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Surf's up for Clipper race
2:10pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is forecasting heavy seas for those setting sail today on the latest leg of the Round the World Clipper Race.
The 12-strong fleet is set to leave Cape Town after about midday today on a 20- day voyage to Albany in Western Australia.
Race founder and world famous sailing veteran Sir Robin, pictured, said they were not in for an easy ride. He said: “The boats are really going into the “roaring forties of the Southern Ocean with its infamous deep low pressure systems and the very strong winds that build up huge waves. There will be some big surfs, providing really exciting sailing when a boat gets on the front of one of these waves and uses it to power along.”
Those taking part from Hampshire include former college principal Lindsey Noble and the youngest race competitors 18-year-old Edward Collision from Wickham and 20-year-old Jacob Carter from Portchester.
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