The first Volvo Ocean 65 has left the factory and hit the water. Meet hull #1 and her all-female crew. Team SCA.
The Volvo Ocean Race begins in less than one year, on October 4th, 2014. The international cast of women racing for this Swedish entry -the first confirmed team of the 2014-15 edition- are hard at work training under the guidance of Sam Davies, the British Vendee Globe starlet who was forced to abandon her non-stop circumnavigation after losing her rig in the first week of the race.
But less than one year later Davies has been given a second shot to conquer the world, this time onboard the first all-female VOR team since EF Language raced in the 1997-98 edition of the Whitbread. It's about time.
And if you think your office is challenging, try to imagine circumnavigating the world -just shy of 40,000 nautical miles- at 40 miles per hour in a carbon fiber sauna with 11 of the world's most talented female athletes. It'll be the best show this race has offered in more than a decade.
For more detail and some great photos of Team SCA, read Volvo Ocean 65: New Ocean-Racing One Design on YachtWorld.
You can also get onboard and follow the Volvo Ocean Race on Facebook.
These girls are out to prove that real sailors wear pink. And no, salmon doesn't count.