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Watch women’s keelboat regatta action from shore


Watch women’s keelboat regatta action from shore

After last year’s feisty competition, the 2024 Mooloolaba Women’s Keelboat Regatta is back again.

The hotly contested event will take place on the Mooloolah River from May 31 to June 2, with crews from up and down Australia’s east coast taking part.

Eight teams will compete on the Mooloolaba Yacht Club’s (MYC) fleet of Elliott 6 keelboats, with the ‘Battle for the Bubbles’ held on the Friday, a qualifying series on the Saturday and the gold and silver fleets’ final on the Sunday.

“The Mooloolaba Women’s Keelboat Regatta – now in its sixth year and with a national Australian Sailing award under its belt – has become one of the most-popular fixtures on the women’s sailing calendar, and our team of volunteers is looking forward to welcoming back old friends and new teams for this year’s event,” MYC Commodore Kerri Smith says.

“Each year sees exciting tactical racing on the river, which is one of the best venues anywhere for spectators who can easily watch the action from onshore.

“We welcome a broad range of skill levels and ages, and the event has come to be known for both the challenging racing and the very special camaraderie between a great group of women.”

The round-the-buoys fleet racing will be held on a tight and challenging course with spectator viewing opportunities from The Wharf precinct and foreshore. Ms Smith will be hoping to go one better than her second placing in the event in 2023 as part of the Lunasea Team, skippered by former Laser Olympian Danielle Kennedy.

The regatta has grown out of the MYC’s successful Women’s Skills Development program, which aims to promote pathways for women to build their racing, cruising and skippering skills in the traditionally male-dominated sport of sailing.

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