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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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. ..