BUDDING sailors found out who they will be sharing a boat with on a round-the-world sailing race.
Portsmouth’s Guildhall played host to an event where hundreds of people were given their team and skipper allocations for the Clipper Round-the-World challenge.
All attendees had been previously selected to take part in the race, which will see 12 70ft yachts, each manned by a crew of 20, leave from London’s St Katherine docks in August and embark on an eight-leg tour of the world.
Charlotte Morton-Haworth, 32, of Alverstoke, applied to take part after seeing the boats return to London at the end of the last race in 2014.
She will be sailing on leg four of the challenge, which takes place off the Australian coast.
She said: ‘I was there for the race finish last time and I just thought it was the adventure of a lifetime.’
‘I found out I was accepted on the challenge in August last year which was scary but awesome.’
‘It’s so exciting. I didn’t sleep at all last night. Now that we’re all here it suddenly becomes real.’
Charlotte will be on a boat overseen by Cornish Skipper Peter Thornton along with another local crew member, Mel Thompson, of North End, Portsmouth.
‘It seems like a really good team and everyone is really happy and excited to be on it,’ added Charlotte.
Three local skippers will be involved in the race.
Jim Prendergast, of Gosport, Max Stunnell, of Southsea, and Greg Miller, of Gosport, will each be in charge of one of the 12 yachts and its crew.
Mr Stunnel said: ‘It’s a very exciting day for everyone. There’s nothing else like it. It gives normal everyday people the chance to sail around the world and see some amazing places.’
The Clipper Round the World race was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to single-handedly sail around the world in 1969.