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BLiSS – Brighton Lady Skippers Series

BLiSS 2015

Latest Update

0930hrs May 1, 2016

Due to the strong breezes being experienced as the front passes through Port Phillip, the BLiSS Passage Race and Race 5 of the Port Phillip Womens Championship Series has been abandoned.

The BLiSS Luncheon will now be held one hour earlier, commencing at 1pm.


BliSS Post Card

BLiSS Regatta 2016 – SATURDAY 30th APRIL & SUNDAY 1st MAY

The countdown is on!

Only ten days to BLiSS regatta with entries closing Wednesday April 1700hrs.  Don’t delay, get online now and sign up for a BLiSSful weekend on the water – great sailing, great company and heaps of fun.

Click here to get onboard – Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series 2016 steaming to a BLiSSful finale

The Brighton Ladies Skipper Series is back for 2016 with exciting new developments across all classes. Whether you sail keelboats, one design, monohulls or multihulls, there is an opportunity for you to come and join us in this fun and friendly regatta.

For keelboat sailors, you can choose to enter the racing division or have a more leisurely sail in the Non Spinnaker division. The BLiSS Long Race for on Sunday 1 May also includes scoring for the RBYC Associates Cup and Race 5 of the 2016 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series. Ultimately the BLiSS regatta is about women sailors stepping up, taking on new challenges and learning new skills in a friendly atmosphere. So ladies, schedule your crew or sign up to come and reap the rewards of participation in all the BLiSS activities.

If you are looking for a boat to helm or want to crew on a boat, please register here.

Boat owners, if you have a boat you are willing to lend and mentor a keen female to helm, please register here

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, so please email us on blissregatta@rbyc.org.au

BLiSS Schedule

Bliss schedule

Mooring and Boat Storage

Free for all visiting boats for Friday and Saturday nights for the duration of the regatta. Please contact Dom Jackson at RBYC to arrange or email marinamanager@rbyc.org.au

How to Enter

Bliss Entry

Entries close – 1700hrs Friday 22 April 2016. Late entries – may be accepted with $20 surcharge.

2016 Online Entry for Keelboats and OTB: Click Here

Race Documents

To view the Notice of Race – click here

To view the Keelboat Sailing Instructions – Coming Closer to the Event

To view the OTB Sailing Instructions – Coming Closer to the Event


Individual prizes will be awarded to – The winner in each division. Highest placed all female crew in any division.

Class Trophies will be awarded for the first boat where there are 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.

Skippers’ Packs and Event Merchandising

Skippers’ Information packs will be available at Registration on Saturday morning. Crew polo shirts can be purchased on race days for $15 each from the Member’s Bar.

Presentation Luncheon

The Bank of Melbourne BBQ Luncheon will follow racing on Sunday 1 May at approx. 1400hrs. This is a great opportunity to unwind with your fellow sailors after a great weekend racing. Cost $25 per head including salads.

Bookings prior to noon on Saturday April 30 is essential as boat crews will be allocated tables.

BLiSS Luncheon Booking Form – Click 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


Follow the BLiSS Regatta on Facebook


To view an amazing video of the BLiSS 2015 weekend shot by Frank Disilvestro

Click Here!

BLiSS Sponsors


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


2016 Online Entry for Keelboats and OTB: Click Here


BLiSS 2016 Keelboat Results: Click Here

Latest Update

093hrs May 1, 2016

Due to the strong breezes being experienced as the front passes through Port Phillip, the BLiSS Passage Race and Race 5 of the Port Phillip Womens Championship Series has been abandoned.

The BLiSS Luncheon will now be held one hour earlier, commencing at 1pm.


Race Documents

To view the Notice of Race – click here

To view the Keelboat Sailing Instructions (Updated 29/4/16) – click here

Notices to Competitors


The BLiSS Regatta 2016 will finish with a celebration and presentation casual luncheon on Sunday 1st May in the early afternoon. This is a great opportunity to unwind with your fellow sailors after a great weekend of sailing.

BLiSS Luncheon Booking Form – Click Here.  Please book by noon on Saturday April 30.

Image: Steb Fisher

RBYC was established in 1875, but it was not until 103 years later in 1978, the Annual General Meeting of RBYC members voted to allow the admission of females to the Club as ‘associate’ members. The vote could have potentially failed, as there was a member who had enough proxies but didn’t register them before the meeting and were therefore ineligible.

Societal cultural change led the way in the seventies with the introduction of the Equal Opportunity Act Victoria in 1979. This Act, at least for clubs, was primarily intended to allow females to join the MCC, but covered all sporting clubs.

At RBYC, there was an Associates Committee that was initially chaired by June Linacre and included Helen Pitt, Avon Paterson and Wendy Fuller (Luck) when she joined the Club in 1978. The late Avon Patterson was an integral part of the Associates’ Committee. Clarissa Flockart joined the Committee around 1981-82. The responsibilities of the committee included:

  • Inducting female members,
  • Promoting women in sailing – 2 dinghies (Clarissa thinks they were Mirrors) were purchased for women to use, and,
  • Holding social activities (famously there was an Arabian night – which included a camel coming into the club house).

RBYC should not forget the valuable contribution to the Club of the Associates Committee in supporting and enhancing female membership of the Club and also supporting the rest of the Club with its initiatives. June Linacre, RBYC’s only female Honorary Life Member, was instrumental in providing leadership to this group. Wendy Luck also went on to edit the Club’s magazine, become RBYC’s first and only female Commodore and keeps her hand in as one of RBYC’s dedicated group of Volunteers, and as RBYC’s Returning Officer. Clarissa Flockart is one of the three women currently on General Committee.

In recognition of this change RBYC stepped up in 1980 establishing the Associates Cup perpetual trophy, which was run as an annual race and required only the ‘presence’ of a female in the crew, helming was also encouraged. Prior to the introduction of the Associates Cup, the last race of the season was known as the Lady Skippers race; it was a serious-fun race and most boats took part.

In 1983, RBYC took the next step forward, allowing women to become senior members alongside their male counterparts, entitling them to vote in Club elections and take the helm on racing yachts. With female members becoming senior members, there were some unintended consequences:

  • In moving to full senior membership female members now had to pay full fees – previously they had paid a percentage fee, substantially less than full fees, and, as a result, many women resigned from the Club.
  • As Associate membership no longer existed the Associates Committee was disbanded. This meant that there wasn’t a Committee to champion the cause of women in the club, until BLiSS was established to run an annual regatta for women.

The Associates Cup continued to be run as an annual race from 1980 until 2000 when it fell into abeyance.

With an increasing number of women joining the Club and taking on the helm and running of keelboats, 2007 saw the resurrection of the Associates Cup and in 2009, the introduction of the Lady Skippers Short Course Series, a two day regatta with a combination of three short course races on Saturday with the traditional Associates Cup Race run on Sunday as the final race. The following year, the Brighton Lady Skippers Series (BLiSS) was established and has continued to run annually as a successful signature regatta for RBYC.

In 2015, BLiSS extended the invitation to Off the Beach and Multihulls to join their sister sailors on keelboats which was adopted by visiting clubs and firmly voted a success.

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