On October 11, 2014 the Team SCA crew waved goodbye to thousands of well-wishers, friends and family to start the biggest challenge of their lives. They were the first all-female team to compete in the Volvo Ocean race in 12 years.

Over 250 female athletes from across the world applied for a position on the sailing team, and just 15 were chosen to be part of the Team SCA squad. They came from Great Britain, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, and The Netherlands.

When they left the dock Team SCA faced a fleet of competitors that had combined experience of over 79 Volvo Ocean Races. Speaking on the dock before the start, skipper Sam Davies commented:

“We have divided this race up into a lot of different races – nine in total (with InPort races in between). All the way we will keep working. We will keep learning. And our goal is to be proud of ourselves when the race is over”.

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 This race was not about one leg or one race, but nine races. It takes many different skills to make a team, and there is no secret recipe, but training, hard work and commitment are crucial to be successful.

It was a leg of highs and lows, from leading the fleet out of the Gibraltar Straits, to the cloud of all clouds that held them captive in the Doldrums. “We actually ended up getting stuck under this rain cloud and it was like our ‘own’ cloud.  It was so dark and it never stopped, it was 13 hours of sitting with no breeze while the others moved ahead and we lost hundreds of miles in one evening, “ commented Sara Hastreiter.

After 26 days 23 hours, 37 minutes and 49 seconds, Team SCA crossed the line to complete Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15into Cape Town, South Africa. The all-female team fought right to the finish, and their ‘never give up’ mantra, saw them sneak past Spanish entry, Mapfre passing them in the final 10 miles of the 7,000 mile leg to finish sixth.

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