Encouraging start from Live Ocean Racing’s women’s crew

The first Live Ocean Racing campaign will promote women sailing in foiling catamarans.

Georgia Schofield/Live Ocean Racing

The first Live Ocean Racing campaign will promote women sailing in foiling catamarans.

Live Ocean Racing’s all-female crew have made a credible debut on the international circuit.

Skippered by Liv Mackay, the New Zealanders finished the inaugural regatta of the ETF26 Grand Prix Circuit in France in fifth place out of eight teams.

The only other all-women team, Lady Team Pro of France, finished eighth in the fleet of 26-foot foiling catamarans sailing at La Trinite-sur-Mer.

Given the limited practice time and the freshness of these boats, New Zealand had an encouraging series of improving results over the four days – 7, 3, 6, 3, 6, 5, 4, 6, 5, 3, disqualified, 2, 2, 3 .

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The regatta was dominated by Team Pro from France, with Jean Christophe Mournia leading them to nine wins over the 14 races.

Live Ocean Racing, the initiative of Kiwi yachting stars Peter Burling and Blair Tuke at the back of the environmental foundation, has dedicated the first phase of its operations to improving the foiling skills of New Zealand’s leading women sailors and has a squad of Olympic and world champions for this international series in Europe.

The move will boost performance levels and is likely to form the basis of Team New Zealand’s women’s America’s Cup squad, competing in this historic regatta in Barcelona in 2024.

There are four other regattas at the ETF26 Grand Prix Circuit which will be sailed in France and Italy.

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Live Ocean Racing started the first order with the women’s foiling.

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