Port Phillip Women's Championship Series


2017-2018 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Awards Night -

Friday 11th May 7.00pm @ Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Come and celebrate the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series and Nautilus Marine Series on Friday night.

Click below to register




 2017-18 Series Information

Welcome back for the sixth Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS) to be run from Dec 2017 to April 2018.  The five race series for female helms will again be contested in Spinnaker division (scored for AMS, IRC and EHC) and Non-spinnaker division (scored for EHC only).

This season will debut on 17 December 2017 with Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club hosting Race Day 1 as a celebration of over 100 years of women in sailing at their club. ‘Look how far we have come’ will be celebrated at a High Tea, in conjunction with the Synergy Launch – the collaboration established in 2017 linking the major female keelboat regattas on Port Phillip, which connects Women & Girls in Sailing Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS), Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta(AWKR) , Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) and Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC).  

As part of the Synergy, the Victorian Women’s Keelboat Training program will also be expanded this year to include the S80 Association which have been staunch enabling supporters of AWKR for several years. Activities will be run in early 2018 so watch this space.

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!

2017-18  Dates

2017-18Dates PPWCS Event Host Club Club Administrator Entry, Results and Photo links 
17 Dec 
Launch Synergy Launch - WGIS PPWCS and AWKR'Look how far we have come’ Celebrating over 100years of Women in Sailing at HBYC. HBYC



Sun 17 Dec 2017 Race Day 1 ShirleyFreemanMemorialTrophy    & SuffragettesCup (Non –Spinnaker) HBYC  


Ian Robertson


 Topyacht PPWCS Race Day 1 HBYC

Race 1 Shirley Freeman Trophy results

Photos Race 1 - SFT

Drone Photos - SFT

Sun 11 Feb 2018 Race Day 2 Women in Sailing (WISC) SYC


James Sly


 Topyacht PPWCS Race Day 2 SYC

Race 2 - Women in Sailing Challenge results 

Photos Race 2 - WISC  

Sun 18 Feb 2018 Race Day 3 Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy RMYS


Allicia Rae


 Topyacht PPWCS Race Day 3 RMYS  

Race 3 - Jennifer Goldsmith Perpetual Trophy results

Photos Race 3 - JGT

Sun 4 Mar 2018 Race Day 4 Val Hodge Trophy RYCV


David LeRoy


Topyacht PPWCS Race Day 4 RYCV

Photos Race 4 - VHT

Presentation photos VHT

Sun29 Apr 2018 Race Day 5 Brighton Ladies Skipper Series (BLiSS) – Sunday Race RBYC


Dominic Jackson


 Topyacht PPWCS Race Day 5 RBYC 

Photos Race 5- Sunday Race BLiSS Regatta

Fri 11 May 2018 Awards   Presentation Australian Sailing Victorian Keelboat Awards Presentation combined PPWCS and NMS events RBYC


Sue Phillips 


2018  Port Phillip Women's Championship Series Presentations at the 2018 Victorian Keelboat Awards

When: Friday 11th May 2018 from 19.00pm - 20.30 pm (approx)

Where: Royal Brighton Yacht Club (253 The Esplanade, Middle Brighton VIC 3182).

Cost: Free 

Registrations: Bookings essential.

Please click here to register.


 Series Race Results

Port Phillip Women's Championship 2017-18 Series Results

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Individual Race day results are linked in the Calendar table above.  


To view all the on water action, click on the links for each race day in the Calendar table above. 

 Race Documents

PPWCS 2017-18  Notice of Series (NOS)

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).

2017-18 Reports

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

PPWCS 2018 Awards Night

Wild Child wins 10th Anniversary BLiSS Regatta

This Girl Can at BLiSS Regatta 2018

On A Quest for BLiSS

BLiSS Training in step to Leave No Woman Behind

BLiSS seeks to Leave No Woman Behind

Val Hodge Trophy 2018 fires up PPWCS competition

Val Hodge Trophy 2018 ready to Up ‘n Go

Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy sparkles for Round 3 PPWCS

Challenging weather for Women in Sailing Challenge 2018

Women in Sailing Challenge back for Round 2 PPWCS 2018

Hobson's Bay Yacht Club honours Women Sailors

Perfect conditions for first race of PPWCS 2017-18

High Tea at HBYC leads off PPWCS 2017-18

Come and celebrate 100 years plus of Women in Sailing

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. 

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 will be 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 & Girls in Sailing 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.

Class Trophies’ will be provided for 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 boat ownership as well as providing their own Association Women's Class Championship within the PPWC Series. 

this season, Synergy welcomes the addition of the S80 Association to the collaborative. With a strong history of support for the AWKR and a record number of 11 S80s competing in the 26 boat fleet in 2017, there will be plenty to encourage more female sailors to progress their sailing aspirations across a wide range of learning experiences this 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 -

AS Club Services Officer - Sue Phillips  sue.phillips@sailing.org.au0481 342 668

PPWCS Principal Race Officer – Rob Ware robert.ware@dgjones.com.au 0417 501 704

PPWCS Co-ordinator - Rosie Colahan davros@bigpond.net.au 0409 865 283


Thanks to our generous sponsors for their continued support




PPWCS 2017 Wrap

Monica Jones at the helm of Salamander_ credit Alex McKinnon

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

Not awarded

Kingston Trophies PPWCS Perpetual Teams Trophy

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron 

2017 Results 

Click here for the cumulative PPWC Series results

View the Award winners for the Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017 PPWCS 

Series Wrap

Victorian Keelboat Awards 2017 a winner for CMS and PPWCS 

2017 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

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