Changes in the wind

Athena is gearing up for an exciting summer of sailing. We are delighted to announce that Jo Breen, fresh from her ocean racing successes, will take charge of Athena.

Stewart Gray has reluctantly handed over the reins to concentrate on his ever-expanding North Sails business. Stew’s experience and dedication has seen new levels of boat handling and tactics embedded in the Athena crews. He has also grown the schools program to meet the growing demand from young women sailors. Thank you Stew!

Jo sailed with Athena before she turned her attention to ocean racing. Now she is back on deck at DSS with a passion to see more girls on the water matching it with the best of the SB20 fleet.

Jo recently returned to Hobart after competing in the 5,500NM double handed Melbourne to Osaka Race in her S&S 34 Morning Star. She, and crew Pete Brooks finished 2nd in this huge event, after 39 days at sea. Jo has over 50,000NMs of experience and is a qualified Australian Sailing Instructor, RYA Instructor, and teaches the MAST Motorboat licence courses.

Essence and Power ready to compete

This season Power of Athena is being run by St Michael’s Collegiate School. The school has 15 sailing students from grade 6 – 12 who are rapidly improving and gaining confidence out on the water. Stay tuned for more news from Collegiate in the next newsletter.

Essence of Athena is sailed by the crew of Anna Reid who is the helm, Laura Cooper, Meg Goodfellow and Emily Nicholson. Even though the team is overall a young one they certainly don’t lack in sailing experience!

Anna has been sailing since the age of 6. She has previously sailed a cadet where she attended 3 Nationals, and is also currently sailing a 29er. Anna was part of the Friends School sailing team that took out the Women’s Division in the State, National, and Interdominion Teams Recessing events last year. Recently Anna was also part of The Friends School Match Racing team who won the Nationals and also a crew in the Open match racing that came 5th..

Laura has been sailing for 8 years. Laura previously sailed an opti and is currently in the cadet class where she has been lucky enough to have attended 3 cadet World Championships. She was also a crew member of the Fahan School sailing team who won the Women’s Team Racing at the States and Nationals this year.

Meg started sailing at the age of 7 in a sabot out of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Once she finished sailing a sabot she took a break for a few years. Being a crew member of the Fahan School Sailing Team has given her the opportunity to attend multiple National and Interdominions events in places around Australia and New Zealand. Meg was also a member of the Fahan Team that won the women’s team sailing division at the states and nationals. She previously sailed an international cadet for a season and is now going into her third season in an SB20.

Emily has been sailing for 4 year. Emily is currently sailing in the cadet class where she has attended a Nationals. She was also member of the Fahan Sailing team that won the women’s division at the team sailing nationals this year. Being a member of this team has given her the opportunity to attend 3 nationals and 2 Interdominions.

The team’s goals for this coming season in the SB is to improve their skills and learn as much as possible while just out and having some fun. Laura’s personal goal is wanting to beat her dad who also sails an SB20!

Athena Teams up with the Derwent Sailing Squadron

Athena Sailing is excited to be working with the Derwent Sailing Squadron to run Australian Sailing Keelboat Courses for women. Our first course is the Start Crewing Course, which is aimed at complete beginners. See the flyer below for more details! Next year we will be offering Start Helming Courses, and working out way up to Sailing with Spinnaker Courses! This is a great opportunity for women who have never sailed before, or want to gain more confidence, to learn in a non-competitive environment. We restrict our group sizes to 3 participants to ensure everyone gets the individualised attention they need to succeed. For more information about upcoming courses, contact Jo Breen at

Athena featured in the international Sistership Magazine

Women who sail love supporting other women who sail! The international online women’s sailing magazine Sistership is going to be doing a feature on Athena Sailing later on this year. Women’s sailing her in Hobart has become so much more prominent through Athena Sailing, with more women than ever getting involved with the sport. We are excited to keep building this up, and utilise the amazing resources we have through the program. The article will help us promote the program and encourage other clubs around the world to create women’s sailing programs in the future! Check out more about Sistership Magazine at

Sailing Opportunities

The weather is getting warmer, and the sailing season is now in full swing! If you are looking for a yacht to race on for Twilights through to Offshore Races, or want to get on one of our fast and fun SB20’s get in touch ASAP! There are always opportunities available, all you need to do is ask.