SCA's all female crew debut

2013-06-29 - ÅF Offshore Race The global hygiene and forestry company SCA backs a female crewed boat for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Part of the preparation is to compete with one male (SCA Nature) and one female (SCA People) crew in this year's ÅFOR.

These boats, new Farr 45s, are manned by SCA employees from all corners of the globe and all areas of business, each with varying degrees of sailing experience. The aim has been to gather the most diverse crew possible.

Two of the Swedish participants, Åsa Dahlström and Catarina Wickstrom, are both well experienced J24 sailors. They tell us that this is the first time the team has gathered. Now acquainted, they have been running three practice sessions before the competition.
- We have practiced manoeuvres and positioning, getting to know the boat, says Åsa.

The boats will now mostly be used for customer events and internal coaching courses.

Helen Moriarty, UK, comes from Devon and signed up to participate as a crew member as soon as she heard about the opportunity.
- I have experience of sailing 30 and 50-footers in English waters and well on board, I will here be spinnaker trimmer. It will be terribly exciting to explore the Swedish archipelago.

Ivette Perez from Mexico found the opportunity through the company intranet. She has no direct sailing experience but wanted to be a part of the multi-national crew.
- I'll be grinding on board and this will be a great experience for me. And how beautiful it is with all the water around Stockholm!

The boats race in Class SRS A. Skipper on SCA People is Bel Henry from Australia. Skipper on the men's boat SCA Nature is Johan Larsson.