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Magenta Days

To promote more women racing keelboats at club level, the RYA has teamed up with The Magenta Project to deliver tailored coaching sessions at clubs up and down the country. The on and off the water race training days will be run in conjunction with host clubs with an aim to get more female club members on the water racing, more often.

The RYA is looking for clubs who would like to get involved and are able to host a one-off training day at their club. Opportunities are limited, with only five Magenta Days planned for 2019. Participating clubs will be encouraged to develop this initiative locally through ongoing race training and club programmes following the initial training day.


 It is unusual to see gender equality on the race course yet when you talk to female sail boat racers, they love what they do. You ask them why there aren’t more females out on the water and it is often that they lack confidence in their own ability and don’t want to let the crew down. Magenta Day race coaching goes some way to addressing this situation with providing female sailors with a safe learning environment to build confidence and ability.

By learning together, building confidence in your own ability has a domino effect - developing a community feel to do things together. The Magenta Day race coaching gives female sailors the encouragement to take that next step to continue to race within the clubs and classes they are members of and encourage others to do the same.

Objective of session

  • Create an open, inclusive, learning environment where people can 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 club with female member base.

Resources and provisions

The RYA and The Magenta Project will source coaches and liaise with clubs to organise the day’s coaching. Time would be provided on a pro-bono basis.

This is with the following assumptions:

  • Participating clubs will promote the days coaching and organise participants. (Participants pay a nominal fee to encourage attendance).
  • Participants would sail keelboats and these would be provided by the club or participants bring their own boats. They do not need to be the same class however consideration in to speed differential should be considered.
  • 2 RIBS would be provided by the club (with fuel) for coaches. Each RIB would require a driver / assistant (depending on coach) which could be someone wishing to train as a coach themselves.
  • Race marks provided by club.
  • A training room for briefings will be available with ability to present video to participants provided by club.
  • Participants provide own pack lunch however hot drinks and light refreshments before and after sailing should be available.

Training day format

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

Clubs interested in hosting a Magenta Day are encouraged to express their interest here.

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