Volvo Ocean Race: Female sailors to take around-the-world race by storm?

    The all-female crew on Team SCA competed in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race.

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    • Male crews limited to seven sailors
    • All-female boats can have 11 sailors
    • Mixed crews get numerical advantage

    (CNN)All-male crews could be at a significant disadvantage when the next edition of a premier around-the-world race sets sail.

    Instead, crews which include women will be allowed a numerical advantage under new rules put in place for the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race.
    To foster the development of women's offshore sailing, all-female crews can number 11 compared to all-male crews which can have a maximum of seven, one fewer than in 2014-2015.
    Mixed teams can comprise five men and five women, seven men and one or two women, or seven women and one or two men.
    All-female crews can have 11 sailors compared to seven on all-male boats.