Second transatlantic for Team SCA
With less than five months to go until the start of the round the world Volvo Ocean Race, Team SCA has today set off on its second transatlantic passage, sailing from Newport, Rhode Island back to the squad’s training base in Lanzarote, Spain.
For SCA’s all-female team, this second long offshore passage comes just a week after arriving in Newport.
Crewwoman Sally Barkow commented: “For the past week we have been working on the boat, carrying out a few minor repairs and are now looking forward to getting our teeth back into the rhythm onboard! It has been a fairly busy ‘stopover’ in Newport and we seem to have managed to squeeze a lot into the week, including a visit to a local Elementary School and a satellite media tour with broadcasters and radio stations across the US. It has been great to be here and we are very much looking forward to coming back in a years time for the Race itself,”
Team SCA will be sailing with 11 crew onboard the boat, including navigator trialist Libby Greenhalgh (GBR) as well as Anna-Lena Elled (SWE), a new trialist Onboard Reporter. This is the same number of crew that will be allowed to be onboard during the race itself.
Team SCA Coach, Brad Jackson commented: “The crew had a productive sail over and it was very satisfying, for them as much as for us, to see all the hard work over the past eighteen months come together. The sail back will be tougher, as the weather conditions will be slightly harder and it will be a lot colder, and will probably be a day or so longer. They will also only be eleven crew onboard, so that will bring with it a slightly different dynamic.” Race rules allow the all-female team 11 crew for the race itself.
The squad system, as in a lot of sport, helps the coaches to create a team that helps the overall development of the squad. Team SCA Coach Joca Signorini comments: “It is important that we have a wide range of skills across our team. In the 40-plus year history of the race there have only been four teams that have completed the race with the same crew onboard as at the start. We have therefore created a system that allows us have the flexibility to choose from a pool of talented, fit and race-ready sailors ensuring that we are prepared for any eventuality. This is a long and hard Race.”
The team started from Fort Adams, Newport earlier today (Thursday), and is due to arrive back into Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on 28 May. The team will sail to a waypoint near Lisbon, replicating the course for Leg Seven of the Volvo Ocean Race, and then immediately on to the team’s base in Lanzarote.
Team SCA Sailing Team - Transatlantic May 15-28, 2014
Sally Barkow (USA) - Helm / Trim
Carolijn Brouwer (NED) - Helm / Trim
Dee Caffari (GBR) - Pit / Helm
Sophie Ciszek (AUS) - Bow / Helm
Sam Davies (GBR) - Person-in-Charge / Watch Captain
Abby Ehler (GBR) - Pit / Trim
Stacey Jackson (AUS) - Bow / Trim
Annie Lush (GBR) - Helm / Trim
Justine Mettraux (SUI) - Helm / Trim
Liz Wardley (AUS) - Watch Captain
Libby Greenhalgh (GBR) – Navigator (on trial)
Anna-Lena Elled (SWE) - OnBoard Reporter (on trial)