Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta

The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron’s annual Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta (7 – 9 January 2022) 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 Hatha style Yoga sessions 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

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LOTS Coaching Regatta – Key Information

‘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 several speakers including past Olympians and other world-class sailors.

This year’s keynote speaker is Lisa Darmanin. Lisa is a two-time Olympic sailor, competing in the Nacra 17 class at the Rio 2016 (Silver Medal) and Tokyo 2020 (5th) games with crew member Jason Waterhouse. Lisa was also the recipient of the Australian Sailing Female Sailor of the Year award for 2021.

Coach Profiles

Lisa Damanin

Two-time Olympic sailor, competing in the Nacra 17 class at the Rio 2016 (Silver Medal) and Tokyo 2020 (5th) games, and recipient of the Australian Female Sailor of the Year 2021 award.

Maddie O’Shea

RSYS Member and two-time Australian representative at the Youth Sailing World Championships in the Laser Radial. Maddie is also a member of the Squadron Keelboat Sailing program and was selected to compete at the Sailing Champions League Youth World Final 2019.

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.

Greta Quealy

A Cherub sailor from LC12ftSSC, Greta has competed on the Youth Match Racing Circuit, instructed keelboats with East Sail and is now an editor at MySailing.

Julie Clark

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.

Lindy Hardcastle

A keen ocean-racer, Lindy has been competing internationally for over 35 years and 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 Bache with an all-female crew and has raced upon Wine Dark Sea for the last five years as a trimmer.

Event History

The brainchild of RSYS Rear Commodore Karyn Gojnich the Ladies of the Sea Regatta was first held in 2019 as an extension of the Club’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.

As highlighted above, the event places an emphasis on nurturing both the sailors and volunteers involved. Providing a safe and welcoming platform for participants to enhance their capabilities, build confidence and develop skills on the water.

Despite a brief hiatus during the 2020 and 2021 lockdown’s, the event is scheduled to return in 2022 with entries from across NSW and Victoria.

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation

Founded over 60 years ago by pioneering Sydney surgeon Dr Catherine Hamlin and her husband Dr Reg Hamlin, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia exists to eradicate obstetric fistula from Ethiopia.

Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six Hamlin Fistula hospitals, a rehabilitation centre, the Hamlin College of Midwives and more than 50 Hamlin-supported midwifery clinics.

Hamlin has treated 60,000 plus patients, more than any other fistula facility in the world, blazing a trail for holistic treatment that empowers women.

The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is an independent charity established in Australia to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s annual operating costs.

The Ladies of Sea Organising Authority and Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron are delighted to be supporting this wonderful cause during the 2022 coaching regatta.

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Previous Winners

2021 – Not contested

2020 – Not contested


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

Contact Us

LOTS Organising Committee



RSYS Sailing Office

Ph: +61 2 9017 0152