The Lady Skippers' race has been a long standing race on the HBYC calendar. In recent years the HBYC Lady Skippers Race has become Race 4 (then Race 1) in the Port Phillip Women's Championship Series (PPWCS), a series for female sailors that combines five races run by different clubs into one annual championship trophy.
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Shirley Freeman was our first Female member and boat owner, sadly Shirley passed away in December 2014. In 2015, HBYC announced they would honour her by renaming the HBYC Lady Skippers Race to the Shirley Freeman Memorial Race. The race will now have 2 Trophies; Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy (1st PHS boat) and the Lady Skippers Race Trophy (1st HBYC PHS Boat).
The Division 1 Race, which is part of the Port Phillip Womens Championship Series (PPWCS) is a HBYC Club Course of approximately nine to ten nautical miles in length. The Lady Skippers Trophy - 1st HBYC PHS Boat and the Shirley Freeman Memorial Trophy - 1st PHS Boat will be awarded.
The Div 2 Race, the Meltemi Cup is a Non-Spinnaker Race aimed to encourage those Lady Skippers to sail in a race with a less competitive format. We encourage all our ladies to have a go, even if you are new to helming. Boats owners are asked to encourage our female members,friends and family to take up the helm for the day and join in the fun of the Suffragette Cup. There is a Trophy awarded on the day. This race will be a HBYC Club Course of approximately six to seven nautical miles in length. For Past Winners Click Here