Welcome to CIWSA!

Our Mission

The mission of the Channel Islands Women’s Sailing Association is to support and encourage women sailors of all experience levels. By participating in educational activities both on and off the water, we develop our sailing skills and promote the Corinthian spirit. Via our community outreach program, CIWSA strives to also foster a love of sailing in local girls, particularly those who might not otherwise be exposed to the sport.

Our Activities

At least one on-the-water event is scheduled each month. These include…

  • CIWSA Daysails
  • Ventura Caregivers Sailathon
  • Annual Island Trip
  • Lady at the Helm race
  • “Boo Cruise” GPS on-the-water training
  • A day on a Catalina 37 with coaches from SeaGals, Long Beach

Our off-the-water events include

  • General meetings featuring sailing-related presentations from guest speakers
  • Sailing Convention for Women in Newport Beach
  • Fundraising to support our youth sailing scholarship program

Our General Meetings

CIWSA holds approximately 9 general meetings on the 2nd Thursday of most months, either at Channel Islands Yacht Club (in CI Harbor) or Pierpoint Bay Yacht Club (in Ventura Harbor). We sometimes attend the Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s Speaker Series, and we host a holiday party in December. Each meeting is comprised of a no-host reception and dinner followed by a guest speaker. A brief business meeting is held at the end of the evening. Our general meetings run from 6:30 to 8:30.

Come Check Us Out!

We invite potential new members to attend one daysail and/or two of our meetings without any obligation to join. After that, visitors are asked to join the club if they would like to continue sailing and attending meetings. Our membership fees are $100 annually.

Please come and visit! Bring your family members and friends. We would love to meet you!

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