Women's Sailing Program

“Yes, we put Women at the Helm too!”

re you an avid sailor?  Just getting into sailing? Is your significant other the “real” sailor and you’re petrified that they’ll fall off the boat and leave you in charge? Has your daughter been aboard with us and you’re just itching to get on-board too? Are you in need of some time away just for yourself?

Come sail a Tall Ship with us!

Following the spirit of Sisters Under Sail, our women’s sailing program is a shared-learning experience just for women. Tallship Unicorn's all-female professional crew establish a fun and stimulating learning environment. Work side-by-side with other like-minded women and learn…

  • paper navigation
    we of course have all the electronic bells and whistles

  • tall ship sail theory
    Unicorn has over 7000 square feet of canvas

  • climb the rigging
    you know you’ve been dying to try this

  • take the helm
    an awesome feeling

“I am very pleased that Sisters Under Sail has been such a success with the girls and with the women. National Women’s Sailing Association is glad to support Sisters Under Sail. We are a match.”

Joan Thayer
President
National Women's Sailing Association
Women's Sailing Foundation


The accommodations:

Accommodations are shared with 2 women per cabin with an on suite head. Although we cannot provide wine or beer aboard ship, you are welcome to bring some spirits along to enjoy while at anchor or in port. Our cook prepares delicious meals that are nutritionally balanced and low in carbohydrates. Follow this link and click on a camera icon to see more ...

Age

We love being asked if there is an age limit on sailing with Sisters Under Sail. As long as you’re 18 years old, agile enough to get up and down our companion-ways and have an adventurous spirit, you are welcome aboard with our Women’s Sailing Programs!

 

Putting over 300 women at the helm since 2005.
A liberating and powerful experience!

2014 schedule coming soon!

This Ain't no Cruise Sister T-shirt

 

Summer 2013 Voyage Details

Sisters Under Sail and Schooner Unicorn will be participating in over a dozen tall ship festival events throughout the Great Lakes in 2013. We will be transiting to and from the Lakes via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Given the nature of the waters and route, some passages that will be more challenging than others.

Boston to Lunenburg
Challenging Sail

Advance your sailing skills as you cross the Gulf of Maine into the waters of Nova Scotia. You will board the ship on Sunday, May 19th and receive a dockside orientation and safety walk-through. Once leaving Rowes Wharf, Unicorn will sail around the clock to reach picturesque Lunenburg on Friday, May 24. Our professional tall ship mariners will provide lessons in sail handling, helmsmanship, navigation, rough log duties, engine room checks and emergency drills. You will be assigned a watch group where you will apply and master these advanced sailing skills. A valid Passports is required.

Lunenburg to Miramichi, NB
Challenging Sail

You will board the vessel in Lunenburg on Sunday, May 26th and receive a dockside orientation and safety walk-through. Once leaving Lunenburg, Unicorn will sail around the clock as we navigate the waters of Nova Scotia, heading through the Straits of Canso to reach Miramichi, New Brunswick. Our professional tall ship mariners will provide lessons in sail handling, helmsmanship, navigation, rough log duties, engine room checks and emergency drills. You will then be assigned a watch group where you will apply and master these advanced sailing skills. We will arrive Miramichi on Thursday, May 30th to prepare the vessel for their tall ship festival. Yes - A gathering of other tall ships will also be in Miramichi! You’re invited to remain aboard ship while in Miramichi for the Festival and work alongside our crew, sharing your experience with Sisters Under Sail and newfound knowledge of tall ship sailing with the community as they board Unicorn for deck tours. In 2010 we saw Beluga whales while transiting these waters!

Miramichi to Rimouski or Gros-Cacouna, Quebec
Challenging Sail

You will board the vessel in Miramichi, New Brunswick on Sunday, June 2nd and receive a dockside orientation and safety walk-through. Once leaving Miramichi, Unicorn will sail around the clock to the St. Lawrence Seaway. In the Seaway, freighter traffic receives docking priority. Therefore, our final port of call will either be Rimouski or Gors-Cacouna, Quebec on Friday, June 7th. Our professional tall ship mariners will provide lessons in sail handling, helmsmanship, navigation, rough log duties, engine room checks and emergency drills. You will be assigned a watch group where you will apply and master these advanced sailing skills. In 2010 we saw Beluga whales while transiting these waters!

Midland to Detroit area port
Cruising Sail

You will board the vessel in Midland, ON on Sunday, Aug 25th and receive a dockside orientation and safety walk-through. Our professional tall ship mariners will provide lessons in sail handling, helmsmanship, navigation, rough log duties, engine room checks and emergency drills. Through the week, we will sail Lake Huron, dropping anchor each evening and relaxing on the quarterdeck in the evenings. Our arriving port on the backend of this voyage is yet to be determined.

Ontario Port (TBA) – Erie, PA
Cruising Sail

You will board the vessel in an Ontario port (TBA) along the shores of Lake Huron or Lake Erie on Sunday, September 1st and receive a dockside orientation and safety walk-through. On September 2nd, Unicorn will be participating in the Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie. An orchestrated reenactment will take place in Lake Erie with the fleet of tall ships. Lots of canon fire, photo opportunities and planned festivities! Our professional tall ship mariners will provide lessons in sail handling, helmsmanship, navigation, rough log duties, engine room checks and emergency drills. Through the week, we will sail Lake Erie, dropping anchor each evening and relaxing on the quarterdeck in the evenings. We will arrive Erie, PA on Thursday, Sept 5th to prepare the vessel for their tall ship festival. Yes – the fleet is going onto Erie with us! You’re invited to remain aboard ship while in Erie for the Festival and work alongside our crew, sharing your experience with Sisters Under Sail and newfound knowledge of tall ship sailing with the community as they board Unicorn for deck tours.

Erie to Montreal
Cruising & Challenging Sail

You will board the vessel in Erie, PA on Sunday, Sept 8th and receive a dockside orientation and safety walk-through. Once leaving Erie, Unicorn will spend the first day sailing across Lake Erie. The following morning, we will transit the Welland Canal and spend most of the week sailing beautiful Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands. Towards the end of the week, we will enter the St. Lawrence Seaway making our way for a Friday afternoon arrival at the Old Port of Montreal Our professional tall ship mariners will provide lessons in line handling for the locks, sail handling, helmsmanship, navigation, rough log duties, engine room checks, emergency drills and more. You will be assigned a watch group where you will apply and master these advanced sailing skills. You’re invited to remain aboard ship for the weekend and enjoy the unique European-feel of Montreal. A valid Passports is required.

 

If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to dawn@sistersundersail.org. We’re here to answer any questions you may have. We’d love to have you aboard with us!

“The tall ship experience helped to remind me that adventures are what make life. Ships are meant to be sailed, not left in the harbor. Life is meant to be lived.”

Mona Diegel
Waterford, Michigan