Adventure mum’s 40,000 mile success

Team Switzerland leaving London overlooking the Tower Bridge
Team Switzerland leaving London overlooking the Tower Bridge
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A 49-year-old mum-of-three has completed the 40,000 mile challenge of a lifetime in a yacht.

Alysoun Sturt-Scobie set off on September 1, 2013 on an 11 month adventure around the world in a yacht - having had no previous sailing experience.

She said: “I decided to do the whole circumnavigation because it was all or nothing and I’m an all or nothing girl so I wanted to go for the whole experience.”

The race started from the St Katharine Docks, London, on one of the twelve new 70-foot ocean racing yachts in the Clipper 2013/14 Round the World Yacht Race.

Alysoun had to complete three levels of the Clipper Training course - which included both classroom theory and practical training - before she set off on her global adventure.

The race is the only event where people from all walks of life - irrelevant of previous sailing experience - can race around the world under the sail of a yacht.

Alysoun was on Team Switzerland and finished the race on July 12, 2014 - 11 months later.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race started in 1995.

It takes teams to ports all over the world including South America, Africa, South-East Asia, Europe, China and North America.

Around 650 people represent more than 40 nations in the race that was established by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

The yacht that wins the most points gets awarded the Clipper Trophy.

Recruitment for the August 2015 race is underway.

To find out more, visit www.clipperroundtheworld.com/events-calendar for information on the recruitment evenings around West Yorkshire.