After eleven months and 40,000 nautical miles of racing, Wendy, the Skipper of team Sanya Serenity Coast, will begin the thirteenth and final race of the global ocean adventure on Sunday 22 July in the number one position on the overall Clipper Race leaderboard.
Wendy said: “I can’t believe we are here preparing for the final race. The team has done such an amazing job over the last year and our position on the leaderboard is a credit to them.
“It’s been a great year with great sailing and great competition. We are just going to give it everything we have and hope we stay on top!”
Wendy and her Sanya Serenity Coast team has a 14-point lead in the overall standings after featuring on the podium six times, including second in the Clipper 70 Class of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which doubled as Race 5 of the Clipper 2017-18 Race.
“While I think of myself as a sailor first, it would be amazing to not only be the first woman but the first Australian woman to win. I’ve got the flag and boxing kangaroo on board and hopefully they will give us that bit of luck we will need.”
The final race of the global Clipper Race circuit, which featured five Australian Stopovers – Fremantle, Sydney, Hobart, and the Whitsundays – will be a 900 nautical mile dash from Derry-Londonderry around Ireland to Liverpool, UK. The teams will finish with a sprint down the River Mersey on July 28, after which the winning team will be awarded the coveted Clipper Race trophy at the historic Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.