Can All-Women Team Conquer 'Everest of Sailing?'

Posted: May 15, 2013  |  By: Ben Monro-Davies, Sheena McKenzie [CNN]

(CNN) -- Sailing around the world is one of the most grueling challenges on the planet, with muscle-bound skippers steering 20-meter yachts through everything from tropical cyclones to Antarctic storms.

Forced to endure the most brutal conditions on the globe, sailors must not only be emotionally resilient -- but physical dynamos.

Which raises the question: Are women -- the stereotypical "weaker gender" -- up to the task?

Organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race -- the prestigious round-the-world sailing competition -- seem to think so, and are gearing up for the first all-female team in over a decade.

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