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Wednesday, February 07, 2024
SailGP Women’s Accelerator Program

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SailGP, a global leader in purpose driven and sustainable sport, and its Exclusive Financial Solutions Partner, Apex Group, have today launched the league’s first ever Women’s Accelerator Program. Having signed a new three-year sponsorship deal in June 2023, SailGP and Apex Group have been working together to bring the latter’s change-making Women’s Accelerator Program into the world of sport for the first time.

The recent 2023 McKinsey Women in the Workplace report, the largest study of women in corporate America, recorded that there are only 28% women at C-Suite/Senior Vice President level, 37% at Senior Manager/Director Level and 40% at Manager level. SailGP’s figures are higher with 36% at Head of Department level and 42% at Director level, however there is still a gap at the top that this program will seek to close.

In partnership with Apex Group, the program aims to increase representation of women at senior management levels, working towards driving more inclusive decision making through the league and the wider sport. Breaking boundaries in sailing since October 2021, SailGP’s Women’s Pathway ensures female athletes race on board all ten national teams at every single SailGP event, a milestone for womens sailing. The league has an ambition to have a female driver by Season 6.

The program is based upon Apex Group’s Women’s Accelerator Program, which was designed and launched in January 2022. It has proven to break down gender-related barriers in the 13,000 strong financial services giant, as it operates in another traditionally male dominated industry. Over 50% of Apex Group’s participants secured promotions, progression or new roles in its inaugural program, and the firm doubled the size of its intake the following year.

The program was conceived by Apex Group’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Rosie Guest, who said: “When we were originally discussing a potential partnership with SailGP, one of the most important things to both businesses was how we could be mutually impactful for one another in the areas that matter most. The discussion became really animated when we started talking about our Internal Women’s Accelerator Program within Apex Group, and the tangible and immediate improvements in gender equity we’d seen as a result. We are now extremely proud to be able to share that IP with SailGP and guide them in the construction and delivery of a Women’s Accelerator Program for both their athletes and corporate team members, to ultimately support progression in another equally male dominated industry. I can’t wait to see the results of the program at the end of this year!”

Participants will move through the program together and can expect the following opportunities:

• Sessions with inspirational leaders in key areas that women are known to face during career progression, both in sport and in business
• Peer learning via round table sessions, small group coaching, and the ‘Accelerator Project’
• Support through coaching and mentoring and the opportunity to refine their own mentorship skills
• Reflection to recognize their progress made on their leadership journey
• Support to create and implement their own development plan

Fiona Morgan, Chief Purpose Officer at SailGP, said: “It’s easy to get lost in the challenges and barriers faced when driving inclusivity in sport and business. It is vitally important that we keep pushing and showing the value of change. SailGP has an ambition to be the most inclusive league in sailing and change the face of the sport. We are proud of the Women’s Pathway but we are fully aware that we can do more and need to do more. This first ever Women’s Accelerator Program, with thanks to the Apex Group, has the potential to make a real difference both on and off the water and I am so proud of the program to drive more inclusive leadership”
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Bermuda Sailors Continue ILCA World Championships

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Day Three of the ILCA World Championship Sailing Regatta run by Adelaide Sailing Club at West Beach in Australia saw the three Bermuda Sailors taking to the water. Sebastian Kempe, Campbell Patton, and Malcolm Smith are all competing.

Three races took place on the day to take the series to six races in a field of 151 sailors, Kempe leads the Bermuda Fleet in 84th with 124 Net Points, he finished 18th in the first race of the day, he then crossed the line 40th in the second race, before finishing 38th in the third race.

Patton is in 94th with 131 Net Points, this after finishes of 26th, 25th, and 39th, and Smith came off the water in 129th with 193 Net Points, he recorded finishes of 35th, 38th, and 48th.
Friday, January 26, 2024
Day Two ILCA World Championship

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The ILCA World Championship Sailing Regatta run by Adelaide Sailing Club at West Beach in Australia continued with three Bermuda Sailors taking to the water. Sebastian Kempe, Campbell Patton, and Malcolm Smith are all competing.

After only one race on Day Two to take the series to three races in a field of 151 sailors, Kempe leads the Bermuda Fleet in 57th with 34 Net Points, he finished 6th in the only race of the day.

Patton is in 87th with 80 Net Points, after finishing 27th, and Smith came off the water in 123rd with 77 Net Points, 43rd in the race.
Sunday, January 07, 2024
Kempe & Patton Conclude Australian Open & Youth Championships

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Sebastian Kempe, and Campbell Patton concluded competing in the Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Laser Championships 2023 hosted by the George's River Sailing Club.

Four races were sailed on the final day with Kempe competing in the Gold Fleet, Kempe’s best finish on the day was 38th and he would finish 48th overall with 246 Net Points.

Theodor Middelthon from Norway won the Under-21 Division, with 101 Net Points, Kempe finished second, and Caleb Armit from New Zealand finished third with 263 Net Points.

Patton competing in the Silver Fleet finished in 8th place with 140 Net Points, Patton won the first race on the final day.
Saturday, January 06, 2024
Kempe & Patton Continue Australian Open & Youth Championships

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Sebastian Kempe, and Campbell Patton were back in action competing in the Oceania & Australian Open & Youth Laser Championships 2023 hosted by the George's River Sailing Club.

Kempe is competing in the Gold Fleet had a 34th-place finish in the only race of the day and is 36th overall with 116 Net Points.

Theodor Middelthon from Norway continues to lead the Under-21 Division, with 101 Net Points.

Patton is competing in the Silver Fleet and is in 10th place with 141 Net Points.
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