Saturday, April 29, 2017

Promoting Women’s Match Racing

J/22s sailing San Francisco match race (San Francisco, CA)- The US Sailing Match Racing Committee has put together a “Women in Match Racing” working group and Liz Baylis has been asked to lead it.  The group has been tasked with “promoting women in match racing and creating and inspiring programs to increase the number of women participating in match racing in the U.S. and raising the level of all women who match race.”

As a working group, Liz and crew are brainstorming and gathering ideas on how best to accomplish this.  Please do not hesitate to drop them an email to share your ideas, let them know about existing programs, and help them identify contacts at clubs or sailing centers that might be interested in hosting clinics or starting new match racing programs.  One of the first events they wish to promote is taking place on J/22s at St Francis YC- July 7th to 9th on San Francisco Bay.  The Clinic is from July 7-8 and they will host a Grade 5 Regatta on July 9th.

The program will be run by an all-star cast of women’s match racers- Nicole Breault, Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheiser, and Hannah Burroughs.  They will coach sailors on nine matched J/22’s supplied by St Francis YC.  The event is for experienced women sailors who want to learn to match race.   Sailors can sign up as individuals ($95) or as a team ($380).   More sailing information and the event NOR can be found here.   Contact Nicole Breault ( with any questions.  Nicole is the 2nd ranked U.S. Women’s match racer and 6th in the World, plus she’s the only woman ranked in the Open (including men’s) Ranking- 5th in USA and 29th in the World (a remarkable achievement that is)! Add to Flipboard Magazine.