PPWCS 2017


 The PPWCS is over for Victoria's women keelboat sailors for 2016-17. Now it is time  to celebrate all the victories and endeavour of our Victorian keelboat fleets at a combined Awards Presentation, with the Club Marine Series and Port Phillip Passage Series at Royal Brighton Yacht Club on Sunday 28 May 2017 at 4.30pm.

Come and join us! Free entry. Register now here.

2017 Results Click here for the cumulative PPWC Series results

View the Award winners for the Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017 PPWCS


Overall Champion PPWCS 2016 and 2017 - Monica Jones at helm of Salamander 111_ credit Alex McKinnon

 PPWCS 2016 Overall Champion - Monica Jones at helm of Salamander 111_ credit Alex McKinnon

 2017 Series Information

Welcome back for the fifth Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS) in 2017. Launched in 2013, the PPWCS aims to increase participation of female sailors racing keelboats and stepping up to key roles, supported by their clubs, boat owners and mentors.

This formula has progressively attracted an enthusiastic and dedicated following with record attendances in 2016. The addition of a Non-Spinnaker division for 2016 saw an additional 16 entries to the existing racing divisions (AMS, IRC and EHC), equalling the previous record number of 54 boats after only four races. High winds took out the fifth and final race stealing 13 new entries for a record 67 boats!

'Club Spirit' is a critical element to get our female sailors able to compete and represent their club at PPWCS. The establishment of the ‘Kingston Trophies PPWCS Perpetual Teams Trophy’ in 2015 recognises the club with the highest level of participation relative to their keelboat fleet and the numbers of participating women for each series.

For 2017, there are even more reasons to get on board. 

Class Trophies’ will be added for those one design classes bringing five or more boats to the event. An excellent opportunity for Associations to promote their classes to all female sailors and encourage affordable boat ownership as well as providing a Women's Class Championship within the PPWC Series.

The need for more female focussed training and coaching opportunities has been recognised by both the Women & Girls in Sailing Committee (WGIS) PPWCS Committee and the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) Committee, along with Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) and Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC). A new Women's Keelboat Training program with a range of lectures and on water coaching has been developed to encourage more female sailors to progress their sailing aspirations across a wide range of learning experiences. Check out the new webpage.

To celebrate this milestone and to launch all female keelboat regattas for 2017, the combined 'Synergy' Launch Event will lead off with the first of the AWKR Lecture series on Friday 10 Feb hosted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron.

So 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 to have a tilt at the Teams Trophy.  Or rally your one design sailors to bring along their own fleet to contest the Class Trophy. You have to be in it to win it!

2017 Dates

2017 Dates   





Host Club

Fri 10 Feb

Synergy Launch

Launch for AWKR, PPWCS, BLiSS & WISC regattas.

AWKR Lecture 1




Sun 19 Feb

Race Day 1

Val Hodge Trophy




Sun 26 Feb

Race Day 2

Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC)




Sun 19 Mar

Race Day 3

Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy

Non Spinnaker Division





Sun 2 Apr

Race Day 4

Shirley Freeman Trophy 

Bellissima Cup (Non-spinnaker)





Sun 30 Apr

Race Day 5

Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) Sunday Race




Sun 28 May

Awards Presentation

Australian Sailing Victoria Region Keelboat Awards Presentation - combined PPWCS, PPWPS, CMS and PPPS events





2017 Reports

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

View the Award winners for the Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017 PPWCS 

Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017 a winner for CMS and PPWCS

Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017

Blissful racing for final day of 2017 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series

BLiSS Regatta 'Gets Active' for PPWCS 2017 finale

Shirley Freeman Trophy goes 'Ciao Bella' for Round 3 PPWCS 2017

BLiSS Training Day 1 opens Gateway to Racing Success

A world of BLiSSful Opportunity for ‘cover girl’ Caitlin

Light and Shifty for Race 3 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series

Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy ‘glams up’ Race 3 of Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2017

Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) continues Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series

Women in Sailing Challenge 2017 attracts a Wicked Frenzy

Val Hodge Trophy kicks off Race 1 of Port Phillip Women's Championship Series 2017

Val Hodge Trophy leads off Port Phillip Women's Championship Series 2017

NOS and Online Entry now available for PPWCS!

Synergy Launch to kick off 2017 Victorian Women’s Keelboat Regattas

2017 dawns bright with ‘Synergy’ for Victoria’s Female Keelboat Sailors

Race Documents

PPWCS 2017 Notice of Series (NOS) is available here. 

PPWCS 2017 Amendment No 1 - Click here 

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

Val Hodge Trophy - Sailing Instructions

WISC - Notice of Race 

Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy - Notice of Race and RMYS Sailing Instructions

How to Enter

Host Club Dates Club Administrator Registration PPWCS
Royal Yacht Club of Victoria Sunday 19 Feb
David LeRoy
Click Here
Sandringham Yacht Club Sunday 26 Feb
James Sly
Click Here
Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron Sunday 19 Mar
Danielle Cooper
Click Here
Hobsons Bay Yacht Club Sunday 2 Apr
Allicia Rae
 Click Here
Royal Brighton Yacht Club Sunday 20 Apr
Dom Jackson
 Click Here

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. 

Series Format

Five participating clubs each host one race day. Racing Division scored for AMS, IRC and/or an event-based performance handicap. Non-spinnaker division scored only in event 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 so check the Notice of Race for each individual race day to ensure compliance for PPWCS scoring.

Female crew members are encouraged and an award made for the Best Performed boat  with more than 50% female crew for all races based on Performance Handicap results.

Refer to the PPWCS Notice of Series for full details.

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

The Women and Girls Committee, 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 Rosie Colahan davros@bigpond.net.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 Kingston Trophies Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Perpetual 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 Overall Champion - the highest scored boat in the rating system (IRC or AMS) with the greatest number of entrants for the series.

The Custom Yacht Covers Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Non-Spinnaker Division Perpetual 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 Teams 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 as per the links in the Event table above.

For general information about PPWCS, contact -

PPWCS Principal Race Officer – Rob Ware 

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


Thanks to our generous sponsors for their continued support




PPWCS 2016 Wrap

Kingston Trophies PPWCS Perpetual Trophy

1st AMS, IRC & PHS and Overall Champion - Salamander (Monica Jones, RMYS)

Custom Yacht Covers PPWCS Non-Spinnaker Division Perpetual Trophy

1st PHS - Chindrina (Catherine Manning, HBYC)

Kingston Trophies PPWCS Perpetual Teams Trophy

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Port Phillip Women's Series Presentation 2016

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


2016 Photos

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

Women and Girls in Sailing

Aust Yachting

Photo Gallery