Team SCA (leading global hygiene and forest Products Company) is preparing to take part with an entirely female crew in one of the world’s most challenging sailing events, the Volvo Ocean Race. Amidst much support, the training boat is due to leave Southampton this weekend with the first group of potential candidates selected from hundreds of applicants.
The boat has been newly painted in anticipation of its first 1500-mile journey. To prepare for the race, Puerto Calero in Lanzarote was identified as the location of choice by Richard Brisius, managing director of SCA. He commented, “We had no doubt about returning to Puerto Calero after our positive experiences with the Ericsson campaign. The marina offers everything we need to prepare well for the race and the climate in Lanzarote makes a considerable difference in terms of using time effectively.”
The team will spend 18 months training in Lanzarote prior to the start of the race.
The team will represent only the fifth female crew, where all-women entries haven’t been seen in the event for a decade and the last female participant took part eight years ago.
The crew will sail under the guidance of coaches Magnus Olsson and Brad Jackson. With no less than twelve Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Races between them, they bring on board an entire wealth of practical knowledge. Both enthused by the project, Jackson said, “Access throughout the year to a full range of sailing conditions opens the door for some quality training opportunities and with some highly experienced people, this looks to be an exciting campaign.” Magnus Olsson added, “We all have a lot of hard work ahead of us but this is a thrilling opportunity. I’m looking forward to the challenges presented by training a new team and it is great to see support for women in sailing.”
José Juan Calero, MD of Puerto Calero Marinas commented, “The fact that the first team to sign up for this coming Volvo Ocean Race has elected to train in Lanzarote, following the footsteps of four other teams over the past two races, serves to consolidate the island as an internationally acclaimed destination for high-performance race-training; a reputation that we will continue to work to maintain with completion of our new project Marina Lanzarote, a facility that will be specially designed and equipped to meet teams’ most stringent requirements, in particular teams preparing for offshore regattas such as the Volvo Ocean Race.”
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