The Magenta Project and RYA Cymru Wales ‘Inspiring Generations, Inspiring Success’ event took place on June 7th at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club and what a fantastic event we had!

In the morning the next generations of female racers, along with guests of the Magenta Project and RYA Cymru wales, had the opportunity to experience sailing on the high performance Volvo Ocean Race M32 catamarans in the Bay

This was followed by a packed programme of talks from Olympians and Paralympians, Volvo Ocean Racers, the Maiden Factor skipper, RYA Cymru Wales and the Magenta project

First up were Olympic gold medallist Heather Stanning, sailing Paralympic bronze medallist Alexandra Rickham and Winter Paralympics gold medallist Jenn Kehoe. They talked about their pathways to the Olympics and Paralympics; what helped them get to the top of their sport and be the best; the importance of mental stamina and resilience; tips on dealing with pressure and nerves; teamwork and communication and why you should take and make the most of every opportunity presented to you on your pathway

Highlights video of the Olympic and Paralympic Speakers (18 minutes)

They were followed by Volvo Ocean Race sailors Stacey Jackson of Vestas !!th Hour Racing team, along with Francesca Clapcich and Bianca Cook from Turn The Tide on Plastic. They explained their very different pathways to becoming a crew member in the Volvo Ocean Race and answered questions from the audience on what it’s like to be part of the round the world event; the best and worst parts and that dreaded question ‘what next?’

Highlights video of the Volvo Ocean Racers (23 minutes)

The final session was with Susan Glenny, the new skipper of the Maiden Factor, Ruth Iliffe, National Development Officer RYA Cymru Wales and Josie Gliddon, Director of the Magenta Project

Highlights video of the Maiden Factor, RYA Cymru Wales and the Magenta Project Speakers  (23 minutes)

Susan talked about having been inspired by sailing legend Tracy Edwards, her pathway into sailing and owning a race boat, as well as the amazing opportunities that will be available to sail with the Maiden Factor on its round the world tour raising money for girls’ education

Ruth Iliffe talked about the work they are doing through the recent initiatives in Welsh sailing such as All Afloat and Only Girls Afloat to get more women and girls out sailing, and challenged everyone to go back to their own clubs and organisations to keep building the number of women and girls out on the water and feeding into the sailing pathway to the top of the sport

Finally Magenta Project Director Josie Gliddon talked about the work we are doing in collaboration with a range of different individuals and organisational partners to bring about changes within sailing and accelerate women to the top of sailing, including our Magenta Sailing Clinics, Magenta Days and Team Magenta. She encouraged everyone to support our work, lend us their boats and help us to bring about lasting change

Our thanks to everyone who helped us put on the event including our volunteers, RYA Cymru Wales, Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, the Volvo Ocean Race and the M32 skippers

Photo credit:  © Caron Saul/The Magenta Project

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