Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)

Magenta Project day at Royal Anglesey Yacht Club

by RYA Cymru-Wales 4 Aug 2019 14:14 BST
Stevie Scanlan, Kim Jones - Magenta Project © RYA Cymru-Wales

More than 20 female sailors took advantage of the Magenta Project day at Royal Anglesey yacht club, which will have an ongoing impact on women's sailing in North Wales.

The Magenta Project is a charity committed to creating equal access and opportunities for women in sailing, with international sailor Ellie Draper and RYA instructor Jo Powell on hand to help those taking part in Beaumaris on the Menai Strait.

Commodore of the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, Mrs Stevie Scanlan described the day as "awe-inspiring" as one of the 23 taking part in nine boats, after the club entered a national competition to earn the opportunity to host one of the high-profile days run by the Magenta Project around the UK.

Those taking part, travelling from as far as Aberdovey and the Wirral, enjoyed instruction on helming the classic Fife 1 keel boats, racing starts and race tactics.

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, to get more female club members on the water racing, more often.

"We were very excited to be hosting this day at Royal Anglesey and it was very successful," said Scanlan.

"We had a whole day of race training and it was brilliant. Everybody said how useful it was. "Our club members lent us their boats for the day and we hosted a barbecue after training, it was a real team effort that made me very proud to be part of such a great team."

Antony Robinson, the club's development officer who organised the event, said, "There was a mixed ability from regular sailors to people who had never sailed keelboats before, overall there was a lot of experience of different types of sailing.

"It was amazing for us as a club. A couple of people loved it so much that they have been offered crewing opportunities in our club racing since then, which is absolutely brilliant.

"It was really nice for members of the club and others to have training in the environment where it was not tactical racing.

"We do not practice starts apart from in the more stressful conditions of the club races, as a result we are thinking of organising club race training planning ahead for next season.

"The amount of experience the Magenta Project brought to the club was fantastic, there were some younger sailors who have taken part in squad training but were looking to make the leap up to bigger boats, so it was inspirational for them too."

The Royal Anglesey also offers rowing through the Beaumaris Rowing Club and the day coincided with an important league rowing event, so the club was packed, with perfect conditions for both sailors and rowers alike.

Thanks to The Magenta Project, female sailing in North Wales certainly received a major boost.

For further details about Welsh sailing and watersports, please go to RYA CYMRU Wales page on website or Facebook page or follow on Twitter @RYACymruWales. You can also keep up to date by following RYA Cymru Wales on Instagram.

Related Articles

Calling Boating Coaches and Instructors
Encouraged to help COVID-19 efforts by RYA Cymru Wales RYA Cymru Wales is encouraging sailing coaches and instructors to help out in their communities during the current COVID-19 crisis. Posted on 23 Mar
RYA Cymru Wales closely reviews COVID-19 virus
The Youth Nationals are still scheduled to be going ahead As things stand, we have received no recommendation for postponing or cancelling upcoming championships, but we will continue to monitor and follow advice from relevant government agencies including Public Health Wales. Posted on 13 Mar
Huw wins RYA Musto Regional Youth Award for Wales
Huw Farmer, Welsh Number One and now a UK award winner The 15-year-old's success on the water and massive contribution off it at his club Llangorse, mean he was presented the RYA Musto Regional Youth Award for Wales at the RYA Dinghy Show. Posted on 7 Mar
Welsh clubs urged to bid for Magenta Day
Boost female sailing with International Women's Day on Sunday Welsh sailing clubs can still apply to run a Magenta Day to boost female sailing, with International Women's Day on Sunday as a useful reminder to register interest. Posted on 6 Mar
Sarah McGovern appointed Performance Manager
Paul Simes retires from RYA Cymru Wales Sarah McGovern is set to become the RYA Cymru Wales Performance Manager from April leading the performance and pathway programmes for boating in Wales, as the current Performance Manager Paul Simes is retiring. Posted on 28 Feb
Race officers take Frostbite Challenge
Jointly run by Neyland Yacht Club and Pembrokeshire Yacht Club West Wales sailors should benefit this summer from a successful Club Race Team Management course run for 11 volunteers. Posted on 27 Feb
North Wales public asked to vote
Police money could fund project from charity All-Afloat in Rhyl The North Wales public can vote to boost boating charity All Afloat in getting more disadvantaged children and young people on the water in Rhyl. Posted on 23 Jan
Volunteering with the All Afloat project
North Wales parent helps children and minority groups to access sailing A parent of disabled children has started volunteering to help others after getting involved with the All Afloat project on Marine Lake in North Wales. Posted on 18 Dec 2019
Royal Anglesey shortlisted for UK club of the year
The only Welsh club among 10 finalists Members at The Royal Anglesey Yacht Club are celebrating becoming the only Welsh club among 10 finalists shortlisted for the UK boating club of the year. Posted on 12 Dec 2019
Welsh sailors recognised at RYA Volunteer Awards
The awards were presented to volunteers from Llangorse and Royal Anglesey sailing clubs Two sailing volunteers from Wales were recognised for their exceptional dedication and achievements in boating at the RYA Volunteer Awards by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Posted on 10 Dec 2019