All-female Volvo Ocean Race team acquires training boat
The first official entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the all-female crewed Team SCA has announced that they plan to carry out some initial training on the Puma VO70, which they have acquired.
“While we wait for the delivery of our race boat, scheduled to be delivered in autumn of 2013, we have acquired a top-notch training boat to begin our team preparations. We have bought the Volvo Open 70 Puma, which came third in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012", says Richard Brisius, Managing Director of Team SCA.
The boat is now in the United Kingdom undergoing a graphic makeover and being adjusted to become the ideal training boat. Brisius expects to start sailing with candidates in February.
"Right now we are putting together a group of crew candidates. It is very exciting work and we have been in contact with many interesting, experienced and qualified female sailors from around the world. We hope to have the first group of sailors ready for our team towards the end of the first quarter of the 2103. From there, we will continue to build and our plan is to have most of the crew ready to go during the summer of 2013."
Within Team SCA, there is a small group who work with the selection of candidates. Besides Richard Brisius, the group includes among others Magnus Olsson with experience from seven Volvo Ocean Race projects as well as Joao ‘Joca’ Signorini who won the race in 2009 aboard Ericsson 4 and who also sailed on board Telefónica in the last Volvo Ocean Race.