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Wild Child wins 10th Anniversary BLiSS Regatta

The 10th year of the Brighton Ladies Skipper Series saw increased entry numbers, with over 20 boats enter this years regatta. The Series victory went to an RBYC regular skipper Margaret Neeson and her triumphant crew aboard Wild Child.

This Girl Can at BLiSS Regatta 2018

Melbourne Osaka Cup -  Joanna Breen (Tas), Sue Bumstead (Vic), Annette Hesselmans (NSW)
The final countdown to the tenth BLiSS regatta this weekend 28-29 April light winds brings predictions, a stark contrast to the weather experienced in the lead up training sessions. Host Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) is to be congratulated for getting behind their female sailors in the spirit of this year’s International Women’s Day theme and “Leave No Woman Behind’.

On a Quest for BLiSS

With the tenth Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) regatta less than three weeks away, host club Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) is on a Quest to fast track female helms to regatta readiness for the weekend 29-30 April 2018. RBYC have swung into action offering participants a special BLiSS edition of their Quest Experience, a new initiative utilising their ten new club owned RS Quest dinghies.

BLiSS Training in step to Leave No Woman Behind

Marnie Irving at the helm of Cavarlo with her BTB graduates
Royal Brighton Yacht Club’s BLiSS committee are gearing up for the ten year anniversary celebration of the Brighton Lady Skippers Series to be run over the weekend of 28-29 April 2018. The two day racing event provides multiple short course races on Saturday and a single passage race on Sunday, the latter also scoring RBYC female helms for their home club’s Associates Cup female helm trophy.

BLiSS seeks to Leave No Woman Behind

Team SCA Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 all female team
Calling all sailors! Let’s all get onboard on 8 March for International Women’s Day 2018 and proclaim this year’s theme ‘Leave No Woman Behind’ – an opportune time to reflect on how women in the sport of sailing are faring with their participation goals and leadership aspirations and to look to the future, beyond diversity to inclusion and true integration in our sailing communities.

Female skipper to lead Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 start

Morning Star crew Peter Brooks and Jo Breen ready to rock 'n roll
The Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 preparations are now at fever pitch with the first of the staggered start sequences to take place on Thursday 15 March from the Portsea Pier for the non-stop double handed 5500 nautical mile race to Osaka, Japan, for the eighth edition of this iconic race. The race was first conducted in 1987 and was recently ratified by World Sailing as one of the great yacht races.

Sorrento Regatta 2018 WOWs Sabrettes

The Women On Water Sorrento Regatta on 3-4 March 2018 saw a great turn out of 40 boats for the all female event. Hosted by Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) invited classes were made up from off-the-beach groups with sixteen Optis, eleven Lasers with five Laser Radial and six Laser 4.7s, ten Sabres and three double-handed Quests.

Val Hodge Trophy 2018 fires up PPWCS competition

Val Hodge 2018 start
Sunshine and a steady 15-18 knot southerly greeted competitors for Round 4 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) on Sunday 4 March with Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) hosting their annual Val Hodge Trophy race.

Val Hodge Trophy 2018 ready to Up ‘n Go

The Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2017-18 moves to Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) on Sunday 4 March for the sixth running of the Val Hodge Trophy, the host club’s signature female helm race.

Sabrettes shine at Victorian Sabre State Championships

The Victorian Sabre State titles held 17-18 February 2018 at Safety Beach Sailing Club (SBSC) attracted a diverse mixed fleet of 73 entries, ranging across age groups and sailing abilities, from World Champions through to beginners. Fifteen female participants competed strongly throughout the fleet.

Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy sparkles for Round 3 PPWCS

JGT 2018 fleet under spinnaker
The annual Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy race for 2018 conducted by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) on Sunday 18 February provided sublime sailing conditions with sunshine, flat seas and 5-10 knot southerly breezes for Round 3 of Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2017-18.

Victorian 420 girls sail to the top

Ella Grimshaw and Laura Harding on the podium
If we were in the game of cricket we’d say there have been two female athletes getting some serious runs on the board! With a series of successful regatta results in the 420 class, Laura Harding and Ella Grimshaw are paving the way for a successful sailing future.

Challenging weather for Women in Sailing Challenge 2018

Jet in pursuit of Serious Yahoo
Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) 2017-18 returned on Sunday 11 February with Sandringham Yacht Club’s annual Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC). A gusty 18-25knot southerly whipped up a choppy sea, providing a lively challenge with heavy upwind legs and exciting downwind rides for the four back-to-back short course races for the female skippers and their crews.

Women in Sailing Challenge back for Round 2 PPWCS 2017-18

Cate Parsons spinnaker trimming aboard Cavarlo for ORCV Women's Skippers and Navigators Race 2017
The Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) is back again in 2018 at the Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) this Sunday. Join in the fun and sign up to race today! The regatta constitutes the second race of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS).

Hobson's Bay Yacht Club honours Women Sailors

HBYC's Sally Neilson winner of the Shirley Freeman Trophy
Congratulations to the many members of the Hobson's Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) community, for staging an outstanding celebration of over 100 years of Women in Sailing at their club on Sunday 17 December 2017 with their annual female helm races for the Shirley Freeman Trophy and the non-Spinnaker division Suffragettes Cup.

Perfect Conditions for the first race of the PPWCS

Hosted by Hobson Bay Yacht Club the first round of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series had 28 entries face the starter gun.
Conditions for the race were ideal with 12-15 knots most of the morning dropping to 10 by midday.

High Tea at HBYC leads off PPWCS 2017-18

Dr Shirley E Freeman, AM
Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) 2017-18 makes an early entrance on Sunday 17 Dec 2017 for its sixth edition, with Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) leading off with the theme ‘Look how far we have come’ to celebrate over 100 years of women in sailing at their club.

Come and Celebrate 100 years plus of Women in Sailing

The first race of the 2017/ 2018 Port Phillip Women's Championship Series is being held on the 17th December at Hobsons Bay Yacht Club. The Club is also celebrating its 100 years and more of women sailing at the club.

Women Skippers bound for Hobart and beyond

Jo Harpur and Jo Breen_sw
Southern hemisphere summer and sailors from around Australia and beyond are gearing up for the annual Christmas dash to Hobart, with the 73rd edition of the Sydney to Hobart (S2H),the 35th running of the Melbourne to Hobart (M2H) Westcoaster and the most recently added event, the 11th Launceston to Hobart (L2H) race.This year will see record numbers of women at the helm and as boat owners.

Come and hear Lisa Blair talk

The Women & Girls in Sailing committee and Royal Brighton Yacht Club Cruising Group are delighted to announce that Lisa Blair has accepted an invitation to speak at a special WGIS evening event to be held in Melbourne on Friday November 17.

Lisa Blair who is also a finalist for Australian Female Sailor of the year, spent 184 days at sea overcoming extreme conditions to circle Antarctica alone.

ORCV Winter Series 2017 Geelong Finale invites Osaka Entrants

Angela Woodman winner of ORCV Latitude Race
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria’s annual Winter Series launched with a bang and shower of flares on Sunday 2 July 2017 and is shaping up for a bumper finish with the annual Geelong Race weekend on 9-10 September. Sunday will see the women bring home the boats from Geelong to Melbourne in the fifth annual Women Skippers & Navigators Race.

CitySail coaching regatta to spring off 2017 season

Albert Park Yacht Club is again hosting a terrific warmup Regatta for the Summer season, with their City Sail Coaching Regatta for Women & Girls to be hosted on the gentle waters of the Albert Park Lake over the weekend of 9-10 September 2017, with a combination of coaching and short-course racing over the two days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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It's International Women's Day!

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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).

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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