RSYS Members Elyse Guevara-Rattray, Sara Ladd, Kat Wotherspoon and Olga Skatkova, along with Maria Nash and Liz Borberg, have taken out the 28th Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta (AWKR) Division 1 AMS series for a second year.
Held annually at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in St Kilda over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, the AWKR is a notoriously fun, often cold and always a very competitive regatta.
This year the regatta attracted 27 boats, more than 160 sailors and their supporters from across Australia and New Zealand. Victorian yacht owners make their boats available for teams, and this year the RSYS team were racing a borrowed Adams 10.
Over the three days of racing, six races were completed in a wide range of conditions. Day 1 was extremely light and shifty. Day 2 was shifty with moderate winds. The final day produced moderate winds that developed to 18+ knots, with bullets up to 28 knots towards the end of the final race, testing everyone.
Save the date - RSYS will hold its own Ladies of the Sea regatta over the October Long Weekend (September 29-30, 2018).