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World's top yachtsmen train on Tyneside

Crew from the teams that make up the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race at the Marine Safety Training Centre in South Shields Photo:

Some of the world’s top yachtsmen have been training on Tyneside.

Crew from two of the seven teams that make up the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race – the ‘Formula One of sailing’ were at the Marine Safety Training Centre in South Shields yesterday (Friday, 22nd August).

Training in South Shields
Training in South Shields

For the second year running, Team SCA will field an all-female crew for the 39,000 mile race. On board will be Dee Caffari, the first woman to sail non-stop around the world in the ‘wrong direction’.

Double Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker will skipper the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team’s yacht. Last week, the team won the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, setting a new record of four days and 13 hours.

The Volvo Ocean Race – formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race – starts in Alicante in October 4. Taking in ten countries, the winners will cross the finish line in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 27 next year.