Please see below the flyers for the Festival of Sails.
As well as the traditional four day keelboat regatta, beginning with the iconic Passage Race on Saturday 21 January. There will also be a two-day Off The Beach regatta. This event will run on Thursday 26 January and Friday 27 January and is open to all classes.
A discounted “Early Bird” entry fee is on offer but expires on 30 November.
The link for entries can be found here - http://festivalofsails.com.au/seaside-regatta/how-to-enter/enter-online-now
Hello and welcome to another update on the AWKR.
The invitation postcards for the AWKR should be mailed in the next few days with all the training dates for the up and coming 6 months program that links PPWCS, BLiSS, WISC. There are quite a few opportunities, so we suggest you mark these in your diary. We will also be updating Facebook and other social media along with our website to reflect these opportunities.
In the meantime, WGIS have sent this through to our office, and you may like to take advantage of this free;
Female Race Official Course to be held on Sunday 12 February 2017.
Venue: Boatshed, 3 Aquatic Drive , Albert Park, Vic 3206.
Time: 10.00hrs -16.00hrs.
Presenter: Louise Hutton
There are still places if you would like to go on the course or know of any girls or women in your club that would like to take up the offer please get them to complete the online registration at the following link.
We are planning our launch in the next four weeks and will be in touch with the dates, venue, guest speaker and how to book.
The next few weeks offer some of the best sailing on Port Phillip with the ORCV's Boxing Day 'Cock of the Bay' that flows into several other opportunities such as the Melbourne to Devonport and several other ocean races. Good luck to all of the women participating in these events and in the meantime, we would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very merry Christmas a happy new year and stay safe on the water.
Wednesday 14 December
Race 7 of the Summer Twilight series.
Congratulations to Addiction in first place in the Troubleshooters Jo Johannesen Pursuit race, with Revenge second and Portofino third.
In the Dennis Livingston AMS Trophy, Portofino was in first place, Addiction second and Take Five third.
Race 7 of the Horizon Sails Spinnaker series, AMS results Silhouette placed first, Vagrant second and Remedy third. IRC results were: Matador first, Mrs Overnewton second and Rock n Roll third. The PHS results have Seaya in first place, Matador second and Sunshine third.
The Best Start, on 1 second, went to Revenge and Bushido, and the Banks Group Award went to Mistress for seventh in the seventh race.
Big thanks to our race management team of Ian Guyett and Kevin McDonald.
Saturday 17 December
Unfortuntely due to strong winds the Dick Lean Trophy was postponed until another date. Let's hope for better conditions in 2017.
This year RMYS has 4 boats competing in ocean races over the Christmas/New Year period.
Good luck and great sailing to Primitive Cool doing the Sydney to Hobart, Addiction & Acardia on the Melbourne to Hobart and Christine will be doing Melbourne to Devenport.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates and results via the weblinks below. We also hope to get some updates from the boats via the Red Book app.
Dear Members, the Dick Lean Trophy on Saturday 17th December will be hosted by Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.
You are able to access the race documents and entry lists via this link
Wednesday 7 December
World Cup Wednesday Pursuit Race started off with great success with 47 boats starting, they went around the course and headed down to D mark. At this point the wind dropped, and with that so did the boats. One after the other they retired and a total of 14 boats crossed the finish line.
We were joined by couta boats from Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club as well as a few Cat 7 boats from our club. The couta boats ended up taking out 1st & 3rd.
Congratulations to Margarita in first place, Sea Eagle second & Sorrento I in third.
Big thanks to our race management team of Past Commodore Peter Chapman, Steve Morrison, and David Croke who was out on William Paterson.
The 2017 AWKR is shaping up to be one of the largest female regattas in Australian history, possibly the southern hemisphere.
A big thank you to all the previous Chairs of the AWKR who have taken the time to either write or meet with me in recent weeks offering their advice and support. I would also like to thank Rosie Colahan, Linda Goldsmith and Debbie Parker for their ongoing dedication and support for Women And Girls In Sailing. This week both Linda and Debbie Parker, who is the Chair for WAGIS committee for Yachting Victoria, met with state government officials to highlight the ongoing need to promote our sector of sporting and promote women's sailing in Victoria.
Rosie Colahan and I have had several meetings about the importance of access to this sport and the join forces with resources and training. WAGIS and the AWKR are now offering up to 8 training events in the lead-up to the AWKR. It is our goal to broadcast some of these training sessions through a webinar. Anyone with high level video skills who is keen to volunteer to assist us with this initiative, please contact Paul Bunn on 0409 500 340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is our vision to take the regatta to a higher level of competition with more PR exposure, which in turn will drive a higher calibre of sponsor.
We are currently targeting several corporate sponsors who are seeking to attract more women into their workforce. We believe that this will be a good "win-win" for both sport and for industry.
The AWKR committee this week agreed to move our charity sights into a different sector of the community and we are pleased to announce the unanimous support for "Sailors with disABILITIES". This move has already seen some fabulous co-operative spirit with Sailors with disABILITIES not only offering up their boat as a spectator boat for our regatta, but it has already opened up opportunities for more presence from clubs in NSW.
A big thank you to the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria for their support for our AWKR. The ORCV have agreed to host a link on their web page, driving traffic to our regatta. Interestingly enough, out of 5000 ocean sailors who have competed in events with the ORCV over the past four years, 831 of them were women!
On a closing note, I am seeking a volunteer who can work during business hours and is skilled in administration and typing. We have about 500 women sailors in our database from previous AWKRs. Most of the information is currently in excel spreadsheets, and we have now created an online database for all our women sailors to assist with marketing and newsletters. We would require about 40 hours of volunteer time. If you are available, please contact Lynne on 018 157 222 or email email@example.com.
Many thanks, and happy sailing.
This week is all go with the Sailing World Cup well underway, and tonight will be the World Cup Wednesday Twilight Race. Tonights race will include yachts of all shapes and sizes with the couta boats & a few tumlarens joining us.
Wednesday 30 November
Race 6 of the Summer Twilight series was off to a great start with 44 starters.
Congratulations to Charlotte in first place in the Troubleshooters Jo Johannesen Pursuit race, with Weekend Option second & Jud third.
In the Dennis Livingston AMS Trophy, Portofino was in first place, Take Five second & Addiction third.
Race 6 of the Horizon Sails Spinnaker series, AMS results Vagrant placed first, Silhouette in second and Mrs Overnewton in third. IRC results Jungle Juice first, Mrs Overnewton second and Mood Indigo in third. The PHS results have Mrs Overnewton in first place, Vagrant in second & Jungle Juice third.
The Best Start on .5 of a second went to Spirit V and the Banks Group Award went to Jungle Juice for sixth in the sixth race.
Big thanks to our race management team of Ian Guyett, Selwyn Stokes, and Kevin McDonald.
Saturday 3 December
Last Saturday was Day 3 of the Club Marine Series hosted by RMYS and we could not have done it without the help of our volunteers. Thank you Marc Tracy, Michael Rigato, JD Mittman, Michael Culhane, Terry Parker & Andrew Fambiatos.
It's looked like a fantastic day out there and we could not have asked for better weather. With Divisions 1, 2, and 3 all completing 2 races and the Blue Division one race with a tower start and finish.
For Full Results
For a write up from the Club Marine Media Release.
Thank you to everyone for assisting. It is really spectacular and showcasing the Squadron and St Kilda to the World. Even if you don't have time for formal duties, just come on down to look.
The response from Competitors and WSC is really positive, so our efforts are recognised and appreciated.
Now comes the begging bit!! Can you spare half a day on either Saturday and Sunday?
They look like being big days, with a favorable weather forecast likely to attract many visitors.
In conjunction with Australian Sailing, RMYSTA are runnning a Discover Sailing programme both off the beach and keel boats so need assistance. These folks are all prospective members and crew.
SO - Come along, bring partners and family to check out spectacle, and give a hand.
Email Danielle at "Racing@rmys.com.au" with your availability or call Danielle or Chappy.
Thanks and cheers.
Peter Chapman (Chappy)
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RMYS has now signed up to a text messaging system to help members stay up to date on last-minute race changes on the day of the race. Members must opt in to this service.
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