A club that promotes sailing for women
Reviewed Jul 2017
Unfortunately bad weather forced the cancellation of the inaugural Womens 'She Sails' Regatta that was to be held at NCYC in March this year. It has been rescheduled for Saturday 22nd July. Racing will be in the harbour between Dyke Point and the NCYC marina, so there will be some great viewing spots, close to the action, along the Honeysuckle shoreline.
Six crews of 5 women will sail identical Force 24 class keelboats. These boats are the training fleet at NCYC and the regatta is a sailing development event. Each crew will have an experienced skipper / instructor and will include women who sail in the NCYC offshore fleet, as well as graduates of the NCYC Sailing Academy. The regatta aims to provide an opportunity for enthusiastic local women to develop their sailing skills and racing confidence, build team work and participate in an event that will provide plenty of challenge and excitement.
On Saturday 15th July, crews will be briefed by National Judge Ian Humphries, on the principles and rules of regatta competition. They will then spend two hours training on the harbour under the guidance of some great on water coaches. Crews will be well prepared for the keen competition the following weekend.
On regatta day, Saturday 22nd July, a minimum of eight races will be conducted. Tight mark roundings, fast spinnaker hoists, clean gybes and good spinnaker drops will all make the difference in these short races. Good teamwork will be essential.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three crews, but all crews will gain valuable experience from this inaugural women’s sailing event.
Generous sponsorship has been provided for this event by Robert Oatley Wines, East Coast Marine, Gill yachting apparel, EJE Architecture, Uprising Bakery and Grottyachty clothing.