In around seven months time, Caroline Marrows, a Marketing Manager from Bristol, will begin her circumnavigation of the globe as she takes part in the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race.
“Since my Level 1 training I have taken away a real sense that I can achieve anything,” explains Caroline, 41.
“I am most looking forward to the challenge of sailing across some huge oceans, crossing the Equator, seeing the stars without any light pollution, becoming an experienced sailor and the places I will see but mostly the people I will meet.”
Caroline will log over 40,000 miles during the Clipper Race, visiting 15 ports on six continents.
“I think the most challenging aspect will be learning to sail in the most extreme weather conditions on the journey - from light winds in the Doldrums to near hurricane winds in the Atlantic.”
Like many of the crew members to take part in the Clipper Race, Caroline decided to take part after noticing a poster during a commute to work.
“Standing at Parkway station one morning on my way into London, I saw a poster with the words 'the world's longest ocean race, raced by people like you' and thought that could be me.
“I have had the good fortune to meet lots of inspiration people through my work on London2012, who show that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it... so I decided to send off the application form!”
Click here to watch some of the conditions Caroline will face and click here for further information on how to take part in the Clipper Race.