“It’s Crucial to Keep Competing” – Libby Greenhalgh
Libby Greenhalgh Flies the Flag for The Magenta Project at The Atlantic Cup
It is the first time an all-female team have competed in The Atlantic Cup, a race described as America’s Class 40 Grand Prix!
There is less than a week to go to The Atlantic Cup, a race described as America’s Class 40 Grand Prix.
Britain’s Libby Greenhalgh is linking up with Canada’s Liz Shaw to compete in the first leg, 648nm from Charleston to New York onboard Oakcliff 118.
Twelve yachts representing 5 countries will be on the start line and Libby and Liz are the first all-female team to take part.
“It will be challenging to be racing short-handed in a demanding off-shore race against some of the top sailors in the world,” says Libby.
Libby, an accomplished Volvo Ocean Race sailor; two-time British Olympic Team meteorologist; a 1720 Class European and National Champion, with a total of three transatlantics under her belt is now one of the leading forces behind The Magenta Project.
The Magenta Project, is a non-profit organization that aims to advance women in professional sailing.
“Our goal is to change a culture,” says Libby. “We want to increase the percentage of professional female sailors from less than 3% to 10% by 2020.”
“One of the ways to do this is to showcase what can and is being achieved – both to provide role-models and to influence organisations to develop opportunities for women. That’s why it is crucial to keep competing: Yes, to improve performance; yes, to keep pushing each other – but also to show sponsors and race organisers the value of women.
“As you progress towards the pinnacle events in sailing: The America’s Cup and The Volvo Ocean Race and even the Big Boat Series it becomes more and more expensive to take part. We need sponsors to view women as part of the norm – not a novelty.”
Libby, who was navigator for Team SCA on the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race,
was invited to join Oakcliff 118 by Oakcliff Sailing as part of their mission to pair top up-and-coming sailors with veteran offshore sailors.
“I’m delighted to be teamed up with Liz Shaw who finished onboard the Class 40 in the 2015 double-handed SORC Pineapple Cup and third in the 2015 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships,” says Libby.
“More than this, I’m extremely pleased to be racing as part of the Oakcliff Sailing team. It is an organization that has goals that resonate with our own.”
Oakcliff Sailing is a non-profit coaching and training centre for sailors who have progressed beyond traditional coaching methods.
The Magenta Project will be represented at most of the top sailing events this summer including the World Match Racing Tour, La Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro and Cowes Week.
For more information about The Magenta Project or to arrange an interview with Libby Greenhalgh please get in touch with us:
Liz George: +44 (0) 7866 364966
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The Magenta Project – Advancing Women in Professional Sailing
The Magenta Project has been set up with the aim of advancing women in the sport of professional sailing.
The goal is to increase the percentage of professional female sailors competing in premier events from less than 3% today to more than 10% by 2020. It also aims to champion diversity within the on-shore support teams.
By growing a global network of female athletes committed to performing at the highest level of sailing; by promoting them as role models within the industry and showcasing differing pathways that enable women to achieve in sailing, The Magenta Project will seek to effect a change in culture and to influence and support organisations across the globe to develop greater opportunities for women.
The Project is currently seeking charitable status and in the long term plans to set up The Magenta Academy to coach and mentor, as well as help fund, up-and-coming female sailors and provide apprenticeship opportunities within associated trades.
Ambassadors are currently representing the Project around the globe and are actively racing at the majority of professional sailing circuits. These ambassadors include Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medallists, Volvo Ocean Race sailors, as well as those competing in The Atlantic Cup, La Figaro and the GC32 Circuit.
The Magenta Project has a number of associated sailing campaigns including:
Team Magenta 32, competing in the 2016 World Match Racing Tour; and Magenta 65 campaigning for a team to compete in the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race.
The Magenta Project: Creating Role Models
Team Magenta 32
America’s Sally Barkow is the first female World Match Race Tour card-holder. She is currently heading up Team Magenta 32 competing on the 2016 circuit. The World Match Racing Tour is the longest running, global, professional sailing series. This is the first time in its 22-year-history that a tour card has been awarded to a female skipper.
The World Match Racing Tour is one of the key events within the full-time professional sailing circuit and is often seen as a stepping stone to the pinnacle events such as The America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.
This is the first year that the World Match Racing Tour is being staged in high-speed M32 catamarans.
Team Magenta 65 (Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 Campaign)
Headed up by Libby Greenhalgh and Lan O’Connor.
Team Magenta 65 is currently seeking sponsorship for an all-female entry into the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18.
This follows on from the success of Team SCA, which exceeded all ROI expectations and achieved an estimated €126 million in multiplatform exposure.
The Magenta Project Ambassadors include:
New Zealand Olympic Gold Medallist and 470 Class World Champion, Jo Aleh. Chinese Olympic Gold Medalist, Xu Lijia (Lily). British Gold Medal Paralympic sailor, Helena Lucas.Brazilian professional sailor, Martine Grael. (All due to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.)
Former New Zealand Olympic and offshore sailor, Sharon Ferris, who is now the first female competing on the GC32 circuit. Volvo Ocean Race sailor and current Swiss Figaro sailor, Justine Mettraux.
The Magenta Project – Showcasing Pathways
In addition to the World Match Racing Tour, The Magenta Project will be represented at major sailing events throughout the Summer.
As well as competing, team members will be available to provide briefings, speaking and interview opportunities. In some cases, there may be the opportunity to join them onboard.
Initial dates include:
May 9th– 14th: World Match Racing Tour, Copenhagen: Team Magenta 32
May 22nd– May 29thLe Havre Allmer Cup, Le Havre – TMP Figaro
May 23rd– June 4th: The Atlantic Cup – Libby Greenhalgh
May 30th– June 4th: World Match Racing Tour, Newport: Team Magenta 32
June 4th– 5th: The Women’s Open Keelboat Championships – TMP UK
June 18th: Round Ireland Race – Libby Greenhalgh
June 19th: La Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro, Deauville, France – TMP Figaro
July 4th– 10th: World Match Racing Tour, Sweden: Team Magenta 32
August 6th– 13th: Cowes Week - TMP UK
August: International Womens Keel Boat Championships (USA) – Sally Barkow
Please get in touch with us, for interview opportunities or to request a place onboard. We will be updating this schedule on a regular basis.
The Magenta Project – Where It Started
The Magenta Project has been set up by the 13 members of Team SCA: This was the first all-female team in twelve years to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race.
The sailing team was so overwhelmed by the support they were given during the race that they feel a strong sense of obligation to their fans to not only continue as role-models themselves but to help other young women to realize their own ambitions within the world of professionals sailing; continuing the momentum that was created through SCA’s opportunity.
It has evolved into a global campaign backed by top sailors and organisations worldwide.