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Victorians doing well across Various Nationals!

With many Class Australian Championships currently taking place around the nation, we've put together a list of top Victorian competitors across various classes with links to a list of full results!

Gen Z Challengers for Latitude Ocean Race

BTB mentor Aidan Geysen with Mikhalla Arthur,Emily Close and Tom Vaughan
Welcome aboard to the Gen Z challengers! Three young Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) members took advantage of the recently launched Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) new Youth Membership category for 16-25 year olds and signed up for the Beyond the Bay (BTB) program to prepare them for ocean racing.

Pearls from the Wild Side

Spirit of Downunder
Pearls of wisdom was the order of the day for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) Ocean Girls pre Christmas primer on Thursday 4 December 2014. Veteran ocean racers from ten M2H ‘Wild Side’ Wescoasters each, Maureen Dickins and Dee Colledge shared their ‘pearls’ at an informal dinner to an enthusiastic audience of ocean girls, friends and partners.

Take A ‘Virtual’ Walk on the Wild Side

Dee Colledge (third from left) with Maureen Dickins (fourth from left) triumphant at PPWCS 2014. Photo courtesy Alex McKinnon
Heading offshore this Christmas? The Ocean Girls group of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) are hosting an evening on Thursday 4 December 2014 for a social get together and information session and everyone is invited.

Women Take the Lead ‘Beyond the Bay’

Angela Woodman winner of the Latitude Ocean Race 2014
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) completed their 2014 ‘Beyond the Bay’(BTB) program over the weekend of 22-23 November 2014 with the Latitude Series of races, giving many the opportunity for their first experience of transitting Port Phillip Heads. The program run over the winter provided a series of educational evening sessions, on boat mentoring support, an overnight challenge inside the

Beyond the Bay' gives Nicole Latitude

Meet a newbie keelboat sailor who has become hooked on sailing and is now hurdling over every sailing challenge thrown at her and having a ball. Nicole Heales reflects on her pathway in sailing as she prepares for her first foray into Bass Strait in the ORCV Beyond the Bay (BTB) Latitude Series event to be run over the weekend of 22-23 Nov 2014.

Sarah Blanck Regatta - A Great Step for Women & Girls in Sailing

‘A great step for Women and Girls in Sailing’ was the summing up of the inaugural Sarah Blanck Regatta by YV Board Marg Douglas, a long standing club member, current Sailing School Principal and Tackers Co-ordinator at Westernport Yacht Club (WYC).

Sarah Blanck Regatta is Here!

All is in readiness for a terrific weekend at WYC for Saturday 8 Nov and Sunday 9 Nov 2014 for the inaugural Sarah Blanck Regatta. Westernport Yacht Club has gone all out to create this all-female coaching regatta for Sabre and Laser classes, with an all-female team of officials, jury and coaches.

Champion Sailors to Headline All-Female Regatta

Sarah Blanck wins Race One at the 2008 Laser Radial Worlds (© Richard Gladwell)
The Sarah Blanck Perpetual Trophy Regatta is creating much excitement with an outstanding coaching line up and entries coming in from around Australia

WGIS seeking Volunteer Copywriters


WGIS Committee seeking new member

The Women & Girls in Sailing Committee of Yachting Victoria are seeking an enthusiastic person with skills in areas of website and communications to join our committee.

Calling all female Laser sailors!

Are you looking to sharpen your skills? The next Vic Laser Women and Girls coaching session will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday 12 October 2014.

All invited to Children of Phoenix Movie Night

The Children of Phoenix crew invite you and your friends to join them for a movie fundraiser on Thursday 30 October to view the film 'Pride'.
A great opportunity to get all your sailing friends together for a very worthwhile cause.

Creating a Culture of the 'Token Bloke' - Part 2

Kathy Macfarlane with her all women-crew home at RYCV complete with the canines
‘I enjoy the ethos of Children of Phoenix, the all-women crew, to get all these women out sailing – it is so wonderful.’ The penultimate final word in Part 1 of this article from Richard aka ‘Dickie’ the ‘token bloke’ on board the Elliott 10.5 Children of Phoenix (CoP). High praise indeed for owner skipper Kathy Macfarlane and her achievement in building a successful team of women sailors.

Creating a Culture of the 'Token Bloke' - Part 1

Kathy Macfarlane (white cap) aboard Children of Phoenix - BLiSS regatta 2014
Owner skipper of Elliott 10.5 Children of Phoenix from Royal Yacht Club of Victoria(RYCV), Kathy Macfarlane reflects on reflects on her experiences of building a team of confident women sailors amongst the blokes.

Leanne Thomson - 2014 Victorian Sailing Instructor of the Year

Leanne receiving her award at the Yachting Victoria awards night 2014
Congratulations to Leanne Thomson on being awarded Yachting Victoria's 2014 Victorian Sailing Instructor of the Year.

Victorian Motor Yachtsperson of the Year 2014 – Sue Bowes!

Cherry Birch (YV Board) presents Sue Bowes with her award at the 2014 Yachting Vic Awards night
Congratulations to Sue Bowes, Club Captain of Recreational Power and Sail at Sandringham Yacht Club, on being awarded Victorian Motor Yachtsperson of the Year 2014.

Victorian Junior Sailors of the Year - Sophie and Thomas Alexander

Sophie and Thomas Alexander - Victorian Junior Sailors of the Year 2014
The 2014 Victorian Junior Sailor of the Year was awarded jointly to Sophie Alexander and her brother Thomas, who compete together in the International Cadet class.

Ocean Girls on their Way to Vanuatu

Escapade M2V crew
If you think Melbourne weather has been cold, spare a thought for the ten Ocean Girls who departed Portsea on Monday June 30 in search of Vanuatu and warmer climes.

Australian Women’s Keelboat 2014 Hits a High Note

Congratulations to all the competitors who participated in the 2014 Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) held over the Queens Birthday weekend June 8-10. And thank you to Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) and the organising committee for superb hospitality and great racing for the 24th event.

Winners are Grinners at second Port Phillip Women’s Championship Awards

The second year of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) saw a lively celebration at the Awards Presentation at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) on Friday 30 May 2014.

Victorian Girls attend ASC Women and Leadership in Sailing Project

Three Victorians, along with eleven other females from within the sailing industry, took part in the Women and Leadership Sailing project funded by the Australian Sports Commission.
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