Westernport Yacht Club is happy to announce the coaching team for the upcoming event. This year we have new faces joining the team and it is a great opportunity for females to be coached and mentored by some of Australia’s most successful sailors. Please secure your spot here to be coached by one of these incredible women on November 11 and 12.
Tessa Parkinson OAM
Olympic Gold Medallist 470 Class Beijing 2008
Recently, Tessa campaigned in the 49erFX Class and won the Australian National Titles in 2013 and 2014. She is currently the head coach at South of Perth Yacht Club whilst also completing her commerce degree at Curtain University.
Karyn is an Olympian and represented Australia in Seoul 1988 – Womens 470, Athens 2004 – Yngling & Beijing 2008 – Yngling. Karyn is an active member of the sailing community and in 2015 was elected Vice-President Oceania Sailing Federation. This will be Karyn’s fourth year coaching at the Women on Water Regatta and we look forward to her involvement once again.
Jessica is a four-time Olympian, representing Australia in Sydney 2000 – Athens 2004 – Beijing 2008 – London 2012 in the RS:X Class. Jessica started sailing in sabots at age 10 and as a teenager transitioned into the windsurfer where she won multiple World Championships. We welcome Jessica to the coaching team this year.
Kate is an experienced sailor from Perth and won the 2016 Women’s International Match Racing Cup. This year Kate had the opportunity to travel to Bermuda and saw ETNZ win the America’s Cup. Kate was an excellent member of the coaching team in 2016 and participants have another great opportunity to learn from her again.
Eliza learnt to sail a sabot at Black Rock YC and moved into a 29er for her youth sailing. Eliza is currently a member of the Australian Sailing Squad where she is campaigning towards Tokyo in the 49erFX Class. Eliza is also completing her Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University when she is not away training and competing. Her favourite place to sail is Palma Majorca, Spain where she won a bronze medal at the Sailing World Cup.
Amelia is an experienced 470 sailor and loves the physicality of the role. Amelia enjoys the travelling side of elite sailing and experiencing the different cultures. In her spare time Amelia studies Arts/Law at University of Tasmania and is in her final year. This is the second year of coaching at WoW regatta and she can’t wait to be back.
Tess grew up sailing minnows and transitioned into the 29er for her youth sailing. In 2016 Tess teamed up with Eliza Solly, as they pursue their goal of being the first team to represent Australia in the 49erFX Class at the Olympics. In her spare time Tess enjoys surfing and is also completing her degree at Monash University.
Pip is a sailing coach at Sandringham YC and has also participated in many match racing events as part of Sandringham YCs team. Pip is extremely energetic and is excited to be part of the coaching team this year.
Kate grew up sailing minnows and participated in many state and national championships. Kate now focuses on the coaching side of sailing and has been a valued member of the coaching team at SSCBC. Kate is thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at this year’s event.
Pip has been sailing catamarans since age 13 and has been successful in many classes including the Hobie 16 and the Olympic Nacra 17. In 2014, Pip claimed the bronze medal at the Women’s Hobie 16 World Championships. She is currently completing her Exercise and Sport Science degree and her favourite place to sail is Lake Garda in Italy.
The team at Westernport Yacht Club is looking forward to a fantastic and fun weekend on November 11 and 12