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It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience – and could change somebody’s life.

We’re delighted to report today that one lucky person aged 18-24 will win a place on a yacht competing in the 2015/16 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

The cost would normally be £10,000, making it a distant dream for many.

But sailing legends Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Sir Ben Ainslie have teamed up to offer this fantastic prize via the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation – a charity set up by Sir Ben in memory of his friend and fellow sailor to transform the lives of young people through getting out on the water.

What a great idea. Simply nominate somebody who you think deserves this amazing opportunity and they could be part of a crew tackling the Pacific leg of this 40,000-mile adventure on board 70ft yachts. They don’t even need any previous sailing experience.

This opens up the sport of ocean sailing to the whole population and will be the making of a young person who may never have got such an opportunity otherwise.

They could be sitting at home now thinking that sailing 5,500 miles from China to the west coast of America is something that other people do. But next year it really could be them setting off on a voyage that will offer them so much in terms of personal development as well as great memories.

As Sir Robin, Clipper Race founder and the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world, says: ‘When you put a youngster among a whole lot of other people from all walks of life on a boat, it really boosts their confidence.’

Both he and Olympic champion Sir Ben know from personal experience what a challenge sailing can be, but also what great enjoyment it can bring and how people grow and flourish.

We look forward to seeing the winner of the prize proudly take their place when the Clipper yachts line up next year and reporting on their progress and that of others as the Gosport-based race heads off around the globe on an unforgettable ocean-going odyssey.

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