by Jake Fish
The International Women's Keelboat Championship (IWKC) is a signature US Sailing event that was inaugurated in 1985. The International Women’s Keelboat Championship rapidly became the premier women’s sailing event in the U.S. and worldwide.
Anna Tunnicliffe in action during the International Women’s Keelboat Championship
Held biennially, the event provides women keelboat and offshore sailors high-quality racing and an opportunity to compete with top national and international sailors. The 15th edition of this Championship will be raced in the International J/22 class keelboat, suitable for four-person teams.
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The Championship, set to take place September 2 – 7, 2013 will be hosted by the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass. Previous competitors have included Olympic medalists, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veterans, World Champions and US Sailing's Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year, in addition to women of all ages with varying levels of racing experience. This event regularly attracts both the Who’s Who and the up-and-coming of women’s sailing. Former IWKC Champions include Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Anna Tunnicliffe, Cory Sertl and JJ Fetter.
The regatta does not require qualification for entry, only that each team becomes a member of its country’s national governing authority for sailing. The fee for entries completed by July 15 is $595 USD per boat. The fee for entries completed after midnight EDT July 16 is $695 USD per boat. The entry fee includes admission for all social activities for competitors. All entries completed by July 12 may be eligible to receive event apparel or other event premiums. No entries will be accepted after August 9.
To register and learn more, visit the event website.