Last Sunday three boats represented RSYS in the inaugural MHYC Women's Regatta. Boats were crewed by RSYS Members and LOTS graduates, who in some cases were participating in their first regatta. There were 22 boats from six clubs around Sydney that were split into three divisions: Keelboat all-female crew, Keelboat female helm and One Design female helm.
It was an almost perfect Autumn day - magnificent sunshine and mild temperatures, but very light and variable breezes. The morning westerly progressively backed all the way to the east, never exceeding 7kts and sometimes disappearing altogether. Visiting Race Officer Elaine Fowler from RPAYC and the MHYC team managed to complete one windward/leeward and one passage race, both with shortened courses.
Elyse Guevara (RSYS/GSC) claimed the Adams 10 division win on a countback. Amanda Hicks (RSYS) on board Solacious 4441 (pictured top) finished third overall with her all-female crew, and our Tuesday Series winners Penny Scardifield, Margret Houston and Sally Pixley sailing on Cavatina were 4th in the same division.
Crews representing RSYS were:
Solacious (Beneteau First 29) Skipper Amanda Hicks (RSYS), crew Muffi Barbour, Angelica Veness, Sue Roberts, Meredith Trevallyn-Jones, Christine Patton, Karyn Gojnich
Cavatina (Cavalier 26) Skipper: Penny Scardifield, Crew: Margret Houston, Sally Pixley
Lumine Lunae (Adams 10) Skipper: Elyse Guevara, Crew: Maria Nash, Liz Borberg, Olga Skatkova, Tong Gong
Thanks go to RSYS Members and owners of Lumine Lunae who loaned their boat to Elyse and crew who are preparing to sail in the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta to be sailed in Melbourne in June.
Save the date - September 29-30, 2018. RSYS is planning to hold a Women's Coaching Regatta combining racing, coaching and socialising.
article by Karyn Gojnich
photos by MHYC