The World Match Race Tour 2017 season kicks off with it’s first event in Freemantle, Australia in March, one year on from when Sally Barkow and her all-female crew on Team Magenta 32 made their debut on the Tour on those same waters.

Sally returns to the Tour with the same vision in mind, to be the best they can, however this time, she’ll be tackling the Tour with a revised plan of attack building off the experience gained from last season. “This season we will change the focus, with more emphasis on match-race training and maintaining the same intensity from the start right through to the end of the season.” Commented Sally feeling that their performance suffered towards the end of the 2016 season.

Sally is happy to announce that she’ll start next season with the same core team, but will be looking to complement the crew with aspiring high performance sailors, who can bring their own expertise to the team. Sally intends to run training clinics in the lead up to next season which runs hand in hand with the goals of The Magenta Project, generating a positive impact of women in the sport of sailing and creating opportunities for women to compete at the highest level of the sport and by being in the WMRT spotlight, showcasing that they can race against the best of the best.

Fleet Captain of the Long Beach Yacht Club, Camille Daniels commented following the 2016 WMRT event “We are pleased to recognize and support the Magenta Project goals of promoting and mentoring female sailors and growing the profile of women sailors in high level sailing.  I personally cannot say enough about the 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.”

One critical element will be for the team to secure a commercial partner to enable the team to focus purely on training, racing and performance.

6th July 2016. World Match Racing Tour, Marstrand, Sweden. © Ian Roman/WMRT

6th July 2016. World Match Racing Tour, Marstrand, Sweden. © Ian Roman/WMRT

Founded in 1999, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the world’s leading professional sailing series. It features world class sailors and Olympic champions, with tour events staged around the globe. Each stage, or World Championship event, now takes place in identically supplied one-design M32 high-performance catamarans to place the focus on teamwork and skill. The nature of sport, with close to shore action, intense tactical skills and live analysis, offers commercial partners an excellent opportunity to present themselves positively to a global audience.

The Magenta Project was set up following the momentum of Team SCA’s Volvo Ocean Race campaign. It aims to advance women in the sport of professional sailing by providing pathways and raising the visibility of those already competing. In the short term providing inspiration and encouragement to those who are trying to establish themselves in the high performance sailing world with a long-term ambition to see the percentage of professional female sailors competing in premier events increase from 3% to more than 10% by 2020.

Click to watch the whole interview with Sally Barkow here. 

For Full WMRT News Release click here.

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