The 2024 South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta (SAWKR) will be held over three days from 5-7 October 2024.  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.

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  @SAWKR


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

Details available closer to the event date

Regatta Itinerary

DateNumber of racesFirst warning signal
Sat 5 Oct
Sun 6 Oct
Mon 7 Oct

Schedule of Events


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 7s
Elliott 7s
Trailerable Yachts*

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 – available soon.

*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

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 *Date TBA. 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]

Course Area


Boat lease

The CYCSA has a number of Elliott 7s available for lease. The Elliotts are very popular, and bookings are based on first in basis.



A number of J24s are available for lease from the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron. …..

The CYCSA has a Farr 750 available for lease for trailable fleet racing on the river…. Book the Farr here.

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
If 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 
Details available closer to the event date

Fiesta of Games Nights
Details available closer to the event date

Adelaide Hills Wine Tour  
Details available closer to the event date


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.

Jacqueline Heffernan, 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

Volunteer Registrar

Volunteer Registrar

South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta