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Guildford woman places second in world yacht race

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Guildford woman places second in world yacht race

Published at 6:53pm 28th July 2018. (Updated at 7:08pm 28th July 2018)

Nikki Henderson, a 25-year-old sailor skipper from Guildford placed second in a year long yacht race around the world. 

She lead one of 12 teams that took part in the 2017-2018 Clipper Race, travelling around 40,000 nautical miles to cross the line at Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock. 

At just 24 years old when the race set sail, Nikki made history as the youngest skipper to ever take part in the Clipper Race challenge. 

First place went to Wendy Tuck, an Australian sailor aged 52 - who earned the title of the first woman to ever lead a winning team in a round the world yacht race. 

Representing Visit Seattle Nikki said: “Congratulations to Wendy and her team – you were just too quick for us!

“We didn’t get the win but I am so proud of how my team dug deep and kept fighting right until the end. No matter how hard it got, they turned up on deck ready to work and deserve every bit of this success in coming second.

Pleased with two female winners, Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person to sail solo and non-stop around the world, said: “There’s never been a race, a round the world race, where you’ve had the two leading Skipper both be women.

"This is a first, and when you look at what they are racing against, the experience of the other Clipper Race Skippers, you realise that this is really very special.

“The impact of the success of both Wendy and Nikki cannot be underestimated...if this gets even one more girl start sailing and dreaming big, then I’ll consider everything we have done over the last eleven months a huge success.”