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Women In Sailing


2024 Women in sailing challenge

The 2024 Women in Sailing Challenge will be hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club on Sunday 3 March. SYC encourages boat owners and female sailors to get involved in what is bound to be a great day of sailing with likeminded sailors.


Race Documents

Any enquiries can be directed to [email protected] or to the Boating Office on 9599 0999.

Female Sailors Development Program

Participation in this program will build your confidence, hone your skills and strengthen your connections in the club as well as identify those who may want to participate in women’s team events around the bay or at state or national level.

The first course ran on 17–19 November 2023, with 20 enthusiastic female sailors challenging themselves and each other over an exhausting yet rewarding weekend. The skill development over the weekend was amazing to watch.

We could not have run this program without the support of SYC and YRSA-AMS.

View the gallery here.

Here is some feedback received from participants:

“Thank you Nickie and the organisers. You made this event happen so quickly and with such great content. I’m grateful to my team members and the women who participated and shared this wknd. How great to have made these connections intellectually and socially.” Tao

“What a fantastic weekend.  I’m absolutely shattered but totally delighted by what I have learned and the people I have met.  I’m looking forward to watching the growth and further races that this group participate in.  Thank you to the energetic and committed organisers for a job well done.” Charly

“Thank-you so much for such an amazing weekend, I enjoyed every minute working with you and our amazing crew. It’s seriously one of the best experiences I’ve had since I started sailing and I’m very fortunate to have been part of it.” Kylie

“It was a great course with generosity of spirit …. Lovely to meet you all.” Lou

“What an awesome weekend everyone! Thank you for the teamwork, comradery and all the learning. It’s been amazing.” Jana

If you missed this first course, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities ahead with another course scheduled for February 2024 and the third in April 2024.

If you haven’t already done so, register your interest below:




  • Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC) – 3 March 2024
  • Commodore’s Challenge – 19 May 2024

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. The regatta result also counts as race day three of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS).

There are two categories in the racing division for a boat to enter. Those are all female crew or mixed crew (must have a female on the helm). We also have a racing division which is incorporated into our Sunday Sailors race where you can compete with a female helm. The cruising division race will be conducted as per the Sunday Sailors NOR and SYC SI’s. If you are interested in crewing or skippering but are struggling to put together a crew, please let us know at [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, please contact us on [email protected]

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