The Women & Girls in Sailing website is dedicated to you - female sailors and potential female sailors in Victoria, whether it be in keelboats or dinghies. Its purpose is to help you get sailing, enjoy sailing and keep sailing!
The Women & Girls in Sailing program was initiated by the Yachting Victoria Women & Girls In Sailing Committee (WGISC) in 2012. The group are working to:
- Increase female membership of, and participation in, clubs – from sailing to race management to club leadership and management
- Encourage girls to take up and continue in the sport through support of GreenFleet, training camps, girl school sailing and regattas
- Promote female keelboat and off the beach sailing with new initiatives for Learn to Sail courses targeted at females
- Set up a network of WGIS club representatives
The program aligns with Yachting Victoria’s mission 'to have more people participating more successfully, and enjoying boating and sailing at our member organizations' through -
- Providing input and assistance with the Vic Health Women & Girls in Sailing program
- Assisting with educating the sailing community in regards to awareness for sexual harassment, anti-discrimination, violence against women awareness
- Sourcing funding opportunities
- Eliminating barriers to entry to the sport
- Supporting Pilot projects such as Green Fleet sailing and Introduction to Keelboat courses
- Implementing the Women’s Participation Plan in the YV Strategic Plan
- Participation programs and initiatives
- Identifying ‘Female friendly Club Contacts’ as a contact for women new to the sport and women currently in the sport
- The promotion of events; both social and racing
- YV to develop a sense of shared objectives across the clubs and other stakeholders for the best interests of the sport
- Sharing ‘best practice’ across clubs, classes and those that deliver the sport.
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In 2012 Yachting Victoria conducted research locally with groups of current female sailors and current female non-sailors about the sport. Please find results below as both summary and full report for each group.
Further research was conducted in 2015.