Lady skip­pers to reign supreme

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THIS week­end it’s all about the ladies at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) where the Swim Swim Swim Lady Skip­pers Se­ries will be sailed.

WSC com­modore Jim Hayes said the Lady Skip­pers Se­ries was a stand-out event in the club’s sail­ing cal­en­dar and one that gave some of the great fe­male sailors of the re­gion the recog­ni­tion they de­served.

“Ba­si­cally it’s about get­ting our ladies out there, steer­ing the boats and [be­ing] in charge of the boats and the races,” he said.

The se­ries, which will be sailed on both Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 18, and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 19, fea­tures three races, in which com­pet­ing boats must have a woman at the helm.

Mr Hayes said the se­ries in­cor­po­rated a mix of races, start­ing with a short off­shore race on the Satur­day and fin­ish­ing with two bay races on the Sun­day.

“That’s about mak­ing sure there is an op­por­tu­nity for all po­ten­tial lady helms-peo­ple to go out there and im­prove their rac­ing skills in a va­ri­ety of races,” he said.

Satur­day’s race starts at 11am with Sun­day’s rac­ing kick­ing off at 1pm.

A skip­pers’ brief­ing will be held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club to­mor­row (Fri­day) night, at 7pm.

Mr Hayes said this would be just be­fore the mem­bers draw which is now up to $3800. “And you have to be there to win it,” he said. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to stay up to date with the club’s cal­en­dar of rac­ing, visit www.whit­sun­day­sail­ing­

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