and an instructor at the annual Women's Sailing Conference in Marblehead, sponsored by BoatUS.


Teen Sailor Heads Off Against Sea of Doubters - October 2009

Teen sailor Jessica Watson left the marina yesterday to cheers of ''hip, hip hooray'' aboard her pink yacht, beginning her attempt to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world. She pulled out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club at high tide about 9am, and was escorted by NSW Maritime boats to the Heads. Jessica's family also followed. Read More


Betsy Alison Honored With Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy - October 2009

LEAGUE CITY, Texas (October 23, 2009) – Friday night was special for several key contributors to the sport of sailing at US SAILING’s Annual General Meeting Awards Dinner. US SAILING presented awards to those who made an extraordinary impact in the areas of sailing education, race management, and disabled sailing. US SAILING’s Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy -- Betsy Alison, Head coach of the US Disabled Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, Betsy Alison, was awarded the Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy award for her outstanding contribution to sailors with disabilities. Read More


Top Women in American Boating - BoatUS Magazine - May/June 2009 Issue

BoatUS Magazine highlights women boaters at the peak of their professions. Read about female boaters and their leadership roles in all aspects of the sport including sailing, powerboating, racing, sportfishing, politics, wakeboarding and boat manufacturing. Read More


The Boat Lovers' Guide to Marine Education Programs

This BoatUS Magazine exclusive round-up of colleges, written specifically for students, presents the top marine programs and related extracurricular boating activities in America. The first of it's kind, use it with our extensive online database of links to find inspration, and the right school for you. Also separate article about Marine Trade Schools. Database continually updated. Read More


Anna Tunnicliffe of U.S. Wins Gold Medal in Laser Radial - August 2008

Qingdao, China (August 19, 2008) – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) finished in second place in today’s Laser Radial medal race to claim gold at her first Olympic Games. Having never won a race in the eight-day series, Tunnicliffe sailed with consistency to win by the tightest of margins. Read More


West Coast Wave Warrior BoatUS Magazine - May/June 2005

They don't call it Cape Disappointment for nothing. Some of the foggiest, roughest coastline in the continental U.S. has sent hundreds of vessels to the bottom with its huge seas, treacherous river bars and rocky shores. But there is no disappointment in at least one of the elite Coast Guardsmen that patrol these often inhospitable waters. Petty Officer First Class Beth Slade does not want to work anywhere else. Read More


Women Towing the Line - BoatUS Magazine - July/August 2003

They work as mother-daughter teams, husbands and wives and include a handful of singles, but boaters needing assistance on the water probably don’t care who comes to their aid when they’re in a jam. Just don’t be surprised this summer when the smiling face behind the helm of that red towboat is a female captain. Read More


Cracking the Teak Ceiling - BoatUS Magazine - May/June 2001

It’s all the mermaids’ fault. According to marine folklore experts, that’s why, for centuries, women weren’t welcome on most ships. Seamen, a superstitious lot to begin with, believed the mesmerizing powers of women brought on high winds and dead calm... although there are no recorded instances of both occurring at the same time. Read More


Myth Busters: Sunscreen Fact and Fiction - BoatUS Magazine - July/August 2000

Boaters are used to seeing statistics about themselves — the number of registered boats, annual accidents and the like. But one statistic quite pertinent to boaters eludes most of us , the chances of becoming a skin cancer patient. Over 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and skin cancer is the most common cancer among men over 50, more common than prostate, colon or lung cancer. Read More


The Dream by Mel Neale

Tom popped the first big question over 35 years ago. After 15 years of marriage, I popped the second. By that time we had made the decision to have a family and to live aboard a sailboat and both these goals were accomplished. So, "Will you take us cruising now?" seemed the right question to me. Read More


Local Kowledge - Generations Now and Then

For those of us who measure time in terms of when we’re next going boating, we’re also prone to relating to just about anything to the boating experience. Read More


Getting Yourself Safely Home: Using the Radio to Get Help

If you are not often the primary operator of your boat, are you prepared to take control in an emergency? Any skipper can become incapacitated by sudden illness ranging from poisoning to heart attack. Read More