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Electric Buzz

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There is a contagious buzz at the moment on board Team SCA--and I don't think it's because of the food. On second thoughts, part of it may be related to food, but I think this is mainly down to the fact we have less than 10 days to go until we get to eat pancakes in America!

Dangerous Relief

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

So here we are - seven months into the race and five days into leg six and we are sailing alongside the race's typical leaders, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing. We have also officially circumnavigated the Earth after crossing our leg one route two days ago. We all have a feeling of dangerous relief.

Big Smiles

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Someone recently said to me: 'you'll experience a lifetime of emotions in the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race.' She could not have been more correct, and at the moment, there is nothing but ecstasy.

Arrival

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

We have arrived: exhausted, broken, alive, and relieved. After twenty two days at sea, Team SCA finally arrived in Itajai, Brazil. An emotionally overwhelming moment mixed with relief, excitement, and a tinge of sadness.

Face Your Fears

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

When everything happened it was wet, brutal and cold and we were surfing down the swell in 20 to 25 knots. We were happily speeding along when we had a few small wipe outs. I looked out at the girls on deck - they were struggling, scared, and you could literally cut the tension with a knife...

Towards the Finish

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

From one great adventure after another in one of the most remote places on earth, leg five has been hard work from day one. While it's been tough, it's also been incredibly rewarding - especially when it boils down to team achievement.

A Baptism of Seawater - Racing a Classic Yacht in the Caribbean

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Sport
Kitiara Pascoe

Antigua may be the name on everyone's lips when it comes to Caribbean, even world, regattas - but my initiation to racing in the Classics class came earlier in the year, on board Coral in the 2015 Grenada Sailing Week.

Meet Sara Hastreiter

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Just under five years since she started sailing, Sara Hastreiter is doing her first Volvo Ocean Race. To put this in perspective, some of the guys in the other teams have over 10 years' experience offshore sailing, so it's kudos to Sara that she's been able to develop the physical and mental skills required to sail in the world's toughest ocean race.

Point Nemo

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

It's been six days since Team SCA left New Zealand behind and with every hour on the water we sail further and further away from the rest of civilization...

Welcome Back

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA are now leaving New Zealand behind and we are heading towards the infamous Southern Ocean. We got quite a light start but the breeze has picked up nicely and we are moving fast in the right direction.

Race Delay

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Despite all of its extremities, the Volvo Ocean Race has to draw a line somewhere. This line happens to be a category five Tropical Cyclone named Pam, and she has definitely got our attention. She is the result of tropical pressure and she is incredibly powerful...

Countdown

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

After a short break in New Zealand, Team SCA is back! During the stopover, Team SCA's shore crew has been busy at the team base camp preparing our boat for the next leg to Brazil. Our Volvo 65 has been out of the water, refurbished, refitted and customized for the special conditions expected in the Southern Ocean.

Team SCA Celebrate International Women's Day

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Though on the surface our journey simply seems to be about sport, I would say that each and every member of Team SCA fights for something more profound than that - women's empowerment.

Meet the Navigator

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

With a CV that boasts working with the British Olympic sailing team, Libby Greenhalgh is Team SCA's navigator, meteorologist and weather forecaster. An important job, considering that even a slight dip in the wind can massively impact the speed of our Volvo 65 racing boat.

Taking Risks

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA has now been racing since the beginning of October last year, and we are now approximately half way through the fourth leg from Sanya, China, to Auckland, the "city of sails" in New Zealand. It's day 15 and we still have one more gruelling week to go.

Our Resident Mum

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

A 24 hour cycle as part of Team SCA is quite unlike anything I have experienced before. Our 24 hours aren't split clearly into day and night like everybody else's - we instead live as part of a constant process, a finely tuned sailing system, which moves in four-hour sprints.

The Simple Things in Life

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

It makes you think about how easy it is to let the tap running without really thinking about what a luxury it is. The unlimited access of clean fresh water is probably one of the things I miss most out here. And with that said it´s time to pull myself together and make that evening tea!

The More You Give, The More You Get

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

This north-south leg from Sanya to the 'city of Sails' in Auckland has so far delivered everything you could hope for, and expect, from the toughest ocean race in the world. Life on board has been pretty much full-on since the start and I'm amazed at how the whole crew accept, handle and deal with every situation that is thrown at them. ..

Passing the Baton

Corinna Halloran | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

After three exciting legs in the Volo Ocean Race as part of Team SCA, I will be taking a back-seat on the next leg, passing the baton to my colleague Anna-Lena.

My First Leg

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There was no better day for me to start the Volvo Ocean Race. After three legs of watching my team mates race from the shore, I've been itching for my turn to join them on the Volvo 65 - though after going through everything with Corinna (my fellow Onboard Reporter), it was sad to wave goodbye as we left Sanya...

Welcome to Sanya, China!

Corinna Halloran | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Sailing to the Eastern world has been a bit surreal. When you're out there, offshore, you're in a bubble--you know you're moving and racing to some place new, but it's not like traveling on an aeroplane. Travel by air takes hours, not weeks, so when you arrive in a new place it's generally not as over whelming.

The Malacca Straits

Corinna Halloran | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

The Malacca Straits are famous as one of the largest areas for shipping in the world--80% of the world's oil travels through the Straits.

Stephen Hull

Robin Knox-Johnston Interview: The World Is Full Of Those Who'd Hate You To Achieve Because They've Done Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Stephen Hull | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK

In an exclusive and very personal interview with The Huffington Post UK editor-in-chief Stephen Hull, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston talks about fait...

Morning Coffee

Corinna Halloran | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

Despite a less than comfortable life down below, we're all pretty excited for the next couple of days. Around 2100 tonight we're due to reach the top of Sumatra (finally!) and begin our journey through the Malacca Straits. The Malacca Straits are like a busy marine highway and we have a narrow path to scoot through, which also includes fishing boats and shallow waters.

The Life of Pi

Corinna Halloran | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Sport
Corinna Halloran

As we sail together across the largest Bay in the world, it is very apparent that no sea is too big to cross and no mountain is too tall to climb--our sense of adventure and our communal love for racing are at the heart of our story.