SCA starts VOR crew trials
Team SCA, which hopes to be the first all-female boat in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race in over a decade, has begun trials with 2 groups of candidate-crew.
The first _ 7 professional sailors, including Carolijn Brouwer and Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands _ left Feb. 2 on a Southampton-to-Lanzarote training leg. Both sailed in the VOR2001-02 on the all-female Amer Sports Too. Brouwer won the 1998 ISAF World Sailor of the Year Award and competed in 3 Olympics. Zuiderbaan coached the Netherlands to gold in the 2012 Paralympics.
Sam Davies, the British navigator on the run to Lanzarotte called the VOR2014-15 an “amazing opportunity” for women ocean racers. The trial was done on a repurposed VOR yacht (the Mar Mostro) while the SCA team awaits delivery of a brand new one-design Volvo Ocean 65. The Farr Design VOR-65s are being built by a consortium of yards in Britain, France, Switzerland and Italy. VOR hopes for 8 to 10 teams. The one-design formula reins in budgets, especially in development costs. SCA is a Swedish personal hygiene multinational.
Zuiderbaan told Zeilen magazine: “Im really looking forward (to the VOR). I sailed in it once before. But in 2002 we had little time to prepare. That’s the big difference now. With SCA we have a lot of time! In the remainder of the month a number of sailors will join us. Who, I don’t know.” Also on the Team SCA trial to Lanzarotte: Annie Lush and Sam Davies (Britain), Jeanne Gregoire (France), Liz Wardley and Stacey Jackson (Australia).