The Australian Wendy Tuck is the first female zeilster that the ‘Clipper round the world yacht race’ has won an international bootwedstrijd where amateurzeilers the world go around.
The eleventh edition of the Clipper round the world yacht race was first won by a woman. The 53-year-old Tuck can be very hard to believe. “It is not yet really penetrated, but I’m so happy,” she said when she Saturday, while stopping in Liverpool, almost a year after the twelve boats there also were left. Thousands of fans waited for the sailors there.
Tuck is especially to her team, grateful. “They were doing all the work, and since many of them never sailed had, it is unbelievable what we have achieved.’ The purpose of the event, which was first organized in 1996, is that professional sailors have a team of amateurzeilers with little to no experience driving.
Also, the second place is occupied by a woman, the 25-year-old British Nikki Henderson.
‘The impact of the success of both Wendy if Nikki should not be underestimated’, says Robin Knox-Johnston, organiser of the race. Knox-Johnston was in 1969 the first non-stop sailing around the world in 312 days. ‘If it helps a girl start with sailing and big dreams, then I consider all that the past eleven months have done as a great success.’
The race had this year also in the face of adversity. In november drowned a 60-year-old participant in the Southern Ocean when a wave was captured in the replacement of a sail. The British navigator wore his life jacket and seat belt, but by the raging sea took more than half an hour for his crew to him on board again was able to hoist.