Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club launched its inaugural SheSails Program focussed on increasing women's participation in the sport of sailing

Ben Mack photography.
Ben Mack photography.

On Saturday the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club (GRYC) launched its inaugural SheSails Program focussed on increasing women's participation in the sport of sailing.

In 2018 the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club set aside a race in the Winter Series as a dedicated women's helm race and created coaching and practice sessions to ensure participants would have the experience to participate.

Since then, the Women's Sailing Program has continued to grow with increasing participation and a range of formal and informal training opportunities, culminating in the creation of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club SheSails Women's Sailing Program.

Convenor Louise Edwards welcomed all to the day and Commodore Randal Cooper encouraged attendees to give sailing a go as it is one of the few sports where women and men compete equally. Following information on the program and formal training opportunities through the Club's Discover Sailing Centre everyone was invited out to watch a demonstration of Team Sailing by Investigator College.

Then it was onto Come and Try Sailing with a choice of small and large trailable yachts, a vintage yacht, sabre dinghies and safety boats.

After boat familiarisation and safety briefings everyone headed out onto the 'pond' in front of the GRYC. Buoys were set to provide a simple course to follow. The dinghy sailors had a ball and some got some practice on the safety boats.

The club received positive feedback from all who attended. A light lunch was available and committee members spent time one on one with attendees to answer questions and encourage them to pre-register for programmed events. Visit www.gryc.com.au or contact 8555 2617 or gryc@gryc.com.au