TWO sailors will be among more than 200 adventurers embarking on a round-the-world yacht race this weekend.
Neil Taylor, 50, and Hannah Bleakley, 28, both from Ashby, are taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which begins in London on Sunday.
Both aim to raise £5,000 for good causes by taking part in the race, which will involve 12 clippers.
Neil, who is to complete four of the eight legs of the race, said: “It’s all become very real now.
“This is something I have toyed with doing over a number of years since from around 2004 and until recently never considered it seriously.
“Then a chance conversation with a friend and the fact that the 2013-14 will coincide with my 50th birthday led me to look at it more seriously leading me to apply, and ultimately gain a place on Leg 1.
“I’m mentally prepared for all the sailing but I’ve never been away from home for five months before. I think it’s going to be tough just keeping going.
“We’ll be doing shifts, alternating between nights and days.”
The stops along the way for the armada of 70ft sailing boats will include France, Brazil and South Africa.
Neil, who runs his own IT company , is raising money for Cancer Research UK and the RNLI. His total so far stands at £3,300.
Hannah, 28, who was a PE teacher at Ivanhoe College, in Ashby, gave up her job to take part in the race.
She said: “Though I know some of you think I’m bonkers for going, I am sure you can appreciate the adrenaline rush I will get racing into harbour, seeing some beautiful sights of some new countries, learning new skills along the way and hopefully making some good friends.”
Hannah aims to raise money for The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, which helps children in remission from cancer learn to sail.
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