RacingOWSA exists to promote and facilitate the participation of women in all aspects of sailing and nothing will help you gain and hone your skills faster than racing. We provide opportunities to learn racing rules and strategies and practice starting and rounding the mark through our Racing Tactics Class, Basic Racing Clinic, Women's Regatta, and Beer Can races. Racing events are a fantastic forum to learn or advance one's sailing skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Many OWSA members participate in formal and informal races throughout the year.
Racing provides opportunities to learn and grow on several levels. The finer points of sailing—sail trim, racing tactics, and boat handling—are thoroughly tested while racing. In addition, effective communication, team dynamics, and individual confidence building are direct benefits as well.
Sign up for the Racing Tactics Class, Basic Racing Clinic or Women's Regatta and we'll see you at the finish!
Race Captains: Adrienne Lacavaro & Katie Drew
On-deck (2016): Jan Burkardt
Race Committee: Mary Hartel, Sally Jo Edwards, Karen Anderson, Edie Felix, Jean Donnelly, Rachelle Lazenby
Racing Tactics: Prepare for the racing season with this look at winning strategies and tactics for Columbia River sailors. Caleb Borcher, professional sailor and America’s Cup veteran, who grew up sailing on the Columbia, will share his insights.
Race Clinic: An intermediate course designed to give women with solid, basic sailing skills an opportunity to learn and race with an all-women crew. The course stresses the 2015 Racing Rules of Sailing and how they are applied to racing tactics.
Women’s Regatta: Competitive women sailors pit their racing skills against one another in this one evening regatta with up to three races scheduled.
Beer Can Races: Friday Night Beer Can Races offer a fun introduction to racing or a great way to end the busy week. There are no protests or official winners in Beer Can races but bribing the Race Committee is highly encouraged! OWSA sponsors at least one race per year with post-race socials.
Race Management Training Program: TBD
Leadership in the OWSA Racing program is built through our Race Management Training Program. This unique program offers 3-4 OWSA members the opportunity to plan, run, and officiate races. The program works in corporation with the Pacific International Yachting Association (PIYA) which encourages and fosters the development of sailboat racing across the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. PIYA supports the development and use of common racing standards for sailors to use within their respective yacht clubs and organizations and provides race management seminar opportunities. For more information, email the Race Captain.