Introducing Wind & Women
Are you a female sailor, interested in learning to sail or race sailboats with an all-women crew? Join Wind & Women - MSC's women's sailing program! While we believe that anyone can learn from any of our excellent instructors, we are eager to create a supportive and encouraging program in which women support women in achieving their sailing goals.
Women Take the Helm
The legacy of women in sailing dates back to the 1700s with infamous pirates Anna Bonney and Hannah Reed aboard the pirate sloop Revenge. Throughout history, women have been making their mark in the sailing community, setting circumnavigation records, leading all-female race teams and making it clear that the sea is a big enough challenge for both men and women. From Krystyna Chojnowska-Liskiewicz, the first woman to circumnavigate the world, to Laura Dekker - the youngest, and Jeanne Socrates - the oldest, female sailors have been adding their finesse to sailing for centuries. (To read more about cool women sailors, see A History of Women in Sailing and 13 Top Female Sailors.)
Learn to Sail on San Francisco Bay
Wind & Women is focused on building this legacy and growing the community of female sailors who make the Bay Area their home. Taught by Captains Kira Maixner, Laura Parent, Katie Cornetta, Andrea Geisinger, and Sophie Everatt, courses accommodate all skill levels and provide an inclusive and open atmosphere for learning how to sail confidently. Even the unique biomechanics of the female body means taking a different approach to moving around the boat and powering up the sails. Take the helm, hone your skills, and skipper like a pro - join Wind & Women and sign up for one of our American Sailing Association courses!
Finding Wind & Women courses on our schedule is easy - simply go to the Schedule page and click the "All Classes" drop-down list, as shown in the screenshot below.
Wind & Women Race Team
The Wind & Women program includes an all-women race team! To join the Wind & Women Race Team, first complete the co-ed Recreational Race Clinic, then sign up for Wind & Women races.
There are three ways to sign up for Wind & Women courses and races - call (415) 331-8250, email us, or check the Schedule and enroll online. Pricing for Wind & Women courses and races is the same as for co-ed courses and races.
*Note: If enrollment numbers for a Wind & Women race boat is too low to meet the required minimum number of racers, the boat may be converted to co-ed.