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”.