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Teenager plans to cement A-level knowledge during global yacht race
6:57pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER has set sail from London's Tower Bridge as the youngest female competitor in a round-the-world yacht race.
Sophie Hetherton, 18, from York, who passed her A-levels last month, will race with a team on a 70ft yacht between six continents during the Clipper Race, before returning to London next July.
The former pupil at The Mount School in York said she should find her A-grade in geography useful.
She said: "Sailing round the world and learning about the oceans, geography, nature and different countries we visit will be the perfect way to cement what I have learnt and inspire me for my future endeavours."
Miss Hetherton decided to have her waist-length hair cut before embarking on the 40,000-mile voyage.
“With four-hour watches and no home luxuries like a hot shower or bath, I knew there would be no way I would be able to even wash my hair and it would have been far too uncomfortable,” she said.
The race was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston who became the first person to sail solo non-stop around the globe.
He said: "The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a real jewel in the crown of international sailing, the only race in the world that takes every-day people and turns them into ocean racers."
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