Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS)


The racing is over for 2016, but there is still much to celebrate for our most successful PPWCS to date.

Bring your crews and friends along to join us for the Awards Presentation evening on Friday 27 May 6pm at Royal Brighton Yacht Club, to acknowledge our podium winners and recognise the participation and endeavour of all. To book for the event please click here.



2016 Results

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PPWCS Series Results


Many thanks to our generous sponsors for making the series possible:

Yachting Victoria - Organising Authority
Blair Shipwrights - Michael Blair
North Sails - facilitated by Sam Haines
Custom Yacht Covers - Sue Bumstead
Club Marine
Kingston Trophies - Ian Mann


 Come back and join us for 2017!  Dates to be announced soon.


2016 Series Information

The successful Port Phillip Women's Championship Series is back for its fourth season in 2016 with the addition of a new Non Spinnaker division to be added to the existing AMS, IRC and Performance Handicap divisions. Since the launch of PPWCS in 2013, the series has attracted an enthusiastic and dedicated following, with the 2015 series seeing 48 boats all helmed by females with the majority of boats racing comprising more than 50% females in their crews.

The ‘Kingston Trophies PPWCS Perpetual TeamTrophy’ established in 2015, to recognise enthusiasm, endeavour and commitment to increasing the participation of females from each of the competing clubs, saw Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) the inaugural winner. A popular win for the club on Port Phillip who founded the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta and celebrated its silver jubilee in 2015 with a record entry of 25 boats.

The series will kick off with a Cocktail Party Launch on Friday 5 February 2016 at Sandringham Yacht Club. Come and join us and bring your crew along to find out all about the series and other new opportunities for female sailors.

Start planning now, get your crew together, approach your boat owner, recruit your mentors and encourage your female club members to join your club team and have a tilt at the Teams Trophy! 

2016 Dates

Dates PPWCS Event Host Club
Fri 5 Feb 2016 Launch PPWCS & WISC Launch SYC
Sun 7 Feb 2016 Race Day 1 Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) SYC
Sun 21 Feb 2016 Race Day 2
Val Hodge Trophy RYCV
Sun 3 Apr 2016 Race Day 3
Shirley Freeman Trophy & Bollywood Cup HBYC
Sun 17 Apr 2016 Race Day 4
Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy RMYS
Sun 1 May 2016 Race Day 5 Sunday Race BLiSS Regatta RBYC
Fri 27 May 2016 Awards PPWCS & PPWPS Awards Presentation RBYC

2016 Reports

Visit here to keep up to date with all the action on and off the water:

Port Phillip Women's Series Presentation 2016

2016 Port Phillip Women's Championship ends on a high!

Port Phillip Women's Championship Series steaming to a BLiSSful finale

Race 4 makes history for 2016 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series

Rolling Home with Race 4 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series 2016

Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2016 – on a Roll for Race 4

Race 3 of Port Phillip Women's Championship Series boasts Record Numbers

'The Heat is On' for Race 3 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series 2016

PPWCS goes Bollywood at Hobbo's for Round 3 

Race 2 of Series showcases Women's Sailing in perfect conditions

Val Hodge Trophy Round 2 of PPWCS

WISC Shines Bright as first race of PPWCS

Women & Girls in Sailing launch Annual Event 

Countdown to Women in Sail Challenge is on!

Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series back for 2016

2016 Photos

Thanks to Alex McKinnon for capturing the spirit of PPWCS. Click here to view photos of our female sailors and the action on the water.

Series Format

Five participating clubs each host one race. If less than five race days are completed, a boats worst score shall be re-included in her series score.

Boats can compete in AMS, IRC and/or an event-based performance handicap. An additional non-spinnaker division for 2016 will be raced on event-based performance handicap. Three races constitute a series.

The helmsperson for all races of the series must be female. Any change of helm during the series must be notified to the host club. Each individual race has its own rules for the ratio of female: male crew allowed in key positions. This information is covered in the Notice of Race for each individual race day and must be abided by to be scored in PPWCS.

Female crew members are encouraged and a prize for the boat in performance handicap with more than 50% female crew for all races will be awarded.

Full details in the Notice of Race. 

Race Documents

PPWCS 2016 Notice of Race

Each host club publishes the Sailing Instructions, Notices to Competitors and entry lists for their race (follow the links for each race under 'Dates' above).

How to Enter

Competitors must enter each individual race separately using the host club's entry system. Cost to enter each race is determined by the host club.

On entry to any one of the five races, competitors will be automatically scored for the PPWCS. 

Does your yacht need crew / are you looking to crew on a yacht?

Yachting Victoria, with the assistance of the Sailing Administrators from each club, provides a crew matching service for the series, If you are looking for crew for your yacht, or if you are a crew looking for a boat to sail on, email wgis@yachtingvictoria.com.au


Series prizes are awarded to:

  • First, second and third placed boats in each of IRC, AMS and event performance handicap.
  • First, second and third placed boats in Non-Spinnaker division in event performance handicap (if more than five boats for the division for the series)
  • First boat in performance handicap that has more than 50% female crew for all races.

The Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Trophy is engraved with the winners of each rating and handicap system (IRC, AMS, performance handicap) and resides for the following season at the club of the winner of the rating system (IRC or AMS) with the greatest number of entrants for the series.

The Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Non-Spinnaker Division Trophy will be awarded to the winner of Performance Handicap and resides at the club of the winning boat for the following season.

The Kingston Trophies PPWCS Perpetual Team Trophy will be awarded to the club with the highest score for participation, calculated on the basis of number of participating boats as a percentage of the numbers on the club boat register, the number of races sailed by each boat and a system of bonus points for youth skippers (under 25yrs) and senior skippers (over 60yrs). The trophy will reside at the winning club for the following season.

More Information

For each individual event, contact the host club:

Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy  
Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS)

Val Hodge Trophy Race  
Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) 

Women in Sailing Challenge  
Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC)

Shirley Freeman Trophy Race and Senorita Cup (Non-spinnaker division)
Hobson's Bay Yacht Club (HBYC)

BLiSS Sunday Race  
Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC)

For general information about PPWCS, contact:

Yachting Victoria - Sam Watson wgis@yachtingvictoria.com.au

PPWCS Principal Race Officer – awakeham@vicbar.com.au

PPWCS Co-ordinator - Rosie Colahan davros@bigpond.net.au


PPWCS 2015 Event Wrap

2015 Results:

PHS 1st: Le Cascadeur (skipper Leonora Eeckman)
AMS 1st: Le Cascadeur (skipper Leonora Eeckman)
IRC 1st:  Ellipse (skipper Gretchen Mohan)

Full results

For a summary of the 2015 series:

Awards Presentation - Third Port Phillip Women's Championship Series a Winner

PPWCS 2015 Highlights - Alex McKinnon Photography u-tube video


Women and Girls in Sailing

Aust Yachting

Photo Gallery