Turner’s intentions in providing “more opportunities for women” are commendable, but this contrived coed approach comes with all sorts of potential performance and financial inequalities. Plus, changing crew combinations from leg to leg, as proposed, undermines the value of a cohesive team. The attraction for many of the sailors is to start as a unit and finish as one, and historically, teams with the fewest crew rotations win. “It would be very hard to compete with only seven people on a Volvo Ocean 65 against teams of eight or nine,” says winning skipper Ian Walker. “This new rule will almost certainly force teams to hire women, and that will create a great platform for learning.” Several editions ago, however, organizers mandated under-30s onto the boats for similar reasons (too many old guys), so why not do the same for females?