We are excited and proud at the news that Sally Barkow will lead the first-ever all-female team for the World Match Racing Tour! Sally was originally scheduled to be our keynote speaker for the 2016 Conference. Unfortunately, the Copenhagen races overlay our event and she had to cancel her speech. We wish her huge success on the tour!
Team SCA, the only all-female team in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, has launched The Magenta Project in a bid to continue the legacy created by the team and begin its search to find a commercial partner to see women, once again, compete in the world’s toughest ocean race.
As the race came to a close, Team SCA had sailed into the history books by being the first female team in 25 years to win a leg of the race and securing third position overall in the stadium-style, fast and furious InPort racing.
But perhaps the team’s most profound legacy is the enormous fanbase that grew during the race both online and at stopovers around the world. Team SCA’s ambition to be competitive amongst a male-dominated fleet struck a chord with both women and men. By empowering women to perform at the highest level and with dedication, and by managing the physical and mental challenges throughout the race, they were able to give inspiration to people in many ways.
The Magenta Project’s objective is to continue this legacy by striving to provide a pathway for professional female athletes to compete at the highest level of sport. They want to continue to inspire and challenge stereotypes by performing in the sport’s most elite events, with a goal of seeing women competing in the next Volvo Ocean Race.
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