The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is on the hunt for adventurous Novocastrians ready to take on the race of their life in 2015 and beyond.
Newcastle Live is embracing adventure in 2015 with our new Adventure Newcastle series, and what could be more adventurous than a round the world yacht race?
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has put out the call for anyone who might be interested in signing up for this once in a lifetime experience.
On Tuesday 17 February, the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club will host a recruitment talk by Clipper Ventures Australia MD, circumnavigator Kirsty Whyte.
The race is the world’s longest ocean adventure and is also regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. At 40,000 nautical miles long and taking almost a year to complete, it consists of twelve teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.
Established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in 1996, the Clipper race aims to allow anyone, regardless of previous sailing experience, the chance to embrace the thrill of ocean racing; it is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Around 40 per cent of crew are novices and have never sailed before starting a comprehensive training programme ahead of their adventure.
Australians have an impressive history in the 40,000 mile ocean odyssey with two wins in nine editions of the event raced by international amateur sailors from all walks of life.
The 2015-16 race – due to start on 30 August – is now 80 per cent full but spots are available on most legs.
Everyone from farmers to miners, doctors, truck drivers and housewives sign up for one or more legs or the full round the world race which takes 11 months to complete.
You must be 18 to compete but there is no upper age limit.
The fleet will return to Australia in the 2015-16 edition, including to take part in the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Recruitment talk details:
Date: Tuesday 17 February
Venue: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, 95 Hannell Street, Wickham, NSW 2293
If you would like more information about the Race and how to sign up, or to book your training courses at our Australian base, contact Kirsty on email@example.com or 02 9363 2020.
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