I never understood the need to separate out the genders in sailing -- I hate perpetuating that stereotype that this is a man's sport and women get "dragged" in to it and have to scramble to learn or keep up. Blah!
I taught myself to sail as a little girl by sneaking out the neighbor's Sunfish on Lake Michigan and sailing off until my dad would scream from the shore for me to come back. When I was still figuring out how to sail upwind, sometimes I would have to jump off, tie the rope
to my arm, and swim the thing back. Ahhh, youth.
When I got older I cut my teeth by racing
. I didn't know a soul, but I showed up at some docks with beer
and brownies and asked who had room. I got on a great boat with people my age early 20's at the time) to grandpas, all men, and learned more than I could have ever hoped for. It did NOT teach me how to cruise
-- that you can only learn by doing it. But it DID teach me how to sail and how to get the mechanics of sailing to be second nature. It's free, it's fun, and you can keep going until you feel like you really have the hang of it. Gender has nothing to do with it, just find the way that's best for you and go for it!
Now if we're talking about sailing issues that TRULY ARE strictly female, I could teach you ladies how to tack a 44 foot boat while nursing a baby. Very carefully.
(Schoonerdog's wife - Cindy)