Some of the ingredients of Slingsby Gin. (photo from Slingby)
Cowes Week Ltd have announced that nominations are now open for the coveted Ladies Day Trophy and plans to turn Cowes navy and white in a fabulous celebration of women in sailing, this year sponsored by artisan gin brand, Slingsby.
Ladies Day will return to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week on Tuesday 9th August with a number of celebrations culminating in the presentation of the Ladies Day Trophy at an evening reception. Ladies Day 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 Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.
There are some 8,000 competitors taking part in the regatta and around a third of them are female. Sailing is one of the few mainstream sports where men and women can compete on equal terms and the strength of female competitors has grown with a 150% increase in female skippers over the last decade.
On Slingsby Ladies Day, event organisers, Cowes Week Ltd are encouraging all ladies to enter into the spirit of the day, both on the water and shoreside with a nautical dresscode. Kate Johnson, CWLs Commercial & Marketing Director said,” The traditional seafaring navy and white striped shirt was declared part of the French Navy’s standard issue in 1858 and introduced to the fashion world by Coco Chanel in 1927. Navy and white is now synonymous with chic summer style and Slingsby Ladies Day at Cowes Week is the perfect time to encourage ladies to join in the fun and provide some glamour.”
There will be a range of activities on Slingsby Ladies Day, including a Q&A with the Magenta Project, which aims to advance women in professional sailing and Slingsby giveaways for ladies dressed in navy and white.
In 2015 British Yachtswoman Libby Greenhalgh was the tenth deserving winner of the Ladies Day Trophy in recognition of her phenomenal achievements, including as navigator for Team SCA during the Volvo Ocean Race and as meteorologist for the British Sailing Team.
Nominations for the 2016 winner are now requested, and anyone can nominate via the Cowes Week website. Entries close at midnight on Monday 25th July 2016.
This years Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week takes place between August 6th and 13th.
About Slingsby Artisan Gin:
Since 1571, when William Slingsby discovered the unique properties of natural spring water from the Tewit Well in Harrogate, discerning individuals have sought out the picturesque Yorkshire town to restore body, mind and soul by relaxing, indulging and socialising. Slingsby did things differently, thought differently and had a vision that others considered to be extraordinary or even, a little odd; he epitomised the Spirit of Harrogate. Made with the finest natural and locally sourced botanicals,(pictured above) Harrogate aquifer water and pure single grain spirit, this unique London Dry Gin bears his name.