A shared dream. Ireland’s Pamela Lee (34 years old), a preparateur for sailing teams in Lorient, and French counterpart Tiphaine Ragueneau (30 years old), a vet, are the lucky duo chosen for the Cap pour Elles project. They benefit from a grant of €40,000 excluding tax to participate in the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre but also from sporting support, help with their organization and communication.
A Franco-Irish crew
They will race a competitive, modern Class 40 ENGIE DFDS BRITTANY FERRIES. “There is obviously apprehension,” admits Tiphaine. “We know that the race will be very intense, that we will have to avoid calms, currents and be efficient throughout the course. But we can’t wait to be racing!” For Lee, “there is a little anxiety but we are also very excited and motivated”.
The pair are coached by Anne Combier, well known on the pontoons as a Team Manager. They are also supported by the Women's Commission of the French Sailing Federation and by the Normandy Sailing League which provides their sports training. Three partners have also joined the project: ENGIE, which supports the duo and the Cap pour Elles program, and the shipping companies DFDS and BRITTANY FERRIES.