Strong winds added excitement to the 25th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta, contested in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, 6-8 June 2015 by 26 crews from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New Zealand.
After the first three races, held on the Saturday, only one point separated the top four placers – More Noise, Salamander III, Phantom and Tigris – in the Division One Event Handicap (EHC) results. In Division 2 Mandy McEvoy, skippering Steve Barker’s S80 Rock and Roll, was in the lead.
The second day races were cancelled when the Bureau of Meteorology issued a gale warning for Port Phillip Bay.
The fleet of 25 lined up for the third day’s races, scheduled to beat a strong wind warning, and by the end only four had retired. According to race organisers, incidents were minimal – one person went overboard and was quickly retrieved, a couple sustained minor injuries and there was some gear failure.
Jungle Juice, owned by Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron Commodore Janet Dean and helmed for the first time at a regatta by Dee Mason, was the EHC and IRC division 1 winner.
Final S80 and IRC division 2 honours went to Melinda Henshaw’s Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron team on Recycled Reputation.
Series Result (IRC) for Division 1
Series Result (IRC) for Division 2
Series Result (EHC) for Division 1
Series Result (EHC) for Division 2
Series Result (AMS) for Division 1
Series Result (AMS) for Division 2
… there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.- Ratty to Mole in The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame