A GOSPORT sailor is preparing to represent the charity Unicef on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Jim Prendergast, 40, who has spent the past decade working as a professional sailor, instructor and racer will lead a team when the race begins in August. It’s the first yacht to be named after Unicef.
Jim said: ‘My crew and I are extremely honoured to be racing around the world on the Unicef yacht.
‘We hope that people everywhere will get behind us and help the Unicef team and the whole Clipper Race fleet to make a difference to children in danger all over the world.
‘I’m very proud. If you look at the boat, it’s very beautiful and bold and very striking. I know the crew will be very excited about being a part of this. It’s an enormously important charity and I hope we bring a lot of exposure and do it justice.
‘It’s a tremendous opportunity and I am very proud. It’s going to have an enormous impact on my life and the lives of all the crew.’
Becks Bohling, head of public fundraising at Unicef UK, said: ‘Clipper Race crew members are taking on one of the greatest challenges on earth and we hope that people support their incredible efforts and their fundraising activities throughout the race.’
More than 670 crew members from all walks of life and representing over 40 different nationalities will compete in the Clipper 2015-16 Race.
Setting sail from London on August 30, the Clipper Race fleet’s 12 identically matched ocean racing yachts will compete against each other competing between six different continents before returning to London in the summer of 2016.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is 40,000 miles long and takes almost a year to complete.
Unicef operates in 190 countries around the world, including every country on the race route, and ensures more of the world’s children are fed, vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation.