TWO teenagers have won a place on the world’s longest ocean race.
Charlie Stannard, 19, and Heather Thomas, 18, will race across the Pacific Ocean in Leg 6 of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, organised by Clipper Ventures based in Gosport.
They won a competition, run by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, last December, where they both took part in a week-long race training trial on the Solent.
They impressed their skipper so much that he offered both a place on the race.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who founded the race, said: ‘The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation ensures young people are given their best opportunity to achieve their potential through sailing so I am very pleased to support their hard work’
The Clipper 2015-16 Race starts on August 30. Twelve teams of amateur sailors race against each other across a 40,000 nautical mile race course split into eight individual legs. Jim Prendergast and Greg Miller, from Gosport, are captains, along with Max Stunnell, from Southsea.