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Pathways for Women in the America’s Cup

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Red Bull - Land Rover BAR [Ricardo Pinto]

Are there enough pathways into the America’s Cup for women and do they hold key roles on teams?

The question was raised recently: ‘where are all the women’ in the prestigious America’s Cup and in fact there are a number of women holding key roles within America’s Cup teams and the America’s Cup Event Authority itself.  Abby Ehler and other women from The Magenta Project are in Bermuda for the race and discuss the roles of women within the Cup, highlighting their roles and the pathways into the pinnacle of sailing. Abby is joined by:

Libby Greenhalgh – Professional Navigator and Forecaster, Director of The Magenta Project.

Ceci Wollman, a resident of Bermuda and part of Team BDA which is competing in this year’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (RBYAC). Ceci, 19, made history when she became the island’s youngest sailor to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Jessica Sweeney is Chief Meteorologist at Landrover BAR  and worked as the onshore navigation support with CAMPER Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race, as well as Emirates Team New Zealand in the 34th America’s Cup. Since that 34th Cup, Jess has been modelling tropical cyclones in Australia.

Elvira Llabres, is a computer engineer on the Performance Team at Softbank Team Japan who is working in her 4th America’s Cup, having previously worked for Oracle Team USA and Artemis Racing.

Podcast length: 14’42”

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