Escaping the rat run

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The brand new fleet of twelve Clipper 70s will race to six continents over close to twelve months during the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race.

The world’s longest yacht race will take on some of the most infamous stretches of water on the planet and those taking part are from everyday backgrounds.

“I heard about the race from my friend, Tom Huitson, who raced on board De Lage Landen during the Clipper 11-12 Race,” explains Abigail Gaunt, a Derbyshire-based Doctor.

“He was training when I first heard about it, and then I looked into it, and was completely taken by the opportunity.”

The Clipper Race is a unique event, offering people the opportunity to race around the world without any previous sailing experience.

“I really wanted to become a sailor. I had enjoyed occasional holiday sailing as a child and in my teens, but if you don't live by the sea or have friends who sail, it is not the easiest thing to get into, and this was a fantastic opportunity.

“Secondly, I think I needed something that would give me a break for a few months, having never had a gap year. It proved a perfect solution!” continues Abigail, who has signed up for Legs 7 and 8 of the ninth edition of the Clipper Race.

“I can’t wait to sail through the Panama Canal and into New York, and I love the idea of 'sailing home'. There are lots of races and stops, which makes it really interesting and fun!  

“I'm also looking forward to stepping out of London life, where I rush around, have limited fresh air, wear make-up every day, probably shower too often and life is quite material.  I'm looking forward to the relatively simple living of boat life, where only the really important things matter.”

The Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race starts this summer and crew berths are limited. To request an application brochure, click here.