What I love most about writing for this blog is being able to share stories and events like the one I am about to tell you about. I love sharing the strength of empowering women and the reminder that we can do anything we set our mind to.
I would love to introduce to you the women of Team SCA who are currently competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. Team SCA is the first all female team in a decade to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s toughest sailing race. The Volvo Ocean race is an offshore sailing race and is known to be one of the toughest in the world. It lasts for 9 months and covers 39,379 nautical miles which is almost 2 complete laps around the equator. The race is ongoing right now as is started last October in Spain and will touch down in nine countries around the world before it finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden this June. This race will make one stop in North America and arrive in Newport, RI, arriving between May 5-9, 2015.
Team SCA consists of 13 women from all over the world and their ages range from 28 – 40. Three of them are from the US, Sara Hastreiter (age 30, from Wyoming) and Sally Barkow (age 34, from Wisconsin), and Sophie Ciszek (age 30, dual citizen of US/Australia.)
This is the first time there is a completely level playing field amongst all teams. Each team is competing using the same boat (The Volvo Ocean 65, or VO65) and there could not be any changes to the boat by any team. SCA team trained on this boat in Spain for almost 2 years to get ready for this “Everest of races.)
This has to be one of the hardest things these women have had to do and it completely encourages me and motivates me to not be afraid or back off of things I want to do because it may be hard. My thoughts may not be on the same level, but I have been thinking about getting back into running again and doing a 10k. I have been putting it off because I know it is hard work, but I want to feel a sense of empowerment that I am sure these women feel everyday.
Right now all teams are in their 6 months of the race and they have been capturing their journey through a blog and social media accounts. You can see all their images at http://teamsca.photodeck.com/. Or follow their journey on Facebook!
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.