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BLiSS Regatta 2017

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 already have a boat and crew, and wish to participate in the pre-race training and regatta, please register your crew and yourself for training (click here, takes person to training register) and/or your boat for the regatta (click here, takes person to regatta register – same as last years but with 2017 labels – Dom and Vanessa created in 2016).

For ladies and girls who wish to participate in the pre-race training and regatta but do not have a boat to helm or crew on then please register your name here (click here, takes person to regatta register – same as last years but with 2017 labels – Dom and Vanessa created in 2016).

For ladies and girls who cannot make the pre-race training but are looking to participate in the BLiSS regatta, and require a boat to helm or a crew position, please register your name here (click here, takes person to register – same as last years but with 2017 labels – Dom and Vanessa created in 2016).

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 register here – same as last years but with 2017 labels – Dom and Vanessa created in 2016).

Not interested in racing but keen to be part of the regatta? We are looking for volunteers (?insert link to volunteer register) for race management, registration, hosting visitors from other clubs and assisting at the luncheon presentation

BLiSS 2017 Training

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

Training this year will be divided into two levels to better accommodate newcomers and more experienced sailors.

New sailors will receive a mix of theoretical and practical training both on and off water with an RBYC approved trainer. This training will assist you to understand the top 10 things you will need to know to enjoy your time on the water.

For those more seasoned sailors, we have again invited Gavin Dagley, Laser Grand Master World Champion for 2016, to return with his winning knowledge to coach the more advanced sailors on and off the water.

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.

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.

And if you can’t muster your whole crew or borrow the boat for these training days then don’t worry – RBYC has some Elliott 5.9s that you can take out during the on-water training sessions.

If you require further details please email

RBYC’s Women’s pathway training

Coming Soon

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

2017 Online entry – Coming Soon

Regatta entries close Friday 21st April at 1700h. $20 surcharge for entries after this date.

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 – Coming Soon

To view the Sailing Instructions – Coming Soon

To view the Sailing Results – Coming Soon

Sunday Presentation Luncheon

The BLiSS 2017 Regatta will finish with a celebration and presentation casual luncheon on Sunday 30 April in the early afternoon soon after racing finishes. This is a great opportunity to unwind with your fellow sailors after a great weekend of sailing.

BLiSS Luncheon Booking Form will be available closer to the event. Please book by noon on Saturday April 29.


BlissEmailFooter2Thanks 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