Commodore's Challenge steps up to '10'

by Rosie Colahan


With Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series completed for the 2016-17 season, the focus switches to one design interclub teams racing. Sunday 21 May 2017, Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) will host its second Commodores Challenge, a one design event for all female teams from invited clubs to battle it out in an exciting ‘round-robin’ event.

SYC Past Commodore Kate Mitchell initiated the ‘challenge’ in 2016 for female sailors to represent their Club in a teams event using the SYC Beneteau 7.5 fleet. Five teams attended and were truly challenged by the weather conditions on the scheduled date, requiring ‘take two’ to complete the series a few weeks later. All visiting teams relished the thrills and spills of the racing format, with the host club team helmed by Stephanie Strong and her polished team taking out the honours.

This year, SYC Commodore Rob Davis has invited Commodores from selected clubs around Port Phillip to nominate a single team of five females to represent their club, with maximum of ten teams to participate.

‘While there is a lot of support for women’s sailing events, none provide a one-design, keelboat fleet racing event such as this. The Commodore’s Challenge aims to promote competitive women’s fleet racing and display the high calibre of female sailors we have racing regularly around Port Phillip Bay. Each club is invited to enter their strongest team to the event.

All team members must be financial members of the club they are representing. Given the interest in the event strongly encourage you to get an entry in as entries will be accepted on a “first in best dressed” basis.’

SYC Captain of Sail Rowan Simpson is also keenly promoting the event –

‘The regatta is to be held on Sunday 21 May and should be fun and a great opportunity for the ladies to demonstrate their skills. This event is organised by our women sailors and I have been impressed by their enthusiasm. If you haven't entered a team yet, please contact the Boating Office at SYC to reserve a spot. The boats will be available on Saturday for practice. Spectators from all clubs are welcome to keep watch from the Members Bar on the day and attend the Presentation after racing.’

Monica Jones, repeat winner as overall champion for the 2016 and 2017 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) and also a keen off the beach sailor in Impulse dinghies and Taipans is looking forward to contesting the Commodore’s Challenge again in 2017. ‘The one design format is excellent for practising your skills, particularly at close quarters and knowing immediately how you are performing in the fleet. I encourage all female sailors to put their names forward to their commodores to represent their home clubs in this great event’.

Megan Aulich, Women & Girls in Sailing Committee member and organiser of the SYC event invites everyone to get behind the event - ‘First in best dressed. We love seeing women and girls from clubs across the bay battle it out in the SYC Commodore’s Challenge. Spectators from all clubs are welcome to keep watch from the Members Bar on Sunday 21 May 2017. Looking forward to seeing you there!

So if your club has not yet entered or organised a team, take the lead and act now! Contact your Commodore to get your club entry in. Entries close this Friday 12 May.

For more information visit WISC Facebook page or contact James Sly in the boating department

Day Time Item Location

Race Documents


  Notice of Race and Entry form.
Free Entry
Friday 12 May 1700hrs

Entries Close. Email Entry forms to James Sly

James Sly
Friday 19 May  <1700hrs Sailing Instructions available online

Training Day for Teams (optional)


20 May

1000hrs 'Tips & Tricks' boat demo Marina Gate
1000-1500hrs Beneteaus need to be booked for on water training James Sly

Commodore's Challenge


21 May

0800-0815hrs Registration SYC Auditorium
0800-0900hrs Boat rigging Marina Gate
0900hrs Information session SYC Auditorium
1015hrs First Warning Signal  
  Spectators welcome to view racing Members Bar
1500hrs Latest Warning Signal  
Approx 1600hrs Presentation - All welcome
Members Bar







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