Google.com is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day with “Join Women on the Bridge”
“We invite you to join tens of thousands of people coming together on bridges all over the world — from the Millennium Bridge in London, the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the Grand Barriere Bridge joining Rwanda and Congo — to show your support for women’s causes and celebrate women’s achievements.”
YourCruisingEditor is one of those women on the bridge – of a boat – that is! As a way to celebrate women on the bridges of various boats, I offer the following resources for women everywhere who share the love of boating:
- Women and Cruising
This website is designed to help you discover the joys and hardships of the cruising lifestyle. “We do this by sharing our experiences and inviting other women cruisers to share theirs as well. It’s about making friends, making cruising our own, and getting out on the water and enjoying our lives!”
- MadMariners’ Women in Boating Series
- Women on the Water (WOW) with Pam Wall
A fabulous week of sailing in the perfection of Gorda Sound in the British Virgin Islands. This yearly event invites women from all over the country, and the world, to come and spend a week in paradise at the Bitter End Yacht Club and at the same time have sailing instruction for women by women.
- Women in Boating at BoatU.S. – A good resource for upcoming events for women
- Womanship – The Sailing School for Women
“Since 1984, the first and leading sailing school designed by women, for women. Customized instruction for couples, families, corporate and social groups; Young Womanship 7th to 12th grade classes. Womanship brings together women of all ages – 18 to 82, so far – from diverse backgrounds, from every part of the world, in harmonious collaboration and in a conducive learning environment, to take part in a sailing journey of self discovery, self fulfillment and the acquisition of real skills, real strengths, the ability to team and to lead, in harmony with nature. Your path from student to take-charge skipper begins with Womanship. Start now and picture yourself at the helm.”
- SeaSense Boating School
There is nothing as good as training and hands-on experience to make someone feel more comfortable doing something. Sea Sense offers women-only boating courses covering both sailing and powerboating including their popular trawler course.
“There is a comfortable feeling learning with your peers. You’ll enjoy being with a group of women who are in the same situation, with the same questions that you may have. With no men aboard to politely “do” for you, you learn all the things you are capable of. SEA SENSE will teach you all aspects of boating, from the helm to the deck to the engine room to the chart table.”
- Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing! (LLGF)
A national organization dedicated to attracting more women to sportfishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. LLGF especially promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorship between novice and experienced members. The LLGF organization has over 5,000 graduates so far and lots of groups around the country. With four seminars all in various parts of Florida, you’ll find the perfect environment for learning and fun!
- The National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) – Dedicated to enriching the lives of women and girls through education and access to the sport of sailing.
The National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) was founded in 1990 with a goal of providing opportunities for women to learn and enhance their sailing skills and have fun and meet others at the same time. More than 20 years later, the Massachusetts-based organization still has the same mission and has helped countless women enjoy sailing. For more information about the NWSA’s Take The Helm® and AdventureSail® programs, please visit their website.
- More Resources available through FirstBoat.com
Support your local women sailing or boating organizations today and every day!