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Women In Sailing


The SYC General Committee met last night to decide on how we should best respond to the Coronavirus situation.

In the best interests of the participants and volunteers’ health, Sandringham Yacht Club have made the decision to postpone the Women In Sailing Challenge (WISC), which was scheduled to be held on Sunday 22 March. It is hoped to be able to reschedule this event to a future date.


SYC Women in Sailing Dates

Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC)

22 March 2020 (Postponed)

Commodores Challenge

17 May 2020

Sandringham Yacht Club is the proud host of two signature women’s sailing events, the Women In Sailing Challenge (WISC) and the SYC Commodores Challenge. Both events aim to showcase women’s sailing and encourage greater female participation in our sport.

WISC has evolved over the years, yet still holds dear the main values and goals instilled by its founders over 20 years ago. WISC is a one day keelboat event, which aims to encourage the participation of both novice and experienced female sailors. The event incorporates fleet racing with a separate cruising division and one-design racing on the SYC Beneteau 7.5’s. The regatta result also counts as Race 2 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS), facilitated by the Women & Girls in Sailing committee.

To enter a team for the WISC, women are required to occupy key positions on each boat including; bow, helm and mainsail trim. Each boat must also meet or exceed the ratio of female: male crew members. If you are interested in crewing or skippering but are struggling to put together a crew, please let us know here. or if you have a crew but no boat you can apply to race one of SYC’s Beneteau 7.5’s in the one design racing fleet by contacting James Sly on 9599 0907 or [email protected]. Or finally, if you are a boat owner and open to handing over the reins of your boat, please get in contact with us directly by talking to the SYC Boating Office or emailing [email protected].

The SYC Commodores Challenge commenced in 2016 as a female only regatta which aims to promote competitive one-design women’s racing in Port Phillip Bay. In this regatta Commodores from around the bay are invited to select their best team of female sailors to compete in a competitive one-design racing event on SYC’s Beneteau 7.5’s. If you would like to register your interest as a club please contact [email protected]

Women’s keelboat events to keep an eye out for in Port Phillip include:

If you want to get in touch with the WISC sub-committee, please contact us on [email protected]

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