Tessa Hicks, the 59-year-old woman from Isles Road in Ramsbury, is all set to take on the seven seas.
She is set to take part in the 40,000 nautical mile Clippers Round the World Yacht Race. The irony here is that she has never set foot on a yacht and has taken up a big challenge of sailing all over the globe. It takes a lot of guts to sail for a few miles for a non sailor and she has decided to sail around the globe by taking part in the race that starts on August 20 from Albert Docks in Liverpool.
She will be in the seas for 11 months and for a woman who has not had any sailing time, this is going to be a heck of a challenge. She believes that this is an adventure of a lifetime and wants to take it. The 59-year-old Hicks will have many other people from all over the globe for companies. They are all amateur sailors looking to crew some 70 yachts.
Hicks is currently undergoing training to hit the waters in her yacht. She is raising funds for UNICEF and has so far done two of the four-day long training sessions in Portsmouth. She is getting lessons on how to sail the yacht and the essentials that are needed to man the yacht. She says that she will be learning the better tricks of the sailing when she hits the water during the event. She is ready to meet the gusty winds of up to 100 mph and the 90 foot waves that are a given in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Hicks said that people are thinking that she is made to make such an event. But, she is taking this as a once in a lifetime opportunity.