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Poole GP takes part in 15,000 mile Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
A GP from Poole will be racing 15,000 miles from Rio de Janeiro to Brisbane as part of the world’s longest amateur ocean race.
Charlie Gardiner, 32, has completed three weeks of intense training for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race as he only started sailing 18 months ago.
The 40,000-mile, 11-month race kicked off from London on September 1 and Charlie started racing from October 11 until around January 8 on a 70ft racing yacht.
He said: “The longest time I’ve spent on a boat so far is five days, so this will be a real challenge. I had never sailed before I signed up for this race, I barely knew port from starboard, but the Clipper Race team has helped with training.” Charlie is competing as part of Team Qingdao along with 50 other amateur sailors ranging from 18 to 63-year-olds and one professional skipper, Gareth Glover.
They will be racing against a fleet of 12 matched yachts with around 670 people taking part representing more than 40 different nationalities from across the globe.
Charlie said: “One of the most amazing parts of the competition is meeting people from all walks of life, as there is a huge mix of students, professionals and retired people, many of whom had never sailed before the competition.” The novice sailor will clock up nearly 10,000 miles as he races from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town before taking on the challenge of the Southern Ocean. After arriving in Albany Western Australia he will sail to Sydney where the fleet will take part in the prestigious Sydney Hobart race.
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