Here at Travel Play Live we are very excited to have been invited to support Sibby Ilzhofer and Team Dare Devil’s three year global campaign in partnership with White Ribbon to raise money and awareness about violence against women through the vehicle of world class yacht racing.
Sibby Ilzhofer is the owner and skipper of Dare Devil and has a long racing history including all the major East Coast Australian Races. She has also competed in several Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, and the 2003 Double-handed 5000 nautical mile Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race, as the only female co-skipper in the racing division. Dare Devil has just completed the 70th anniversary edition of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2014, where she finished in 37th place out of 117, and collected the Jane Tate Trophy for first Female Skipper over the line.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, to promote gender equity, and offer a new vision of masculinity. It is currently active in over 60 countries. White Ribbon helps challenge negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire men to understand the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change. White Ribbon‘s pledge is to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
This campaign will take Dare Devil and her crew to elite ocean races across the globe. The partnership will raise awareness, generate funding and directly support White Ribbon efforts. $0.50 of every dollar raised for the campaign will go directly to White Ribbon and their work in each jurisdiction that the race is being held.
“Together we are going to show women all over the world what is possible and what can be achieved, despite barriers and adversity. We will show women that they can have support of men, in whatever they choose to achieve”, Sibby stated, as she also has the unwavering support from her male crew and campaign team.
We caught up with Sibby to find out a little more about the woman behind the campaign.
Sibby, how would you describe yourself?
Enthusiastic, out there, a ‘can do’ person, solutions finder, outside the square.
What is it about sailing that you particularly love?
The freedom! The exhilaration! The connection with self and nature.
What does adventure means to you?
Something that challenges the very core of you, living on the edge, being alive!
Tell us why you have embarked on this campaign to support White Ribbon.
I have always been passionate about the ‘underdog’ and a woman being able to achieve what she wants and is capable of doing. My personal experience has been, that when a woman is trying to achieve greatness or exercise the freedom she deserves, there is often abuse, or an exercise of power by the man in order to control her or keep her ‘in check’. This can be physical, but more often than not, it is also mental and emotional abuse and manipulation. I have experienced this in a marriage, and to some extent, in my home with my father, whom I love dearly and have only recently lost.
It is very much a traditional attitude, perhaps mixed somewhat with insecurities, when the reality should be, that together in an equal team so much more can be achieved. I would like to demonstrate that we can successfully work together, side by side, without abuse, or violence, and achieve more. I would like to show, that even in a male dominated industry, women can be respected and supported, and be successful in our own right.
What is your key goal with this campaign?
I would like to see us raise $1,000,000 over the 3 year partnership, and raise awareness everywhere we go. I hope that women can overcome abuse, be successful and supported in whatever discipline they choose - especially in male dominated industries. I would like to see women who have been abused, empowered with the courage to succeed and reach their goals.
Todd Minerson, Executive Director of White Ribbon shared, “Team Dare Devil and White Ribbon want to inspire women that they can overcome any challenge, be they mental, emotional or physical. We want to inspire men that they can be part of the solution, not just the problem. By working together we can also achieve previously unimaginable goals.”
Travel Play Live looks forward to bringing you regular updates an coverage of the full campaign, so keep an eye out online and via our social media channels.