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List of famous female sailors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female sailors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being sailors. There are thousand of females working as sailors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic sailors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a sailor then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of people like Anne Chamberlyne and Linda Andersen.

While this isn't a list of all female sailors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female sailors?" and "Who are the best female sailors?"
Calpernia Addams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Sailors
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Calpernia Sarah Addams is an American author, actress, musician and spokesperson and activist for transgender rights and issues. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw is a best-selling author of books with maritime themes and the only female swordfishing boat captain on the East Coast of the United States. She was featured in the 1997 book The Perfect Storm and the 2000 film adaptation. Linda Greenlaw now captains the boat Hannah Boden on the Discovery Channel show Swords: Life on the Line. She previously captained Seahawk after the previous captain died on board. Greenlaw wrote three best-selling books about life as a commercial fisher: The Hungry Ocean in 1999, The Lobster Chronicles in 2002 and All Fishermen Are Liars in 2002. Her books have climbed as high as No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list, with The Hungry Ocean remaining ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 59

Birthplace: Connecticut, United States of America

Yin Jian is a double Olympic medal winning Chinese sailor, in women's windsurfing. Yin won the silver medal in the 2004 women's Olympic sailboard competition. She was the 2008 Olympic women's windsurfing champion, achieving dominance over the fleet in light wind conditions with four race victories. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 40

Birthplace: China

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Jessica Watson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Sailors
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Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson, OAM is an Australian sailor who completed a southern hemisphere solo circumnavigation at the age of 16. Departing Sydney on 18 October 2009, Watson headed north-east crossing the equator in the Pacific Ocean before crossing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. She returned to Sydney on 15 May 2010, three days before her 17th birthday. The voyage was shorter than the required 21,600 nautical miles to be considered a global circumnavigation, and Watson never claimed the voyage to be an attempt at such, preferring the less formal term 'around the world'. In recognition of her achievement Watson was named the 2011 Young Australian of the Year, and the following year was awarded a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 25

Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia