Apart from Susann Beucke, who ventured into the international offshore sailing scene two years ago, women are hardly visible in offshore sailing in Germany. The network of female offshore sailors shows that many young women now want to get into sea sailing – whether professionally or as a hobby, alone, in pairs or in a team.
In Germany, the offshore scene has so far been a small field. But since Boris Herrmann made a name for himself as an international circumnavigator, things have changed. More young sailors, such as Lennart Burke and Melwin Fink, are entering the international regatta scene, and they already have a large audience and many fans.
The “Network of Women Offshore Sailors”, which started a few years ago with the RubiX crew at the Hamburg Sailing Club, has since grown considerably. It was reorganized in 2023. With the support of float, the female sailor network has joined forces with the Magenta Project – and now forms the first national chapter of the internationally active network. More are to follow. The kick-off event of the “Offshoreseglerinnen x The Magenta Project powered by float” was successfully held at the ORC in Kiel in August 2023.
The Magenta Project offers German female sailors important contacts in the scene as well as training opportunities. This is why the mentoring program exists. Four German women have been selected and have been taking part since October 2023. Among others, the ocean sailor Melanie Aalburg is being trained here to become the first German mentor. At the same time, the RubiX team at the HSC trains young, motivated women in sailing. This strengthens the presence of women in the German offshore scene on the water.
But not only that. The network Offshoreseglerinnen has just launched its new website at the turn of the year. All dates and events of the network are announced here. These include monthly webinars on important offshore sailing topics with big names such as Annie Lush, the project’s patron, and Susann Beucke, who will be speaking on the topic of resilience in February.
The online seminars also cover sailing trim, navigation, tactics, safety and medicine on board. And the offshore sailors also meet in person. Regulars’ tables have been set up in various German cities where female sailors can make direct contact with female offshore sailors.
To find out how many women in Germany want to go out to sea, whether professionally or for leisure, the female offshore sailors launched a survey before Christmas. They want to find out how big the scene actually is at the moment – and what needs to be covered in the future.
Talk and presentation at boot
The offshore sailors can be seen live on stage at boot Düsseldorf. On the first boot Saturday (January 20, 2024, at 5 p.m.), the new network will present itself together with the Magenta Project on the Sailing Stage in Hall 15.
Also on stage will be Magenta Project patron Annie Lush and Magenta Project chair Jonquil Hackenberg. The Offshoreseglerinnen are presented by Eshana Müller, co-founder of the Offshoreseglerinnen, Charlotte Schneider as mentee and Melanie Aalberg as mentor. Initiator and float editor-in-chief Kerstin Zillmer and Jessica Klingelhöfer will moderate the event. All interested female sailors are cordially invited to the subsequent get-together with a small snack. With the kind support of boot Düsseldorf.
On Sunday (January 21) at 1 p.m., the RubiX team will present their own successes on the regatta course – with a comprehensive insight into the crew’s teamwork. Cathleen Minners, Karla Dörffler and Maybritt Adolphi present the team on stage.