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Fiji Calling!

Escape the Australia winter for the warm, tropical sun, azure blue lagoons and palm fringed beaches of Fiji all while having an epic adventure aboard a magnificent tall ship!
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Confident Communicators and Leadership Workshop for Women & Girls in Victoria

Last weekend, 40 women and girls from a range of sailing Clubs across Victoria took part in a Women and Girls Leadership Workshop at Sandringham Yacht Club, funded by the Australian Sports Commission.
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Victorian Sailing Awards 2017 recognises diverse female achievements

YV President Cherry Birch with Female Sailors of the Year Ella Grimshaw and Laura Harding
Victorian Sailing staged their annual celebration of excellence and endeavour in the sport on Sunday 18 June at Sandringham Yacht Club, and saw many of our female membership receiving recognition for their contribution and achievements over the 2016-17 season. Congratulations to all those nominated and awarded.
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Vanessa Twigg wins 2017 Local Hero Award

Vanessa Twigg (r) receiving her Local Hero Award from WGIS Chair Deb Parker
Congratulations to Vanessa Twigg from Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) and Cowes Yacht Club (CYC), on taking out the 2017 Women & Girls in Sailing (WGIS) ‘Local Hero’ award at the recent Victorian Sailing Awards - a well deserved accolade for her outstanding efforts at both her home clubs.
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Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017 a winner for CMS and PPWCS

PPWCS 2017 PHS Awards - Celia Dymond (2nd), Monica Jones (1st), Marg Neeson (3rd)
In a first ever collaboration, the Victorian Keelboat Awards Presentation for 2017 combined the Club Marine Series (CMS) and the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) into a single event on Sunday 28 May hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC.
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Your next ‘Bold’ move…..

With the 2016-17 summer sailing season coming to a close, Sunday 18 June will see the the Victorian Sailing Awards celebrate the range of achievements amongst the diverse membership and activities of our sailors and our state clubs. The WGIS Committee applaud our female sailors and invite them to take up the offer of free Leadership Training to extend their experiences gained in sailing.
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27th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta over and out

AWKR2017_Absolut second AMS div 2 & first IRC div 1_credit Bruno Cocozza
Racing wrapped up along the north-east edge of the vast expanse of Port Phillip at the 27th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta with a third and final light air day for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, Monday June 12, 2017.
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Melges envy and Townsville triumph at Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta day two

AWKR2017_Mrs Overnewton & Javelin_credit Bruno Cocozza
Day two of the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta looked like a fizzer mid-morning, only good for rafting-up and dolphin spotting until a light southerly breeze set the wheels in motion for race officer Lou Hutton and her Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron team to set up for races four and five.
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Light forecast for Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta

AWKR 2016 coloured kites on Port Phillip_credit Bruno Cocozza
Twenty four all-female crews representing each Australian state, the Northern Territory and New Zealand will be highly visible on Melbourne’s Port Phillip this weekend at the annual Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta, June 10-12, 2017.
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Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta to decide Queens of Port Phillip

AWKR 2016 pressure on_credit Bruno Cocozza
Women crews representing five states and the Northern Territory could experience dicey winter conditions, from near-to-nil breeze up to a 30 knot icy blast from the southern ocean when they line up for the annual Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta June 10-12, 2017.
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Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017

Introducing a new format, Australian Sailing Victoria will host the combined Victorian Keelboat Awards on Sunday 28 May at 4.30pm at Royal Brighton Yacht Club, celebrating concurrently the season's achievements for the Club Marine Series, the new Port Phillip Passage Series and the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series.
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Sandringham sailors rise to Commodore’s Challenge 2017

Kirsty Harris with SYC team Commodore's Challenge 2017_credit jack Fullerton
SYC was abuzz last weekend 20-21 May 2017, with all female crews from seven clubs around Port Phillip, keen to contest Sandringham Yacht Club’s (SYC) second Commodores Challenge (CC) event. The CC was established in 2016 to showcase Victoria’s talented female sailors in a one-design fleet racing format on the club’s Beneteau 7.5s fleet.
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Commodore's Challenge steps up to '10'

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.
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Sarah Ogilvie to join Australian Sailing Board

Congratulations to Victoria's own Sarah Ogilvie (nee Blanck) on her appointment to the Australian Sailing Board. With an awesome number of international and Olympic achievements under her belt, she works tirelessly back home encouraging and coaching female sailors to achieve their own personal goals in sailing. A first class role model and a true credit to our sport. Go Sarah!
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Phoenix Trophy and Sun Theatre Trophy complete Port Phillip Passage Series 2017

With the Autumn weather upon us and the summer sailing season coming to an end, come and join in the final races of the Port Phillip Passage and Port Phillip Women’s Passage Series with a leisurely trip to Queenscliff this weekend 6-7 May 2017.
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Lightweights rule BLiSS 2017

Louise Cotter on helm of Jake_credit Steb Fisher
The 2016 Brighton Ladies Skippers Series (BLiSS) was cut in half due to a nasty autumn blow while the 2017 edition of the annual Victorian series, April 29-30, went ahead as scheduled in perfect weather of 5-15 knots and flat seas.
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BLiSSful racing for final day of 2017 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series

Serious Yahoo under kite_credit Alex McKinnon
Yesterday marked the final race day of the 2017 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) and was hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club. This series was completed with the two- day Brighton Ladies Skipper’s Series (BLiSS) Regatta with only the Sunday race counting towards the overall point score for the PPWCS.
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Boat ownership an 'Etchellente' idea

Etchellente owners (l-r) Karen Johns, Kathy De Garis, Helen Morris, Margie Rowe Findlay _photo courtesy John Curnow
With the BLiSS Regatta coming up for its ninth running this weekend 29-30 April 2017, it is timely to consider the evolution of the ‘Gateway to BLiSS’ program and how it has provided a pathway for women to enter and thrive in the sport of sailing, and develop the confidence to share boat ownership through a syndicate arrangement.
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BLiSS Regatta Gets Active for PPWCS 2017 finale

BLiSS fleet under spinnaker_photo Steb Fisher
The fifth and final race of the 2017 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) for 2017 will be contested on Sunday 30 April as the Sunday Race of the Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) two day regatta.Now in its ninth year, Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) signature women’s regatta has again provided a lead up to the regatta with two excellent training sessions.
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BLiSS Training Day 1 opens Gateway to Racing Success

Kellie Knowles at the helm of her S80 Take One _credit Steb Fisher Photography
Whilst engines were revving at Melbourne’s Grand Prix on Sunday 26 March 2017, Victorian female keelboat sailors were lining up for ‘Gateway to BLiSS’ with Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) hosting the first training session in the lead up to their ninth BLiSS (Brighton Lady Skippers Series) regatta to be run over the weekend of 29-30 April 2017.
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A world of BLiSSful Opportunity for ‘cover girl’ Caitlin

The ‘Gateway to BLiSS’ leads off Royal Brighton’s ninth annual BLiSS Regatta and Training program for 2017, with two days high level on water coaching for the more experienced sailors and a more introductory course for the less experienced. The BLiSS Regatta will be contested over the weekend of April 29-30 and you can choose to race with spinnakers or in the non-spinnaker division.
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Victoria's female Keelboat Sailors 'Get Active'

'The girls line up' for AWKR start
The Victorian Women’s Keelboat program has been on a roll, with almost weekly activities involving training, coaching and racing, since the launch of the new ‘Synergy’ strategy in early February 2017.
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Live the Dream - Beyond the Bay

Keelboat and Multi-hull sailors, venture beyond club racing to the exciting world of ocean sailing! The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's 'Beyond the Bay' program is a series of evening educational sessions followed by two supervised weekend events providing participants with the opportunity, knowledge and support necessary to travel beyond the enclosed waters of Port Phillip commencing 8 May 2017.
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Bellissima' sailing for Race Day Four of Port Phillip Women's Championship Series

Sunday saw the fourth race day of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series where 21 boats across two divisions joined the start line of the Shirley Freeman Lady Skippers Race and Bellissima Cup hosted by Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.
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Shirley Freeman Trophy goes 'Ciao Bella' for Round 4 PPWCS 2017

Round 4 of Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) kicks off this Sunday 2 April 2017, with hosts Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club going ‘Bellisima’ for their annual Lady Skippers Race, the Shirley Freeman Trophy Race and their non spinnaker division the Bellisima Cup.
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Light and shifty for Race Day Three of Port Phillip Women's Championship Series

Race day three of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series was hosted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) on Sunday, 19 March. Also known as the Jennifer Goldsmith Perpetual Trophy this race is open to any yacht but must be skipped by a female helm.
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Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy ‘glams up’ Race 3 of Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2017

The third race of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series for 2017 is coming up this Sunday 19 March with Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) hosting the Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy race.
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International Women's Day - Discover Sailing today!

It's International Women's Day!
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Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) continues Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series

Sandringham Yacht Club played host to the Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) on Sunday the 26 February. The WISC Regatta is also the second race day of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series.
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Women in Sailing Challenge attracts a Wicked Frenzy for 2017

Hot on the heels of the opening race for the 2017 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS), Race Day 2 will be contested Sunday 26 February with the annual Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) regatta hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club.
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Val Hodge Trophy kicks off Day 1 of Port Phillip Women's Championship Series

The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) played host to the Race Day 1 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS), yesterday, Sunday 19th February, 2016. The Val Hodge Trophy is named after one of RYCV’s earliest female boat owners, Val Hodge, who joined the Club in 1985 with her husband, Arthur. As time progressed Arthur was unable to spend the time skippering his boat so Val secured
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Val Hodge Trophy leads off Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2017

The Nouannie gang go racing_ credit Alex McKinnon
Bring it on! The first race of the fifth edition of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) hits the water this Sunday 19 February with the Val Hodge Trophy Race hosted by Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV).
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2017 PPWCS and AWKR officially launched into action

The Women and Girls in Sailing (WGIS) and the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) committee this year combined in synergy to launch the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series and the AWKR on Friday, 10 February, at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron.
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NOS and Online Entry now available for PPWCS!

The Notice of Race and Online Entries are available through the Women and Girls in Sailing website. This year there is a centralised location to register for any of the 5 races of the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series.
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Synergy Launch to kick off 2017 Victorian Women’s Keelboat Regattas

Kate Lathouras (centre) Aust Women's Match Racing Team_2016 Busan Cup WIM series credit KIMWOLF
The official launch of the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series and the Australian Women's Keelboat Series kicks off this Friday at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron at 6pm (arrive 6 for 6:30pm start). Special guest, Kate Lathouras, will be speaking on 'Building a Team for Success'. Tickets are free but registration required as finger food will be supplied.
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Port Phillip Passage Series tours to Mornington for Race 3

Mornington Pier
Hot on the heels of the annual pilgrimage to Geelong for the Festival of Sails Regatta, the summer long distance sailing continues this weekend with Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) hosting Round 3 of the Port Phillip Passage and Women’s Passage Series races.
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AWKR on the Road – and in the pink!

Female sailors at S80 Victorian Championships 2017_ photo Jennifer Telfer
Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta is on the road and on a roll!
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2017 dawns bright with ‘Synergy’ for Victoria’s Female Keelboat Sailors

Photo_Bruno Cocozza AWKR 2015
The New 2017 Year has dawned ‘bright with opportunity’ for female keelboat sailors in Victoria. ‘Synergy’ has been created between the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) joining forces with the Women & Girls in Sailing (WGIS) Committee, home of the Port Phillip Women's Championship and Passage Series and Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLISS) and Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC).
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Victorian duo gain selection into Australian Sailing Youth Team

Australian Sailing has announced the 2017 Australian Sailing Youth Team, who will represent their country at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship.
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Tandem Ride for Round 2 of Port Phillip Passage and Port Phillip Women’s Passage Series

Round 2 of the Port Phillip Passage Series (PPPS) and the Port Phillip Women’s Passage Series (PPWPS) is coming up this weekend 12-13 Nov 2016 hosted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS).
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FREE Women's Race Official Course

Ever wanted to become a Race Official? This is your chance! We are offering an all- female FREE 1 day program that will accredit you as a Race Official!
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Tenacious Captain Barbara Campbell takes up the helm in Australia

Captain Barbara Campbell_image tallshipstock.com
Captain Barbara Campbell arrived in Australia this week for a two month tour of duty at the helm of tall ship Tenacious. Owned and operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), Tenacious left UK in November 2015 and arrived in Australia in August 2016, to mark the establishment of the first global JST base outside the UK in Melbourne, Victoria.
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