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Women in Sailing | Get Involved!

At the Cruising Yacht Club of SA we encourage, nurture and facilitate the increase of female membership and participation; from sailing to Race and Club leadership.

Discover Sailing Course for Women
Would you like to have more knowledge of the use of a boat? Would you like to have more confidence in how you use a boat?

If so, you need to join the Sisterhood Of Sailors (Sailors refers to power/sail boat owner/partner/crew /interested party  – SoS’s). NO experience necessary! Jump on board with other women and enjoy some time on the water to practice sailing techniques, develop skill level and share experience.

Our program is perfect for women interested in learning to sail, being active and experiencing the open waters. Come and join the SoS’s in a confidence boosters 2.5 hour session which will include:
•    Basic Knots
•    Berthing picking up a mooring bouy!
•    Mooring (Parking your boat!)
•    Radio Introduction
•    Handling emergencies
This very casual informative session will be held in a small group (6 max) on board the CYCSA’s Flagship Training Vessel 'Academy 1'. The session covers vital practical information regardless of what type of boat.  Power, sail, trailerable, canoe whatever and directs interested parties to relevant accredited courses for those who desire to further their interests in boating.

Price $100 (Members price $95) | Please register your interest [here]
Debrief and friendship opportunities after the session while enjoying either a coffee or glass of bubbles.

If you have a group who would like to have a personalised session, please contact the Marine Academy on 08 8248 4222 or | * Please note that course content and dates may be subject to change.

Women in Sailing | Latest News

2018 Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta
Recently over the Queen’s Birthday June long weekend, CYCSA members Marion Toy and Lindsey Fenderson competed in Melbourne in the 28th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (AWKR)! Racing on Kellie Knowles’ S80 Take One, they were joined by 3 other South Australian ladies – Lisa Bettcher of RSAYS, Helena Mrotek of PASC, and former CYCSA member Katrina Hartman, (now of Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club in Melbourne). With the exception of Lisa, the novice crew had less than a decade of yachting experience combined, yet they still competed very well against more experienced women. With Lindsey on the foredeck and Marion running mast and strings, Take One finished strong in a highly competitive S80 class and earned a 3rd on AMS and two 3rd-place finishes on PHS during the regatta!

The mission of AWKR is to support and promote women in sailing (a typically male-dominated sport). At AWKR, not just the helm, but the entire crew must be all-female, so the regatta provides opportunities for women to compete and expand their yachting skillset as they often get to race in new positions, on new boats, and in new crew combinations. A common theme heard throughout the weekend was how much more efficient and effective the competitors felt, adapting to what worked better for them “when you get the blokes off the boat!” Fewer opportunities to promote women in sailing exist in SA, but currently CYCSA and RSAYS offer 2 stand-alone Ladies Helm twilight races, and the RSAYS summer women’s series, which also minimally requires a female helm. Nevertheless, since they started sailing less than 3 years ago, Lindsey & Marion say they have received a lot of training and support from CYCSA and members of the club. For instance, to prepare for the regatta, CYCSA Marine Academy instructor Hugh Longbottom volunteered his time to get the future Take One crew out on the water to practice together, and the support of Jim & Robin Townsend for the use of their J24 Good Company to train on was very much appreciated.

Additionally, both Marion and Lindsey have competed in a summer twilight racing season on Academy 1, have completed RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper courses through CYCSA’s Marine Academy, and have one or two Adelaide - Port Lincoln races under their sailing belt. They have also been welcomed aboard other yachts at the club - Marion continued her racing career last year with Robin & Jim Townshend, crewing on the J24 Witch’s Thimble and this season she joins the crew of School’s Out. Since joining the club, Lindsey has been crewing on David Knights’ Sydney 38 White Knight, learning to fill in on different positions as needed and training this winter in Adventureland. Lindsey also helmed her first race last year on White Knight during the 2nd ladies helm twilight race, and with David’s mentoring finished 3rd in Division 1! Lindsey additionally crewed last year for Janet Thornley on her Ron Holland 11: Metre One Design Balancing Act II for the RSAYS Nautilus Marine Women’s Series, where they just barely managed to beat School’s Out in the last race to win the series!

All in all, CYCSA is a great environment for women interested in learning to sail & race and we expect many more successes to come from these ladies as their sailing experience grows!

Lindsey Fenderson - CYCSA Club Member

2018 AWKR Photo Gallery (19 images)


2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Well done to CYCSA Club member Maya Davis who has just completed the Clipper Race from Seattle to New York via Panama. Maya sailed with us on Academy 1 in the 2017 Port Lincoln Race and regatta and again in the Port Lincoln Race earlier this year. More on this story to follow....

2018 Clipper NY Yacht Race Gallery (6 images)