The Magenta Project discusses the latest news of the M32 Series from Miami and opportunities for women in the Volvo Ocean Race under new rules for mixed teams
The Sailing Show is now the Official Podcast of The Magenta Project as Abby Ehler presents the first episode of the series from the Volvo Ocean Race boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal. Abby talks to Olympian and former Team SCA member for the 2014-5 Volvo Ocean Race Annie Lush (GBR) and New Zealand National Champion, a former World Champion, and Olympic gold medallist. Jo Aleh (NZL) who are sailing the M32 in Miami, USA. They discuss the M32 Series, the Team Magenta training programs and the opportunities for women to race as part of mixed teams under new rules for the Volvo Ocean Race. To learn more about The Magenta Project visit www.themagentaproject.org and follow on Twitter @TheMagentaProj.
The Magenta Project which was established following Team SCA and the 2014-5 Volvo Ocean Race. The Magenta Project aims to advance women in the sport of professional sailing, and promote inclusion, diversity and positive female role models in society at large.
Podcast length: 14:38
Annie explains the coaching opportunities for girls with The Magenta Project: “Foiling is the big new thing that everyone is into and I think really important that the girls are getting out there and learning how to do that, that seems to be the future so we have got a partnership with Foiling Week which is the 5th-9th of July in Lake Garda and they’ve given up a day which will be a Magenta Day specifically targeted at making sure that girls can get out on the specific types of foiling boats and have a go and learn in a sort of coached environment. And there will be a few more of those as the year goes on and all being well we’ll continue working with them and hopefully keep providing some opportunities throughout the foiling week format. Of course it’s not all about high performance catamarans, we’ve been lent an ‘actual’ for this season and we’ve just had our first weekend taking out young academy girls from the UK in the ‘actual’s’ and we hope to grow that program through the summer. We’ve got quite a lot of events lined up and opportunities for girls to come in and not only race with us on the water but also be in the coach boat and also help on the shore side so a great platform again to get to learn a small keel boat with a complicate rig and get to sail with all different girls.”