Over 250 female athletes from across the world applied to be part of the Team SCA squad. The final squad now comprises 14 elite female athletes from Great Britain, USA, Switzerland, Australia, and The Netherlands, out of which a crew of 11 plus one onboard reporter will be selected to sail the boat throughout the nine-leg race, visiting 11 cities, nine months of racing across five oceans.
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.
The crew of Team SCA will be facing a fleet of competitors that have a combined experience of 79 Volvo Ocean Races. British skipper Sam Davies talks about Team SCA’s competitors
“I think that I am speaking for all of us in Team SCA when I say that once we are out there, we will just be one among several competing teams, and will race the best way we can. I often get questions about what is different on our boat. From my perspective, we do not treat this race any differently than the other teams, and we are not treated any differently, either.
"The Race organizer has changed the rules so that we can have three more crew members, three pairs of extra hands. That will help, of course. At the same time, when it is time to hoist and lower heavy sails, we will be a bit slower than the boys, anyway. I think that having three extra brains, especially female ones, could be our biggest advantage.”
This race is not about one leg or one race, but nine races. It takes many different skills to make a team. there is no secret recipe, but training, hard work and commitment are crucial to make be successful. Team SCA have trained for 18 months for the 38,000 mile race around the world, they have committed every waking hour in the pursuit of one goal, to be
the most successful female team in the history of this epic race.