Inaugural SA Women’s Keelboat Regatta

1 – 3 October 2022

The inaugural South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (SAWKR) will be held over three days, in the stunning waters of Gulf St Vincent hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA). This Spring regatta is aimed at women currently participating in sailing, and looking to enjoy the company, competition and camaraderie of other female sailors. Now is the time to get involved in a brand new venture that is sure to become a welcome addition to your sailing calendar.

Nominations are now open to boats, skippers and crews.

Enquiries can be made with the CYCSA Racing Administrator, Inese Lainis 08 8248 4222 or email [email protected] | follow us on social media @SAWKR2022


The CYCSA is proud to host the very first South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta and warmly welcomes all women sailors from within South Australia and beyond to come and enjoy this wonderful new event.

Regatta Itinerary

DateNumber of racesFirst warning signal
Sat 1 Oct 202221055
Sun 2 Oct 202221055
Mon 3 Oct 202221055

Schedule of Events

Day Events
Fri 30 Sep 1200 to 1800 competitor registration
1800 Crew welcome drinks
1830 Welcome ceremony and Regatta overview
Sat 1 Oct0830 breakfast available at the CYCSA
0930 race and weather briefing
1055 first warning
1600 daily presentations
1830 Regatta dinner at the CYCSA
Sun 2 Oct 0830 breakfast available at the CYCSA
0930 race and weather briefing
1055 first warning
1600 daily presentations
Mon 3 Oct 0830 breakfast available at the CYCSA
0930 race and weather briefing
1055 first warning
1700 Regatta presentations
Tue 4 Oct0830 – 1700 Optional wine tour to Clare Valley and lunch at the Georges Family Winery.
Drop off post tour to the Adelaide airport.

Boats are to be crewed exclusively by women and girls 14 years and older. Australian crew should be affiliated with Australian Sailing (AS) and provide their AS number with entry. Overseas crews must be affiliated with World Sailing through their National Authority. If you do not have an AS number, a Regatta SailPass membership is available through CYCSA.

Boats There will be both large and small keelboat divisions, J24s, trailerables and a one design division for Elliot 7s.

Six new Elliott 7s are available for hire through the CYCSA. Please contact the CYCSA Racing Administrator, Inese Lainis 08 8248 4222 or [email protected] 

Six J24s are available for hire through the Royal SA Yacht Squadron ph. 08 8341 8600

Crew Noticeboard
If you are crew looking for a boat, or a boat looking for crew, please register [here]
Please let us know if you are no longer looking so we can remove your details.
For teams who would like to hire a boat enquire [here] 

Regatta Merchandise
A Musto souvenir regatta shirt will be available for purchase. More information to come.


Individual Entry
Individual entry fee is $75, which includes a Musto regatta cap. Enter below:

As part of the Regatta, you will be able to book for the Presentation Dinner and an optional post-regatta wine tour to the Clare Valley.

Boat Entry
Eligible boats may enter by completing the entry form:

Entries for boats have no associated entry fee and will be accepted up until Monday 19 September 2022. After this time, late boat entries may be accepted at the discretion of the CYCSA Race Committee. A late entry fee may apply.

Presentation Dinner 
The Regatta Gala dinner will be held on Saturday 1 October 2022 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm in the CYCSA’s well-appointed function room, Horizons.

Cost of the dinner is $45, includes complimentary welcome drink on arrival.

Bookings close on Wednesday 28 Sept 2022.

Clare Valley Wine Tour
On Tuesday 4 October, after the completion of the Regatta, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your achievements on a bus tour to the beautiful Clare Valley Wine district. We will be visiting three spectacular wineries, the last of which will be the historic and picturesque Koonowla Winery, part of the George Family Winegrowers, who will be providing us with an amazing long table lunch.

The bus will leave the CYCSA at 8.30am and we will return to either the CYCSA or the Adelaide Airport around 5.00pm.

The cost for the tour and lunch is $90. *Please note that wine tastings and individual purchases are not included in this package.

Bookings close on Monday 19 September 2022.


The following divisions will be available:

DivisionHandicap System
Elliott 7sOD
Elliott 7sPHS
Trailerable YachtsPHS

Notice of Race [click here]

Sailing Instructions – available soon


Latest News & Updates


Many people are involved in the promotion, organisation and running of the South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta. We would like to thank them all for their wonderful support.

Adrian Wotton, Chair
Kirsty Hammet, Mary Ann Harvey, Helen Kearney, Kerry Parker, Jo Pilmore, Dianne Schwerdt



Accommodation near the CYCSA is available but limited. The nearest large centre is Port Adelaide, with many accommodation options, and a host of pubs, clubs and great places to eat. It is about a 10 min Uber ride away. Quest Apartments in Port Adelaide have offered SAWKR participants a 15% discount on room bookings [REDEEM DISCOUNT CODE HERE]

There is also the option to be billeted with Club members. For more information, please contact the CYCSA Racing Administrator, Inese Lainis 08 8248 4222 or [email protected]

Things to do 
If you want to explore outside of the sailing weekend, Port Adelaide, with its extensive maritime history, is a hip area with many pubs, clubs and great places to eat. There are plenty of things to do in Adelaide and its beautiful surrounds. More information [here].

For those interested in wine, you have come to the right place, with the Barossa and Clare Valleys, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale no more than an hour away.

On Tuesday 4 October  0900 – 1700 we will hold an optional wine tour to Clare Valley followed by lunch at the George Family Winery open to all SAWKR participants and volunteers.

Logo Designer
The SAWKR logo represents our journey as women sailors traveling along the river and seas of Kaurna country and pays respect to the Kaurna custodians of this land.
Artist: Jardi Welch | Born: 1994, Adelaide, Kaurna Country ~ “I am a proud Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri woman living and creating on Kaurna land.”

The logo was made possible through a generous grant from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council.