The Lady Skippers' race has been a long standing race on the HBYC calendar. In recent years the HBYC Lady Skippers Race has become Race 4 in the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS), a series for female sailors that combines five races run by different clubs into one annual championship trophy.
In addition Yachting Victoria’s Women & Girls in Sailing Committee announced a six race series in 2015, the Port Phillip Women’s Passage Series (PPWPS).
Women and Girls in Sailing
The Women & Girls in Sailing website is dedicated to you - female sailors and potential female sailors in Victoria, whether it be in keelboats or dinghies. Its purpose is to help you get sailing, enjoy sailing and keep sailing! For more information go to: www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au
HBYC Lady Skippers' Races
Shirley Freeman was our first Female member and boat owner, sadly Shirley passed away in December 2014. In 2015, HBYC announced they would honour her by renaming the HBYC Lady Skippers Race to the Shirley Freeman Memorial Race. The race will now have 2 Trophies; Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy (1st PHS boat) and the Lady Skippers Race Trophy (1st HBYC PHS Boat). We have also introduced the Senorita Cup Race for those who just want to get out there and give it a go.
For more on Shirley Freeman Click Here
HBYC Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy and "Themed" Cup
The Division 1 Race, which is part of the Port Phillip Womens Championship Series (PPWCS) is a HBYC Club Course of approximately nine to ten nautical miles in length. The Lady Skippers Trophy - 1st HBYC PHS Boat and the Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy - 1st PHS Boat will be awarded.
The Div 2 Race, the "Themed" Cup is a Non-Spinnaker Race aimed to encourage those Lady Skippers to sail in a race with a less competitive format. We encourage all our ladies to have a go, even if you are new to helming. Boats owners are asked to encourage our female members,friends and family to take up the helm for the day and join in the fun of the "Themed" Cup. There is a Trophy and prize awarded on the day. This race will be a HBYC Club Course of approximately six to seven nautical miles in length. For Past Winners Click Here
HBYC Lady Skippers' Passage Race
The HBYC Lady Skippers' Passage Race was created especially so that HBYC could be a part of the Port Phillip Women's Passage Race Series. In 2017 it will be race 3 in the series and will start in Mornington and finish in Hobsons Bay.
2017 HBYC Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy and Belissima Cup - Sunday 2 April 2017
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Friday 10 February - Synergy Launch for PPWCS, AWKR, BLiSS and WISC regattas.
Sunday 19 February - Val Hodge Trophy (RYCV)
Sunday 26 February - Women in Sail Challenge (SYC)
Sunday 19 March - Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy (RMYS)
Sunday 2 April - Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy and Bellissima Cup (HBYC)
Sunday 30 April - Brighton Lady Skippers' Series (RBYC)
Sunday 28 May - Australian Sailing Victoria Region Keelboat Awards Presentation
As each host club publishes the Sailing Instructions, Notices to Competitors and entry lists for their race (when available, follow the links for each race under 'Dates' above). Competitors must enter each individual race separately using the host club's entry system. Cost to enter each race is determined by the host club. On entry to any one of the five races, competitors will be automatically scored for the PPWCS.
The series kicks off with the ORCV Women Skippers & Navigators Race (established in 2013) followed by the five keelboat clubs from the top of Port Phillip each providing a passage destination race linked to one of their existing club events, to create the six race series.
This passage series provides further opportunities for female keelboat sailors to hone their skills over longer passages without the pressures of short course racing and introduce them to developing new skills in navigation, radio operations and weather prediction across different sectors and over extended periods of time.
We invite all women sailors to get on board and join us for some great sailing and fun destination parties over the series.
Port Phillip Women's Passage Series 2016/2017 Dates
Sunday 11 September 2016 - Women Skippers' & Navigators' Race (ORCV) - Geelong to Melbourne
Saturday 12 November 2016 - Ruth Nangle Trophy (RMYS) - St Kilda to Safety Beach
Sunday 13 November 2016 - Jeanette Turnbull Trophy (RMYS) - Safety Beach to St Kilda
Sunday 29 January 2017 - HBYC Lady Skippers' Passage Race (HBYC) - Mornington to Williamstown
Saturday 11 March 2017 - RBYC Lady Skippers' Passage Race (RBYC) - Brighton to Blairgowrie
Sunday 7 May 2017 - Sun Theatre Trophy (RYCV) - Queenscliff to Melbourne
Sunday 28 May 2017 - Australian Sailing Victoria Region Keelboat Awards Presentation
As each host club publishes the Sailing Instructions, Notices to Competitors and entry lists for their race (when available, follow the links for each race under 'Dates' above). Competitors must enter each individual race separately using the host club's entry system. Cost to enter each race is determined by the host club. On entry to any one of the five races, competitors will be automatically scored for the PPWPS.
2017 - Coming Soon
|Year||HBYC Lady Skippers Trophy||Skipper||Club||Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy||Skipper||Club||Themed Cup||Skipper||Club|
|2015||Le Cascadeur||Leo Eeckman||HBYC||Tigris||Jan Fielding||RMYS||Y Knot||Ann Goodwin||RYCV|