Sydney - Hobart Race

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Sydney - Hobart Race

One of the worlds most infamous races and definitely a bucket list item!!! Make it a real break and travel over to Australia and spend Xmas and New year doing this amazing event & visit New Zealand. Whatever the weather, it will be an adventure!



We are delighted to start taking the names of interested ladies

More details will follow about dates, yacht etc.

You will need to have minimum coastal skipper qualification or equivalent miles which must include at least 500 miles offshore in a RORC race or equivalent. Physical fitness essential

We are aiming to coordinate an all female crew so please do let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. 




Starts: Sydney Austraila

Finishes: Sydney


Please apply via the wait list button. We will then send on a questionnaire we require you to complete which is about you, and your reasons for taking part.





About the race and womens involvement

Women first participated in the race in 1946. The first woman to take part was Jane Tate, whose boat Active was the only one to reach Hobart in 1946. Dagmar O'Brien, with boat Connella, also took part in that year but retired from the race before finishing. Thus, the Jane Tate Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the first female skipper to complete the race. In 1975, the first all-women crew sailed, with boat Barbarian. In 1982 or 1983, Sue Bowly put another all-female crew together, but the sails ripped. They repaired the sails on the Navy's sewing machine at Jervis Bay, and carried on to Hobart, but no longer in competition.

In 2005, 24 women took part, including Adrienne Cahalan, who is famed for her around-the-world sailing, has been nominated several times for World Yachtswoman of the Year and was Australian Yachtswoman of the Year for 2004–05. In 2005 she was part of the crew for the winning Wild Oats.

In 2011, Jessica Watson, known for her solo unassisted sail around the world at age 16, skippered the Sydney Hobart yacht race with a crew of six other young Australians and three Britons all aged 21 or under, making them the youngest ever to compete in the blue water classic.

In total, over a thousand women have taken part in the race.


Additional Info

What's included - TBC

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!


How to book?

Click on the link saying "wait list" or please feel free to get in touch with us! 01983 282867

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