The only regatta in Spain with crew members who do not have nautical knowledge, which promotes equality as it is a mixed team and which is also a solidarity regatta, as the profits go to projects for women at risk of exclusion by the Red Cross, will be held in La Marina de Valencia, on the America’s Cup regatta course, on 27 September.

The participating companies will achieve their Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility objectives while their employees receive a differential and innovative training action through Team Building for the development of Soft Skills that improve Leadership, team development and change management (outdoor team coaching).

This event that unites sport, business, solidarity and equality is led by Corporate YACHTING & Partners, which expects another year a high participation of SMEs and large corporations. The only requirement is that the crews, made up of employees or clients, must be mixed or 100% female. To date, Crédito y Caución, Carrefour, the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, Valencia Premium and the Camilo José Cela University have confirmed their participation.  The training ship Cervantes Saavedra will, once again this year, support the Organisation in the monitoring of the regatta.

José Alfredo López, founder and CEO of Corporate YACHTING, recalls from last year’s edition “the great interest shown by the crew members, most of them newcomers, who found in this activity not only a meeting point to strengthen ties within their companies, but also an opportunity to make themselves heard on such an important issue as equality between women and men”. He adds: “All the participating companies achieve many of their objectives with this activity, both in terms of CSR and equality and in terms of improving Corporate Reputation and Employer Branding”.

This initiative is valid within the companies’ Equality Plan and for inclusion in the companies’ training projects, and can be credited with up to 25% of the FUNDAE training credits. Once the Solidarity Regatta is over, all registered companies will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare and will become part of the Diversity Charter.

José Manuel Guzmán, captain of the Cervantes Saavedra training ship of the Camilo José Cela University, said at the presentation that “we are participating in an altruistic way, for yet another year, by making our training ship available to the organisation of this regatta. Our ship, the only one of its kind belonging to a Spanish university, fulfils the dual mission of uniting education and the sea. We support this initiative because of its values of sustainability, responsibility and social impact with which we identify”.

For Juan José Collado, provincial president of the Red Cross in Valencia: “This action is already part of our strategic actions to promote equality in alliance with committed companies. The contributions of the entities participating in the regatta are a decisive boost to the Women’s projects we carry out in the province of Valencia, where we promote the empowerment of women in vulnerable situations with actions of accompaniment, legal advice, job reintegration and support for their children, among many other actions”.

Javier de Andrés, manager of Veles e Vents and director of Grupo La Sucursal, comments: “From Veles e Vents, for yet another year, we are once again collaborating with this magnificent initiative by Corporote Yachting. The regatta for equality is a great opportunity to reinforce those values that should be present in any company committed to its environment, that is, equality, collaborative competition and sustainability. A day at sea that shows us that only through teamwork can we aspire to align strategy and tactics to achieve our goals. And all of this, technically, without our feet on the ground!”.

How to participate

Companies such as Carrefour, Toyota, Seguros Santa Lucía, Universidad Camilo José Cela, Capgemini, Valencia Premium, Cámara de Comercio, Dormitienda, Coosur, CGI, Royo Group, Happydonia and Crédito y Caución have participated in previous editions of the Solidarity Regatta. The solidarity action aims to be an affordable event within the reach of all types of companies. Moreover, participants do not need to have any previous sailing knowledge or experience. Those companies that join the initiative will be able to do so in teams of eight people, as long as they are made up of mixed or 100% female crews. They will have their own boat with an instructor, technical training – they will first complete a training and safety module to acquire the necessary knowledge – and team coaching, full board and a certificate of attendance.

The registration period for the V Solidarity Regatta for Equality between Women and Men is now open and can be done through, or by calling 963 301 303.


Corporate YACHTING & Partners is the reference company in Spain specialised in Nautical Programmes where training and development of teams and leaders are combined from a professional and not recreational perspective. It has carried out more than 450 organisational interventions through its work with more than 1250 teams from different sectors and hierarchical levels, with more than 10,000 participants in its “logbook”. Its programmes can be carried out in Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Balearic Islands and Lisbon.

 Report by 24/7 Valencia team

Photos copyright Rhyan Paul / 24/7 Valencia

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