WoW: Women on the Water

This program is designed to give women of all ages and from all walks of life the opportunity to experience sailing in both a racing and non-racing capacity. Whether you used to sail, are currently sailing, trying to learn from your partner or have watched from ashore and always wanted to give it a try NOW IS THE TIME!  Build your sailing knowledge and lets empower females to get on the water.

Established in 2015 by Jessica Koenig, who, upon connecting with moms and other women in sailing, recognized an opportunity to build a community and create a women-led environment to learn how to sail. Join us and let sailing change your life.

Be sure to be prepared with the proper attire, closed toed shoes, sun protection, and a water bottle. Must be able to swim unaided without a PFD.

WOW First Sail

Are you ready to give sailing a try but not sure not if you’re ready to commit to a full class? Then come down for your First Sail on our Dinghy 420 boats! This is a national initiative to engage more people in the sport of sailing. In these 3 hour sessions, you will learn the basics: rigging, parts of the boat, points of sail, steering, and tacking and jibing. These are double handed two person boats that are able to capsize.

Cost: $80

Sundays: 2-5pm

May (12 Mother’s Day), 19, 26

Dinghy Racing

This course is for women that have a stronger sailing background and want to further their racing skills or race for fun! These will take place at the College of Charleston Sailing Center on Tuesday Nights in their 420 and FJ double-handed boats. Whether we carpool, or take a powerboat over from CCS, we will meet at Charleston Yacht Club. This is a great way to meet women, get connected with our community, and empower females to take on Charleston Harbor!

Tuesday Night Races @College of Charleston Sailing Center


Intermediate Keelboat

This course is for adults who have a strong sailing foundation but want to further their sailing skills on our j24 Keelboats. Intermediate sailing students learn how to fly a spinnaker, about control lines such as traveler, cunningham and backstay, learn how to leave and return to the dock (without a motor), the rules of the road, and how to handle a boat in strong winds during CORA’s Wed. night Summer Series Regattas. Sign up for our 9 hour course which meets weekly for 3 weeks. Minimum of 4 participants per class.
Cost: $350/pp

3 Wed Races with CORA

May 15, 29, June 5,  5-8pm

Types of Boats We Use:

J24: a 24-foot keelboat; does not capsize, fits up to six people
420: a two-person dinghy; name describes the overall length of the boat (420cm / 13’9″); does capsize = swimming!); best to learn on/more technical

In the meantime stay in touch about events, news and socials via email and join our Facebook Group to stay connected.

Instagram: @chscommunitysailing