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Steering the Course

Steering the Course Women's Sailing Festival

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Yachting New Zealand are joining World Sailing in next month's Steering the Course Women’s Sailing Festival and encouraging others to get involved.

The Southern Hemisphere edition of the festival runs for 10 days from October 1-10.

Clubs, classes and associations are planning events 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. From dinghies to keelboats and windsurfing to kiteboarding, all disciplines are welcome to be part of the festival.

The newly-formed Yachting New Zealand Female Club Network are working with clubs to run an event, regatta, meeting or activity to engage and encourage women and girls in their community to be involved in the festival and launch the summer sailing season.

We are creating a calendar of events linked to the Steer the Course Women's Sailing Festival and inviting all clubs to share their event(s) with us to include on the Yachting New Zealand website here.

Yachting New Zealand will share club events on social media leading up to and during the festival.

You can find out more about the festival in an event handbook put together by World Sailing, which can be found in the PDF below.

It's really important clubs and their members highlight great female role models, not just for the festival period but beyond. Please complete the role model nomination on page 17 of the Steering the Course event handbook and send to Yachting New Zealand national sport development director Raynor Haagh (

You can also contact Raynor for more information on Steering the Course Women's Sailing Festival or the Yachting New Zealand Female Club Network.

  • Photo: Josh McCormack.