I’ll tell you what, nothing lifts me up more that a gal on a mission to do something outstanding. Unless, of course, you find the women who not only have set out to do so, are actually in the midst of doing it. I find the story about Team SCA, the first truly professional all-female team to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race, to be truly inspiring.
Who is Team SCA?
This inspiring team includes 13 women with age ranges from 28-40, from all over the world – including three Americans, Sara Hastreiter (age 30, from Wyoming) and Sally Barkow (age 34, from Wisconsin), and Sophie Ciszek (age 30, dual citizen of US/Australia). Other amazing members of Team SCA include Dee Caffari (GBR), the only woman to have sailed solo both ways around the world (both east and west); two moms, Abby Ehler (GBR and AUS) and Carolijn Brouwer (NED), who both have young sons; and Elodie-Jane and Justine Mettraux, the first two sisters to sail this race. Individual bios for each team member and more team information can be found on the Team SCA blog, here.
What is the Volvo Ocean Race?
The Volvo Ocean Race is the toughest offshore sailing race in the world. The history of the race goes back to 1973 and is considered the Everest of racing. The race lasts for nine months, covering 39,379 nautical miles (almost two laps around the equator). It started in Alicante, Spain in October 2014 and stops in nine countries around the world before it finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015.The race will make one stop in North America: Newport, RI, arriving between May 5-9.
What’s particularly cool about this event is that all teams are competing on a level playing field. They all have the same boat and equipment and were not allowed to make any modifications. I can’t see what these awesome ladies do!
Teams of women are pretty cool…
I think as an individual woman, I’m pretty tough. But I’m really nothing with out my girlfriends who are always there for me. We run together, travel, set goals, cook meals, laugh, chat, cry and carry and push each other forward. I wasn’t blessed with a mother or a sister, so I’m forever grateful for the family of women I have collected over my years.
I couldn’t help but upload my friend and Gals Who Run co-coach Sheri. She is quite possibly one of the tiniest people I know by size and largest by way of power and inspiration. Not to mention she is one fierce runner! Her heart is quite possibly bigger than her body and she’d give it to someone if it would make their day better. I really do aspire to be as selfless and giving as she is in life every day.
What woman inspires you?
Is it an athlete, friend, celebrity, co-worker, boss, or other family member? Who are the ladies that keep you shining bright and pushing forward? Honor them and recognize them by contributing to the Amazing Women Everywhere Awesome Mosaic! Use the #weareteamsca #amazingwomeneverywhere hashtags if you share on social media to join the party!
A little bit more about SCA
SCA believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and we are committed to creating value for people and nature. To champion these ideals, SCA launches Amazing Women Everywhere, to celebrate women who have a positive impact on others.
The women of SCA’s all-female racing team, Team SCA, exemplify this spirit. They have come from all walks of life and backgrounds to take on one of the world’s most challenging endeavors, the Volvo Ocean Race. For nine months, their journey of hard work and determination will inspire millions around the world. Follow along with Team SCA on Facebook!
We aim to gather thousands of stories from all over the world and inspire thousands more by illustrating that amazing women truly are everywhere. Visit http://www.teamsca.com/awemosaic to submit a photo of an amazing woman in your life.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SCA. The opinions and text are all mine.
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