For over 90 years, Lake Macquarie Yacht Club (LMYC) has supported women in sailing & mixed crews are common at LMYC. The first women’s trophy, proudly displayed in the club trophy cabinet, was presented in 1930.

Our club annually includes a Lady Skipper Series (6 races) in our Friday Twilight races & awards the Lady Sailor of the Year trophy at our annual presentation night.

Winner of Lady Skipper Series 2022-2023
Penny Meakins with Club Captain Eleanor Cunningham
LMYC Lady Sailor of the Year 2022-2023
Melissa Frankiewicz with Club Captain Eleanor Cunningham
LMYC Lady Sailor of the Year 2021-2022
Kylie Parker with Rear Commodore Steve Ford & Club Captain Eleanor Cunningham
Winner of the Lady Skipper Series 2020-2021
Lateisha Bower with Commodore Geoff Edman
LMYC Lady Sailor of the Year 2020-2021
Karen Croxon with Commodore Geoff Edman


SheSAILS was an original initiative developed by Jan Howard & Mary Holley at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC). Fittingly, Jan & Mary’s commitment to women’s sailing was acknowledged by AS when their program was adopted nationally.

More information about SheSAILS at NCYC is found here:

Jan Howard & Mary Holley


Australian Sailing – She Sails (Sponsored by Hamilton Island)

The Magenta Project – Women sailing in major international events

Lisa Blair Sails the World

‘Maiden’ – first all female crew to compete in the Whitbread Around the World Yacht Race

Sailing Elliott 6m WMR Gold Final – Australia v Spain Full Replay – London 2012 Olympics

Winter Series 2021 – our first all-female crew
A few of our LMYC Lady Skippers


Lake Macquarie Yacht Club She Sails
Tri-Series Regatta – Race 1 2024

The first race in the Lake Macquarie combined clubs SheSails series was held on Sunday 14th January hosted by Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. We had representatives from all clubs on the lake plus NCYC and RANSA.

It was a great day on the water with 18 yachts competing in 2 Divisions. There were 15 boats with more than 50% women crewing, with 2 boats having all women crews and a number of others having an owner’s representative on board. A total of 70 women competed, a very impressive number.

The race was sailed under overcast skies with a gentle south easterly breeze providing some challenging racing conditions. After race lunch and get together provided a great opportunity for networking and swapping stories. Overall, the day was an outstanding success.

Results can be found in this link:

We look forward to Race 2 to be held on 18th February at Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto and Race 3 on 3rd March at Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club.

Article Credit – Antonia Patterson
Photo Credit: Marg’s Yacht Photos

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club She Sails
Tri-Series Regatta

On Sunday the 15th of January 2023, LMYC hosted the first race of the SheSails Tri-Series Regatta. It was a fabulous day for sailing and with more than 6 all-women crew.

First place – ‘Excessive’, Skippered by Antonia Patterson
Second place – ‘The Shed’, Skippered by Kylie Parker
Third place – ‘Flying Colours’, Skippered by Susan Browne

Thank you to all the participants and sponsors for such a great event.

Race 2 of the SheSails Tri-Series Regatta will take place on Sunday the 12th of February 2023 at Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto.

The Final Race will be on Sunday 12th March 2023 at Wangi Amateur Sailing Club.