Sorrento Regatta 2018 WOWs Sabrettes
by Jarka Kluth/ WGIS Committee
The Women On Water Sorrento Regatta on 3-4 March 2018 saw a great turn out of 40 boats for the all female event. Hosted by Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club (SSCBC) invited classes were made up from off-the-beach groups with sixteen Optis, eleven Lasers with five Laser Radial and six Laser 4.7s, ten Sabres and three double-handed Quests.
With a focus on delivering quality coaching from female role models across the sport, all levels of female sailors were guaranteed learning in a fun environment to build skills and confidence.
Aspiring female race management volunteers also had the opportunity to be mentored in skill development including rules, processes, critical decision points, competitor communications, powerboat handling and seamanship to build knowledge, competence and confidence.
The weekend weather proved to be a mix of conditions providing some excitement, with two-up boat sailing and wayward boat retrieving on the Saturday afternoon following the passage of a high wind front.
With SSCBC securing a top line up of experienced and encouraging female coaches and race management, the event ran smoothly and participants were able to take home some great key learnings.
In their typical committed fashion the ‘Sabrettes’ keenly attended the training event. with one of the group posting her positive weekend learning on Facebook – ‘I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship’(Louise Alcott).
The friendly camaraderie amongst the Sabrettes did not dissuade a competitive edge over the six race series, with the two top sailors both posting an OCS in separate races to mark their competitive spirits. Lisa Barrand on Joie de Vivre took out the series honours, followed by Fiona McCulloch on Escape and Wendy Wilson on Heart Beat in third place.
In the Laser class, Casey Imeneo on Sheen Group took out the Laser Radial title with a perfect scorecard winning every race and having to drop her final first place. Jessica Batty on Bulliwinkle took out the honours in the Laser 4.7.
The Opti fleet of sixteen boats produced another perfect scorecard winner with Scarlett Zerbe on ZigZag.
In the only double-handed class for the weekend, the team of Nicole Liemont and Grace Cockman achieved their Quest with a string of first and second places to come out on top.
In the spirit of the event, overall contributions were also recognised with Alex Harvey and Hannah Ward taking out Sportswomen of the WOW regatta and Ella Kelley awarded Superstar of the WOW regatta.
Thanks to SSCBC for a WOW of a regatta - a great weekend and we look forward to another successful event next year. Thanks also to all the coaches for sharing their valuable insights and endless encouragement!
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