About The Magenta Project

Our Mission

Accelerating women in sailing and the marine industry by creating pathways, empowering leadership, and driving change.

Values and Goals of Organisation

Accelerating change across the oceans by
  • Leveraging the excitement of sailing to inspire interest in STEM and physical education.
  • Enabling women to acquire the training and skills needed to narrow the gender gap in sailing and the marine industry.
  • Celebrating the accomplishments of women across the globe.

Being part of the Magenta Project means we can accumulate as much power & voice as possible for women’s sports, especially female sailing. So that we can raise the general awareness around the world in order to create more opportunities for women.

Lijia Xu

London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist


In the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, there was only one all-female team in a seven-boat fleet taking on the longest and most grueling endurance event in the sport of sailing. In the early hours of June 11, 2016, Team SCA crossed the finish line first in Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race creating history and sending waves across the sailing world. Ours was the first female team in 25 years to win a leg and secure third position overall in the stadium-style, in-port racing.

What began with our ambition to be competitive at the highest level, resulted in providing inspiration to an enormous base of fans and female sailors across the globe. To continue the legacy, we formed The Magenta Project, a collective of passionate, committed female athletes showcasing sailing as one of the few sports where women can compete directly against men on a level playing field.

Since completing the Volvo Ocean Race, The Magenta Project has lead a growing movement. Our message has been heard by key figures at the top of the sport, resulting in recent rule changes to encourage female participation on the World Match Racing Tour, The Extreme Sailing Series and The Volvo Ocean Race.


Board of Directors

Sally Barkow

Annie Lush

Abby Ehler

Libby Greenhalgh

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