Royal Navy Veteran Set To Tackle Clipper Round The World Yacht Race

Andrew Dodd, a Royal Navy veteran is set to join the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race this March as he seeks to raise funds for Veterans With Dogs.

A novice sailor, Andrew has been training hard in readiness for legs six and seven of the Race which will see him sailing from the east coast of China to New York. Andrew will join his team – Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, currently sitting in second place – on 1st March near Hong Kong before sailing over 15,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean and around America, spending 75 days at sea.

Commenting on the upcoming Race, Andrew said: “I always wanted to learn how to sail so I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the training exercises and I’m really looking forward to joining up with the team in March.

“Having said that, we will be crossing the Pacific Ocean so it’s not going to be easy. There’ll be no lazy afternoons sunbathing on the deck. Instead I fully expect to be exhausted, wet and perhaps a little bit seasick along the way! However, it’ll be an amazing experience to complete the two legs. I’m also on the waiting list for the final eighth leg which means I could be spending almost six months away from home.”  

The Clipper Race supports Unicef’s work with children in danger across the world and has raised more than £1million for the charity.

Andrew is keen to use the experience to raise money for Veterans With Dogs, a charity close to his heart. A veteran himself, he now works with dogs as an EDD handler, the realisation of a long-held ambition.

You can follow Andrew’s progress through the race viewer here


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