2023 South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta

Sat 30 September – Mon 2 October 2023

The 2023 South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (SAWKR) will be held over three days 30 September–2 October 2023.  The Regatta is hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) in partnership with Port Adelaide Sailing Club (PASC) and the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (RSAYS).

SAWKR 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 this exciting event. Courses will be set in two locations, the stunning waters of Gulf St Vincent and also in the protected waters of the Port River.

Nominations are now open to boats, skippers and individual crew members. The program includes racing for keelboats (Division 1 and Division 2), trailerables and Elliott 7s. 

SAWKR is made possible in large part by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, our major sponsor with support from the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing, and many other contributors.

Enquiries can be made with the CYCSA Racing Administrator, Inese Lainis 08 8248 4222 or by email [email protected] | follow us on social media  @SAWKR2023


SAWKR warmly welcomes all women sailors in South Australia and beyond to come and enjoy this wonderful event.

Regatta Itinerary

DateNumber of racesFirst warning signal
Sat 30 Sept 202321055
Sun 1 Oct 202321055
Mon 2 Oct 202321055

Schedule of Events

Fri 29 Sept1200-1800 Competitor registration
1800 Welcome to Country and Regatta overview.
Sat 30 Sept0800 Breakfast available at the CYCSA
0900 Race and weather briefing
1055 First Warning
1600 Daily Presentations
1830 Regatta Dinner at the CYCSA
Sun 1 Oct0800 Breakfast available at the CYCSA
0900 Race and weather briefing
1055 First warning
1600 Daily presentations
1730 Fiesta of Games Night at the Royal SA Yacht Squadron
Mon 2 Oct0800 Breakfast available at the CYCSA
0900 Race and weather briefing
1055 First warning
1700 Regatta presentations
Tues 3 Oct0830 – 1700 Join us for a wine tour to the beautiful Adelaide Hills with lunch at world class Howard Vineyard.

Each day after the end of race and before presentations, there will be a free BBQ for competitors and volunteers.


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.

The following divisions will be available:

DivisionHandicap System
Elliott 7sOD
Elliott 7sPHS
Trailerable Yachts*PHS

The large and small keelboats and the Elliot 7s divisions will be run in Course Area A in Gulf St Vincent adjacent the CYCSA. 

The trailerable divisions will be run in Course Area B out of the Port Adelaide Sailing Club. This is only seven-minute drive to the CYCSA, so crews participating in this division will not be disconnected from the Regatta. *Trailerables also need to secure their berthing and trailer storage at the Port Adelaide Sailing Club. For more information for trailerables [click here] 

*Note: Trailerable boats can nominate to race in Division 2 in Course Area A.  However, once nominated for this division they will be required to complete the Regatta in this division.

Individual Entry
Individual entry fee $85, $55 full-time secondary or tertiary students. Register below.

Boat Entry 
All eligible boats (including Elliot 7s and trailerables*) need to register. 
Entries for boats have no associated entry fee and will be accepted up until Friday 22 September 2023. After this time, late boat entries may be accepted at the discretion of the SAWKR Organising Authority. A late entry fee may apply. 


SAWKR Area A Emergency Management Plan [click here]

SAWKR Area B Emergency Management Plan [click here]

SAWKR Best Novice Skipper Award nomination form [click here]

SAWKR Spirit of Sailing Award nomination form [click here]


Boat hire
The CYCSA has a number of Elliott 7s available for hire.** Now all fully booked! 

A number of J24s are available for lease from the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron.  ** Now all fully booked!  

Borrowing a boat 
There may be the possibility of borrowing a boat from local owners.  For enquiries, contact Mary Ann Harvey on 0416 099 384 / [email protected]

For boats competing in Course Area A, berthing at the CYCSA is available free of charge for visiting Regatta entrants. Contact the CYCSA Racing Administrator, Inese Lainis 08 8248 4222 or [email protected]

For trailerable boats competing in Course Area B, berthing and trailer storage is available free of charge at the Port Adelaide Sailing Club. Contact the Secretary on [email protected] to register your interest in securing a berth and complete the booking form


Watch the racing
On the Gulf – Jump on a spectator boat and watch the competition up close and personal.  A number of boats have offered to take spectators out at no cost.  Ring the CYCSA on 8248 4222 to book in.

On the river – watch the river racing from Snowden’s Beach and drop into the Port River Sailing Club for refreshments.  The bar will be open and there will be a BBQ (Sat-Sun)

Crew Noticeboard
IIf you are crew looking for a boat, or a boat looking for crew, please register your interest by emailing [email protected]. Please let us know if you are no longer looking for a position, so we can remove your details.

Boats still required for keen sailors entered into Regatta.  Contact Mary Ann Harvey on 0416 099 384 / [email protected]

Regatta Merchandise
A great range of Regatta merchandise will be available.  Keep an eye on this space.


Regatta Dinner 
Saturday 30 September 2023, 6.30pm for 7pm at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia
The Regatta Dinner will be held on in the CYCSA’s well-appointed function room, Horizons. The keynote speaker will be professional sailor Stacey Jackson.  The Regatta Dinner, with DJ Sofie is open to partners of competitors, all volunteers, and club members. Price $60pp.

Fiesta of Games at the RSAYS
Sunday 1 October 2023, 5.30pm at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron
After the presentations on Sunday, come around to the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (two mins away by car) for a fun and relaxed evening of games and food, this year with a Mexican theme. The famous Bowline Relay will be revisited, and you will be able to join in a Mexican Hat Dance with dance performer, artist and educator, Carol Wellman Kelly. The evening is open to competitors, partners, volunteers and all club members. The event will be held in the charming Dinghy Shed, Jimmy’s Bar and on the Quarterdeck. (For those without cars, transport from CYCSA to RSAYS will be organised.) 

Adelaide Hills Wine Tour  
On Tuesday 3 October, after the completion of the Regatta, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your achievements on a bus tour to the beautiful Adelaide Hills Wine district. We will be visiting three spectacular wineries: Nepenthe, Petaluma, and Howard’s Vineyard, where we will be having a very yummy long lunch.

The bus will leave the CYCSA at 9.00am and we will return to either the CYCSA or the Adelaide Airport around 4.00pm. Bookings close on COB Monday 25 September.

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


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.

The Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron, the Port Adelaide Sailing Club and the Port River Sailing Club will be offering assistance and support with racing, on water activity, volunteers and events.

Kerry Parker, Chair
Adrian Wotton, Deputy Chair
Barbara Beacham, Kirsty Hammet, Mary Ann Harvey, Helen Kearney, Desiree Le Francois, Dianne Schwerdt


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.


Accommodation near the CYCSA is available locally at The Peninsula Hotel Motel, just 2.6kms away (10% discount for SAWKR participants), and through local Airbnb offerings in the North Haven area. 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. 

Limited unpowered camping for entrants can be booked at the CYCSA on 08 8248 4222 or [email protected]

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.


Volunteers Required
The CYCSA and SAWKR Committee would be interested in hearing from you if you are in a position to volunteer for any of the days over the October long weekend.

Please complete the attached application form and we will gratefully respond as asap

SAWKR Volunteer Registrar

SAWKR Volunteer Registrar