Team SCA, the First All-Women Team in More Than a Decade to Take on The Volvo Ocean Race

Sailing, Spain
Team SCA, the First All-Women Team in More Than a Decade to Take on The Volvo Ocean Race

The all-women crew will depend on Helly Hansen to stay warm, dry, and visible at sea — Team SCA, the first all-women's team in a decade to tackle the Volvo Ocean Race, departed Alicante, Spain for the prestigious ocean race's first leg—with only their Helly Hansen apparel, professional skills, and sailboat to depend on for the next nine months.
Since the inception of the Volvo Ocean Race in 1973, Helly Hansen, the Norwegian manufacturer of premium performance apparel and footwear, has outfitted the brave sailors who have taken on a race so challenging it's called the "Mount Everest of competitive sailing." Helly Hansen's partnership with Team SCA, the first all-women's team to tackle the Volvo Ocean Race in a decade, marks an important moment in the company's development.
Team SCA's 14 professional sailors have decades of combined expertise. The international crew worked closely with Helly Hansen to develop a world-class collection of women's-specific ocean jackets, pants, survival suits, and boots built to handle the notoriously challenging Volvo Ocean Race. The 38,739-nautical-mile-long race is ripe with danger from the Southern Ocean's boat-crushing ice to the Indian Ocean's unexpected tropical cyclones. Team SCA will race six all-male teams around the world over a nine-month period, spending up to 25 days at sea at a time.
Helly Hansen utilized next-generation Helly Tech Professional waterproof breathable fabric and specifically designed each feature with the female anatomy in mind. Unwilling to compromise between style and performance, Helly Hansen blended these next-generation technologies with a visually powerful team design.
Team SCA's classic marine blue uniforms with eye-catching magenta color blocks will keep the crew unified, stylish, and highly visible in rough waters. Each outfit can be combined and layered in different ways without changing the overall perception of the team. The gear is built to endure the most challenging sailing conditions on earth.
"We developed our first-ever women's-specific sailing collection to be the epitome of style without compromising performance," said Erik Burbank, vice president of Global Marketing for Helly Hansen. "Team SCA is taking on every imaginable ocean environment - from the Southern Ocean to the Indian Ocean. Our gear will keep them safe and visible in a crowd or out on the water."
SCA selected Helly Hansen as its official clothing partner for its leading technologies and innovative Scandinavian design. With a wide product range in offshore clothing, base layers and footwear, as well as a line of marine-inspired sportswear, the company covers all the requirements for the nine-month race.
"Team SCA has rigorously tested Helly Hansen since we first started sail training in early 2013," said Richard Brisius with Team SCA. "We have worked with them to develop a specific range of women's-specific offshore sailing apparel. This clothing will have to face some extreme conditions and it will play a critical role in the team's performance."
Helly Hansen has initiated a special project to develop a range of sailing gear with a clear SCA visual identity. This commitment also includes new and progressive designs for the shore team and Volvo Ocean Race supporters. The collection is available for purchase at the Team SCA pavilion at most Volvo Ocean Race stops and online.