The annual Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) was held over the June Long weekend at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. RSYS fielded two teams, headed by Club Captain Karyn Gojnich and Kim Ketelby.
'The AWKR was another tremendous success with a record 40 yachts and almost 200 female sailors participating this year - a big increase on the 27 strong fleet competing in 2018.
'Over the three days, competitors were treated to a range of conditions on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay: from 3 to 23 knots on the first day, to gusting over 30 knots on the 3rd and final day of the regatta.
'The event had such a diverse range of women participating, from current World Sailing’s Female Sailor of the Year Carolijn Brouwer and Volvo Ocean Race sailor Sophie Ciszek, through to participants who had only commenced sailing 12 months ago, yet one of the great things about the event was the camaraderie between the participants both on and off the water.
Pictured are top: Kim Ketelby's crew of Jane McCullough, Bridgette Holbach, Madi Kornman, Jan Newland, Jackie White
Above: Karyn Gojnich's crew of Maria Nash, Olga Skatkova, Anjelica Salmon, Sara Ladd
'I was particularly pleased to see the Squadron have two teams in the event. Each of our ladies quickly adapted to the boats that were donated to the teams for the event. On the back of the Squadron's very popular Tuesday Twilight series, I am anticipating even greater representation by our Club at next year’s AWKR, as well as the introduction of RSYS’ own women’s regatta coming this October Long weekend.'
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