The last month has been a hive of activities for The Magenta Project.
In America Libby Greenhalgh competed with Elizabeth Shaw in the 2 handed race, The Atlantic Cup. Out of a fleet of 9 they finished on the podium in 3rd place, a fantastic result given the pair had limited short handed sailing and were a new partnership.
Libby will be teaming up with Concise Racing to compete in the Volvo Round Ireland Race starting on June 18th from Wicklow, Ireland. The 704nm race is Ireland’s Premier Offshore Race, and goes clockwise around. More info: http://roundireland.ie/wp/
In Newport, RI, Team Magenta 32 was competing in the 4th event on the World Match Racing Tour, the penultimate event before the big showdown in Marstrand in July. The team have been progressively gaining momentum as they’ve gained experience in the M32 and reacquainted themselves to Match Racing, having been predominantly involved in fleet and offshore racing for the past 3 years. Team Magenta 32 achieved a clean sweep win into the super sixteen group, before unfortunately being beaten by Mattias Rahm and his team Rahm Racing. Whilst in Newport the team were able to get a few young sailors from a local sailing club along to experience the thrill of sailing a high performance M32 in a Pro-Am race, the girls were ‘walking on water’ at the end of their opportunity!
Here is some feedback from LBYC’s Fleet Captain, Camille Daniels: “Sally and Team Magenta 32 are the most recent of the talented all women teams to have competed at Congressional Cup, her predecessors being the JJ Fetter (Isler) and the Betsy Allison teams. What is truly special about Sally is this is the second time she has been at Congressional Cup, this time as the first female WMRT Tour card holder and with an all women team. What an awesome accomplishment at this elite level.
Long Beach Yacht Club is a big supporter of women’s sailing with our signature women’s events, Mayors Cup and the Linda Elias Memorial One Design Regatta and the Sailing Foundation’s Sea Gals program. We are pleased to recognise and support the Magenta Project goals of promoting and mentoring female sailors and growing the profile of women sailors in highest levels of sailing. I personally cannot say enough about the Magenta project goals, particularly as it comes to inspiring young women to pursue their dreams to race around the planet or whatever their goals may be. I wish I had your team role models when I first started sailing. I know with your enthusiasm and drive the project and the team will be a huge success.”
In the UK, The Magenta Project partnered with the Dubarry Womens Open Keelboat Championships held on 4th & 5th June out of Hamble River Sailing Club. A mixed fleet of 17 yachts took part, all with female crews, something that many of the girls don’t often get to do, as they mostly sail with mixed crews. This means there is often little exposure to roles of responsibility and after-guard positions, so it was great to work with some of the teams to help them achieve their goals for the weekend, which mostly resonated around communication, teamwork and performance. The partnership was well received by the competitors and the organisers and is something The Project hopes to replicate with the upcoming US Women’s Keelboat Championship in August and work in progress with a similar event in Australia. Here is some feedback from a team skipper:
“Our crew were captivated by Sara and her experiences (particularly as she has only been sailing for a similar length of time to some of them). In fact, it was a good job that AP was flown for the first race, as I’m not sure I could have torn them away from her any sooner! Her coaching was structured, sound and timely. Where immediate feedback was required, she delivered and she also had a healthy number of post race feedback points each time. The fact that she is part of The
Magenta Project and had been on Team SCA gave her words considerable weight with the crew – I’m not sure that they would have listened quite so intently to other coaches. The reputation and following that Team SCA built up during the Volvo has given each of you almost mythical status. I wholeheartedly recommend that The Magenta Project continue this excellent coaching at other regattas.”
Last weekend in France Dee Caffari lead an all female team from Oman Sail competing in La Normandie Cup. Earlier in the year the same crew competed in the Sail Arabia Tour, so they were continuing to work on their performance this time in European waters.
Staying in France, the second event of the Offshore Elite Solo Championships held in the Figaro Bénéteau class starts in Deauville on 19th June, La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro race consists of 4 legs including stopping in Cowes, UK and finishing in La Rochelle. This is the first time in the history of the single handed Figaro Bénéteau class that there have been five female competitors, so that is a really positive shift in diversity in the fleet which we hope will continue. The five girls from varying nationalities are Justine Mettraux, Cecile Laguette, Mary Rook, Sophie Faguet and Claire Pruvot. Follow here: http://www.lasolitairebompard.com/en/s01_home/s01p01_home.php
Also in Europe, Liz Wardley who is skippering the Volvo 65 ‘Vestas’ for a series of corporate sailing events in collaboration with Volvo Group, has had extremely positive feedback from Volvo’s clients with regards to their experiences on board and being able to share first hand what sailing a V65 is really like.
On the 19th June, Dee Caffari and Libby Greenhalgh will be competing in the Three Peaks Yacht Race, a mix of sailing and running prowess. http://www.threepeaksyachtrace.co.uk
Next week we will be following Carolijn Brouwer as she competes in the A-Class World Championships being held in Medemblik in her home country, The Netherlands. http://acatworlds2016.nl
And next month, Stacey Jackson, having taken up Moth sailing since completing the Volvo Ocean Race, will compete in her first official event, Sail Brisbane to be held on 9th-10th July, she’s aiming to be top girl in the fleet. Lets hope the weather calms down from the current situation on the eastern seaboard of Australia.
Our talks program is going strong, earlier in the year Sophie Ciszek addressed a record 94 girls at “Girlsail 2016” event in Melbourne, the girls were mesmerised by Sophie’s account of the Team SCA Journey. Also coming up in Australia, Stacey Jackson will be the keynote speaker at Yachting South Australia’s, SA Sailing Sisterhood launch, which hopes to inspire and encourage female sailors across the State. Talks have also been held to corporates in the UK and the Marine Industry in the US.
Looking further ahead, plans are being finalised with regards to The Magenta Project teaming up with Cowes Week, in particular Ladies Day on Tuesday 9th August which aims to showcase female achievements in sailing, in order to inspire other women to take part at any level.
More news on GC32’s and M32 training camps coming up!