Women's Programs

Sail Nova Scotia – Women’s Program Initiatives 2016

The 2016 sailing season will soon be upon us. Keep checking here for initiatives planned for the season. 


Congratulations to Kate Pepler of the Bedford Basin Yacht Club on being named the Pamela Lerch Cup winner in 2015.

Kate was instrumental in developing a very successful Women's and Learn to Sail program at the club. 

WOW! Women on Water was formed in 2007 in memory of Pamela Lerch and is committed to developing the potential of women in Nova Scotia through the sport of sailing, as well as promoting and improving the health of women through effective mentoring and education.

A fund has been established which aims to;
- encourage more women in Nova Scotia to become active in the sport of sailing;
- assist women continue their sailing education whether it be through the participation or instruction;
- encourage women's health through involvement in the sport of sailing and other health-rlated activities.
You can find more information about the three bursaries and the application form at the bottom of this page.

Pamela Lerch's WOW! Cup
This WOW! memorial program's cup will award the successful recipient who demonstrates outstanding achievement in sailing education, leadership, mentorship and health promotion.

This cup is one way that WOW! initiatives help increase womens' participation in sailing education, mentorship and health promotion.

Who is eligible for nomination?
Nova Scotia-based women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and mentorship, and who have contributed greatly to the education and health promotion of other members of the Nova Scotia sailing community.

What is the deadline for nominations?
Applications and nominations will be accepted between the beginning of August and the end of October of each year.

When is the cup presented?
The successful recipient will be notified within one month after the close of nominations. This cup will be presented at the end of November of each year.

Pamela Lerch Award Application form can be found here.


 Women's Sailing Program Curriculum

This guide, developed by Melanie Goodday in April 2008, is designed to assist clubs develop their Women's Program.
Click here to view the guide .