Below is Anita Russell's description of the 2019 event illustrated by some of the photos taken.
Clear blue skies and sunshine with a force 3 gusting 4 wind meant a perfect day for our Women on the Water event.
Ten boats took to the water with another dozen women enjoying the pleasures of our beloved sport. Many women were given the opportunity to helm and gain some experience in a variety of boats with some helpful advice from a more experienced sailor.
We kept away from Fed week by choosing to sail up the Ellanore shore, under the watchful eye of Anna Turner and Gill Pitt in the rescue boat.
As Moths, RS 4000s and 49ers screeched across from Hayling up the harbour, we were safely tucked in between Kewell and Rookwood. There was plenty of wind to get going without being a concern. An hour and more of gentle sailing was happily enjoyed.
On Wreckless, Linda and Maggie both helmed, tacked several times and safely steered a course. We talked about right of way and Port and Starboard and discussed how you can tell if an oncoming boat is going to be a danger. We enjoyed watching the hydrofoils as the Moths skimmed above the surface at a crazy speed.
Over twenty people gathered at East Head after the sailing to an array of brownies, flapjacks and chocolate biscuit cakes that the Scow ladies are so famous for. Washed down with bucks fizz, wine, tea and other refreshments new friendships were made and old friendships renewed.This was a perfect day.
We could not have done this without the lovely ladies who gave up their time, appearing with rigged boats and helping enormously to support me on the day. So thank you very much.
My hope is all these ladies have had a great experience and will get more chances to helm, crew, sail and have fun on the water.
I am sure that we will meet up and chat to our new found friends at future club sailing events.
Last updated 11:12 on 17 August 2021