The Women’s Open Keelboat Championship organised by Jody, Ellie and the Hamble River Sailing Club benefited from some late summer sun over the weekend and was enjoyed by all participants both on and off the water.

On the water three races were run each day and wind speeds between 10 and 20 knots provided a good variety of conditions for the women to revel in. In the IRC class Elaine, the Elan, entered by Sabrina Gravelle & Heather Ross proved hard to beat with Annie Kelly’s Blackjack keeping them honest. In the J80s it was Lavinia Paternoster onboard Juicy who took the top spot only relinquishing her position at the front of the fleet in one race.

Off the water the girls were treated to an informal ‘Pink’ Canape & Rose party on Friday night with a short brief from Peter Bateson (PRO) and weather wizard Libby Greenhalgh. At Saturday night’s ‘Frock n FlipFlop’s’ party, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, all the stops were pulled out, the HRSC was buzzing, the champagne was flowing and the hog roast was going down a treat! In the charity raffle alone, over £800.00 was raised!

Thanks should go to Jody and Ellie for organising such a fantastic and most importantly fun event and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that we hope the WOKC will return to the HRSC bigger and better next year. – Anarchist Bertand.