The first two days of racing will be the semi-finals, which is divided into two 14-team regattas. These teams have qualified from their conferences to compete in this portion of the championship. The top nine teams from each group will then advance to the finals round – an 18-boat regatta, which will take place on the last two days of the championship. In previous years eighteen teams raced in the semi-finals to determine the nine teams that would face nine teams that had previously qualified for the finals.
In 1961, the New England Women's Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEWISA) was formed when New England no longer permitted women to sail in varsity regattas. Eventually NEWISA, and her sister organization, the Middle Atlantic Association of Women Sailors (MAAWS), organized the first women's nationals in 1967. Policies and procedures for the event were set at the ICYRA annual meeting in 1970, and in 1978 the results of the Women's Nationals were first included in the scoring for the Leonard Fowle Trophy.
|2015||New York Yacht Club & Sail Newport, Narragansett Bay, Newport, RI|
|2014||U.S. Naval Academy, Severn River, Annapolis, MD|
|2013||University of South Florida and Eckerd College, Magnuson Hotel, Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, FL|
|2012||Austin Yacht Club, Lake Travis, Austin, TX|
|2011||Columbia Gorge Racing Association, Cascade Locks, OR|
|2010||University of Wisconsin, Lake Mendota, Madison, WI|
|2009||St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA|
|2008||New York Yacht Club & Sail Newport, Narragansett Bay, Newport, RI|
|2007||Old Dominion University, Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA|
|2006||College of Charleston, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC|
|2005||Austin Yacht Club, Lake Travis, Austin, TX|
|2004||Columbia Gorge Racing Association, Cascade Locks, OR|
|2003||University of Michigan & Grosse Point Yacht Club, Lake St. Clair, Detroit, MI|
|2002||University of Hawaii, Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, HI|