PUPILS were delighted to meet a round-the-world sailor after tracking his progress during a race.
Year five pupils at Alverstoke Junior School in Alverstoke, Gosport met sailor Mike Golding, who spent 88 days at sea to finish his third Vendee Globe last month.
The race sees skippers navigate around the globe solo, without being allowed to stop or get help at any point.
Excited Edie Warringer, nine, and Jake Jacobs, nine, were stunned when they met the skipper, who was beaten by Gosport’s own Vendee Globe sailor, Alex Thomson.
Edie said: ‘It was amazing, he finished the race and it was really fun to see him.
‘He was all on his own and he was doing it, it must have been really difficult.
‘I wouldn’t be able to do it – I wouldn’t last a week without a television.’
The sailor gave a presentation to the school and brought along a toy dolphin the pupils had given him for the voyage.
The pupils had already learned lots about the race, excitedly following it from the start in November to the end in February.
Jake said: ‘It’s really good and I’m proud of him.’