Today the VOR saw the first big dividends from its decision to go the one-design route, and in an unexpected direction: Hull number 1 has just been ordered for an all-girl crew! That’s something that the Volvo 70 never saw; in fact in the three VO-70 editions of the race just one woman – all-star navigator Adrienne Calahan – ever competed, and that was only for a leg or two.
Swedish paper, diaper, bio fuel, and feminine hygiene product conglomerate SCA is the one pulling the trigger, and with 80% of their products’ customers being female and the company’s huge investment in green energy and environmental sustainability, it’s a no-brainer. The program will be managed by the same brains behind Ericsson’s powerful performance in 2008-9, while the team will get two more crew members than an all-male team as part of the VOR rules encouraging all-female crews. We’re digging the faux-wood look on the press release model boat; let’s hope they keep the station wagon look for the real deal.
Talk about the entries for the 2014-5 race here.