The Magenta Day aims to give female sailors the confidence and encouragement to take that next step and continue to race with clubs and classes, and encourage other females to do the same.
Magenta Day at RNCYC is open to members and non-members. The day is designed to coach and improve the racing skills and confidence of female sailors, rather than instruct beginners on how to sail a boat, so it is suitable for sailors who have at least a basic understanding of racing through to experienced racers, and for experienced sailors who have done little or no racing.
It will also offer opportunities to gain skills in coaching, race management and other areas of the sport. This aims to give more confidence to women wanting to participate in club racing and drive improved opportunities for women in their local club sailing.
The Magenta coaches have a wealth of experience including gold medals and round-the-world races under their belt, so whatever your skill level there will be something to learn!
We will use RS21 keelboats, and there will be a small charge of £10 to cover costs.
The Magenta Project has teamed up with the RYA, the national governing body for sailing in the UK, to help promote more women racing keelboats at club level.
Through tailored coaching sessions at clubs up and down the country, run by RYA qualified Magenta Project coaches, the on and off the water race training days, run in conjunction with host clubs, will aim to get more female club members on the water racing, more often.
Create an open, inclusive, learning environment where women build confidence in their racing skills.
Connect with other like-minded females of all ages throughout the club, building a network and community to continue into the future
Encourage female members to try something new whether they are new to racing, crew position or boat type
Introduce and promote the British Keelboat Academy and encourage team participation in British Keelboat League and other national events
Provide a framework and example of how clubs can instigate and continue race training and coaching in future
Promote clubs' female member base
0800 : Volunteers meet for briefing
0830 : Registration of Magenta Day participants
0845 : Days schedule and safety briefing
0900 : Rig boats with coaching oversight
1000 : Sailing session 1 – focus boat handing round a race course
1230 : Lunch (on the water)
1300 : Sailing session 2 – focus on starting and race ready
1500 : Off the water
1600 : Debrief
1730 : Close and next steps
We also hope to be able to offer all RNCYC members and guests a presentation from our coaches about their sailing experience. More details on this will follow soon.