Swedish consumer goods and paper conglomerate Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (English: Swedish Cellulose Company, SCA) today announced their intention to enter an all-female team into the 2014-2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
The team is the first to enter the 2014-2015 edition of the race, and also marks Sweden’s return to the sport of sailing. “I’m very pleased to see a women’s team back in the race,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. “The lack of women in the last few editions of the race has meant we haven’t been representing half the population of the human race. I’m also delighted to welcome back Sweden, which has a rich history in the Volvo Ocean Race. This is extremely good news.”
According to SCA and the Volvo Ocean Race, Richard Brisius, two-time Volvo Ocean Race competitor, will manage the team for Atlant Ocean Racing. Alant also managed successful Ericsson in 2009.
“SCA’s investment in an all-female crew is unique,” said Brisius. “Competing for nine months in the world’s toughest offshore sailing race is a challenge that deserves respect. The new boat design enables an all-female crew, and our aim is to create a strong team that will have the best possible conditions to succeed.”
Under Volvo Ocean Race rules, all-female teams are allowed two extra sailors onboard.