Charleston Community Sailing and our Women on the Water program has been granted the “women’s” berth for the 2019 J/24 World Championship. Women on the Water started four years ago and 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. 

With the addition of two donated J-24s the ladies graduated from dinghies to a keelboat working together and building confidence.  Currently the team competes in Charleston Ocean Racing Association races from summer sailing to the frostbite series.  The team rotates but has a consistent core of female sailors.  We have been granted the “women’s” berth for the 2019 J24 World Championship.  We are honored that we have been selected for this prestigious event and have selected a team that is dedicated in supporting WOW, will train leading up to event and compete at a high level. 

In October of 2019, 80 boats and over 400 sailors from around the world will converge in Miami, Florida for the J/24 World Championship.  Our team that will represent Charleston Community Sailing is actively training aboard USA1829.  Participating in a prestigious World Championship requires a devoted team and financial support.  We are looking to the community for support to reach our fundraising goal of $20,000.     

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Amy Woodard – Helm

From Sheboygan, WI, Amy grew up sailing on the shores of Lake Michigan and began competitively racing in the J/24 and Lightning classes as a teen.  She has continued to focus on one design racing in both keelboat and dinghy fleets and is a 3 times J/24 Worlds tactician and 2011 Thistle Women’s National Champion.  She has organized and participated in several women’s sailing campaigns over the years for fleet and match racing events.  Amy enjoys sailing on her home waters of Charleston Harbor and encouraging other women to get out on the water and race.