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.
A long first leg up to R2 spread the fleet out and made for some tricky tactical decisions for the navigator as to which side of the course to favour as usual the adams 10 speed put them out in front by the first mark.
In PHS Division 1 Sally Neilson on Moonraker scored a four minute on corrected time win over fellow Hobson Bay yacht Le Cascadeur and Outlaw.
In PHS – Division 2 ( Non Spinnaker) five entries all from Hobsons Bay Yacht Club had Suzanne Shaw sailing Manjimup scored the win almost 4 minutes clear of Katrina Hartman on Rocket Science.
AMS results had Leo Eckman improve on second plan PHS to win on Ams pushing Monica Jones on Salamander back to second with Take Five another RMYS in third.
In the IRC series only five yachts competed with Salamander a clear winner over Jungle Juice and Up N Go.
All the competitors were treated to a wonderful high tea afterwards at the club house followed by the unveiling of the plaque of all the past female skipper winners of the Shirley Freeman Trophy . This was followed by speeches from Cherry Birch the President of Yachting Victoria, Gavin Wall Regional Manager of Australian Sailing and the Chair of the Women and Girls in Sailing Committee Debbie Parker formally launching the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series
The next round of the series the Women in Sailing Challenge ( WISC) will be hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club on the 11th February see the Women in Sailing Challenge page for more details.
Full results can be found below along with photos of the day.