Yacht race will boost South African charity

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A ROUND-THE-WORLD yacht race based in Gosport will support a South African charity.

Clipper Ventures at Royal Clarence Marina, which is run by legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, will take eight young South Africans on its race.

SUPPORT The launch of the Sapinda Rainbow Project as part of the Clipper 2013/14 Round the World Yacht Race at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

SUPPORT The launch of the Sapinda Rainbow Project as part of the Clipper 2013/14 Round the World Yacht Race at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The project will help teach leadership to the eight as they take part in the 4,000-mile Clipper Round the World Race this summer.

The South Africans, aged 18 to 23, will each sail on one of the eight legs of the race.

As reported, Pete Stirling, 47, from Garstons Close in Titchfield and Gareth Glover, 36, of Gosport, will lead two crews of sailors in the race.

The race sees expert sailors lead amateur crews on each leg of the race, which is 11 months long in total.

Racers will arrive in Cape Town in South Africa in late October.

The Sapinda Rainbow project will see the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund help select the young South Africans, with Clipper supporting the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.

The chosen eight will then become ambassadors for the trust.