To encourage and support women sailors of all experience levels. By participating in educational activities on and off the water, we develop our sailing skills and promote the Corinthian spirit among our members and friends. Through our community outreach programs, CIWSA also strives to foster a love of sailing in local youth, particularly young women who might not otherwise be exposed to the sport.
CIWSA was established in 2010 by a small group of women who had found joy and camaraderie sailing together as an all-women crew of beginning racers. We were admitted to SCYA (Southern California Yachting Association) in 2011.
We have met many more women sailors in our area and found our niche. As expressed by a Charter Member in the early days, CIWSA is not trying to compete with the local yacht clubs, but rather to complete them. We continue to work within the local sailing community to encourage more opportunities for women and girls.
• CIWSA holds approximately 8 Get-Togethers on the 2nd Thursday of most months, usually at Channel Islands Yacht Club Programs cover the gamut of sailing-related topics and are always informative and entertaining.
• Sailing book club - Zoom group discussion of interesting sailing-related books on the 4th Tuesday of every other month, starting January 24
• Training videos about sailing, racing, docking, marine weather, etc.
We usually organize 2 afternoon daysails per month - on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Sunday - and sometimes more.
Many of our members own boats and/or have skipper privileges through Fairwind Yacht Club-Channel Islands (a sailing co-op with small boats and keelboats, 22ft and above) and through an agreement with Channel Islands Yacht Club for the use (and maintenance) of three J24s.
• In collaboration with Channel Islands Yacht Club and community sailors, CIWSA hosts AdventureSail® Day for underserved girls, 9-14 years old, in mid-August
• CIWSA members and boats also participate in CIYC’s Disabled Veterans Sail Day (June) and the VC Caregivers’ Sailathon (October)
• CIWSA provides summer sailing camp tuition scholarships for local youth, ages 8 – 18, for up to 2 weeks of instruction through a certified local program of their choice
• Field trips to Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Channel Islands Visitor Center, seabird & marine sanctuaries, and more…
• Harbor cleanup days
• Summer & Holiday Parties
• Sailing conventions
• We are members of US Sailing, SCYA, and ASBCYC. Enter your own boat in races under the CIWSA burgee
• Race with the wahines on the Commodore's Tartan Ten, "WAILANI," or on a J24
• Volunteer for Race Committee or shoreside duties for the Lady at the Helm race, which we co-sponsor with Channel IslandsYacht Club
CIWSA and our current Commodore were recently inducted into the International Order of the Blue Gavel (IOBG), a nonprofit organization comprising prior (“staff”) commodores from various yacht clubs who have committed to continue to support their clubs and communities all over the world.