We were thrilled to work alongside Irish Sailing and in association with National Yacht Club, coming together to deliver a fantastic event, the first of its kind in Ireland.
High performing teams matter to us and quite often are the most important differentiator among the competition. Sara Davidson, our Marketing Director, said: “Pathfinder are proud to be advocates of diversity and high performing teams, and in partnering with Irish Sailing, this event helped us bring those beliefs from our work to the water.”
The regatta saw 61 boats involved in the event, with over 200 people on the water, with the women at the helm battling a range of conditions on the water.
One of the event participants gave her take on the event; “I really enjoyed the event, I’m usually found at the opposite end of the boat as bowman so I relished the chance to helm. It was a real learning curve and a super opportunity to see the boat from a Skipper’s point of view such as boat prep/delivery and getting the crew together. These are things, up to now, that I’ve taken for granted! The experience has been a confidence booster for sure and for that I’m very grateful.”
Pathfinder, along with Irish Sailing look forward to the continued success of the Women at the Helm regatta next year. Check out photos from the day here.
Reaching Our Sustainability Goal
Sailing is a green sport, and Pathfinder Women at the Helm was registered by our event partners, Irish Sailing, to a global sustainability certification – ‘Clean Regattas’ with Sailors for the Sea. The event aimed for the highest standard, Platinum, which meant zero single-use plastic, plus considerations to event travel, carbon footprint offsetting and more.
The prizes for the Regatta were made from reused materials and some prizes were usable items; bags from recycled sailcloth by AK Sails; Pictures of sailboats from repurposed “Drift Glass & Pottery” by Beachjuls; change purses made from upcycled wetsuits by the Upcycle Movement and the Perpetual Trophy from is made from Bog Ash and Copper by Celtic Roots. The sailing vests that were used on the day are made from reclaimed ocean waste and were designed by a sustainable Irish brand, Rashr.
Click here to see some great footage from the weekend on the Irish Sailing YouTube channel.