Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta

Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta

Please save the date for Friday 4 October to Sunday 6 October 2024.

Ladies get your crew together and join us over the long weekend. 


So, what’s the LOTS Regatta all about?

So, what’s the LOTS Regatta all about?

The Ladies of the Sea Regatta is the brainchild of RSYS Rear Commodore Karyn Gojnich OLY. It was first held in 2019 as an extension of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s popular female-only keelboat courses. The coached regatta idea stemmed from similar dinghy events in Victoria, in which participants received both on- and off-water coaching support.

The event was devised to place an emphasis on nurturing both the sailors and volunteers involved, and to provide a safe and welcoming platform for participants to enhance their capabilities, build confidence and develop skills on the water.

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s annual Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta will take place from Friday 4 October to Sunday 6 October 2024.

Entries Coming Soon – early bird rates till 29 September

The event aims to challenge and nurture female sailors, with mentors providing the opportunity for all to enhance their capabilities, build confidence and develop skills on the water.

A mix of on-water and on-shore events, the regatta places an emphasis on creating a safe, welcoming and sociable environment. Each morning begins with a Pilates session overlooking Sydney Harbour followed by a coached session led by some of Australia’s most notable yachtswomen. In the afternoon participants will have the opportunity to test their skills against each other in a short windward/leeward race series.

This regatta is open to both keelboats and one-design fleets, spinnaker and non-spinnaker yachts, and teams with an all-female crew and a female helm with mixed crew.

Past Participants’ Experiences

Past Participants’ Experiences

Past Participants’ Experiences Images

Photo by Official Regatta Photographer: Margaret Fraser Martin 2023

October 2022 Regatta Schedule

October 2023 Regatta Schedule

Date Time Event
Fri 29 Sept 6.00 – 8.00pm Welcome & Competitors’ Briefing in the Shell Cove Room Rooftop Bar.
Dinner and drinks available in the Careening Cove Anchorage
Sat 30 Sept 7:15am - 8:00am  Harbourfront Pilates (bring your own mat)
  7:30am onwards Breakfast available in the Careening Cove Anchorage
  9:00am – 11:30am Coaching session in designated groups
  1:00pm – 4:00pm Racing
  5:00pm onwards Debrief the day; Bubbles & socialising. Dinner and drinks available in the Careening Cove Anchorage
Sun 1 Oct 7:15am - 8:00am Harbourfront Pilates (bring your own mat)
  7:30am onwards Breakfast available in the Careening Cove Anchorage
  9:00am – 11:30am Coaching session in designated groups
  1:00pm – 4:00pm Racing
  5:00pm onwards Debrief the day; pre-dinner drinks available in the Careening Cove Anchorage.
  6:30pm till late ‘Women Celebrate Sailing’ Dinner and Presentation in the Carabella Room.

Individual Entry Cost

Boat Type                                                                                                           Early Entry                                                              Standard Entry                                                                                                                      
Mixed Division Yacht  $200 $250
International Yngling $200 $200
 International J/70 $200 $250
 RSYS Elliott (Incl Boat Charter) $375 $425
 RSYS Elliott (Incl Boat Charter & Instructor) $575 $600


Fees – Early Bird special till 24 September

Fees – Early Bird special until 29 September

The entry fee includes:

  • Coaching over the two days
  • LOTS Regatta goodie bag
  • Complimentary bubbles after racing on Saturday
  • Complimentary table wines for Presentation dinner on Sunday
  • Fantastic prizes!

*Entry is complimentary for male boat owners facilitating female participation, however we appreciate you still registering.

RSYS has four Elliott 7 keelboats available to charter for an additional fee.

  • RSYS Members can charter an Elliott without an instructor
  • Non-members are required to engage an onboard instructor.

Please contact us via [email protected] if you are considering joining a RSYS Elliott as boat numbers are limited. 

All registrations will require a boat name. Skippers looking for crew, or crew looking for a boat, please email your details to [email protected] and we will endeavour to help. 

Notice of Race Sailing Instructions  Results Register Now 


Coach Profiles

Coach Profiles

  • Karyn Gojnich (OLY)


    Karyn started sailing at the age of 8 and has sailed dinghies, skiffs, keelboats, windsurfers – just about everything except ice boats and foiling moths.

    She has represented Australia in Sailing at three Olympic Games (1988, 2004, 2008) and competed in numerous World, European and National Championships. Karyn is passionate about sharing her experiences and providing more opportunities for others to get into the sport of sailing.

    Photo: Andrea Francolini

  • Bridget Canham


    Bridget has sailed keelboats since she left school (over 46 years).  She cruised in South Africa, England, France, Greece and across the Atlantic from South Africa to the Amazon. 

    Bridget has been racing since 1987 when she moved to Australia.  This includes nine Sydney to Hobart races, two of these were with "Women on Water." Last year together with Kathy Veel Bridget started Two Handed racing on Currawong. 

    Together they were the first women to do the Sydney to Hobart Two handed.

  • Kathy Veel


    Kathy began sailing as a young adult and has years of experience as owner/skipper of several small yachts, and thousands of miles of delivery and racing passages, mostly as skipper.

    She was part of the 1989 all-woman Sydney to Hobart crew and a founder member of Women on Water. For 9 years she’s been a volunteer skipper with the Making Waves Foundation working with clients and crew with diverse abilities and challenges.

    Last year she and Bridget Canham competed two-handed in the Sydney-to Hobart in her 30’ yacht Currawong.  

  • Lindy Hardcastle


    A keen ocean-racer, Lindy has been competing internationally for over 35 years.

    She has participated in a wide variety of events including the first ARC race crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 1986.

    Lindy has also competed in the Sydney to Hobart on Ella Baché with an all-female crew and has raced upon Wine Dark Sea for the last five years as a trimmer.

    Photo: Andrea Francolini

  • Peta Norris


    Peta is an instructor for women’s sailing programs at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and is passionate about sharing her love of sailing and encouraging women to extend themselves in the sport.

    She races yachts inshore and offshore, from Elliott 6s to 46 footers, training and competing at every opportunity between full-time work and being a mum to two teenage girls.

    Highlights include competing in the Sydney to Hobart and Groupama races, representing her club at the Sailing Champions League, and most recently, being part of the division winning Norton White Corum crew in the 2022 Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race.

  • Lisa Blair


    Lisa became the first woman to sail solo around Antarcticawith one stop after surviving a dramatic dismasting atsea, demonstrating her resilience and determination.

    Lisa then went on to lead the first all-female team to compete in the 2017 Rolex Sydney to Hobart YachtRace in 16 years. She set two more world records in December of 2018, when she sailed solo, non-stopand unassisted around Australia, spending 58 days at sea.

    On May 25th, 2022, Lisa achieved her latest milestone by becoming the fastest person to sail solo, non-stop, and unassisted around Antarctica, shaving 10 days off the previous record. 

  • Annabelle Connery


    Annabelle has been sailing for the last nine years, with the last two years being spent training and competing in keelboats. Growing up in Canberra Annabelle competed in various youth classes at a national and international level before transitioning into the Squadron Keelboat Program when she moved to Sydney in 2021.

    She was a member of RSYS’s Sailing Champions League team who won the open and u/22 Asia Pacific divisions. She is part of the RSYS team representing the club at u/22 Sailing Champions League World Championship final in Kiel, Germany. Annabelle is passionate about developing the skills of women in sailing and sharing this passion with those she teaches.

  • Nickie Jones


    Nickie is an Australian Sailing Senior Instructor in Dinghies and Keelboats and took on the role of Chief Instructor of the AS Keelboat Programme in 2017.
    Racing competitively from age 11, no-one was going to convince young Nickie that ‘Girls couldn’t helm boats’, although many tried!

    Her distinguished sailing career includes: the 470 class Worlds; representing Australia in the Windsurfer class; helming for the Fremantle SC’s Women’s Keelboat team in J24s, J22s, Farr 36s, S80s and Foundations 36 yachts; and several Offshore seasons.

  • Maddie O'Shea


    Maddie is a graduate of the RSYS Youth Sailing program. She progressed to the
    Squadron Keelboat Program and currently favours Match Racing in Elliott 7s.

    Maddie was awarded the RSYS Yachtswoman of the Year in 2018. At the LOTS regatta, she will coach the Elliott 7s participants.

  • Nic Douglass

    Known in the sailing world as ‘Adventures of a Sailor Girl’ Nic films, commentates and
    interviews the races and people that matter.

    A top level sailor, her achievements include an Triple Tasar World Championship title, two Grade One wins in Women’s Match Racing and more tan 10 Australian Championships in a variety of classes.

  • Claudia Thackray


    RSYS Member Claudia has competed at an international level as part of the Squadron Keelboat Program and regularly participates in the Club’s weekly racing.

    Claudia is also one of the Club’s senior coaches for the LOTS weekly keelboat training sessions. In 2023, she was nominated as a finalist for Instructor of the Year as a part of the Australian Sailing NSW/ACT Awards. 

  • Julie Clarke

    RSYS Member and world-traveller, Julie has spent most of her life competing or cruising
    on yachts.

    Julie was the secretary of the International Dragon Association for eight
    years, competed in the Hong Kong Dragon team and also cruised around the world on a
    Jeanneau 49.

  • Marike Koppenol


    Marike Koppenol is an experienced offshore sailor and an Australian Sailing Keelboat Instructor. 

    She has competed in five Sydney to Hobarts races, a round the world race 1999-2000, as well as multiple blue water and Sydney Harbour races since 2009. 

    She earned Women’s Helm in the CYCA Women’s Winter Series 2021 and 2022 and took 2nd place in Sydney Harbour Women’s Keelboat Series 2022-2023.  

    Marike loves being on the water, whether competing, instructing or sailing her Swanson Dart around the harbour. ”It’s a sport that continually challenges you … you never stop learning!” 

  • Brittne Whitelaw


    Brittne fell in love with Pilates early in her life when she found that by utilising it for injury rehabilitation she was able to stay competitive in gymnastics, ski racing and dance. Her Pilates experience now spans over 30 years having trained in physio clinics and studios from Colorado to NYC, London and Sydney.

    She has learned that true Pilates not only has the power to heal through movement but also prevent future injuries, enable optimal athletic performance and benefit overall health and wellness. After pursuing a successful career in finance and starting a family, Brittne has now come full circle, taken her learnings and applied them to extensive professional teacher training with STOTT and Polestar Pilates across both the Mat and Studio repertoire.


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Official Photographer

Thank you to Margaret Fraser Martin for joining us again as our Official Photographer.

Marg is passionate about promoting women in sailing and has been with us for each Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta.

Steering the Course

‘Steering the Course’

As part of the movement to promote and grow female participation on the National and International stage, the LOTS Regatta is promoting both World Sailing’s ‘Steer the Course’ and Australian Sailing’s ‘She Sails’ initiatives.

Steering the Course is a global initiative to bring together sailing communities, highlighting the achievements of women already within the sport, as well as attracting those who have never tried it before.

The Southern Hemisphere Festival lasts from Friday 29 September to Sunday 8 October 2022.

‘Steering the Course’






Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation

Past Results

Past Results

30 September - 2 October 2022


Keelboat Female Crew: Kirstin Reblin (Andiamo!)
Keelboat Female Helm: Amanda Hicks (Xena)
One-Design Female Crew: Victoria Rooyen (Elliott 3)
One-Design Female Helm: Clare Fraser (Black Adder)

‘Inspirational Women in Sailing’ Dinner and Presentation

The ‘Inspirational Women in Sailing’ dinner and presentation was the final event of the 2022 Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta and featured special speakers from the world of sailing.

In October 2022, our speakers were Vanessa Dudley, Lisa Blair, Nickie Jones and Nina Curtis.

Photos by Marg Fraser-Martin

7-9 January 2022


  • Keelboat Female Crew: Enigma (Anna Connery)
  • Keelboat Female Helm: Euphoria (Peggy Sniffin)
  • One-Design Female Crew: Black Adder (Lauren Wall)
  • One-Design Female Helm: Holly (Jenna Searle)

‘Women Celebrate Sailing’ Dinner and Presentation

The ‘Women Celebrate Sailing’ dinner and presentation is the final event of the Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta and features special speakers from the world of sailing.

In January 2022, our keynote speaker was Nic Douglass, aka Adventures of a Sailor Girl.

Photos by Marg Fraser-Martin

4-6 October 2019


  • Keelboat Female Crew: Zig Zag (Madi Korman – RSYS)
  • Keelboat Female Helm: Genovefa (Genevieve Slattery – RSYS)
  • One-Design Female Crew: Elliott 7 (Meika Wright – ADF)
  • One-Design Female Helm: Elliott 7 (Samantha Morley – ADF)

Photos by Marg Fraser-Martin

Contact Us

Contact Us

LOTS Organising Committee

E: [email protected]

RSYS Sailing Office

Ph: +61 2 9017 0152

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