SOLD!! to the Ladies
SCA participates in Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015.
About 80 percent of SCA’s consumers globally are women. This strong reason is behind SCA’s decision to sign an all-female crew for one of the sporting world’s most challenging events. SCA is participating with a boat in the next round of the world Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-2015.
“SCA’s participation in the Volvo Ocean Race is important in our continued journey of change. As a Group, SCA invests in global growth, particularly in the hygiene area. The Volvo Ocean Race will increase awareness of the SCA brand and create stronger links to product brands ...
“SCA’s investment in an all-female crew is unique. Competing for nine months in the world’s toughest offshore sailing race is a challenge that deserves respect. The new boat design lends itself to an all-female crew, and our aim is to create a strong team that will have the best possible platform to undertake the challenge," says Richard Brisius, Atlant.
SCA is the world’s second-largest hygiene company and Europe’s largest private forest owner with sales in more than 100 countries.
SCA participates in Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015
While we wait for the delivery of our race boat, scheduled to be delivered in autumn of 2013, we have acquired a top-notch training boat to begin our team preparations
-"We have bought the VO70 boat Puma which came third in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012", says Richard Brisius, Managing Director of Team SCA.
The boat is now in the United Kingdom undergoing a graphic makeover and being adjusted to become the ideal training boat. ...
"Right now we are putting together a group of crew candidates. It is a very exciting work and we have been in contact with many interesting, experienced and qualified female sailors from around the world. We hope to have a first group of sailors ready for our team towards the end of the first quarter of the 2103. From there, we will continue to build and our plan is to have most of the crew ready to go during the summer of 2013."
Within Team SCA, there is a small group that works with the selection of candidates. The group includes, besides Richard Brisius, among others Magnus Olsson with experience from seven Volvo Ocean Race projects as well as Joao "Joca" Signorini who won the competition in 2009 with Ericsson 4 and who also sailed on the Telefónica boat in the latest Volvo Ocean Race.
Puma is Team SCA training boat for 2014 Volvo Ocean Race
So this gives you a difference in budget in what regards the VOR and the Vendee Globe. Here, not even on a top team, they buy a last edition boat has a training boat (a two year old boat), a brand new boat for the race and will have to pay an year of training to a very numerous sailing team.
On a Vendee Globe a boat that had raced the last edition and that means a 5 year old boat is still Competitive and a 2 years old boat is a "new" boat.
Besides that the skippers of the Vendee Globe do not require an year of paid training (and that's not eleven, bu just one). They are already trained by a full season of racing on their Open 60 that is not used only for the vendee Globe but to a Full championship that includes many transats and a duo circumnavigation.
That's why you have 20 boats at the start of the Vendee an 5 at the start of the VOR.
Anyway that are great news. I hope they can get a good team. For sure I would put Sam Davies as Captain and on that crew Jeanne, Dee, Isabel and some other great solo sailors. Well, if they could manage to put Ellen racing again...it would even be a winning team. That would be really nice
. Groupama victory proved that even rookie solo good sailors are competitive on the VOR with some training and a great Captain.