Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Women Elliott 6 Regatta Mooloolaba - Two spaces left

by Tracey Johnstone on 7 May 2013

Entries in Mooloolaba Yacht Club’s newest event, the Women’s Elliott 6 Regatta, have filled quickly with only two spaces left for June 1st and 2nd event.

The Women’s Elliott 6 Regatta is limited to six teams as the club currently owns only two Elliott 6ms, those boats originally being the 2012 Olympic Games training vessels for the Australian Sailing Team’s match racing squad.

Racing will be on Mooloolah River in front of the Wharf Mooloolaba, with competitors and spectators being afforded a close-up view of the action on short-race windward/leeward course. Each race is planned to last between 15 and 20 minutes.

The MYC’s Rear Commodore Sailing, Gary McCarthy, is a strong advocate of this event. 'The club has had women’s series in past years, but always with the women steering different sized and aged boats. For the first time they get to compete on level playing field.

'We started this project with a four month race training program under the coaching direction of Rob Lea from the Academy of Sailing. He has worked with a group of 14 sailors giving them more confidence to steer and trim the Elliott 6s and to become familar with racing boats of this size and nature.

'The next step is to get the women in the real racing environment to test out what they have been learning. Rob will be onshore for the whole event providing feedback to the crews so when the women get back out for their next race in the round robin series they will be able to continue to improve on their race skills.

'The event is quite compact this year as we only have two Elliott 6s to work with. Later this year we will have another four of those boats. So we are starting the event concept off small and by next year it will be much bigger event with hopefully inter-state crews coming to Mooloolaba in June where it is loads warmer and the river racing intense.'

The first three confirmed regatta entries are skippers Lauren Calder, Kerrie Glen and Jen Tooth. The fourth entry is likely to come from Brisbane’s Stacey Jackson.

Calder is a strong contender for the regatta trophy as she will bring to the start line her dinghy sailing background place several years training and racing in the SB3 class. She competed in the 2009 SB3 World Championship in Portugal finishing in a very respectful 37th place. 'I can't claim we won the women's division there as we damaged a crew and had to replace her with a bloke,' Calder said.

Calder then backed up in the SB3 class for the 2010 and 2011 Sydney Harbour Regatta finishing sixth and 11th respectively, while also holding down a full-time job as a pilot and raising two young children.

'I think it's great having a sailing program available for women on the Sunshine Coast. The Elliot's are really fun boats to sail and it’s a great bunch of ladies to be involved with. I really enjoy seeing women develop their skills and confidence in the sport I love.

'It's going to be a lot of fun on and off the water. It's a good chance for the ladies to put into practice what they have been learning in the race training program,' Calder said.

Calder’s crew will be 23-year old Casey Sutherland and 59-year-old Gaye Hoole.

Kerrie Glen is another skipper who has come from the dinghy ranks and into SB3s. She has made a smooth transition to the Elliott 6s and is approaching the Women’s Regatta with a great deal of seriousness, recruiting her old SB3 crew of Razz Smith and Sharee McBlane to join in her campaign.

Jen Tooth is from Brisbane. Her comfort zone is steering her 10.6m yacht Soothsayer either single-handed across the Tasman in the Trans-Tasman Race or around Moreton Bay with her friends. Moving onto an Elliott 6m is definitely foreign territory for this accomplished helm.

She will be racing with two of her regular Soothsayer team mates – Angie Hadwen and Susie Rasmussen.

'We are all keen for a new challenge which is why we entered the regatta. Angie and I don’t have experience in small boats. Susie has some, but we won’t get to spend much time together on them before regatta, so being unfamiliar with the boat will be the biggest challenge,' Tooth said.

For more information on the event, go www.mooloolaba.yachting.org.au

Barz Optics - Melanin LensesBakewell-White Yacht DesignNaiad

Related Articles

Last call! Counting down to a good time! - Register today
We are a week away from the start of the inaugural Camden Classics Cup and busy confirming numbers with our caterers We are a week away from the start of the inaugural Camden Classics Cup and busy confirming numbers with our caterers and libation suppliers. Meanwhile, the race committee is finalizing courses for a variety of possible conditions and making offerings to the weather deities. It is going to be a great time.
Posted today at 10:41 am
Governor's Cup – Tough fight on Day 3
Racing began at noon with lighter winds and warmer weather with temperatures in the high 80’s. 2016 Governor's Cup - Racing began at noon with lighter winds and warmer weather with temperatures in the high 80’s. As the day went on, there were big swells. There was a warning that life guards were tracking a ten foot Great White Shark in the vicinity of the weather mark. However, it was not seen again throughout the day.
Posted today at 5:34 am
Teams gather for Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Sunday sees the start of racing at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, where eight teams will be competing 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Sunday sees the start of racing at the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, where eight teams will be competing in this the 13th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for three boat teams with Corinthian crews.
Posted today at 5:02 am
Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Gonzalo Botin (Tales II) takes Class40 win
Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Gonzalo Botin (Tales II) takes the Class40 win in Saint-Malo While it started on July 10 resembling a friendly Sunday regatta on the St. Lawrence River, the fleet racing in close contact, this ninth edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo presented in collaboration with the City of Lévis is drawing to a more dramatic close today as competition in the lead-up to the finish line remains fierce after many of the racers spent the night in the English Channel
Posted today at 4:33 am
Balboa Yacht Club’s 50th Gov Cup Finale will be held on Saturday
The highly anticipated four final flights of the second round robin began at noon on Friday with about five knots of win 2016 Governor's Cup - The highly anticipated four final flights of the second round robin began at noon on Friday with about five knots of wind and continued temperatures in the high 80’s. It did increase to about nine knots but by four o’clock that afternoon, the wind died so the teams were sent back to prepare for the reception at the club that evening.
Posted today at 12:55 am
One day left to decide medal winners at ORC World Championship 2016
The high pressure system that has brought warm sunny conditions to Denmark this week did the same again today The high pressure system that has brought warm sunny conditions to Denmark this week did the same again today, but this time so effectively that it was doubtful any wind would be sufficiently strong and stable enough to race.
Posted on 22 Jul
LV America's Cup World Series – Pushing for speed in Portsmouth
Oracle Team USA finished practice on Friday looking to find more speed before racing starts to count on the weekend. Oracle Team USA finished official practice in Portsmouth on Friday looking to find more speed before racing starts to count on the weekend. It was a day of mixed results on a practice day that had skipper Jimmy Spithill wanting more when he pushed the pedal down.
Posted on 22 Jul
Entries now open for Transpac Los Angeles-Honolulu Race 2017
This iconic ocean racing will have its first race start for the Aloha class of heavy traditional cruising-type yachts The Transpacific YC is pleased to announce the entry process is open and the Notice of Race published for the 49th edition of next year's race.
Posted on 22 Jul
52 Super Series – Making the last day count
Consistency across the first racing days is a crucial component of winning on the highly charged, evenly matched series Consistency across the first racing days is a fundamental component of winning on the highly charged, very evenly matched series, but this season has seen several different teams blow their chances of a podium finish with a miserable finale. It seems that delivering solid results amidst the pressure cooker environment of the last races is telling.
Posted on 22 Jul
Who can replace the Vendée Globe skippers?
What happens if one of the candidates for the upcoming event injures himself or falls ill prior to the start? What happens if one of the candidates for the upcoming event injures himself or falls ill prior to the start, to the extent that his participation in the event proves impossible? Such a scenario has never come up before, though the procedure in such an eventuality is set out in the Sailing Instructions. Explanations from Guillaume Evrard, Assistant Race Director.
Posted on 22 Jul