Former Weatherhead student in race around the globe

23 September 2019 | Alumni, School News

Currently crossing the Atlantic Ocean, in a 33 day race to reach Uruguay, is Weatherhead Alumna Stephanie Stewart.

Now a qualified Doctor, former Weatherhead student Stephanie is sailing aboard the yacht ‘Dare to Lead’ as one of 700+ crew members in a fleet of 11 identical racing yachts, circumnavigating the globe as part of the Clipper Race 2019-20.

‘Dare to lead’ are currently in 3rd place!

The race started in London on 1st September 2019 and the fleet will complete its circumnavigation when it returns in eleven months, in August 2020.

Stephanie’s skills as a trained medic will make her an invaluable member of the race team. Life aboard the yacht is not for the faint hearted or work-shy. Teams are trained to be a self-sufficient, capable of handling any situation, no matter how severe the conditions. Stephanie and her fellow crew members will learn how to be plumbers, electricians, tacticians, navigators, cleaners, IT specialists, bakers, repair sails, weather forecasters and medics.

The Clipper Race is the creation of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo nonstop around the world. It is a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. Divided into eight legs and between 13 and 16 individual races, the crew can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of eleven identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper and first mate to safely guide the crew, many of whom are completely new to sailing.

Once the first leg of the journey has been completed, Stephanie will re-join her crew again in March next year for race leg 6 when the team will sail for 38 days from Qingdao in China to West Coast America.

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