Shirley Robertson OBE, Double gold medallist and TV Presenter

  All female crew in a man’s world
13 May 2013

All female crew in a man’s world

Shirley has exclusive access with an all female round the world racing unit as they prepare to take on the world and beat some of the best male crews on the planet.

The last time that an all female crew entered the Volvo Ocean Race (toughest fully crewed race around the world) was over a decade ago. Since then this ocean marathon has become more physical, more intense and raced at a faster pace. The latest generation of this round the world race that was first held in 1972 has seen sheer power and strength of the crew as vital ingredients of the winning formula and the race has become an exclusively male domain.

But for the next edition, starting in 2014 an all female crew will compete. Sweden’s Team SCA were the first crew to announce their entry to the race, and are first to be up and running.

This month on CNN Mainsail Shirley heads to their training camp in Lanzarote and is inside the team as they put some of the very best of the many hundreds of female sailors who have applied for a crewing position, to the test on land and on water.

It was a tense time for the short listed sailors who were in the Canary Islands this Spring as after four months of training it was time to find out who had made to cut and would be named as the first five crew members of Team SCA’s round the world race team and who would not.

Watch here: CNN Mainsail – May 2013

dsc6041_lowSCA training in the Solent © Rick Tomlinson/SCA