Annabel Vose Scoops ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week
Annabel Vose, has been announced as the winner of the ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy
at Lendy Cowes Week. The trophy recognises the outstanding contribution,
commitment, or achievement of women in sailing.
The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 1st August with a
number of celebrations culminating in the presentation of the Ladies Day Trophy
to Annabel Vose at an exclusive evening reception held at Northwood House.
The trophy was introduced for the first time in 2006 to champion the role of
women in sailing and the sheer number of female competitors racing at Lendy
Cowes Week. There are some 8,000 competitors taking part in the regatta this
year and around a third of them are female.
Selected as part of Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR Academy team,
Annabel competed in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’'s Cup in Bermuda.
Annabel brought a lifetime of sailing experience to her role as strategist,
which she says involved taking a 'big picture' approach to the fast-paced match
racing the team will face.
The Land Rover BAR Academy was inspired by four-time Olympic gold medallist and
34th America's Cup winner Ben Ainslie and created to find and support talented
young British sailors, to provide a pathway into the America's Cup and
specifically to build a British team that had the capability to win the Red Bull
Youth America's Cup.
In June 2017 Britain's youth America's Cup sailors from the
Land Rover BAR Academy were crowned the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Champions in Bermuda. Annabel is also here at Lendy Cowes Week racing on Bullit
in the Quarter Ton class.
Commenting on the win, Annabel said: “It is really amazing to have won this
fabulous award. I sail on an all-female boat with Louise Morton who has
essentially given me all my opportunities in the keelboat and I know that she
was among those who nominated me, so it is really nice for her to get something
back too. It really is absolutely amazing and a real honour to have won this
In addition to the Ladies Day Trophy, Annabel received a generous ELEMIS gift
bag and a TNG Baltic Cup Lady watch.
The judging panel for this year’'s Trophy was formed by 2015 and 2016 Ladies Day
Trophy winners Libby Greenhalgh and Hannah Stodel respectively, Yachts and
Yachting’'s Georgie Corlett-Pitt, and Cowes Week Limited’'s Kate Johnson.
Commenting on the evening Kate said: “We've enjoyed a fantastic evening and
we were very pleased to announce Annabel as this year’'s winner. She is a
shining example of what women can achieve in the sport and she clearly has a
great sailing future ahead of her. We were delighted to have many female
competitors with us, and to hear some of their stories about racing this week.
We also awarded the Royal Southern Ariel Trophy, which is a trophy given to a
female helm racing here at Lendy Cowes Week to Amanda Marino, sailing on the
Half Tonner, Chimp. We had 68 entries for this trophy and I’m very encouraged by
the increasing levels of female participation and enthusiasm for the regatta, in
particular women taking the helm during races.”
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