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New Trustees join The Magenta Project

Published on March 5th, 2020

The Magenta Project, the charitable organization with a mission to develop pathways and generate opportunities for women in performance sailing, has appointed Andrew Pindar OBE DL to its board of Directors.

Andrew has been a huge advocate of women in sailing for almost 40 years, supporting talented individuals and teams to fulfill their sailing potential.

In particular, his support of women across all areas of the sport, from offshore racer Emma Sanderson (née Richards), to Olympian Hannah Mills and environmental campaigner and sailor, Jo Royle. He was also pivotal in championing the quadriplegic sailor, Hilary Lister, helping her to realize her remarkable solo voyages across the English Channel and around the coastline of Britain.

A past board member of Earthwatch, he recently funded the World Sailing Trust’s strategic review into Women in Sailing, the results of which it is hoped will resonate across the sport. Andrew received an OBE for services to business and to the community in the United Kingdom in 2009 New Year Honour’s List.

Victoria Low (top) also joins the board of Trustees, after some thirty years in the marine industry, including working with three all-female teams in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race, and recently authoring the World Sailing Trust’s Strategic Review into Women in Sailing.

Yvonne Barker has recently stepped down as a Trustee. She was instrumental in establishing the charitable status and reorganization of the governance of The Magenta Project and remains fully involved with the organization.

“On behalf of the Directors and everyone involved with The Magenta Project, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Yvonne,” said Elaine Penhaul, Chair of The Magenta Project. “She has done an amazing job in establishing TMP on a more solid foundation from which we can now continue to build.

“It is an exciting time for women in sport generally, and I really feel that The Magenta Project is at the forefront of a tipping point in sailing in so far as women in our sport are concerned.

“I am delighted to welcome Andrew and Victoria to the board, and I am excited to see how we can grow our influence and network to create more opportunities for women in performance sailing.”

Andrew Pindar

The Board of The Magenta Project comprises:
Chair – Elaine Penhaul
Libby Greenhalgh
Abby Ehler
Vicky Ellis
Tiphaine Turluche
Andrew Pindar
Victoria Low

Annie Lush and Sally Barkow remain close as founding members.

About The Magenta Project
The Magenta Project is worldwide organisation that generates and encourages opportunities for women to reach the top of professional sailing. Started in 2015 by members of the all-female Team SCA, who successfully competed in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race campaign, the organisation facilitates networking opportunities and promotes women’s attendance within each professional class both on and off the water.

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