Proud skipper is leading world race
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.”