INSPIRE | CONNECT | EMPOWER Welcome to Sailing Women’s Network podcast series “WOMEN IN SAILING”. I'm Deborah Wallace and I’ll be share with you a series of podcasts featuring women from all aspects of the sailing world. It’s a series with you in mind during this time of isolation, and beyond. I hope you are able to take something away for each and every conversation that we have. Something that INSPIRES you to take the next step in your sailing, when we "do" get back on the water. Something that connects and resonates with you And something that will empower and motivate you to take action.
We are talking with Carolijn Brouwer in this episode of Women In Sailing. I reached out to Carolijn during COVID early June and found her enjoying her downtime with her family on the Central Coast in NSW
Carolijn has competed in 3 Olympic Games and was the only female skipper in the Tornado catamaran class at Beijing Olympics 2008.
She has participated in 3x Volvo Ocean Race’s and was a part of the SCA All Women’s Team 2014/2015 which won the 8thleg Portugal to France.
Then in 2016-2017, she was a part of the Dongfeng team and this time the overall winner of the Volvo Ocean Race. With one of the closest race finishes in the history of the race.
She holds multiple world and European titles in the Laser Radial & Europe Dinghy Class. And has won a World silver medal in the Tornado catamaran championships in 2007, as well as being the only women in the fleet.
She has been the recipient of 2 ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards the first in 1998 (Olympic Sailing) and again 20 years later in 2018 (Volvo Ocean Race win with DFRT)
In 2018 Carolijn was a part of Stacey Jackson’s Team Ocean Respect on Wild Oats X and completed in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The first “Professional Women’s team” in the history of the race.
She shares with us her sailing adventures from growing up in Brazil to the Olympics, finding herself racing in the Volvos Ocean Race. How making lifelong friendships saw her competing in the Sydney Hobart yacht race.
It’s clear that this lady loves a sailing challenge, is extremely competitive and passionate about sailing.
She has “ticked a lot of boxes and there are still more to do”.
It’s my pleasure to welcome Caolijn Brouwer.
Julie Hodder has been an Australian Yachtswoman for over 50 years and has competed competitively in most major Australian events, including 13 Sydney Hobart races as navigator. As well as owning her own boats, she has competed and been on the winning team in many other international events around the world, including Australia, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. She started sailing dinghies in her younger years, then progressed to racing JOGs offshore with her dad and brother David Thomas in her teens, out of Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. After going to University in Sydney she started sailing the JOG boat (Outlaw) with Ian Thomas winning lots of JOG races including the National JOG Championships. Her first serious long offshore racing (and first Hobart) was on Diamond Cutter out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club with Alan Sweeney in the late 1970s. She progressed from the runners to navigation as that was her passion. There were not a lot of females sailing in those days and Alan and crew were very supportive after their initial doubts about females sailing offshore! She has enjoyed racing and navigation competitively on well-known yachts such as Apocalypse (Barclay Wade), Wild Oats (now Wild Rose) & Hauspie (Roger Hickman), Condor (Bob Bell), Heaven Can Wait (Warren Johns), Austmark (Gunther Schmidt-Lindner), Zen & Fujin (Gordon Ketelbey), Toy Box (Ian Box), Hollywood Boulevard (Ray Roberts), Margaret Rintoul (syndicate), Pla Loma & Exile (Rob Reynolds), and recently on About Time (Julian Farren-Price) in the 2019 Hobart Race. Whilst she does not currently own a yacht, for many years she previously owned yachts with Peter Sorensen and (shock jock) Stan Zemanek, including the Farr 50, Morning Mist (or Foxtel Titan Ford) in the 1998 Hobart, and the Volvo 60 Magnavox. She is very grateful for all the support of all these owners and great tacticians such as Bob Frazer, Jamie Wilmot and Steve McConaghy have provided. She is passionate about not only ocean racing, but also in developing the sport of sailing. As an enthusiastic member of both MHYC since 1977 and a 20+ members of the CYCA, she has taken on various roles and responsibilities including the distinction of being the first female Commodore of Middle Harbour Yacht Club (2011 – 2013) and is now a Life Member of MHYC. She is chairperson of the Frank Likely Trust supporting youth sailing at MHYC and was the volunteer chairperson of the 2012 Access Worlds in April 2012. The special feature of this regatta was that whilst 80 % of the sailors had some form of disability, the competition was open to all. There were over 120 competitors from 9 different nations and 200+ volunteers needed to run the regatta. Julie describes this period in her life as one of the most enjoyable and rewarding, ever. At age 65, she says that sailing must be the best sport in the world. You can take it up cruising non-competitively, or racing competitively. Sailing is a team sport that you can do and any age, any gender and any ability. You don’t need a lot of money, especially if you want to crew. And when you are sitting on that rail in 20+ knots, it is very often hard to tell what age, what gender and how well off the person sitting next to you is.
Adrienne has combined a career in international pro yacht racing with her work as a lawyer and marine consultant at AGAR CAHALAN MARITIME. Adrienne sailed her first Sydney Hobart Race in 1984, started sailing as a pro sailor in 1988 on 18 foot skiffs, was admitted to practice law in 1991and raced her first Whitbread as navigator 1993-1994. Adrienne is best known for her extensive and successful career in yacht racing as a navigator from 1988 to date including 18 foot skiffs, 27 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races (6 line honors, 2 times overall winner and 2018 most recent 3rd overall), 3 circumnavigations, Whitbread and Volvo round the world races, 5 multihull world speed sailing records including the 24 hour record and breaking the Round the World Record with Steve Fossett on the catamaran Cheyenne in 2004 (58 days). She was nominated for Female world sailor of the year 4 times in 1998,2002,2003 & 2004.
Over the years Adrienne has practiced law in the area of commercial law specialising in maritime law and marine insurance engaged by clients (from government, shipping companies and insurers and high net worth individuals to small business and other organisations) to advise and act for them in litigation, incident response, commercial transactions and compliance. Adrienne completed post graduate studies in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading UK in 2003 and also works as a weather, climate and navigation consultant for marine, litigation and corporate advisory matters. Adrienne was on Council, a member of the International Regulations Committee and Oceanic and Offshore Committee at World Sailing from 2008-2016 and on the Board of Australian Sailing from 2004-2010.
This episode of Women In Sailing I talk to Liz Wardley about her life journey so far. Her first experiences with Sailing in Papua New Guinea, leaving School at the age of 16 to pursue her sailing career. We touch on her work life in Australian & New Zealand before she heads off overseas and found herself embarking on her first Volvo Ocean Race. She has now competed in two Volvo Ocean Races and has, and will, continue to sail in some wonderful places around the world professionally. More recently Liz joined Maiden on her round the world tour and ending up in the Caribbean. The Maiden Factor is all about Eduction. “Empower A Girl, Change the World”. More information can be found on their website. www.themaidenfactor.org Leaving the Caribbean earlier this year, as the boarders closed due to the Covid19 pandemic, Liz made her way home to Australia. She returned to Queensland to enjoy well earned RR and is spending her time Kite surfing, training and stay in touch with contacts from around the world. Setting her eyes on a forth round the world race in the recently renamed race “the Ocean Race”. www.theoceanrace.com I like to welcome Liz Wardley
Our next Guest in the Women in Sailing Podcast series has skippered 3 of her 13 Sydney to Hobart Races, she has skippered 2 round the world Clipper Races winning a division and then overall Line honors. Participated in 10 Sydney to Gold Coast races and much more.
I talk to Wendy Tuck about her recent time as skippering on Maiden from Sri Lanka to LA via Sydney.
She also shares with us her experience and achievements, as skipper, on the Clippers around the world race. And we touch on her Sydney to Hobart races and the Jane Tate Trophy.
Wendy Started sailing with her ex husband in her 20’s, they bought a boat and lived in Spain for a number of years, after taking a break and returning to Sydney she discovered sailing again, and so began the next leg of her sailing career.
She got her first commercial ticket in 2002 and is a RYA Yacht master instructor and examiner. Holding a Master 5, Med 3 ticket. She is studying MED 2 with a goal of studying Master 4, to enable her to driving bigger boats hopefully on the harbour.
I’d like to welcome Wendy Tuck
In this Women In Sailing Podcast I have the pleasure of talking to Karyn Gojnich the Club Captain from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.
Karyn has sailed all her life and started out at the Lane Cove 12 ft Sailing Skiff Club. She has sailed Sabots, flying 11st, Cherubs, 18ft skiffs, keelboats and windsurfers to name a few.
She has represented Australia at 3 Olympic games, competed in multiple world, European and National Championships.
And it doesn’t stop there.
In addition to the comprehensive Sailing Program at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Karyn and the team are continually investing in growing female participation in Sailing. Through programs such as the Ladies of the Sea Wednesday Coaching Sessions, Tuesday Twilights Women's Helm Racing and the LOTS Coaching Regatta.
Karyn is still an active sailor, boat owner, giving coach, and passionate advocate for the sport of sailing.
We chat with Karyn about her sailing life, the games, sailing experiences and influences over the years.
I'm very excited to talk with our first Women in Sailing podcast guest Lisa Darmanin
Lisa will compete with teammate Jason Waterhouse on the foiling Nacra17’s at the Tokyo Olympics.
After sailing together for a number of years the team of Lisa and Jason got their first taste of gold at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Braiel 2009.
Then in 2016 they made their Olympic debut in RIO and proudly bring home the silver.
Lisa was also named the Australian Female sailor for both 2015 and 2016.
And these are just a few of her achievements during sailing career.
The Covid19 virus has changed everything for everyone including our Olympians, and they now have 12 months to go until the Tokyo games.
I talk with Lisa about various aspects of her sailing career, past experience, challenges and the lead up
Tokyo Olympics next year.