News: Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta

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The “All Female Crew” prize was won by The Lady Caroline, a J/24 from Sligo Yacht Club. The team was helmed by Rachael O’Dwyer.

All the racing was completed on Saturday which saw choppy waters and gusts up to 35 knots in Dublin Bay, making the courses challenging and blustery for the boats. Racing on Day 2 was cancelled due to the weather conditions. Amongst the prizewinners were Louise McKenna who won the “Silver Sailor” prize for helms over 60. The Roy Family Club Perpetual Trophy for the most successful club was won by the Royal St George Yacht Club (Dun Laoghaire). Women have been sailing with and against each other for decades, but this is the first regatta to be held at a national level. This was a truly unique event where women were actively encouraged to develop their leadership skills by only allowing women helms. (Men also sailed but women had to make up 50% of the crew, and all boats were required to be helmed by women). Irish Sailing event organiser Gail MacAllister said, “While there is already equality in sailing with boys and girls competing against each other from an early age, the regatta was designed to reverse the trend of women leaving sailing when careers and family take over – and to show to younger or less experienced sailors that women helming and being a leader can become the norm”. Full results at Entries and Results.



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About time... seen plenty of good female skippers in the past, including some in those youth programs at various clubs who could handle a boat well. Same goes for technical rock climbing... some of those gals at the top can climb better than most guys, LOL. :eek:
 
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