‘Christmas won’t be the same without seeing my three kids’

ADVENTURE The Clipper yachts and , inset, Ian Geraghty

ADVENTURE The Clipper yachts and , inset, Ian Geraghty

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GLOBE-TROTTER Ian Geraghty will be feeling a world away from mince pies and turkey dinners tomorrow.

The businessman is currently soaking up the sun on foreign shores as he takes part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

ADVENTURE  Ian Geraghty

ADVENTURE Ian Geraghty

He is a crewman on board Geraldton Western Australia, which is on leg four of the race from Tauranga, New Zealand, to the Australian Gold Coast.

Ian and his 12 fellow crewmen celebrated Christmas in unorthodox style this week when they descended upon a pirate-themed fancy dress party at a yacht club in Queensland, Australia, while being moored up.

Speaking to The News from the yacht in Queensland, Ian said: ‘Christmas Day won’t be the same this year without seeing my three children Cesca, 13, Alex, 10, and Johny, aged four.

‘Being on the other side of the world, it’s tough going. But I’ll be exchanging emails so I can find out what they are up to. The rest of the crew all have families so they’re in the same position. We’ve been donated food hampers from local restaurants so we’re going to try and give it our best shot at making a Christmas meal.’

Ian, 52, and the team will sail on the next leg from Queensland to Papua New Guinea today before travelling to China, San Francisco, Panama and New York. After that they will cross the Atlantic Ocean and arrive in Southampton on July 22.

Ian, who lived in Villiers Road, Southsea before he embarked on the global trek, said: ‘I’ve had the chance to visit some of the most beautiful parts of the world. I’ve made the most of every second. I’ve got the tremendous luck of being on a massive adventure.’

The Clipper yacht race is divided into eight legs and crews can decide how many of these to compete in. There are 15 races in each leg and points are awarded after each race. The winners will take the Clipper Trophy next year.

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