Women at the Helm

WOMEN AT THE HELM is a training concept created by our female instructors

Focused on developing opportunities for women to acquire sailing skills in a supportive and fun environment, female-only courses and events at all levels 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 at the Helm 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 at the Helm 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 at the Helm?  …..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.

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Schedule for 2024:

  • June 10-14th
  • July 8-12th
  • August 12-16th
  • September 9-13th
  • October 7-11th  


RYA Courses for Women:

  • RYA Start Yachting
  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RAY Day Skipper 
  • RYA Coastal Skipper
  • RYA Yachtmaster Prep
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
  • RYA Diesel Engine
  • RYA First Aid
  • RYA SRC Radio
  • RYA Radar

Women’s Racing Italy:

  • Women’s Cup Italia
  • 151 Miglia Regatta
  • Giraglia
  • Rolex Middle Sea Race

Women’s Racing Caribbean:

  • Grenada Race Week
  • RORC 600   Caribbean
  • St Maarten Heineken Regatta
  • St. Barths Regatta
  • Antigua Race Week


  • Yoga & Sail week
  • Wednesday is for Women
  • Fundraising events
  • Team building events
  • Match Racing