For the first time in over a decade there will be an all female crew in the Volvo Round the World Sailing Race. Since the event started on the South Coast back in 1973 it's gradually got faster and tougher, making it more and more difficult for women to compete, let alone win.
But team SCA are out to prove the girls have got what it takes. Crew members Sam Davies and Annie Lush told Sally Simmonds that the challenge ahead is about as big as it gets.
It's been eight years since a female sailor competed in the Volvo Ocean Race. But now - for the first time since 2001 - there are plans for an all-women crew in one of the world's toughest sailing races. And two sailors from the south are fighting it out to book their places. Sion Donovan reports.
The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled details of the new boat that will be used for the next two editions of the Race.
The plans will significantly reduce the cost of mounting a competitive campaign and are designed to bring the size of the fleet to 8-10 boats in future editions.
The 65-foot (19.8-metre) monohull racing yacht will be strictly one-design. It will be designed by the United States-based Farr Yacht Design and constructed by a consortium of leading boatyards in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Switzerland.
Under an agreement between Volvo Ocean Race and the consortium, a minimum of eight boats will be built to contest the next two races.
Work will begin in July and the first of the racing yachts in the new class will be completed by June 2013, a year before the start of the next race.