is a concept created by our female instructors and Staff focused on developing opportunities for women to acquire sailing skills at all levels in a supportive and fun environment. Female-only courses and events offer a powerful opportunity to build on your sailing skills with other like-minded women. Our programs range widely from the full spectrum of RYA courses to technical workshops, to participating in Regattas as part of all-female crews, to Atlantic Crossings…. Or simply as a fun cruise, a relaxing vacation with your girlfriends, either in the Caribbean or in the Med. Women-specific courses lend themselves to a cooperative learning environment in which all women are welcome to take on all roles equally. Our Women@theHelm courses cover the same syllabus as our coed courses, with the same technical skills and theory, we go to the same anchorages and marinas, sail on the same boats, and face the same weather. The confidence you will gain will allow you grow from being member of the crew all the way to becoming a qualified (even professional) skipper, as we simply make the learning process easier by sharing the challenges with your female teammates.
All our Women@theHelm events are led by our experienced female skippers, providing you the opportunity to not only learn alongside other women, but to learn directly from accomplished female instructors and mentors. We love to teach other girls and women how to make the most of their time on the water.
We are often asked, why should I join Women@theHelm? …..well, why not?
Men and women are different, and we have different strengths and weaknesses, which are only amplified in an environment that can be physically demanding such as sailing. When you share the same challenges due to body size and relative strength, it becomes easier to be equal on board and to collaborate to find solutions.
Note: women-only courses can be ideal for many sailors, but we understand that many women prefer coed trips, so you can choose both styles of program – and we will always support the individual needs of our course participants.