Season 3’s sixth event in Cádiz marks one year since the league’s female athletes first raced on board SailGP’s super fast, flying F50 fleet. To celebrate, we round up the best pictures of our female athletes in action on board the F50s.
The Women’s Pathway was first launched back in 2021 as part of SailGP’s aim to achieve gender equity and create an inclusive sporting championship.
Since then a total of 25 female athletes have been on board for 100% of races around the world, getting to grips with the F50s and providing a visible inspiration to upcoming athletes.
The Pathway has built a deep roster of athletes capable of competing at the highest level.
Typically, the female athletes have been racing in the role of strategist in the six crew configuration but often stepping into the more physical grinder position in the four crew configuration adopted in lighter winds.
Speaking about the Pathway’s anniversary on SailGP’s Deep Dive podcast, Australian strategist Nina Curtis said ‘it’s only going to get better from here.’
“We don’t know what the Women’s Pathway is going to look like down the road but I think that’s even more exciting – we don’t know if it will look like a female league or more inclusion on the boat as the league develops but what’s great is SailGP is taking time with this decision.
“Hopefully we’re going to have an outcome where the next generation of female athletes has a visible and very real pathway that drives them into foiling classes.”
The female athletes racing in the Spain Sail Grand Prix presented by NEAR in Cádiz have been confirmed:
Laurane Mettraux (SUI)
Natasha Bryant (AUS)
Liv Mackay (NZL)
Georgia Lewin-LaFrance (CAN)
Nikki Boniface (GBR)
Paula Barceló (ESP)
Erika Reineke (USA)
Katja Salskov-Iversen (DEN)
Manon Audinet (FRA)