Rochford sailor will set sail to complete postponed global race

Chris Brooks will set sail for a round-the-world race this month – and the team currently leads by 11 points!

He is the skipper (manager) of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and has decades of sailing experience.

The race started in September 2019 and was canceled in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Now the race is set to start in March.

Chris, who is from Richford, said: “Everyone is very excited to set sail. There will be no retreat because there are still a lot of points to take.

The challenge of a lifetime – Chris has been working there for three decades.

Chris and the rest of the crew were en route to China by sea when Covid-19 hit.

“We sailed to the Philippines so we will pick up where we left off,” he says.

The team was granted a special event permit from the Philippines, after the sailing event in Subic Bay was suspended.

What will be the hardest part of the race?

“Sailing across the North Pacific Ocean will be the hardest part. The usual way to circumnavigate the globe by boat is to circumnavigate the bottom of the globe. Sailing the North Pacific Ocean from the Philippines, we we’ll be far from the earth. But we’ll all support each other and be there if anyone needs support,” Chris said.

Once the fleet tackles the mighty North Pacific Ocean, dubbed “the Great,” it will head for Seattle and is expected to arrive in the US city in mid-April 2022.

The team includes Chris, a mate, who is a professional sailor, and nine amateurs.

The Clipper Race is the only such event that trains people from all walks of life to become ocean racers.

Participants register to participate in one or more legs, or the full eleven months and the 40,000 nm circumnavigation.

Echo: Learning the Ropes - Chris learned to sail in his youth.Learning the ropes – Chris learned to sail in his youth.

The eleven strong fleets have covered more than 20,000 nautical miles (nm) from London so far, with stops in Portugal, Uruguay, South Africa and Australia.

Chris, who is a member of the Leigh Sailing Club, took a solo trip around Britain in 2013 in memory of his two friends. Chris was the sole survivor of a tragic boating accident that killed Glenn Foster, 23, from Colchester, and Chris Hull, 52, from Southend.

He completed the challenge in 39 days, averaging 60 miles a day and on some occasions covering 120 miles in a single day of sailing.

Now Chris is putting Britain on the map with his incredible talent and determination.

To follow the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, go to www.clipperroundtheworld.com.