RYCV Womens Sailing Programs
Royal Yacht Club of Victoria has a number of trophies and programs dedicated to women in racing. Get involved today!
Val Hodge Trophy
Val Hodge was one of RYCV’s first female skippers. Val joined the club in 1985 with her husband Arthur. When Arthur became busy with his Club Captain duties, Val took over as skipper on their boat. She competed in many races and still sails and officiates in races up in her new place of residence – Queensland.
The Val Hodge Trophy takes Hobson’s Bay at the Northern end of Port Phillip Bay, with the race start on the Eastern side of the channel. The race is open to female helms (crews can be of any mix), and constitutes part of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series.
All competitors are invited back to the Club after racing, for lunch in the dining room and the presentation.
Sun Theatre Passage Race
The Sun Theatre Passage Trophy has been reborn as a Lady Skippers' Passage Race, to be held from Queenscliff to Williamstown for the return journey after the Phoenix trophy. It also forms one race from the Port Phillip Women’s Passage Series.
The idea for the race came from a conversation amongst the crew of Children of Phoenix during the return from last year's ORCV Women Skippers' and Navigators' Race from Geelong to Melbourne. Some of the crew commented that they enjoyed the different skills involved in passage racing and found this style of race to be less stressful than the usual argy-bargy of windward-leeward racing and wished there were more passage races for women in Port Phillip apart from the ORCV race established in 2013.
PC Michael Smith kindly demonstrated his support and generosity towards this event by offering prizes for the first three placegetters in PHS courtesy of the Sun Theatre, with boat owners also being acknowledged with prizes for first and second places. There both AMS and IRC divisions.
The requirement for the race is that a female skipper should helm during the race, the rest of the crew can be made up of any mix of female and male sailors. The Notice of Race for 2017 will be published earlier in the year on the Club website.
We encourage all our female sailors to discuss taking the helm for this inaugural RYCV Lady Skippers' Passage Race.
Club racing opportunities
If you are interested in crewing but don't have a boat to sail on, contact our office who will assist you in looking for an appropriate boat to crew on. The Club runs regular races every Wednesday (2pm or 6pm), Saturdays and alternate Sundays. Check the sailing calendar to keep updated on upcoming club races.
SS Rendezvous Cruising
If racing is not for you, cruising is an alternative option to get out around the bay taking in some of the best sites of Melbourne (from the water of course). For more information on cruising events, check out the cruising page of the website.
Learn to Sail
If you'd like to improve your skills on the water, the Club offers many levels of training from introductory courses to keelboat crew racing. The courses are detailed in the Learn to Sail section of this site.
For further information, contact the Club's Training Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0413 615 874.
Getting women into sailing isn't just about competing - we encourage women to get involved in all aspects of the sport, including race management and support. Without volunteers, RYCV could not survive - they are the essence of any club and RYCV is no different. Training (often free of charge) is available through Yachting Victoria and the Club. Get involved by contacting the office today and follow the WGIS Facebook page for updates on training opportunities.