Women Sailors talk

Starting on 26 August 2020 18:30:00
02 9955 7171

Cruising Division Presentation
'Women Sailors' With Noel Phelan 

Many women have now completed successful circumnavigations of the world, competed and won in the classic yacht races and won gold at the Olympics and Para Olympics.

Kay Cottee was the first woman to sail around the world, nonstop and single handed in 1987/88. Jessica Watson repeated the voyage in 2009/10.

These women faced many challenges including being rolled over, pitch poled, dismasted, knocked down, washed overboard and the loss of the keel or rudder. Both Kay and Jessica were knocked down several times with the mast and sails on the water surface; Kay was also washed overboard.

Age has not been a barrier. Jeanne Socrates completed two world circumnavigations at age 70 and 77. Laura Dekker at age 14 attempted the same only to be stopped by the Dutch authorities, but went on to do the voyage at 16. 

Register for this online event and hear the stories of many women sailors both Australian and other countries. Several have been inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.


Our Speaker

We are pleased to welcome back Noel Phelan from the Australian National Maritime Museum. His last speaking event at the Squadron was The Sinking & Salvage of the Costa Concordia.  

Noel's first career was as a science and mathematics teacher. He then moved into IT with IBM where he spent 25 years in various technical and management positions. He has been a volunteer guide at the Maritime Museum for several years and enjoys showing visitors over HMAS Vampire, HMAS Advance, HMAS Onslow and First Lady.

Noel is Immediate Past President of  Northbridge Rotary and he is an active volunteer in retirement with sailability and a director and sailing captain of his sailing club. Noel also spent several years with Marine Rescue and the Rural Fire Service.'

Event details
Date: Wednesday 26 August
Time: 6.30pm 
Venue: ZOOM online event