Volvo Ocean Race

The End of the Line

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 15.12.2016 | 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.

Journey of Change

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 05.08.2016 | 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 Power of Teamwork

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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 18.06.2016 | 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 11.06.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | 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 03.06.2016 | 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 03.06.2016 | 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 19.05.2016 | 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 11.05.2016 | 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 08.05.2016 | 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.

Meet Sara Hastreiter

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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 26.05.2015 | 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 23.05.2015 | 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 20.05.2015 | 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...


Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 13.05.2015 | 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.

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.