Fareham GP takes on Atlantic in amateur sailing race
A DOCTOR is days into a transatlantic race as he returns to the thrill of ocean racing.
Fareham GP Nic Allen is taking part in the 2016 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (Arc) and is overseeing a crew of 12 amateur sailors.
The 53-year-old is on a 12-month sabbatical and is racing between Las Palmas and St Lucia.
Nic said: ‘I’m a youth mentor and putting effort into the development of young sailors is so worthwhile.
‘Crossing the Atlantic is a priority to satisfy my passion for ocean racing.
‘I love the wall-to-wall night skies on an ocean passage with shooting stars every few minutes. It’s truly breath-taking.’
The crew began their preparations at a recent training weekend held in the Solent and skipper Ricky Chalmers is competing in his second successive Arc.
He said: ‘The first few days of the Arc are full-on and it acts as a great training base.
‘Once the team’s experience builds up we can start to push it.’