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BLiSS Regatta 2017

BLiSS 2017 Photos by Steb Fisher

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Welcome to BLiSS 2017!

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

In the spirit of the ‘Get Active’ program, the ‘Gateway to BLiSS’ will offer two training days and two regatta days, with additional training opportunities available through the RBYC Discover Sailing Centre and the new combined Victorian Women’s Keelboat Training program.

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.

To view the 2016 BLiSS regatta activities, captured by Frank DiSilvestro, click here.

About BLiSS 2017

The Brighton Ladies Skipper Series is back for 2017, with a new focus for both seasoned and aspiring female sailors to participate in an exciting new program, the ‘Gateway to BLiSS’. This program leads   through a sailing/training/mentoring pathway that culminates in participation in the keelboat and one-design keelboat BLiSS regatta.

The BLiSS Committee are aiming to encourage more women and girls to ‘Get Active Sailing’ and use this opportunity to join us for this fun and friendly regatta. Participation in the ‘Gateway to BLiSS’ program, will provide 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 29th 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 30th April, is also scored for the RBYC Associates Cup (awarded to RBYC boats only) and Race 5 of the 2017 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series.

So ladies 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 26 and April 23, 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. If you willing to lend your boat and mentor a keen female to helm, please email who can connect you with 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 for more information.

For ladies and girls who wish to be involved in BLiSS 2017 but are not sure how (eg do not have a boat to helm or crew, can only attend training/or Regatta), please contact with your inquiry and someone from the BLiSS team will be in contact with you.

BLiSS 2017 pre-race training and regatta

Day & Date Time Event Place
Sun 26 Mar 0900-1400 BLiSS Training Day 1 RBYC
Sun 23 Apr 0900-1400 BLiSS Training Day 2 RBYC

The classroom theory starts at RBYC at 9.00am then leads into the on-water training at about 10.30am.  Training concludes between 12.30am and 1.00pm.

To get you ‘regatta ready’ or just to provide you with some new skills and knowledge, the BLiSS pre-race training this year has been broked into two separate programs (beginners and advanced) so you can choose the program that best suits your level of sailing skill and knowledge.

The 2 beginners and 2 advanced training sessions are being provided by our sponsor, AMS Yacht Racing so there is no cost to you or your invited friends.

The advanced training will be run by Gavin Dagley, highly experienced coach and Laser Grand Master World Champion for 2016.

This year’s advanced theory and practical training focuses on:

Day 1 – The mechanics and specific tactics to use on the start line and around the top mark

Day 2 – How to get the most out of sailing downwind

If you are looking to participate in the advanced 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.

The beginners’ training, which we recommend for those who have never been sailing or those who have been on a sailing boat only a few times, is based on some of the RBYC Discover Sailing curriculum.  This training is designed to provide you with some sailing terminology, some basic sailing skills and some safety tips to make your early sailing experiences enjoyable and fun.  When registering to attend this training, simply select ‘beginner’, and you will be assigned to a boat for the on-water training.

Although deemed a women’s signature event, the BLiSS team believe it is a great opportunity for women, girls, men & boys to up-skill. You are guaranteed to come away with valuable knowledge that will benefit you for your BLiSS campaign or general sailing activities.

Training places may be limited, with preference given to those entering the BLiSS Regatta. Cut-off dates to register for training are 22 March and 19 April. Please Register Here.

If you can take additional crew on the training days or regatta days then please email

RBYC’s Women’s pathway training

If you enjoy these sessions, then you should sign up for one of our RBYC training courses, which are run on Pacers and the Elliot 5.9s.  Just contact Juliet Schilling, our RBYC Discover Sailing Coordinator on (03) 9592 3092 or at

Port Phillip wide training for women

This year WGIS PPWCS/PPWPS has joined forces with AWKR, BLiSS and WISC to provide a comprehensive Women’s Keelboat Training program, to check it out click here

Online Entry, Regatta Fees and Prizes

To enter your boat in BLiSS Regatta 2017, please click here.

Regatta Entry Fee

Entry Fee Age Group Keelboat/

One Design

Entry requirements for helm
BLiSS Series

(Sat & Sun)

Senior $ 85 Female helm
Youth $ 45 Female helm under 19 years at the 29 April
RBYC Associates Cup All Free RBYC female member helming keelboat on RBYC register
PPWCS Race 5 All $ 25 (free for those already entered in BLiSS regatta Female helm

Entries close – 1700hrs Friday 28 April 2017. Late entries – may be accepted with $20 surcharge.


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 2017 Regatta will finish with a celebration and presentation casual luncheon on Sunday 30 April directly after the day’s racing.  The luncheon will commence between 1.00 and 2.00pm. We are having a traditional paella with chicken, chorizo, prawns and mussels, a garden salad and crusty bread for $30.00 per person.  There will be roasted vegetable paella for those who would like a vegetarian or gluten-free option.

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

Please book by noon on Saturday April 29.  Book Here


BLiSS 2017 sponsor logos.2linesThanks to all our generous sponsors for their support for our female sailors and please support them in return.

Further information

RBYC Club Contact – Dom Jackson, 9592 3092, 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


BLiSS Articles and Reports


Comprehensive Women’s Keelboat Training program


BLiSS Regatta Wrap Up

Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2016 steaming to a BLiSSful finale

BLiSS Training Final Day – not to be missed

BLiSS – Make it a Class Act

BLiSS – How to get the ‘Wind beneath your Wings’

BLiSS Coaching leads off BLiSS Regatta 2016