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27 November 2002, 01:32 pm
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Cory SertlCredit: Dan Nerney

Women in Sailing

"Where Next" is the subject for debate on the Women in Sailing Forum this week.
The Women in Sailing Forum is the ONLINE tool to express your opinions and seek advice on any issues effecting women in sailing. Led by members of the ISAF Women's Forum, the online forum will focus debate on a wide variety of issues.

Currently being debated online is:

"Where Next? What kinds of boats and types of racing do those females currently sailing Optimists look forward to as they progress. What opportunities are there for sailors where you live?"

The ISAF Women's Forum provides an excellent arena for discussion, bringing together women on all of ISAF's committee to discuss a large number of issues effecting the sport, and therefore provides the vehicle for the members to provide input directly back to each of their respective ISAF Committees. At their meeting in November 2002, discussion at the Women's Forum ranged across women acting as mentors in all aspects of the sport, mixed sailing as an event, promoting and engaging youth in sport, the organisation of women's seminars at regional events, open events being truly open (able to be sailed equally by men and women) and more.

However, the ISAF Women's Forum NEEDS YOU and would like to receive and consider your input on a variety of issues effecting women in sailing. The ONLINE ISAF WOMEN'S FORUM provides the vehicle to achieve this.

Anyone is welcome to use the ISAF Women's Forum, which can be accessed via ISAF Sailor. Simply register to ISAF Sailor at and then proceed to Sailors' Forums. You do not have to actively participate you can just follow the thread as the debate progress. However your input is very much welcomed and is needed to ensure continued debate. You are invited to open a new topic of discussion that you would like addressed or alternatively email: with your feedback.

Every two weeks a different member of the ISAF Women's Forum will moderate the discussion. This week kicks off with Cory Sertl, a past two-time US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (1995 and 2001) and currently campaigning a Yngling for Athens 2004. Mother of two, Cory is a member of the ISAF Council specifically representing the interests of women, and chairs the ISAF Women's Forum.

Sertl is known for her tireless dedication to promoting sailing. A past board member of US SAILING and its Olympic Sailing Committee, she has been instrumental in the development of the nationwide Junior Olympic Sailing program. Alongside campaigning and working, she currently serves on US Sailing's Women's Sailing Committee and in spare time coaches high school sailing at Rochester Yacht Club, where she is a member.

Other topics coming up for debate on the Women in Sailing Forum include:

Why are there not more women officiating in sailing?

Encouraging women in disabled sailing and informing them of the opportunities.
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