Women Skippers & Navigators Race 2015 returns for Spring

by Rosie Colahan

The Ocean Girls group at the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) are pleased to announce the Women Skippers & Navigators Race (WSNR) is back again for its third running on 13 September 2015, proudly sponsored by one of our keenest women sailors Sue Bumstead of Custom Yacht Covers.

With the final race of the ORCV Winter Series, the Melbourne to Geelong (M2G) passage race on Saturday 12 September delivering boats and crews to Royal Geelong Yacht Club for the end of the Winter Series presentation and party, the WSNR return race from Geelong to Melbourne (G2M) on Sunday will see the girls bringing the boats home, creating a ‘mini’ festival of sails.

Everyone is invited to come and join in this great passage race event. Only requirement for participation in the WSNR is for females to occupy the roles of helm, navigator and radio operator and these roles can be shared.

For women who would love to step up to these roles but are lacking confidence or skills, the ORCV is running training sessions in the lead up to the event.


Day/Date/Time       Training                                                Venue                                       
Mon Jul 13 2015  6.30-10pm   

Marine Radio Operator Certificate (MROCP) preparation and exam

N.B. The revision session and exam will be conducted on Sunday 19 July at The Boatshed prior to the Practical hands on marine radio workshop.

Bells Hotel
Sun Jul 19 2015  13:30 - 17:30 Practical, Hands-on, Marine Radio Workshop The Boatshed at Albert Park
Sun Aug 16 2015  8:45 - 17:00   

2015 Weather Course Module 1 & 2

Fundamentals of Weather Terminology. Enclosed waters


Wesley College

There are also new initiatives planned for WSNR 2015.

A non-spinnaker division will be added to the existing IRC,AMS,PHS and Double Handed divisions.

Provisions will also be made for alternative start lines and courses in the event of lack of wind on Corio Bay at the start.

A briefing from the Race Officer for all competitors in WSNR will be offered at RGYC on Saturday evening following the Presentations for the Winter Series

So time to pull out the thermals and get out on the relatively warm waters of Port Phillip for a winter shakedown to polish up your on water skills and get race ready.

The ORCV Winter Series kicks off this Sunday 28 June with a spectacular and practical, legal annual Flare Shoot marking the occasion before the serious business of racing starts. The series is conducted on Sundays with racing divisions contesting five races and cruising division three races, with both series and casual entry available for all races.

ORCV Committee member Lynda Brayton has rallied the rascals aboard Samskara to join the rest of the fleet and RBYC boat owner Marg Neeson will be at the helm of her Elan 31 Wild Child. So come out and get the jump on the rest of the Geelong fleets with these great training and racing opportunities.

For more information and dates for the Winter Racing and Cruising Series click HERE

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