THEY face months at sea and the task of leading a team to victory – and the skippers of the 2015/16 Clipper race are up for the challenge.
Jim Prendergast, Max Stunnell and Greg Miller have been chosen as captains along with nine others to take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
With just months to go until the start of the race, the skippers are looking forward to meeting their crew and getting under way.
Greg, 39, from Bridgemary, in Gosport, said: ‘I decided to take part in the race because being from Gosport, you see the Clipper boats in the marina and you hear a lot about the race. So I’m really looking forward to it.
‘I have never been at sea for such a long time but it is an adventure for everyone.
‘I’m already a Clipper Race training skipper and timing was perfect for the 10th edition of the race because of my discharge from the army.’
We have to remember it’s a big adventure for the crew but it is also a race.Jim Prendergast, 40, from Gosport
All three skippers said the North Pacific leg, which goes from China to the West Coast of America, will be the toughest to face.
Jim, also from Gosport, said: ‘The North Pacific race will be the biggest challenge.
‘It’s the longest leg and is half-way through the race so you’ve already been through a lot.’
As well as learning about the yachts, the skippers will need to handle their team.
Max, from Southsea, said everyone on the team will be an amateur and one of the roles as a skipper is to ensure the team works together.
‘People will be doing the race for different reasons and will have different attitudes to it,’ the 34-year-old said.
‘Some will want to be competitive and win while others are just in it for the experience.
‘As a skipper you need to find the balance.’
Jim agreed. The 40-year-old added: ‘We have to remember it’s a big adventure for the crew but it is also a race.’
The skippers will be meeting their crew on April 25.