Nautor 2 skipper announcedLisa McDonald will lead one of the two Nautor Challenge Volvo Ocean 60s in this year's Volvo Ocean Race. The first thing she will do is to select the all female crew together with Grant Dalton who is head of sport and technical set-up for the syndicate and skipper of the other Nautor Challenge boat.
"I'm delighted to be part of the Nautor Challenge two boat campaign and to be hired by Grant Dalton to head one of the two Nautor Challenge boats is a brilliant opportunity to combine forces with one of the world's leading offshore skippers", says Lisa McDonald, who is based at Hamble in the U.K.
"Four years ago, EF provided a foundation for our female team to learn the ways of offshore grand prix sailing. Now we are raising the game and bring the experience to Nautor Challenge with skills, strength and determination," she continues.
Lisa McDonald and Grant Dalton have started the thorough work to select the 11 other members of the female crew. It could consist of some of the girls from the former Whitbread boat: EF Education combined with some other females that not yet have had the chance to take part. They will be looking for crew with offshore experience as well as some dinghy sailing talents.
Lisa McDonald who is also widely known under her maiden name, Lisa Charles was born in the United States and resides in England. She has sailed in most of the best regattas all over the world. She was part of the first full female entry in the America's Cup, on America3 Mighty Mary in 19956 and in the last America's Cup on board America True. Lisa also sailed the 1995 and 1998 Sydney-Hobart races, the Admiral's Cups in 1995 and 1999, and the 1993 and 1997 Fastnet races.
Her long distance sailing includes briefly being one of Tracy Edwards' crew on board the maxi catamaran Royal & SunAlliance before jumping shjip to join EF Education in the last Whitbread Round the World 1997/98, sailing with an all-female crew.