Category: Women Sailors

Stories about the 5 percent of offshore sailors who are female.

Gen Z women sailors – Olympic pioneers

By David Pendered July 6 – US Olympian Daniela Moroz is among the Gen Zs carrying the future of sailing into the Paris Summer Olympic Games, and beyond. At age 23, Moroz fits the bill to compete in a hot new Olympic class – the foil kiteboard. The boat looks like a snowboard that rides […]

Swedes take unexpected flight to top of 49erFXs

By David Pendered Aug. 16 — Two women who were ranked “best of the rest” have soared to the top of the class in the double-handed skiff, the high-performance 49erFX. Sailing for Sweden, Vilma Bobeck and Rebecca Netzler have a lead that is virtually insurmountable. They hold a 36-point net lead over the Brazilian team […]

USA’s Daniela Moroz sets blazing start in kiteboarding

By David Pendered Aug. 14 — The years of controversy faded when Daniela Moroz flew her kite board Monday to first place in the first day of racing in the ongoing inauguration of kiteboarding as an Olympic sport. The 22-year-old USA sailor named “one to watch” in the 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships turned in […]

New mom takes a first in first race of Olympic qualifier

By David Pendered Aug. 13 — The first-place finish Sunday by a Dutch skipper who delivered her first child last summer showed that, even after recent childbirth, Marit Bouwmeester remains one of the world’s elite competitive sailors. Bouwmeester, 35, rose to the challenge laid down by writers for the International Olympic Committee in their breathless […]

Future of women’s sailing gathers along North Sea

By David Pendered Aug. 11 — Leaders of the next generation of women sailors to compete in blue water campaigns and as social influences are gathered on the shore of the North Sea to race in the primary qualifying event for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games. The 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships has attracted a […]

Female sailors, female funders make history in The Ocean Race

By David Pendered July 5 — The Ocean Race of 2022-23 is a history-making moment in the role of women in round-the-world sailboat racing.  Two points resonate: A woman co-founded the U.S. syndicate whose boat took first place; and more women than ever before participated in an historic race that dates to the 1973 Whitbread […]

Canadian woman sets record in leg of Globe40

By David Pendered Feb. 19 – Candadian skipper Mélodie Schaffer set a speed record as she sailed into Grenada in first place on the leg of the Globe40 sailboat race from Brazil to Grenada. Schaffer and co-skipper Tom Pierce set a 24-hour event record by covering 347 miles at an average speed of 14.5 knots. […]

New pathways for young female sailors

By David Pendered Jan. 21 – New routes into professional sailing may be emerging for young women, judging by experiences of sailors in The Ocean Race. Two striking examples are represented by Annie Lush, a British Olympian in match racing, and Rosalin Kuiper, a Dutch blue water racer with no Olympic experience. The routes they […]