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I'm watching this race, too, and can't figure out why they lose in the long races all of the time. They are obviously skilled because they do well in the in port races, but just can't keep up out at sea. Have any of them done this before? I think that may be a big factor. All the other teams have at least someone who has done this race, right?

I also think they may be a bit cautious - and as I said to my husband, they haven't landed on a reef or broken their mast, so I think they are doing fine!

I wish I were young and could do this race someday! It's amazing!
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Yes I think they are being cautious. But I have come to the conclusion it must be the packing and stacking which they don't have to do for the in port races. Brute force in minimal time is something they don't have and can't keep up with over the long hall.
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Experience plays a huge role in this instance. Only three of the women have done the VOR before, and only once each.

I read something in following the race that the men don't like to give up coveted spots for the women. Many of the men have competed in multiple VORs. For example, on Team Abu Dhabi, while for three it is their first time, one has done 2, three have done 3, one has done 4, and one has done 5 VORs. In-port races will be something everyone has a lot of experience in, which offers a more even playing field for the women. But when most haven't ever done this, the lack of experience makes a difference (and yes, there can be other issues like brute force of course - I got left out of Transpac one year for the same reason grrr). SCA has two extra crew than the standard teams which might help preserve strength (or make up for the lack) and extend endurance. Regardless, they are amazing - and they are blazing the trail for other women to participate more fully in the race.
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Experience plays a huge role in this instance. Only three of the women have done the VOR before, and only once each.

I read something in following the race that the men don't like to give up coveted spots for the women. Many of the men have competed in multiple VORs. For example, on Team Abu Dhabi, while for three it is their first time, one has done 2, three have done 3, one has done 4, and one has done 5 VORs. In-port races will be something everyone has a lot of experience in, which offers a more even playing field for the women. But when most haven't ever done this, the lack of experience makes a difference (and yes, there can be other issues like brute force of course - I got left out of Transpac one year for the same reason grrr). SCA has two extra crew than the standard teams which might help preserve strength (or make up for the lack) and extend endurance. Regardless, they are amazing - and they are blazing the trail for other women to participate more fully in the race.
Thanks for tha perspective! Very informative.
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Re: Team SCA, volvo ocean race

Some facts
-SCA is lacking experience in the VOR. They have individuals that have been around the world, but not in this type of fully crewed, full on all the time boats.
-their coach died shortly before the start, which I'm sure was a big blow.

Also they aren't doing all that bad. If you scale down ocean racing to w/l, they're only losing by 2 boat lengths. And they've cut down the deficit a lot over the course of the race.

I think its great for sailing, and will encourage other sponsors to get more involved, but as a team they're just not quite there yet. I don't believe it has anything to do with stacking. Line speed, grinding, in the inport races is a real concern, the women have admitted that much. However, they don't seem to do poorly b/c of it on the short course.
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The women racing on SCA have amazing experience - according to their page, over 250 applied, and only 15 were taken. They can only get better.

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The women racing on SCA have amazing experience - according to their page, over 250 applied, and only 15 were taken. They can only get better.

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Trevor - We don't know a Mike G at DSC, but we'll be taking people out for the Open House this Sat, so maybe we can ask. Thanks! -Lee

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Leg 6:The Highs and Lows
After 17days, 20hours, 59minutes and 8seconds Team SCA crossed the line to finish Leg 6 and arrive into Newport to a warm welcome. “We finally arrived at a sociable hour, which has not been our strong point in the past!,” commented Skipper Sam Davies as they arrived on the dock.
It was a leg of highs and lows; it was a strong start for team, they were competitive, racing hard with the top half of the fleet, as they stayed in the top three for much of the first week of this Leg. “For me that first week was important, we hadn’t really done that before, we were going really fast, we had good tactics and good speed, it felt like we were the pace boat at times. I guess it’s hard for people to see that massive difference in our performance since we started the race, but compared to our performance on the first legs, we’re at least 20% better,” Annie Lush.
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