3rd NL woman bids for Team SCA spot
LANZAROTE _ Seeking to enter the first all-female boat in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race in over a decade, Sweden’s Team SCA is stepping up crew trials. It is putting a 3rd group of candidates through trials in the Canary Islands. So far, 3 Dutch women hope to make the grade: Carolijn Brouwer, Klaartje Zuiderbaan and Annemieke Bes.
Team SCA is testing candidate aboard the ex-VOR yacht Mar Mostro in 10-day trials. Brouwer, the 1998 ISAF World Sailor of the Year, competed in 3 Olympics. Zuiderbaan coached the Netherlands to gold in the 2012 Paralympics. Bes is a 3-time Olympian. In 2004, she placed 4th in the Yngling. In 2008 she won silver. The crew of Team SCA will be announced later this year.
Brouwer and Zuiderbaan were in the 1st group of candidates, along with Annie Lush (UK), Jeanne Gregoire (F), Liz Wardley (Aus), Sam Davies (UK), Stacey Jackson (Aus). The 2nd was made up of Alicia Ageno (Sp), Sally Barkow (US), Karin Berg (Swe), Sophie Ciszek and Jessica Sweeney (Aus), Robin Hilton (Can) and Justine Mettraux (Swit). The third group, with Bes, is now going through its paces. Team SCA coach Brad Jackson: “We have been very impressed with the caliber of candidates so far. We are, of course, looking at each candidate’s sailing skill (and) ability to work as part of a team. This race can at times be very demanding – both physically and mentally.”
The 2014–15 VOR _ the 12th edition of the round-the-world event _ starts in the autumn of 2014 in Alicante, Spain.
Photo: 4 Team SCA hopefuls (L-to-R): Tamara Echegoyen and Natalia Via-Dufresne (Spain), Annemieke Bes (NL) and Anna-Lena Elled (Sweden).