The American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. will host the new International Women’s Keelboat Championship in provided J/70 class sailboats from August 14-20, 2016. Twenty-four teams from around the world will be invited to compete, with the intention of an even ratio of North American and intercontinental teams. Teams representing eight countries have already submitted applications. There will be a $250 discount on the entry fee for applications received by Sunday, May 1st, 2016!! Register here now!
More than ever, this championship will offer women keelboat and offshore sailors high quality racing on the international stage without the need to provide their own boats or sails. To ensure a fast and competitive racing format, additional changes have been made to speed up the action. The format consists of fleet racing with a twist. The championship features two flights of 12 boats each with teams rotating after every two races. Each team will race an equal number of races against the others. Races will be approximately 15 minutes in duration. Host clubs will ensure quick rotations and on-the-water judging, in addition to an improved viewing experience for spectators.
The Magenta Project will host a clinic led by three-time International Women’s Keelboat Champion, Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, and Olympian, Sally Barkow on Monday 15 August. Barkow will host a presentation on her experience as a competitor on TEAM SCA in the 2015 Volvo Ocean Race that same evening. The Magenta Project aims to increase the participation of women at the highest level of sailing and promote inclusion, diversity and positive female role models in society at large.
Learn more and submit your application to race at the 2016 International Women’s Keelboat Championship. Please contact Liz Walker/ Championships Director @ ph# +1-(401) 682-2951 or email- firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, visit the event website at US Sailing.com.