Skippers complete first leg of Clipper Round the World Race

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IT’S been a frustrating first race for skippers from Portsmouth and Gosport in a round-the-world sailing challenge.

The 12 teams in the Clipper Round the World Race have now reached Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with three local crews being some of the last to arrive.

Gosport-based skipper Greg Miller, of Mission Performance, was the ninth yacht to complete the 5,600-mile trek.

Reflecting on the month-long voyage, he said: ‘Leg one was highly frustrating at times, and very exhilarating at times.

‘Overall it was a brilliant experience.

‘It has been a learning curve, but we have learnt really well, adapted to our challenges and come out well and are well-placed for Leg two now.’

PSP Logsitics, skippered by Portsmouth’s Max Stunnell, arrived in eighth. Max said: ‘We’re looking forward to a few nights on a real bed, I’ve never been to Rio before and I’m looking forward to exploring it after we have done essential preparations on the boat for the next race.’

Unicef, skippered by Jim Prendergast, of Portsmouth, was 11th. Jim said: ‘It was tremendously exciting, frustrating at times – it was a rollercoaster.’