The Magenta Project makes a splash in France

The Magenta Project Launches in France with Support from the Five Figarists!

This year, La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro single-handed, offshore race sees five female sailors competing.

It’s the first time in the history of the race that so many women are taking part and The Magenta Project is delighted that they will be acting as ambassadors to our mission of advancing women in the sport of professional sailing.

Sam Davies commented: “This marks a really positive shift in diversity in the fleet of Le Figaro. These women are top-level sailors and are an inspiration to many.

This is the second event of the Offshore Elite Solo Championships held in the Figaro Beneteau class. The event starts in Deauville, France on 19thJuly and consists of 4 legs including a stop in Cowes, UK, before finishing in La Rochelle.

The female competitors from varying nationalities are Justine Mettraux, Cecile Laguette, Mary Rook, Sophie Faguet and Claire Pruvot and have been nicknamed the Figarists.

Earlier today (June 17th) in Deauville’s Yacht Club The Magenta Project held a press conference to officially launch The Magenta Project in France and to profile the five Figarists, this was hosted by Sam Davies with the assistance of Anthony Marchand, Figaro competitor and former Volvo Ocean Race Sailor.

Sam Davies said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to launch The Magenta Project in France – I’m really keen to break through the language and culture barriers and bring the talent and experience here (in France) to our network.”

“Their participation in La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro proves that there are talented professional female sailors competing in the elite competitions. This is what The Magenta Project is all about – supporting, encouraging and providing pathways for women like these Figarists.”

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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.

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This is the first time in the history of La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro that five women have taken part.
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“This is a fantastic opportunity to launch The Magenta Project in France – I’m really keen to break through the language and culture barriers and bring the talent and experience here (in France) to our network.” “Their participation in La Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro proves that there are talented professional female sailors competing in the elite competitions. This is what The Magenta Project is all about – supporting, encouraging and providing pathways for women like these Figarists.”
Sam Davies - The Magenta Project
“This marks a really positive shift in diversity in the fleet of Le Figaro. These women are top-level sailors and are an inspiration to many.
Sam Davies - The Magenta Project