Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy sparkles for Round 3 PPWCS
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. It was a welcome respite for those who had endured the bruising southerly weather for the four race Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) regatta the previous Sunday with some returning crews still sporting war wounds.
Sunday dawned very calm, but by the scheduled start time of 1100hrs, Race Officer Amanda Wakeham was relieved to see a gently building wind from the south to get the nineteen boats away on time for the two lap course around fixed marks.
As the home of the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (AWKR), RMYS has a long history back to 1990 of providing opportunities for women sailors to race in high level competition. RMYS has also won the PPWCS Perpetual Teams Trophy for the last two years for the greatest level of participation in the women’s annual series scored on boat numbers and female crew members. So it was not surprising to see the local girls certainly seize the day and dominate the leader board.
Tigris (RMYS) with regular Jan Fielding on the helm flew around the two lap course to finish in just under two hours taking Line Honour 34 seconds ahead of sister club member Monica Jones steering her Adams 10 Salamander 111(RMYS), who also went on to claim AMS honours for the day. Claire Scanlon, winner of AMS 2017 on board Silhouette (RMYS) picked up a close second in AMS one minute behind Salamander with Christine Pfeiffer on Take Five (RMYS) placing third.
IRC Division was dominated by the ‘Adams Family’, the trio of Adams 10s all owned by female sailors. Salamander 111 took the IRC victory on corrected time, with Royal Brighton Yacht Club’s Vanessa Twigg on Serious Yahoo placing second. Owner of Jungle Juice, former RMYS commodore Janet Dean was out moonlighting with the Classics for the day, so AWKR 2018 Chair Celia Dymond took up the driver’s seat to place third.
The Performance Handicap Division is always hotly contested for the beautiful jewellery prizes offered by sponsors of the race, the Goldsmith family. This year, former RMYS commodore Linda Goldsmith, sister of Jennifer after whom the trophy is named, handed the prestigious Swarovski crystal to Lee McRae for her sterling efforts as first time helmswomen on Sugoi. Lee also received an invitation to the RMYS presentation night for the re-awarding of the Jennifer Goldsmith perpetual trophy. Second place went to visiting boat Hot D8 from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, helmed by Liz Bodey and Guiliana Fuscaldo with Tigris picking up third place.
A great day on the water was enjoyed by all competitors.
Thank you to the Goldsmith family for their generous sponsorship of the race, not only providing generous prizes for the podium winners, but also providing all skippers with bottles of wine. All entry fees are generously donated to Melanoma research, the disease which claimed the life of Jennifer, a passionate sailor and awarded club member.
Thanks to RMYS and the race management team for a great day’s racing.
The pace continues with Round 4 of Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series only ten days away, with the Val Hodge Trophy to be run Sunday 4 March hosted by Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Check out the PPWCS webpage for all links.
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