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Yacht Great Britain arrives in Rio as part of Clipper race
5:46pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
The latest yacht carrying Hampshire sailors has arrived in Brazil as part of the world's longest race.
Great Britain has crossed the finish line and docked in Rio de Janeiro after finishing the first leg of the Clipper Race And the Old Pulteney, also containing sailors from Hampshire, is bearing down on the finish line in Brazil.
The yachts will come in seventh and eighth in the race, with four more teams set to arrive within the next few days.
They set off from London on September 1 as part of a 40,000 mile journey which will see them take in Australia, Singapore and the USA over the next ten months.
Of the 12 vessels, 11 have crew members from Hampshire.
Twenty-year-old Jacob Carter, from Fareham, and 70-year-old Patrick Coates, from Stockbridge, are on board Great Britain, which arrived in Rio earlier this afternoon And Old Pulteney, which has Southampton sailors Charles Slaters, 41, and Kate Hepworth, 30, on board, is set to follow her within the next two hours.
Tomorrow Team Garmin and Switzerland, with 59-year-old former Southampton City College principal Lindsey Noble, 58-year-old Charlie Pickering from Southampton, and 50-year-old Heather Reid from Totton among its crew, are due to arrive in Brazil.
The crews that have already arrived will now have a few days to recuperate and enjoy the sights of Rio, Brazil's largest city, before the start of the next leg to Cape Town in South Africa on Saturday
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