Apply Now – Multihull Race Crew Opportunity, New Caledonia Groupama
The Magenta project is teaming up with GC32 skipper Sharon Ferris-Choat to offer a fantastic race and offshore crewing opportunity for up to 4 female sailors on Ave Gitana, a 40 foot trimaran in the June 2018 New Caledonian Groupama Race. This opportunity is available to both developing racers and experienced crew.
The race starts on June 17 from Noumea and goes counter clockwise around New Caledonia, an approximate distance of 654 nm, with the race expected to last up to 4 days. If the trade winds are in it will be a classic upwind/downwind race.
This fantastic opportunity has been made possible by the generosity of Antonio Pasquale, owner and skipper of Ave Gitana, who is providing the boat and covering the race entry costs. Antonio aims to provide a platform for female sailors to successfully compete in offshore sailing, recognising that they do not always have the same racing opportunities as male sailors with equivalent experience and skills.
Sharon Ferris-Choat was the Skipper of the GC32 Thalassa Magenta Racing in the Extreme Sailing Series, part of the crew that won the Oryx Quest (non stop around the world in 62 days) and is a Volvo Ocean Race veteran and 2 x Olympian. The boat, Ave Gitana, has just had a complete refit and is in great racing condition. The race course is in a stunning natural environment running alongside reefs (best avoided!) and in a lagoon which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You must be 16 or over and available for a minimum of June 8 to 22. Previous multihull experience is not required. At least one place will be given to a young or inexperienced sailor looking to develop their skills. Applicants with previous race experience as a navigator or boat captain and/or with Sea Survival and First Aid certification are particularly welcome. You must be able to cover your own costs including your flights, accommodation (though this can mainly be on the boat), food and personal racing insurance.
For those able to extend their stay there may also be an opportunity to gain further offshore experience sailing the boat back to Opua, New Zealand after the race, though the timing of the return will be dictated by the weather.
Deadline for applications is 1st May 2018 . Successful applicants will be contacted no later than 8th May.