Friendships and Connections for Women on the Water

The northern migration of cruising yachts seeking the warmth of the tropics is well underway. As WWSA members head north along the Queensland coast, members, old and new, are enjoying catching up at secluded bays, popular islands, and busy marinas.

WWSA members having a catch up at the SICYC get together at Cape Gloucester.
WWSA members having a catch up at the SICYC get together at Cape Gloucester.

Old hands share local knowledge with those new to tropical cruising.

A safe anchorage in a rare northerly? Somewhere to wait out a boisterous southerly? An affordable marina with access to laundry facilities? Somewhere to leave the tender while provisioning or chasing a boat part? A dog-friendly beach or park to stretch Fido’s legs? Or just a coffee and cake chat.

We catch up with old friends and make new ones… but they don’t feel new for very long, the WWSA connection instantly makes new friends feel like old friends.

Women Who Sail
Women Who Sail Australia

There’s a word for women on the water who help, support, and care – it’s our ethos, as women on-the-water it is in our blood, as is the ocean… its name? SisterShip.

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The Gathering is fast approaching, new acquaintances will become familiar friends. Social media friends will grow. We’ll share, laugh, have fun, and learn.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there.

Has WWSA or Women Who Sail – helped you form wonderful friendships?


Women Who Sail Australia Members
Women Who Sail Australia Members: Kym Phillips, Justine Porter, and Anne Blyth)

Empowering Women in the Maritime Community

A Golden Thread of Worldwide Maritime Communication

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has selected ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’ as the World Maritime Day them for 2019.

But it’s not just for a day.

This will raise awareness of the importance of gender equality and highlight the important contribution of women all over the world in the maritime sector.

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The IMO is making a concerted effort to move the industry forward. In 1988, maritime training institutes opened their doors to female students. Indeed, one of the SisterShip team was a trainee and with sea-time and commercial qualifications she was offered a teaching role and spent several years teaching professional level maritime courses.

“IMO has supported the creation seven regional associations for women in the maritime sector across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. Access to these regional networks have provided members with a platform to discuss gender issues; a golden thread of worldwide maritime communication.” 

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Read the full Press Briefing here.

IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

IMO Website