Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Val Hodge Trophy Race 2013 - Sweep in Melbourne

by Lennie Beattie on 25 Feb 2013
Le Cascadeur and Wild Child battle for third and fourth on PHD - Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS) Mackenzie Charlton
Val Hodge Trophy Race 2013. The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV)’s team Nouannie had a clean sweep in the second race in the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS). The Nouannie girls sailed seamlessly in challenging light breezes to a first on PHD, AMs and IRC.

‘We had a brilliant day on the water,’ said skipper Cath Beaufort. ‘We made sure we had clean air all the time – so important in the conditions. Normally we sail with six people, but this time we only had five and it worked very well.’



‘We were spot on!’ added foredeckie Paulina Hryniewiecka. ‘Everything came together when it needed to today.’

Le Cascadeur’s Michelle Hemsley also had an excellent day. Second on AMS and third on performance, she’s one to watch in the coming races! So what does she put their performance down to? ‘It’s all about the team ,’ said Michelle. ‘This is only my second race on the helm but I have a dream team around me! Seeing more women out there in a male-dominated sport gives me confidence on the water. How can you not love it!’



It’s a sentiment that Val Hodge, whom the trophy is named after, agrees with. Val was the first female skipper at RYCV, joining the club in 1985. ‘Being a female skipper attracts more women into the sport’ she said. ‘I ended up sailing with four other women. The one man on the team married one of the girls!’

Novice skipper Britta Baade, helming Duckmobile, performed very well for a heavy boat, coming in second on PHD. ‘We had a fantastic day. Being a new skipper, I’m grateful for all the support I get from the crew [which include Royals Commodore Andrew Munroe]. I am very happy about how we did.’



Crew member Marisol added that it was a late present for Britta, who celebrated her birthday yesterday! ‘We are getting better all the time. It’s an incremental process for us and we are learning from our mistakes,’ said Marisol.

Although Kathy Macfarlane, helming 2x Squared, did not fare so well, she was pleased with the day. ‘It was awesome.
Half the crew have never been on a boat before – so under the circumstances, we are very happy.’ One of her crew members, Cate Fidler, is fresh out of a keelboat crewing course at RYCV. ‘The training really pays off,’ said Kathy. ‘You can tell that she learnt a lot from the course.’



RYCV Race Director David LeRoy said it was good to have such a high level of activity on the water, combining the Val Hodge Trophy Race, the Bluebirds and the Classics on the same course area. The buzz continued afterwards on the club deck, with participants from all the races getting together for a well-deserved lunch, and presentations from Club Captain David Ellis.



The next race in the Port Phillip Women’s Championship is on Sunday 7 April at Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC). The race is one of two races in SYC’s annual Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC), the first being on 3 March. Get your entries in!

Wildwind 2016 660x82upffront 660x82Barz Optics - Melanin Lenses

Related Articles

Freides defends leadership at Melges 20 World Championship
The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship was a difficult one at best 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The one and only race that was able to take place at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino was a difficult one at best, however managed to present some nice new faces at the front of the fleet.
Posted today at 2:51 am
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Crew catch up - Meet Dhruv Boruah
After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations After crew members have completed their global ocean adventure, some go back to their previous lives and occupations, some decide on a future in the marine industry, some take time out to assess their next move in life and others seek their next challenge.
Posted on 27 Aug
Changing of the Guard at Melges 20 Worlds, Freides takes over
The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship featured two races under shifty conditions 2016 Melges 20 World Championship - The second day of racing at the 2016 Melges 20 World Championship hosted by Marina di Scarlino/Club Nautico Scarlino featured two races under shifty conditions, shaking up the standings and making Drew Freides' Pacific Yankee the new leader with a one point advantage over Michael Illbruck on Pinta now seated in second place.
Posted on 27 Aug
Vendée Globe – Yann Eliès and his team relaunch 60-ft IMOCA in Lorient
Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses. Yann is now on the final stretch before the event and will be taking part in the three training courses organised at the Finistère Ocean Racing Centre in Port-la-Forêt (Brittany). He will also take part in the Azimut Trophy. Yann Eliès tells us about the work that has been done and what lies ahead in the final part of his preparation.
Posted on 26 Aug
Vendée Globe – A long trip between France and Iceland for Heerema
After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. After completing two solo transatlantic crossings in the spring, Pieter Heerema is currently on his third major trip. Thanks to this voyage from France to Iceland and back, the Dutch skipper is finding out more about No Way Back, the new generation IMOCA on which he will line up on 6th November
Posted on 26 Aug
Phoenix returns and Cayard is back for the TP52 World Championships
Richard Cohen will compete at the championships in Mahón, Menorca, with Phoenix, which will be skippered by Paul Cayard. The carefully assembled team includes a core group of sailors who have many years of experience in the class, but Cayard cautions that their initial objective is to learn and improve together in line with their long term goal, to be competitive on the 2017 52 Super Series.
Posted on 26 Aug
J22 World Championship - More Day 4 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action.
Posted on 26 Aug
2016 J22 World Championship - Day 4 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J22 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 4 action.
Posted on 26 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug
Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted on 25 Aug