Team SCA finalizing VOR crew selection
LANZAROTE, Canary Islands _ Sweden’s Team SCA has added American Sally Barkow and Justine Mettraux of Switzerland to the lineup of its all-female crew for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. It now has 9 confirmed crew members, including Carolijn Brouwer of the Netherlands and 3 British and 3 Australian sailors.
“Team SCA will have 11 crew onboard,” plus an onboard reporter, says Team SCA spokeswoman Victoria Low. “Our ambition is to complete the crew in the next couple of months.”
From hundreds of applications, Team SCA invited 35 women to month-long trials at the team base in Lanzarote. Each candidate has to go through a rigorous training and physical program as well as sailing onboard the team’s Volvo Ocean 65. Says Team SCA coach Joca Signorini, a 3-time VOR veteran: “It is really important we take our time to secure the best possible squad of women … I have been incredibly impressed so far and am very happy with how the team is shaping up.”
Barkow, 33, has been an Olympic circuit regular and competed for the USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Mettraux, 27, comes to Team SCA after placing 2nd in the Mini Transat, the single-handed, France-to-the-Caribbean race for 6.5m boats. She raced for Team SCA in the last Fastnet Race.
Team SCA plans to take part in some offshore races in the first half of 2014 before moving to Alicante to prepare for the October start of the next Volvo Ocean Race.