WOW STORIES: The all womens yacht team

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When I opened my email one morning to see an invitation to fly out to Spain for a few days with very little notice, I sighed and thought to myself ‘maybe next time’. But reading further into the email I was promptly enticed by the opportunity to spend time with Team SCA – the only all women’s yacht team entering the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2014.

So I was invited along with three other bloggers to become an ambassador for the team. Three other bloggers who were similarly fearless, fierce females forging their own paths in the blogging industry. ME!? I thought to myself…

An opportunity I simply couldn’t refuse.

For the past year travelling the world solo as a 22 year old female, I’ve quickly become an advocate of women’s strength – both inside and out. I’ll be the first to admit that I have shied away from the term ‘feminist’, but with Emma Watson’s recent #HeForShe speech at the UN Conference, I’m eager to jump on board for what is hopefully a step in the right direction for feminism – an EQUAL approach to equality. After all, that’s what it’s all about… right?

So while men and women of the world are promptly catching on to the He For She message, I found myself landing in Alicante, Spain, to spend a few days with Team SCA. I came into this project feeling encouraged by the message about female strength (it takes a lot of that to sail around the world I should imagine), and I left the project feeling more inspired than ever to get myself into shape and live the ‘strong body, strong mind’ mantra myself.

SCA yacht SCA yacht SCA yacht

The Volvo Ocean Race 2014

Team SCA, the only all-female crew in the race this year and the first since 2002, are about to set sail around the world competing against a range of other crews from around the world. From Alicante (Spain) they will sail to 11 ports including Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Auckland, and The Hague, amongst others. You can read more about the race itself here.

Now I don’t know about you, but I find that pretty impressive on all accounts. From first glance I considered the physicality of the race – working around the clock, requiring a great deal of upper body strength, being on board a yacht for extended periods of time, sea sickness, etc. But after a few days with Team SCA I soon learned this was just the start of it…

There’s also the mental challenge of it all that comes with competing at such a high sporting level – as indeed, this is a race around the world.

Why it’s important to get behind this all female crew in the Volvo Ocean Race

But the message I couldn’t move past – despite the sportsmanship, mental challenges the crew face and of course physical endurance – which is promoting the message that women can do anything men can do if they set their minds to it.

Because that’s what it comes down to – a mental choice. It’s not about the shapes of our bodies or the social stigmas attached to masculinity and feminism… it’s a choice. We all have a choice to determine our own path and if it so becomes your desire to sail around the world as a female, I say why not. For the past year I have travelled around the world solo and learned first hand that it is not in any way shape or form easy to be a strong independent woman in the 21st Century… but it doesn’t have to stay like that.

So let’s get behind these women and rally our support for Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race! 

If not now, then when? If not me, then who?

– Emma Watson, UN Speech to the General Assembly 2014

SCAAlic SCAAlic team SCA

Support TEAM SCA in the Volvo Ocean Yacht Race by following their twitter, facebook and instagram updates. This is sure to be one ‘helluva’ race!

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    October 7, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Such an inspirational post, these women sound amazing!

  • awanderlustblog@OUTLOOK.COM'
    October 5, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I’ve just got back from a sailing trip in turkey, was amazing

    October 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    This all sounds very inspiring! I’d love to learn how to sail. Looks like so much fun 🙂 xx

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    October 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I am so appreciated. Such a fantastic experience. thanks for posting nice views.

    October 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    My boyfriend has just started sailing and I can’t help but feel envious… I want to start learning so I can eventually ended up on a sailing yacht in my superyacht career!!

    October 4, 2014 at 10:38 am

    What an inspiring article Brooke 🙂
    Thank you so much for bringing a smile to my face everyday and giving me hope to aspire towards my dreams. I hope one day I can finally meet you if our travel paths cross because in all honesty (*blushes*) I idolise you. Stay majestic!
    Best wishes from your 17y.o. Melbournian “mini me” xx 🙂

    October 4, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Beautiful post, Brooke!

    Madeline Fedmont
    October 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Sailing looks so much fun 🙂