Last chance to sail round-the-world

2013-05-29 10:37
Cape Town –  If you've ever dreamed of sailing around the world, you have only three days to enter for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The Cape Times reports that nominations for the previously disadvantaged South Africans between the age of 18 and 23 to partake in one of the 12 racing yachts in this years’ contest opened at the beginning of May. So far only 50 applications have been received and entry closes on Friday.

Adriana Wright, race spokesperson said, “No sailing know-how is needed to apply for a place on a yacht. What we are really looking for are potential community leaders, people who don’t have the opportunity to progress because of a lack of opportunity or finance.” Wright said.

The closing date is fast approaching and the panel will select 25 people who will go through a selection weekend in Durban to secure a spot.

 “They will receive some basic sail training as well as going through other selection exercises, the final eight, and the one reserve, will be announced in Cape Town at the end of July. They will then undergo an intense training course in the UK in July to prepare for the race.”  Added Wright.

According to Wright, without the help of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the project wouldn’t have got off the ground; the foundation used its community network to spread the word about the project.

The 11-month race will kick off in the United Kingdom on the 1st of September as it is the only global sailing race that expressly trains amateurs to take part.

Following the completion of the race, the 12 specially built 70 foot racing yachts will arrive at their starting point in July 2014 after sailing the entire globe.  The fleet is expected in Cape Town late in September to repair, restock and change teams.

However, South Africans may be nominated or apply directly, all applications must be endorsed by an individual or organisation and application forms can be accessed at www.clipperroundtheworld.com/rainbow and must be submitted on the 31st of May.

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