Empowering women and girls through the sport of sailing.

Sailing isn’t just a sport; it’s a life-changing experience that builds self-confidence, leadership skills, and strength. The Community Sailing Center’s Women in Wind programs uses sailing as a medium to address the unique challenges faced by Vermont girls and women. Working with confident female instructors, girls and women are challenged and supported in an accepting atmosphere, while learning from a positive role model and mentor.

In each session, participants embark on a voyage with adventures and discoveries along the way. It’s an experience with lasting impact that includes personal growth, time for reflection, and team-building activities, providing each student with an opportunity for success.

For Women:

Women in Wind Dinghy Learn to Sail – NEW!

Dinghies offer an excellent opportunity to get an active, hands-on introduction to the sport of sailing. Our boats are 12-14 feet long and seat 2 adults. These fun vessels bring you close to the water, allowing you to feel how the waves and wind affect the boat immediately. On the very first day you learn how to recover a capsized boat while getting wet in Lake Champlain. This program is for women of varying abilities to sail in a relaxed environment and build their sailing knowledge with the group, however we will follow a beginner learn to sail curriculum. At the end of each session participants have improved smallboat sailing skills, increased self-confidence on and off the water, and are part of a new crew of women sailors.

Drop-in Sailing

Experience the thrill of sailing on board a keelboat in a positive, stress-free learning environment on an introductory 2-hour sail in Burlington Bay. You can sign up online or the day of the program (starting at 12pm, pending availability). The boat leaves the dock promptly at 5:45pm. In the event of inclement weather or low enrollment the program will be canceled by 5pm that evening. Please call the CSC at 802-864-2499 for program updates and registration. Registration can also be placed through the link below.

Women in Wind SUP Yoga

Ease into Stand up Paddle Boarding and SUP Yoga at the Community Sailing Center. Class begins with basic SUP and paddle stroke instruction on land, followed by a guided paddling warm up, and finally out to a water “studio” best suited to the weather conditions of the day. Here students embark on a series of yoga postures designed to bring awareness to balance and alignment. Participants practice strengthening and stretching postures while experiencing a deep connection to the natural world. SUP Yoga is guaranteed to invigorate, relieve stress, and leave you feeling empowered and centered.

Women in Wind Bike and Paddle

For the first time ever, in partnership with the Catamount Outdoor Family Center, women will connect with both the land and the water in this one day biking and stand up paddleboarding clinic. Taught by women, for women, this encouraging clinic teaches basic mountain bike handling skills in the morning and will explore the fundamentals of stand up paddling in the afternoon. Enjoy a day of confidence building, exploration and camaraderie.
Bring Your Own Bike or rent from Catamount Outdoor Family Center. Participants start the day at Catamount and are responsible for transport at lunch to the CSC, where the program will conclude at 4:30pm.

Adult Learn-to-Sail Courses

We also have 15-hour certificate courses that teach the basics of sailing in an all-female environment

Women in Wind Summer Events

Join us for a festive evening on the waterfront! Events begin with on-water recreation (sailing or paddling, weather dependent) around Burlington Bay. Afterwards participants meet on the deck for short presentations, refreshments, and time to connect with each other.

2017 Events TBA

To be added to the mailing list for Women in Wind, contact Associate Director Jen Guimaraes at (802) 864-2499.

For Girls:

Group Sailing

Multi-week programs bring together progressive skill building, dedicated staff, and a learning environment built on collaborative success. Students work together to sail their boats and discover the leadership and communication skills necessary to navigate not only a sailboat but also the challenges they face in their own lives.


Certified instructors introduce girls to locally relevant environmental science while encouraging questions and providing guidance as they perform experiments to find their own answers. The Community Sailing Center is dedicated to introducing girls to careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and giving them an opportunity to explore the world around them.

Youth Learn-to-Sail Courses

Sailors and Scientists – New!

All-girls Stem and Sailing
Take science to the lake! Each morning will begin with the basics of sailing on keel boats at the Sailing Center followed by afternoons at ECHO discovering what it means to be a freshwater biologist and designing your very own water sampling equipment! Ages 8-12

Girls Rock the Boat – New!

All Female Climbing and Sailing
Female campers will explore Petra Cliffs’ ropes course and other climbing activities. Campers also enjoy the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on the lake. Girls ages 11 – 15.

Contact and Applications

If you have questions about Women in Wind programs please contact, Associate Director Jen Guimaraes at (802) 864-2499. To apply for a program please complete the 2016 Women in Wind Application.