Volvo Ocean Race- Can women compete with men?

October 4 2013 - Team SCA sailing trials in the English Channel

Can women compete with men? That’s a question the Team SCA girls hear a lot and they are not afraid to give a straight answer.

Watch the video to see how the all-female team view the competition with their male counterparts and how they train hard to rise to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 challenge.

It has been more than 10 years since an all-female team entered the race and Team SCA crew members are dedicating all their energy to this pioneer campaign in a Volvo Ocean 65.

But their participation also raises the question of women's competitiveness in sailing. In a race that is so extreme and so physically demanding, can a female team actually compete with the rest of the fleet?

With three crewmembers who have done the Volvo Ocean Race before - Liz Wardley, Carolijn Brouwer and Abby Elher - the team do not believe that their performance will be hindered by their gender.

'The biggest problem we're going to have is not that we are women, it’s just that we have a lack of experience,' says Annie Lush.

To make up for this deficit, the girls are working hard to build up their physical and mental strength and increase their skills in handling the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65. Since January, Team SCA have been hitting the gym every morning before sailing at their training base in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

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