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All-female sailing team win leg of Volvo Ocean Race for the first time in 25 years

What can we say, we are so proud. The blood, sweat and tears of the last two years have been worth it. Today Team SCA became the first all female team to win a leg of the Volvo Ocean Race in 25 years!!!#weareteamsca #sailingintohistory

Posted by Team SCA on Thursday, 11 June 2015
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Team SCA have become the first all-female sailing team in 25 years to win a leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Team SCA have already made history by being the first all-female team to compete in thirteen years and now they have become the first all-female team to win a leg of the iconic race.

The sailors scooped Leg eight in the race between Lisbon, Portugal and L'Orient, France.

The race began last October and will finish at the end of this month, leaving the ladies in a very strong position coming into the final weeks of the race. 

Sisters doing it for themselves - All-female race crew making waves as they sail to first place

SCA CEO Jan Johansson said that an all-female team in the Volvo Ocean Race was a perfect fit for the parent company of brands like Bodyform, Demak'Up and Libresse.

"Eighty percent of our retail products are purchased by women... It was natural for us to empower women and give women a chance to compete with the same terms as the men in a very male arena".

LORIENT, FRANCE - JUNE 11: In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race, Team SCA following their arrival to Lorient of Leg 8 on June 8, 2015 between Lisbon, Portugal and L'Orient, France. (Photo by Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)
LORIENT, FRANCE - JUNE 11: In this handout image provided by the Volvo Ocean Race, Team SCA following their arrival to Lorient of Leg 8 on June 8, 2015 between Lisbon, Portugal and L'Orient, France. (Photo by Marc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)

"We're breaking ice here. Winning, of course, (would be huge) but I think doing the race, competing well against the guys will have just as big of an impact."

Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the Volvo Ocean Race covers some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months.

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews.

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