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. This launch provided some background information on the two events while also saw the first of the AWKR lecture series with presenter, Kate Lathouras.

WGIS event coordinator, Rosie Colahan, and chairperson of the AWKR, Lynne Wilton, began the evening with an overview of the intention, past success and future endeavours of this year’s AWKR and Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS),


“The AWKR is one of the largest all- women Keelboat events in the world and we’re so excited for it to be expanding to Queensland this year” said Lynne, commenting on the success of having a second women’s keelboat event held in northern Queensland this coming season.

Similarly, Rosie said “We also look forward to having the PPWCS run again which is the perfect opportunity to refine the skills needed at the AWKR as there is a large cross-over of teams who do both events.”


Following Lynne and Rosie’s presentation was a welcome from the chairperson of the Women and Girls in Sailing committee, Deb Parker, Yachting Victoria's President, Cherry Birch, and the Victorian Regional Manager, Gavin Wall. Deb, Cherry and Gavin all shared their excitement in the prospect of having more female sailors hit the Port Phillip Bay waters and look forward to the fleet racing to begin.

“We’ve seen female participation in sailing grow over the years and am excited to see this increase even more as both women and girls get to experience and enjoy this great sport so that participation levels will naturally increase” said Gavin.


Following the formalities was the first AWKR lecture presented by Kate Lathouras. Kate spoke about how to create an entity called team by letting go of your ego. She said,

“By removing (your) ‘ego’ from the team dynamics and becoming present to the racing at hand you can actually build the environment you need to be successful. Once you realise why you are truly on the water racing (most of the time because you really love sailing) then you can remove the ‘pressure’ of doing well and just be with and enjoy your team mates and the sport of sailing; this will naturally create an environment where people want to be part of your team. Letting go of ‘ego’ also allows you to be with anyone on a boat as there’s then no reason for you to feel offended or embarrassed as that’s all just there to protect our ego, but like anything you want to be good at, you have to practice it.”

Competitors are encouraged to register for both the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (Click Here) and the Australian Women’s Keelboat Series (Click Here). Don’t forget to come along to the other AWKR lectures coming up soon (more info here).

The first of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series, the Val Hodge Trophy Race, kicks off this Sunday, 19th February, hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. Make sure you’ve registered for this great. For more information, the NOR and to register, click here.

Follow the events:

Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series:

Website: www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WomenandGirlsinsailing/

Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta:

Website: www.awkr.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AustralianWomensKeelboatRegatta/


 Photography - Bruno Cocozza (AWKR)




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