Women skippers to the rescue! Offshore sailing in the Mediterranean awaits

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A must-see event for all women who love offshore sailing is the Navy Pink Ribbon Tour 2023, a prestigious offshore racing circuit that opens in April with the 2nd Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship.

The wind of redemption for women in offshore sailing is blowing stronger and stronger. Just a few weeks ago, “the affaire” Clarisse Crémer, dumped by Banque Populaire because of her pregnancy ahead of the upcoming Vendée Globe, ended with the sponsor’s resounding withdrawal from competitions and image damage of colossal proportions. Even World Sailing recently removed so much discrimination against women from all regulations. Beyond equal rights, however, what is really unstoppable is thepink wave of sailing.

More and more female skippers are participating in international regattas, ocean racing, the Olympics, and from 2024 also in the golden arena of the America’s Cup. A wind of redemption for “girl power” that also involves Italian offshore sailing where the doors are finally being opened wide to all those women who dream of the horizon and come aboard with a desire to get involved and experience adventure.

Here’s where Italian women sailors really get into the game

The most delicious opportunity of 2023 for Italian women sailors is undoubtedly the
Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour
, the prestigious circuit of offshore regattas organized by Sailing Series International and Defense Services and now in its third edition, which has among its objectives precisely to enhance women skippers.

In fact, this year’s circuit once again opens with the 2nd Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship, an offshore regatta-in conjunction with the RAN 630-that will feature 10 female-only crews. A unique event in the international racing scene involving The Magenta Project, an initiative created to support greater incisiveness of women in the world of competitive sailing.

A long, fascinating, no-discount regatta

The Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship starts April 20 from Livorno and follows the route of the legendary RAN 630, one of the toughest and most spectacular regattas in the Mediterranean. With its 630 miles between Livorno, Porto Cervo, Capri and then back to Livorno, it is organized by the Yacht Club Livorno and the Naval Academy and is part of the Italian Offshore Championship. A regatta that will offer the competing female sailors highly variable conditions, from strong winds to bonanzas, from rains to days of intense sunshine for an estimated time of about 3 days. In short, a fascinating and complex challenge where it is crucial to manage concentration, fatigue and weather interpretation.

Women skippers

Sailing on a Figaro Class 3 is the ultimate

In the Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship, women skippers will compete in equally special boats. It is in fact the Bénéteau Figaro Class 3, the first series one-design with foils, which has already been used for a couple of years for the Tour de France. A fast and super technological 10.85-meter boat signed by Van Peteghem, Lauriot, Prevost (VPLP) who have synthesized the best of the world’s dedicated offshore foil in this project, from America’s Cup AC75s to the Vendée Globe’s Imoca 60s. In short, “flying boats” propelled by equally muscular sail plans reaching 175 square meters.

Last year’s Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship was won by the crew of Mexedia Sailing Project, composed of world Double Mixed Offshore champion Claudia Rossi and European champion in the same specialty Cecilia Zorzi. In 2023, all bets are off for this challenge, which is also an excellent opportunity to test one’s skills in light of the subsequent mixed events of the Navy Pink Ribbon Tour 2023. Submissions are due next March 23, so bring it on!

Women skippers

Navy Pink Ribbon Tour 2023: many events in one

For women skippers hungry for offshore sailing, however, the races continue. After the Mediterranean Championship-Female Offshore, the Navy Pink Ribbon Tour 2023 will continue to France where the Double Mixed Offshore European Championship, an offshore regatta reserved for double and mixed crews held under the auspices of the Offshore Racing Council, is scheduled for June 1-8. After that we will enter the highlight event of the season, which is the Tour of Italy Sailing reserved for women’s, men’s or mixed double crews.

The Navy Pink Ribbon Tour on Video

The special feature of this circumnavigation, divided into 8 stages that will touch the most iconic locations in our country, is its multi-disciplinary nature, with highly spectacular offshore and coastal races that see Figaro Class 3s racing alongside WingFoiling class riders and Waszp acrobatic dinghies. The Tour of Italy in Sail will start in July from Genoa, with a large race village set up to celebrate the arrival of teams returning from The Ocean Race around the world, and will end in Venice.

Women skippers

If you like to grind miles, get on board!

With the Giro d’Italia over, the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour fleet will return to racing Oct. 2-8 at the Double Mixed Offshore World Championship along a route that will start and finish in Taranto. Finally, the Figaro Class 3s will be transferred back to Venice for the iconic and ever-anticipated season finale: the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Veloce, which, with its 1,492 miles to be sailed in doubles, boasts the record for the longest regatta in the Mediterranean.

In short, if you are a woman, enjoy sailing and want to compete at a high level in tough and pure offshore regattas, you cannot miss the Navy Pink Ribbon Tour 2023. The time of standing on the dock for you is over. Knock yourselves out!

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