CYCA Women in Sailing

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  • By Stacey French
  • 21 Dec 2015 15:00:00

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Director, Janey Treleaven hosted an informal Q&A with Victoria Sipajilo, Wendy Tuck and Emma May delving into unchartered waters of what it is like sailing offshore for women.

The Q&A was held in the Sydney Race Village with audience members treated to numerous of tales about sailing offshore.

Victoria Sipajilo (nee Willman) was the skipper of the first all-female crew to sail the Sydney Hobart on Barbarian.

Sipajilo reminisced about gathering an all-female crew and spoke about how the sailing has evolved for the better to be exclusive of all demographics.

“I wanted to do a Sydney Hobart and was told that I would have to be a cook,” Sipajilo said. “And I am not a very good cook so I thought ‘buggar that’ and decided to skipper my own boat.”

Wendy Tuck is currently skippering in the Clipper Round the World Ocean Race and is the first Australian female to skipper in the race.

“I love a challenge and when this opportunity came up I jumped at it,” Tuck said.

“It doesn’t matter what your gender, age or height is, sailing is inclusive of everyone and that is what I love about it.”

Emma May has been a CYCA Youth Sailing Academy representative for six years and competed in her first Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 2014.

“I started sailing when I was eight-years-old,” May said. “I didn’t enjoy it at first but now I don’t know what I’d do without it.

“I sailed in my first Hobart last year on board St Jude and I will be doing it again this year, I really enjoy racing offshore.”

Stacey French - CYCA Media


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