Lecture Series

The AWKR hosts a series of informative Sailing Lectures throughout May in the lead up to the June Regatta.The speakers are sourced from our wide network of experienced sailors, coaches, judges and industry professionals.The lectures are held in the picturesque Harbour Room at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron on Thursday evenings throughout May. Admission is free and open to all.The lectures are always well attended and provide an excellent learning and networking opportunity for AWKR participants and other club members alike. Before each lecture there is an informal dinner at the Squadron.

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Trophies & Awards

In February 1991, a women’s crew from RMYS, headed by Gai Clough, was one of two Australian crews invited to compete in Auckland in the New Zealand Women’s Keelboat Championships.This led to the Squadron successfully conducting the inaugural Women’s Keelboat Regatta on Melbourne Cup Weekend in 1991, for a trophy given by Gai Clough in her name.This trophy was won on the first occasion by Lee Ives skippering Sunkist Rocketman, representing Mornington Yacht Club. 

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Our History

Twenty six years ago two female sailors were inspired to create a women’s only regatta with the goal of encouraging women to get involved in the sport of sailing.  This goal is still very much at the heart of the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta.

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Our Home

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, with a history of 140 years, is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Victoria with a long list of historical firsts. Situated at St Kilda in close proximity to the Melbourne central business district, it is regarded as the centre of aquatic events in Victoria.

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Answers to the most frequently asked questions......

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2018 Photo Gallery

Click here to see photos from last years regatta


Sailing Coordinator

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Pier Road, St Kilda 3182

Victoria, Australia

+61 3 9534 0227


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