BLiSS Regatta 2018

Welcome to BLiSS 2018!

Royal Brighton Yacht Club and the BLiSS Committee are looking forward to an even bigger and better event for our tenth edition and encourage you all to get on board.

BLiSS will offer one training day and two regatta days, with additional training opportunities available through the RBYC Discover Sailing Centre.

For the regatta, In addition to divisional trophies, Class Trophies will be awarded for those one design classes bringing five or more boats to compete. A perfect opportunity for your Association to run their own Lady Skippers Series within our event.

The perpetual Teams Trophy will again be awarded to the visiting club which demonstrates the highest level of support for their female sailors, based on combined attendances for training and regatta activities.

The Sunday Race of the regatta will provide the fifth and final race of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series and for the RBYC female helms, the Associates Cup.

Come and join us.

About BLiSS 2018

The Brighton Lady Skippers Series is back for 2018 providing opportunities for both seasoned and aspiring female sailors to get involved in sailing. BLiSS includes a sailing/training/mentoring pathway that culminates in participation in the keelboat BLiSS regatta.
The Bliss Committee wants to ensure we “Leave no Woman behind” and encourage more women and girls to join us for this fun and friendly regatta. BLiSS provides the opportunity to meet other female sailors, learn new skills in a friendly atmosphere and step up to taking on new challenges, with a guaranteed berth for the BLiSS regatta for those participating in the full program.

The Regatta racing will provide keelboat sailors with the option of Racing (AMS, IRC and PHD scoring) or have a more leisurely sail in the Non-spinnaker division.

Sailing on Saturday 28th April consists of 3 windard/leeward races that provide plenty of opportunity to practice and refine your skills and crew work.

The BLiSS long race, held on Sunday 29th April, is also scored for the RBYC Associates Cup (awarded to RBYC boats only) and Race 5 of the 2018 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series.

So women and girls, don’t miss out – come and reap the rewards of participation in all the BLiSS activities. This includes the BLiSS presentation luncheon that follows the Sunday race.

How to get involved in BLiSS

For ladies and girls who wish to participate in the pre-race BLiSS training on March 25, please register here. Places are limited so register NOW.‎

BLiSS is always looking for Boat owners. Your generosity in supporting our keen female sailors is pivotal to the success of our regatta. This year we’re encouraging boat owners who have regular female crew members to consider giving them the opportunity to helm the boat. Is there someone who turns up every week, is a valued member of the crew who deserves the chance to step up with your assistance? Please email blissregatta@gmail.com if you need assistance or advice about contacting a suitable female skipper.

Not interested in racing but keen to be part of the regatta? We are looking for volunteers  for race management, registration, hosting visitors from other clubs and assisting at the luncheon presentation. Email blissregatta@gmail.com for more information.

For ladies and girls who wish to be involved in BLiSS 2018 but are not sure how (eg do not have a boat to helm or crew, can only attend training/or Regatta), please contact blissregatta@gmail.com with your inquiry and someone from the BLiSS team will be in contact with you.

BLiSS 2018 pre-race training and regatta

Day & Date Time Event Place
Sun 25 Mar 0900-1800 BLiSS Training Day RBYC
A full day of training off and on the water is being held this year. The classroom theory starts at RBYC at 9.00, with a sausage sizzle for lunch and leads to on water training in the afternoon. We’re focussing on getting good starts and flying spinnakers. Training concludes with an actual practice race from 1430-1600. There will be a debrief with Gavin showing videos in the bar at RBYC from 16:45 – 18:00.
The training is being provided by or sponsor AMS Yacht Racing so there is no cost to you or your friends.
It is being run by Gavin Dagley, highly experienced coach and Laser Grand Master World Champion for 2016.

If you are looking to participate in the training as crew, but haven’t already got a boat to go on, come along to the training and you will be placed on a boat for the day.  If you looking for a boat to helm during the on-water training then also let us know.

If you can take additional crew on the training day or regatta days then please email blissregatta@gmail.com.

RBYC’s Women’s pathway training

If you enjoy these sessions, then you should sign up for one of our RBYC training courses and Discover Sailing days. Please contact Francesco at discoversailing@rbyc.org.au for more information and signing up.

Online Entry, Regatta Fees and Prizes

To enter your boat in BLiSS Regatta 2018, please click here.

Regatta Entry Fee

Entry Fee Age Group Keelboat/

One Design

Entry requirements for helm
BLiSS Series

(Sat & Sun)

All $50 Female helm
BLiSS Series

(Sat & Sun)

Youth $30 Female helm under 19 years at the 29 April
RBYC Associates Cup All Free to RBYC members RBYC female member helming keelboat on RBYC register
PPWCS Race 5 All $ 25 for  non-members (free for those already entered in BLiSS regatta) Female helm

Entries close – 1700hrs Friday 27 April 2018. Late entries – may be accepted with $20 surcharge.

Prizes

BLiSS Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to the winner in each division on Performance Handicap

BLiSS Best Performing All Female Crew in any division.

Best Performing Youth Helm for the BLiSS Regatta in any division.

Class Trophies will be awarded to the first boat with five or more boats in the class.

BLiSS Teams Trophy will be awarded to the visiting club with the highest level of participation in

all activities, including training and racing.

Race Documents

To view the Notice of Race – Click here

To view the Sailing Instructions – Click here

To view the Sailing Results – Click here

Sunday Presentation Luncheon

The BLiSS 2018 Regatta will finish with a celebration and presentation casual luncheon on Sunday 29 April directly after the day’s racing.  The luncheon will commence between 1.00 and 2.00pm.

We are having Peri Peri Chicken and Pork and Fennel sausages with Asian coleslaw, Garden Salad and Baguettes. With Veggie burgers or falafels for vegetarians.

$25.00 per person.

When making your booking, please tell us any dietary requirements for yourself and your crew.

Please book by COB Thursday 26th April.  Book Here.

Further information

RBYC Club Contact – Dom Jackson, 9592 3092, sailing@rbyc.org.au For further information about the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series, including series results, go to the PPWCS webpage or Follow the BLiSS Regatta on Facebook

Sponsors

Thanks to all our generous sponsors for their support for our female sailors and please support them in return.

BLiSS 2018 Articles and Reports

BLiSS seeks to Leave No Woman Behind – view full article here

BLiSS Training in step to Leave No Woman Behind – view full article here

‘This Girl Can’ at BLiSS Regatta 2018

2017

To view the 2017 BLiSS regatta activities video, captured by Frank DiSilvestro, click here.

Comprehensive Women’s Keelboat Training program

BLiSS 2017 Photos by Steb Fisher

2017 Results – Click Here