We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about the Regatta, but chances are your question has been asked and answered before.
Most of the information you will need is contained in the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions
Please read through these Frequently Asked Questions to see if we can answer your query quickly.
If you do not find what you are looking for here, please contact Allicia Rae, Sailing Coordinator on 03 9534 0227 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the entry fee per person?
The AWKR Committee in conjunction with RMYS believe that a per person entry fee is the fairest way to encourage participation of all size boats. It doesn't penalise the small crews and reward the large ones.
$70 entry per person
Can I bring any type of boat to compete on?
The AWKR is currently a competition for keelboats. All keelboats must reach Category 6 safety standards. A category 6 compliance declaration for the boat must be submitted to the RMYS Sailing Coordinator before race 1 of the regatta. You can download a copy of the category 6 compliance declaration from the RMYS website.
Can I have men on the boat?
No. The AWKR is strictly a women's event. Men can volunteer or spectate on or off the water and are welcome at all social functions.
Do I need to book for social functions?
Bookings are required for the Crew Dinner on Saturday and Presentation Night on Monday. If you do not book before the required date, there is a good chance you may miss out. However, we will accommodate everyone who books before the deadline.
If you are planning to eat at RMYS during any of the other functions (e.g. Lecture Series, Briefing Night), bookings are most definitely appreciated as far in advance as possible.
Do I need to be a member of a yacht club to compete in the AWKR?
Yes. Each competitor must have an Australian Sailing number (or National Organisation number affiliated with World Sailing). There are a variety of great yacht clubs on Port Phillip that you can join.
If you don't want to join a club permanently, you can purchase a Day Pass for the regatta from the RMYS office. Normally $20 per day has been packaged at $50 for the regatta. This cost is additional to the regatta entry fee.
Do I have to pay to hire a boat?
No. Boat owners from around Port Phillip generously donate their boats to the crews competing in the AWKR. Many teams buy their boat owner a regatta polo top and invite them to the Presentation as a thank you.
What if I don't have enough crew for my boat?
Contact us or list your requirements on the AWKR crew noticeboard. There are often women looking to join a crew and we will do our best to help you.
What if I have dietary requirements?
If you have dietary requirements, please make a booking for every event and let the kitchen know in advance that you have dietary requirements. This includes vegetarian, pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish), vegan, gluten intolerant, nuts etc. The catering staff will do their best to accommodate your needs.
Is there an overall winner of the AWKR?
There is no overall winner of the AWKR. There is a division 1 winner and a division 2 winner for PHS, AMS and IRC.
Do I have to own a boat to compete?
No. You don't need to own your own boat, but it's great if you do. You can either arrange your own boat, or contact us to help you find one. We rely on generous boat owners donating their boats to competing crews, so whilst we take your preferences into consideration when helping you find a boat, there are often compromises that must be made.
Do I have to organise extra insurance for the boat?
Most boats are covered for multiple skippers as the insurance cover differs to car insurance policies where drivers must be named. However, this is a generalisation, so we recommend checking the insurance cover with the boat owner.
What if I am by myself and want to compete?
Contact us or list your name on the AWKR crew noticeboard. We will do our best to find you a place on a team.
Is lunch available for purchase?
Lunch orders can be made in advance via the Try Booking event page. Lunch orders consist of a roll only. There are a variety of roll fillings on offer.
If you have any dietary requirements, please note them on the form. There may be extra rolls for purchase on the day, but this is not guaranteed.
How are the boats split into divisions?
There are currently two divisions at the AWKR. The fleet is split based on Performance Handicap (PHS) which is determined by an unbiased non-RMYS handicapper. Generally speaking the longer boats are in Division 1 and the smaller boats in Division 2.