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 for information on the recruitment evenings around West Yorkshire.