FWSA Names 2018 Young Woman Sailor of the Year


Today, Florida Women’s Sailing Association (FWSA) announced Lillian Myers as the recipient of the Young Woman Sailor of the Year (2018).   Lily is an avid and accomplished racing sailor from Sarasota and has been selected by US Sailing for their Olympic Development Program.  This summer Lily plans to train in San Francisco and Newport, RI in preparation for the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Keil, Germany later this summer.  She will also attend the US Youth Championships in Wrightsville Beach, NC, US Sailing Nationals in Houston, Texas and the North American Championships in Long Beach, California.


The Young Woman Sailor of the Year award recognizes a female resident of Florida, who is 10 to 25 years old, and is dedicated to competitive sailboat racing.  Sailors are nominated by one of the FWSA member sailing clubs.  The Luffing Lassie women’s sailing team of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron nominated Ms. Myers for her good sportsmanship and the respect that she shows for her fellow competitors.  Lily constantly challenges herself to increase her stamina, strengths and skills.  She has created a physical training schedule that includes heavy weightlifting, muscle endurance, cardio training and core training. 

Ms. Myers excels in school as well as on the water.  She is enrolled in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Program at Riverview High School in Sarasota.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, the English National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.  She received a trophy and cash award today at FWSA’s annual meeting hosted by the Dinghy Dames at the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa.


Our History

Founded in 1973 to promote and encourage the growth of women's sailing groups along the West coast of Florida, the FWSA functions to:

  • Encourage the sport of women's interclub yacht racing

  • Foster and encourage social fellowships pertaining to all things nautical between member clubs and similar associations

  • Improve communication between clubs

  • Forward and advance sailing in all its phases through education and sailing clinics

  • Promote and coordinate interclub, match team racing, and other sailing events for and between its members under uniform rules.

Currently, there are nine member clubs with more than four hundred women racing once a week in their respective sailing clubs on the Florida West Coast.  Membership is open and we welcome additional sailing clubs.