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Sailor Hannah Brewis from Grantham skippers a team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race





Grantham sailor Hannah Brewis has skippered a team through the ultimate test of endurance in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The 27-year-old - who learned her trade while sailing at Rutland Water - has guided a group of non-professional sailors across the North Pacific.

Hannah was chosen as race skipper of the Washington DC entry in the race and her crew have now safely arrived in Seattle after sailing more than 5,500 nautical miles from Qingdao in China.

Hannah Brewis
Hannah Brewis

She was chosen following an intensive selection process and joined 10 other skippers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Uruguay, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Hannah said: "It was amazing really a dream come true.

"I imagined this when I started out in my yachting career, but you don't actually think you'll ever get there.

Hannah Brewis was an additional qualified person on the second half of the Clipper 2019-20 Race
Hannah Brewis was an additional qualified person on the second half of the Clipper 2019-20 Race

"The opportunity that Clipper Ventures has given me has been incredible. I was honoured."

The North Pacific leg of the race saw extreme weather which included freezing temperatures.

It was also the most remote ocean crossing on the Clipper Race circuit and is devoid of land mass and at certain points.

Despite the length of the race, competition remained fierce and, in the final few hours of racing, mere seconds decided the positions with Washington DC finishing in ninth, ten seconds ahead of its closest competitor.



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