Steering the course 2024  - celebrating women on the water

The RYA is celebrating Steering the Course!

Here are some opportunities for women that we’re highlighting during the campaign…

Whether you’re looking for a confidence boost on the water, to learn new skills or even progress in the marine industry, then we’ve got you covered!

Live the sailing club life and find you nearest venue

Sailing clubs are affordable places to get afloat regularly and meet like-minded friends. Many offer women-only sailing sessions as well as taster sails, regular racing and buzzing social calendars! 

Check out what’s going on in your local community

Have you got a competitive streak?

Why not try your hand at racing. There are loads of different ways you can race, whether it's dinghy racing, windsurfing, match racing or even yacht racing.

Find out how to get involved

How about boardsports? 

What better way to escape the stress of a busy week than blasting or even flying across the water with friends.

Anyone can get into windsurfing or the new watersports wingsurfing or wing foiling. 

Read our guide to getting started

Take a course at a training centre 

A course can be a really quick and fun way to progress your skills.  Some training centres may offer women only courses with female instructors.

Find all courses here

Become an Instructor, Coach or Trainer  

Not just a job, it's a lifestyle too. Teaching RYA courses can be a rewarding, challenging and fun career or hobby.

Find out how you can become an instructor

Keep it in the family 

If you’ve got kids, getting them hooked on sailing can give you more time to get on the water too. Not just fun and exercise in the fresh air, invaluable life skills, from problem solving to confidence and teamwork. 

Join in with the whole family

Celebrating your stories

Ella shows that being a mother doesn't stop you being a sailing instructor


Devlatha was scared of water before she discovered yacht sailing


Following a stroke Sally got her life back when she was introduced to her local Sailability group


For single mum Naz, discovering her local sailing club has provided the chance for her family to spend time together


Student Ellie has gone from grassroots fun, to top level racing and is now pursuing a career in the marine industry


Olympian Penny Clark shares her journey from competing to coaching


Find out what you can do to help us get more women out on the water this summer

What is Steering the Course?

Steering the Course is a campaign organised by World Sailing and supported by the RYA and other organisations around the world, Introducing women and girls across the globe to the sport of sailing and promote further opportunities for those already involved. Follow us on our social channels so you don't miss any opportunities.

Interested in how your club can get involved? Head to our Club Steering the Course page.