The Magenta Project is collaborating with Rachel Spearing, a keen Etchells racer and practising Barrister to create a unique opportunity for women to benefit through this sailing and work related skills initiative.

Magenta Etchells- Mentoring and Management Programme (MMMP) is an opportunity for women to share their skills, knowledge and experiences both from a professional sailing angle and from the peak of the business world.

Through the programme, young aspiring sailors will work with sailing professionals to help them develop their sailing skills and with business professionals to mentor them in life and work skills. Aiming to help young sailors build knowledge in sailing and develop transferable skills for the future.

2017 will be a pilot year for the programme, with targeted events utilising Rachel Spearing’s Etchells as a platform to train, learn and race from.

The three main goals for the programme are:

  1. Race Performance – Showcase top level women and provide them with an opportunity to race at high level events as a Magenta Race Team and qualify for the World Championships in September 2017
  2. Mentoring Development – Building the skills of up and coming female Keelboat sailors by providing a platform with support from The Magenta Project through provision of a pool of coaches and sailors rotating through the season. Among the expected sailors and coaches to be involved are, Volvo Ocean Race sailor and Olympian, Annie Lush, 2 x Paralympic medallist Helena Lucas, 2 x Olympic medallist Saskia Clark, MBE, and the only female Olympic level coach in the UK Penny Clark, an Olympian herself.
  3. Mentoring skills – Providing guest places to female business professionals onboard to experience how Magenta Etchells race and train as a team, and in return to work with the team as mentors, speaking and providing opportunities and connections in business.

In addition to the on-water activities in the Etchells the MMMP will host talks during training and racing events and look to continue mentoring opportunities through the winter months with invitations to talks in the city where possible.

Rachel Spearing commented: “I am delighted to provide this opportunity aiding professional women to support each other with reciprocal mentoring and management skills. We hope to encourage more women to retain their professional sailing opportunities, and empower young women to have aspirations both on the water and in the workplace to lead and thrive within their professional life. “

“ This is a fantastic opportunity for all involved. It has been great to work with Rachel already in the collaboration and development of this programme,” said Libby Greenhalgh, Operations Director of The Magenta Project, “it really fits with what we are trying to achieve in terms of Performance and Pathways and is a great way to show how it can be mutually beneficial to all parties involved. So we encourage people to apply.”

The Magenta Etchells is inviting women to apply and get involved with this programme, simply fill out the application profile at the following link,


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