Challenging weather for Women in Sailing Challenge 2018


Jet in pursuit of Serious Yahoo
Jet in pursuit of Serious Yahoo
Frenzy and Doesn't Matter upwind
Frenzy and Doesn't Matter upwind
Stealthy Salamander 111 slinks to windward of Carpe Diem
Stealthy Salamander 111 slinks to windward of Carpe Diem
Sarah Allen at the helm of Salt Whistle
Sarah Allen at the helm of Salt Whistle

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.

The conditions on the day prompted some crews in the racing divisions to decide discretion to be the better part of valour with kites remaining safely in their bags. The more intrepid experienced exhilarating  kite runs rewarding  them with well deserved podium positions at the end of the day. The local Sandringham girls put in strong performances for the series.

Regular competitor Stephanie Strong at the helm of the 11-metre Frenzy had a frenetic Race 3, but then hit her stride and gunned the final race with line honours, securing 3rd overall in AMS.

Kirsty Harris this year swapped Adams 10 Scarlet Runner for the M.A.T 10 Doesn’t Matter  to retain her  2017 IRC honours and attain 2nd in AMS.  

Third place IRC was a dead heat battle between Adams 10 Serious Yahoo (RBYC) with skipper Vanessa Twigg from RBYC snatching victory in the final race of the day to pip Monica Jones from RMYS at the helm of her Adams 10 Salamander III.

Sandringham’s young Madeline Linton, 2017 AMS winner traded the helm of J24 Bruschetta VI for J24 Jet this year, making a clean sweep of AMS and PHS divisions with the latter win stamping  her name on the prestigious Doris Little Memorial Trophy. 

Deb Parker, chair of the Women & Girls in Sailing committee took up the helm of the Elliott 9.6 Phantom to place second in PHS with RBYC‘s Marnie Irving placing third on her Cavalier 395 Cavarlo.

Five boats entered the cruising division for a longer single race around fixed marks. Regular competitor Sarah Allen steered Northshore 34 Salt Whistle to a clear victory, successfully defending her cruising crown which she has held for the last few years.  From Wyndham Harbour, sistership Columbia 22s made the 14nm trip to the start line and saw Edel Doyle(HBYC) helm  James of Wyndham to second position with Rose of Wyndham placing fourth.  Novice skipper Chrissy Freeman from SYC took up the helm of her new Giselle  to place third in her first skippered WISC event. Unfortunately, the heavy weather proved too much for Scarlett and her crew who retired.

Thank you to Sandringham Yacht Club race management and volunteers for hosting the event and providing excellent racing on the day.  

Full results  for WISC racing and cruising divisions are available on the WISC webpage.

Photos of the on water action captured by Gordon Hyde can be viewed on the Women & Girls in Sailing website.

With barely time to recover from the bruises and aching muscles, Round 3 of PPWCS 2017-18 moves to Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) this Sunday 18 February with the running of the annual Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy.  

Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Entry are online now. A single race starting at 1100hrs will be followed by presentation and BBQ lunch at RMYS clubhouse. Lunch bookings are essential.  

Good luck to all competitors for what is shaping up to be a less bruising day on the water. Come and join us!

Further information about the PPWC Series is available on the WGIS webpage.



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