The first all-female GC32 team, Thalassa Magenta Racing in partnership with the Magenta Project, will make its debut in the Extreme Sailing Series at the penultimate event of the year in Lisbon.
Nine world-class teams will go head-to-head as the Portuguese capital hosts the global Stadium Racing tour for the first time on October 6 - 9.
The new team will race with six crew members, as opposed to five on the all-male boats. The skipper on this Canadian-flagged catamaran will be New Zealand Olympian Sharon Ferris-Choat.
Thalassa Magenta Racing in partnership with the Magenta Project aims to give female sailors opportunities and pathways to compete at the highest performance levels of the sport. The team’s entry into the Lisbon Act is part of a long-term ambition to create an all-female crew capable of being competitive in the Extreme Sailing Series.
Ferris-Choat – the only woman currently racing on board a GC32 – is delighted to be racing in the Extreme Sailing Series. “The Extreme Sailing Series is It is the Formula One of sailing, and to be part of the has been a goal of mine for ten years,” she explained.
The participation of Thalassa Magenta Racing at Lisbon follows a GC32 training week earlier in the year for the all-female crew that saw a huge progression in skill and technique for the team.
The team is the second wildcard entry to be announced for the Lisbon Act, following the news that NORAUTO, skippered by Kiwi match-racing ace Adam Minoprio, will also make its Extreme Sailing Series debut at the penultimate Act of the year.
USA-flagged Vega Racing, skippered by American Brad Funk, has also confirmed its entry in the Lisbon Act, following its debut in Madeira, bringing the tally of world-class teams on the starting grid to nine.
For the rest of the fleet, Lisbon could be a make-or-break Act, with only two events left this season, and the leaderboard closer than ever.
A spectacular win for Alinghi less than a week ago in Madeira saw the Swiss team narrow the gap in the overall rankings to Oman Air to just three points, while second place for Red Bull Sailing Team has put them well within reach of their first ever Series win, currently two points behind Alinghi.
This is the first time the Series has visited Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. Four days of racing are planned, including a longer coastal race combined with the Series’ signature Stadium Racing format.
The action begins on Thursday 6th October.
Find out more about the event here.