International Women’s Day is a global call for female equality and empowerment, and the day celebrated on March 8 every year is particularly pertinent to Team SCA.
The all-female professional sailing team has demonstrated great resilience and courage in so far completing more than half of the Volvo Ocean Race – arguably the most demanding sports event on the planet – with the hardest part of the race still ahead of them.
It is the first time in 12 years that women have competed in the punishing 38,739-nautical mile round-the-world yacht race - the ultimate test in human endurance. Swedish sponsor SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, is supporting the team as part of its campaign for women to participate fully in all aspects of society, including those usually dominated by men.
Skippered by renowned British single-handed sailor Sam Davies, Team SCA is about to start Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race -from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil – which promises to be the most brutal yet. The crew will face facing fiercely strong winds, deep waves, freezing temperatures and hazardous icebergs.
The Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in October 2014 and will finish at the end of June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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