Proud skip­per is lead­ing world race

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A GUILD­FORD woman who has be­come the youngest ever skip­per in the Clip­per 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race is in the lead as the first leg of the event reaches its fin­ish line.

Nikki Hen­der­son, 23, has been named skip­per for the Visit Seat­tle team in the race, which is ap­proach­ing its first stop in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

The race, which started in Liver­pool on Sun­day Au­gust 20, will take about 11 months to com­plete, tak­ing in six con­ti­nents and cross­ing the world’s ma­jor oceans.

Blog­ging on the Clip­per 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race web­site on Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 13), Ms Hen­der­son said: “Feel­ing proud of the crew to­day for all their hard work over the last ap­prox­i­mately 30 hours for work­ing to­gether to make our trusty steed go as fast as they could – we saw some pretty good speeds.

“Over the last two days we have spent life at 45 de­grees like the rest of the fleet. Ev­ery­thing is an ef­fort. Cook­ing is a par­tic­u­lar ef­fort and ev­ery­one has done a bril­liant job. In the first half of the sprint, Lizzie Howe and Em Wooda­son were our gal­ley stars, and yes­ter­day the Bai­ley cafe opened for busi­ness – run by Steve and Cam. We ate bril­liantly, there were no do­mes­tics and I’d rec­om­mend the dessert list.

“It’s an eclec­tic menu; we started with de­li­cious home­made bread, jam and cof­fee, fol­lowed by rice noo­dle soup, and for din­ner, Moroc­can cous­cous and chicken, and then Steve’s all-time favourite which he al­ways cooks when he is on duty – crum­ble.”

Nikki Hen­der­son

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