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Clipper Race crews ready to set sail again
WITH just a couple of days to enjoy the delights of dry land, the sailors taking part in the Round the World Clipper Race are setting sail later this afternoon.
The 12-strong fleet, which includes 12 Hampshire sailors, will cast off for a 15-day South Atlantic voyage to Cape Town, in South Africa.
The yachts have been arriving in Brazilian port of Rio De Janerio all this week in the wake of winners PSP Logistics who arrived on Sunday.
Last but not least was Invest Africa, which included Diana Nicolson, a 59-year-old housewife from Southampton who will also take part in the next leg.
The team arrived on Thursday - five days after the first yachts. But their skipper Rich Gould said the morale was good.
He said: “Despite our position, we feel inspired and motivated to perform. There are still 14 races to go.”
Also setting sail again are former Southampton City College principal Lindsey Noble, 60, from Winchester, Charlie Pickering, 58, from Totton, Kate Hepworth, 40, Dave Richards, 63, an engineer, Charles Slater, 39, all from Southampton, as well as John Menetrier, 60, from Gosport, and Jacob Carter, a 20-year-old student from Fareham.
Clinical psychologist Peter Wilcock, 66, from Winchester, was set to have flown out to the Brazilian port to join Mission Performance.
As well as seeing the sights of Rio, the competitors, all of whom have little experience of sailing and have left behind loved ones to take part, have been deep cleaning their yacht and buying provisions for their voyage.
They are due to leave at about 6pm today UK time.
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