Middle Harbour Yacht Club is gearing up for another busy season of keelboat sailing and there are a number of innovations for women in 2018-2019.
Three series for the Melges 20 class have been added to the midweek program, each with eight race days scheduled from November to March. Starting at 6pm during daylight saving hours, Tuesdays will feature the Open Short Course Sprint Series and Wednesday evenings will feature the Women’s Short Course Sprint Series. Three windward-leeward races are planned for each evening of racing.
Wednesday afternoons, coinciding with the regular pursuit race, will be a clubhouse start fleet race series. There are four Melges 20s at MHYC which are available for use by members. These quick, responsive and easy to manage sportsboats with their asymmetric gennakers are great fun to sail and ideal for female crews.
The highly popular Thursday Twilight Series includes twenty five races this year, six of which make up the Women’s Twilight Pointscore. Four divisions of yachts, from family cruisers to purebred racing machines, share the joy of racing on our spectacular harbour. Perhaps the best part of the day is returning to the lively social atmosphere of MHYC as the sun goes down to enjoy a meal, wine and good friends.
The club’s final keelboat regatta of the year is the MHYC Women’s Regatta, being held on Saturday May 4. This year’s event was a great success, with entries from 6 clubs and a combination of sprint and harbour passage races on offer.
There are a range of other club programs that can appeal to women and girls. Junior & Youth learn to sail programs include Tackers, Discover Sailing courses and Adventure Squad. In keelboats for adults, Saturday Social Sailors is a new series of short pursuit races providing a relaxed and social style of weekend race. There are also sprint race days during summer and winter ideal for the more adventurous Melges 20 crews.
For further information, contact MHYC Sailing Administrator Catherine Rofe