The names Ellen McArthur and Sarah Ayton are probably well known but many may struggle to identify other top female sailors.
Sailing clubs across the East of England are trying to rectify that by encouraging more girls and women into the sport - and more importantly - keeping them.
Around 80% of adult sailors are men. For some reason most of the women who take to the water in their early years don't return to the sport.
- Click to watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout