“We’re incredibly excited and honoured to be awarded a Tour card for the 2016 season. It’s been a dream of ours to race on the World Match Race Tour for over a decade. Now finally, the time is right. We have built a strong international team and after racing around the world, we can’t wait to get back out on the water” comments skipper Sally Barkow, USA.
As a breeding ground for some of sailings most famous names with previous champions including Russel Coutts, Sir Ben Ainslie, James Spithill and Dennis Conner, the World Match Race Tour has attracted applications from across the globe.
The WMRT all-female team is not new to the sport of match racing, with over six World Titles between them as well as Olympic and Volvo Ocean Race successes.
Earlier this year, as part of Team SCA, they sailed into the history books, being the first female team to win a leg of the Volvo Ocean Race in twenty-five years. This round the world race squad has now reformed as The Magenta Project in a bid to continue the momentum created by the team. Taking part in the WMRT is the first step in developing a continuing pathway for women in professional sailing.
“This is an amazing opportunity for women in sailing, and sport in general and a good starting block for The Magenta Project. There are not many sports where women have the chance to compete and perform in the same field as men. During the Volvo Ocean Race we proved that women can and should be seen as serious competitors and we hope to continue this legacy into the World Match Race Tour.” Annie Lush, GBR, Trimmer.
As part of The Magenta Project, the all-female team hopes to inspire others to follow in their path, making an impact further than just the racecourse with involvement in community and charity events alongside competing on the Tour and are currently looking for a commercial partner to support this and their other sailing programmes.