Women on the Water

WOW! (Women On the Water)

St. Augustine Sailing’s WOW! Program (aka Women on the Water) is designed by women for women. Our purpose of the program is to make sailing an attainable goal for all women.  Every weekend throughout the year we will be focusing on different topics each month, modified to fit every level of experience.  The program will over “all things sailing” and will be led by Rose Ann, Lauren, or Kim, which enables them to share their passion not only for sailing but for getting more women on the water as well.

S. A. I. L.

  • Support women who sail or want to learn to sail through social events.
  • Aim to organize educational sailing workshops geared toward developing confidence.
  • Involve women of all ages, and
  • Life experiences that bring a bit of adventure through sailing


Everyone’s sailing goals are different, and this program will provide a pathway to reach your goals through positive and mutual support.

Additionally, St. Augustine Sailing’s ASA school has had thousands of students learn to sail.  If certified ASA instruction is a goal we can offer these courses with a female instructor.  When booking ASA just let the office know of your preference.

Monthly Membership Fee – $275.00 

  • Membership code will be emailed to address used at time of booking
  • 100% off the published price for our Practical Sailor Workshops
  • Invite to special events
  • Opportunity to meet like minded females
  • Weekly Newsletter
Monthly Workshop Topics & Calendar of Events


  • Leaving the Dock
  • Parallel Docking
  • Bow in Docking
  • Stern in Docking


  • Outboard Motor: Learn how to start and operate an outboard motor
  • Launch: Learn how to launch a dinghy from davits, enter and exit the dinghy, and operate the outboard motor. Learn how to tow a dinghy.
  • Trip: Learn how to enter and exit an inflatable dinghy from a boat and from a dock.  Practice operating the outboard.
  • Dinghy on Deck: Learn how to safely and efficiently remove and store an outboard and hoist a dinghy onto the bow of a boat.  Learn how to tow a dinghy.


  • Propulsion: Learn basics about diesel engines, running gear, and fuel systems
  • Electrical System: Electrical panel, battery charging, power management
  • Water Systems: Fresh water, marine toilets, gray and black water, and bilge pumps
  • Galley Systems: Appliances, safety precautions, stowing provisions
  • Spars, Rigging, and Sails: Standing rigging, sail plan, the boom, and steering


  • Sail Plan
  • Sailing to Windward
  • Reaching and Running
  • Downwind Sailing


  • Navigation: Review basics, bearings and lines of position, running fixes and circles of position
  • Practical Exercises
  • How celestial navigation works
  • Plotting Celestial Lines of Position


  • Marine Weather
  • Electronic Communications
  • Handling Emergencies
  • Man Overboard
  • Practicing Sailing Skills


  • Navigation Rules
  • Sailing in Reduced Visibility
  • Airds to Navigation
  • Electronic Navigation


  • Planning a Short Cruise: Where, How, When, Who, What and provisions
  • Practice Sailing Skills
  • Sails and Sail Trim
  • Practice Sailing Skills
  • Sailing Social


  • Mooring: Learn how to approach and cast off a mooring
  • Anchoring: Learn several anchoring methods
  • Practice Sailing Skills
  • Overnight Stay


  • Galley Organization
  • (Level 2) Provisioning
  • (Level 3) Baking & Cooking
  • (Level 4) Overnight Experience


  • (Level 1) Emergency sailing
  • (Level 2) Emergency steering
  • (Level 3) Emergency anchoring
  • (Level 4) Emergency fire fighting


  • (Level 1) Anchoring with one anchor
  • (Level 2) Anchoring with two anchors
  • (Level 3) Bahamian anchoring


Dive into the excitement of the upcoming Ladybug Race scheduled for April 28, 2024! To discover more about this thrilling event, simply click on the “Learn More” link below. Additionally, gear up for the race by joining our classroom racing prep classes every Tuesday night. These sessions are designed to impart essential knowledge and strategies. Take your skills to the next level with our practical on-the-water training every Saturday. Immerse yourself in the world of Ladybug Racing, where learning and adrenaline combine for an unforgettable experience.


With our monthly membership of $275 provides you the opportunity to participate in all WOW! workshops, seminars, and events.


St Augustine Sailing offers a $500 scholarship for membership and workshops in our WOW! (aka Women on the Water) program. For more details, please email Rose Ann at [email protected]


Awards are presented to its members by member nominations quarterly (Jan – Mar / Apr – Jun / Jul – Sep / Oct – Dec)


Do you have a skill or a desire you would like to put to volunteer work? If so, we would like you to consider working with us. For more details, please email Rose Ann at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

The start and end location for all Practical Sailor workshops will begin at our main office location found at 3076 Harbor Drive, St Augustine Florida 32084.

There are a variety of topics throughout the year and as such some of the classes will be in classroom, while other will be on the docks or conducted on one of the vessels.

The classes are designed to be free standing. This will allow you to select the topic based on your current knowledge level.

Females of all ages are welcome to participate. Daughters are welcome to join the workshop as a participate.

Mothers know their children and the decision of their maturity level and ability to participate in the class scheduled activity is the mother’s sole responsibility.

Should weather be an issue the day of the scheduled workshop, the instructor for that day will either repeat a workshop that has already been completed or conduct one of the workshop topics scheduled for the future.

Should you wish not to participant after signing up because the topic has changed, due to the weather, we will issue a gift card to be used toward another workshop, service, or merchandise.

The maximum number of participants are based on the topic for the week.  While some topic lend toward larger while other smaller groups.

However, we currently have two instructors. Kim Walther is the lead instructor and Rose Ann will back fill as needed based on class size for each topic.

Yes we do encourage other women in community to volunteer either as a guest speaker or join one of our discussion groups.  Call the office at 904-829-0648 or email [email protected] to schedule or volunteer to participate.

We do partner with other Women Organizations.  Please contact their membership department to see what perks you might already have through them.

Yes, we are happy to have a conversation with any female based organization whose goals or mission align with ours.

Please call 904-829-0648 or email Rose Ann at [email protected]

Mission Statement

To enhance the lives of women through education, practical application, and access to sailing vessels to develop skills to sail with confidence.