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SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi

Monday, December 29, 2014
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Volvo Ocean Race is a yacht race around the world. In the next round, 2014-2015, SCA is participating with a boat and an all-female crew because it is a unique global platform for building greater awareness of SCA as well as its brands, such as the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and regional brands, such as Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba and Tempo.

This global journey and nine-month race, which starts in Alicante, Spain in October 2014 and finish in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015, has stopovers around the world and will have millions of followers.

Let us have a look at what they stand for:

Who? 11 women on board racing from across the world. Nationalities such as Americans, Australian, English, Swiss and Dutch

What? They are the only female team sailing across the world, starting in Alicante in September 2014 and end in Sweden in June and today they have stopped by Abu Dhabi up until the 3rd of Jan where they set back into the race.

Purpose? To participate at the toughest ocean race across the world in the same condition as men do. To inspire other women to get out there and do what they always dreamed of doing no matter how difficult or impossible it may seem.

Survival? On board the boat, ready made food in containers, barely 2 hours of sleep a day or night. The worst conditions really. The reward? The sense of accomplishment and achievement.

What keeps them going? The team depend on each other. Their constant support. Their passion and love for sailing. There is no room for failure.

Abby Ehler (GBR)

“It was a race of two parts, we were sailing really well at the beginning of the leg and a slight navigational error with the routing set us on the back foot and then from there we were never really given a chance to catch up. Again, a huge learning curve, but we are all still loving what we are doing, sailing the boat really well, and we just have to keep pushing.

It is hard to keep the motivation up when you are not anywhere near the other boats, I guess you could use the analogy of driving a car around a race track and if you have got a fleet of cars around you, you know how to gauge yourself, you know how fast you are going to take a corner or where you are going to brake. It is the same with sailing, if you have no one nearby to judge your speed against, then you never know how hard to push the boat, when to pull back – it is the same thing.”

 

Stopover Guide – They leave Abu dhabi on the 3rd of January and set sail to Sanya then Aukland, Itajai, Newport,Lisbon, Lorient and finally Gothenburg by 22nd of June.

Today Today, the women are docked in Abu Dhabi with the Volvo Ocean Race

Make a trip with the family and head out there to show your support and find out more on their fantastic journey!

I would like to thank every person on the team of SCA for having me today, sailing, learning and being part of their world. Inspiring stories were shared from these women and I met Olympic award winners too. Today, it was a day I learned how women and people inspire each other in every single sport or activity. I cannot wait to see them again. I cannot wait to learn more about sailing. I wish them the best of luck. These women have no idea what positive impact they are doing to the world. It’s because of them, women stand proud and strong.

Stay safe and my prayers goes out to all of them while they are at sea.

Find out more on these amazing women [Here]

**Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari [Instagram] [Website]

With love,

TJD

Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari
Photo credits to Ibrahim Al Beshari

 

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