Raffles will be run during the lecture series to raise money for Sailors with Disabilities, so please don't forget your small change.
Meals will be available in the Olympic Bar from 6pm and dinner booking are recommended. To book, please click here.
Here is this year's awesome line up!
Wednesday 9 May
Since birth, Blake was always destined to be part of the Sailing Community in Australia.
After years of working during school holidays in the loft with his father Col, Blake took the next step to join Doyle Sails in 2006.
Blake is a very active sailor and enjoys getting involved at all levels. This has led to sailing with teams that have won IRC and Class National Championships, as well as offshore racing, taking part in the ORCV offshore calendar every year and having completed several Sydney to Hobart yacht races.
Blake is known to be a very approachable person, always willing to give assistance to the local sailor and answer any questions they may have.
Wednesday 16 May
Darren is a regular speaker at the AWKR lecture series. As a National Judge and Umpire, as well as Vice-Chair of the Race Official Committee (and RMYS representative) Darren is our go-to person for all things rules.
This year Darren will touch on proper course for symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers as well as reminding everyone about other basic rules.
Darren actively races keelboats and dinghies and is also a clinical and organisational psychologist.
Wednesday 23 May
Confident Communication for Peak Performance
Working across multiple industries, Carol conducts masterclasses to help people excel in their personal and professional life by becoming more confident in their interactions with others.
Her desire to lead and educate others stems from a rich background in sport. Having been Victoria’s first female Surf Lifesaving Professional Lifeguard, she was proud to race alongside men in Ironman events due to the lack of opportunity for women.
Her master’s thesis: “Women’s Perceived Barriers to Elite Coaching Positions in Australian Sport” was used widely in the Australian Sports Commission when determining policies for women in sport.
She is now the President of Women Sport Australia, the peak advocacy body for women in sport and is working to close the gender gap in wages, leadership positions, media time and access to sporting facilities.
Wednesday 30 May
Strategy: The No-Brainer Race
Gavin is a registered psychologist and works as an executive coach. He completed his PhD studying athlete career development and sport psychology.
He has coached for more than 20 years across the spectrum of racing, from junior club sailors through to world champions and has also had articles on the technical aspects of sailing published in the US based sailing magazine; Sail World.
During his sailing career he has had 20 podium finishes at National Championships as well as 4 top-ten finishes at 8 world championships, not to mention the 10,000 ocean miles including helming the Melbourne to Hobart, Melbourne to Port Fairy and Melbourne to Stanley races.
Gavin has also won a Yachting Victoria award for Contribution to Yachting and Coaching Program of the Year.