Sharon Ferris-Choat to skipper the first all female Extreme Sailing Series team in Lisbon
The first all-female GC32 team, Thalassa Magenta Racing in partnership with the Magenta Project will make its debut in the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Lisbon from October 6-9, 2016. The Portuguese capital will, for the first time, host the penultimate race of the global Stadium Racing tour in the 2016 season.
The rookie team are sure to attract plenty of attention with a crew roster that includes some of the world’s most successful female sailors. The new team will race with six crew members, as opposed to five on the all-male boats, and the Canadian-flagged catamaran will be skippered by New Zealand Olympian Sharon Ferris-Choat.
The race crew will be selected from a star-studded line-up including ocean racers Dee Caffari (GBR), Elodie Mettraux (SUI) and Abby Ehler (GBR); Olympians Sally Barkow (USA), Annie Lush (GBR) and Gemma Jones (NZL); Olympic Silver medalist Annemieke Bes (NED), Nacra 17 World Silver medallist Hannah Diamond (GBR) and 420 World and European champion Annabel Vose (GBR).
Extreme Sailing is the Formula One of Sailing
Thalassa Magenta Racing in partnership with The Magenta Project aims to give female sailors opportunities and pathways to compete at the highest performance levels of the sport. The teams’ entry into the Lisbon Act is part of a long-term ambition to create an all-female crew capable of being competitive in the Extreme Sailing Series.
Skipper Sharon Ferris-Choat – the only women currently racing on board a GC32 – is delighted to be racing in the Extreme Sailing Series: “To be part of the Extreme Sailing Series has been a goal of mine for ten years,” she explained.
“It is the Formula One of sailing. With successful corporate exposure and VIP hosting, it offers high return to team partners and is very exciting sailing for the sailors. It’s a great balance and we are pleased to announce Marinepool as our sponsor for Lisbon.
“We aim to put a competitive team together for the 2017 Series and Lisbon is the start of the adventure,” she added. To be the first all-female crew in the Extreme Sailing Series is a proud moment for all the girls in our GC32 Squad. We have so many girls wanting to compete at an elite level of sailing – there is a absolute need to create this opportunity.”
The participation of Thalassa Magenta Racing at Lisbon follows a GC32 training week earlier in the year for the all-female crew that saw a huge progression in skill and technique for the team.