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The six female skippers of the Vendée Globe 2020 © #VG2020
Gender Equality in Sailing

Women’s sailing on the rise

🇬🇧 50 percent of all people could be interested in sailing – women and men. There is still a lot to do for this aim, but a good start has been made.

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  • Clarisse CremerClarisse Cremer finished after 87 days © Jean-Lous Carli/Alea #VG2020
  • alternativetextPip Hare rounding the world in 95 days © Yvan Zedda/Alea#VG2020
  • Miranda Merron needed 101 days to finish © Jean-Marie Liot/Alea #VG2020
  • alternativetextAlexia Barrier finished with the oldest boat of the race © Yvan Zedda/Alea #VG2020
  • Sam DaviesSam Davies finished outside the race © Vincent Curutchet/Alea #VG2020
  • Isabelle Joschke finished outside the race © Vincent Curutchet/Alea #VG2020

Ellen MacArthur set the record for 20 years

Sam Davies
After a collision Sam Davies had to stop the race © Sam Davies/Initiatives Coeur
Isabelle Joschke
Problems with her keel forced Isabelle to leave the race © Isabelle Joschke/MACSF

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Two women always sailed the Vendée Globe – except 2016

Dee Caffari
Dee Caffari starting her race in 2008 © Jean Marie Liot/Alea#VG2020
Sam Davies
Carolijn Brouwer, helmswoman and trimmer of Team Dongfeng wins the Volvo Ocean Race 2017 © Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race
Isabelle Joschke
Dee Caffari with her team Turn the Tide on Plastic © Beau Outteridge/Turn the Tide on Plastic

Next to come is the Ocean Race

Dee Caffari
SCA, the complete womens team of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race © Ian Splinter/CC BY-SA 4.0

The rules were changed in 2017 for female sailors

A mixed line-up does not happen naturally

Turn the Tide on Plastic
Liz Wardley im Mast bei der Vorbereitung des Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015 © Team SCA/VOR
Turn the Tide on Plastic
Dee Caffari presenting the reportat the Yacht Racing Forum in Bermuda © World Sailing Trust

World Sailing takes a stand

World Sailing Trust
Sail GP aims to train top female sailors © World Sailing Trust

Sail GP Inspire as a role model

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