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The Silver Lining for 25th Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta

Ann Elmslie having a ball on Duckmobile_credit Bruno Cocozza
Congratulations to the Australian Women™s Keelboat Regatta committee and the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron for staging an outstanding Silver Jubilee Edition of their 2015 event with a record fleet of 25 boats with crews from both Australia and New Zealand.

Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta ticks off full series on last day

AWKR15 fresh on Port Phillip_credit Bruno Cozozza
The 25th anniversary Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta fleet took on the Bureau of Meteorology’s strong wind warning and ticked off the full series card of six races on a cold and whipped up Port Phillip.

Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta day 2 blown out by gale warning

AWKR15 grey tones on day 2.Bruno Cocozza
A gale warning issued late morning by the Bureau of Meteorology for Port Phillip ended any chance of racing on day two of the silver anniversary Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta, Sunday June 7, 2015.

Three races ahead of strong wind warning at Women’s Keelboat Regatta

AWKR15 fleet_credit Bruno Cocozza
Planning ahead for tomorrow’s forecast strong wind warning, the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron’s technical delegate Lou Hutton and race officer Tony Lukeman banged off three back-to-back races seaward of the iconic St. Kilda Pier on the opening day of the 25th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta.

Record Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta jubilee fleet

 2014 AWKR Take One crew_credit Steb Fisher
A record 26 crews sailing for four states and the Northern Territory will meet at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron and on Port Phillip this coming June long weekend to test their racing flair and commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta.

Third Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series a Winner

Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Presentation Night 2015
The Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) Awards Presentation on Friday 29 May 2015 was a rollicking affirmation of the achievements of the female sailors who had participated in the third running of this annual event.

PPWCS Presentations - With serious clout!

Wiiner of PPWCS Race 1 Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy - Paulina Mattila with her new Tiffany & Co silver necklace.
As if you need another reason to be at the PPWCS Presentations this Friday at Royal Brighton...

Eight new Female Leaders developed

Another great day of training brought to us from Laura James of Inside Training.

BLiSSful weekend as Audacious blitzes yet again

Trendsetter Monica Jones skipper of Adams 10 Salamander 111 with hair colour to match her kite_ credit Steb Fisher
Tracey Baldwin and the Melbourne crew of Audacious pulled off a crafty clean sweep at the Brighton Ladies Skippers Series on Port Phillip on the weekend, May 23-24, 2015. For the fourth consecutive year Baldwin skippered Greg Clinnick’s Sydney 38 to victory in all three keelboat handicap divisions, IRC, AMS and PHS, plus this year took out the Associates Cup.

Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series – L and V

Georgia Warren-Myers was third at the last Hobie 14 World Championships and the first ever female to be on the podium. Here she demonstrates great paddling skills too!
Apart from defining a certain set of wind conditions, light and variable, these two letters also form part of one of the world’s most used words.

Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta Lecture Series leads the Way

The Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta Lecture Series is back for 2015 with a stellar line up of presenters.

Sailing in Support of Survivors - Children of Phoenix

Kathy Macfarlane (second from r) with her all women-crew home at RYCV complete with the canines
Bon voyage to Kathy Macfarlane, owner skipper of Elliott 10.5 Children of Phoenix as she undertakes her next big challenge sailing to New Caledonia. The journey aims to raise awareness of the work of the foundation after which her boat is named.

Long wait over for BLiSS skipper

Serious Yahoo under kite
BLiSS 2015 is here!

Golden Girls Gearing Up for BLiSS

With the seventh running of the Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) only one week away, long standing Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) club members and volunteer race management stalwarts Sue Leaper and Wendy Luck are gearing up for a great weekend on the water.

Sailing is BLiSS - How Sailing Saved My Life

 Sailing is BLiSS - Margie Rowe (centre) on Allegresse
Passionate sailor Margie Rowe is looking forward to the forthcoming Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) to be hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club over the weekend of 23-24 May 2015. Here Margie relates how life has thrown a few big waves at her along the way and how ‘sailing' saved her life.

Even when its Bad its Good

Clarissa Flockhart at the helm of Fairlight
Clarissa Flockhart is looking forward to joining the the line up for BLiSS (Brighton Lady Skippers Series)in its newly established OTB division for 2015. Here Clarissa relates her story of getting into sailing and why she keeps coming back for more.

Sydney 38 Bow Woman at the helm for BLiSS Regatta

Tracey Baldwin in action on the foredeck of Sydney 38 Audacious
As ace foredeckie on a Sydney 38, Tracey Baldwin is used to working under pressure and this season she has set herself a mighty challenge. In addition to juggling a punishing racing schedule as ‘bow woman’ on the Sydney 38 Audacious - including this weekend’s Southern Chapter Quantum Sails Sydney 38 contest for the Victorian Title - she has taken on the role of Chair of BLiSS (Brighton Lady Skipp

BLiSS Coaching a Bonus for the Early Birds

All action for Deb Whitehouse on the foredeck of Wild Child
Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) has stepped out for 2015 with several exciting new changes to their established keelboat regatta for female helms to be run over the weekend of 23-24 May. Host club Royal Brighton (RBYC) are throwing open their doors and inviting off-the-beach fleets (OTB) to come and join the keelboat fleet for this fun event.

Women & Girls Lake Challenge – Heat Two is here

The second race day of the three day Women & Girls Lake Challenge will be run this Saturday 16th May 2015 hosted by hosted by Albert Sailing Club (ASC).

Port Phillip Women's Championship Series - Race 4 Resail

Lining up for the start of  Shirley Freeman Trophy resail
In stark contrast to the ferocious weather of Sunday 19 April, Hughey smiled for the resail of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) Race 4 rescheduled for 17 May and produced picture postcard conditions with blue skies, warm sunshine, flat seas and gentle breezes.

Take Two for Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series Race 4

Samskara doing some ocean grading – it needed it!!!
Following the abandonment of Race Day 4 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series on Sunday 19 April, host club Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) has announced the resail of the scheduled Shirley Freeman and Senorita Cup trophy races on Sunday 17 May commencing at 1400hrs.

Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series – Prince Charming

Claire Leslie in command of Shamrock.
You simply cannot argue about it anymore. Hughie, the God of Wind, is male and he did himself no favours with the ladies today, proffering up a charming 30+ knot Sou’wester.

Areeba! for Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Race 4

Shirley Freeman
Race 4 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) is fast approaching with the Shirley Freeman Trophy Race being hosted by Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) on Sunday 19 April 2015 commencing 1100hrs. This year sees an exciting expansion of their Lady Skipper’s program with the establishment of an additional Non-Spinnaker race - the Senorita Cup.
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