WoW – Women on Water


Why should the chaps and kids have all the fun?

Make time on Thursday evenings to come and join a bunch of like minded ladies having fun on the water in our beautiful location.

No need for experience, just a willingness to muck in and get a bit wet whilst keeping that grin on your face.

Oh, and a nice meal to top off the evening. What’s not to like?

WoW (Women on Water) sessions run during the summer months with the first date for 2016 being Thursday 5 May. Please keep an eye on the website and/or the club noticeboard for further information and how to register.

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WoW – Week 17 - posted on 26th Aug 2016

wow2This Girl Can

The Royal Yachting Association has published this press release about what we are doing.

Felpham Sailing Club is proving that ‘This Girl Can’ thanks to special newly-developed ‘girls-only’ sessions to get more females sailing.

So far up to 20 females have been taking advantage of the club’s Women on Water – or WOW – sessions since they started in June in response to Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign to get more females into sport.

For the past three years the club has run sessions to encourage non-sailing female members to get involved, but this is the first year these sessions have been opened up to newcomers in line with the aims of the Sport’s England’s initiative.

According to Sport England, there are currently two million fewer women than men regularly playing sport in England, but 75% of 14-40 year old women say they want to exercise more.

A survey conducted by sailing’s national governing body, the RYA, showed that in 2014 average sailing club membership in England was 58% male and 42% female, highlighting the fact not only does the sport already have a lot of women involved but that figure had actually increased by 11% from 2013.

wow3Felpham SC has wasted no time showing local females why sailing could be the sporting answer they are looking for, as Catherine Hemsley, who is leading the sessions, says: “In our experience there so many reasons women haven’t tried sailing, including being the main child carers, which often means limited time.

“In addition, some want to give space for their partner or child to sail or they feel self-conscious about learning in front of their partner or others. They are also sometimes nervous of water or don’t feel fit enough or think they can do it.

“The reality is sailing is a great hobby, which is accessible to all. The current success of WOW is down to the fact that the sessions are very relaxed, social, run by females and includes a shared meal prepared by one of the club members after sailing.

“For some of the women it’s been a chance to get involved in their children’s sport, for others it’s the appeal of the fresh air and opportunity to be fitter. The challenge of learning and mastering a new skill and satisfying a competitive streak are also reasons the women and girls have come along.”

The sessions take place every Thursday from 6pm until the end of August and are open to anyone of any level of experience to get involved. Depending on skill level and confidence, participants are guided through the basics, including land-based theory, with the aim of encouraging the women to enjoy being on the water and even start racing. Girls as young as 10 can join in and there is no upper age limit.

Catherine added: “Our motivation for launching WOW was to increase opportunities for girls and women in sailing and racing and to share the wonderful sport. We want to show women who watch their children and partners sail they can do it themselves, and women who have never had a go at the sport how easy and affordable it is to actually become a sailor. We’ve been delighted with the early response to WOW and are looking forward to seeing it grow over the summer.”

To get involved contact the club to let them know you’re interested or just turn up and make yourself known. The first two tasters sessions are free for non-members. Felpham SC is a recognised RYA Training Centre meaning it conforms to the highest standards of quality and safety.

To find out how you can get involved in WOW or all the other activities the club is running this summer visit


Here is the current planned calendar for Women on Water events at Felpham Sailing Club.

DateTimeEventHighwaterHeight (m)
Thu 27 AprtbcWomen on Water - Welcome reception12:405.9
Thu 4 May18:00Women on Water - first sailing evening19:204.6
Thu 11 May18:00Women on Water12:405.4
Thu 18 May18:00Women on Water17:004.5
Thu 25 May18:00Women on Water11:305.7
Thu 1 Jun18:00Women on Water17:405.0
Thu 8 Jun18:00Women on Water11:305.2
Thu 15 Jun18:00Women on Water15:405.0
Thu 22 Jun18:00Women on Water10:205.4
Thu 29 Jun18:00Women on Water16:205.4
Thu 6 Jul18:00Women on Water10:204.8
Thu 13 Jul18:00Women on Water14:405.3
Thu 20 Jul18:00Women on Water09:004.9
Thu 27 Jul18:00Women on Water15:105.8
Thu 3 Aug18:00Women on Water08:504.3
Thu 10 Aug18:00Women on Water13:405.6
Thu 17 Aug18:00Women on Water20:104.8
Thu 24 Aug18:00Women on Water - Cindy Bloor Trophy14:006.0
Thu 31 Aug18:00Women on Water19:304.2
Thu 7 SeptbcWomen on Water - Celebration evening12:405.7

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