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Calling all Women Sailors: Celebrating 31 years of Windward Bound Sailing Camp June 6-9, 2018

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The Houston Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Association is now accepting applications for their 2018 Windward Bound Sailing Camp for Women, which will be held June 6-9 at the Houston Yacht Club. The overnight camp is open to all women who are 21 years or older.

Windward Bound Sailing Camp is a great opportunity to learn, expand, or enhance your knowledge and skills in sailing. This camp is the only program of its kind on the bay. It is all about women teaching women how to sail in a fun, friendly, and safe environment. The camp will help you gain new confidence, new skills, and new friends; and is for those new to sailing, those who are familiar with the sport but want to expand their knowledge and skills, and for the experienced sailor who wants to race competitively.

The format of the camp is residential, concentrated, and objective-oriented and features small group instruction with individualized attention. The counselors are accomplished women sailors with years of experience in cruising, racing and teaching other women to sail.

The camp is broken down into four categories to include:

Waves (Beginners): Great for first-time sailors or those of you that need a refresher on the basics! We will focus on terminology, rigging, boat handling skills, sailing theory, and becoming comfortable and confident on the water. Our enthusiastic instructors guide sailors through hands on lessons and adventures making time on the water enjoyable and safe.

Flamingos (Intermediate): After mastering the basics of sailing, our Flamingo group will continue to sharpen their rigging, boat handling and terminology skills. In addition to becoming more comfortable with your beginner knowledge, you will also be introduced to detailed lessons on wind and waves and how they relate to your boat. Intermediate sailing is taught with a greater emphasis on the sailor’s self-reliance; we expect that once the course is completed, the sailor can rig, launch, sail out and back, without assistance and with confidence and efficiency.

Nautigirls (Advanced): Experienced sailors will learn to sharpen their sailing skills. Lesson will be given on fine tuning a boat for speed, skippering, spinnakers, and racing. This group of sailors will perform drills that will enhance their understanding of boat speed and small boat racing.

Mermaids (Big Boat): Sailors in this group will discover all things related to big boats! We will teach the basics of sailing but will also cover details of crewing on or owning a large boat (30+ feet) – everything from working the head to steering with a wheel versus a tiller and maneuvering in and out of the dock. All skill levels are welcome.

Camp Registration

Open to HYC members and non-members but numbers are limited. Registration deadline is May 1, 2018.

Camp Costs:

The cost for camp is $500 for HYC members and $650 for non-HYC members. Camp costs cover room and board, camp shirt, instruction, boat usage and banquet.

Experience the freedom and camaraderie of women’s sailing. For more information, contact one of our co-directors: Joanne Humphries, or Martha Gillett at You may also contact the HYC office at 281-471- 1255. To download the Windward Bound Camp application, please visit us online at


Top Yachting Photographer to Speak at the Houston Yacht Club

Sharon Green, one of the world’s leading yacht racing photographers, will present SHARON GREEN; EXPOSED Wednesday, Jan. 17 at HYC

World renowned yachting photographer Sharon Green will be presenting a retrospective of her work at the Houston Yacht Club Wednesday, Jan. 17. Tickets for the presentation are $10 per person and a buffet dinner will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. for $18 per person. Tickets will sell out fast so please call the HYC Office at 281.471.1255 to reserve your tickets. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 6-7 p.m.: Buffet Dinner
  • 7-8 p.m.: Cocktail social/meet and greet, and Calendar & Book Sales
  • 8-9:30 p.m.: Multimedia presentation by Sharon Green
  • 9:30-10 p.m.: Wrap up, Q&A and Calendar & Book Sales
  • A cash bar will be available throughout the evening (club charges and cash only, no Credit

Green has a reputation as the leading female yachting photographer in the world. For more than three decades she has produced the Ultimate Sailing Calendar – an annual compendium of the top sailboat racing images from venues around the globe. In addition, her skills have been sought by sailing icons such as the late Roy E. Disney; Philippe Kahn, John Kilroy, Dennis Conner, and she has been published in leading periodicals around the globe.

In her quest for dynamic imagery, Green is habitually seen performing dare-devil antics, zipping around the water in a RIB or hanging out of a helicopter to capture world-class events such as the Transpacific Yacht Race, Key West Race Week, San Francisco Big Boat Series, the Admirals Cup, Volvo Round the World – plus eight America’s Cups!

Green will present a slide show set to music, and a talk where she depicts just how she captures some of her incredible images. The show, which has received rave reviews at yacht clubs around the nation, is expected to be a sell-out, so reserve early.

The 2018 Ultimate Sailing Calendar will be available for sale ($25.95) as well as her retrospective coffee table book – 30 Years of Ultimate Sailing – and Green will be available to sign copies.


SHARON GREEN credits Lowell North – the legendary Olympic gold medalist and founder of what would become one of the leading sail lofts in the world – with launching her career as a yachting photographer at the age of 17, when North asked her to shoot and develop sail shape images for Evergreen’s Canada’s Cup campaign. Green’s first front page placement, in The Toronto Star, followed shortly thereafter, and she has never looked back. Since then, Green has photographed eight America’s Cups and countless grand prix regattas, and her inimitable images have appeared in every major yachting publication. “The pursuit of the Ultimate Sailing shot never seems to grow old,” Green says. “Three decades later, I still love the challenge of creating memorable images for my clients and the calendar.”

In recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments in photography, Green was awarded an honorary Masters Degree from the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where she resides.

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