Joan Thayer and Sue Corl were the chief architects of the first annual all-day conference for women sailors at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Innumerable women sailors of all abilities have long been inspired by the work Thayer has done behind the scenes for 18 consecutive years. Joan and a cadre of dedicated volunteers worked to help well qualified women sailors to share their knowledge and expertise. Additionally Thayer and the committee organized a silent auction and sell raffle tickets year after year.

These annual fundraising efforts for the Women’s Sailing Foundation to support the AdventureSail® program and the Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship have been key in maintaining the financial health of WSF/NWSA. The conference will continue to support Joan Thayer’s legacy and our mission of advancing women’s sailing on many levels.

2019 Leadership in Women’s Sailing honoree

Pat Dieselman exemplifies leadership in sailing by serving as a mentor, teacher and role model for women entering the sport, particularly as adults.


Workshops for women taught by top notch instructors

The Marine Diesel and Marine Electrical and Systems and other hands-on workshops are taught by highly qualified instructors offering women sailors experiential learning.

AdventureSail®—Making Changes Come About®

AdventureSail® is a nationwide program for at risk girls ages nine to 14. The one-day introductory sailing event is a rewarding experience for the volunteers as well as the girls. Girls are experiencing the joys of sailing in conjunction with sailing venues across the US. Through the program we strive to provide a positive activity for girls that will encourage positive life choices, develop self-confidence to overcome adverse living conditions and introduce career paths and opportunities that involve the marine industry, marine related sciences and their local waters. Contact us to learn more:

Congratulations to the St. Croix Yacht Club for hosting their first AdventureSail, the first event of the 2019 season.

Check out photos from the 2018 AdventureSail®.