The Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge is Manly Yacht Club’s signature event, reflecting the growing passion women have for the sport of sailing. The Women’s Challenge was first conceived in 1995 and has been running and growing continuously since then. It is the most popular event on the women’s sailing calendar and has now become part of the Sydney Harbour Women’s Keelboat Series, a multi-club series attracting challengers from many clubs on the Harbour. In 2019 Manly Yacht Club was the inaugural host and continues to play a leading role in organising this event.
The Women’s Challenge committee extends an invitation to female sailors to join us for a weekend of exciting racing in Manly Cove and on Sydney Harbour followed by an evening of prize giving, food and frivolities on the deck at Manly Yacht Club.
Competition covers every level of experience and age; and encourages all women/girl sailors to borrow, beg or buy a boat and enter.
Saturday racing is one-design in dinghy, Hansa dinghies and laser divisions.
Sunday racing is keel boats 6m to 20m, including one design racing (fleet number dependent). Choose to enter as all female crew, or female helm with mixed crew. Nominate spinnaker or not within the fleets. Racing will be conducted under PHS handicapping.
- Entry to Saturday racing is via the Centreboard Entry Form.
- Entry to Sunday racing is online via Race 5 of the Sydney Harbour Women’s Keelboat Series