Pair to embark on yacht challenge

Two adventure seekers will travel 40,000 miles in a yacht as part of an 11-month challenge to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

Michelle Porter, 36, from Tower Hamlets, in London, and Steve Mabey, 46, from Guildford, are two of 600 crew members chosen out of more than 10,000 hopefuls to take part in The Adventure of a Lifetime: The Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race.

The Round the World Yacht Race will leave the shores of the UK in July, and participants in 12 yachts will visit six continents in 15 stopovers.

During the race, those taking part will be burning on average 5,000 calories a day and have no more than three hours sleep at any one time as the crew share rotating watch duties – an extreme and enduring physical and mental challenge.

Michelle, whose late grandfather suffered from dementia, said: “So many people have asked why I’m doing this, I guess the answer is simple: ‘Why not?’. The one thing I’ve realised over the past few years is that life is for living and you only get one chance, so never let anything stand in your way and never have regrets.

“Taking on the challenge of this race is one thing, but I’m not simply doing this for personal achievement, I’m also raising awareness and funds for a charity very close to my heart; Alzheimer’s Society.”

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