Leadership. Communication. Collaboration.

Sailing isn’t just a sport; it’s a life-changing experience that builds self-confidence, leadership skills, and strength. Women in Wind (WIW) cultivates alliances between people who identify as women in our community through the transformative experience of sailing. Sailing utilizes progressive skill building and a positive learning environment to empower women and girls through innovative, customized programs.

It’s an experience with lasting impact that includes personal challenges and time for reflection. In each session, participants lead, communicate, and learn from their peers, providing each student with opportunities for success.

Women in Wind Events

Join us for a festive experience on the waterfront! Events include on-water recreation (sailing or paddling, weather dependent) around Burlington Bay as well as on-shore activities like yoga. Afterwards participants meet on the deck for refreshments, and time to connect with each other.

For Women:

Women in Wind Learn to Sail

If you’re new to the sport or have completed a dinghy learn to sail course, join this fun group of women sailors for programs on small boats or keelboats.

Women in Wind SUP Yoga

Ease into Stand up Paddle Boarding and SUP Yoga at the Community Sailing Center. This  SUP Yoga experience is guaranteed to invigorate, relieve stress, and leave you feeling empowered and centered.

For Girls:

Yogirls and Sailing

All Female Yoga and Sailing

Through yoga and sailing, our campers will connect to both the land and the lake environments as they practice balance, gain strength and become more flexible in the outdoors. Campers will start their day with yoga both on land and on SUPs and learn the basics of sailing in the afternoon. Ages 8-10.

All Girls Sailors and Scientists – NEW!

All Girls STEM and Sailing
Take science to the lake! Each morning will begin with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant – UVM Extension discovering what it means to be a freshwater biologist and designing your very own water sampling equipment and the afternoons are spent sailing with the Sailing Center! Ages 12-15.

Rosie’s Girls Sail – NEW!

All Girls STEM and Sailing
At Rosie’s Girls Sail, campers will explore STEM concepts through hands-on and exciting projects related to boat engineering, wind energy, and lake ecosystems for half of the day. In addition to technical learning, Rosie’s Girls incorporates social and emotional skill development activities known as “Power Skills.” During the other half of the day, campers learn the fundamentals of small boat sailing with the Community Sailing Center on Lake Champlain. Ages 10-13.

Girls Rock the Boat

All Girls Climbing and Sailing
In an all female identifying environment, campers explore Petra Cliffs climbing center, ropes courses and other activities in addition to learning and improving on the fundamental skills of sailing small boats on Lake Champlain. Ages 6-8 and 9-14.

For registration information please contact Petra Cliffs


If you have questions about Women in Wind programs or would like to participate, please contact Mary Dowd at  (802) 864-2499 or mary@communitysailingcenter.org.