Nikki hopes yacht role will in­spire

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - Transport -

THE youngest ever skip­per of a Clip­per Round the World yacht has said she hopes her un­usual ca­reer choice will en­cour­age more young peo­ple to break away from nor­mal jobs.

Ahead of the start of the 11th edi­tion of the race, which is set to leave Liver­pool to­day, Visit Seat­tle skip­per Nikki Hen­der­son said she was ap­pre­hen­sive but “very ex­cited”.

At just 24, Nikki said she feels “very priv­i­leged” to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to lead a crew around the world.

She added: “I hope to en­cour­age more young peo­ple to do things out of the nor­mal, de­fined ca­reer path that so­ci­ety sets out for us.

“Do things a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently and fol­low their dreams.”

She beats Alex Thom­son who skip­pered a yacht in the race at age 26 in 1998.

Nikki Hen­der­son.

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