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YOUNG South Africans are being selected for a round-the-world yacht race.

A team from the Gosport-based Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is in Durban choosing eight to take part in the longest ocean race across the globe, which leaves London on September 1.

Choosing the youngsters to take part is part of the Sapinda Rainbow project, which is working with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

The chosen few will become crew on the race and also global ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

Amateur crews and their professional skippers will race 40,000 miles and visit 14 ports on six continents over eleven months. As reported, skippers include Pete Stirling, 47, of Titchfield, and Gareth Glover, 36, of Gosport.