Olympian Heather Fell set to take on Clipper round the world race
OLYMPIC medalist Heather Fell is set to tackle part of the famous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
The bronze winning pentathlete will join team Jamaica Get All Right crew for the remainder of the circumnavigation.
The Clipper Race is renowned as one of toughest challenges in sport and Fell hopes the skills she learned as a pentathlete will stand her in good stead.
“My small amount of sailing experience is insignificant in the scale of this but I can't wait for the challenge,” said the Tavistock athlete.
“The taster I experienced during the Clipper Race training has made me realise what I'm letting myself in for. I've got a mixture of extreme nerves combined with huge excitement.”
Heather will join Jamaica Get All Right crew in its home port of Port Antonio in Jamaica for the 13th race in the series to New York, which gets underway on May 24.
She will also be a crew member for the last three races, which will see the fleet depart New York to start its long awaited final homecoming leg on June 7, racing via Northern Ireland and the Netherlands to arrive in London on July 12, where it originally started on September 1 last year.
Fell, originally from Devon, UK, first stepped on a Clipper Race boat as a child in the inaugural race in 1996 when she visited the fleet in Plymouth before it set off round the world.
This is the former world number one’s first major sporting challenge since she retired from modern pentathlon in January, although she completed the 982-mile John O’Groats to Land’s End bike ride in nine days a year ago to raise money for the Bath Rugby Foundation.
As well as winning Olympic silver, Fell’s impressive modern pentathlon career also included individual gold at the 2003 World Junior Championships in Athens, and World Cup Final silvers in Portugal in 2008 and in China in 2012.