Please select your home edition
Edition
CoastWaterSports 2014

Draycote 'Women on Water' re-launch for new season

by Paula Irish on 18 May 18 May 2017

Women are invited to try sailing at Draycote Water this summer with the re-launch of a group just for them.

The weekly Women on Water (WoW) group at Draycote Water Sailing Club encourages women of all ages to get on the water, gain confidence and develop sailing skills.

Sessions have now re-started for the new season and take place on Monday evenings from 5.30pm until dusk; the bar is then open for an après-sail social.

The group will also be running taster sessions for women wanting to try sailing this Saturday, May 20, and an RYA Level 1 "start sailing" course from June 5.

Organiser Caroline Noel says: "Our WoW group first met in May last year and sailed pretty much every week up until the evenings became too dark to continue.

"Over the course of last summer we had 19 women turning up with an average of seven every week, and all are welcome, whether they are absolute beginners or seasoned sailors and racers.

"The general ethos is about sharing, supporting, offering advice and even a bit of kit donation on occasion. Women will find an encouraging and friendly welcome - along with cake and a cuppa - that enables all of us to learn and gain confidence and skills."

A small weekly sub includes boat hire and refreshments – Caroline adds that baking skills are not required but are very much appreciated when they happen!

Since last year some women who took part in the WoW sessions have crewed for other sailors at the club, helmed club boats or even bought their own.

Caroline adds: "The determination of everyone in the group to get out and sail has seen an overall increase in ability of each and every one of the women who came along."

To find out more contact Caroline Noel on 07813 765864 or e-mail

Details about the sailing club can be found at www.draycotewater.co.uk

Related Articles

Williamson out to defend his title
At the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash A year ago Craig Williamson steered his Laser to victory in the opening event of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash. He'll be up against some stiff competition if he's to hold on to the title... Posted on 17 Nov
British University Fleet Racing Championships
Bournemouth, Plymouth & Southampton take Fleet Trophies A record entry for the annual BUCS Fleet Racing Championships - over 230 student sailors from 25 universities - competed at Draycote Water SC over the first weekend of November. Posted on 17 Nov
Beat the Last Minute Rush
For the Draycote Dash - GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series opener Entry closes this Sunday, 12th November, for the opening event of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash (and there's NO entry on the day, so get your skates on!). Posted on 9 Nov
British University Fleet Racing Championships
To be held at Draycote Water this weekend With a record entry for the annual BUCS Fleet Racing Championships, over 230 student sailors, from a record 25 universities, are entered to race on Draycote Water this weekend. Posted on 2 Nov
Rooster RS Tera End of Seasons at Draycote
These sailors have guts in tough conditions The weather had brought a sudden chill to the air as 68 eager sailors arrived at Draycote Water Sailing Club for the Rooster Sailing RS Tera End of Season Championships this weekend. Posted on 29 Oct
Fireball Inlands at Draycote Water
A fitting end to a successful season It was a fitting end to a successful season for the Fireball class. Just under 40 boats arrived to a sunny and windy Draycote – the quite unseasonable weather making the sailing and racing very pleasant for October. Posted on 19 Oct
Early entries rolling in
For the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2017/18 It's still more than a month away to the first event of this winter's big handicap racing series, but advance online entry is open and sailors are signing up early to guarantee their place on the water... Posted on 15 Oct
GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series 2017/18
Season 9 for UK's top winter dinghy handicap championship Now in its ninth season, this winter dinghy handicap championship brings out the best and the bravest to compete at seven big events throughout the chilly months. Advance online entry opens in a few weeks... Posted on 2 Oct
Sprint 15 TT at Draycote Water
Fabulous turnout of 19 boats There was a fabulous turnout of 19 boats for the Draycote TT on Saturday 9th September. Nine Draycote SC boats were joined by 10 boats that travelled from as far and wide as Shanklin and Marconi SC to attend the event. Posted on 13 Sep
Toppers at Draycote
Midlands Traveller Round 6 and RYA Zone Indicator The final round of the Midlands Topper Traveller Series rolled into Draycote Water S.C. after a 2 month lay off for the final round of the series and the first of three RYA Zone Squad Indicator events. Posted on 11 Sep