Women's Sailing


The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron actively promotes women's participation in sailing.

We host Sydney harbour's largest Women's series, run training courses just for women, teach girls in our Tackers and Teens learn to Sail programs and coach young women through our Squads. 

Ladies of the Sea Coaching Regatta 

This two day event is a combination of coaching and competitive “around the buoys” racing that aims to promote and develop women’s sailing.  It is designed to challenge, nurture and enhance all sailors' capabilities, building confidence and providing opportunities for women to explore and thrive, enjoying competitive inshore keelboat sailing.

Open to keelboats and one design fleets, spinnaker and non-spinnaker, female helm with mixed crew and female helm with female crew.

Friday Evening        Registration & Briefing
Saturday Morning   Coaching, Afternoon Racing
Sunday Morning     Coaching, Afternoon Racing, Prize Giving, Formal Dinner ‘Inspirational Women in Sailing’

The 2020 regatta will he held Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 October 2020.  The event format will be adapted to the Public Health advice at the time.

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in participating in the regatta, please register your details below (no payment required). We will let you know when the Notice of Race (NoR) is released and registrations open.

 YES! I’m Interested



The inaugural regatta took place from Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 October 2019.
Read all about it here


Tuesday Twilights

Unlike other days of the week, on Tuesdays the Harbour is clear of other sailing events and provides a serene and spectacular setting. We regularly attract 30-35 boats per evening across the divisions which include Ladies non-spinnaker and spinnaker. These require a woman at the helm. After racing we enjoy drinks and dinner on the terrace overlooing the Harbour. Why not join us?
Contact the Sailing Office

Learn to Sail

Our unique 'Ladies of the Sea' (LOTS) program takes place on Wednesday mornings on our fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats. These boats allow you to learn to sail without the fear of capsizing, and usually with several other students onboard and a friendly coach. As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person’s role and how teamwork plays a major part of being an effective crew. You should come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small boat competently, and for those that wish, you can progress to larger boats or participate as crew on a racing boat.
More information here

Junior Learn to Sail

Tackers: for 8-12 year olds with little or no sailing experience, taught by qualified Instructors in the Squadron’s fleet of Optimists and is lots of fun!
Teens: This course is for 13-17 year olds, taught by qualified instructors in the Squadron’s fleet of Elliott 7s.
More information here 

Racing Squads

Coaching and racing sessions for sailors in Optimists, Lasers, Pacers and Elliott7s. Sailors represent the Squadron at various regattas and competitions across Australia and internationally.
More information here


Other Clubs' Regattas

24 November 2019 – Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club Women on Water
28 March 2020 - Manly Yacht Club Womens OTB Challenge
29 March 2020 - Manly Yacht Club Womens Keelboat Challenge
9 May 2020 - MHYC Womens Keelboat Regatta
6-8 June 2020 - Australian Womens Keelboat Regatta (RMYS-VIC)


SheSails is an Australian Sailing initiative. ​​​​​She Sails is all about enjoying your sailing adventure in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

SheSails is designed to recognise all of the amazing female contributors to our sport, and to encourage women of all ages to enjoy sailing through organised activities at your local sailing club.

Whether you’re sailing for the first time, returning to the sport or are an active sailor there are a variety of social SheSails activities both on and off the water for you to get involved in. 

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