Record Entry for The Dubarry Women’s Open Keelboat Championships!

The Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championships (WOKC) saw a record entry this year with 17 boats and over 150 competitors racing divided into two IRC Classes. 

The Dubarry Women's Open Keelboat Championships (WOKC) saw a record entry this year with 17 boats and over 150 competitors racing divided into two IRC Classes. The event over the weekend experienced light winds and very strong tides, challenging both the fleet and race committee!

Both days saw a sub 08 KT NE wind that became very fickle and eventually decayed to a weak S to SW breeze. Conditions were very tricky challenging both the tactical and simple boat speed skills of the crews as the Hamble River Sailing Club Race Committee did a fantastic job to squeeze in the 5 races.

Runners up in the most improved crew was awarded to Girls for Sail who were working with The Magenta Project’s Sara Hastrieter on the second day of racing while Two Franks who finished 4th overall won the most improved.

The Magenta Project supported the WOKC event by providing coaching opportunities during the event; this was extended to pre-event coaching on the Friday due to the large number of requests for coaching slots. 

This is the first Women’s regatta that The Magenta Project has partnered with and it was fantastic to see such positive feedback and uptake of the coaching opportunities. The Project is scheduled to offer similar support to the upcoming Women’s Keelboat Regatta in the USA and possibly Australia, so it was a great pilot scheme, which will be refined and enhanced for future events.  The Project will most definitely collaborate with the WOKC event in the future to continue to build on the mission of advancing women in professional sailing and expand the network of aspiring females in the sport.

Jen Smyth, event organiser, 'Big thank you to the The Magenta Project for supporting the WOKC this year by providing the opportunities for different teams to work on a multitude of areas and delivering an inspiring talk on the Friday evening. It has been great to provide this opportunity to competitors and we welcome any feedback on how to develop this event in the future.

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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.