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World Sailing Steering the Course Women's Sailing Festival

Southern Hemisphere Friday 1 - Sunday 10 October 2021

In 2021 World Sailing is encouraging countries around the world to be a part of the Steering the Course Women's Sailing Festival. The festival aims to introduce women and girls across the globe to the sport of sailing, as well as encourage alternative pathways for those already within the sport, such as coaching or officiating.

The first Northern Hemisphere-based first edition of the Women's Sailing Festival ran between 21 - 30 May 2021. A review of the May 2021 event can be found here

For the Southern Hemisphere edition, Yachting New Zealand's Female Club Network members are arranging a variety of events to encourage women and girls sailing throughout New Zealand. Please see the events listed below for ideas of engagement in your area throughout the month of October. 

For more information on Steering the Course Women's Sailing Festival or the Yachting New Zealand Female Club Network, please contact Raynor

NB. Unfortunately, COVID lockdown restrictions in Auckland have meant many events in this region may be run later in the season. 

Steering the Course Events

Leading Women in Sailing Panel

World Sailing hosted a southern hemisphere panel of leading women in sailing on Monday 4th October where each panelist discussed their journey in their sport. Panelists included New Zealands Megan Kensington - International Race Official, Australian Sarah Kenny - VP World Sailing, Samoa Sailing Association President, Raema von Reiche. 

You can watch the online panel discussion here..

Great Escape Sailing with the Opua Cruising Club                       "Have a Go" Sailing Days - 1/2/3rd October

"Have a Go" at sailing with Great Escape Sailing and Opua Cruising Club and celebrate in the

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World Sailing Steering the Course Festival.  We'll have our awesome women instructors and Great Escape keelboats ready and waiting at the Opua Cruising Club dock, women join us for a fun day on the water, have a go at helming, and all the different crew positions in a safe all-women environment.  We're encouraging complete beginners and those who have had limited skippering to stretch themselves and join us.  

The boat will depart around 10 am and returning at approximately 3 pm, we will repeat for three days, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of October.  The cost is $55 per sailor and participants bring their own lunch.  We'll encourage informal interaction at the end of each day back at the OCC, (wine and cheese). For more information and to register here

Nelson Yacht Club - Steering the Course club event - 2nd October

On Saturday, October 2nd there is Club Sailing 1pm - 4pm. From 5pm onwards we will have an indoor activity, all welcome (TBC - might be a panel discussion as discussed at the last meeting or a movie). This part will be held regardless of the weather. 

Info for sailors: Participants of all abilities are welcome. There will be skippers available for absolute beginners to have a go and some casual racing for the more experienced. The sailing will be in dinghies so you are likely to get wet, please bring any appropriate clothing you have such as wet suits or spray jackets.  Please register here

Hamilton Yacht Club - Waikato Women on Water Wednesdays - 6th October

Experienced or novice women, come enjoy sailing with women on our gentle fun Quest yachts. Lots of laughter and learning with women coaches. Bring your daughters too (10yrs +).
5:30pm registration + 6pm Briefing/instructions for sailing. Find more information and register here

Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club - Women on Water - 7th October

WOW Tauranga

Established in 2001, the concept of taking complete beginners out sailing on the Tauranga harbour now attracts 80-100 women each WOW night during the summer season.

The WOW Summer Series comprises 9 sails each summer. Thursday 7th October is the Registration Evening for the 2021/22 season. Find more information here.


Manly Sailing Club - Dinner at the beach

Manly Sailing Club is running an event for steering the course that is targeted at all females who are engaged with the club. We will be doing a beach clean-up/walk, followed by dinner and games. If the weather is good this will be based on the beach, otherwise, it will be in the clubhouse. We encourage female sailors, mums and any siblings or friends. Our goal is to get the women and girls from the club excited about the season to come. You can find more information here.

Royal Akarana Yacht Club - Women's racing 

Graduates of adult learn to sail programmes are invited to continue to hone their skills sailing with friends in some fun racing on the club's Quest yachts. Social get-together at the club after sailing. For more information contact Maria here.

Naval Point Club Lyttleton - Women's Sailing Experience - Thursday 7th October and Sunday 10th October

NPCL Elliott 6

We have a sailing experience available on Thursday the 7th at 5 pm and Sunday the 10th at 12pm midday from NPCL. 

This will be sailed in our club Elliot 6’s at a cost of $25 per sailor per day. There will be an after-sailing social function held at the club. Please register here or contact 

For more information contact the club's Youth & Development Coordinator Amanda here

Bluff Yacht Club - Women's quiz night - 5th October


Bluff Yacht Club is having a quiz evening down at the clubrooms for all women in sailing. It will be a great get-together preseason catch-up, chance to explore the clubrooms, meet others interested in the sport and have a bit of a fun quiz and some snacks.

Tuesday 5th October from 7 pm, bring $5 to cover some food. All welcome, please register interest on our Facebook page, Bluff Yacht Club, New Zealand. 


Wakatere Boating Club - Ladies Have a Go day

Wakatere will be inviting girls and ladies from their local community to a Have a Go Day at the club when Covid allows them to resume club activities. The sailing will be in Sunburst's and RS Feva's followed by drinks and nibbles on the stunning deck at Wakatere, with a presentation on the pathway available to female sailors at the club.

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Ladies Virtual Tactics night, October 12, 7pm

Last week the RNZYS hosted a webinar as part of Steering the Course, global women's sailing festival. They were joined by current NZ Women Match Racing Champion Samantha Norman and Olympian Sara Winther who shared a bit on her recent experiences coaching at the Olympics. Both ladies provided great insight into racing rules and tactics.  

Ponsonby Cruising Club - Women's spring + summer series - October 2021 to March 2022

This year, to encourage the guys to trust a woman on the helm and give women more opportunity to learn the ropes, the Notice of Race states: 

6.1. All boats may sail with a maximum of half male crew members. i.e. with an uneven crew number, including the helms woman, male crew member numbers will be the lesser.

6.2.  A woman must helm at all times.

Ponsonby Cruising Club - Friday night spinnaker series - October 2021 to March 2022

Oct. 8, 22, Nov 5, 19, Dec. 3, 17, Feb 11, 25, Mar. 11, 18, Apr. 1 (13 Races with 8 to count) As Friday nights can be hectic plan your season and earmark 8 race days. We are also promoting this as the “Sailors’ Series” and will score series or individual races within the overall series. Just let us know prior to the nominated day/s and we will make it happen.

Other Women's Sailing Events in 2021

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - Women's Match Racing Nationals Four days of all-female match racing in the Elliott 7’s. 30 October - 2 November 2021

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - 50/50 Regatta This is an open event sailing Elliot 7's, for members of any yacht club, the skipper/helm of each boat must be a woman. Mixed crews of 4 must have no more than two (2) males in the team, all-female crews may have 4 or 5 members.  27 - 28 November 2021

Waikawa Boating Club - Evolution Sails Women's Regatta  A two-day keelboat regatta for women; 18-19 September 2021 CANCELLED