SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
New Video Available - SCA to Enter All-Female Team For Next Volvo Ocean Race
The team are the first to announce an entry for what will be the 12th edition of the race, starting from Alicante in the second half of 2014.
The all-female challengers are the first team to confirm an order for the new 65-foot one-design boat, details of which were announced by the race in June. The new high-performance boat is being built by a consortium of boatyards in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Italy and will make it significantly cheaper for teams to mount a competitive campaign. The Volvo Ocean Race will ensure a minimum of eight boats are built, with the goal of getting between eight and 10 teams on the start line for the 12th edition of the race. The first of the boats will be finished in mid-2013.
The new design puts less of a premium on physical strength, and means all-female teams should be competitive in the race, which is one of sailing's Big Three events along with the America's Cup and the Olympics.The last time an all-female team competed in the race was in 2001-02, when Lisa Charles (now Lisa McDonald) skippered Amer Sports Too. The first all-female team to compete were Maiden, skippered by Tracy Edwards, back in 1989-90. The full list is as follows:
1989-90 Maiden/Tracy Edwards
1993-94 US Women's Challenge/Nance Franck, later Heineken/Dawn Riley
1997-98 EF Education/Christine Guilou
2001-02 Amer Sports Too Lisa Charles (now McDonald)
The last woman sailor in the race was Adrienne Cahalan, who was navigator on Brasil 1 for a single leg in 2005-06.