Women’s regatta sets sail

Waikawa yacht Bump n' Grind in action during last year's event. Photo: Supplied.

Entries are flooding in for the Mud House Wines Women’s Regatta on September 14-15, which is set to be the biggest women’s keelboat event in the country.

The Waikawa Boating Club event has drawn boats and women from all over the country and a contingent of Australian sailors as well.

From modest beginnings as a “women’s helm” event the regatta has made huge strides and with boat entries over 50 percent ahead of the 2018 regatta the organizers are looking forward to a standout event.

For the third successive year Mud House Wines have signed on as lead sponsor.

While not a “pure” women’s regatta in that there are males aboard some boats, these individuals are there simply as boat owners to ensure they are covered by their insurers. A number of boats feature a 100 percent female line-up making the event, in terms of actual female participation, arguably the country’s largest.

The competition just heated up some more with the entry of current national women’s keelboat champion Sally Garrett of Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Along with her title-winning crew she’s all signed up for a great weekend of Sounds racing, a terrific opportunity for local and visiting crews to test themselves against the best.

With boat and crew numbers increasing daily, the event looks set to establish itself as one of the cornerstone regattas of the Waikawa racing calendar and the national women’s calendar.

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