Val Hodge Trophy 2018 fires up PPWCS competition
Sunshine and a steady 15-18 knot southerly greeted competitors for Round 4 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) on Sunday 4 March with Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) hosting their annual Val Hodge Trophy race.
A short postponement due to the Diamond State titles being run in parallel and then the women’s fleet was away with a clean start. The three lap windward and return course kept crews on their toes both upwind and downwind and saw some close battles fought.
Racing was always going to be tight with elapsed times of under 40 to 50 minutes for most of the boats and at the end of the day, reigning PPWCS champion Monica Jones from Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) completed the course in 39 minutes steering her Adams 10 Salamander 111 to a Line Honours victory and ensuring wins in IRC and AMS divisions and second place in PHS.
Second over the line, RYCV member Tanya Stanford made an appearance at the helm of the Summit 35 Vertigo for the day and pulled off third place in both IRC and AMS.
Third over the line was a close tussle with Celia Dymond from RMYS steering the Adams 10 Jungle Juice into third place only forty seconds ahead of a dead heat for fourth place with Flying Tiger Tigris (Jan Fielding) and local RYCV S80 Up ‘n Go (Cath Beaufort).
The gutsy effort aboard Up ‘n Go saw them win the day in PHS and claim strong second placings in both IRC and AMS. Third place in PHS was also ‘hotly’ contested with Marnie Irving from Royal Brighton Yacht Club steering her Cavalier 395 Cavarlo to a seven second lead over the line, translating to an eight second win in PHS over local Liz Bodey at the helm of her Adams 8 Hot D8
The competitive spirit continued further down the fleet with match racing between Columbia 22 sisterships from Wyndham Harbour. James of Wyndham steered by Jill Blunsom led Rose of Wyndham with Edel Doyle on the helm over the line this race, but with one final round still to go the contest is not all over yet. Full marks to these crews who have not missed a round for the PPWC Series this season despite the distance they have to travel to the host clubs each round.
The final race for PPWCS 2017-18 will be Royal Brighton Yacht Club’s Sunday race on 29 April which also completes their annual Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS). Having now notched up a decade for this event, the Brighton girls will definitely be in celebration mode and invite all female helms to come and join the festivities. The BLiSS regatta will be run over the weekend of 28-29 April with short course racing on Saturday and a longer single passage race on Sunday. A single full day BLiSS training session will be held on Sunday 25 March, generously sponsored once again by AMS Yacht Racing services. Renowned coach Gavin Dagley will provide a full day program of on water and off water activities for our female sailors to practise and polish their racing skills and get race ready.
Visit the Bliss Regatta webpage for further information and registration for both training and racing activities.