I love it when the stars align….as much as I love it when something EXTREMELY unexpected happens, or I’m pushed a bit beyond my comfort zone. I’ve been following the Volvo Ocean Race since it began, and when I was approached to write a post about Team SCA (the women’s team) who are the first all female team to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race (which is by far the world’s toughest sailing race), I didn’t even have to stop and read the rest of the e-mail. We were a sailing family. I lived near Newport, sailed in regatta’s, watched the America’s Cup when it was in town….our lives revolved around being on the ocean. This was a good fit for me.
For those not familiar with the race
The Volvo Ocean Race is a grueling 9-month race that runs from Alicante, Spain with stops in 11 ports (including my old stomping grounds – Newport, RI), finally ending in Gothenburg, Sweden. Each yacht is built from the same set of plans by one of 4 boat builders, so no boat has an advantage over another. Seven teams sail the same course of 38,739 nautical miles.
Imagine being on the open ocean for nine months, with the same women, in cramped quarters (we’re not talking a cruise ship here), and facing new challenges day after day, through all sorts of obstacles. The women on the Team SCA come from all walks of life, yet with determination and focus, have unified to achieve this ONE GOAL TOGETHER.
The women began their journey in Spain, and coincidentally that is where I got the bug to write about travel. They began in Alicante, just a mere 6 hours away (by car) from Jerez de la Frontera, where my travel journey began. Oh, I had traveled when I was younger, even lived in Europe for a spell, but it was THAT TRIP TO SPAIN that made me decide that I wanted to continue to seek out new destinations and meet people from all around the world. Over the past two years, I’ve traveled the globe, meeting new people and challenging my boundaries.
Be a part of their journey and share a woman who inspires you. The cameraderie of Team SCA is infectious…it has inspired me to upload photos (I’ll share more about that in my next post about Team SCA) and to help champion the women in my life who have inspired me to be a better person.
You can read more about the journey of Sara Hastreiter (age 30, from Wyoming) and Sally Barkow (age 34, from Wisconsin), and Sophie Ciszek (age 30, dual citizen of US/Australia), Dee Caffari (GBR), the only woman to have sailed solo both ways around the world (both east and west); two moms, Abby Ehler (GBR and AUS) and Carolijn Brouwer (NED), and Elodie-Jane and Justine Mettraux, the first two sisters to sail this race, at Team SCA.
Upload a photo
Share a photo of an amazing woman in your life and have it become a part of the Amazing Women Everywhere Mosaic. It’s simple and also helps the World Wildlife Federation (each photo uploaded means 1 euro more for the organization).
For more information visit Team SCA on
SCA believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and we are committed to creating value for people and nature. To champion these ideals, SCA launches Amazing Women Everywhere, to celebrate women who have a positive impact on others.
The women of SCA’s all-female racing team, Team SCA, exemplify this spirit. They have come from all walks of life and backgrounds to take on one of the world’s most challenging endeavors, the Volvo Ocean Race. For nine months, their journey of hard work and determination will inspire millions around the world. Follow along with Team SCA on Facebook!
We aim to gather thousands of stories from all over the world and inspire thousands more by illustrating that amazing women truly are everywhere. Visit http://www.teamsca.com/awemosaic to submit a photo of an amazing woman in your life.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SCA. The opinions and text are all mine.
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