For the first time in the Clipper Race’s history, national organisation, Swiss Sailing, has entered a yacht. Switzerland boasts the only female skipper in the fleet, and only the third ever female skipper in the 17-year history of the Clipper Race, Vicky Ellis. The 30 year-old British sailor is really looking forward to the challenge of the North Pacific after the Rolex Sydney Hobart and Leg 7 to Brisbane.
Despite being landlocked, Switzerland has a long tradition with famous and successful sailors who have participated in regattas like the America’s Cup, Whitbread Round the World Race and the Vendée Globe.
Swiss Sailing believes it is important to alter the current image of the sport and believes everybody can sail and experience the thrill of mastering Mother Nature’s strength. Switzerland carries the logo of Mercy Ships, raising awareness for the hospital ship charity that provides free surgery and medical care. Her crew includes American physician, Douglas Wong, who donated a kidney to his brother in 2002 and has since taken up sailing.
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