UK Sailing

Why Sailing Made Me a Better Person

Amy Willerton | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Amy Willerton

As you bond with your crew members , their own personal stories start to unravel. Their reasons for being there - from break-ups to dealing with death, to fighting cancer. How they raised the funds, and what they want to accomplish from the experience - the motivation for deciding to escape the world for 1-11 months on a small boat are usually pretty fascinating ones.

The End of the Line

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Closure. That's what this final Team SCA blog post is going to be all about. Why? Well, earlier this month we had our very last outing as a team at the Getty Images Gallery in London, where they are currently showing a very special exhibition dedicated to our time in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Why Praising Normality Isn't Good

Robbie Crow | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Robbie Crow

Disabled people don't need praise for accomplishing something that a non-disabled person would, too. They, just like everyone else, should be praised for doing something they enjoy; anyone should be given praise for doing something they enjoy and not letting their own personal difficulties stop them.

The Greatest Lessons in Life

Dan Hardy | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Sport
Dan Hardy

The last few weeks have been some of the most difficult of my life. I had hoped to stay in contact with you all during my Atlantic crossing, but our communications have suffered and I've been unable to. Our bad luck seemed to be never ending and a lack of email access has been a minor inconvenience in comparison.

When Lemons Are a Luxury

Dan Hardy | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Sport
Dan Hardy

At the moment we are travelling at an average of six knots and I can feel the rest of the fleet catching up. Whilst the progress is slow, I think we actually all needed a day like this as it gives us a break from living at a forty-five degree angle and constantly having to climb everywhere...

A Sad Day

Dan Hardy | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Sport
Dan Hardy

Earlier this week we woke to the news of a communications black out. An incident had occurred on one of the other Clipper Race boats and everything had been locked down until further notice...

Clipper Round the World Race: Preparing to Set Sail

Dan Hardy | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Sport
Dan Hardy

For the first time in my life I will be taking part in an ocean race, after I was asked earlier this year to help represent Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the Clipper Round the World race...

Journey of Change

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

For many of us in Team SCA, that life-defining moment has been being part of the Volvo Ocean Race...

The Sea Is for Sirens - An All-Female Yacht Racing Team Pave the Way for a New Era in Women's Sailing

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Sport
Kitiara Pascoe

Sailing has been a male dominated sport since humanity first tried to harness the power of wind and cross bodies of water. Because the ocean is a big, tough and dangerous place, it's always been the dominion of men in the tireless endeavour to capture, conquer and own.

The Power of Teamwork

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

You can achieve a lot when all hands are on deck and our journey in the Volvo Ocean Race is proof of the full extent of girl power. However, instead of Scary, Baby, Posh and Ginger, Team SCA has Drivers, Trimmers, a Navigator and a Skipper.

Team SCA Have Made History, and We Can't Believe It!

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

To say that we're all a little bit older and a little bit wiser sounds completely contrived, but it is absolutely true - we are all very different women from those who started the race in Alicante those many months ago.

Meet Sally Barkow

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Sally grew up sailing on the lake close to her home. From there she went into youth classes to high school and colleague sailing. Eventually Sally progressed to Olympic sailing and stepped into the professional match racing circuit where she could race for a living. With a CV bursting with sailing experience, it's perhaps no surprise she is now in integral member of Team SCA.

The Winning 'Sprint'

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

We won! This morning we arrived in Lorient in France, which is our current stopover destination. The best thing about Lorient so far? We got there first!

Ten Things to Love (or Hate) About Being an Onboard Reporter

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

It's November 2012 and I'm at the central station in Stockholm, Sweden, waiting for a train to take me to my base camp and home city Gothenburg. I've just spent the last two days at an indoor sailing boat show learning about what is up-and-coming in the market for a piece in the next issue of Search Magazine...

Racing Around the Clock

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

After a while you get used to this pattern of behaviour and you quickly learn to sleep in small chunks at a time. It's phsically and mentally challenging but vital in these final few weeks as the clock prepares to strike - marking the end of our amazing journey.

More Exciting Than Christmas

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Think about all of the excitement and anticipation that you feel on Christmas Eve. Now, times that feeling by a hundred and you will understand what it felt like just before we sailed into Newport, Rhode Island.

Onwards and North-wards

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Time does a strange thing offshore. Sometimes time flies by--where there are not enough hours in the day - and other days creep by. Some days repeat themselves so much that you could swear you are the living rendition of the blockbuster film, Groundhog Day. It feels as if we have had one week to go until Newport, RI USA for at least two weeks.

Six Degrees of Separation

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There is a strange separation happening on board Team SCA at the moment, and it's about how well we are doing. There are two camps: inshore/match racers and the offshore racers...

Electric Buzz

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 30.06.2015 | 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 30.06.2015 | 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 26.06.2015 | 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.


Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 13.06.2015 | 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 12.06.2015 | 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 08.06.2015 | 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 31.05.2015 | 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.