Round-the-world trip ‘an honour’ for skipper Tristan

By Alex Jones in Local People

A BARMOUTH sailor is set to skipper a vessel around the globe as part of a “life-changing” voyage.

Tristan Brooks, 35, from Barmouth, has been named as the skipper who will lead the Unicef team in the upcoming edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The experienced yachtsman said: “It’s an absolute honour to be named as the Unicef skipper for the Clipper 2017-18 Race.

“The bright blue Unicef boat entry became an icon of the Clipper Race fleet during the last edition of the race. It was a fantastic fund-raising emblem that generated much-needed awareness and engagement around the world and I look forward to building on that success in this year’s campaign.”

Unicef UK has been the official Clipper race charity since 2015-16, providing the children’s charity with a vehicle to raise awareness across the globe in destinations including South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, China, the US and Panama.

The Clipper 2015-16 Race and its supporters raised more than £323,000, helping Unicef protect children.

Approximately 700 crew members from more than 40 nationalities are preparing to take part in the Clipper 2017-18 Race and fund-raising to help keep more of the world’s most vulnerable children safe from danger has already begun, with an increased target of £400,000.

“The Clipper Race enables people to do something amazing, it is a life-changing experience for many and in turn Unicef helps change the lives of children around the world,” Tristan added.

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