Teens win place on ocean race

Charlie Stannard, 19 from London and Heather Thomas, 18, from West Yorkshire are celebrating today after winning a life changing opportunity to race across the Pacific Ocean in Leg 6 of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. ''Pictured with skipper Darren Ladd
Charlie Stannard, 19 from London and Heather Thomas, 18, from West Yorkshire are celebrating today after winning a life changing opportunity to race across the Pacific Ocean in Leg 6 of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race. ''Pictured with skipper Darren Ladd
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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.