Since 1984, the first and leading
sailing school designed by women, for women.
Customized instruction for couples, families, corporate and social groups; Young Womanship 7th to 12th grade classes.
At Womanship®, we bring together women of all ages - 18 to 82, so far - from diverse backgrounds, from every part of the world, in harmonious collaboration and in a conducive learning environment, to take part in a sailing journey of self discovery, self fulfillment and the acquisition of real skills, real strengths, the ability to team and to lead, in harmony with nature..
Join us! Your path from student to take-charge skipper begins with Womanship®. Start now and picture yourself at the helm.
Deborah Hipkins at Oia in the Aegean
A Couple's or Family's
|Daytime Sailing from Annapolis
on the Chesapeake Bay
Sailing's in the Air
especially in the Aegean!
the Sailor You Want to Be
Daytime, LiveAboard & PassageMaking
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LiveAboard & Daytime Only
Florida Keys (Oct.-May)
October 12-16, 26-30
Sail & See Adventures in Greece & Turkey
First available dates Sept. 21-29, Sept. 21-Oct. 2
Sail & See Belize in the Western Caribbean Oct. 19-25, 26-Nov.1, Nov. 2-8
New Zealand 10-Day Sail & See Adventures
Jan. 25-2/3, 2/4-13, 3/1-10
Sail Yourself Safely Home
at your yacht club, marina, boatyard
Instruction on Your Own Boat
Gift Certificates available
See info on Sailing Locations:
Annapolis, Md., on Chesapeake Bay
British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Long Island Sound & New England's
Narragansett Bay & the Coast of Maine
East Greenwich, RI
Greek Isles & Turkey
Vancouver, BC and the Gulf Islands
See our 2013/2014 Calendar for dates in Annapolis, Long Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, Maine, Vancouver, BC & the Gulf Islands, and Sail & See Adventures in the Greek Isles, Turkey and Ireland.
Plan to arrive in Athens the afternoon of the first day of your Adventure. Whether you plan to sail and see for 9 or 12 days, you will be welcomed by your instructor on board in late afternoon and have a cool drink as you stow your gear and become oriented to your floating home and classroom. As evening approaches, you will enjoy a walk along the shore to a Welcome Aboard! Dinner at a typical local taverna.
Once on board, your boat will be your floating classroom, hotel and restaurant, at least for breakfast and lunch, as it is customary in the Greek Isles to dine most evenings at local tavernas on shore.What to expect on your LiveAboard learning cruise
Long and gentle, sometimes challenging sails on the exquisite Aegean Sea
Sailing during the day and anchoring or "Mediterranean docking" to go ashore in the evening - a learning adventure in itself
Time to wander amid spectacular scenery and ancient ruins
Evenings at tiny restaurants on shore, or onboard, under the stars
Time to explore ancient & modern Athens, the Acropolis, Plaka, the Parthenon, the Agorra ( the market), ask questions of professionals, visit archeological and historic sites on the Islands
Chart Briefings before you set sail, and learning the Greek piloting system
Strolls through colorful fishing villages & tours of Byzantine churches
Local dancing, endless varieties of olives, cheese, figs, nuts, yogurt and fresh breads
And much more ...
More about the Islands:
On a 12-day Adventure, in addition to visits to Poros, Hydra, Aegina and Spetses, you will sail farther down the exquisite Peloponnesian coast to more distant isles, such as Ierekas, Monemvasia, Leonidhion and Nauplion, or, weather and crew permitting, add the Cycladic Islands such as Kea, Serifos, and Mykonos.
Whether your adventure is 9 days or 12 days long, plan to arrive in Athens by the afternoon of the first day of your Adventure. You will join your instructor on board in late afternoon, have a cool drink and stow your gear before enjoying a walk along the shore to a Welcoming Dinner at a typical Greek taverna.
Once on board, your boat will be your floating classroom, hotel and restaurant, at least for breakfast and lunch, as it is customary in the Greek Isles to dine most evenings at local tavernas on shore. Some of the Highlights along your Learning Cruise will be:
Each island has its own personality and charm. If time and weather permit, you may visit other islands such as Galatas to visit the fragrant pine and lemon groves. The Lemondasos, is a 25,000 lemon tree grove that was planted after Greece's War of Independence. Following this visit, like an oasis, the Kardassi Taverna comes into view, where you can taste the freshest and possibly strongest) lemonade you've ever had..
After disembarking, anticipate a late morning return to Athens for the final day and evening of your Sail & See Adventure. First, check into your hotel which be within walking distance or a short bus or taxi ride from the Acropolis, the Agora (market) and the Plaka, the famous national Bazaar..
In the afternoon, you will be picked up to embark on a professionally guided tour of City and the Acropolis after which you and your crewmates may like to visit the National Museum, where many of the artifacts you see will evoke memories of the antiquities you saw in situ on the islands you visited.
A trip to the site of Agamemnon's castle at Sounion in the late afternoon - to make sure you see it at sunset - is a spectacular option. And on the 12-day Sail & See Adventure, the magical and mystical oracle at Delphi for the day or overnight, is another..
On your last evening, you will gather at your hotel for a closing toast, and then likely top it off with a visit to the Plaka, the National Bazaar, which never seems to close. After a night's rest, breakfast at the hotel in the morning, perhaps some last-minute shopping or touring, if there is time, and then, reluctantly, home, unless you’ve made plans to continue on to Santorini, Mykonos, or on to Delphi or the like.
Tuition includes instruction and cruising, Welcoming Dinner, onboard accommodations, food and beverages, Hotel breakfast, Guided Tours, and Reception.
If you would like to study up a bit about Greece before your visit, browse Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey, Thornton Wilder's Woman of Andros, and Irving Stone's The Gold Treasures of Iris Leaman. More recent books are those by Nicholas Gage about his heroic mother, Eleni, and his family's immigration to America. Some delightful heartwarming films about Greece are "Zorba the Greek," "Shirley Valentine," and "Never on Sunday." Search online for more serious and up to date films and news about life in the Greek Isles.
… from Womanship at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show that ended April 28…
Vivian (right) on her boat Serenade, a 28’ Beneteau, a boat she bought immediately following a week-long course with Womanship in the BVI, in April of 2001. Vivian is an inspiring Alum who volunteers with us at boat shows to tell would-be sailors that “sailing with Womanship changed my life.” This summer, she’s holding a Sail Yourself Safely Home session on board her boat in Connecticut, working with a Womanship Instructor. To join her, call us at 800-342-9295.
From historic Annapolis, enjoy spring sailing LiveAboard or Daytime, while cruising Chesapeake Bay. (See Course Calendar for dates through October).
By the end of May, you can live and learn aboard on LiveAboard courses, while cruising the waters of our sailing sites across the USA and Canada, the Greek Isles and Turkey. October through May, we sail the warmer climes of Florida, the Caribbean and New Zealand in the southern reaches of the Pacific Ocean.
To help you plan your course, call on us to help you select the course and location that are best for you to learn, practice and prove to yourself, step by practical step, in the Womanship Way that you know what to do and when, why and how to do it, for yourself and to sail and manage both boat and crew as partner and take charge skipper.
A Couple's Learning Getaway
See our Course Calendar for Savings for Womanship Alums and groups of up to 6 participants.
Please call contact us with questions:
Come aboard a 2-day session to learn 17 safety, control and emergency skills & tasks to sail safely home every day and in the event of an emergency. Or, call to schedule a Sail Yourself Safely Home clinic aboard your boat as a club or association SYSH event at your club, marina or boatyard.
75-minute hands-on, instructional DVD and new SYSH Book
DVD, $12 - as long as supplies last. Plus! 10% savings on new SYSH book, coming soon!
Call us at 800-342-9295 to schedule thru 2013
Next Available Dates
October 12-16, 26-30
Join us to live and learn aboard. Practice and master a complete sailing and cruising curriculum, as you cruise and explore the incomparable Keys.
You'll be welcomed aboard at Coconut Grove, our accessible and inviting departure point on Biscayne Bay. Guided by your Captain/Instructor, you and your crewmates will get know the boat you will sail, learn to take the helm, unfurl your sails and journey to Key Biscayne, first day's destination. Each day, you will plot and pilot your nautical course on a new adventure, learning and advancing each of the skills and tasks to sail and manage both boat and crew.
Call us at 800-342-9295, for details and assistance with your plans.
Take the helm to sail Belize in the western Caribbean at the helm of a catamaran, your floating classroom and hotel for an outstanding Sail and See adventure. Plot and pilot each day's course to an unspoiled, waterscape of 175 cays. Revel in snorkeling the world's second largest barrier reef. Draw conch, lobster, fish from the sea. Visit Mayan ruins and a native population of monkeys.
Next available dates: October 19-25, 26-November 1, November 2-8
Annapolis - April-October 31
Custom learning getaways for couples, families, groups - Private Instruction on your own boat, Sail Yourself Safely Home sessions on our boats or your club, marina, or boatyard.
The Florida Keys - October-June
Belize - Learn to Sail and See Belize in the western Caribbean, at the helm of a catamaran, your two-hulled floating classroom and hotel
Sail & See Adventures in the Greek Isles & Turkey - June/July, September, October
Long Island Sound and New England - Narragansett Bay & Maine coast, May-September, where sailing and the sea are synonymous.
The Coast of Maine is our primary site for Adverse Conditions Training.
Vancouver, BC & the Gulf Islands - June-September
Give yourselves the gift of becoming the sailors and sailing partners you want to be while cruising the Florida Keys, the British Virgin Islands or our homeport of Annapolis on Chesapeake Bay!
Using the boat and the natural sailing environment as your classroom and guided by a Womanship-trained, US Coast Guard-licensed instructor, each day you will plot your nautical course and take the helm to pilot it to a new destination.
LiveAboard Cruising Course tuition includes onboard accommodations, food and beverages. Call 800-342-9295 for details
The boat and natural sailing environment are the classroom for learning
Under Womanship-trained, USCG-licensed instructors, students learn for themselves and with crewmates
Hands-on practice and progress de-briefings on individual skills and tactics, decision-making
Daily checks to become an expert on boat's systems and readiness
Boats leave the dock only after systems & weather checks, day's course is plotted to next destination
Practice in 17 Safety, control, emergency skills to sail safely every day & under adverse conditions
Practice in overboard recovery, heaving-to, always knowing where you are, using the boat's equipment as a safety resource
Time to focus on specific skills and performance; i.e., docking, anchoring
Courses available in temperate to more challenging areas such as the Maine coast
Advanced Coastal, Thru-the-night, Offshore PassageMaking
"Sail Yourself Safely Home (SYSH)"Instructional DVD, 1¼ hrs. Filmed during 2-day SYSH hands-on session. See the Womanship Way in action. Plus pre-Print copy of SYSH Step by Step Guide: Holiday Savings: $15.00 + shipping and handling.
Famous "nobody yells" T-shirt -- periwinkle: logo & lettering in white (S-XXL) Alum T-shirt for alums-only -- deep purple: logo, lettering in teal $17.00.
Brand new Womanship caps! Sailor's top choice Adams' caps in nautical red, dusk, periwinkle, or cactus with the Womanship logo and "nobody yells" embroidered in white. $26.50 plus shipping & handling.
Burgee with Womanship logo and Nobody Yells - Womanship Burgee (2 sided, raspberry with white "nobody yells") $25.00.
For details, call us at 800-342-9295
137 Conduit Street
Annapolis, MD 21401