Category: Women Sailors

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

Reaching to Cape Horn, woman holds 4th place

By David Pendered Dec. 14 – The only female skipper racing in the Globe40, the round-the-world sailboat race, is in fourth place as the five-boat fleet reaches toward Cape Horn this weekend, after the tough slog from Tahiti that’s offered winds of up to 50 knots and following seas with waves rising more than 20 […]

‘I forgot who I am’ – Skipper Mélodie Schaffer

By David Pendered Oct. 22 – The only female skipper racing the Globe40 said farewell to family, career and life on land three years ago and returned to her first love – sailing. Mélodie Schaffer broke the news to her family after competing about three years ago in the Caribbean 600, a race around 11 […]

Two rock stars, one national championship

By David Pendered Au. 18 – Two rock stars of women’s match racing prepare to face off this weekend in the legacy-rich waters of Oyster Bay, off New York’s Long Island Sound, in a regatta celebrating its 20th anniversary as the nation’s governing body of sailing seeks to infuse more equity into the sport. Nicole Breault […]

King’s regatta: Women sailors, sustainability

By David Pendered Aug. 8 – An elite Spanish regatta in the Mediterranean has concluded, and with it the third women’s division to participate and an intense sustainability program intended to reduce the event’s environmental impact. The Copa del Rey/MAPFRE is a major event in the Mediterranean yachting and social circuit, hosted by the king of […]

Women make history – at 42 knots

By David Pendered July 26 – Two women helped crew boats to podium finishes in the 2022 Pro Sailing Tour, a European regatta fought with boats that look like spaceships and fly above the water at speeds to nearly 50 mph. Perhaps the most notable part of the women’s victories is what didn’t happen – […]