26 Apr 2021
SheSails makes a splash in Tasmania
Skipper Kirsty Salter, Amelia Catt, Lizzi Rountree and Amy Potter, representing the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, won the inaugural Combined Clubs Women’s Keelboat Regatta in Hobart on Saturday.The regatta was a resounding success with Team Salter taking the crown and calls across the fleet to make it an annual event. Hosted by the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Bellerive Yacht Club, the event was sailed n the RYCT fleet of Elliott 6S yachts.
Although the event drew some of the best female keelboat sailors the unpredictable River Derwent kept Race Officer Ian Ross and the 48 female sailors on their toes with big wind shifts throughout the event, with the heaviest conditions kicking in from the south west at 15+ knots for the Gold and Silver Fleet finals. The intense competition and on-water rivalry was evident off the start line in the Gold Fleet final with tactics and tight racing the order of the day.
Salter credits her win to some early on-water training sessions with husband Julian Salter, and to the strong experience on her team. “The training sessions were important for us and while the weather was challenging, the top sailors were always at the front end of the results,” said Salter. Jodie Sullivan, representing the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club, took out the Silver Fleet final in an almost dead heat from Clare Dabner (Derwent Sailing Squadron).
The event culminated in a social function where Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania, presented the winning teams with their prizes. Guests also heard from female media trailblazer, Tiffany Cherry, and around the world offshore sailor, Jessica Watson.