Fast, feminist and ferocious: Meet the women ruling the waves

Fast, feminist and ferocious: Meet the women ruling the waves
6 RSGYC U25, skippered by Niamh Henry, competes in the Sportboats J80 at the Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm 2019 regatta Pic: David Branigan/Oceansport

Three decades ago, Angela Heath crewed on a boat that smashed ocean racing’s glass ceiling. Today, she is part of a growing movement intent on bringing women to the helm of competitive sailing, writes Cliona Foley

Angela Heath is enjoying being treated “like a rock star” this summer. She found herself chatting to Whoopi Goldberg at a movie premiere in New York in July and rubbed shoulders with some more glitterati at a similar event in San Francisco last month.

To be fair, the acclaim is long overdue. Only those involved in Irish sailing will be aware of Heath’s place in international sporting history and, in truth, only a fraction of...

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