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Aus­tralia’s Wendy Tuck has become the first fe­male skip­per to win the gru­elling Clip­per Round the World yacht race in July, cross­ing the fin­ish line in Liver­pool.

Rac­ing in a fleet of 11 yachts, Tuck and crew com­pleted the 40,000nm-race af­ter 11 months aboard Sanya Seren­ity Coast. She is the first woman to win any roundthe-world race. In sec­ond place was an­other fe­male – Nikki Hen­der­son – also mak­ing his­tory. At 25, Hen­der­son is the youngest skip­per in the Clip­per race.

Robin Knox-john­ston, the co-founder of the 21-year-old bi­en­nial event and the first per­son to sail solo and non-stop around the world, lauded the achieve­ments.

“The fact that we have first and sec­ond with both lady skip­pers is quite re­mark­able. They had bat­tles with ex­tremely ca­pa­ble male sailors and they beat them – I think it says to any lady, any girl, you can do it if you want to.”

The Clip­per race – com­pris­ing a fleet of iden­ti­cal yachts – be­gan in August last year and was di­vided into eight legs. The boats were crewed by am­a­teur sailors and pro­fes­sional skip­pers.

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