Former St. Croix Resident Competes in Sailing Race Around the World

Photo Credit: Sara Hastreiter

Photo Credit: Sara Hastreiter

Former St. Croix resident, Sara Hastreiter, recently competed in a sailing race around the world as a sailor aboard Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race.  She formerly resided on St. Croix where her parents still live.  Hastreiter’s father, Tom Sedar, is an underwater photographer and author of Gold of St. Croix.

Video from Travel Channel International’s series “My Life in Motion”

The Volvo Ocean Race has built a reputation as the world’s toughest ocean challenge, since it began more than 40 years ago.  It lasts nine months and covers more than 40,000 miles.  Each sailboat in the Volvo Ocean Race is identical (65 feet long with a 90 foot mast).  The boats have seven sails, 11 sailors and cruise up to 34 knots.  Hastreiter is part of the first all-female crew of professional sailors to compete in the race in 12 years.

Hastreiter is part of The Magenta Project, which seeks to continue the legacy of her all-female SCA Team.  They seek to pave the path for female athletes to continue competing at the highest level of their sport.  The title sponsor of the SCA Team has decided not to re-enter the 2017-2018 race, so the team is seeking new backers.

The 2014 – 2015 Volvo Ocean Race route took Hastreiter and her team to 11 countries:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States

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