BLiSS Regatta Gets Active for PPWCS 2017 finale

by Rosie Colahan

BLiSS fleet under spinnaker_photo Steb Fisher
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 providing a ‘Gateway’ for female sailors of all abilities to step up to key roles. Thanks to AMS Yacht Racing Services for their sponsorship in enabling the BLiSS committee to once again engage Gavin Dagley, World Laser Master champion 2016 to conduct the sessions, which have attracted rave reviews from both novices and experienced sailors alike.

Saturday 29 April sees three windward-leeward races scheduled. Sunday provides a longer single passage race which also constitutes the RBYC Associates Cup for RBYC female helms.

The only requirement for boat entry is for a female helm with any crew mix, but a trophy for the best performing all female crew for the event will also be awarded.

Boats from visiting clubs are encouraged to attend with provision of free mooring for the regatta and the chance to take home the BLiSS Teams Trophy for the club with the highest level of participation in both racing and training activities. Bonus points for ‘junior’ helms under 19yrs and ‘senior’ helms over 60yrs!

Notice of Race is now online and close of entries extended without financial penalty until close of business Friday 28 April.

Schedule of BLiSS Regatta Events

Saturday 29 April


BLiSS Registration


Welcome & Competitors Briefing


First Warning First Warning Signal (Keelboats Spinnaker up to 3 races scheduled)


Warning Signal Signal (Keelboats Non-Spinnaker up to 3 races)

1700 Presentation of Daily Prizes in Member’s bar

Sunday 30 April

1000 Warning Signal for BLiSS Sunday Race,

RBYC Associates Cup & PPWCS Race 5 (Keelboats Spinnaker)

1010  Warning Signal for BLiSS long race (Keelboats Non-Spinnaker)
Approx 1400   Brighton Landrover BLiSS Presentation Luncheon. Paella on balcony.

 Come and join us each day after racing for presentation and socialising. The final race on Sunday will be followed by the BLiSS Brighton Land Rover Presentation luncheon so come back and celebrate with your crews. Luncheon bookings are essential so please register now.

The presentation of Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series trophies will be made at the combined Australian Sailing Victorian Region Combined Keelboat Awards Presentation on Sunday 28 May 2017.


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