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BLAISE TAPP: Even in the 21st century, you can't beat old-fashioned playtime

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Living, as we do, by the sea none of us need reminding of just how much the ocean waves have to do with our economy here in the Solent.

But just in case, today’s paper will do the job quite nicely.

Firstly, we must congratulate those who have just returned home from the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

Sailing may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but you have to applaud the bravery and fortitude of those who embark on this adventure of a lifetime.

And it seems they have had quite the adventure.

Of particular note is the number of young people who have been given opportunities to take part in the event this year.

They have surely experienced something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Yes, there’s the adventure. But there’s also the team-building, the camaraderie and the problem-solving which become second nature when you’re halfway around the world on a boat with a group of people.

So it’s great these individuals are being given the opportunity to develop themselves in this way.

On top of that, we are lucky to be able to call Gosport the home of the Clipper race and its fleet of yachts, which are part of the industry here in our area which sets us apart from the rest of the nation.

And that brings us on to today’s front page story.

Those who work in the maritime sector in this area work incredibly hard to ensure they are at the cutting edge of their world.

Today is an example of why that hard work counts.

The news that the government has chosen to base a new defence research centre in Portsmouth is a very welcome boost to the area as we seek to forge a path away from the loss of shipbuilding.

Obviously today’s announcement does not make up for the loss of those jobs at the shipyard.

But it is a perfect example of how this area has a habit of aiming high, and achieving despite the odds.

What other adventures await?