Team SCA: Equality in The Volvo Ocean Race
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘woman’? Did you say “an arduous sailing competition”? We thought so.
The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the toughest sporting challenges known to man, or in this case, women. For the first time since 2002, an all woman team is entering the grueling 9 month event. Team SCA (SCA is a Swedish hygiene and forest products company specializing in manufacturing paper and toiletries whilst promoting sustainability, combating climate change, and encouraging biodiversity) had over 250 applicants from around the world to be apart of this elite squad.
In the end, 12 women (11 crew members and 1 on-board reporter) from 3 different continents were selected to represent Team SCA in the nine-leg race (across five oceans and over 38,000 miles) that kicks off on October 2nd. Team SCA represents the best of the best in female offshore sailing with experiences from numerous challenging races around the world, including Olympic racing and around the world solo races. So who comprises Team SCA and where do the members hail from? We’re glad you asked:
Simply entering the Volvo Ocean Race isn’t enough for these savvy women, When they arrive in Gothenburg at the end of June 2015, their ambition is to be the best performing all female team in the history of the race…and who says they can’t win the whole shebang? The only thing that is certain on the high seas is uncertainty. X-factors like weather, equipment damage/malfunction, illness, and human error can all come into play for any of the teams involved. While a little good or bad luck can certainly affect the outcome, Team SCA certainly has the skills involved to make things very interesting over the next 9 months.
We’ll be updating you several times over the course of this race to let you know how Team SCA is progressing. We hope you’ll get on board and join us in cheering them on as they attempt to make history!