WANTED FEMALE TALENT FOR THE CREW OF THE F50 VICTORIA
The Spanish SailGP team will incorporate two women in their first training session
and will select one of them to be part of the crew in its second season (2021-22)
In the framework of the initiative recently launched by SailGP, Race for the Future, which aims to accelerate the change in the world of sailing and sports towards a more sustainable and inclusive future, the Spanish team announces today its call for the selection of high performance Spanish sailors, in order to integrate female talent into the team for the second season of the world championship.
As SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts said: “We are aware of the work that still needs to be done to make our organization and our sport more inclusive. We are fully committed to this goal. In a very short time we have become the benchmark professional sailing circuit, and from this position, we must seize the opportunity to accelerate change, incorporating the best female talent from each country to each of the SailGP teams ”.
The application period will be open until December 1, 2020. Candidates may be submitted through the questionnaire shared on the team’s digital channels or at this same link. In it, the selection criteria are detailed, which are, among others, international experience with a focus on Olympic campaigns, sporting record and previous experience in foiling boats, as well as the demonstration of teamwork capacity and a solid human base. .
After a first selection of profiles based on the CVs received, four women will be chosen to participate in the test in WASZP class flying dinghy sailing boats. The test will take place in early 2021, and the final dates and venue will be confirmed shortly.
Of these four candidates, two will be invited to participate in the first training session that the Spanish team will do before the first event, although only one of them will be selected as part of the starting crew accompanying the team throughout the championship. The second will be part of the substitute team, being able to attend the training sessions held at the local event. The goal is to try to get more women to gradually join the circuit.
This initiative is approached as a pilot program in order to consolidate, in future seasons, gender equality and inclusion in SailGP. As María del Mar de Ros, general director of the Spanish team, commented: “We are very excited about this project. Foiling is something relatively new and it is a great step for SailGP, since its second season, to launch this initiative to train and incorporate the best female talent in the most avant-garde circuit of the moment ”.
At this time, the Spanish SailGP team is focusing its efforts on preparing for the second season, which will include a test of the circuit in national waters. This test will take place after the Tokyo Olympic Games, another sporting objective for a large part of the crew of the Spanish SailGP team.