Thanks for tha perspective! Very informative.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.
Gotcha, I know Mike G at the downtown sailing center, I'm sure he could hook you up with a ride depending on what you're looking for.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.
zz4gta - I got your message, and replied, but then I got a message saying I need a post count of 15 before I can send private messages! So not sure if you got my reply. The short answer is no and yes.