Girls’ Sailing Programs


In 1996, AdventureSail®, a mentoring program for at-risk girls ages 9 to 14, was introduced and has been a resounding success. You can tell by the smiles on their faces at the day’s conclusion. Nearly 3,000 girls have participated with their mentors since then, with many long-term mentoring relationships formed. Life skills such as leadership, responsibility, teamwork, environmental stewardship, respect for authority and the importance of education are stressed to help these girls grow to successful adults. Our goal is to continue to reach out to new areas of the country to bring AdventureSail® into their lives. We offer Scholarships to sailing and would like to expand that to marine biology and local youth programs as part of this rewarding program.



AdventureSail® Learn To Sail Scholarship

The Women’s Sailing Foundation (WSF) is pleased to offer up to $500 in an AdventureSail® Scholarship for a sailing course to any young girl between the ages of nine (9) and fourteen (14) who has participated in an AdventureSail® event and who would like to learn how to sail and who would not be able to do so without financial assistance.

The Women’s Sailing Foundation offers two scholarship opportunities: Learning to Sail Scholarship for a recognized sailing course and an enhanced sailing experience for a teenaged girl through the Sue Coral Youth Sailing Scholarship.

The AdventureSail® Scholarship can be applied to any recognized sailing program that has partnered with the Women’s Sailing Foundation in support of AdventureSail®.

Our partners include sailing organizations and community youth agencies who have participated in or sponsored an AdventureSail® event.

An AdventureSail® event usually includes a day where young girls have an opportunity to experience sailing through a safe structured program. More information regarding hosting an AdventureSail® event can be obtained by contacting Valli Cook at

The requirements for the young girl requesting a scholarship are listed below:

  • Be between 9 and 14 years old
  • Have participated in an AdventureSail® experience
  • Complete the Scholarship application form
  • Submit a one page composition – Why I would like to learn to sail
  • Prove financial need
  • Provide parental or guardian written consent
  • Provide a letter from affiliated community/Youth program recommending you for a scholarship
  • Provide the name of the recognized youth sailing program in which you plan to enroll.

The requirements for the participating sailing organization are listed below:

  • Letter to WSF AdventureSail® identifying the student who will receive the sailing lessons
  • Confirm that the recipient qualifies to participate in sailing program and registration date
  • Provide updated, published costs to participate in youth sailing program
  • Provide billing/payment requests in advance of student participating.

Please Note:

  • The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the identified sailing program
  • The sailing program must be a WSF AdventureSail® partner
  • The sailing program should have a recognized youth learn-to-sail program at its facility
  • Please click the Request for Scholarship Fund button below for a Request for Scholarship Application or contact your local sailing institution where you participated in an Adventuresail® experience.


Sue Corl Youth Sailing Scholarship

Enchanced Sailing Experience for a Teenage Girl

Sue Corl was one who asked “Why not?” instead of “Why?”

Sue Corl was dedicated to NWSA from the moment in 2000 when she saw a flyer encouraging people to host an AdventureSail® event. She initiated AdventureSail® at Courageous Sailing Center in Charlestown, MA, with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Sue was diligent and adamant about sponsorships for AdventureSail®. She obtained sponsorships every year.

Before her untimely death in 2007, Corl was an enthusiastic board member for several years. In 2009 the board became aware of sailing opportunities for teenage girls and established a scholarship to these special programs. The scholarship would be given in Sue’s memory.

It is not an annual scholarship. When the board identifies an opportunity that fits within our mission, the scholarship is made available. The most recent opportunity was a spot aboard the all-female cruise on the Adventuress in the Pacific Northwest.

The scholarship does not include travel expense.