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2023 NWSA Women's Sailing Conference Sails in Newport, June 3

Annual event offers hands-on learning opportunities for women sailors of all levels.

Group of 5 women all wearing bright colored jackets and with life jackets smiling in the cockpit of a sailboat on the water

The National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) is holding its 2023 Annual National Women's Sailing Conference at the Sail Newport Marine Education and Recreation Center, Sat., June 3, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., in Newport, Rhode Island. The event welcomes women sailors of all levels and ages.

Programming includes a full day of classroom, dockside, and on-water workshops taught by experienced female instructors. Sailors can fine-tune their sail trim, navigate with both paper or electronic charts, and learn about electrical basics, docking, AIS, and more. If you haven't found your opportunity to try sailing or gain the skills you want, this is the perfect chance to attend and learn by doing.

NWSA Annual Women's Sailing Conference: Sail Newport June 3, 2023

In-person registration includes post-conference access to virtual panel discussions for cruisers, racers, and do-it-yourselfers. For a modest fee, these topics are offered virtually for those who are not able to attend in person.

The event includes the announcement and presentation of the 2023 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award, co-sponsored by BoatUS and NWSA. This award recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating, and enriching the lives of women through sailing.

Three women and a teenaged boy learning the ropes aboard a sailboat on the water

Review courses at the NWSA conference website. NWSA Members are invited to register starting April 1. Nonmember registration opens April 16. A 10% discount will be available for NWSA members and groups of six or more attending together. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For information on membership, visit Direct conference questions to or call 985-247-8919.

While You're There ...

Newport, Rhode Island, at the mouth of Narragansett Bay, is considered one of the sailing capitals of the world and offers a wealth of sailing excitement. While you're in town, visit the new National Sailing Museum with the National Sailing Hall of Fame and America's Cup Hall of Fame under one roof. If you want to get additional time on the water, schooner sails and America's Cup 12 Meter charters might float your boat. And a harbor shuttle is available to take you into town for the evenings.

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Claire Wyngaard

Office Coordinator, BoatUS Media

Claire is an avid Force 5 sailor and kayaker on the Potomac River. She sails on a 44-foot cutter ketch on the Chesapeake Bay and East Coast. A collector of boating resources, she enjoys helping the BoatUS Magazine writers with research and building an articles library. She assists BoatUS Public Relations with news distribution and helps boating clubs find engaging content for their newsletters.