Sailing is often a relaxing and luxurious endeavor, and the attractions of spending a week sailing along the Adriatic or the Mediterranean are certainly worth enjoying. However, the Volvo Ocean Race is a very different type of sailing experience.
One of the most inspiring new teams to have been entered in this year’s race is Team SCA, which is the first all-female sailing team to have been entered in the race in a decade.
This “sailing race around the world” has been an immense challenge for over four decades, and while the technology may have improved, this is still a very human event where the grit and determination of the teams still makes all the difference in their success.
It’s so inspiring to see these women embark on such an incredible adventure and challenge!
Meet the Team
The skipper of Team SCA is Brit Sam Davies, who has years of sailing experience, and has in the past completed the amazing challenge of the Vendee Globe round the world race, which is a non-stop solo race.
The crew is a blend of nationalities with various experience, ranging from those who have also sailed around the world solo, to former Olympians and those with great sailing experience from other prestigious races.
American Sara Hastreiter is an interesting member of the team, having grown up on a farm in the landlocked state of Wyoming, while Libby Greenhalgh is the navigator who has previously worked with the British Olympic Team.
The Route of the Volvo Ocean Race
Split into nine legs, this race begins in Alicante in Spain, and then travels around the world from east to west visiting cities such as Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Auckland and Newport, Rhode Island, before returning to Europe and the big finish in Gothenburg.
Covering over 38,000 nautical miles, and passing south of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, and Cape Horn in South America, even completing the race is an impressive feat.
Leg Five is one of the toughest of all the sections of the race, between Auckland in New Zealand, and Itajai in Brazil.
The Southern Ocean is a mire of sub-zero temperatures and vicious sea conditions making the approach to Cape Horn very treacherous, while even the trip up the Brazilian coast may be hampered by thunderstorms and high winds.
Introducing “Amazing Women Everywhere”
To support the amazing physical endurance and determination of Team SCA, the “Amazing Women Everywhere” campaign has been launched, asking people from around the world to nominate women who inspire them, and to send in a picture which will be included in a huge photo mosaic.
Those nominated can vary from celebrities and public figures such as Princess Diana and TV presenters through to mothers, grandmothers and daughters.
This is a fantastic campaign, as not only does it give people the chance to recognize the women who inspire them, but for each nomination, the Swedish company SCA makes a donation of one euro to the WWF.
The History of The Volvo Ocean Race
Held every three years, this amazing race is one which first started as the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973, although Volvo took over sponsorship of the race in 2001.
Over the years, there have been a variety of routes taken, with each one offering great challenges, both in terms of the physical and mental toll of being at sea for weeks at a time, through to having to deal with the basic fare of dried and frozen food.
With a huge TV audience that surpassed 2 billion viewers in total in a recent race, across the nine months of the event, this is a race which brings great prestige and is an amazing race to win.
SCA believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and we are committed to creating value for people and nature. To champion these ideals, SCA launches Amazing Women Everywhere, to celebrate women who have a positive impact on others.
The women of SCA’s all-female racing team, Team SCA, exemplify this spirit. They have come from all walks of life and backgrounds to take on one of the world’s most challenging endeavors, the Volvo Ocean Race. For nine months, their journey of hard work and determination will inspire millions around the world. Follow along with Team SCA on Facebook!
We aim to gather thousands of stories from all over the world and inspire thousands more by illustrating that amazing women truly are everywhere. Visit http://www.teamsca.com/awemosaic to submit a photo of an amazing woman in your life.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SCA. The opinions and text are all mine.